Choosing the right digital piano for yourself might be a difficult task simply due to the huge number of different high quality digital pianos you can choose from. The other main thing to take into account is whether the individual features of the electric piano fit your needs.
Thus here comes a list of the 5 best electric pianos that should offer good quality in most of these essential criterias. Although this is a relatively cheap digital piano, then no list of digital piano reviews can really be without a Korg in it. The digital piano also features 2 skillfully sampled great concert grand piano sounds in a total of 10 provided sounds, which also include electric pianos, organs, strings, harpsichord and others.
The piano also comes with a sustain pedal, as well as two headphone jacks, and the only real drawback is the lack of a metronome.
The Kawai ES7 digital piano features an 88 key Responsive Hammer II graded-hammer action keyboard, that utilises Progressive Harmonic Imaging Sound Technology. The Kawai ES7 also offers a total of 32 instrument voices, as well as a great total of 256 note polyphony.
All in all this digital piano is great for both live gigs, as well as for recording action. This great Casio keyboard features a weighted 88-Key scaled hammer action keyboard with 3 sensitivity levels, and offers some truly great grand piano sounds. There are many great Yamaha keyboards out there, but the one that has reached this list is the Yamaha P255B. The effects department features 4 types of Reverb, as well as Chorus, Phaser, Tremolo and 3 types of sound boost. The keyboard has a huge number of different additional features all in all, and thus is a definite value for money deal, as the cost of this keyboard is very moderate. The last keyboard in this best digital piano list is the Roland FP-80 that features an 88-key touch sensitive Ivory Feel-S Keyboard with Escapement. The Roland FP-80 also features Chord Pattern function that provides self-playing chord sequences for practice and improvisation. The Roland FP-80 was also the last keyboard on this list, and thus sums up these essential electric piano reviews. Whenever you look to buy a new 88-key digital piano, there are almost dozens of different parameters to consider in order to find the best value for the money that you’re investing.
In this article, we will be your guide and help you navigate this exciting but sometimes tricky journey, as we’ll provide you with five instruments that we think are excellent for beginners in an overall attempt to help you discover the best budget digital piano available today.
Before we start, there are a few terms that we must specify to help you better understand how the five products you’ll see below were selected and compared.
First, since we are looking to suggest the best piano option for beginners, we will only consider entry-level instruments that fall within an approximate price range of $499 and under. We will compare each instrument according to a few requirements, such as the sound engine, the hammer-action keyboard, any available or unique features and the overall value you will receive in distinct contrast to the retail price. The Coda Pro is the new 88-key entry-level piano from Alesis that has replaced the disappointing Cadenza, offering a more convincing mix of options for a retail price of $499. The Alesis Coda Pro ships with a new 88-key hammer-action weighted keyboard, which is now aligned with competitors’ quality. Among the other features, the Alesis Coda Pro includes a Lesson mode, a Rhythm section, a Song mode, a USB port, an AUX input, a built-in DSP with several effects, and ships with a music rest and a sustain pedal. If you want to buy the optional furniture-style stand (which includes the three-pedal system), you’ll need to add $149 to the investment, for a total price of approximately $650. The Casio PX-150 offers lots of features that you’d usually find in more expensive pianos, while keeping an extremely competitive retail price of $499. One of the pros of the Casio PX-150 is the Tri-sensor Scaled Hammer Action Keyboard II, an 88-key weighted keyboard that allows users to play more repetitions per note, while offering a different weight for the lower, the middle, and the higher zones. The SP-170S is a revamped version of Korg’s entry-level digital piano, which ships in two different finishes (black or white) for the retail price of $499. The Korg SP-170S also lacks some of the useful features you might need, like a USB port or a Lesson or Duet mode, but it does include two headphone outputs and a built-in DSP with reverb and chorus.
The piano ships with a music stand and a switch-style sustain pedal, but if you want to buy the optional furniture-style stand and piano-style damper pedal (no three-pedal system is supported), you’ll need to add up to $120, for a total price of $619. The Allegro 2 is an evolution of Williams’ entry-level piano offering, which has improved a lot from its predecessor and offers a great bunch of features despite an extremely affordable price of only $299. The piano is obviously far distant from giants like Yamaha and Casio in terms of key-action and sound quality, but it’s still a great solution for people that want to spend the least and get a decent product. Its sound engine offers two discrete piano sounds, a few other tones and an 88-key hammer action that is suitable for learning the basics–but not much more apart from that. The piano ships with no sustain pedal nor AC adaptor, and does not offer any optional stand to turn it in a piece of furniture.
