Best Digital Pianos《 2020》Which To Buy?
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- 1 Best Digital Pianos《 2020》Which To Buy?
- 1.1 Yamaha P45 Digital Piano
- 1.2 Yamaha P125 Digital Piano and its predecessor the P115
- 1.3 ROLAND FP 30 Digital Piano (With Bluetooth MIDI)
- 1.4 (NEW) CASIO CDP S100 Portable Digital Piano
- 1.5 Casio PX 160 Digital Piano Keyboard
- 1.6 Kawai Digital Piano ES110
- 1.7 Yamaha YDP 144 Arius Digital Piano (old Yamaha YDP 143)
- 1.8 Digital Piano Casio Celviano AP-470 (old AP-460)
- 1.9 Digital Piano Accessories
- 1.10 Piano bench and ergonomics tips
Let’s start by making it clear that a digital piano is the same as an electronic piano. Then inside the electronic pianos, you have the portable pianos with a weight between 10 and 14 kg, and the electronic pianos with a weight between 20 and 30 kg which imitate upright pianos. In this ranking you have the most convenient electronic pianos in relation quality price. They all have the minimum requirements to be considered pianos. These factors are:
- 88 weighted and touch-sensitive keys to simulate the touch and weight of piano keys.
- Sustain pedal or triple footswitch to keep the note in time.
- It is also very important that they have a MIDI connector so that they can be connected to the computer.
With this data you already have the basic information you need to understand our selection. We have chosen the most demanded models that are between 300 and 700 euros (300$ to 800$ USD). This leaves you equipped enough to start and spend several years learning piano.
If you want a cheaper electronic music keyboard, don’t hesitate to visit our guide with the cheapest and most convenient music keyboards.
Yamaha P45 Digital Piano
An option to consider if your budget is a little limited. It is probably the most popular electronic piano in Europe and America. The Yamaha P45, for the price it has, can’t give more. The only thing that the Yamaha P45 fails in is no line output to connect to big sound equipment -- the Yamaha P115 wins against the Yamaha P45 in this case -- which we analyze later. You can use the headphone output to connect the Yamaha P45 to a small amp, but for other equipment you’ll need an extra power box.
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Even so, the Yamaha P45 is very competitive for its reduced price, its Hammer Action Keys GHS, sustain pedal, and extreme quality piano tones.
We leave you a video in which they analyze this popular model. Then you have a link to the in-depth review.
The Yamaha P45 is very portable, with less than 12 kg of weight; although it does not support triple pedal, it’s used by pianists of all levels due to its unbeatable price.
We advise you to take a look at our in-depth review of the Yamaha P45 .
For the Yamaha P45, you will find at the best price in Thomann. This type of piano is usually available in black and white. If you ever see the letter B or W in the name, it refers to the color. In Europe check Thomann. In America or Asia Amazon. Below direct links:
Yamaha P125 Digital Piano and its predecessor the P115
This electronic piano or portable digital piano is an authentic cannon and one of the most purchased keyboards for people looking for great quality and good price.
The new Yamaha P125 really only enhances the the P115 in that it has more piano sounds.
It contains a sustain pedal, headphones to study in silence, and has some quite powerful integrated speakers (7w x 2) so that you can take it to acoustic performances and you will not need an extra amplifier for small premises.
The sustain pedal is what allows you to keep the sound of the note playing even if you don’t press the key; a very important expressive resource of the piano. The Yamaha brand is extremely reliable and your instruments always leave the factory perfectly calibrated.
This piano is suitable for all levels.
The Hammer Action system on the keys is perfect for both student and professional, and serves as a studying classic. This electronic piano also comes with the pedal to hold the note and the charger. It differs from Yamaha P45 in that the sound has been sampled with more expensive technology.
The P45 is the most accepted among piano students; but the P125 is also ultra-popular among professionals for live music, as it has line output to connect to any mixer and PA -- and only for a small price difference from the Yamaha P45. It has 192 polyphony voices, Reverb and Chorus effect, and different sounds apart from the normal piano -- such as a Hammond type organ. It has a built-in metronome and an endless number of details to improve the technique. You can see this in the video below.
