Do you want to start making your own gadgets but don’t know anything about electronics and programming? An Arduino can be a good starting point – find out the best Arduino Starter Kits and start making your own gadgets!
Why are we writing this article? We (Rui Santos and Sara Santos) are the owners of the Random Nerd Tutorials blog. A blog about electronics projects and tutorials with the Arduino, ESP32, ESP8266 and Raspberry Pi.
We have dozens of Arduino projects with step by step instructions with code that you can easily follow. Many of our readers ask us what do they need to get started with the Arduino. Our recommendation is an Arduino starter kit. So we’ve decided to make a compilation with the Best Arduino Starter Kits for beginners.
In this article you’ll also find out some additional information about the Arduino board and resources to get started.
Best Arduino Starter Kits Comparison
We’ve put up a list with the best Arduino starter kits. See the list below to compare their features and continue reading this post for a more in-depth analysis of each kit.
Continue reading this post for a detailed analysis of each Arduino Starter Kit.
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Arduino Starter Kit
Elegoo Complete Starter Kit
Elegoo Super Starter Kit
DFROBOT Arduino Starter Kit
What is Arduino?
The Arduino is a microcontroller board that you can program to read information from the world around you and to send commands to the outside world. In simple words, the Arduino controls outputs and reads inputs. The outputs can be an LED, a motor or a display, and inputs can be potentiometers, buttons or sensors.
Getting Started with an Arduino Starter Kit
Getting started with Arduino is easy and anyone can learn electronics and programming with this board. However, it can be a little intimidating, specially at start, when you don’t know what an Arduino is capable to do.
The easiest way to learn Arduino is making projects! Start with a simple “Blinking LED” project and then evolve into more interesting projects. We recommend that you check our Arduino course: Arduino Step-by-Step projects – a compilation of 25 projects with step by step instructions. This includes simple projects like “Blinking an LED” and more advanced (yet easy) projects like a Time Attendance System, a Weather Station, a Memory Game, and much more!
If you’re completely new to Arduino, and you’re still not sure if it is a good fit for you, we have a free Arduino Mini Course that you can enroll here where you’ll have your first LED blinking in less than 15 minutes.
What do you need to get started?
In our opinion, the best way to get started with the Arduino is by getting one Arduino starter kit that contains all the components you need to learn the basics and start doing projects.
Don’t be disappointed if your first project is a simple blinking LED. Learning how to blink an LED is more powerful than you think. If you can control an LED, you can control almost anything, whether it is a lamp or a toaster. After mastering the basics, you can also choose from a wide variety of Arduino compatible sensors and Arduino shields.
There are a wide variety of Arduino Starter Kits. The best kit for you depends on what you want to do and how much you are willing to spend.
Continue reading to find the best Arduino Starter Kit for your needs.
Recommended reading: 60+ Arduino Projects and Tutorials
Best Arduino Starter Kits
This is the official Arduino starter kit. It comes with a project book with 15 projects, and the all needed components to build them. This is great if you’re a total beginner, because you’ll actually learn how to do cool projects with the components provided. The kit comes with the Arduino UNO board, the project book with 15 projects, breadboard, jumper wires, resistors, LEDs, temperature sensor, DC motor, servo motor, and much more. An Arduino starter kit is an awesome gift to give to your kids on their birthday.
Note: the projects book is available in other languages besides English like Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, and Spanish.
What’s included in this kit?
- Arduino UNO + USB cable
- Project Book with 15 projects
- 1 breadboard
- Jumper wires
- Wooden base
- 9V battery snap
- 6x phototransistor
- 3x potentiometer
- 10x pushbuttons
- Temperature sensor [TMP36]
- Tilt sensor
- 16×2 LCD
- LEDs (several colors)
- DC motor
- Servo motor
- Piezo capsule
- Motor drive L293D
- Optocoupler 4N35
- Transistors, capacitors and diodes
- Resistors assortment (with the most common values)
You also have the option to get this kit with two best-selling Arduino books: “Getting Starterd with Arduino” by :Make and “Programming Arduino” by Simon Monk. Check this bundle below:
For more suggestions of Arduino books, we recommend:
This kit from Elegoo is just awesome. It comes with more than 200 components, in which 63 are different. Besides basic components like resistors, LEDs and pushbuttons, it comes with a nice set of modules and sensors like: RFID reader, water level sensor, accelerometer/gyroscope module, LED matrix, motion sensor, ultrasonic sensor and much more.
