Buying Guide Overview

Section 1:   Why Digital Piano?
Section 2:  Buy A Digital Piano According To Your Needs
Section 3:  Digital Piano Review Methodology
Section 4:  Busy Shopper – Best Home Digital Pianos
Section 5:  Busy Shopper – Best Stage Digital Pianos


Why Digital Piano?

Digital pianos is most one of the sought-after pianos because of their affordability, unique ability in producing a wide range of sounds and their versatility for use in a wide range of musical productions. Today’s digital pianos can strongly resemble traditional acoustic pianos with their perfectly weighted keys and identical pedals.

In fact, digital pianos has multiple advantages over its traditional counterpart. The first is cost. Digital pianos are cheaper than acoustic pianos and can be a great, affordable companion for musicians across all levels. The second is portability. Digital pianos can be lighter and more portable, which saves space in the house while allowing you to bring it out easily for music sessions or performances. Last but not least, a digital piano possesses a wide range of sound sets, allowing you to easily add drums, woodwinds, bass and many other sounds to complement your performance.

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Buy A Digital Piano According To Your Needs

Digital pianos generally come in two broad categories:

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We categorized digital pianos into home digital pianos or stage digital pianos based on whether they are portable. Home digital pianos comes in a traditional piano console (keyboard fixed to the piano case), while the stage digital piano (detachable keyboard) can be easily packed and carried around.

The home digital piano is typically more robust in its features compared to the stage digital piano. The stage digital piano typically needs external equipment to complement its base features. While not as high quality as the home piano, it is ideal for the travelling pianist due to its light weight and high portability.

The line between home digital pianos and stage digital pianos can sometimes be blurred when brand manufacturers produce pianos with high quality specifications priced in the home piano range, but are portable at the same time. To make it simple for you, if a piano is portable, we classify it as a stage digital piano. If it can’t be moved easily, it is a home digital piano.

Our expert, Jonathan, summarizes the pros and cons of each model as such:

“The home digital piano is well-balanced between solid features and pricing for certain models. Digital pianos in the $500-$800 range can be a good starting point for beginners. For more experienced musicians looking for the best, you will not be disappointed with the higher end digital pianos which commands a budget of over $1,000. However, if you plan to be moving around with your instrument or are looking for less expensive options, then the stage digital piano is without doubt your best choice for its ease of carry and its budget-friendly price at around $300-$500.”

We recommend that your first step is to choose your digital piano model in accordance on your needs. Once you are ready, continue below to understand our piano review methodology and see some of our top recommendations for each digital piano category. This is to help busy shoppers drill down quickly into some of the top models they can purchase with peace of mind. Besides our top recommendations, you can see more piano reviews by navigating through the categories in our menu bar.

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Digital Piano Reviews: Review Methodology

It can be incredibly difficult to compare and find the best piano that suits you. The entire search process can be bewildering and mind-boggling especially for beginners. The top questions and frustrations when looking for a digital piano that we have heard to date includes:

  • This is such a long list of technical specifications! How do I know which ones are the important ones to look out for?
  • Some review sites I go to are not doing consistent comparison. They would review features A,B,C for one piano and review features B,C,D for another. How do I know which is better?
  • This review uses so many technical jargons, I just can’t understand.
  • So if you have to rate this model, how many points will you give?

Dont worry! The digital piano purchase process should be stress-free, and we are here to make this happen. If you are still feeling lost or couldn’t decide after reading our reviews, you can reach us out to ask for our experts’ recommendations using our contact form here. We are happy to help where we can!

In order to compare digital pianos effectively across different brands and models, our experts have constructed a robust 5 x 5 rating system that reviews the 5 most important technical specifications in a digital piano. By using a consistent set of metrics, you can now consistently compare different piano models on the same level. We stress to our experts that the reviews must use as little technical jargons as possible to make them easily understandable by even the newest beginner. Each digital piano will be rated on these 5 technical specifications across a 5-point scale, of which our experts will pass their verdict on. At the end, we will summarize each review with an overall average score.

1.  Number of Keys

Number of Keys cover the number of keys on the keyboard, with 88 keys being the typical piano standard. Our experts strongly recommend that you get the 88 keys if possible and for beginners or casual users, do not take anything less than 61 keys. Any keyboard with less than 61 keys will result in too much compromise and cutting your music productions into extremely simple tunes, which does not allow you to explore the musical possibilities of a digital piano at all.

2. Key Response 

Key Response covers whether the keys are (a) “touch sensitive” and (b) “weighted”.

“Touch sensitive” means that the harder you hit the key, the louder the sound, just like in traditional acoustic pianos. If you are unable to play different keys at different volumes, you will find it impossible to play the melody louder than the accompaniment.

Keys can be be “weighted keys”. Weighted keys makes playing the digital piano feels like playing real piano keys, which has some resistance to provide feedback when pushing the keys. Weighted keys can come fully weighted (most resembling a traditional piano), semi-weighted (less resistance) or unweighted (no resistance).

Key Response is one of the most important requirements. We recommend that you go for fully weighted keys with touch sensitivity where possible to maximize your musical experience and production.

3.  Sound Quality

Sound Quality for digital pianos is heavily dependent on the samples used in creating their sounds. The digital technology used in capturing and reproducing the various sound samples of pianos and other instruments is key to determining how well the digital piano will emulate those instruments. Good digital pianos contain more digital memory, which allows them to reproduce high-resolution sounds with similar realism and clarity of traditional acoustic instruments. Our experts evaluates the sustain and decay of the notes and the overall realism of the sounds in order to score on sound quality.

4.  Maximum Polyphony

Maximum polyphony is another criteria in our digital piano reviews. Maximum polyphony, put simply, is the number of individual notes the digital piano can produce at any one time. The higher the maximum polyphony, the better the piano. Low polyphony numbers mean that some notes in a chord will not sound due to insufficient circuits to give each note its own sound. For example, you could depress the keys for five Cs but hear only three of them.

Our experts recommend going for the typical standard which is 128 polyphony and would not recommend going below 64 polyphony.

5.  Weight, Portability and Others

Weight and Portability covers the weight, size and how easily the piano can be moved. In order to ensure a fair and meaningful comparison, grand pianos will be compared together with home pianos as they are closer in size, while stage pianos will be compared against stage pianos only. This criteria is generally less important for buyers of grand pianos and home pianos, since such buyers typically have no intention of moving the digital piano around frequently.

The Others portion covers features including speaker set-up, inputs/outputs ports, MIDI capabilities, split key modes etc which complements the key features above.

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Busy Shopper: Best Home Digital Pianos

For the busy shopper, we are pleased to share our experts’ recommendations on 3 of the best digital pianos that you can buy.


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Busy Shopper: Best Stage Digital Pianos

For the busy shopper, we are pleased to share our experts’ recommendations on 3 of the best digital pianos that you can buy.


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Budget Shopper: Best Digital Piano Under 500


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