Looking for some affordable ukuleles, eh? Or perhaps you are looking for the perfect gift for a friend or loved one? Heck, maybe you’d just like to add a new size of uke to your collection without breaking the bank… Well, whatever the reason, don’t worry, we aren’t here to judge. In fact, we are here to help!
We’ve put together a list of the 10 best affordable ukuleles currently available for under $200. The ukes are listed below, mostly in order from least to most expensive.
The 10 Best Affordable Ukuleles
- Kala Ukadelic Soprano – $39
- Kala Waterman Soprano – $45
- Kala Waterman Concert – $59
- Flight Travel Soprano – $49
- Ohana SK-10 Mahogany Soprano – $85
- Kala ULTP Soprano Long Neck – $89
- Kala KA-C Concert – $99
- Ohana TK-14 – $149
- Kala KA-B – $149
- Ohana SK-30M – $179
Let’s get down to brass tacks!
Kala Ukadelic Soprano
Starting off with the most basic, beginner-level, budget option on the market – the Kala Ukadelic Soprano comes in at $39.
This is the perfect option for anyone wanting to dip their toes into the gentle ukulele stream without committing too much financially. It’s as basic as they come, with a laminate mahogany body and simple matte finish, but it gets the job done!
It is also a great option for those looking to gift a uke to a little loved one in their lives. Who wouldn’t want to receive one of these in cool colors like Taxicab Yellow, Razzle Dazzle, or Flamingo?!
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Kala Waterman Soprano
Another inexpensive offering from Kala, the Waterman Soprano is both a great budget option for the beginner and also offers experienced players something unique!
What makes this uke different from others on the list is that it’s made from plastic instead of wood. While this may at first make it sound like a toy, let me assure you it is not. The composite materials used to make this uke are sturdy, and can take a hit or two. And what’s more, because of the lack of wood, this uke is waterproof, making it the perfect companion for a trip to the beach (probably a ukulele’s favorite place to be), or even on a canoe trip.
Like the Ukadelic, the Waterman comes in a variety of cool colors, they’ve even got a series of translucent ukes, and one that glows in the dark!
Kala Waterman Concert
As you can no doubt tell by the name, this is the same instrument as the one above, just in concert size instead of soprano.
If you like everything you’ve heard about the Waterman Soprano, but you’d prefer a slightly bigger instrument, this one’s for you! The downside with this one is that it’s a newer product than the soprano, and therefore lacks the color variety of its smaller counterpart.
Flight Travel Soprano
Before we get back to wooden instruments, we’ve got one more plastic option for you to consider – the Flight Travel Soprano.
Similar to the Waterman, this uke is great for travel and can withstand water or weather; however, it features a wooden top and an arched back that provides it with more volume in the mid-range.
Ohana SK-10 Mahogany Soprano
Looking to jumpstart your uke journey? The Ohana SK-10 series ukes come as a part of a starter kit that will get you going in no time!
The SK-10 series comes in a variety of basic colors, and is made of all laminate mahogany. Unlike the other ukes listed prior to this, these ukes have a nice satin finish, which gives them a smoother feel than the matte options. Plus, if you get one of these, you are also getting a gig bag, strap, tuner, and a chord chart. Hard to beat that.
Kala Uke Like The Pros Soprano Long Neck
This next one is a Uke Like the Pros exclusive, designed in partnership with Kala.
The cool thing about this instrument is that, while it’s called a soprano, it’s actually more of a concert. Basically, a soprano long neck means that it has the body of a soprano, but the scale length of a concert, which means as far as playability goes, it’ll feel more like playing a concert, just with a smaller, more compact body!
There’s also an option to get this instrument as part of a starter kit that comes with a bag, chord chart, string winder, and Master the Uke vol. 1, for just $10 dollars more!
P.S. It also comes in concert and tenor sizes, which feature cutaways and pickups so you can plug them into an amp!
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Kala KA-C Concert
The Kala KA-C is my top recommendation on this list. Why? Well, mostly because it was my first ukulele! But I’d also argue that for the price ($99), this instrument provides the best combination of affordability and quality.
There’s nothing flashy about it, but it sounds great, and it ages well – mine is going on 14 years old and sounds just as good as the day I bought it.
Honorable mention: there’s also a similar model available in tenor size with a pickup under the $200 range.
So far the list has been pretty Kala heavy, and featured mostly soprano or concert ukes. The TK-14 is a quality tenor uke from Ohana that’s still budget friendly.
I don’t have much else to say about this uke. It’s another mahogany laminate, which is very common for ukes under $200. This is just another quality option out there, which is great especially if you’d like to go for a tenor sized uke.
Back to Kala for this one. The KA-B is the only baritone on this list.
Similar to the KA-C above in all but size, the KA-B is a great affordable baritone ukulele for the beginner, or for any uke player who wants to try out the baritone (this was my first baritone!). For those who don’t know, the baritone is the largest member of the uke family, and is tuned like the bottom four strings of a guitar (D-G-B-E) instead of the standard uke tuning (G-C-E-A).
It’s also available with a really snazzy glossy finish for a little extra.
Ohana SK-30M Long Neck Soprano
For the final entry on this list, we have the Ohana SK-30M, a long neck soprano (soprano body, concert scale), that is made of all solid mahogany.
You won’t find a lot of all solid wood affordable ukuleles for under $200, so this is a great instrument for those looking to upgrade their starter uke, or who feel strongly enough to invest a little more right off the bat.
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