Shopping for the best electric piano but can’t seem to find the right option? Maybe our buyer’s guide will be able to help you with choosing.
In this post, we will introduce you to 10 electronic pianos that we think are the best on the market. To hopefully meet the needs of as many readers as we can, we’ve picked very distinct pianos from various price ranges.
On top of that, to guide you a little in your purchasing process, we’ll talk about a few important things to know with electric pianos.
10 Best Electric Pianos
1. The ONE Smart 61-Key Electric Piano Keyboard
If you are looking to learn to play an electric piano, then The ONE Smart piano keyboard might be a good place to start from our list of best electric piano.
The highlight of this keyboard piano is the light-guided keys that show you via LED light which keys to press for the current composition. Apart from that, The ONE Smart keyboard comes with a companion app that provides you with access to thousands of sheets, over 100 video lessons, games, and over 128 instrument sounds to learn with. You can also record your compositions via the app.
Although aimed at beginners, The ONE Smart keyboard offers solid sound with its 128-note polyphony. This is more than enough for newbies and perhaps even enough for some more advanced use cases.
If you want to create music via computer software, then The ONE Smart electric piano will allow you that as well with its USB MIDI support. And for enhanced composition capabilities, this keyboard piano has a pedal input port, though no pedals are included.
One thing that we dislike about The ONE Smart is its minimalist control panel. It looks sleek and all, but unlike most other keyboards, you are forced to adjust some settings via the mobile app, which can be inconvenient.
- Light-guided keys for learning.
- Various education features in the companion app.
- Great sound thanks to 128-note polyphony.
- Has USB MIDI connectivity.
- Supports pedal accessories.
- Can be powered by AA batteries.
- Lacks onboard controls.
2. Hamzer 61-Key Electronic Keyboard Piano
Now, The ONE Smart electric piano is for beginners, but it’s a pricey one from our best electric piano list. If your budget is tight, then perhaps this 61-key keyboard piano from Hamzer will be a better choice.
Not only is the Hamzer keyboard cheaper, but it also comes with complementary hardware to help you get started – headphones, a microphone, a stand, and a stool. For the money, don’t expect much from these items, but if your budget is really limited and you need this stuff anyway, this may be your chance.
The Hamzer electronic keyboard piano should be decent for newbies as well. It comes with key stickers to help you label the keys to visually distinguish between them. It also has 24 demonstration songs for guidance.
Overall, the Hamzer electric piano keyboard is a decent buy for the money, but, of course, you shouldn’t expect much from it. It’s a good choice to get started, but it won’t be as future-proof as something like The ONE Smart keyboard piano.
- Comes with a keyboard stand, stool, headphones, mic.
- Includes 255 rhythms/timbers, 24 demo songs, and more.
- Decent learning, recording, and music creation capabilities.
- Can be run on AA batteries.
- Don’t expect much from the provided hardware.
3. Alesis Melody 61 MKII Portable Keyboard
The Melody 61 MKII portable keyboard from Alesis is in the same price category as the Hamzer keyboard, but it has some benefits that you may like. Keep reading why we kept this in out best electric piano list.
First up, Alesis offers a wider variety of integrated tones and songs – 300 tones, 300 rhythms, and 40 demo songs. Secondly, you are getting 3 months of Skoove Premium subscription , which should be great for beginners. To find out a little more about Skoove, check out our reviews of the best online piano learning platforms.
Those who have a limited budget will also be glad to hear that MKII comes with a stool, stand, mic, and headphones. Again, these won’t be too high-quality and functional, but they should be enough for getting started.
- Comes with a stand, stool, headphones, and a mic.
- 300 built-in tones/rhythms, 40 demo songs, and more.
- Includes 3 months of Skoove Premium.
- May be powered by AA batteries.
- Like the Hamzer piano, don’t expect much from this instrument.
4. Alesis Recital 88-Key Digital Piano/Keyboard
Alesis Recital is in the same price range as The ONE Smart electric piano and offers very similar benefits. If you have the budget or want a digital piano that will stay sufficient for you as you become better, then Recital might be a good option.
