Are you an aspiring musician? Do you need a digital piano review? Do you just like playing piano? Regardless of which category you fall under, a review for digital pianos is exactly what you’re looking for if you found this site. Since you did find this site, you must also want to know what to look for when purchasing the right digital piano and we are here to help. Imagine being able to dazzle your friends and family by showing off your skills on the perfect piano. Imagine becoming a famous pianist and reaching the true pinnacle of your potential all because you started off on the right track by selecting the piano that best fits your needs.
For most musicians, we just can’t afford an acoustic grand piano without saving for several years. I know I couldn’t. So when I was looking for a home piano, I was wrestling with one burning question: could I really go digital? In the end, though, digital was just a better option all around – it was better for recording, travel and my budget. Anyway, I ended up doing a lot of shopping. Below, is the product of all that research, and I hope it helps at least some of you out – some of you who are thinking of buying digital but don’t know where to start. So, check it out, and please let me know if you have any questions!
Best For Beginner
Alesis Recital Beginner Digital Piano
- Semi-Weighted Keys
- 5 Built-in Voices
- Dimensions: 3.6 x 11.52 x 50.52 “
- Weight: 15.65 pounds
Best of The Best
A piano that teaches you to play! ( Made for beginners )
- Hammer-Action Keys
- 4000+ sheet music
- Dimension: 54 x 34 x 18″
- Weight: 117 pounds
- Supports smart phones
Yamaha Arius YDP-181 Traditional Console Style
- Weighted Keys
- 10 Built-in Voices
- Dimension: 58.96 x 24.88 x 20.12″
- Weight: 149 pounds
So why buy a digital piano over acoustic?
They are often better for recording musicians. This is a big one, and it’s pretty important to a lot of people, especially those of you in bands. Digital pianos are usually a lot easier to record with. Every digital piano will include MIDI connective functionality, which means that you can connect it to both a computer and other instruments. That makes it a lot easier to jam.
It’s a lot cheaper. This is pretty self-explanatory, but it was one of the most important factors for me. In the end, I just didn’t feel like I was sacrificing much, and I was saving thousands of dollars.
It’s a lot more portable. If you ever have to play a gig, or if you just want to jam with your friends, it’s pretty tough to haul a grand piano around.
It’s easier to maintain. A lot of people forget about this, but grand pianos take maintenance. And, most of the time, musicians just don’t know how to do it correctly. That’s more time and money spent (unless you want an out-of-tune piano).
Why you still might want an acoustic grand piano
You’ve got the money. If one day I do have the money, I think I’d still buy an acoustic piano. It’s what I learned on, and it’d just be fun. I wouldn’t throw away my digital piano, though; I’d just have both.
Tradition. As I mentioned, for those of you who are traditionalists, you understand that there’s a certain mystique that comes with an acoustic piano. It’s just sexy. There’s no denying that.
You’ve got a great room to play it in. If you really want to get the most out of an acoustic piano, you need to have a room with great acoustics to play it in; otherwise, a lot of that amazing sound is going to be wasted.
You just like the acoustic sound. This is just prefence, and a lot of people like the sound of both. It’s kind of like listening to the radio vs. listening to a vinyl record. Acoustic pianos just have a certain je ne sais quoi.
I’m mostly laying out these points because I want you to be totally aware of the pros and cons of each type of piano. This instrument is going to be your life (heck – it’ probably is your life already), so it’s not a decision to take lightly!
Reviews of the Top 5 Digital Pianos
Korg SP280 BK 88 Key Digital Piano
I rather like the Korg SP280 as a digital piano for beginners. It has really amazing sound that is very loud (in a good way) and comes through the speakers crystal clear. The keyboard is weighted and really feels like a real grand piano. Another feature that is strikingly similar to that of a real grand piano is the sound of the piano when it is in organ and piano mode. It sounds fantastic and it closer to the real thing than any other digital piano I have come across. The accessory package that accompanies the piano is pretty great as well. Take a look at the other things the Korg SP280 has to offer:
- Rich, dynamic acoustic piano sounds that are enjoyable to play authentic vintage electric piano sounds, perfect for live performance
- Natural weighted hammer action (NH) keyboard faithfully reproduces the touch of an acoustic piano
- Authentic vintage electric piano sounds, perfect for live performances
- High output amp section produces plenty of volume
- Bundle includes: stand, sustain pedal and headphones
Casio PX850 BK 88-Key Touch-Sensitive Privia Digital Piano
The Casio PX850 is a fine instrument, and it’s one of the best digital pianos I’ve come across. The sound quality is fantastic – and not because it’s super distinct; instead, it’s just right. The sound of this piano is right in the goldilocks zone. It’s not too bright, nor is it too mellow and soft.
The great benefit of this, of course, is the versatility of the instrument. I find it has remarkable range, and can handle fast, energetic numbers as well as it can long, lyric ballads. However, just because it seems to be a Swiss army knife does not mean it’s blunt. Despite being so well-rounded, the sound is very pretty, and I find it’s comfortable for most songs.
What I like most about this piano, though, is the feel. It’s obvious that Casio spent lots of time and money testing their keys with real musicians, and the result is fantastic. They keys are weighted perfectly, which makes me feel both more comfortable and more accurate. I really hate that feeling – usually on older, broken-in pianos – of super light keys; they just don’t feel like they’ve got any real weight to them. Not so with the Casio. It feels divine.
This is the most expensive piano on our list, but in the scope of all digital pianos, its price is about middle-of-the-road. And if you factor in the cost of an acoustic piano, it’s a steal. So, this piano certainly isn’t for everyone, but it’s worth saving up for if you’re a serious musician.