There is also a manual included with instructions for example projects to help you get started. The manual includes the code (you can copy the code from a CD that comes with the kit), and pictures of assembled circuits, so that you don’t get lost. All the code was tested, so that you don’t get compilation errors when uploading code to your Arduino board.
Everything comes in a nice plastic case to keep everything organized, plus an extra mini box to store small parts. The microcontroller is an Arduino clone from Elegoo, but works exactly the same as the official Arduino. This is a good kit not just for beginners but also for experienced makers.
Recommend resource: Download free Arduino eBook.
This Arduino kit doesn’t come with as much components as the previous one. Still, it brings the essential components to learn Arduino basics in an easy way and for a really good price. This is perfect if you are on a lower budget.
The kit includes an Arduino clone, LCD display with header pins, 7-segment display, small electronics components like LEDs, resistors, pushbuttons, a potentiometer, and jumper wires. It also comes with other cool components like a termistor, a servo motor, a DHT11 temperature and humidity sensor, stepper motor driver board, and much more.
All parts come with header pins, so you don’t need to worry about soldering. Additionally, everything comes organized in a handy plastic case. Besides the electronics components, the kit also brings a PDF document with 22 lessons with instructions.
Recommended reading: Best Arduino Sensors and Modules Kits
This Arduino Kit from DFRobot comes with 20 different components. Everything comes clearly labeled and organized in a plastic box, so you don’t have trouble finding the right parts for your projects. They provide flash cards and instructions (on their website) to build 15 different projects. These are good resources for both teaching and learning. It comes with an Arduino clone compatible with the original Arduino UNO.
This kit comes with everything you need to get started with Arduino. It even comes with a multimeter (even though the multimeter is not high quality, it is good for beginners to understand how current and voltage works, or for troubleshooting circuits). The microcontroller is not the official Arduino, it is a fully compatible clone.
Everything comes really well packed and organized in a plastic case, and in a smaller plastic box for small components like LEDs, resistors and pushbuttons. It brings nice modules and sensors like ultrasonic sensor, gyroscope/acelerometer module, remote control with infrared receiver, stepper motor driver, termistor and much more.
The only con about this kit is the documentation. It isn’t as good as it should be. However, there are plenty of online tutorials and courses you can follow to help you out. If you’re an absolute beginner, maybe it is better to get a starter kit with a project’s book.
Need Tutorials to Get Started?
Do you need some tutorials to get started? You can take a look at our Arduino course, or our free Arduino resources:
- Arduino Step-by-step Projects (Build 25 projects)
- FREE Arduino eBook with +18 projects
- FREE Arduino Mini Course
- FREE Arduino Projects and Tutorials
We also recommend the following books on Amazon:
For more recommendations about Arduino books, you can read the following articles:
Other Essential Tools
If you’re thinking about grabbing an Arduino to start learning electronics, there are other essential tools you might consider getting. A multimeter is an essential tool to debug your circuits (it also helps you understand how electricity works).
Another essential tool is a soldering iron. It is very useful to solder wires or pins together and build your own circuits. To help you get the best tools, check our articles about multimeters and soldering irons.
If you’re looking for other tools to start putting together your electronics lab, you can read: How To Set Up an Electronics Lab: Tools and Equipment.
In this post we’ve shown you our choices when it comes to the best Arduino starter kits. The best Arduino kit for you will depend on your needs, on your expertise level and on what you intend to do with the Arduino.
If you’re an absolute beginner and you don’t know anything about electronics and programming, and you don’t even know how to identify different parts, the Official Arduino Starter kit is a better option. Although a bit more pricey, it comes with a really good booklet to guide you all the way through.
Have you ordered one of these Arduino starter kits? Let us know what do you think.
PS: If you’re looking for Arduino Projects, check our Arduino course on Random Nerd Tutorials website.
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