Although priced close to The ONE Smart, Recital actually has a better keyboard feel. This is thanks to the 88 semi-weighted keys with adjustable touch. These keys aren’t the best ones out there, but they should be far better than the keys in The ONE Smart.
The sound quality should be similar though due to the same number of polyphony notes – 128. However, this digital piano doesn’t support recording, which may be a downside for some people.
Recital also doesn’t come with a companion app, but it does provide 3 months of free Skoove Premium, which will be nice for beginners. Apart from that, this keyboard piano can be powered by D-cell batteries for portability, as well as supports MIDI via USB.
- 88 semi-weighted keys with adjustable touch.
- 128-note polyphony.
- Supports optional pedals.
- May be powered by D-cell batteries.
- USB MIDI output.
- Includes 3 months of Skoove Premium.
- No recording capabilities.
5. Alesis Recital Pro 88-Key Digital Piano/Keyboard
Alesis Recital Pro improves upon the features of Recital.
Perhaps the most important difference between Recital and Recital Pro is that the latter has hammer-action keys. With actual hammers attached to the keys, you will get more realistic feedback from Recital Pro.
Another big difference is the Record Mode, so if you are looking to record and publish your compositions, Recital Pro may be a better option. You are also getting 7 more instrument voices.
Other than these, there are no big differences between Recital Pro and Recital. Recital Pro again comes with 3 months of Skoove Premium, has 128 polyphony notes, has USB MIDI support, and may run on battery power.
- 88 hammer-action keys with adjustable touch.
- 128 polyphony notes.
- Supports optional pedals.
- Comes with 3 months of Skoove Premium.
- Supports MIDI via USB.
- May be run on battery power.
- Quite pricey for a keyboard piano.
6. Yamaha P71 88-Key Digital Piano
Yamaha P71 is the first digital piano on our list. As such, it offers a more authentic piano experience, but it’s heavier and more expensive than keyboard pianos.
With that said, P71 is available in two options – only the keyboard or keyboard plus stand and stool. The former is cheaper and is the variant that we based our review on.
In terms of sound quality, P71 is solid – thanks to Advanced Wave Memory (AWM) stereo sampling, it boasts a spacious sound from real Yamaha acoustic grand pianos. However, the 64-note polyphony may not allow P71 to uncover the full beauty of the sampled sound, which is kind of disappointing.
When it comes to key feel, P71 is great but not the best on the list. Unlike most Yamaha digital pianos available out there, it doesn’t have graded hammer-action keys – it has simpler weighted piano keys. These offer solid feel, but it’s not quite like in a real piano.
- Inexpensive for a digital piano.
- 88 weighted piano keys.
- Allows you to combine 2 instrument voices together.
- Comes with a sustain pedal.
- The polyphony note count is just 64.
7. Yamaha YDP164R Arius Digital Piano
If you are ready to pay the money for great sound in an electric piano, then consider Yamaha’s YDP164R Arius digital piano.
With 192-note polyphony, it delivers the second-best piano sound on our list (the better piano will be reviewed later). Not only that, but it also perhaps offers one of the most authentic piano experiences you can find in an electric piano. This is thanks to its graded hammer-action keys, as well as the Virtual Resonance Modeling feature that simulates the resonance produced while playing a real piano.
What also adds to the sound of YDP164R Arius is the included soft, sostenuto, and sustain pedals. These make the YDP164R digital piano as close to a real piano as probably any electric piano can get.
Notably, YDP164R is accompanied by the Smart Pianist app that provides full control over the piano’s functions. Besides, the app can analyze your songs and generate chords for you to follow.
- 88 graded hammer-action keys.
- Simulates the resonance of a real piano via Virtual Resonance Modeling.
- Excellent sound quality with 192-note polyphony.
- Includes soft, sostenuto, and sustain pedals.
- USB-to-HOST support.
8. LAGRIMA LG-803 Digital Piano
If you don’t have the money for the likes of Yamaha YDP164R, then maybe a digital piano like LAGRIMA’s LG-803 will be a better choice.
