SummaryHere are the top 10 best piano models 2018. Pianos have been a very popular musical instrument all over the world, since the turn of the 19th century.
Table of Contents
- Our Picks Best 10 Pianos at This Time
- 1.Yamaha YPG-235 76-Key Grand Piano
- 2.Alesis Recital 88-Key Digital Piano
- 3.Yamaha P71 88-Key Digital Piano (Exclusive)
- 4.Yamaha P115 88 Key Digital Piano
- 5.Williams Legato 88-Key Digital Piano
- 6.Kawai ES100 88-key Digital Piano
- 7.Yamaha DGX-660 Digital Piano
- 8.Casio Privia PX-160 Digital Piano
- 9.Yamaha P45 88-Key Digital Piano
- 10.Casio CDP-130 Digital Piano
- The Final Verdict
Shopping for a digital piano can be intimidating. After all, you don’t want to buy a model that far exceeds your needs or the needs of the person you are purchasing it for (i.e. a loved one or a student), but at the same time you don’t want something that doesn’t replicate as realistic a piano playing experience either as possible either. There are a number of features for a digital piano that every piano player is looking for in order to ensure that their chosen model sees them through the years as they grow in skill and progress in their playing technique. These features are as follows:
-Number of keys
-Built In/External Amplification
Our Picks Best 10 Pianos at This Time
|The ONE Light Piano||61-Key||36 x 13 x 4 inches|
|Casio Privia PX160BK||88-Key||11.5 x 52 x 5.5 inches|
|Korg tiny Piano||25-Key||15.1 x 10.2 x 11.1 inches|
|Williams Legato Piano||88-Key||3.5 x 50 x 11 inches|
|Williams Rhapsody 2||88-Key||60.4 x 21.1 x 13.6 inches|
|Yamaha YDP142||88-Key||56.3 x 22.2 x 17.1 inches|
|Yamaha P115||88-Key||58.2 x 16.1 x 11.8 inches|
|Yamaha DGX650WH||88-Key||58.9 x 21.5 x 12.8 inches|
|Yamaha DGX650B||88-Key||58.9 x 21.5 x 12.8 inches|
|Yamaha YPG-235||76-Key||53 x 11 x 23 inches|
You want to make sure that your digital piano is a sound investment for now and for the future, and the varying levels of quality for these key features are what will determine how sound an investment the pianos you choose will be. In order to aid you in that process, we have compiled a list of reviews for the most popular and highly rated digital pianos available. We will also make a recommendation for a specific model as our first choice out of all ten. More than likely, one of these ten will suit your budget, needs, and player preferences.
1.Yamaha YPG-235 76-Key Grand Piano
Yamaha is the preeminent producer of top grade musical instruments in the world, and their attention to detail and quality is evident even in this entry level model. The feel and action of the keys is comparable to a real hammer-action piano, and provides numerous additional options of instrumentation and accompaniment as well. Let’s take a look at what makes this Yamaha model special.
This is one of the best feeling portable grand pianos available in terms of action and ease of use. Power it on, sit down, begin playing. The keys respond like a standard upright or grand piano, and the sampled piano tone is full and natural. The addition of the teaching tools via Yamaha Education Suite allow anyone to learn to play piano easily with some consistent practice.
This model does not come with a stand, bench, sustain pedal, or external AC power supply. All these items must be purchased separately. The integrated speakers are somewhat limited in their volume capabilities, and there is no balanced line out for use with an amplifier, only the headphone jack. This makes it somewhat more limited in a performance capacity and for direct recording.
-Amazingly lifelike piano sound
-Keys support expressive playing styles
-Additional voices and recording capabilities
-No bench or stand included
-No AC power supply (2 AA batteries required)
-Speakers are not particularly loud
-No recording balanced line out
2.Alesis Recital 88-Key Digital Piano
As digital piano makers go, Alesis has a longstanding reputation for quality and capability in a compact, well designed package. Their Recital series is an excellent learner digital piano for students and longtime players alike who are looking for a good practice instrument to use at home. Here’s what makes this such a fine digital piano:
Key action for the Recital series is quite good considering the typical price point, and the fact that this has an 88 key full size keyboard makes it ideal for learners and players who want to develop their skill without using a short keyboard to master their technique. The sound samples for the piano are thoroughly excellent, recreating the sound of upright and grand pianos naturally via the built-in speakers. The integrated music stand and free online lessons also make it an attractive option for parents looking to get their child started on the piano without needing to make a hefty financial investment.
