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Top 5 Digital Pianos – Best Digital Pianos of 2018 Reviewed

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The Low-Down on Digital Pianos – We look at the top 5 best sellers!

Digital pianos are an amazing new take on an old instrument. Houses these days just haven’t got the room for a large, even if beautifully made, piece of wood. The sound of a piano is certainly not outdated, though, and that’s where these digital devices come in – all the musical ability and versatility of the piano, without being large, immobile and expensive.

Digital pianos come in a large variety of types, and you need to decide what would work best for you, but generally the upright stand pianos, constructed to mimic an actual upright piano, are the most popular.

The tone, keyboard sensitivity, hammer action, and acoustics vary from model to model, as do the piano’s effects and other digital abilities, so it’s worth taking your time and trying out a few before you buy.

Here’s our review of the top 5 best selling digital pianos (just don’t ask our neighbours).

1) Alesis Recital – 88-Key Beginner Digital Piano/Keyboard with Full-Size Semi-Weighted Keys, Power Supply, Built-In Speakers and 5 Premium Voices

Overview

This looks and feels like an impressive piece of kit. It’s solidly built, comes with excellent instructions, has a huge range of features, and is super value.

Features

  • 88 full-sized, semi-weighted keys with built-in speakers.
  • D batteries required (best with Polaroid D batteries)
  • Includes Skoove 3-month premium subscription for interactive online piano lessons
  • Standard, Split, Layer, and Lesson modes with 128 max polyphony
  • Free-30 value with included power adapter
  • System requirements windows 7-32 and 64 bit, 10.8 OS X, usb 2.0 port or higher

Pros

This is a nice sized keyboard, and the weighted keys make a real difference to its playability – they feel more like a traditional piano, and spring back rapidly. The sound quality is impressive, and there are a huge range of settings and effects to play with.

Alesis have made a great addition to the digital piano market with this decently priced keyboard.

Cons

Despite what my neighbours think, this piano could do with being louder; the volume doesn’t go as high as I’d like.

Final Verdict

I like this piano a lot, and the price just makes me like it more!

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2) Yamaha P71 88-Key Weighted Action Digital Piano with Sustain Pedal and Power Supply

Overview

Yamaha have cornered the market in digital pianos, and on unpacking this one, it’s easy to see why – it’s sturdy, well made, and has brilliantly easy to follow instructions. Design wise, it’s nice and slim, and not too heavy. So far, it’s looking good!

Features

  • Amazon Exclusive Model – Includes power adapter and sustain pedal
  • 88 fully weighted piano-style keys simulate the feel of an acoustic piano and provide a quality playing experience
  • Contains 10 different voices, including digitally sampled tones from real Yamaha acoustic grand pianos
  • Dual Mode lets you combine two Voices together, like piano and strings, for an inspiring new playing experience
  • Slim and stylish design with a depth of less than 12 inches, the P71 requires little space and weighs only 25 lbs.

Pros

This model is great fun, allowing you to really play around with mixing voices, including the pre-programmed tones and acoustics, while the weighted keys make it feel very professional. All in all, very impressive.

Cons

After playing around with this, I found that, in order to use the ‘sustain’ pedal, it needs to be plugged in before turning on the keyboard. If you do otherwise, it doesn’t ‘sustain’ at all!

Final Verdict

This lived up to everything I’d expected from Yamaha. With the amount of options available, and the weighted keys, this piano could be used by a professional pianist, and at a fantastic price!

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3) Casio Privia PX-160 Digital Piano – Black Bundle with CS-67 Stand, SP-33 Pedal AND Furniture Bench

Overview

After arriving in several boxes, this was easy to set up, thanks to simple to follow instructions. I was able to bash out a quick, if pretty flawed, tune within minutes.

Features

  • Bundle includes Casio CS-67 furniture stand, Casio SP-33 triple-pedal system, furniture bench, Austin Bazaar instructional DVD, Hal Leonard instructional book, and Austin Bazaar polishing cloth
  • Casio’s best-selling digital piano; new version of Casio PX-150
  • Elegant look with redesigned speaker system
  • String ensemble and electric piano tones
  • Two headphone outputs on front; 1/4″ left and right line outputs

Pros

The tone of this piano is perfect – I wouldn’t know it was digital, and for me that is crucial. Together with ultra sensitive pedals, nicely weighted and textured keys, and it arriving with everything I need to play, is what makes this one of the best on the market!

