Best Xylophones in 2020



aGreatLife Wooden Xylophone for Kids Includes Eagle Whistle Review:


This is NOT a "received item... for giving a review" Review
- I selected & purchased this product after much searching & reading reviews to find the "just right" one!
I'm thankful to all those that take time to write reviews, which enable me to learn more about the product/s so I may select & order with "well informed" confidence. I try to "return the favor" by writing reviews too - some items that I'm "overly thrilled" with will inspire me to write a very detailed review. This is one of those items...

MY REVIEW:
Purchased and received this "Glockenspiel Xylophone" in excellent condition - plays beautifully, loving the melody!
Nice sturdy storage (cardboard) box that has an "old nostalgic" aesthetics about it.
Kids - young and old, enjoy playing Xylophones!
Was bought with intent of "music time" play with my grandchildren.
Once received, my husband played it for at least an hour, he learned to play "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" by ear.

PROS:
Wood & metal - NO plastic here!
Sturdy, beautiful, excellent tuned tones, expect this to become an heirloom for generations to come!
Beautiful, vibrate colors, marked with the "letter of each note" upon each key.
Excellent value with a great bargain price (mine was purchased under $15 w/ shipping) - perfect gift for all ages.

CONS:
Grasping at straws here...
Only "cons" I could possible come up with:
- I'm "overly cautious" & am a "safety nut" when it comes to children, especially very young, less coordinated ones. That said, I may opt to find a way to add some type of "comfort bumper cushions" to the handle ends of the mallets. Just to ensure that it's less likely to have ANY possibility that it may "poke an eye out", as our grandparents would say.
- The included "music sheet" is printed very small, making it more difficult for my 54-yr-old eyes to read it easily. That "con" is offset with the fact that it is printed on a heavy duty "card stock" paper, which is a "pro"! Should a "bonus gift" of including a "music sheet" be even counted as a "con"?!? hmm...
- In spite of my so-called "cons", I only wish I could give this MORE than five stars!!!

As the quality of this Xylophone is superb - in both craftsmanship and melody, I am looking forward to this going from "banging out fun sounds" with the toddlers to actually "making music" as they grow older. From what my husband & I have experienced, we would enjoy "making real music" upon it ourselves, too. So I went on a mega search for a "music book or sheets" to use with our new, proudly owned "Woody Xylophone".

Let me say, I spent hours, upon hours (well over 10 hours!) - researching, searching and comparing countless websites AND products until I finally settled upon what I am anticipating to be the perfect "Music Pattern Song Book" companion to our Woody Xylophone. Is it any surprise, it's available here on AMAZON?! *lol* NOTE: I have yet to order this "Music Pattern Song Book" - as I'm writing this, priced @ $13.99, watching in hopes that it *might* be offered for under $10 w/ shipping - or two for $14 would be SWEEEET. *lol*

Popular 8 Note Songs: Music Patterns for Glockenspiel, Xylophone, Hand Bells and Piano – September 23, 2016
Per that product's description:
"Any eight-note instrument in a C to C scale can be used with this book. Sometimes instruments vary in their color scheme, but most are labeled with the letter of the notes. All of this book’s song patterns are color-coded AND letter-coded, so as long as the instrument is marked with the letter of the notes, you can play along."

***BONUS***
From the image pictured on the music book's cover - the keys are a color match to THIS Xylophone. How perfect is THAT?!

Other "good to know" info that was GIVEN WITHIN THE DESCRIPTION FOR:
Popular 8 Note Songs: Music Patterns for Glockenspiel, Xylophone, Hand Bells and Piano– September 23, 2016

- which I found to be very informative and worthy of including within this review, is as follows:

"A Place to Begin!
Many parents and classroom teachers feel unequipped to teach the next generation about music because they had little opportunity to learn themselves. (...) Children delight in banging the keys of a percussion instrument but need some help to know what to do next. (...)"

"Help for Parents and Teachers!
To help school teachers, parents and other community instructors start teaching music with Glockenspiel Xylophones, there are some classroom ideas at the end of this book. (...)"