One of the best affordable pianos currently available, the P-45 is one of the newer digital pianos from Yamaha (it has replaced the P-35 by adding new features such as a USB port and doubled the amount of polyphony). The P-45 features the renowned AWM Sound Engine with a 64-note maximum polyphony, and the great GHS Graded Hammer Standard keyboard, which has a heavier touch in the lower zone and a lighter touch in the higher zone. Thanks to four different sensitivity levels, you can achieve the ideal responsiveness to match your playing style, a great feature for students that want to learn the basics. The Yamaha P-45 includes a Dual Mode for layering two sounds together, a Duo Mode to split the keyboard into two specular zones (this is really great for teachers and students), but it does lack any kind of Lesson mode for beginners.
It ships with a switch-style sustain pedal and music rest, but if you want to transform the piano in a piece of furniture you will have to buy the optional $80 L-85 stand. For its excellent mix of sound, key-action, features and price, the Casio PX-150 (and by default, the Casio PX-160!) is probably the best option currently available in the entry-level digital pianos market. A special mention should be made for the Yamaha P-45, however, which is definitely one of the better instruments in this price range and certainly a very good (and roughly $50 cheaper) alternative to the Casio PX-150. Be sure to bookmark our Digital Piano Review Guide website for more up-to-date information and reviews!
What’s the Best Keyboard for Beginners?Casio WK7500 reviewWhat Are the Best Beginner Piano Lessons? When your child begins developing a passion in music, and perhaps even shows a knack for being musically inclined and highly talented, it’s time to begin shopping for a quality digital piano. In this article, we’ll guide you through the best piano options for kids by selecting five different models that are suitable for learning the basics.
For your convenience, we picked a list of five products that include both keyboards and digital pianos, which will compare and contrast against one another in this article. As you can see, we picked two 61-key digital keyboards with lighted keys (LK-280 and EZ-220), two 76-key digital keyboards (WK-225 and NP-31) and one 88-key digital piano (Williams Legato). The Yamaha EZ-220 ships for $159 and it is a 61-key digital keyboard with an integrated key-light system, which is helpful for kids to learn the position of each note while studying a particular song.
Its affordable price is, however, the classic example of smoke and mirrors: the EZ-220 ships with no AC adapter (it can still be used with batteries) nor sustain pedal, and if you want to buy all the optional accessories, you will easily pay for the cost of the Casio LK-280. This is a 61-key lighter action digital keyboard with a key-light system that, different from the EZ-220, features a great piano-style keyboard with a 2-layer responsiveness (while the Yamaha’s only has one layer).
Now, if 61 keys are not enough and you want a bigger keyboard for the child in your life, the Casio WK-225 may be the next best solution.
Having an additional octave is a great option to start practicing more complex pieces of classical music, but also two-hand scales and arpeggios. The Casio WK-225 comes with an included AC adapter, but can also run on batteries if you want to take it with you on gigs or rehearsals, thanks to its lack of heft (this keyboard weights just 15.9 pounds). With the Piaggero-series, Yamaha has created a compact and lightweight portable keyboard that features a responsive 76-key graded semi-weighted keyboard. As we now move into a different approach to instruments with the NP-31, you won’t find any kind of Lesson mode or digital recorder.
Despite a heavier keyboard than the other products of the group, the Yamaha Piaggero NP-31 is extremely lightweight overall (just 12 pounds) and can operate even without the power supply, using only 6 AA batteries.

If you think that 88 keys are an indispensable requirement for your children’s first digital piano (and some people most certainly do), then you might be interested in the Williams Legato, a 88-key semi-weighted piano with a compact and portable cabinet that is perfect for both practicing and performing live. Just like the NP-31, the Williams Legato does not offer lots of features because of a street price of $199, which is a true benefit if you’re looking to acquire your first 88-key piano without breaking the bank.