Cons

The bench that is part of the set is not adjustable, and thus it was a little bit tall for me to comfortably reach the pedals – I’m very short though!

And when I was getting carried away playing an energetic piece of classic Saturday Night Fever (take note – pianos are not just for Beethoven or Bach), the piano did wobble slightly – but hey, so did I!

Final Verdict

I really liked this piano – soundwise you wouldn’t know it wasn’t the real thing, and after a month of enthusiastic use, it remains in perfect condition. This is a piano that’ll cause you to smile when you play.

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4) LAGRIMA Digital Piano, 88 Key Console Keyboard Piano for Beginner/Adults,with Stand+Adapter+3-Pedal Board

Overview

Unpacking this, it looked a bit daunting for one person to put together, and the instructions were next to useless. Luckily a kind, but slightly deaf, neighbour helped me. The look on his face suggested that he was grateful for his hearing disorder, and not envious at all of our hearing neighbours. He probably has a point!

Features

  • Appealing Tone: It adopts dream source, with digitalization sampling,88 standard piano keys, giving you an outstanding feel and response
  • Features: 3 pedal system/LCD display screen/80 demo songs/480 tones that are plentiful and top grade/Includes 128 standard GM tones/200 present rhythms
  • Functions: Headphone jack/Stereo audio input/output. Record/Play function, allows players to practice one hand at a time, or record their next song! Use keyboard split function to split two different tones(main tone and split tone) into both ends of the keyboard
  • USB/Midi Terminal: You can connect it to the computer or mobile device with a wide variety of music entertainment applications quickly and conveniently
  • Includes: Fashionable slide cover design for easy operation. Including all sorts of accompaniments you need to start playing, ranging from rock-and-roll to pop music and jazz, which enable you experience incredible feel.

Pros

For the quality of this piano, you’d expect a much larger price tag. The heavily weighted keys make it ideal to build up finger strength while working on speed, and the fact that it comes in white, means that you can wear a spangly suit, big platform boots and a pretend to be founder member of Abba, or Elton John – no? Just me then.

Cons

The booklet that arrived with this, laughingly called itself an ‘instruction manual’. It was either confused by the meaning of that phrase, trying sarcasm, or just plain lying. Either way, it was thrown in the bin within minutes of trying to make sense of its weird diagrams and random sentences, that seemed to suggest attaching ‘Panel A to Bookcase D’

Final Verdict

There is no doubting that this Lagrima is a stunning piano, and it has the talent to back this up. Very impressive and well worth the money!

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$368.99 $499.90


5) Yamaha DGX-660 88 Key Grand Digital Piano with Knox Piano Bench, Pedal, Dust Cover and Book/DVD

Overview

Okay, this is another Yamaha, but a completely different animal from the previous model.

This digital grand piano is, on first appearance, an excellent instrument. It’s easily put together, looks much more expensive than it is, and comes with lots of extras.

Features

  • Yamaha DGX-660 88 Key digital piano features Pure CF Sound Engine faithfully reproduces the tone of a meticulously sampled and highly acclaimed Yamaha concert grand piano
  • GHS weighted action is heavier in the low register and lighter in the high, just like an acoustic piano
  • Score Display puts music notation of MIDI songs on the screen, helping you play your favourites by following the bouncing ball
  • The Piano Room lets you choose from a variety of pianos and acoustic settings to create your own personal piano environment
  • Kit Includes: Yamaha DGX-660 Portable Grand Electric Piano (Black), Knox Full-Size Bench (Black), Dust Cover, Fast Track Keyboard 1 DVD & Focus on Piano – A Concise Approach to Learning & Playing (with CD)

Pros

The pitch, the tone, the voices – all perfect! The keys are the right weight for me, and I can get carried away playing Rachmaninoff, without striking two keys by accident (well, almost). I love this, and it could take someone with talent from beginner to concert without changing keyboard!

Cons

My only complaint is that the number of settings could be a little daunting – there are so many options to choose from, but I found one I liked and stuck with it.

Also the bench was ever so slightly too tall for me to reach the pedals without stretching – not too much of a problem, but it did disturb my flow sometimes.

Final Verdict

This Yamaha Grand is an incredibly good piano – very versatile and with excellent sound quality. Even if you had the space and budget for a real baby grand, I would recommend this baby every time.

Yamaha DGX-660 88 Key Grand Digital Piano with Knox Piano Bench,Pedal,Dust Cover and Book/DVD

$799.99


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