The keys in LG-803 are graded hammer keys, but because you aren’t getting resonance modeling, the feel won’t be like in YDP164R. The same goes for the sound – 128 polyphony notes will be enough for many people, but with complex compositions, this electric piano will be more likely to drop notes than YDP164R.
If you care about MIDI, then LG-803 has MIDI input and output. Apart from that, it supports Bluetooth to allow you to pair the piano with mobile devices for music transfer. LAGRIMA also boasts things like 800 timbers, 400 rhythms, 200 demo songs, and recording capabilities, which are all nice to see for the money.
- Graded hammer-action keys.
- 128 polyphony notes.
- Supports MIDI input and output.
- May be connected to mobile devices via Bluetooth.
- Comes with soft, sustain, and sostenuto pedals.
9. Casio PX-870 BK Privia Digital Piano
The Casio PX-870 BK Privia isn’t the priciest electric piano on our list, but it might be able to successfully compete with Yamaha YDP164R in terms of sound quality and feel.
PX-870 BK employs a few fancy features to simulate the feedback of a real piano. Among these features are the AiR technology that produces stereo resonance in all keys and simulates sound fading. At the same time, the Tri-sensor Scaled hammer-action keys deliver a realistic weighted feel with 3 sensitivity levels.
For excellent sound quality, PX-870 BK Privia boasts 256 polyphony notes – more than in any other electric piano on the list. Even with the most complex compositions, you are unlikely to force this digital piano to drop notes.
In the meantime, the 40-watt 4-speaker system will deliver sound quality that should be decent enough to allow you to enjoy your creations.
- 256 polyphony notes.
- Simulates vibrations and resonance produced by real pianos.
- Graded hammer-action keyboard.
- Damper, soft, and sostenuto pedals.
- Has a companion app with learning features and more.
- Supports MIDI output.
- 4-speaker system.
10. Yamaha YPG535 Portable Grand Piano
Finally, we have Yamaha’s YPG535 portable grand piano/keyboard. It’s a bit pricey, but it offers great value for the money.
In terms of sound and feel, YPG535 is unlike any electric piano reviewed so far. This is in both good and bad ways.
Its graded soft-touch keys, for example, aren’t as heavy as graded hammer keys but deliver decent tactile feedback. On the other hand, its polyphony note count is just 32, which is the lowest on our list.
With that said, buyers seem to be generally satisfied with this piano keyboard. Not many people have complained about its sound, and you are likely to find YPG535’s capabilities sufficient for your needs.
Notably, YPG535 is also compatible with the Yamaha Educational Suite, has over 400 instrument voices, and allows you to layer instrument voices on top of each other. And to help you get started, Yamaha provides a sustain pedal and a keyboard stand with this digital piano.
- Comes with a keyboard stand and sustain pedal.
- Graded soft-touch keys.
- Compatible with the Yamaha Educational Suite.
- Can layer two instrument voices.
- The polyphony count is a mere 32 notes.
What Is An Electric Piano?
We think that it’s worth dwelling a little on what an electric piano is.
Historically, early electric pianos from the 1920s had mechanical hammers that struck metal strings, producing vibrations that were then converted into electrical signals. These signals were passed to an amplifier and then speaker, producing sound.
Nowadays, this kind of electric piano is very rare and is considered vintage. Instead, the phrase “electric” piano is now used to refer to all kinds of electronic pianos, like digital pianos, grand pianos, or keyboard pianos. So what may be now marketed as an electric piano won’t be like the earliest electric pianos.
With that said, some modern electronic pianos operate similarly to original electric pianos. We are talking about electronic pianos that have hammer-action keys – these keys are connected to actual hammers to simulate the feel of a real acoustic piano. This may not be the exact same mechanism used in old electric pianos, but it serves a similar purpose.
Types Of Electric Pianos
Next, let’s talk about the different types of available electric pianos so that you know what you are dealing with.