The Legato offers a fair sound engine with a good piano sample and four other sounds, such as electric piano, organ, synth and bass. Unfortunately, the Williams Legato does not ship with an included AC adapter, and while you can still use the piano with batteries, you’ll need to buy the optional ESS1 Essential Pack to enjoy the power supply, sustain pedal and headphones.
Considering the sound, the keyboard action and the overall features, we think the best solution for a kid learning piano is the Casio WK-225.
Due to a fair price, a reasonable number of keys to learn the basics of scales and arpeggios, a great polyphony and over 600 available sounds, this product from Casio is the best option under the $300.
It’s obvious that choosing a product in this matter is highly subjective (we encourage you to do your own personal research and even sample a few pianos if you can), so the final verdict only depends on your individual needs. With that said, if you don’t want to exceed a $199 budget, you may want opt for the Casio LK-280, which offers the best overall value in that range. In the same way, if you desire a better sounding product instead of lots of sounds that you will never use, our advice is to spend a slightly higher amount of money and buy the Yamaha Piaggero NP-31, which has the same sound engine of the $449 Yamaha P-45. If your goal is to buy a digital piano that has 88 keys (and ideally be a thrifty spender while doing so), then we suggest to you consider the Williams Legato, despite being the less-convincing product in terms of its sound engine quality.
Finally, note that this list does not include any proper 88-key hammer-action digital pianos.
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In this article, we’re going to discuss how you can best determine what digital piano with 88 weighted keys you should purchase. Be sure to quickly take a look at our interactive table below that features a small handful of fantastic digital pianos that have 88 weighted keys.
As expected, one major characteristic of a digital piano that heavily influences purchases is the presence of 88 weighted keys. Digital pianos come in different ranges and sizes, but the most standard of them is a full length keybed containing 88 keys. The only real exception to this comes from very expensive pianos made by Austrian manufacturers Bosendorfer, which sometimes come with an extended 92 keys. As the making of digital pianos have progressed, the weight behind the keys has only increased and been made more technologically advanced than ever before.
Another one of the characteristics that makes up part of the decision of a purchase is that of touch sensitivity. One of the advantages of having a digital platform in dealing with pianos is adjustment and customization. The classical pianist has learned to develop that hand and finger strength over time, while maturing with the instrument to create a stronger expertise and greater ability to play more intense pieces. With the advent of numerous technologies and the different climate of much of music today, many times that culture of classical piano no longer is as mandated.
Most pianos come with about three to five different touch sensitivity settings, usually including hard, medium, soft, and fixed.
If you are a serious piano player, you may want to take note of the lack of muscle memory generation that may take place if you use these settings in a fashion that it is not intended.
So, if you are using these machines to serve as a substitute while real pianos are not available, you will easily be doing a disservice to yourself because when you jump back to playing a real piano, it will suddenly become very difficult for you again. It is always important to be aware of these touch sensitivity settings and always remember to push yourself if you intend on being a real pianist.
Even though having an 88 key digital piano is the standard, this is not always a hard and fast rule. Most pianos come with 88 keys, but there are many pianos that come with 76 and 61 keys too. Other times, the full 88 key range is not needed because the user of the piano is most likely a beginner to intermediate player, and is still working on simple concepts and pieces. For the serious piano player, however, it is almost imperative that you have a piano with a full keybed. With that said, if you feel that this is not a serious concern of yours, then do know that there are many 76 and 61 key machines with fully weighted keys to choose from. First, let’s discuss the cheaper option for those interested in an weighted, 88-key digital piano One such model is that of the Williams Allegro (we also recently reviewed the Williams Allegro 2, as well). Williams Pianos is a lesser-known company, but they produce dependable machines that appeal to those that are not willing to drop huge stacks of cash on digital pianos.
The Allegro comes with a hammer action system that is not trademarked, but certainly gets the job done. The piano also comes with 8 dependable tones, a metronome, a two track recording system, and MIDI connectivity. I have to keep it real, however, and that means the truth is most people aren’t feeling Williams Pianos. The P-105 has been one of best selling options on the market for years, and it provides everything a piano player needs.
