Buy Ukulele: Best Ukulele For Beginners Under $100

If you want to buy your first ukulele, but aren’t sure which ukulele to buy, then this is the post for you. If you are wanting to spend under $60 or even under $40, then the most recommended ukulele was the Makala Dolphin. You can see how it fared here: Ukuleles For Beginners under $60.

But what if you want to spend a little more and get something nicer? What should you get then? What if you want to buy an ukulele around the $100 range? Well according to the poll that I submitted on the Ukulele Underground Forum, the answer is a draw.

The Makala Dolphin and the Kala KA-S both recieved 24.5% of the votes. Some people felt that the Kala KA-S was the best ukulele for the money. Others believed that there wasn’t a big enough difference to warrant spending the additional money and that it should be saved up to get a more expensive ukulele. You can see the full results here:

  • Kala K-15S- 5.26%
  • Kala KA-S- 24.56%
  • Makala MK-S- 5.26%
  • Makala MK-C- 8.77%
  • Makala Dolphin- 24.56%
  • Lanikai LU-21- 5.26%
  • Bruko/Brueko Soprano- 3.51%
  • Other (specify in comments)- 22.81%

So which one should you buy? It really depends on how much money you want to spend and what your goals are. However, with the Dolphin being as good as it is, it is a hard bargain to pass up. Rarely do you hear people give it bad reviews. I think at this price level it would have to be my choice for the best value.

2 thoughts on “Buy Ukulele: Best Ukulele For Beginners Under $100

  1. My husband just gave me an ALA MOANA ukulele. I play guitar but the ukulele (my grandfather did, so it was a very sentimental gift) but I digress. I was just wondering if you could tell me anything about it, I didn’t see it on your blog anywhere. Thanks so much! Oh, also it’s a model UK-160CS. Robin

    • Hi Robin, I don’t know much about the Ala Moana. It looks to be an ukulele made and sold primarily in Japan. Price wise it is in the lower range (a long with the Makala Dolphin and MK-S), but I don’t know much about it’s quality. Sorry, I wish I could help more. You might post in the ukulele underground forum to see if you can get any good feedback. But the most important thing is whether or not you are happy with the way it plays and sounds.

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