10 Tips for Finding the Best Ukulele for You

Are you thinking about picking up a ukulele? They’re small, portable, and relatively easy to learn how to play. In this article, we’ll guide you through the process of choosing the best ukulele for your needs, based on your skill level and budget. We’ll also give you some tips on how to get started playing!

The ukulele is a great first instrument for children or adults who want to start playing without too much of a time commitment. They’re relatively cheap, portable, and they sound good enough to show off how well you can play!

Here are 10 tips for finding the best ukulele for you.

#1: Decide Your Skill Level (Beginner/Intermediate/Advanced)

What kind of player are you? Are you an absolute beginner looking for your very first instrument? Or are you looking to upgrade from one of the smaller sized ukes that may have come with your starter kit? Maybe you’re an experienced player who just wants something new to bring along with them on road trips. This is the most important question because chances are, if you just starting out, then you don’t want to spend a lot of money on something you’re not going to be using for long.


Beginners: If this is your first time playing the ukulele, I would recommend staying away from buying one online unless you can try it out in person. In my experience, they are easier to play than guitars and other stringed instruments, making ukulele a great instrument for beginners. They require some finesse and skill that only comes with practice and repetition – just like other instruments like piano or drums. Check out your local music shop and choose something there that feels comfortable to hold and easy to play, as well as one that sounds good to your ears. If you’re new to the instrument, you’ll be more likely to practice and play if it sounds good.

Upgrading: If you have a smaller, starter ukulele that doesn’t sound great or is ill-suited for your current skill level, I’d recommend looking for something in a slightly larger concert size. Concerts are a bit bigger than sopranos, making them easier to hold and play. They also tend to have larger, fuller sounding bodies which work better with an adult player’s hands/fingers. I’d also recommend checking out local music shops instead of buying online so you can test out different models and find one that feels comfortable in your arms and on your fingers before spending any money.


Intermediates/Advanced Players: If you’re already an experienced player, then I’d recommend buying online. You know what kind of sound you are looking for, typically what size ukulele sounds best to your ears, and whether or not you want a more expensive or cheaper model. Be on the lookout for deals! Amazon usually has some good coupons on guitars and other musical instruments which will drop prices by 10% – 30%.

#2: Decide What Ukulele Sizes Are Best For Your Size

One thing that is often overlooked when shopping for a ukulele is sizing. Although there are many different types of ukes out there, most have one of three different neck sizes which vary depending on the scale length of the ukulele: soprano, concert, and tenor. Sopranos are the smallest sized uke and typically have a 13″ – 15″ scale length with 18-20 frets on the neck. Concerts are my personal favorite size because they usually have a 16″ – 18″ scale length, similar to that of a standard guitar, making them super easy to hold and play. Tenors can be anywhere from 17″-21″ in scale length, although most commonly it’s around 19″. They’re often tuned differently than both sopranos and concerts (like tuning an octave lower) which makes them slightly harder for beginners or intermediates to handle at first.

#3: Decide What Type Of Ukulele You Want

If you’re buying your first ukulele, the best thing to do is buy a starter pack. Starter packs are often bundled with an instructional book/DVD, carry bag, clip on chromatic tuner, and strap – everything you need to get started! These tend to run around $40-$60 which can be pretty expensive if you’re just getting started. If this is the case for you, I would recommend looking at ebay or craigslist for used ones that are still in good condition. Just make sure they come with all the necessary accessories! Another option that usually isn’t as pricey is one of those tenor sized ukes that come with built-in pickup systems so you can plug it into an amp or PA system.

#4: Direct Comparison

Direct comparison is key when buying something like a ukulele, because you don’t want to get caught up in the “bells and whistles”, just in what’s actually important – playability and sound quality. Amazon is my go-to for this because nearly every item I’m looking at comes with customer reviews. Seeing what other people thought of their purchase before purchasing it myself is extremely helpful in making the decision on whether or not to buy something. When reading through customer reviews, consider how many stars each person gave it (1 star = didn’t like it/don’t waste your money, 5 stars = perfect). There are usually a few people who give out one star reviews for products that are perfect so don’t pay too much attention to them. However, if you see a lot of people saying “DO NOT BUY” or something along those lines, take their comments seriously!

