Top 5 – Best Digital Piano Keyboard – 2020

Picking the best digital piano is not a simple task. Purchasing a piano is quite an expensive investment, so you want to make sure you are doing your homework first before making that big decision.

When I first bought our digital piano, I made sure that I was spending my hard-earned dollar on a perfect digital piano that will not only last for a long time but will keep my family motivated to practice and play.

 

 

Things to keep in mind when choosing the piano:

The criteria I used on choosing my top 5 Digital Piano. These are sound, weighted keys, MIDI compatibility, # of keys (polyphony), and last but not the least portability.

1. Sound – we want the best sound. What I look for in terms of sound is the one that mimics the sound of an actual acoustic piano. When checking the sound of your digital piano, don’t forget to check all the other sound options in the library too. Although your primary focus is the piano tones itself, you might be surprised later to learn how this other instrument sounds can help spice things up on your performances or compositions.

2. Weighted Keys – A fully-weighted hammer-action keyboard should be on the priority list when looking for a digital piano. Make sure you pick one that resembles the feel of an actual acoustic piano. When feeling the keys, notice that the lower register keys feel heavier and gradually get lighter as you move up the keyboard. Be careful when getting a cheaper portable keyboard as they often come with eighty-eight keys, but they are often unweighted or semi-weighted.

If you are on a budget, I wrote another article about our experience learning piano on budget. Click here

3. MIDI Compatibility – This is a must, especially if you are looking into composing your own music. You don’t want to miss out on amazing technologies, and more are coming out. Lots of online apps and plug-ins are available and just waiting for you to plunge into the creative world.

4. # of Keys – A full-size piano has eighty-eight keys. Piano keys are also called Polyphony. The higher the polyphony number is, the more you can allow yourself to play any songs with no limit. However, don’t stress too much about getting a piano that has eighty-eight keys. As long as you have at least sixty-four polyphonies on it, you should be fine.

5. Portability – If your goal is to play on gigs and other events, you will want to consider getting a piano that is compact and doesn’t weigh a ton. An example would be the Roland RD-2000, or a cheaper alternative one is Yamaha P125B. Both are part of my top 5 list below.

 

Drum roll… Here are our top 5 best digital piano keyboards for 2020.

1. Roland RD-2000 Premium 88-key Digital Stage Piano

Roland has been leading the music instrument world since the seventies. You will often see their instruments used by professional artists, celebrities, concert bands, and more. It is no surprise that they made it to my top 5. In January 2017, Roland released one of their latest model, the RD-2000. Equipped with two independent sound engines, premium action, and advanced controller features, the Roland RD-2000 delivers unmatched performance on stage and in the studio.

Sound: Top-notch (two independent acoustic piano sound engines)

Weighted keys: Yes

MIDI Compatibility: Yes

# of Keys: 88

Portability: 55.6″ x 14.5″ x 5.56″ (47.9 lbs.)

2. Yamaha P125B

Yamaha changed the world’s view of musical instruments when they started manufacturing portable pianos. Yamaha has been manufacturing grand acoustic pianos since the 1940s. They continued to impress us with their portable digital pianos. One of their newest releases is the Yamaha P-125, which is the successor to the great Yamaha P121.

Sound: Rich Authentic Piano Sound (2-way speaker system)

Weighted keys: Yes

MIDI Compatibility: Yes

# of Keys: 88

Portability: 58″ x 17.5″ x 16″ (56.9 lbs.)

3. Casio Privia PX-S1000

Casio has been making musical instruments since the 80s when they first released their first electronic keyboard. They subsequently developed many musical products that attract music lovers around the world. In recent years, Casio has been stepping up efforts to expand the popularity of digital pianos, and one of their newest release that wowed consumers was the Casio Privia PX-S1000.

Sound: Rich Authentic Piano Sound (2-way speaker system)

Weighted keys: Yes

MIDI Compatibility: Yes

# of Keys: 88

Portability: 52″ x 9″ x 4″ (24.7lbs.)

4. Yamaha P-45 Compact 88-Key Portable Digital Piano

Another choice as well in the Yamaha P series is the P-45. The feel and action of the keys of this model are very similar to those of an acoustic piano. It is also easy to carry as it only weighs 35 lbs.

Sound: Great Piano Sound

Weighted keys: Yes

MIDI Compatibility: Yes

# of Keys: 88

Portability: Compact and lightweight. Yamaha P-45 doesn’t require a lot of space as the depth is less than 12 inches with 25 lbs weight.

 

5. Roland FP-30

Roland’s FP product series are portable pianos with premium performance. With their FP series, you are not compromising on sound quality and keyboard feel. They design this series to mimic the sound and feel of an acoustic piano. So if you are looking for a premium portable piano that’s always ready wherever you go, this modern digital piano is right for you. Between Roland’s FP series, the FP-90, FP-60, FP-30, and FP-10, you will surely find the right portable piano that matches your musical taste and fit your budget. The FP-30 is by far the most popular among all four, with over 150,000 sold since its release in 2016. It’s my favorite among the series as well in terms of affordability.

Sound: Great Piano Sound

Weighted keys: Yes

MIDI Compatibility: Yes

# of Keys: 88

Portability: 55.24 x 17.24 x 12.01 inches and weight 50.6 lbs

Questions to ask yourself before buying a piano

If you have done your research, you should have noticed by now that there are so many choices to choose from when it comes to digital keyboard. So you don’t get overwhelmed, try asking yourself the following questions before making your pick:

What is my goal for this piano?

For us, our goal is to play the piano and learn enough songs so we can play on gigs and other fundraising events. We like to do charity work.

What’s the maximum amount that I will spend?

Since we plan to use this piano on gigs, it got to have stage quality, and not to mention needs to be rugged and durable enough to carry around. I will spend extra for this but plan on not spending more than $2,000.00.

Is my goal to be like Beethoven? Then you might want to get an acoustic piano.

Although that would have been a dream come true. But for now, I don’t plan on making a career out of this, so the answer is no. If ever we go this route, we can always upgrade later or buy an acoustic piano for the house and keep the digital portable piano for our travels and gigs.

Do I see myself moving around with this piano from show to show?

As mentioned earlier, we are planning to use this piano on gigs and will need it to be portable. For this reason, I pay attention to how compact the piano is, its ragged design, and its weight.

Once you have answered the above questions, you can then narrow down your choices based on your preference and create a “must-have” criteria that the piano of your choice must-have.

Based on my questions above the piano that I need to get must have:

  1. Good stage quality sound
  2. 88 weighted keys
  3. MIDI compatibility
  4. Portable
  5. And durable that will last for a long time.

I hope that this blog gave you some ideas on how to narrow your search on that perfect piano you have in mind. Like you, I enjoy thinking about other possibilities as well and thinking about what the future looks like whenever we make big purchases like a piano. This kind of mindset and preparation saved us plenty of dollars, regrets, and most especially precious time. We’ve made some mistakes in the past and learned from them. As a result, we wrote this guide to help us not repeat the same mistakes we’ve had in the past and we are sharing this with you so you can avoid making the same mistakes we’ve made.

Thank you for stopping by. If you have questions, please leave them below.

Thank you

Jen and Bree

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