While this digital piano does include a power supply and music stand in the box, it does not come with a sustain pedal, stand, or bench, all of which are necessary to get full use out of any digital piano when learning. These are all readily available for purchase, but they do add to the overall cost of purchase.
-Full size 88-key keyboard
-Weighted keys for real feel and expression
-Built in speakers and high-quality sound sampling
-AC Power Supply Included
-No included keyboard stand, bench, or sustain pedal
3.Yamaha P71 88-Key Digital Piano (Exclusive)
For those looking for a step up in their digital piano experience, this is one of the best made and voiced digital pianos on the market today. With a focus on quality and playability over versatility, this digital piano sounds and plays like the real thing without all the weight, needed space, and expense. Check out our review below.
First of all, in terms of key action and voicing, this digital piano is the real deal. It s fully capable of sounding like a real grand piano, and it plays like one, too. With a full size keyboard, learners can develop their techniques and skills that will allow them to transition from their digital piano to a real piano at performances near-seamlessly. The included sustain pedal allows players to practice more advanced playing techniques, and having a power supply included in the box makes it much easier to simply take this model out and start playing.
This model does not have much in the way of a recording interface except for the headphone jack output. It plays and sounds beautiful, but in terms of using it for studio recording, this may not be the best choice. Furthermore, buyers would still need to purchase a stand and bench separately to get the most use out of this digital piano.
-Excellent playability and sound
-Included power supply and sustain pedal
-Good choice for students who need to practice with an instrument that is very similar to performance grade acoustic pianos
-Lacks recording output and recording capabilities
-No bench and stand included
4.Yamaha P115 88 Key Digital Piano
Those players looking for a good practice piano at home who are also considering performing may want to take a close look at Yamaha’s P115 model. It includes everything a person could desire for a home use piano, and also has some additional features that add value to the unit as a whole. Take a look at our review:
This piano features Yamaha’s advanced replication of the playing action for its acoustic pianos. Playing on the P115 is about as close to playing on an actual Yamaha piano as one can get with a digital model. With the inclusion of a bench, stand, and sustain pedal, any player or learner can practice in comfort knowing that they will be able to reproduce their playing on a performance instrument without any difficulty during transition. It is also pre-setup to connect to a mixer or amplifier, making ideal for performances as well as practice. It also includes many features controlled by Yamaha’s app that make recording your practice sessions and learning new music a quick and easy process.
The worst thing I can say about this keyboard is that due to the advanced playing action it is quite heavy, and not the best choice for a portable piano to cart around to play live at venues unless you are prepared for large instrument transport. However, that being said, if it is placed in a permanent location such as a church or performance venue without moving it around all the time, it makes a good performance piano.
-High quality included accessories
-Amazing playability and key-action
-Recording and live performance audio outputs
-Weight and size make this model a less portable option
5.Williams Legato 88-Key Digital Piano
Williams has a reputation as something of a budget manufacturer, but their products are surprisingly good considering the cost vs. features ratio.Here’s what makes this an excellent starter keyboard:
The action and playability may not be quite up to Yamaha and Alesis standards, but the Legato still replicates the playing experience of an acoustic piano quite well. It also has many recording out features like a USB port, and MIDI control ports, making it a great choice for anyone putting together a studio kit for session recording or a new player just starting out.
The speakers are not the best quality for this model, and it comes with virtually no accessories. If you want an AC power supply, sustain pedal, or stand, you will need to purchase those items separately. For what it is, it’s a decent keyboard that should work well for a beginner or anyone looking for an inexpensive set of keys for their home studio.
-Full size keyboard
-Lots of recording options
-No included accessories
-Speaker sound quality is poor
-Material quality is not the best
6.Kawai ES100 88-key Digital Piano
A leading manufacturer of top quality digital pianos, Kawai makes some of the best sounding and best playing digital pianos in the world. Their ES100 is an exceptional value that plays like an acoustic piano. Check out our review:
The graded hammer action for this piano is very close to the feel and playability of a standard acoustic piano. The sound sampling is amazingly natural, and the built in speakers produce exceptional high-fidelity sound. The include damper pedal is not a cheap plastic affair either, but a weighted full length piano pedal. It is a top notch digital piano that comes as close as you can get to sounding and playing like a grand piano.
You will need to get a stand and pedal assembly for this model in order to make it fully functional. Also, a proper piano bench would also make an excellent addition.
