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Best Digital Piano

Of all the instruments in the world, there are few with the beauty, the grace, the elegance, and the range that you can get from the piano. However, there’s a lot of reason to look to a digital piano, rather than the old fashioned method of hammer on strings that were employed by older acoustic pianos (not the least of which is the fact that if you’re playing a digital piano, there are no hammers hitting strings, and therefore no need to re-tune the strings occasionally). The search for the best keyboard piano, then, is a noble thing to look to, if you are a connoisseur of the finer things in the musical world.

But how can you determine the best digital piano? There are thousands of models, made by dozens of countries; some of them are complete novices to the world of the digital piano, while others have been working on perfecting pianos, both digital and acoustic, for years. Everyone has their very own take on it, and though there are commonalities, there are differences there, as well.

The Best Digital Pianos 2018 – Compared

So, let’s take a look at a broad overview of the pianos that will be reviewed in this post, just to get a feel for how they stack up and compare to each other.

Here are the best digital pianos of 2018. We have done extensive research into this subject in order to be able to provide you with this table free of cost. We hope you enjoy our list of the best digital pianos.

NameNumber of keysSoundPedals
The ONE Smart Piano 88-Key Home Digital Piano88 keysStereo3 pedal system
Yamaha P-115B 88-Key Graded Hammer Standard Digital Piano88 keysStereoSustain pedal
Alesis Coda Pro 88-Key Digital Piano With Hammer-Action Keys88 keysStereoSustain pedal
RockJam 61-Key Electronic Keyboard SuperKit61 keysStereoNo pedals
Yamaha P71 88-Key Weighted Action Digital Piano88 keysStereoSustain pedal
Casio Privia PX-160 Digital Piano Bundle88 keysStereoCasio SP-33 Triple Pedal System
Yamaha YDP143R Arius Series Console Digital Piano88 keysStereo3 pedals
Williams Allegro 2 88-Key Hammer Action Digital Piano88 keysStereoSustain pedal

When it comes to picking the right digital piano for yourself, be it the best Yamaha digital piano or the best budget-priced option, you will find that this quick look at the information available is going to help you immensely. But now, read on to find out a little bit more about the particular keyboards that were reviewed, specifics that you may be interested in learning about in order to best pick the digital piano that is best for you and your particular needs.

1

The ONE Smart Piano 88-Key Home Digital Piano – The Learner’s Piano

Don’t let the odd white color or the gaudy placement of the label by the built-in piano stand fool you, the ONE Smart Piano is a serious instrument for anyone looking to learn how to play the piano at home. And that is a good thing, because as someone who can play three instruments, I can tell you that the piano is one of the more difficult instruments to learn how to play, and that means that anything that can help you to learn how to play it is going to be greatly appreciated.

This keyboard is a serious player, of course, but it is also designed around the idea of being able to impart the knowledge to you that you will need in order to be better able to produce beautiful music, rather than ending up the kind of person who can only play ‘chopsticks’ on a set of keys. There are a few things to really like about this digital keyboard, and though it is not the best rated keyboard piano (in my opinion), there is a lot that it does right. To begin with, the inclusion of a music stand is a nicety; if you’re playing piano, especially if you’re playing from sheet music (which is what most people will be doing), then you are going to find that a music stand to hold that sheet music is invaluable. You either need one included, or you need to get one yourself, really.

Then, of course, there is the tablet dock and the included free application to help you learn to play the keyboard. This is a fantastic way to learn to play the piano, and not just to learn, but to learn well and with relative ease. Honestly, this alone is worth the price of the digital piano in question, and it is truly a great asset when it comes to learning how to play the piano that you bought. The piano, too, is a serious digital piano. It makes music in a loving and warm stereo, allowing you to enjoy the music the way it was meant to be heard and played. The ONE Smart Piano comes with the classic sustain pedal setup, allowing for notes to be extended out (sustained) or to be shortened (played in a more staccato manner) as the music and the artist require. If you’ve ever played an acoustic piano, you will recognize this as the way that they all work.

The keys are weighted to give the impression of the hammer hitting the strings (and they are able to give feedback based on how hard the keys are pressed), which serves to make the playing a lot more realistic to the player. All in all, this is a fantastic keyboard for anyone, and moderately priced, too, so if you’re a novice looking to learn or an experienced musician looking to jam on a keyboard, this is a good option that deserves a look.

