Digital Piano Reviews
This page will give you digital piano reviews broken down by price starting with pianos above $350. You can buy a number of digital pianos for under $350, but personally I do not recommend them.
Here's why. All of them have touch that is more like a keyboard. While you may think the price is right, the touch and sound are definitely not. Unless you simply can not afford to put out at least $5-600.00, don't buy these.
If you want to get one of these to start, with the understanding that you will need something better within a year - that's fine. The problem with the touch is that you simply can not express yourself like you can on either a better digital or definitely on an acoustic (real piano).
Just recently I read some digital piano reviews on Amazon.com. Some guy had purchased a Yamaha NP31 for around $300 and said it was the best piano he had ever played and that it played and sounded as good as a $20,000 grand piano. Comments like that are obviously coming from someone who knows absolutely nothing about grand pianos.
If I was to place the Yamaha NP31 beside a $20,000 real grand piano and had a 5 year old play them, the child would not want the NP31. It's like comparing a tricycle to a Mercedez.
Digital pianos starting at around $500 are viable pianos. Keep in mind that at $500 you're not going to have a stand or a pedal board. However, while the touch is still not great, anyone with less than intermediate piano skills would appreciate what they can get out of them. Below are digital piano reviews starting with slab pianos (pianos without a stand included).
Digital Pianos Under $800.00
The Yamaha P95 88 Key Digital Piano
is a great little digital piano and this picture shows what you can purchase with everything included. If you enjoy playing Easy Piano arrangements of piano music, this is a viable piano for you. If your taste in sound and touch is more refined, these pianos are not for you.
You can also purchase this as a slab piano and add on only what you want - as well, you can buy this using a NO INTEREST payment plan at
If you decide to purchase this piano, but without all the extras shown in the picture I would highly recommend that you get this Yamaha P95 digital piano with the stand as shown. You can buy it without the stand and put it on a table or use an X stand, however, I don't think X stands are very stable and a child could easily tip it over.
Most people have said that the sound and touch that this piano has is well worth the price. I would agree. You can barely purchase even a poor used acoustic piano for this price.
The Casio Privia PX-130 Digital Piano is currently the best selling digital piano on the internet. The price is actually a little less than the Yamaha P95. Once again, you can purchase just the slab piano or find one for sale with less add-ons. I find the choices a little easier to understand on
Casio Privia PX-130
We sell this piano in our brick and mortar store for $750 Canadian, but if you're American you can get it for a little less through the links above.
This is a great digital piano. For the price it is incredible. I sold one of these to a university student who has her masters degree in Trumpet, but plays a bit on piano too, and she raved about how good it is.
I wouldn't hesitate to buy this for a beginning student, but neither this nor the Yamaha above are suitable for an intermediate pianist. The mechanism on either of them is not good enough to mimic the touch of a real (acoustic) piano, but if you're going to buy an old clunker off Kijiji or Craigslist, then this is a whole lot better, unless the old clunker has been reconditioned and can be verified. In our area we find that many people still prefer the great sound on a real piano even if all they can afford is an old piano. You can learn about
our used pianos
through this link. We make sure they play well and give you a warranty to back it up.
Another piano in this price range is the
pictured here. The technology in this piano is now old, and the cabinet is outdated-unless you want to use this as a stage piano. Then the stand for this piano makes good sense.
It is sturdy, but easily dismantled for road trips. As well, this digital piano has more power than either the Casio or Yamaha with 22 watts driving the 4" speakers, but only has 60 note polyphony compared to 128 on the Casio and 64 on the Yamaha.
There is also a very nice looking piano in this price range with the name Williams Overture . I do not recommend this piano. It is probably ok for a rank beginner, but the touch on this piano is not good. When you are trying to play softly on the keyboard, some notes play louder than others - the touch is just not consistent. You won't find this problem on a Yamaha, Casio, Kawai, or Roland.
One other digital piano that is available from Costco or Sam's Club is the Adagio KDP88 for around $6-$700 pictured below. This piano is being built by the Ringway Tech (Jiangsu) Co., Ltd. in China.
While the cabinet is sturdy and looks beautiful, the piano would serve better as an anchor. The keys do feel somewhat like a real piano, but the sound they produce does not change like a real piano. As well, the keys are clunky and produce clunky sounds.
When you play a soft note on a real piano the sound is more mellow. When you play a loud note on a real piano the sound is harder. The Adagio makes no difference how hard you play it, you get the same sound - only louder. And for my ears, it doesn't sound like a piano.
Notice the difference between this and the Williams above - particularly the fact that this does not come with 3 pedals. It comes with 1 pedal that floats around on the floor.
I've mentioned before that 64 note polyphony just doesn't cut it, and that's all this has. Besides, it also doesn't have a USB connection nor MIDI capability.
But it's cheap! If you can't hear well and you don't know how a piano should feel I guess you're welcome to it.
Digital Piano Reviews for Pianos between $750 - $1000
Digital pianos in this price range include the Adagio KDP-88, Casio Privia PX-330, Casio Privia PX-830, Casio Celviano AP-220, Korg LP350, Williams Symphony Elite, Yamaha P155, Yamaha Arius YDPS31, Yamaha DGX640, and the Yamaha YDP135R. Most of these I have yet to do a review, but they're coming.
These next two pictures are of cabinet style digital pianos. You can see what this Casio Celviano can do by looking at its' features here at our
Casio Celviano AP220 Review
or choose this link
Casio Celviano AP-220
to view this piano at Amazon.com where - believe it or not - it is $200 less than the Yamaha, but the Casio is the better piano.
Casio Celviano AP220
1. The Casio has an SD memory card slot to record as much as you want whereas the Yamaha has only the onboard recorder for one piece. As well, the recording capability on the Yamaha is not as good as the Casio - only 1 track compared to the Casio's two.
2. It has 6 sounds compared to the Casio's 16.
3. The speakers only have 12 watts compared to the Casio's 40 watts.
4. The Casio has 128 note polyphony - the Yamaha only 64.
5. And finally, I think the touch is better on the Casio than on the Yamaha.
Why buy the Yamaha when you can get more piano for less money. If you buy it on Amazon, the Yamaha is $999.99 and the Casio is only $799.98.
To view the Yamaha at Amazon click Yamaha YDP135R Digital Piano with Bench