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Top 7 Best Flute To Buy In 2019 Reviews & Buying Guide

The flute makes a great choice of an instrument for any player of any age. It shares several similarities with the clarinet in terms of benefits. In fact, in some areas, the flute even surpasses the clarinet as an entry-level instrument.

Younger players especially would benefit from practicing on the flute better than the clarinet. With its curved headjoint, which the clarinet lacks, a flute allows younger kids to begin playing as early as possible.

Plus, because it is lightweight, this instrument is portable making it convenient to move from school to the house and vice versa.

So, kid or adult, whoever is interested in taking up the flute, our article today is for you. We’ve rounded up our top 7 flutes and also thrown in a buying guide to help you make your best decision.

Since we’ve got a lot to talk about, we’d get to this review without further ado. Let’s get started.

Best Flute

Top 7 Best Flute For The Money Of 2019 Reviews

NameMaterialKeyworkInline G/ Offset GFootjointAccessoriesSkill Level
Material
Silver Nickel
Keywork
Closed hole, 16 keys
Inline G/ Offset G
Offset G with split E
Footjoint
C
Accessories
Stand, flute pocketbook, nylon lightweight hard case, soft cleaning cloth, cleaning rod, joint grease, adjustment screw driver, a pair of white gloves
Skill level
Beginner
Material
Cupronickel
Keywork
Closed hole,
Inline G/ Offset G
Offset G
Footjoint
C
Accessories
Carrying case, gloves, cleaning cloth, and cleaning rod
Skill level
Beginner
Material
Silver Nickel
Keywork
Closed hole,
Inline G/ Offset G
Offset G with split E
Footjoint
B and C
Accessories
Plastic flute case, polishing cloth, polishing gauze, cleaning rod, owner’s manual
Skill level
Beginner
Material
Nickel plate
Keywork
Closed hole, 16 keys
Inline G/ Offset G
Offset G with split E
Footjoint
C
Accessories
Durable case, joint grease, cleaning cloth and rod, a pair of gloves, foldable flute stand and flute pocketbook
Skill level
Beginner
Material
Silver plated
Keywork
Open hole
Inline G/ Offset G
Offset / Inline G with split E mechanism
Footjoint
B
Accessories
Hard case
Skill level
Professional
Material
Silver plated
Keywork
Open hole
Inline G/ Offset G
Offset G
Footjoint
B
Accessories
Hard shell case
Skill level
Professional/Intermediate
Material
Solid silver
Keywork
Open hole
Inline G/ Offset G
Inline G
Footjoint
B
Accessories
Hard shell case
Skill level
Beginner

Best Beginner Flutes

1 Mendini by Cecilio Premium Grade Closed Hole C Flute

Loads of tutors and customers love the Mendini by Cecilio MFE-JNG+SD+PB. It’s a beautiful instrument with glowing reports, an affordable price, and lots of accessories in the package. But beyond that, and even more importantly, this flute produces beautiful tones.

Now, keep in mind that we are discussing flutes for beginners. And so, in that regard, we can say that Cecilio did a splendid job. The construction here is great making it easy for people with tiny hands to still manipulate the keys for good sound.

Furthermore, in a closed hole style, this flute also comes with an offset G as well as a Split E key. These two come tied together such that you can actuate them at the same time. Also, the footjoint here is a C, so you’ll be able to hit the low C.

Like we mentioned earlier, there are many accessories that come with the purchase of this flute. Cecilio throws in stuff like a flute stand and pocketbook, as well as a cleaning cloth and other stuff. In fact, this instrument comes ready to play right out of the box which is great news for the beginner.

To finish off this package rather nicely, Cecilio also throws in a high quality hard case. It is plush on the inside to protect your flute, and also comes with a pretty tough nylon zipper as well. Also, besides the main opening, there’s a side zip where you can store other needed accessories.

We specially recommend this flute to young musicians. It’s obvious from the looks of this instrument that it was made with small hands in mind. Also, with its affordable price, it’s a great choice for buyers on a budget.