PROS
  • 88 keys provide for a wide range of octaves to play in
  • The free application is a wonderful way to learn how to play, or just to practice up skills that may have been dulled by the passage of time
  • The three-pedal system is a classic for a reason; it will allow you to get all the sounds out of the piano that you could possibly need
CONS
  • The white paint job is somewhat gauche
  • The size of it means it isn’t easily portable
2

Yamaha R115B 88-Key Graded Hammer Standard Digital Piano – The Standard Model

When it comes to Yamaha digital pianos reviews that I’ve written, there are few that remind me of how simple a digital keyboard can be than this one. Yamaha, once again, got everything right, and it’s a great piano for someone who needs a standard piano and doesn’t need complex controls. This piano, unlike the ONE Smart Piano, also has the advantage of being very portable (especially in comparison). Yamaha has been making all sorts of gear for years, from motorcycles to guitars and keyboards.

They’re in a lot of markets and industries, but I will tell you this much, for sure; they make quality instruments. In my life, I have played a Yamaha electric guitar, a Yamaha 12-string acoustic guitar, a Yamaha grand piano, and even a Yamaha saxophone. They were all well made, and Yamaha took that same care and love in producing this keyboard. While other keyboards on this list are complex and come with all sorts of added doo-dads and bells and whistles, this is a great keyboard for simple playing. It includes stereo sound and a single sustain pedal, rather than the common and classical ‘three sustain pedal’ system. The keys on the Yamaha R115B are graded. What this means is that, as with a real keyboard, how hard you hit the keys on this digital piano will influence how loud the sound produced will be.

There’s a great benefit to being able to hammer on the keys to get a louder and more shortened sound, and it is made all the better when you don’t have to worry about getting an acoustic keyboard restrung or retuned when you do so (believe it or not, acoustic keyboards need periodic retuning, and this is impacted greatly by how hard you are hitting the strings with those hammers, and how often you are playing). All of these factors come together to create a simple, standard, no-nonsense keyboard that would be great for anyone who does a lot of gigging, a lot of moving their digital keyboard from place to place, and who would like to be able to enjoy a quality keyboard while doing so. In consumer reports digital pianos reviews, this keyboard, or keyboards derived from its design, almost always do very well, because they are such quality designs. Keep this wonderful offering from Yamaha in mind if you are looking for a great keyboard for your uses.

PROS
  • Very portable keyboard, so if you’re gigging or need a mobile, this is a good option
  • Yamaha quality is among the best in the world, especially when it comes to digital keyboards
  • A simple keyboard for making great music
CONS
  • Does not include a stand or anything to put the keyboard on
  • Although portable, it is still a very heavy keyboard
3

Alesis Coda Pro 88-Key Digital Piano With Hammer-Action Keys – The Thrifty Professional Model

Alesis is an instrument company with a lot of skin in the game and a lot of time in the industry. They’ve been around since 1980, helping people to make music with electronic designs for everything from keyboards and pianos to drums, and the Coda Pro that they made is not something that should be taken lightly. It is a good keyboard, especially for its price range. Indeed, when it comes to digital pianos for sale, you will find that the Alesis models are almost all worth taking a look at. And the Alesis Coda Pro 88-key digital piano is no exception to that.

As with so many of the better keyboards on the list, you will find that this Alesis model comes with hammer-action keys, meaning that they harder you play them, the louder the noise they will generate. As I’ve made mention of before, this is done to imitate the way that a real keyboard operates, and to simulate the way that the force with which the hammer or hammers hit the strings has an impact on the sound. The Alesis Coda Pro also comes along with a sustain pedal, allowing you to get the sounds out of it that you would expect to get out of a real acoustic piano.

For being among the list of the best digital piano under 1000 dollars, this keyboard is a little on the heavy side. But that is to be expected of a solidly built model such as the Alesis Coda Pro. It generates sound with the use of stereo speakers, as is pretty much the industry standard at this point, and this model actually comes with a few bells and whistles. It comes along with a ‘voices’ system; for those that are uninitiated, this means that the keyboard can imitate other instruments. But not only does it come with what you will need in order to imitate a series of instruments, it comes with layering, which allows you to imitate group of instruments and to decide which will be loudest, which will be softest, and to set volume levels for them. The point that I’m making here is that if you are looking to enjoy a good keyboard at a decent price, the Alesis Coda Pro 88-key electronic keyboard is an option that deserves serious consideration.