There are 5 types of electronic pianos – workstation keyboards, arranger keyboards, synthesizers, digital pianos, and controller keyboards. Although these have distinct features, modern electronic pianos can belong to several piano types at the same time.
With that, below are short descriptions of each of the listed electric piano types:
- Workstation keyboards. These keyboards allow you to sample, sequence, record audio, as well as combine sounds and apply effects to your tracks. By this definition, many keyboards are actually workstation keyboards.
- Arranger keyboards. Arranger keyboards have an accompaniment feature. With this feature, you choose effects or rhythms to play in the background while you are performing your composition. The vast majority of modern electric pianos have this feature.
- Synthesizers. Technically speaking, synthesizers are electric pianos that can create sounds on their own without hooking them up to an external device. Again, this makes the majority of available keyboards synthesizers.
- However, when manufacturers market their keyboards as synthesizers, they imply that they are able to create and modify sound. In terms of marketing, this equates synthesizers to workstation keyboards, which can be confusing to some buyers.
- Digital piano. Digital pianos look and feel like real acoustic pianos. When it comes to tactile feedback and sound quality, you probably won’t find anything better than a digital piano. With that said, digital pianos typically aren’t as feature-rich as keyboard pianos.
- Controller keyboards. Traditional controller keyboards cannot produce sound. Rather than generate sounds, controller keyboards are used to control other musical hardware, usually via the MIDI protocol. This basically makes controller keyboards remotes for other musical equipment.
The distinction between these electronic keyboard types is rather loose nowadays – as mentioned above, modern electric keyboards combine features of multiple keyboard types. Besides, manufacturers don’t always stay true to the categorization described above.
This can confuse some buyers, especially those who know very little about electronic keyboards. With this in mind, you should know about the differences between these types even though the bounds between them are blurry these days.
Electric Pianos VS Acoustic Pianos
We should also cover the differences between electric and acoustic pianos to help you choose the right piano type.
So, if you are looking for the best sound and feel, then an acoustic piano is your way to go. Acoustic pianos aren’t limited in their sound quality by any electronics and can produce clean and beautiful tones.
With that said, acoustic pianos can be very, very expensive. They are bulky and heavy as well, and every once in a while, you will need to tune the tension of their strings to ensure that their sound is always top-notch.
On the other hand, electric pianos are much more affordable, compact, and light. Aside from that, their electronic components require no tuning, which makes maintenance very easy.
However, when it comes to the feel and sound quality, most electronic pianos are far inferior to acoustic pianos. Perhaps even the most advanced electronic pianos can’t deliver the same sound clarity and fullness as even a middle-end acoustic piano.
With that said, electronic piano manufacturers employ a variety of tricks to make their pianos sound and feel like real ones, including mechanical hammers that move when you hit the keys, resonance simulation, variable key resistance, materials like in acoustic pianos, and some other tricks.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are electronic and electric pianos the same thing?
Nowadays, the boundaries between electronic and electric pianos are loose, which makes pianos marketed as electric and electronic pretty much identical.
But as mentioned above, historically, electric pianos had hammers striking metal strings to produce electric signals and thus sound. In contrast, modern electronic pianos don’t always have mechanisms like these to simulate the feel of acoustic pianos.
Are electric pianos suitable for beginners?
There are many electric piano options that are excellent for beginners. However, some pianos are better for newbies than others. If you are looking for the best beginner’s electric piano, try to get a piano with learning features.
Should I buy a digital piano or a keyboard piano?
This will depend on your needs. If you want acoustic piano-like feel, then a digital piano would be the best bet for you. If not, then consider a keyboard piano. Keyboards don’t have the same feel but offer a much wider range of features for learning, music creation, etc.
Did our post help you find the best electric piano for your needs?
There are many, perhaps too many electronic pianos available out there. Worse, quite a big number of pianos aren’t really worth their price!
Well, with our 10 picks, you should be pretty safe – not all of the reviewed pianos are cheap, but you can be sure that you are getting great value for the money. Even if you aren’t sure, you could always check buyer reviews to see how the desired piano has worked for other people!