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8 Best Drumheads for Toms in 2022 Reviewed

Purchasing new drum equipment is always exciting, but requires some research to ensure smart buying decisions. You need to consider quality, performance, cost, brand, and more!

When it comes to drumheads, it's recommended to replace them every 3-6 months — more or less, depending on how frequently they're used. They'll weaken with time, which could potentially lead to breakage while playing. 

If it's time to upgrade or purchase your first drumheads for toms, look no further than this guide! We'll cover everything you need to know to make an informed decision and give you an easy, accessible way to buy exactly what you need. 

8 Best Drumheads for Toms Reviewed

Read on to learn about the top 8 picks in 2022. We'll cover everything from performance, specifications, costs, and more. Let's dive in! 

1. Remo Emperor 

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Remo has been around since 1957, when Remo D. Belli (a percussionist) invented the very first synthetic drumhead. Since then, we've seen many drumhead series, among them Emperor. 

Emperor offers both clear and coated drumheads for toms. Their clear options are well-known for their bright tones and sustain. For warm, open tones, consider Emperor’s coated version. These will offer increased durability and projections. 

Moreover, Emperor heads for toms are designed for both studio and live performances. They're available in sizes that range from 6" to 40". While you can purchase drumheads from this series separately, you'll get better value when purchased as a pack. 

For instance, the Remo Clear Emperor Tom Head ProPack includes the following at an unbeatable price: 

  • 10" Clear Emperor
  • 12" Clear Emperor
  • 16" Clear Emperor

Prefer coated options? There are several Emperor Coated Drumhead ProPacks to choose from that will give you excellent value for your money. 



  • Extremely durable
  • Great stick definition 
  • Designed for multiple styles of music


  • Clear heads aren't as durable

Get the sound you want out of your drums with a quality set of Emperor drumheads for toms!

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2. Remo Ambassador 

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The Ambassador Series by Remo is considered the greatest choice for tom heads. They're made with a 1-ply 10-mil coated film which provides premium, natural-sounding tones. The coated version is ideal if you're looking for a warm sound with a strong sustain. They offer slightly more subtle attacks when compared to the clear tom heads. 

With Remo products being among the best in the market, it's no surprise the Ambassador series is so popular. They're versatile, making them great for several styles of music. Keep in mind that single-ply options aren't as durable as 2-ply ones. If you're going for high pitches with lower sustains, go with 1-ply heads. If you need longer sustains with lower pitches, go with 2-ply heads.



  • Among the most popular brands for toms
  • Offers warm, open tones with bright attacks
  • Versatile


  • Coated heads aren't great for rock or heavy playing

Browse through the Ambassador Series at Drum Center of Portsmouth. We know you'll find what you're looking for right here with us! 

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3. Remo Pinstripe

Remo Clear Pinstripe 8 Inch Drum Head

Pinstripe is another top-contender when it comes to Remo drumhead series. These heads for toms offer great durability paired with warm, focused sounds. They're especially popular among rock drummers. 

The clear drumhead is among Remo's brightest heads for toms and well-known for its bright tones, sustain, and resonance. If interested, consider the Remo Pinstripe Tom Pack which includes the following: 

  • 10" Clear Pinstripe
  • 12" Clear Pinstripe
  • 16" Clear Pinstripe
  • 14" Snare Head (FREE)

These drumheads are made with 2-ply 7-mil film and feature a pinstripe around the drum to control unwanted overtones. Expect sounds full of projection and warmth! It's no surprise Pinstripe drumheads for toms are the go-to choice for professional drummers worldwide.



  • Excellent for live or studio performances
  • Controls unwanted overtones
  • Amazing durability
  • Warm, focused sounds


  • Not as dynamic as 1-ply options

Experience the Remo Pinstripe heads yourself! We know you'll be just as impressed with them as we were.

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4. Evans G2

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If you're looking for tom heads that offer clear, well-rounded tones, the Evans G2 series is for you. These will work well for all styles of music, making them perfect for drummers looking for versatility. 

The G2 series is designed with 2-ply 7-mil film which produces a nice blend of sustain and attack. The 2-ply also offers durability for longer playing times. Just keep in mind they won't be as dynamic as 1-ply heads.

DCP has several clear and coated drumheads for toms to choose from. A popular pick is the Evans G2 Tompack, which includes a 10",12", and 16" clear drumhead. With this set, you'll get the ideal blend of attack, sustain, and depth. 



  • Delivers professional sounds
  • Perfect blend of depth, sustain, and attack
  • Amazing clarity and projection


  • May produce a few unwanted overtones

Ready to try the Evans G2? Check out our wide selection of clear and coated heads for toms!

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5. Evans EC2

Evans EC2 Frosted Drum Head, 8 Inch

Evans was founded in 1950, only seven years before Remo was founded. The Evans EC2 series is well known for its controlled sounds, whereas the Remo Series offers warmer, more open sounds. 

Their clear drumheads are some of our favorite for toms. They deliver fast attacks, an incredible dynamic range, and have a nice level of sustain. They're made of two 7-mil films and are designed to sound fat and pack a punch. Further, the sound shaping ring on the outer edges controls unwanted overtones and dampens the drum. 

