It isn’t always easy finding the best keyboard piano to play. After all, there’s a ton of different manufacturers out there, and each of them is busy cranking out one model after another. In order for a person to find the one that suits their needs, they are going to really have to pay attention to the features offered by these pianos. We’ve decided to go ahead and remove some of the burdens off of our readers by doing our own research and finding the keyboards which are really exceptional. And then we’ve listed the top ten models as an easy reference for anyone looking to buy one of these instruments.
Our Top Picks for the Best Keyboard Pianos
#1 Yamaha P71 88-Key Weighted Action
If the pianist wants a keyboard that’s capable of providing a professional sound and feel, then they’re probably going to want to take a look at this model. That’s because this 88-key keyboard piano not only produces a unique sound, but its keys also have a realistic feel to them. It uses Advanced Wave Memory sampling to record the sound of an acoustic piano, and it combines it with weighted action that helps the keyboard feel like an acoustic piano. It also features 10 different voices, sampled from real Yamaha acoustic grand pianos and has a dual mode that can combine two voices together for an exciting playing experience.
#2 Yamaha P45 88-Key Weighted Action
What makes this keyboard different from the plethora of models available nowadays is not just how it sound but also how it feels when it’s played. This piano has a rich sound that just isn’t replicated by many other keyboards, and it feels different from just about anything else available. That’s because it uses Yamaha’s Graded Hammer Standard for its weighted action, which simply means it has a heavier touch in the low end and a lighter one in the high end. This allows it to feel like an actual acoustic player and can help train the pianist’s fingers for playing on an actual piano.
#3 Yamaha REFACE CP Portable Electric Piano
There are a lot of keyboard models available, but few of them can offer the kind of sound that this one can offer. It’s equipped with a vintage keyboard sound engine that can play 1 of 6 great vintage keyboard sounds. It can play a 60s reed electric piano, a 70s tine piano, a toy piano or a 70 struck string Clavinet. This keyboard just doesn’t deliver nostalgic novelty sounds, however. It’s also capable of producing a crisp, rich sound that just about any piano player will appreciate. It also features dual 1/4-inch unbalanced line outputs and is equipped with a 2-Watte stereo speaker system.
#4 Casio SA76 44-Key Keyboard
Although this keyboard is designed to be used by beginners, it does have some really nice features which allow it to be used by almost anyone. For example, this keyboard has 44 mini-sized keys and has 50 rhythm patterns. It’s also capable of playing up to 100 different sounds and has 5 percussion pads that are easy to use. Another key feature found on this keyboard is its easy-to-read LCD screen which relays important information to the player. And finally, this keyboard also comes with a comprehensive course that can be followed by beginners to allow them to learn how to play the piano.
#5 Hamzer 61-Key Digital Piano
This Hamzer 61-key keyboard piano proves that a keyboard can not only be inexpensive, but it can also be easy to use. Whether it’s used to teach someone learning how to play piano for the first time or is used by the professional pianists, it has the build-quality needed to provide an authentic and rich sound. This instrument also has a number of features which can be used to great effect. For example, it has 24 demonstration songs, 61 keyboard percussions, and 255 different rhythms. Other features found on this instrument include record and playback feature, and a headphone jack for private playing.
#6 RockJam 61-Key Electronic Keyboard
This full-size keyboard comes with everything a player needs to begin playing their favorite songs immediately. It has 61 standard keys, an LCD screen and it has 50 built-in demo songs that players can immediately start playing. It also has 100 rhythms and 100 different keyboard sounds. Also included with this keyboard are a number of important accessories which include a pair of headphones, a piano stand, and a stool. If the players want to plug a microphone into this keyboard they can, although they will have to purchase it separately. It’s a high-quality keyboard that is useful to both students and professional players alike.
#7 RockJam 54-Key Electronic Keyboard
Designed with the needs of the music student in mind, this high-quality keyboard is ideal for any music class or anyone who wants to learn piano. It has 54 full-size keys that make this keyboard feel like a traditional piano, but it is still compact enough to be fairly portable. Through the Piano Maestro iPad App, this instrument also offers the operator 30 free songs to use for learning purposes. Other features found on this high-quality instrument include record and playback functionality, multiple teaching modes, 100 rhythms, keyboard sound effects, and 8 demo songs. It also has a music rest that can hold either sheet music or a tablet.
#8 Casio CTK-3500 PPK Keyboard
The Casio CTK-3500 PPK is a keyboard system that’s designed to give the piano player everything they need to play as soon as it’s taken out of the box. This kit features not only a 61-key piano but also comes with a number of useful accessories. These accessories include an X-style stand, a power supply to operate the keyboard and a pair of over the ear headphones. The keyboard has 400 built-in tones and has 100 rhythms. Whether this unit is used for keyboard practice or used for actual play, it’s easy enough for most people to use and sounds good.
#9 Joy 61-Key Standard Electronic Piano
Not only does this set come with a standard 61-key keyboard, but it also comes with a number of accessories that allow the user to play it immediately. Included with this set is a stand for holding the keyboard, a stool and a DC 9V AC adaptor for operating the keyboard. This set also features a high-quality pair of headphones. The piano itself features 255 rhythms and timbers and is equipped with over 50 demonstration songs. It also features a multifunctional LED screen that relays important information to the user. Using this keyboard, users can easily learn the control they need to play any piano.