This piano features Yamaha’s Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) key system, a dependable and awesome option for this price range of piano. The 14 voices housed on the machine are backed by 128 notes of polyphony, along with 14 demo songs for each instrument. If you aren’t afraid of spending a little money, then you have certainly opened yourself up to some of the best options on the market for any digital piano, not just one with 88 weighted keys. There are 3 different sensitivity levels, all being supported by the Acoustic and Intelligent Resonator (AiR) sound source, and a whopping 256 notes of polyphony. This model uses Roland’s proprietary Ivory Feel G keyboard system, which has the most advanced sensor technology Roland has to offer, with the addition of an escapement mechanism to make the pianist feel at home. The board is supported by the SuperNATURAL sound engine, which improves upon the velocity response, note decay, and key range behavior of past sound engines. It features an amazing 128 tones and voices, with over 80 FX controls and 200 rhythm patterns. What’s the Best Kawai Digital Piano?Casio CDP-120 ReviewWhat’s the Best Korg Digital Piano? The ultimate choice should also depend on whether you are looking for a practice piano, piano for recording, or you are looking for a reasonably portable yet high quality keyboard for your live gigs. The Korg SP170 also comes with an integrated sound system together with a stereo amplifier, as well as bass-reflex speakers, that provide dynamic sound in order to let you perform without connecting additional equipment should need be. This means the keyboard essentially simulates a fully wighted acoustic piano and produces some truly astounding sound of a concert grand piano. This digital piano is also laden with a sufficient number of effects, with 6 levels of reverb, as well as chorus, delay, auto-pan, and tremolo effects. Although it isn’t the cheapest of pianos by far, then it also offers quite a bit of value for money. The keyboard also offers a total of 18 built-in tones along with split and layer, while also offering a maximum of 256 note polyphony. The Casio PX850 BK is pretty good for recording as well, since it has a pretty good 2 track recorder. The price is also less extravagant than that of the Kawai ES7, but then again the latter is more easily transportable.
This particular digital piano features a weighted 88-key Graded Hammer Action keyboard for some truly great sound.
What is also great about this particular piano is that it has an integrated 4-speaker sound system together with Acoustic Projection technology.

The sound, the key-action, the available features and even the accessories are all very important requirements that you must evaluate before buying. It features a new sound engine from SONiVOX and AiR, with a great grand piano tone and other 19 voices that you can use in Split and Layer modes.
This new keybed offers a more realistic feeling than the previous model, and is a good choice for teachers and students, primarily thanks to the Duet mode, which allows you to split the keyboard into two specular parts for playing together. It features the renowned Multi-dimensional Morphing AiR Sound Source engine from Casio, which ensures a great piano experience thanks to the Damper Resonance and other mechanic emulations, along with a maximum polyphony of 128 notes. The simulated ebony and ivory keys allow users to enjoy somewhat similar feelings to that of an acoustic piano (well, within reason—this is a sub $500 product after all), which is really a great thing for an affordable instrument like this.
This product does not feature as many options as the aforementioned pianos, because the manufacturer chose to focus mainly on the key-action (its NH 88-key Natural Weighted Hammer Action keyboard) and the Stereo Sampling engine.
Combined with the NH hammer action keyboard, the resulting experience is great for learning the basics, but not as good as many other products that you may buy with the same amount of money.
The piano does include a USB port for MIDI connectivity, a Metronome, and a DSP with few effects to enrich your sounds, but the list of available features ends here.
You can buy the optional $29 ESS1 Essential Pack to get a power supply, sustain pedal, and headphones for a total price of approximately $329. On top of that, the P-45 still manages to maintain the same retail price of the P-35 (which is $499.99). No triple-peddle system is supported, but the half-pedal feature is available by connecting the optional FC-3A damper pedal. It offers a huge piano sound with the highest amount of polyphony, a top-of-the-class hammer action keyboard and very unique and helpful features that make this product not only suitable for beginners, but even intermediates and live musicians. As a beginner, you’ll likely start with proper posture, layout of the piano keys, and very basic music theory.