-Professional quality sound and playability
-Includes power supply and dampening pedal
-Amazing lifelike sound produced by built in speakers
Most accessories are sold separately, such as a stand and bench.
7.Yamaha DGX-660 Digital Piano
As far as consumer production digital pianos, this is about as good as it gets.Yamaha only builds better digital pianos for their professional grade line. Take a look at all there is to love about this piano.
This piano does not come close to playing like a concert grand piano. It plays exactly like a concert grand piano. The movement of the keys as you play is near flawless. The sound from the integrated speakers is full, rich, and natural as if you were standing beside an actual Yamaha piano. Everything about the build itself exudes quality, and the stand and bench are clearly made to last. Add to that the fantastic recording capabilities and a digital USB audio out, and this is quite possibly one of the best value instruments you can buy for your home.
Hmmm…the sustain/damper pedal is not Yamaha’s top of the line? You may want to spend the extra money and invest in a weighted model for your digital piano. Beyond that, this digital piano comes with everything you need to learn or practice your piano playing skills as though you were playing on a real acoustic piano.
-Amazing quality sound and playability
-Included stand, bench, and sustain pedal
-Integrated USB audio out for recording
-Built in lyrics and musical staff display
-Included sustain pedal is of inferior quality
8.Casio Privia PX-160 Digital Piano
Casio has been making keyboards and digital pianos for home use for decades, and their experience and expertise is exemplified in the new PX-160 model. Check out what’s great about this digital piano.
Casio is probably second only to Yamaha in terms of their weighted key and hammer-like action for their keyboards. This piano plays like a dream, and the sound from their new speakers is full and rich in reproducing natural timbres and resonance of an acoustic piano. The overall look and feel of the piano and stand is high end, and the pedal system performs flawlessly.
In terms of recording capabilities or live performance, this might be better as an individual practice instrument that features excellent sound. The line outs are analog as opposed to digital, and this device does not feature digital audio out for recording. These are about the worst criticisms that can be levelled at Casio’s best selling digital piano though.
-All-in-one high quality digital piano
-Exceptional sound quality
-Natural acoustic piano playability
-Limited recording capabilities
9.Yamaha P45 88-Key Digital Piano
Yamaha’s P45 is an excellent buy for intermediate players and learners who need a high quality practice instrument that will last them for years. Check out our review.
This model includes the best of Yamaha’s high quality weighted key technology and their premium sound samples recorded from their acoustic pianos. This digital piano also allows players to play moderately dense note pieces without overloading the simultaneous note capability thanks to the 64-note polyphony capacity. It also comes with an attractive stand and a base model sustain/dampening pedal.
In terms of overall capability, this is a good practice model, but it doesn’t compare well to similar models from Yamaha and other manufacturers in terms of polyphony range and the playability of the keys. For it’s price range though it is a solid performer even if lacks the “wow” factor of some.
-Full size keyboard with weighted keys
-Superior sound sampling
-USB Recording and Software Digital Output
-Quality of features is not quite on par with similarly priced models.
10.Casio CDP-130 Digital Piano
If you are in need of a quality digital piano for a beginner or intermediate piano student, Casio’s CDP-130 is an excellent choice. Here’s what makes this a great starter digital piano.
The keys play very naturally, and the sound quality is excellent. There are few included accessories, but the overall quality of this digital piano makes it ideal for anyone who is looking for a high quality practice instrument to use at home.
A bench, stand, and AC power supply, as well as a sustain pedal are all needed to really get the most out of this digital piano. Also, the polyphony capability is somewhat limited compared to other digital pianos in its price range.
-Excellent playability and sound
-Full size keyboard with weighted keys
-Few included accessories
-Less than ideal polyphony count
The Final Verdict
Overall, when you are choosing a digital piano for home use, you want something that meets specific criteria. It needs to have a full size keyboard, weight keys to replicate the feel of an acoustic piano, and it should also have some basic accessories like an AC power supply, a stand, a bench, and a sustain pedal. The top priority for choosing the right digital piano is recreating the experience of playing an acoustic piano as much as possible. Once you can do that, all that is left to do is set a budget and start shopping. Based on these criteria for selection, we have a recommendation for you out of this list of the top 10 best piano models for 2018.
The Alesis Recital 88-Key keyboard offers the most value in terms of capability and features for the price point. Granted, it’s not an all inclusive package, but it does have the benefit of being inherently one of the best sounding and most playable models available. If you are in the market for a starter digital piano or one for an intermediate player, Alesis’ Recital series is definitely worth checking out first.