But don’t get it twisted, this will more than satisfy you, budget price regardless.


Mendini by Cecilio Premium Grade Closed Hole C Flute

Our rating:4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)

Pros
  • Affordable price with several accessories making it an excellent value purchase.
  • Sturdy silver nickel construction, headjoint and footjoint give this flute a beautiful tone.
  • Comes as a complete package with everything you need to play the flute right out of the box.
Cons
  • The case could be a little better.

2 Jean Paul USA FL-220 Student Flute

Next up on our beginner flute section of this review, we look up the Jean Paul USA FL-220 Student Flute. This is a high quality instrument that’s kid friendly and perfect for the beginner to start his musical journey with. In fact, intermediate players will be able to find some use with this flute.

The Jean Paul USA FL-220 gives a really awesome sound and this is largely due to the quality of materials and construction of this flute. The makers give this a superior finish, plus, the keys come sculptured French-style in the closed hole style.

All these add up to give the FL-220 its appealing look, something that you’d be proud to own.

Together with an offset G, the closed key design makes this flute easy to use for younger players and beginners. And that’s one of the reasons it’s on our reviews for beginner flutes.

Just like the last flute we reviewed, the Jean Paul USA FL-220 packs several accessories although not as many as the Mendini by Cecilio.

Here you get a durable case which also features a convenient shoulder strap. It keeps your flute safe as you move around, and also makes a great place for storage too.

This package also comes with a cleaning cloth and a cleaning rod to help maintain your flute.

In looks, this flute does not disappoint. It’s shiny and beautiful. And although it looks so dainty, there’s nothing at all dainty about its sound. Sound here is great and intonation is quite super especially for a flute in the beginner category.

And because the flute is made from solid stuff, there’s an assurance that this flute will last till you’re ready to make the upgrade.


Jean Paul USA FL-220 Student Flute

Our rating:4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)

Pros
  • This flute is a fantastic start for the beginner.
  • Package comes with a couple of accessories including a wiping cloth, cleaning rod, and gloves.
  • Intonation is great for a beginner flute.
Cons
  • A hard shell case might have been a better option.

3 Yamaha YFL-222 Intermediate Flute

Alright, this is a slightly pricier than the average beginner flute. So, generally, we’d say this would be best for intermediate players. It’s also great for serious beginners wishing to make the upgrade from their budget, entry-level flutes.

Coming from Yamaha, we naturally have a lot of confidence in this flute and we can assure you that if you can afford this, you’ll be more than satisfied with its performance.

Construction quality here, as expected is great. From the footjoint to the headjoint, you can just see the meticulousness Yamaha put into making this thing. According to the manufacturers, the flute is designed to give you a clean attack, sensitive response and a beautiful intonation.

Nickel silver is Yamaha’s material of choice here and it’s quite a good one. In fact, except you’re intent on breaking this, we’re pretty sure this is going to last many years of use.

Examining the design of this flute further, we find that this comes with a  C footjoint, an offset G, a closed hole, plus a split E mechanism. All these work together to make playing this flute quite easier for the beginner and intermediate players as well.

As for looks, this definitely falls in the professional, upper class in its shiny silver finish. But beyond looks, this flute gives a really impressive tone and flute response that you hardly find. And thanks to the double flare taper and embouchure hole undercut, the tone you get here is so vibrant.

By way of accessories, you get a protective case for protection and storage, stuff for cleaning. It also comes with a manual to help you find your way around the instrument.


Yamaha YFL-222 Intermediate Flute

Our rating:4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)

Pros
  • Great for beginning and intermediate players.
  • Made from durable, high quality materials.
  • Easy to play.
  • Comes with B and C footjoint to give a truly vibrant tone.
  • Outstanding appearance.
  • Beautiful sound quality.
Cons
  • Not for highly skilled players, but then again, it was never advertised as such.

