The Best Ukulele Tuners of 2019
There are thousands of different ukulele tuners on Amazon. Most of them look alike and have similar pricing. To find the best ukulele tuners, we reviewed dozens of tuners from Amazon, narrowing down our list to find the highest quality and most accurate tuners based on their price, design, features and reviews
|Best All Rounder||KLIQ UberTuner|
|Most Affordable||Snark SN6X|
|Most Compact||D’Addario NS Micro Tuner|
|Most Accurate||Peterson StroboPlus HD Desktop Strobe Tuner|
|Best Live||Boss TU3 Chromatic Tuner Pedal|
|Best for Kids||Novelty Tuners|
KLIQ UberTuner – Top Pick
Our ultimate pick is the KLIQ UberTuner. Although a little pricier than other options you pay a little more for excellent quality with this tuner. Also, the manufacturer provides a 3 year warranty with the product so on the off chance it breaks you’ll be able to get a replacement easily.
The Kliq UberTuner works out of the box with Ukulele, Guitar, Bass and Violin, and includes a chromatic mode for unusual tunings and other instruments. This makes it a perfect one stop shop for any tuning you might need to do.
The screen is super bright and there is plenty of flexibility although it is not quite as easy to position as the Snark SN6X discussed later in this list. But the range of flexibility is fine for the majority of use cases.
For most people this is the perfect tuner for all their ukulele (and other instrument) tuning needs which is why we think the Klik UberTuner is the best ukulele tuner.
The SN6X is the newer version of the legendary Snark SN6 Ukulele Tuner. This tuner has a large bright multicoloured display that swivels a full 360 degrees making it perfect for left handed players.
This tuner is tailored to the frequencies produced by ukulele strings which means it performs fantastically for ukuleles. However, there is only a ukulele mode, so you won’t be able to use this with any other instruments, and you won’t be able to tune chromatically to experiment with unusual tunings.
If you’re starting out and looking for something simple that works well then the Snark SN6X is a great little tuner. The 360 degree swivel in particular makes it one of the best ukulele tuners for left handed players. But if you play other stringed instruments or think you might want to experiment with funky tunings then I’d suggest looking at our other picks.
The second Snark tuner that I have decided to add to this list. The Snark ST-2 is similar to the SN6X above except that rather than be specific to ukuleles it provides no specific modes. Instead it opts for a purely chromatic experience.
As long as you can remember what notes the ukulele strings should be then this is not a problem. And, it allows you to play with alternative tunings.
Like the SN6X the ST-2 has full 360 degree swivel, and also includes the same tap tempo metronome as a useful feature.
If you like the look and design of the ukulele specific Snark SN6X tuner but what the freedom to use it for alternative tunings and other instruments, then this is the tuner for you. Providing of course that you are comfortable using a chromatic tuner without any preset modes.
This little tuner is a real gem and the tuner I use personally for my own ukulele. Though it doesn’t have the largest screen, the most swivel or any other fancy features, it’s biggest draw for me is it’s size. This ukulele tuner is absolutely tiny. So much so that I leave it on my ukulele permanently.
Larger tuners clipped on and folded down usually don’t fit into ukulele cases or bags, so I often lost tuners as I travelled around with my ukulele. The D’addario solved this by becoming a now permanent addition to my ukulele. I have mine clipped on with the display behind the headstock, and from the front it is almost impossible to tell I have a tuner at all.
In my opinion this is a huge improvement compared to unsightly clip on tuners that jut out at strange angles. So if you need a simple but discreet ukulele tuner then the D’addario NS Micro Tuner is the one for you.
The So There Rechargeable Clip-on Tuner solves an interesting problem. It replaces the standard small battery in clip on tuners with a rechargeable one charged by USB.
The tuner itself seems to work well and in operation seems to be very standard. It packs a fairly bright screen with lots of swivel for different positions.
However, I don’t think that rechargeable batteries add any value to clip on tuners. I haven’t had to replace the battery in my own clip on tuner since I bought it 2 years ago. It even came with a battery.
Additionally rechargeable batteries have a tendency to become weaker overtime leading to reduced performance. The charging socket is also Micro USB rather than the now standard USB Type C which should be on every device.
If you find it difficult to find the small batteries that fit in clip on tuners then this is the perfect tuner for you. In all other ways it works fantastically which is why we’ve included it in our list. But, I think most people would prefer a standard battery operation.
If unrivalled accuracy is top of your priority list then look no further than the Peterson StroboPlus HD Desktop Strobe Tuner.
Although this tuner is 10 times the price of others on this list it is absolutely worth the price if you need accuracy. It uses a strobe style display to provide tuning information accurate to 1/1000th of a fret helping you to get perfectly in tune.
If you plan to do professional recording of any kind then a high performance ukulele tuner like this is an absolute must. It can either tune through an inbuilt microphone, or by connecting to your ukulele with a jack lead. So if you want to use that feature make sure you have a ukulele with a jack output.
This tuner is well suited for the recording environment with a built in stand it will sit happily on a table keeping you perfectly in tune. If you need the highest accuracy then the StroboPlus is the perfect choice.
If you want the accuracy of a strobe tuner like the StroboPlus but prefer the form factor of a clip on tuner, then this clip on option from Peterson is the perfect choice.
