5 Best Ukuleles For Beginners of All Ages

You want a ukulele that fits you as a player. One that doesn't cost hundreds of dollars. Forget the mile-long lists and overwhelming buyer guides. Here is our pick for the best ukulele under $200 for each size (soprano, concert, tenor and baritone) from smallest to largest, with an extra pick for players who need more flair.

Type Best For Price On Reverb
Soprano Children, guitarists $95 - $100 Shop Now
Concert Classic ukulele sound $95 - $100 Shop Now
Tenor Players looking for a fuller sound $100 - $120 Shop Now
Baritone Guitar players crossing over $120 - $170 Shop Now
Concert Players who want to stand out $95 - $100 Shop Now

Kala KA-SLNG Mahogany Soprano Ukulele

The Kala KA-SLNG is built from mahogany and offers a rich balanced tone, and reliable intonation. The main reason it earns our pick as "best beginner soprano uke," though, is due to its longer neck which makes it an extremely approachable instrument, especially for new uke players making the jump from other stringed instruments.

Since the body is still a soprano, it gives you that classic plucky ukuele tone, but the longer neck gives you more room to manuever and get comfortable with new chord shapes. Combined with the sub-$100 price tag, the KA-SLNG is a hard offer to pass up

Cordoba 15CM Concert Ukulele

This is an accessible uke that doesn't feel like it was made exclusively for beginners. With all-mahogany construction and visual appointments like an abalone-style rosette and ivoroid binding, the Cordoba 15CM doesn't look or sound like a toy.

The mahogany body gives it a stronger low/mid emphasis than other concert ukes, lending a fuller, more mellow sound. Most importantly, the 15CM is incredibly playable. Concert size is slightly larger than soprano (23" vs. 21" in length), so it may be a better fit for players with longer/larger fingers. The quality and feel you get is uncommon at this price point, making it one of the most popular entry points for new uke players.

Kala KA-T Tenor Ukulele

Tenor ukes are slightly larger in size than their "concert" cousins, with a fuller sound, more frets and 3" of additional length. As with the Cordoba 15CM, the Kala KA-T earns our pick due to the quality of construction for the price and the amount of positive feedback we hear from players and the feel and tone.

The mahogany body will soften some of the twangy harshness that ukuleles can create. The Kala KA-T is resonant and robust, surprising listeners who are used to hearing thin-sounding ukes. This is a great pick for people with larger hands or those who are turned off by shallow, toy-like tones they associate with most ukuleles.

Cordoba 20BM Baritone Ukulele

Cordoba has a long history of making nylon-stringed instruments (their classical guitars are popular with beginners and professionals alike), so it's no surprise that their entire ukulele line-up is strong. The 20BM is a particular standout.

Again, an all-mahogany body fosters a warmer tone. The comfortable rosewood fingerboard and longer length (29") make this feel more like a small, four-string parlor guitar than a ukulele. In fact, the tuning, DGBE, mirrors the four-higher pitched strings of a guitar, making it the perfect crossover for guitar players. Even if you've never played guitar, this is a great pick if you prefer deeper, more mellow tones over the snappy, high-pitched jangles of smaller ukes.

Luna Tattoo Concert Ukulele

We realize that quality, playability and price are not the only things players look for. After all, your ukulele is something you wear, just like the outfit you picked out for the day. The Luna Tattoo isn't necessarily flamboyant, but it adds just enough character with its patterned top based on traditional Polynesian tattoos.

The mahogany body provides warmth, and the construction is quality. If you're looking to plug into an amp or PA, Luna also offers a pickup-and-preamp-equipped version.

Choosing A Ukulele

Here's the most important question to ask when picking out any new (or used) instrument: do you love playing it?

It doesn't matter what other people think, how expensive or cheap it is, or what color it is. What matters is that it makes you want to pick it up and make music with it. For some people, that may mean it has to have a cool design on it. For others, it may mean that it has to have a wider fretboard. If these picks don't speak to you, check out our full ukulele selection by clicking the banner below.

When an instrument makes you happy, it's obvious. And if it doesn't make you happy, you can always sell it on Reverb to someone else who might enjoy it.

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