4 Mendini Closed Hole C Flute

Here’s another Mendini on our review and why not? The Mendini by Cecilio flutes are some of the most affordable flutes in the market. So, they make great starter points for the budding musician. And let’s not forget that they also offer loads of accessories too to make your purchase even more worthwhile.

If you have a child that’s interested in learning to play the flute, this flute makes a fantastic and cost-effective idea. Even if they do not end up sticking with the instrument, the loss isn’t too colossal. And that’s just one of the many pluses of this flute. Get in here to find out the rest.

Now, besides price, we are always intrigued by how Mendini flutes always pack so many accessories. With this package, you’d lack nothing to begin playing your instrument out of the box with. And that’s pretty awesome.

There are all kinds of accessories from a foldable flute stand, to cleaning stuff, to a flute pocketbook. So, now you can save the extra and not have to spend separately on them. The hard case is also really impressive and looks like something that will stand the test of time.

Alright, now to sound… The sound quality here is really lovely and vibrant. In fact tutors love it and that’s why it continues to remain popular among tutors and students worldwide.


Mendini Closed Hole C Flute

Our rating:3.9 out of 5 stars (3.9 / 5)

Pros
  • Affordably priced with loads of accessories.
  • Lovely, vibrant sound quality.
  • Great for kids.
Cons
  • As a cheapie, quality here suffers a little and most repairmen turn down repairing a Mendini flute.

Best Professional Flutes

5 Pearl 525RBE1RB Quantz Series Flute

And now, we begin with the professional flutes and first up is the pearl 525RBE1RB Quantz Series Flute. From the looks of this, you can tell that this is a highly professional instrument that might be a bit out of reach for certain folks. This costs nearly $1000 after all.

Anyway, this comes in silver which is something that’s common with professional flutes. Of course, this choice of material also impacts on the sound quality this instrument produces. The sound here is excellent. Plus, with the quality construction here, you’re not going to be losing this anytime soon.

Upon closer examination into the heart of this instrument, you’d find that it’s a lot different from our beginner flutes. First, this comes with a B footjoint, so you’ll be able to hit lower registers down to the key B. Something you won’t find on beginner flutes.

Also, this is an open hole design, another testimony to the professional audience this is supposed to appeal to. The inline G and split E mechanism also make this flute really impressive and fantastic in the tone department.


Pearl 525RBE1RB Quantz Series Flute

Our rating:5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

Pros
  • Sturdy and durable construction quality.
  • Magnificent tone.
  • Easy to play in the right hands.
Cons
  • Provided case isn’t exactly a snug fit for the flute.
  • Somewhat pricey.

6 Gemeinhardt Model 30B Flute

Coming at a price a little lower than our last product, the Gemeinhardt Model 30B Flute is quite nicely priced for a pro level instrument.

Nonetheless, in the strictest sense of the word, we would say this is great for an intermediate player. But we guess it could also work for a professional on a budget.

Now, the construction here is obviously high quality. So, you can trust the integrity of sound you’ll be getting here. It’s longer than a beginner flute with a B footjoint but then it helps you hit a lower register with the B register notes.

The offset G, open hole design, and embouchure also give this flute its professional appeal. Plus, it also impacts on sound quality as well.

Now, there’s a Gizmo feature here which many believe that the makers included to make the longer flute a bit more playable. However, we feel it does affect the flute’s ability to hit higher notes.

Lastly, this does not come with a whole bunch of accessories. However, it does come with a hard shell case which keeps the flute safe and protected.


Gemeinhardt Model 30B Flute

Our rating:4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)

Pros
  • With the B footjoint, the player will be able to hit lower registers.
  • Silver finish gives this a beautiful and shiny look.
  • Hard shell case keeps your flute safe and protected.
Cons
  • Might be a little out of reach for some folks.

7 Gemeinhardt 3SB Flute

Rounding off this review is this truly outstanding flute also by Gemeinhardt. It is made from solid silver which makes it the priciest flute on our review today. It’s also the flute with the most solid materials here.