PROS
  • Designed to be easy to move and mobile, which is always good for the musician who spends a lot of time gigging or traveling
  • Comes with a sustain pedal
  • Voice layering software is a nice touch, especially if you are looking to have an instrument for recording
CONS
  • I don’t enjoy the ‘one sustain pedal’ design, and I think that the three pedal design, which is not included, is far superior
4

RockJam 61-Key Electronic Keyboard SuperKit- The All-In-One Budget Option

When you buy a digital piano or keyboard, there is a lot that goes into it that is not actually the keyboard proper, if you catch my meaning. You need something to set it on, and that means buying a table that is a decent size or buying a keyboard stand (and those can run up to 90 bucks for a half-way decent one) so that you can play comfortably. You likely will also end up needing a stool or a chair that is just the right size for whatever keyboard stand you bought. This is just the stuff you need to start, really. Luckily, the RockJam SuperKit includes all of these things, meaning you can get right to playing without having to make a lot of other purchases. As far as the keyboard goes, it’s a simple affair. Unlike the rest of the keyboards on this list, it’s a 61-key keyboard, meaning that you’re giving up a few octaves in order to be able to get a smaller keyboard. However, if you’ve ever played a digital keyboard, you’ll know that you can change the octave that the keyboard is set to with the push of a button, so this isn’t a major worry or anything if you know what you’re doing. It also provides great sound via the stereo speakers, and that’s a great thing that you’ll definitely enjoy having.

One of the big qualms I have with this keyboard, something I haven’t had to say about any Yamaha digital piano or any other competitor, is that it doesn’t come with a pedal at all. Not even a single pedal, to say nothing of the classic 3 pedal setup. If it did come with such a thing, this would be easily one of the top budget priced offerings. However, the keyboard itself is compatible with iPads and with the Piano Maestro iPad app. It also comes preloaded with 100 keyboard sounds, 100 rhythms pre-programmed, and with 50 demo songs.

This means that if you’re looking for a decent cross between keyboard and drum machine, but without wandering too far into the ‘MIDI’ realm, where you wouldn’t be able to get any sound out of it unless plugged into a computer, then you will find that this is a good choice for you to make. As far as the electronic piano keyboard reviews that I’ve performed, and the ones that I have reviewed, I have to say that this is probably the best budget priced option encountered, and its inclusion of so many things that you need in order to get right to rocking is a good thing.

PROS
  • The RockJam SuperKit comes with almost everything you could conceivably need to begin performing or practicing, and it does so at a very reasonable price point
  • It’s got a lot of extra bells and whistles, and having a drum machine and rhythm machine can be a good deal if you often find yourself having to play alone
  • It’s a good keyboard that plays well, especially when you consider the price point
CONS
  • No pedals are included at all
  • A little bit more complex than it needs to be, in my opinion
5

Yamaha P71 88-Key Weighted Action Digital Piano – The Simple Digital Piano Solution

I’ve made no secret earlier about how much I like Yamaha and what they do. To my mind, they are one of the better outfits out there who are putting together keyboards of any sort, and to be quite honest, there are not many models that they make that I think are not worth spending the money on if you’re a serious player.

When it comes to piano keyboard reviews consumer reports puts out, you’ll find that Yamaha brand instruments tend to be quite well respected, and they’ve spent decades earning that kind of loyalty and reputation for quality. The Yamaha P-71 is yet another fantastic and simple offering that Yamaha has put out, and that will allow you to play music on the go without a steep learning curve that can be associated with some of the more technologically advanced models. It has, as do so many models, weighted keys, and as I’ve said before, that means that how hard you press the keys will be reflected in the sound that they produce.

This sound is provided via stereo speakers that will put out a decent quality and clarity of sound, too (Yamaha never was a company to fail when it came to the speakers that they used, after all). I As with so many of these keyboards, you will only get a single pedal for sustain, which, as I have said, I do not like as much as I like the classic three pedal system. But I admit that my opinion is slightly tinged by my own bias towards a more classic piano design, and there are plenty of people who can make the single pedal work wonders for them. The Yamaha P71 is more advanced that the P115B in that it has ten preloaded voices (most of which seem to have to do with imitating other piano or piano-esque instruments), and that those voices can be blended together. This leaves the player with a large number of voices that their digital piano can create.

As I said earlier, on digital piano reviews consumer reports has put out, the Yamaha family of keyboards and pianos tends to be talked of very favorably, and offerings like the Yamaha P71 make it obvious why the brand has so much loyalty, favor, and respect.

