Alesis Nitro Mesh Kit Review – A Great Option For New Players

Alesis Nitro Mesh Kit

If you’re reading this right now, you most likely already know that the Alesis Nitro is one of the cheapest electronic drum sets available.

Alesis has made a remarkable impact on the electronic drumming world, creating many lines of different kits for all budgets and skill levels of drummers.

The options a new drummer has for e kits today are staggering, especially being that they are so affordable.

I remember the first kit I bought, my Yamaha DTX, being so expensive. I just needed a kit to play in my college apartment. That was almost ten years ago and my have things changed.

That being said, the lower-end of kits on the market is flooded with different options, mostly from Alesis.

There’s the Nitro, Surge, Command, Crimson, Burst, Forge, DM10, and others. How can you choose when they all look so similar?

We will help you figure that one out. Today we’ll be breaking down the Alesis Nitro Mesh kit, giving the pros and cons of all features.

Excellent value

Alesis Nitro Mesh Electronic Kit

Alesis Nitro Mesh Kit

Alesis is no stranger when it comes to making affordable electronic instruments. The Nitro Mesh is a perfect introductory kit for beginners and intermediate players.

From first glance, the Alesis Nitro looks to be an impressive kit. You get the Nitro module, four tunable drum pads, a small kick pad, three cymbal pads, a hi-hat controller pedal and a kick pedal.

One thing to note is that this is a cheaper electronic kit. It’s not going to have all the advanced features that a top-of-the-line kit may have.

The added benefit, however, is that you won’t have to pay thousands of dollars for your kit.

There aren’t too many differences between this kit and the Alesis Surge Mesh. The Surge includes a bigger kick pad, a bigger snare drum, and dual-zone tom pads. This might not be a big deal if you’re just using this kit for practice.

Visual reaction

The all-black design looks awesome. The build quality isn’t terrible either. One would expect the kit to be made with poor materials, but Alesis has done a great job making quality affordable.

Alesis Nitro Front

One thing to note: the Nitro Mesh is an upgrade of the original Nitro kit. The older kit featured rubber pads exclusively. They seem to be phasing out the original model, as I can’t find it for sale anywhere anymore.


  • Mesh heads
  • Great price
  • Awesome for a beginner
  • Decent drum module


  • Pads are relatively small
  • Sounds aren’t the greatest
  • Kick pad is small

Notable features of the Nitro Mesh

The Nitro Mesh shares a common design and look to other drum kits in Alesis’s catalog. Let’s take a look at some of the best features.

Alesis Nitro Side

Eight playable surfaces to drum your heart out

The Nitro kit features your standard five-piece drum setup, complete with four drums, a kick pad, and three cymbals.

Dual-zone snare

The included snare drum is in fact a dual-zone pad, allowing you to get a different sound from both the mesh pad and the outer rim.

Unfortunately, the tom drums are only single zoned.

Three cymbals

Included with the kit are three cymbal pads: a ride cymbal, hi-hat, and a crash that is chokable. All three cymbals are 10″ in diameter.

Mesh drum heads that are tunable

A huge upgrade for this kit is obviously the heads. The original Nitro shipped with regular rubber pads, which are less than ideal in today’s market. I for one am happy these relics will finally be put to death!

Alesis Nitro Mesh Drum Pad

The Nitro Mesh ships with, as the name implies, mesh drum pads. I’m sure you’ve seen or felt them before. They are generally reserved for higher-end kits from brands like Roland.

What are mesh heads?

Simply put, mesh drum heads are a type of playing surface for kits, both electronic and acoustic, that are made from