It also has the USB TO HOST, which serves as a MIDI interface to connect it to the music learning software. You can do things like record what you play on a MIDI track and then export that track in a single click to musical scores in the tone you want. It’s a purchase with a tremendous value for money, always keeping in mind that you value the portability of being a keyboard.
It comes with very interesting apps and a free 3 month subscription to the FlowKey interactive learning APP. Don’t hesitate to see our complete review of Yamaha P125 and review the video we published in the full review about Yamaha P115. If you see it as Yamaha P125 B, the B only refers to the color black. I leave you this good review video:
Like the Yamaha P45 the best place to buy the Yamaha P125 at Europe is Thomann:
In America and Asia Amazon:
ROLAND FP 30 Digital Piano (With Bluetooth MIDI)
A very valid alternative from a pioneer in the manufacture of digital pianos. It’s got 128-voice polyphony; that’s not bad at all. We remind you that polyphony is how many notes can sound at once. The Roland FP 30 comes with a sustain pedal and supports triple bottom bracket.
It stands out a lot in terms of touch, because it uses Roland’s technology of 5 intensities and has a very recommendable Grand Piano sound. It competes with the P125 mainly in touch, which is very pleasant and imitates the sound an acoustic piano. It also has 11W speakers that are the most powerful on the market in its range. This can save you from carrying an extra amp in your small-format live shows.
It’s a portable electronic piano, comes without support -- which you have to buy separately -- or you can use any table you have with the right height. Its price is quite competitive for the quality of its sound, and its Hammer Action keys. It has built-in USB-MIDI, so it can also be used as a MIDI controller.
Its 5-intensity Hammer Action is very powerful. It’s not easy to choose between a Yamaha P125 and a Roland FP 30 because although the Yamaha P125 wins in polyphony, the Roland is ahead in other things (it also has a built-in microphone). We analysed these differences in our review of the Roland FP 30.
To buy the Roland FP 30, the best thing is Thomann here (opens in a separate tab):
Although for this portable piano it is never too much to see it in Amazon which is its direct competitor:
These videos are also mounted in an ideal environment. See how the piano sound is heard in a street performance. Quite powerful and this makes many people opt for the Roland FP 30 directly.
(NEW) CASIO CDP S100 Portable Digital Piano
Casio is stepping on portability with a piano that competes directly with the Yamaha P45 but gives you more for the same price.
It allows for batteries and weighs 1 kg less than the Yamaha P45.
Don’t miss my review of this keyboard which is the continuation of the Casio CDP 130, but in the background are different. I keep the Casio CDP 160 and the Casio CDP 130 in this ranking because they can still be found on Amazon at a good price.
You can find it at a good price at Thomann:
Here your Amazon direct link in your country (in USA it is Casio CDP 240 the equivalent item):
Casio PX 160 Digital Piano Keyboard
Casio keyboards are also a very important option to keep in mind. Especially this very popular model that is a direct rival of the Yamaha P125, the Roland FP 30 and the Kawai ES 110 that we will see a little about below. T
he Casio PX 160 is an 88-key Hammer Action electronic piano that also serves as a stage piano because it has a line output to connect to any mixer or PA. The Casio PX 165 has been released for sale, but is not yet for sale in many places in Europe.
It has a polyphony of 128 voices that is worth playing, and we like so much that it serves as a stage piano -- thanks to its line output, just as the Yamaha P115. It has MIDI and supports triple pedalboard with what is acceptable for any professional and any conservatory level. It has a very successful piano sound because it implements CASIO Multi-dimensional Morphing AiR sampling technology.
It comes with a charger, and is extremely light weight, at 11 kg. It has a Hammer Action of 3 sensibilities and the keys have a very successful touch.