PROS
  • A great keyboard from a great brand, with a lot of bells and whistles, but without the steep learning curve that tends to go along with it
  • Very easy to move, very mobile, very good for anyone who wants to take their keyboard out with them
  • The blending software is very nice and allows you to get the most out of this keyboard
CONS
  • The single sustain pedal
  • The Yamaha, as with so many high-end keyboards, is still pretty heavy
6

Casio Priva PX-160 Digital Piano Bundle – The Improved Classic Model

Casio is another one of those names with a long history in the digital keyboard world, and no page of digital piano reviews is going to be complete without a mention of at least one of their products. They make everything from a standard electric keyboard to a more complex MIDI controller, and they have really mastered the crafting of fine electronic keyboards.

You may know them (depending on how old you are) as the people who make a lot of the electronic watches that you encounter, or as a calculator maker, but I promise you that their keyboards are at least as good as those products. The Casio Privia PX-160 is a good product. As the image shows, it is a more classic looking keyboard, and not one that is easy to walk around with or move. If you’re looking for a mobile keyboard, you should probably look elsewhere is what I’m saying. The Casio PX-160 comes with a few notable bells and whistles, and the first is one that I really like.

It has the 3 pedal system that I find so desirable in a keyboard (they call it the SP-33 or something similar), and I have to say that this alone makes this a decent keyboard in my mind. It produces sound via a stereo speaker system, and that means that you get quality sound to enjoy (and that you will be able to hear the sounds you’re making, which is also a quite important thing when you’re playing your piano). The Casio Privia PX-160 is, as with so many of these keyboards, a piano that has weighted keys, and that means that the harder you play, the louder the sound will end up being.

This is a great system for emulating the sound of an actual piano. This is a nice piano for home use, or if you have somewhere you are going to be playing often, like a bar, or maybe a church or something like that, this may be the right answer for your keyboard needs. And honestly, this Casio is one of the top rated digital pianos that I have ever gotten my hands on, and something that I think most people would end up enjoying if they’re a pianist of any kind.

PROS
  • The Casio SP-33 3 pedal system is a great system that truly belongs and will help you to get the most out of this keyboard
  • It has very basic electronic abilities, which is all most people will ever really need, to be honest
  • Casio is a well-known name and a respected brand that is trusted to function flawlessly. This is a quality piano from a big-name company
CONS
  • It is not really mobile at all
  • If you’re looking for a recording keyboard, you may find a better one elsewhere.
7

Yamaha YDP143R Arius Series Console Digital Piano – The Cadillac Yamaha Model

Here we have yet another Yamaha entrant on the list, because they do make so very many great digital pianos that will allow you to enjoy a wonderful evening of plinking away on the keys. This is probably the simplest, and yet most elegant, of all the digital keyboards on the list. It is easily one of the top ten piano keyboards that you will find anywhere, and to be quite honest, the Yamaha YDP143R is one of the better keyboards that you will find in this price range, digital or not.

It comes with a full 88 keys, giving you a full range of octaves. It does, of course, have the classic three pedal system that was so common when it came to the classic design of the piano. This allows you to make a note last for only an instant, or to make a note sustain for quite some time. Trust me, it’s a far superior system to the one pedal system, and one that you will be a lot happier off having access to. The sound for the Yamaha YDP143R Arius is generated by two stereo speakers, which put out a decent amount of volume for such an electronic keyboard, and that will also deliver the warm and clear sound that any musician is going to desire.

Then, of course, there is the fact that it has a limited range of electronic settings that you can utilize, and has 50 classical piano sounds built-in to the system. To make it an even better deal, you will find that it comes with 50 classical piano songs built-in, and the keyboard even boasts iOS compatibility, allowing you to use an iPad to do a variety of things. All this, and the famous Yamaha brand, combines to make this keyboard, though somewhat expensive, one of the best offerings on this list, and definitely a keyboard that anyone would be happy to purchase and to play.

The one very real drawback that I can find about this keyboard is that it isn’t necessarily the best keyboard for beginners (mostly due to price point; you don’t want to buy an expensive instrument for someone just learning), and the other problem I find is that this keyboard, among others, is not a great choice if you are looking for a keyboard that you can carry to every gig that you go to or whatnot. It doesn’t break down simply to just the keyboard, after all, and that being the case, if you are looking for something that you can bring to every show you go to and to touring and things like that, this may not be the best choice for your needs.