#5: Shop Around When Buying A Ukulele

Be on the lookout for deals whether it be an offer from Amazon or your local music shop. This is not only good for ukuleles but any other musical instrument as well. You don’t want to spend more than you should and there’s no better way to get a good deal then by buying used (if possible). Craigslist can be dangerous when it comes to buying musical instruments online because you never know what you’re going to get – make sure to always go with someone who knows what they’re talking about. If you have a local music shop near you, be sure to check it out! Guitar Center often has sales on guitars and other musical instruments that are worth taking advantage of. Be sure to check out their website since sometimes the deals are available online only.

#6: Stay Focused On What’s Most Important: Sound Quality

The most important thing about any instrument is obviously how it sounds. When purchasing your first ukulele, stay away from anything plastic or laminate – it won’t sound too great and can break easily. A solid top uke with a good saddle will give you the best tone for your money. Playability You want to find a ukulele with a smooth neck, that doesn’t feel sticky or oily. Lubricating your uke is not something you should ever have to do, as it means the manufacturer skimped out on the finishing process. With every new instrument, there’s going to be some sort of “breaking in” period where the strings stretch and become less stiff thus making the neck easier to move around. However if it seems like forever before your ukulele is ready for action – you might have a lemon! A good way to make sure a ukulele isn’t worth purchasing is if you apply pressure from any direction and then let go, does it stay bent? If yes, it’s likely not to hold up well. Always avoid buying ukuleles with cheap plastic friction pegs, they are extremely difficult to tune and you’ll likely end up replacing them. You want to make sure the uke has something called geared tuners which should allow you to tune the instrument much more precisely. If your tuning pegs are off even one half step, it can greatly affect how your instrument sounds!

#7: Playability & Size

When purchasing a ukulele, there are some other things that might be important for you depending on what exactly you’re looking for – playability being one of them. One school of thought is that getting an soprano sized uke is the way to go because they are the easiest to play. Soprano ukuleles are great for beginners because they’re not too big and you can find deals on them pretty regularly. However, around the $100 price range for a soprano sized instrument you’ll be able to find concert sizes that sound just as good but might be much easier to play depending on your body type. Concert ukuleles are slightly bigger than sopranos so they will take up more room on your lap if you plan to sit while playing. If you’ve played guitar before or have large hands, this may not matter much – go with whatever size works best for you!

#8: Features Don’t Overlook Extras Like Gig Bags & Strap Locks

There are tons of extra features for ukuleles that you can find. Some of these things include gig bags (if shopping in person), strap locks, and pickups which you might need if you plan to play live with your ukulele or record with it. Fortunately, all of these things are fairly cheap so be sure to check out the accessories section when you’re browsing the market!

#9. Things you should avoid when choosing a ukulele

When choosing a ukulele, it’s important to avoid making any purchases based on appearances alone. You’ll want to take a few things into account before making your final decision, such as the size and type of uke, the materials used in its construction, and your own playing ability. In addition, it’s important to be realistic about your needs and budget. There are a variety of ukuleles available on the market, and not all of them are created equal. Some may be more suited for beginning players, while others may be better for more experienced musicians. It’s also important to remember that a good ukulele will last you for years if you take care of it properly.

#10. Types of materials

There are three main types of materials that are used in the construction of ukuleles: wood, plastic, and metal. Wooden ukuleles are the most popular type, and they come in a variety of different finishes. Plastic ukuleles are less common, but they are often more affordable than wooden or metal ukes. They also come in a variety of colors and designs. Metal ukuleles are the least common type, and they usually have a bright sound that is well-suited for live performances.


Now that you know a little bit more about what to look for when purchasing your first ukulele, it’s time to start shopping! Keep in mind the different things we’ve discussed in this article, such as size and type of uke, materials used in construction, and extra features.


When judging the quality of a ukulele, don’t just rely on appearances. Be sure to take into account the materials used in its construction, as well as how easy it is to play. You should also consider your own playing ability and needs before making a purchase. There are a variety of materials used in the construction of ukuleles, so be sure to do your research before buying one. Wood, plastic, and metal are the most common materials used. It’s important to be realistic about your budget when purchasing a ukulele. Depending on your needs, you may want to purchase an inexpensive model or spend more for something that will last you for years.


When it comes down to it, there is no perfect instrument for everyone! Do some research into what type of instrument would work best for you before making any purchases. Don’t overlook features like size, playability, and extra accessories if they’re important to you! And finally, don’t judge an ukulele based solely on its appearance – take into account how well it sounds as well as how easy it is to play.

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