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Top 10 best xylophones


In wood or metal, the xylophone is one of those percussion instruments that can introduce the youngest to music, and that

Significantly less popular than other musical instruments such as the piano, the electric guitar or the drums, the


seduces a large audience for its originality and its accessibility.

Parents probably know it: the xylophone is one of the first instruments that we present, in the form of a toy to the youngest to awaken them to music and develop their motor skills.

With age, experience and practice, the xylophone gradually reveals all its secrets to become a real musical instrument that very often pays homage to African music.

From the simplest xylophone with metal blades for children at less than twenty euros to the top-of-the-range model in precious wood at several tens of thousands of euros, the xylophone is available today in a multitude of models.

For the uninitiated, choosing a xylophone can be tricky.

Our top 10 of the best xylophones has been designed to help you choose your xylophone according to your needs, your requirements, the budget you want to devote to your purchase.

In addition, take advantage of our complete guide for some advice and tips on choosing and buying a xylophone with complete peace of mind.

Our selection :

  • Jaques of London children

    's xylophone – Our favorite

  • Bee Smart Children's Xylophone

  • Xylophone A-Star KB13

  • Xylophone Classic Cantabile alto

  • Janod children's xylophone

  • Cara & Co Xylophone

  • Hape Music Detachable Xylophone

  • Sound Xylophone NG30

  • Stagg BELL-SET 25B Xylophone

  • Stagg Xylophone Set37

  • Jaques of London Children's Xylophone

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    Honor to children for our selection of the best xylophones with, without doubt, the best currently on the market for apprentice musicians.

    Exceptional sound quality, FSC-certified wooden frame, very aesthetic appearance, affordable price, this Jaques of London children's xylophone ticks all the boxes for a safe bet.


    • sound quality

    • Aesthetic

    • Made from certified wood

    • Slightly large wand for younger children

    • Perfectible lifespan

    Bee Smart Children's Xylophone

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    Another quality children's xylophone, this model stamped Bee Smart seduces the youngest (from 18 months) with its very bright colors.

    The decreasing blades allow a better memorization of the notes while the sheet music provided offers a first musical discovery in all simplicity.

    However, the sound quality is not optimal.

    • Bright colors

    • Manufactured in wood and aluminum

    • 5 sheet music included

    • Perfect sound quality

    • quite flimsy

    Xylophone A-Star KB13

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    In a much less childish style, the A-Star KB13 xylophone offers a model of xylophone accessible to (big) children and adults who want to start learning this musical instrument.

    Available in two colors (red and blue), this xylophone is a 25-blade chromatic model with a pair of mallets and protective carrying case included.

    • Good value for money

    • Delivered with its accessories

    • Intended primarily for beginners

    • In plastic

    Xylophone Classic Cantabile alto

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    Manufactured in aluminum and linden wood, 16 tones, three additional sound sticks, good sound quality, affordable price... This Classic Cantabile xylophone has everything it needs to be a transitional instrument between a child's xylophone and a professional xylophone.

    Praised by those who have tried it, it will give you the feeling of having made the right choice.

    • Compact

    • Nice sound quality

    • Robust

    • Does not meet the requirements of experienced musicians

    • Non-French manufacturing

    Janod children's xylophone

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    Specialist in children's toys, Janod inevitably offers a model of xylophone intended for the youngest (from 18 months).

    The quality of the instrument which allows you to imitate great musicians and to learn about music is a real plus, as is the choice of colors, warm and welcoming.

    Chopsticks are sized just right for little hands.

    • Reputable brand

    • warm colors

    • Appropriate chopstick size

    • Shades of color too subtle for the little ones

    • Perfectible musicality

    Cara & Co Xylophone

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    Is aesthetics an important criterion in choosing your xylophone?

    This model from the Cara & Co brand has all the qualities to seduce you.

    Beyond its aesthetic appearance, this xylophone offers a set of 25 metal blades with notes from G5 to G7.

    The inscription of the name of the note on the blade allows an easy follow-up and a faster learning of the instrument.

    • Very aesthetic

    • Easy to handle

    • Sturdy wooden frame

    • plastic chopsticks

    • Only 25 blades

    Hape Music Detachable Xylophone

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    Do you want to introduce your child to music as soon as they celebrate their first birthday?

    Awarded many times around the world, this xylophone for children from 12 months is an ideal partner for musical awakening and the development of fine motor skills.

    All with a safe product (non-toxic finishes and solvent-free paints).

    • Ideal for developing fine motor skills

    • Multifunctions

    • Safe for the youngest

    • Beware of children's fragile ears

    • Does not contain chopsticks

    Sound Xylophone NG30

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    Compact, made from quality materials, appealing aesthetically, it is suitable for beginners as well as for slightly more experienced musicians.

    This Sonor NG30 xylophone displays all the characteristics required to defend its place in our selection of the best xylophones.

    Only the red color of the steel blades can put some buyers off.