A very interesting option in compassion to the Yamaha P125. Well, above all it competes in price and usually costs considerably less than the Yamaha P125 and the others. Whichever one you choose will be a great option. If you want to see the comparison between the Yamaha P115 (almost the same as the Yamaha P125) and the Casio PX 160, check out the review of the Casio PX 160. We leave you a video and then the cheapest purchase option we have registered:
It is posible to find it at Amazon:
Kawai Digital Piano ES110
It is Kawai’s direct asset to compete with the Roland FP30, Casio PX 160, and Yamaha P125. It has a very powerful Hammer Action system with Responsive Hammer that surpasses the Yamaha P125 and Roland FP 30.
It allows for a triple pedalboard and has a very powerful polyphony of 192 voices. On the other hand, it brings 19 extreme quality piano sounds. It has MIDI connectivity (not USB), but it has Bluetooth.
The Kawai ES 110 beats the Yamaha P125 in touch, but there is a notable price difference that can be around 50 euros. Of course that difference can be felt in the touch. So the decision to buy one or the other we would base on your budget, and if you are on a budget and have decided for a Yamaha P125 over the P45.
To jump to the Kawai ES110 you have to do another small jump.We leave you the following video that will serve you to hear the same piece played in a Yamaha P115, a Roland FP 30 and a Kawai ES110. If you want to know more you can read here our review about the Kawai ES-110.
To buy it you can go to your nearest store, or if you want to buy it online because it is cheaper, the best for this keyboard is Thomann or your Amazon website:
And here it’s linked in Amazon:
Yamaha YDP 144 Arius Digital Piano (old Yamaha YDP 143)
The bestseller in this field is the Yamaha YDP 144 of the famous Arius series. One more than enough piano for piano students who do not need to move the piano. Even so, it is much more manageable than an upright piano because it weighs 38 kg compared to 150 kg for an upright. Its benefits include:
- 192 Notes from polyphony
- Triple footswitch, with this you can play what you need in classic
- 88 weighted keys and hyper-realistic matte black texture, with Hammer Action GHS
- 10 sounds with superior Pure CF Sound Engine technology
- USB MIDI and two headphone sockets for studying with the teacher or playing duets
What really makes this digital piano stand out from others like the Kawai ES110, or the Yamaha P115, and justifies a slightly higher price; is the amount of technology that accompanies it to emulate the piano vibration that is transmitted to the floor. Systems such as Intelligent Acoustic Control (IAC) or Acoustic Optimizer achieve this. All this for a price just under 750 euros (800$ USD).
If portability is not a determining factor and the intention is mainly classical conservatory study this may be the best option available today. Here’s a demo video of the Yamaha YDP 143 and the new one Yamaha YDP 144. The only difference is the sound quality -- a little bit better in the new model.
What is the difference between Yamaha YDP 144 and YDP 143? Basically the sampling technology. The sound has a better quality in the new one, as we told you above.
This piano is easy to find for less than 700 euros, mainly online. To ensure a correct transport I know many people who have bought it at Thomann:
And have a look also in your nearest Amazon:
Digital Piano Casio Celviano AP-470 (old AP-460)
This is the new model of the Casio Celviano AP460. It brings back:
- Two new piano sounds
- Steinway D
- Steinway Boston
- 4 New accompaniments for layering and playing encuma
- Spatial audio
- Key on and key off simulations
- Best speaker system
- Best HALL simulations
This piano is the latest and most expensive of all the digital pianos we have selected. It is not the most bought, but it is a real hidden jewel at a good price.
The Celvians are much appreciated by many piano teachers for their students. Casio has overcome itself with the sound of this piano.
It’s a tremendous sense of reality because it has one of the most advanced digital Hammer Action systems out there. Don’t be fooled by its modest appearance, it’s one of the best digital pianos ever. It has strings and sticks to simulate a real piano, and the digital sound that comes out of your system doesn’t lose quality in compression. Its price is a little higher than the other models we have presented, but its proximity to the feeling of playing a real piano is tremendous.