If you're considering clear heads for toms, we recommend the Evans EC2 Clear Tompack which includes a 12", 13", and 16" tom head. A few features you'll enjoy include: 

  • The integrated Sound Shaping Technology (SST) offers the perfect amount of dampening
  • 2-plies offer longer durability
  • Available in clear or coated finishes

These heads are an especially great pick for rock drummers thanks to their easy to tune and full-bodied sounds. Aside from producing great sounds, they're also durable.



  • Extremely durable
  • Great for rock drummers
  • Sound shaping ring controls unwanted overtones


  • Not as articulate and responsive as 1-ply heads

The Evans EC2 drumheads for toms are some of the best around. If it's time for an upgrade, give these a go.

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6. Attack ProFlex 2

Attack Proflex2 Heavy Drum Head 12" Clear

For classic sounds unlike any other, consider the Attack ProFlex 2 Series. You'll find both clear and coated tom heads that vary in size from 6" to 18". They’re great for any genre, but truly shine when used in the following:

  • Heavy metal
  • Pop
  • Blues
  • Rock
  • Funk
  • Jazz

It's no surprise the ProFlex 2 Series is being sold fast as they're great options when it's time to upgrade or purchase new tom heads. Get them while they last right here at DCP. Enjoy the controlled tones and durability of the Attack ProFlex 2 Series!



  • Perfect for any genre
  • Available in a wide range of sizes
  • Sold in both clear and coated options


  • Limited supply

Check out the Attack ProFlex 2 Series — we know you'll find what you're looking for here.

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7. Aquarian Studio X

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The Aquarian Studio X Series offers both coated and clear drumheads for toms. 

The clear heads offer bright attacks with mid-range to low-end tones. They're made with 1-ply 10mil clear film and a control ring attached to the underside of the tom head. The single ply and control ring offer a nice balance of control and sensitivity. The coated heads offer more mild, warm attacks followed by mid-range to low-end tones. 

If you're in need of new drumheads for toms, there's no reason you shouldn't consider the Aquarian Studio X Series.



  • Great choice for reducing ringing overtones
  • Ideal balance of control and sensitivity
  • Coated and clear models available


  • Limited availability

Still have questions? Get in touch with us at Drum Center of Portsmouth to learn more about the Aquarian Studio X Series.

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8. Aquarian Texture Coated

Aquarian Texture Coated Power Dot Drum Head 14

The Aquarian Texture Coated drumheads are perfect to make your toms sing. They're responsive, highly versatile, and give drummers a wide range of tuning options. They work well as a batter drumhead for toms or for adding warmth as resonant tom heads.

These drumheads are made using 1-ply 10mil film which gives drummers full, open sounds with a long sustain. They're often used by beginners and professional drummers that want a huge range of drum sound options.



  • Wide range of tuning options
  • Used by beginners and advanced drummers
  • More durable than clear heads


  • Coated heads aren't too great for heavy playing

Browse through the Aquarian Texture Coated heads for toms at DCP! We know you'll find what you're looking for.

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How To Choose The Best Drumhead for Toms

You'll need new drumheads for toms every 3 to 6 months, depending on how often you play. If you're a professional drummer that plays every night, you'll need to change them weekly for top-quality sound at all times. 

Now, if you only play every now and then or don't use it for performances, you may choose to change the tom heads once per year. It depends on the frequency of use and intended use.

Undecided about which drumheads are right for your toms? The following will help narrow down the decision.

Clear vs. Coated

Every drummer struggles to decide on clear or coated heads. When it comes to snare heads, for instance, most drummers opt for coated heads. However, when it comes to toms, there are so many options to choose from. 

Coated options are best for you, if you're looking for: 

  • More stick definition from your toms
  • Versatility (great for different styles of music)

Clear options are the better option if you want: 

  • Warmer sounds and rounder tones
  • Lower tunings (great for rock drummers)

If you plan on making drumming videos, keep in mind that clear versions may cause a glare. Lighting sometimes reflects too much on clear heads. Therefore, for the purpose of aesthetics when making videos, opt for a coated option.

Thickness & Muffling

The thickness of your new tom heads will determine durability and sound. 

If you own an entry-level drum set, consider getting drumheads on the thicker side.These will elevate the tone of cheaper drum sets. With thinner heads, you'll receive some muffling for each tom. This is ideal if you're looking to eliminate unwanted ringing sounds.

Now, if you own professional or intermediate drum sets, you have more versatility when it comes to tom heads. Consider how much natural tone you want. For the maximum amount, go with thin tom heads. The only downfall is they won't last as long as thicker ones.


There are so many quality brands to choose from when deciding on tom heads — Emperor, Ambassador, and Pinstripe just to name a few. Consequently, when you purchase from a company you trust, it's more likely you'll be happy with your purchase.

Purchasing from a well-known, reputable brand ensures high-end products that deliver maximum results. The brands mentioned above are some of the best and you can purchase some of their top contenders right here at Drum Center of Portsmouth

Need a New Drumhead? Shop DCP!

Experimenting with different tom drumheads is a sure-fire way to find which brand, style, and design you like. Every drummer is different and will lean towards certain models over others. 

If you're undecided about the right choice for your toms, the above list is a great place to start. They’re the best rated drumheads for toms, guaranteeing something you like. The question is, which is right for you?

Weigh your options and carefully select the heads you think will best suit your toms. If you’re still unsure, get in touch with us today with your questions and to get the best advice around.

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