What made me build a site dedicated to digital piano reviews? Well, I’ve been playing the piano since I was six years old, but unfortunately when I moved out of my parent’s house I didn’t have the budget or the space to accommodate a traditional piano. One day I ran into my old piano teacher and I told her how I felt like I was losing touch with my piano skills. She told me that a lot of her students were purchasing digital pianos due to how cheap they are over the more traditional acoustic piano and recommended that I look into getting one for myself. I began searching around the web for more information in regards to the best digital pianos on the market, but wasn’t finding much. This led me to putting together a review guide of the top digital pianos available today.
Ultimate Comparison Chart
|Yamaha P Series P35B||88||$$||4.8|
|Casio PX150 BK Touch Sensitive Privia with Tri-Sensor Scaled Hammer Action||88||$$||4.6|
|Yamaha YPG-235 Portable Grand Graded-Action USB Keyboard||76||$||4.4|
|Casio PX850 BK Touch Sensitive Privia with 4 Layer Stereo Grand Piano Samples||88||$$$$||4.8|
|Casio AP420 Celviano with Bench||88||$$$$||4.5|
|Yamaha YPG-535 Portable Grand Graded-Action USB Keyboard||88||$$||4.2|
Obviously there are many more options available, but in my opinion these are some of the absolute best based on the quality and value. Digital pianos certainly aren’t cheap, but they are much more affordable than an acoustic piano. For someone just starting out on the piano it is a much better idea to save your money by going the digital route and investing into piano lessons.
Benefits of Going Electric:
Never having to worry about tuning – If you are familiar with acoustic pianos you will know that they need to be tuned every year and if you move the instrument to a new location you must tune it as well. You can expect to pay around $100 just for one tuning and believe me it isn’t something you can do yourself.
Portability – Not only will you not have to worry about tuning your piano when you move, but you also won’t have as much hassle moving it. Some digital pianos are more portable than others, but overall they aren’t hard to move and you can do it yourself. In order to move an acoustic piano you are going to need to hire a professional moving company. Not all movers are equipped to move a piano and even if they are, acoustic pianos are easily damaged in transport.
Price –A very basic upright piano runs around $5,000 dollars whereas a top-of-the-line digital piano will cost around $1,000 and there are plenty of options in the $500-$800 range. That’s a significant savings!
MIDI Capability – If you are someone who is interested in digital audio productions and songwriting than a digital piano is a must. Nowadays most of the pianos you hear in hit songs are actually digital because of the ability to plug directly into a computer and record. Also, there are software programs available which allow you to plug your piano directly into the keyboard and provide real-time instruction. This technology is awesome and can actually save you a ton when compared to the cost of weekly piano lessons.
My Top 3 Picks for the best Piano
Below are a few of my favorite digital pianos based on their value and my first-hand experience and other reviews. Like I said before, I spent quite a bit of time investigating most of the pianos available so while I’m not an expert on pianos I do feel confident in my ability to judge them.
In my opinion this is the cream of the crop when it comes to digital pianos. Casio is one of the best known companies in the piano / keyboard world and has certainly delivered with this upright digital piano. What I liked most about this one was that it felt no different than a traditional acoustic to me. Obviously I’ve been playing a traditional piano for years so for this to feel like the real deal to me says a lot. The main reasoning behind this was that the hammer action and simulated Ebony and Ivory keys provided me with the texture and feedback that I’m accustomed to when playing the piano. The particular Casio includes the patented AiR technology, which makes this the most realistic sounding piano to-date. The piano doesn’t have that stale digital sound that other digital pianos seem to have and instead resonates into a very full grand-piano like experience. This piano packs a very big sound in its compact frame and would provide new piano learners with the best overall learning tool.
This is one of the most affordable digital pianos available and would make a great beginner piano for younger musicians or those who a very portable piano. Yahama is another great brand in the world of musical instruments and they proven that once again with the P35B. This piano is a tabletop meaning you will need a keyboard stand or you can shell out the extra money for an upright piano stand. Amazon actually offers a really good package that includes the piano along with a keyboard stand and bench. This is a full 88-key piano with realistic weighted piano keys. I actually recommend this one to friends the most simply because of the price and how much simple it is.
If the Casio PX850 is out of your price range than this is the next best thing. This tabletop piano still features the patented AiR technology which provides you with the most realistic piano sounds available in the digital world. The downsides here are that the piano keys don’t feel as realistic as the PX850 and although the piano includes the typical organ, strings, and brass sounds, the sound-bank library is significantly smaller. This keyboard also lacks an LED screen and line-out outputs. Still considering the price, this is a great entry-level piano, and you’re still getting access to the same grand piano sounds as the PX850, making this a piano that you won’t outgrow overnight.