"Benefits!
It is well documented that learning to play a musical instrument stimulates multiple areas of the brain and increases the brain’s cognitive ability, but it also enhances eye-hand coordination and balance. It can increase math ability and improve reading and comprehension skills as well as listening ability. Playing together in a group boosts leadership and team work skills and teaches discipline. Music fosters self-expression, creates a sense of achievement, relieves stress, and promotes happiness."

Needless to say, I am truly pleased and more than satisfied with this Xylophone.
Only thing that could possibly make this product even better? Would be to include a "music book"!
HINT: Keep that in mind if you have plans of purchasing this Xylophone as a beautiful, heirloom-quality, educational & fun GIFT - perfect for any & all those that are "young-at-heart". Will be adding this to my "great-to-give" list of gifts! May even buy one more for our house, one for me & one for "them" - the beginning of our own musical group, ha!

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Xylophone for Kids: Best Holiday/Birthday DIY Gift Idea for your Mini Musicians, Musical Toy with Child Safe Mallets, Perfectly Tuned Instrument for Toddlers, Musical Cards and Harmonica Included Review:


My son has one of the Fisher Price plastic xylophones that has the plastic mallet attached to it with a string, and he has almost no interest in it other than chewing on the mallet. I've tried to play with it, but the string is so short that it makes it difficult and the sound isn't as nice and I wanted it to. I had a wooden xylophone growing up, so I wanted him to have a nice wooden also, so I picked out this one. I love how beautiful and well made this xylophone and it's mallets are. The music cards are really cute and I love that they are colour coordinated with the keys on the xylophone and that both the xylophone and the music cards say what note they are. I also love that it has a carrying case so everything can state together without being lost. The stickers, rope, and little heart tag that came with it would be perfect for tying around the box and giving as a gift. I also love that they have a small note in there saying they want you to be happy and if you would not give them a five-star experience to contact their support email, I think that shows that they really stand behind and believe in their product which I love.



CELEMOON Natural Wooden Toddler Xylophone Glockenspiel For Kids with Multi-Colored Metal Bars Included Two Sets of Child-Safe Wooden Mallets (15-tone) Review:


This item was shipped in the time they gave and was a real delight when I open it and tested it out before giving it as a present to my granddaughter who loves music. Now no more using glasses. This sound is pleasant & easy to listen to and made very sturdy. The appearance is colorful and made appealing to whoever opens it and uses it.
Entirely well made and the fact that the base is nice looking wood the real thing makes it so much nicer. It makes a very nice gift.



Xylophone for kids, Color Scissor Wooden Xylophone Toy with Child Safe Mallets, Educational Musical Instruments Toy for Toddlers Child Review:


This is a cute little xylophone and the notes play pretty well. It comes with two little mallets. I also like how colorful it is which helps with child development. The things I don't like about this: I thought it would be much bigger. It really is only a little bit bigger than a standard fork. Also it appears to be somewhat cheaply named since you can see a foam tape line under both sides of the note bars on the wood. Thus doesn't really bother me because it's not a very expensive toy, it just isn't quite what I thought it would be.



ammoon 30 Note Glockenspiel Xylophone Wooden Frame Percussion Musical Instrument Review:


For the price, this is a great little instrument. We have a similar problem to another one of the reviewers in that the top row of keys, at least at the low end, sometimes bump up against the bottom row if the instrument isn’t lying perfectly flat. That’s no problem, though. We’ll just add another washer behind those keys. The mallets that come with it are serviceable but not excellent. Great value for the price.



Andoer 25 Note Glockenspiel Xylophone Educational Musical Instrument Percussion Gift with Carrying Bag Review:


For the price, this is a great little instrument. We have a similar problem to another one of the reviewers in that the top row of keys, at least at the low end, sometimes bump up against the bottom row if the instrument isn’t lying perfectly flat. That’s no problem, though. We’ll just add another washer behind those keys. The mallets that come with it are serviceable but not excellent. Great value for the price.