The choice of materials assures you already of outstanding sound quality. Plus, it also assures you of durability. This will last and that’s for sure. And in beauty, of course, you can rest assured that this easily stands out.

It’s a B footprint, with an open hole design and an inline G. So, beginning to end, this is a flute for the professionals. It’s not for everybody. But as long as you can afford it, and you have the right skills, you’ll absolutely love this.

To ensure that your flute is always kept safe, this comes with a hard shell case for storage and transport. But we can assure you that left to itself, except you’re bent on destroying it, this will last many years of use.


Gemeinhardt 3SB Flute

Our rating:5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

Pros
  • Impeccable sound.
  • Beautiful look.
  • High quality build and construction.
  • Comes with hard shell case to protect flute.
Cons
  • This is a pricey instrument not for everybody.

Buying Guide For Best Flute

If you or your kid has decided on getting a flute, there are a few features you should look out for if you want to get a good deal. Here are some features you want to consider.

Headjoint

This is the mouthpiece of your flute which features the riser and lip plate. On a student flute, you’ll usually find the headjoint silverplated. But for pro flutes, headjoints are usually solid, made with solid silver or granadilla wood sometimes to give a unique sound effect.

Headjoints can come curved or straight. But for a beginner or a young player, a curved headjoint is advised. As your skills increase, you can always upgrade to a straight headjoint.

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Keywork

This can be closed hole or open hole. But what does this actually mean? Well, sometimes, a flute could come with a gap in the middle of its keywork, other times it might not. Obviously, the ones with a gap are the open hole while the others are the closed hole.

Open hole models are somewhat tougher because they require you to be super accurate when placing your finger. You need this to fully cover the key. And to this, you’d need to have developed some level of control using advanced techniques like glissandi and multiphonics.

Based on this, beginners might be better off starting out with a closed hole model first. Otherwise, players can also purchase keywork plugs to block the gap and convert the open hole to a closed hole model for the meantime till they are ready.

Offset G, Inline G, And Split E Mechanism

You probably came across this when you making your research about flutes. It refers to whether or not the G key is offset against other keys or inline with them.

Beginner flutes usually come with an offset G while professional flutes come with an inline G. However, this was at first.

Right now, the offset G mechanism has a reputation of giving a more ergonomic and natural hand positioning. So, in the end, they are more comfortable and also reduce your chances of getting carpal tunnel syndrome.

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For this reason, inline G models are harder to find these days as offset G models are gaining popularity among players.

Lastly, the split E mechanism is also a feature you find on most modern flutes. It divides the action of the lower and upper G keys which makes the lower G close up when you play the high E. In the end, the response you get is a lot improved when playing a high E.

Footjoint

There are two types – the C foot which is the more common and the B foot which is less common. Although not as common, the B footjoint actually gives you an increased bottom range so you‘re able to hit a low B instead of a low C.

Most student flutes, though, have a C foot. You can easily tell them apart by the number of keys the footprint has. 2 keys are for C foot while 3 keys are for B foot.

Material

As in most instruments, materials impact on sound quality. Beginner flutes are usually silverplated nickel sliver alloy. It keeps the flute affordable and yet also gives a unique acoustic sound.

Some other flutes are also made from solid silver which gives them a brighter tone.

Again, there are also flutes that come in gold, platinum, and granadilla wood. They are, of course, more expensive and usually found among professional players.

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Recommended Accessories

Consider getting a silver polishing cloth, gauze cloth, flute cleaning rod, flute stand, and a flute case cover. Some packages might come with them, for others, you’d have to make a separate investment.

Conclusion

Our best beginner flute goes to the Mendini by Cecilio Premium Grade Closed Hole C Flute. It gives us a nice balance of price, features, and performance which is great for an entry-level instrument.

For pro level, of course, the unanimous choice is the Gemeinhardt 3SB Flute. Yes, it is pricey but it is one of the best in the industry. So, we love it and would recommend it in a beat!

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