PROS
  • A very classic look for a piano, and one that is timeless. It’s also a piano that doesn’t look out of place in a fancy house or in a nice church, which is always a plus
  • 88 keys and three pedals make this just as good as most of the high-end acoustic keyboards that you will find out there
  • The iOS compatibility is a good touch, too
CONS
  • Very heavy and very hard to move. Definitely not a touring keyboard
8

Williams Allegro 2 88-Key Hammer Action Digital Piano – The Contender

I’m not going to lie to you; while I recognized most of the names on this list by their brand, I had never heard of Williams pianos or keyboards until I reviewed their Allegro 2. That being said, for its price range, it is a decently impressive offering. The Williams Allegro is a hammer action digital piano, meaning that when you strike the keys, they are going to try and imitate the sound you get from a hammer hitting a string, which is what happens in a real piano, of course. It will also require a certain amount of force to actually activate a key; if you barely touch it, so softly that, on a real piano, it would not produce any sound, then you are going to find that it doesn’t produce any sound here, either.

The Williams Allegro 2 provides the sounds it provides through the utilization of two stereo speakers, and it provides a rich tone for the money you’re spending. I’m not trying to say that this is the best keyboards piano, but it is not a bad one, and you will be more than satisfied with the sound that you get out of it. It doesn’t come with much in the way of extras, and it only comes with that one sustain pedal that is so common with electronic keyboards (and which I continue to not understand), but plenty of the best music keyboards come with that thing, so it can’t be all bad, right?

The other thing that I feel needs be mentioned is that the keyboard has literally no USB connectivity. Plenty of the other keyboards that are for sale here at least have some amount of USB connectivity, but the Williams Allegro 2 has literally none at all. For all that, it’s a fine keyboard, and one that you will be glad that you spent your money on. Trust me, if you’re looking for a decent keyboard from a brand that you’ve never heard of but that won’t let you down, this is the place for you to start that search. It’s one of the best music keyboards in this price range.

PROS
  • High quality for an otherwise completely unheard of name
  • The Allegro 2 is one of the lighter keyboards that have been mentioned in this list, and would make for a decent gig keyboard
  • It is a fairly affordable piece, believe it or not, for what it is
CONS
  • That single sustain pedal system again
  • No USB connectivity whatsoever

Best Digital Piano - Buyer's Guide

So, you’ve been looking for a keyboard for some time, and you think you know what is good and what isn’t so good, and maybe even you have an idea of what you need in a digital keyboard. Or you’re one of those types who just wants to get one to practice on. Here are just a few points to take into consideration when choosing your keyboard.

What Does Hammer Action Mean?

Hammer action basically means that the action of your digital keyboard is going to emulate the action of a real acoustic keyboard. In acoustic keyboards, when the key is struck, it lowers a hammer toward the strings. The strings are struck by the hammer, and they produce a sound. In the electric keyboard, hammer action is imitating that, and trying to imitate how loud that sound would be if you’re hitting the keys forcefully or softly.

What Does Weighted Action Mean?

Weighted action came before hammer action, and it refers to keys with weights attached to them. The synthesizer is still trying to imitate the sound and all that, but in this case, you’re going to find that the real difference isn’t that there’s a facsimile of a hammer on the end of your key, but rather that there’s a weight there under the key to imitate the weight of a pressing down on a real key.

Does The Number Of Keys Really Matter?

You know, this is like talking about the number of frets on a guitar. It matters, sure, but not nearly as much as anyone seems to think, and really, it all comes down to a matter of preference. Most digital keyboards, you will find, are going to be capable of changing the octave with the touch of a button. That means that so long as you have a decent amount of octaves at your disposal and nimble fingers, no, it really doesn’t matter. Personally, I’m a general fan of having more keys, rather than less, but that’s just my opinion.

Conclusion


If you’re looking for a good keyboard, no matter what you’re intending on using it for, you will find that the keyboards on this list are the ones that you may want to look at first. Sure, there are other big name keyboards out there that will be good for you as well, but this is a list of the best keyboards that we reviewed, and these are all quality products. When it comes to picking out the real winner here, that’s a hard question. I think that, without a doubt, the best value is the RockJam SuperKit; it comes with everything you’ll need. Then, of course, there is the Alesis Coda Pro, which is just a great option in general.

Finally, for the reviewer’s choice, the one keyboard I think tops all the rest and tops them quite handily, the honor would have to go to the Yamaha YPD143R. But to be quite honest, no matter which of the keyboards I reviewed you end up purchasing, you are very likely to find that you are happy with the purchase that you have made.