The Best Ukulele For Beginners under $60

One of the most common questions for people who want to learn the ukulele is “what is the best ukulele for beginners to buy?” The difficulty in this question is that everyone has their own opinion, so you need to ask a lot of people. I did just that.

I went to one of the largest ukulele forums and created a post asking for peoples opinion on what was the best ukulele in different price ranges. I then put the answers into a list and created a poll.

The final poll included:

  • Kala KS-15
  • Lanikai LU-21
  • Makala Dolphin
  • Makala MK-S
All of these ukuleles are under $60 with the Kala KS-15 and Lanikai LU-21 being the most expensive, and the Makala Dolphin and MK-S being the cheapest.
Before telling you which ukulele won the poll, with a mighty 45% of the votes, I want to discuss what seemed to be the biggest factor in choosing the best ukulele for beginners.
Cost-performance. Many people claimed that it sounded just as good, or better than the others, but is also the lowest costing of the group. As far as value goes, it was just hard to beat. Durability, looks, and quality also came up, but the deciding factor really seemed to be the sound you could get for your money.
So as you’ve probably figured out by now, the winner was the Makala Dolphin. It had 45% of the votes and there were really no complaints about it.
The rank for the best ukulele for beginners under $60 was as follows:
  1. The Makala Dolphin- 45.45% of the votes. Noted for it’s exceptional value, bright colors, and durability.
  2. The Makala MK-S- 27.27% of the votes. Noted for it’s great sound, and preferred over the Dolphin by those who wanted a wood grain ukulele.
  3. The Lanikai LU-21- 14.55% of the votes. A good ukulele, but at this price range, most people felt the Dolphin was a better deal.
  4. The Kala KS-15- 12.73% of the votes. Slightly higher grade ukulele than the Makala, but fell into the same boat as the Lanikai.
You can purchase the Makala Dolphin here: Makala Dolphin
I will also have a new article coming up for the best ukulele for beginners under $100.
Stay tuned

4 thoughts on “The Best Ukulele For Beginners under $60

  1. Have you ever heard of a Shiro ukulele? I ahve a chance at buying one but can’t find any info on this Made in Japan uke.

    • No, I haven’t heard of this ukulele. Do you have a link? Are you sure that is the brand name? Shiro means “white” in Japanese if it is not a name.

  2. Hi, I’ve had an interest in ukulele’s for a little while now.. I am totally a beginner and have no clue whatsoever. I have seen lots of good ratings on the Makala Dolphin on multiple websites and am highly considering it. What’s the typical price range on them? I will be purchasing one off of ebay most likely and want to make sure not to get ripped off. Thanks!

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