#10 Huntington KB61-100 61-Key Portable Keyboard
This 61-key keyboard not only has an excellent tone but also has some nice features which make it a great piano for teaching music. It has 100 rhythms, 16-volume levels and has 32-tempo settings. It also has 8-panel drum presets and 8 stereo demo songs for players to choose from as well. Additional features found on this keyboard include a start/stop with sync, a convenient LED display, and stereo RCA output jacks. All of these features make this instrument one that’s very easy to play and ideal for just about any music class. If there’s one disadvantage to this instrument, it’s the fact that it’s extremely large.
A Guide To Keyboard Pianos
We’re very proud of the fact that consumers can choose any product from our top ten list and find the best keyboard piano for their needs. Any of the keyboard pianos we’ve reviewed offer the consumer something. Some models are better at delivering orchestral sounds, while other models work better for beginning students. All our readers have to do is look over the list, choose the one that fits their needs and everything should work out just fine.
With that said, however, we do understand that some of our readers aren’t going to be content with just picking a keyboard piano off of a list. Some of them are going to want to see what else is out there—perhaps a newer model that didn’t exist when we first composed this top list of keyboards. That’s okay, we understand that all of our readers are individuals who might want to choose something different. That’s why we’ve decided to write a guide on the subject.
In this guide, the consumer will find all of the information they need to choose the best keyboard pianos for their needs. It doesn’t matter if they choose one of the keyboards we’ve reviewed or if they choose something else. They should read our guide and use it to make an informed decision. Now, let’s get started and find out what our readers need to consider when choosing a new keyboard piano.
Step One: Choose The Right Type Of Keyboard Piano
Okay, let’s begin our journey by helping our readers choose the keyboard piano that best suits their needs. When it comes to keyboard pianos, the consumer has three choices. There are Digital Keyboards, Digital Pianos, and Acoustic Pianos. Let’s examine each of these keyboard piano types and see what treasures they offer and what drawbacks hold them back.
Digital keyboards are one of the cheapest options, but they’re also the ones with the least amount of options. They’re usually just a casing wrapped around a few minor controls and some keys. These keyboards are usually called electronic keyboards because their sound comes from notes that are either synthesized by a computer or sampled.
These keyboards not only allow the musician to play the piano but they also usually offer the musician the opportunity to play the sounds of other instruments—sounds that can include everything from organs to stringed instruments. In the past, the large digital keyboards that musicians could buy usually had a cheap sound, but modern versions can actually sound pretty good.
When considering digital keyboards, the consumer needs to think about two things: the number of keys and the key action of the keyboard. Musicians who are looking for the most accurate piano experience is probably going to want to consider buying a keyboard with 88-keys. If the musician is limited by size, they might want to downgrade the piano to 76-keys. A 76-key keyboard works well for the most part, but the musician might find that they’re not capable of hitting the upper or lower limits of many musical pieces.
The keyboard’s key action is a term used to describe how a keyboard piano duplicates the feel of a real piano. Because these keyboards don’t have the same internal mechanisms of pianos, they have to imitate a piano’s key action. High-quality models are quite responsive and do this well, while cheaper keyboards are a bit clunky with their key action.
The next category of keyboards that we would like to talk about are digital pianos. These devices recreate the experience of playing a real acoustic piano very well. Not only do they replicated the action of an acoustic piano, but they also replicate the sound. These models are usually equipped with hammer action keys and most have keys that are made out of wood or at least are imitation wood. Unlike an acoustic piano, however, these devices don’t need to be tuned or require physical maintenance. They’re also quite easy to play.
Because the sound of digital pianos is sampled or synthetic the way that a digital keyboard is, they offer the consumer a wide range of different piano and instrument sounds. They’re usually equipped with 88-keys as well, so there’s no limitation to the notes that the musician can play on them.
The biggest drawback to these devices is that they’re not really portable—even though they’re smaller than acoustic pianos. That makes them suitable for use at home or in the studio but prevents them from being easily used while the musician is on the road.
Okay, acoustic pianos are not really keyboarded pianos, but they need to be placed on this list so that they can be used for comparison. Acoustic pianos tend to be much larger than keyboard pianos and they also tend to be more expensive. They also tend to require maintenance regularly. However, with all of that said, nothing sounds as good as a real acoustic piano.
Step Two: Consider Other Features
Once the musician has chosen the right type of keyboard for their needs, they then need to turn their attention to some of the features they expect that keyboard to have. Below are some of the more common features that consumers can find on either digital keyboards or digital pianos. The musician should choose the features that they need and disregard the ones that they don’t need.
Some musicians like to have keyboards with MIDI compatibility and some don’t need it. MIDI is an acronym that means “Musical Instrument Digital Interface.” This is an electronic machine language that allows instruments to talk to one another. This is an important feature for musicians who play electronic music or need to interface with a laptop or desktop computer.
Computer Connectivity & Sampling Capabilities
The next thing that the musician is going to want to consider is computer connectivity and sampling capabilities. Computer connectivity allows the musician to use musical composing programs to create their own music. Sampling and/or recording capabilities allow the consumer to record their own compositions.
Additional Features To Consider
Although the size of the guide prohibits us from going into further detail on any additional features, we can leave our readers with a list of some of the other keyboard piano features they’re going to need. So without further ado, below are some other things that the potential keyboard piano user is going to want to think about before they buy a new one.
- Keyboard Action
- Storage Capabilities
- Input Or Output For The Keyboard
- Keyboard Size