    • Compact

    • Quality materials

    • Ideal for beginners and to improve

    • Red blade color is not to everyone's liking

    • Made in China

    Stagg BELL-SET 25B Xylophone

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    This black and white metallophone includes 25 blades and two wooden sticks, with black tips.

    This Stagg xylophone has rather suitable dimensions so as not to clutter up and facilitate movement with the instrument: 53.8 x 30 x 7 centimeters.

    Its weight (1.68 kilograms) is also pleasant to transport.

    • Compact

    • Sober

    • 25 blades

    • Rather classic colors

    • Unprofessional

    Stagg Xylophone Set37

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    Are you looking for a xylophone that stands out a bit from the entry level?

    Equipped with 37 keys, delivered with its accessories (stand, transport case, etc.), the Stagg Set37 xylophone which covers 3 octaves offers a quality musical instrument for already experienced musicians.

    The use of wood and brass for its manufacture reinforces this quest for quality.

    • Quality materials

    • 3 octaves
    • Livré avec accessoires

    • Décalage entre l’esthétisme du xylophone et le support
    • Stabilité perfectible

    Pourquoi acheter un xylophone ?

    L’achat d’un xylophone présente de nombreux intérêts, à la fois pour les enfants et pour les adultes. On sait aujourd’hui l’importance de l’éveil musical dans le développement intellectuel et sensoriel des générations amenées à nous succéder. Avec sa simplicité d’utilisation (instrument à percussion) et son accessibilité en termes de prix (les premiers modèles sont commercialisés à moins de 20 €), le xylophone est un instrument parfait pour introduire la musique dans l’univers d’un nouveau-né. Il permet d’apprendre à distinguer les sons, et les couleurs (sous réserve d’avoir un modèle adapté). Son fonctionnement (frapper les lames) participe par ailleurs au développement de la motricité. Pour les adultes, le xylophone offre une alternative aux sempiternelles guitares électriques ou acoustiques, au non moins traditionnel piano ou encore aux instruments à vent. Plus facile à prendre en main qu’un violon ou qu’un saxophone, le xylophone constitue aussi un outil pour découvrir de nouvelles sonorités et s’offrir un voyage culturel sans avoir à quitter son salon.

    Xylophone en bois ou xylophone métallique ?

    Comme l’illustre notre top 10 des meilleurs xylophones, vous trouverez aujourd’hui sur le marché deux grands types de xylophones : en bois, et métalliques. Dans ce domaine, le bois constitue un meilleur matériau. Selon l’essence utilisée (noyer, bois résineux, palissandre, etc.), le xylophone offre une plus ou moins grande qualité de son (et de durabilité). D’une manière générale, les xylophones avec des lames en métal sont avant tout destinés aux enfants pour leur permettre de découvrir cet instrument. Attention toutefois à bien le choisir, au risque de vous retrouver avec un xylophone métallique qui « sonne faux » et qui se révèlera contre-productif dans l’initiation de votre enfant à la musique.

    Quels critères pour choisir un xylophone ?

    Le choix d’un xylophone dépend de nombreux critères parmi lesquels :

    • le type de xylophone : on distingue ici les modèles avec des lames en métal et les modèles avec des lames en bois, de meilleure qualité ;
    • le niveau de pratique : le xylophone est-il destiné à un jeune enfant ou à un musicien déjà expérimenté dans l’art des instruments à percussion ?
    • le nombre de lames : il existe des modèles de xylophones classiques qui ne proposent qu’une seule rangée de lames. D’autres modèles, plus contemporains, proposent deux rangées de lames ;
    • la qualité de la baguette : inutile d’investir dans un xylophone haut de gamme si la qualité de la baguette n’est pas équivalente à celle de l’instrument. De la qualité de la baguette dépend en effet la qualité du son produit (plus ou moins doux, plus ou moins pointu). Il existe des baguettes avec une extrémité sphérique en caoutchouc, en matière synthétique, en bois, en plastique ;
    • le design : voilà un critère plus subjectif dans le choix d’un xylophone, mais tout aussi déterminant. Il s’agit de trouver un xylophone que vous trouvez particulièrement esthétique pour vous donner envie de l’utiliser, voire d’en faire un objet de décoration à part entière dans votre salon lorsque vous optez pour une ambiance plus silencieuse ;
    • le prix : le xylophone se décline sous une large gamme de prix. Prenez le temps d’affiner le budget que vous souhaitez consacrer à cette dépense (en fonction de vos attentes et de vos exigences). Pensez également à comparer les prix avant de faire votre achat de xylophone en ligne.

    Quel prix pour un xylophone ?

    The price of a xylophone varies from a few tens of euros for children's models and entry-level models, to several thousand or even tens of thousands of euros for the most upscale models.

    Unless you are aiming for an individual performance in the next performance of the Orchester National de France, there is no need to spend such sums to buy your xylophone.

    For an adult wishing to play the xylophone at home or with friends, a budget of between €100 and €500 should be more than enough.

    For children, xylophones in toy form are available for less than €50.

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    Source: leparis

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