For a much lower price you lose several features such as direct input and optional built in metronome, but the form factor makes this tuner much more usable on the go.
The insane accuracy of the StroboPlus is maintained in the StroboClip as it still tunes to within 1/1000th of a fret.
For those who need the highest accuracy but don’t want to sacrifice the convenience of a clip on then this is the best ukulele tuner for you.
More and more ukulele players are performing on stage. From the likes of Jake Shimabukuro to the local band at the pub ukuleles on stage are popping up everywhere.
If you are planning to play on stage for any length of time then it’s important to stay in tune. Any number of factors such as air temperature can affect your tuning so it’s worth keeping something like the Boss TU3 Chromatic Tuner Pedal with you on stage.
It takes the form of a standard effects pedal and will work with perfectly with any other effects pedals you might be using. Although it doesn’t provide a specific ukulele mode it handles chromatic tuning with no problem.
You will need to make sure that your ukulele has a jack output, but if you’re planning to play on stage you likely already have that covered.
With a clear colourful display and accurate tuning built into a stompbox pedal, the Boss TU3 Chromatic Tuner Pedal is everything you need to tune your ukulele when playing live on stage.
Take a look at tuners on Amazon or in your local music shop and you will find novelty tuners. The most common ones I tend to see are owls or aliens in various colours.
As expected from a novelty product the quality of these novelty ukulele tuners are lower than the other tuners on this list. However, they do serve a purpose.
The Ukulele is a fantastic instrument to teach kids. There are many great children’s ukulele’s around of a decent quality such as the Makala Dolphin Ukuleles range. So why not give them a fun novelty ukulele tuner as a gift. It will be good enough for them to learn with and take to school and adds even more fun to playing the ukulele.
Ukulele Tuner Apps
If you can’t get your hands on a ukulele tuner for some reason, don’t fret. You can tune by ear, or you can try one of the free ukulele tuner apps littered across App Stores.
Fair warning though these apps might not work great as these apps use the microphone on your smartphone to listen to the notes you play. So if your phone isn’t that great your tuning may suffer as a result.
If you’re going to play with other people I would absolutely get a tuner if you can, but it is possible to use your phone in a pinch. But, I would double check your results by ear against some tuning tones on Youtube.
Why do I need a ukulele tuner?
If you’re just getting started with the ukulele, then don’t feel pressured to by a tuner straight away. It is straightforward to manually tune a ukulele either to itself or to some tuning notes found online. Check out our How to Tune Your Ukulele Guide for more information.
If you have any intentions of playing with other people, then I think a tuner is essential. It is impossible to get the accurate tuning you will get from a tuner with just the human ear. When you play with other people, this accuracy is essential to ensure that you are all on the same page and allows you to sound your best together.
But some of these tuners say they’re for guitars!
Most instrument tuners that work with ukuleles also work with a myriad of other stringed instruments. They usually have a variety of switchable modes. All the tuners we recommend either have a ukulele specific mode or support chromatic tuning.
Chromatic tuning means the tuner will try to tune to whatever the nearest note is. So as long as you remember the notes of the ukulele strings (GCEA) then a chromatic tuner will work just as well.
In my opinion the ideal tuner comes with both a ukulele mode and a chromatic mode. This makes it flexible in case you want to try out different tunings.
Which ukulele tuner should I choose?
So out of this list of tuners how do you choose the right one for you?
Best all rounder ukulele tuners
If you don’t need any specific features then go for one of the simple and affordable clip on ones. The KLIQ UberTuner will cover all your bases, or alternatively either of the Snark tuners are cheaper and more limited, but will still do what you need to get going.
Best compact ukulele tuner
If you need something you can leave on all the time then the d’addario is the obvious choice. For me being able to leave it on all the time means I have a reduced chance of losing it. Some people might feel it’s reduced size increases that chance. That will have to be your call based on how easily you lose things.
Best rechargeable ukulele tuner
If you like the idea of a rechargeable tuner then the SoThere model is the only respectable one that I know about. It’s a shame it hasn’t been updated for USB Type C. Hopefully that is something we’ll see in the future.
Most accurate ukulele tuners
If you need accuracy or just like to be dead on with your tuning then either the Peterson StroboPlus or the StroboClip are great. The strobe tuning display is superb. You pay a premium for these tuners they are much higher quality than anything else on this list.
Best live ukulele tuner
If you need a tuner on stage then just get the Boss TU3. It’s the standard live tuner for all instruments among the musicians I know and will look great with any other effects you have. There are other tuners of this style available so if you have specific requirements feel free to shop around but the boss one will serve you well.
Most fun ukulele tuner
I like to keep a few of these fun tuners lying around somewhere near the pile of ukuleles at the foot of my bed. I love showing people how simple the ukulele is, and these tuners make wonderful little inexpensive gifts to get them started. They’re also great for kids who don’t need anything more than a standard ukulele tuning and something inexpensive that won’t matter if it gets lost at school.
Top Rated Ukulele Tuners
Hopefully you now have all the information you need to decide what ukulele tuner is right for you!
Check out our How to Tune Your Ukulele Guide to find out how to make the best use of your new digital ukulele tuner, as well as how to tune using more traditional manual methods.