It has a responsive organ-style keyboard that allows children to master the different dynamics that the piano is capable of giving by playing harder or smoother. The EZ-220 also features a USB port and a built-in wireless connectivity that allows use of an iPad and the free Page Turner app. If you need to transport the keyboard and play on-the-go, you can use the batteries and carry it over thanks to a lightweight chassis of only 11 pounds. It has basically all the features of the aforementioned model (except the SD-card slot), plus some unique advantages. This 76-key piano-style digital keyboard from the Japanese manufacturer includes the Casio’s renowned Step Up lesson mode, a Sampling mode to create your own sounds using a microphone, a Music Challenge mode and even an automatic Harmonizer. It shares the same AWM engine with the company’s P-45 digital piano (you can read our review of the Yamaha P-45 here), a 32-note maximum polyphony and 10 different voices.
The NP-31 is designed with portability in mind, but offers a great piano tone and good key action to learn the basics while waiting for upgrade to a proper digital piano.
While being the most expensive keyboard of the group (shipping for $279), the higher quality of its sound engine may really be worth the price. There’s also a built-in metronome for practicing and a music rest where you can easily read your sheet music.
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We’ll compare and contrast models and brands, and base our decision not just on the quality of the keybed and piano’s features, but also it’s price and overall what it offers you as a piano player. 88-keys is the basic range that pianos have been made with for many years, and this range consists of 52 white keys, 36 black keys, all ranging over 7 octaves plus a minor third. Nowadays digital pianos have exquisite hammer action key systems that are made to the exact detail of the real hammer action in an actual acoustic or grand piano.
Anyone who has every played a real piano has always had that shocking reaction to the weight of the piano keys—keys that seem to be as heavy as bricks under your fingers. This does not mean there is no place for it at all, as there now exists the option to adjust the settings on modern digital pianos.
These settings make it easy to adjust to a setting that is most suitable to the player’s desire.
Many times this is done to increase the portability and ease of transport of the machine, and also for machines that are meant for smaller settings such as studio or in home use. One reason is simply that without it, there will be many pieces of music that you just will not have the pleasure of playing, since your machine cannot accommodate it. The keys on the piano are all velocity sensitive, so the expression of your music will always come through, instead of the uniform velocity that you see on many a cheap digital piano. It has hard, soft, medium, and fixed touch sensitivity settings, along with the tone generation of the original Pure CF Sound Engine, which features real authentic piano samples.
From a list price of $1000 down to a bargain $600, this is certainly one of the best options out there. It comes with Casio’s Tri Sensor Scaled Hammer Action Keyboard II system, which is one of the best systems on the market and features 3 sensors for every key in the range (we also recently reviewed the Casio PX-860, as well).
There are 18 tones here, which is more than enough for any serious piano player, and the entire package will cost you around $1500 retail (likely less if you buy online).
The most important of which might be those related to recording, whereas for some they might be features essential for a live gig. The Korg SP170 comes with a touch sensitive 88-key Weighted Hammer Action Keyboard that has 3 velocity settings. The Kawai ES7 is also great for recording action as it features a 10 song 2-track recorder.
The amount of digital effects is also quite sufficient, as the Casio PX850 BK features 4 types of reverb and 4 types of chorus.
The piano also has a metronome and 3 built-in pedals together with a great dual 20 Watt speaker system. The keyboard also features 4 levels of touch sensitivity, and a maximum of 256 note polyphony, whereas the number of voices stands at a completely satisfactory total of 24.
The number of preset songs althogether is a reasonable 74, while the Yamaha P255B also has a 2-track recorder, and a pair of 15 Watt amplifiers.
There are 15 Grand Piano, 25 Electric Piano, 18 String tones, 19 Organ tones along with 256 other tones.
In addition to that, the Roland FP-80 digital piano offers good recording capablities and is a great live concert instrument. The furniture-style stand is sold separately for $89, while the three-pedal system is available for $79. Beyond learning a new skill, playing music has been shown to relieve stress and improve your focus. From there, you can move onto sightreading, dynamics, advanced theory, and maybe even composing your own music!
All those features are available in a compact and extremely lightweight chassis (only 11 pounds). Combining all these features, you’ll get a more convenient product that is also better for studying the basics, thanks to a keyboard with a look resembling the one of an acoustic piano.
A built-in metronome with adjustable tempo is also available to help kids while practicing. It also offers a maximum of 120 note polyphony, while also including effects such as Chorus and Reverb.

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