Given the constant advent of new technologies, the acoustic differences between traditional and digital pianos are almost nonexistent at this point in time. In fact, digital pianos seem to edge out classic pianos quite a bit in some regards, especially in the versatility department. We say this because a digital piano can be used to play a wide range of notes and sounds, some even with an accompanying soundtrack or a beat.
Considering how technologically advanced some of these digital pianos can be, some of you might expect them to not only command a fairly large price tag but to also be quite difficult to look after maintenance-wise. Nothing farther from the truth, mind you, because most digital pianos are actually quite sturdy and easy to store. A good digital piano is also much more convenient transport-wise, as it takes up less than three times the space a classic piano would.
Having said that, you have to understand that not all digital pianos are made from the same mold, with some being far more technologically advanced than others. Not just in regards to their technical capabilities but ergonomy-wise and much easier to use. Let us then find out what are the ten best digital pianos the market has to offer and what characteristics to look for if you’re ever in the market for one.
Best Digital Pianos – Reviews
10Williams Legato 88-Key Digital Piano
Seen as an entry-level digital piano in more ways than one, this Level 2 piano from Williams is quite convenient to use, much thanks to its built-in metronome and ergonomic design. It also features quality inbuilt speakers, stereo/mono line out jacks, and USB MIDI connections for good measure. As you would expect, it features 88 semi-weighted keys and five rich sounds to choose from: piano, electric piano, organ, synth, and bass.
9Williams Allegro 2 Plus Digital Piano
This 88 hammer-action weighted keys digital piano offers a surprisingly realistic sound, along with its ample sound library and hi-definition instrument sounds that include a grand piano, electric piano, organ, strings, synths, and modulation/fx controls. At the same time, this piano features easy-to-use controls, a graphic LCD display with split/layer functions, a metronome, and quality built-in speakers. You will also find that all these features are packed into a seemingly lightweight and very easy to store package, a device that also stands out as one of the most affordable out there.
8Nord Electro 5D 61 Velocity Sensitive Keyboard
The Nord Electro 5D 61 is a 61-key semi-weighted keyboard that stands out with its practical design and lightweight build. This keyboard has a 1 GB piano library and a 256 MB sample library for you to exploit, features that enable you to create some pretty unique songs. Furthermore, this keyboard incorporates a large OLED display that offers a great readability, along with physical drawbars to make it easier for you to manipulate its functions.
7Korg SV-1BK 73-Key Stage Vintage Piano
With the Korg Sv-1BK, you get a 73-key RH3 graded hammer action keyboard with stunning piano sounds. To be more precise, you get 36 of the most popular keyboard sounds, along with a 3-band EQ, 6 pre-FX, 6 Amp models, 6 modulation FX, 6 reverb/delays, and a real tube 12AX7 Valve reactor. In terms of output, you get 1/4-inch & XLR stereo outs, ins, a headphone out, and a damper pedal to help you through.
6Casio PX350 BK 88-Key Privia Digital Piano
Known for their reliable electronics, Casio really hits a home run with the PX350 BK, a digital piano that stands out for all the right reasons. For instance, it features 88 reliable keys with no less than 3 sensors per key, which gives the keyboard a reliability like no other. It also benefits from a scaled hammer action feature and a 128 max polyphony along with 250 built-in tones for you to use.
5Yamaha DGX-660 Digital Grand Piano
This is a digital grand piano in terms of design, yet it behaves just like a portable digital piano for the most part. What makes it stand out is its pure CF sound engine which reproduces the tone of a thoroughly sampled Yamaha concert grand piano. At the same time, this keyboard benefits from GHS weighted action keys which offer roughly the same response as a regular piano. Furthermore, this device also features a Piano Room technology that allows you to choose between various piano and acoustic settings for a more personalized output.
4Yamaha P71 88-Key Weighted Action Digital Piano
Another one from Yamaha, the P71 is seen as one of the most reliable and technologically advanced digital pianos in this price range. Equipped with 88 fully weighted piano-style keys that are built to simulate the feel of an acoustic piano, this device is definitely one of the best in the low-end part of the spectrum, yet one that stands out through a wide array of interesting features. Among them, a Dual Mode that lets you combine two voices together and 10 different voices to choose from, including digitally sampled tones from reputed Yamaha acoustic grand pianos.
3Casio Privia PX-160 Digital Piano
Casio’s Privia PX-160 is a digital grand piano that benefits from a string ensemble and electric piano tones of the highest possible standards. Interestingly enough, this piano comes with a Casio Sp-33 triple-pedal system, a furniture bench, an Austin Bazaar instructional DVD, and a useful polishing cloth to top it all off. Design-wise, let us point out that it enjoys quite an elegant construction, one that incorporates a redesigned speaker system that blends in very well with its professional-like design. Speaking of which, this piano features two headphone outputs on the front along with 1.4-inch left and right line output for good measure.
2Yamaha YPG-235 76-Key Portable Grand Piano
This particular piano features no less than 500 voices for you to choose from, along with 160 preset styles and 30 preset songs with a built-in recording feature that you can use at any given time with just a push of a button. The feature that truly makes this digital piano stand out, however, is its Yamaha Education Suite (YES) which offers a set of very useful learning tools built straight into the device, a feature that teaches you how to play and perform your favorite songs or the songs you created yourself. As you would expect from any good digital piano, it too features a USB connectivity and the capacity to interact with any device of your choosing.
1Yamaha P45 88-Key Weighted Action Digital Piano
Thanks to its ingenious 64-note polyphony feature, this exquisite digital piano enables you to perform moderately dense piano passages, even the ones that require using a heavy sustain pedal, all this without the risk of having any dropped notes being cut off as you play. At the same time, this ingenious device features a DUal Mode that enables you to combine two voices together or any strings of your choosing. Interestingly enough, this digital piano also features a USB to HOST port that allows you to connect virtually any device and to interact with almost any music creation software or application. All in all, this might just be one of the most technologically advanced digital pianos the market has to offer at this point in time.