It has MIDI support, synthetic ebony and ivory keys, recording and USB port, metronome, three pedals, 20W speakers, and headphone outputs. They’ve worked their way up to the top so it doesn’t get dusty. Apart from all the features that a digital piano of this price usually has, what is tremendous is its “Tri-Sensor II” system of massifs and velocity sensitivity. For now, the most powerful digital acoustic Hammer Action system on the market. We summarize its features here:
- 88 action keys Scaled Hammer Action II (Tri-Sensor) ebony/synthetic ivory
- 22 piano sounds with the new ones we have shown you before
- Multi-Dimensional Morphing AiR
- 256 polyphony voices (very powerful)
- Partition and layer functions
- DSP, chorus, ‘Brilliance’ and ‘Hall’ simulation
- 2 track sequencer
- It has a resonance effect and a hammer effect to better simulate the sensation of a real piano; imitating the vibrations you feel when you touch a real piano
- Cover and key deactivation simulator
- Audio Recording/Playback
- Of course it has metronome, transpositor, etc, etc, etc.
- Triple pedal for play in any level
- 2 headphone jacks
- USB to Host (this is the MIDI)
- USB to device
- 2 line outputs (L/Mono, R) with what it is worth to play live if necessary, although it is a little heavy compared to the portable digital pianos of the beginning
- 4 x 2 x 20W 2-way speakers (better than AP 460)
- Dimensions including music holder: 1417 x 427 x 861mm (height x width x depth)
- A weight of 43 kg compared to 150 that normal upright pianos can weigh; includes score book, music stand, headphone hook and AD-E24250LW power supply -- although it has to be said that it doesn’t come with a stool.
The best place to buy this piano is Thomann Europe and your Amazon website:
Digital Piano Accessories
These musical instruments already come with everything you need but you can always improve some aspect like the pedal that comes in some of them, and especially when it’s been a while. What you’ll probably want, though, is a proper stand or stool.
The stands are accessories that usually come on sale with the packs or bundles, so if you buy it from the beginning you can save a lot of money. Although here we’re going to link those elements separately.
Pedal for keyboard and electronic piano
All electronic pianos of this selection come with at least one sustain pedal -- the basic. And perfectly valid and true, is that in models such as the Yamaha P45, over time you can stay a little short and the truth is that they are very cheap accessories. On models like the Arius or the Celviano, don’t even think about it because they already come with a triple footswitch that is more than enough.
If you buy your sustain pedal, look first at Thomann when you buy the keyboard; but if you buy it later, it’s an item too cheap so you will not get free postage. In that case you have the following good option as sustain pedal on Amazon. Although here we link you more variety of Amazon pedals:
Have a look to different digital piano pedals at your nearest Amazon website:
Digital Piano Stands
There are several types of media and the truth is that they are important accessories for your keyboard or digital piano. In this type of product, it’s important to have a good support because if the support is not good, you’ll have a very uncomfortable vibration that isn’t pleasant when playing a piano. There are several very affordable models and undoubtedly the most sold is the next model of the Stagg brand:
If you buy it at Thomann, you have available very attractive packs or bundles that already come with the stand, and the truth is that people usually buy them because it saves a lot of money.
Piano bench and ergonomics tips
If you are going to practice a lot with the keyboard, it is very important to have a suitable stool. The height of your hands should be adequate so that you do not have to be forcing the position or you may develop tendinitis or other injuries while playing music for many hours.
Most people have different heights, but a digital piano stand will always have the same height. So it’s the stool that has to be adjustable. Of course if you have a filly and you find a stool with the right height that you need, that is perfect.
In our next post you are going to see several videos and postural tips to avoid injuries. I strongly encourage you to see it because for sure it gives you a lot and avoids future headaches…. and back pain. Visit our ergonomics guide for playing the piano and how to choose the best piano stool.
The predominant color in the accessories is usually black, although you can find variations sometimes at different prices in this type of musical instruments.
If you want to know more about electronic pianos and the differences with keyboards, don’t hesitate to visit our guide to digital pianos.On the other hand we also recommend our guide to learn piano. With a lot of resources and interesting articles.