May 2022

Digital Pianos: Aggregated Ranking Report

This report contains an aggregate consensus of Digital Piano rankings posted by key online experts, as of May 2022.

At a glance - May 2022 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Digital Piano
The Guitar Junky
Luxury Pianos
Best Digital Piano
Prime Sound
Run The Music
Gearank
Gram Parsons
Music Critic
Old Time Music
Music Radar
1
- $2900
Roland RD-2000
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3
8
1
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3
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2
- $480
Yamaha P71
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2
-
-
-
5
-
4
5
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3
- $2400
Yamaha YDP-184
1
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2
-
-
-
-
-
-
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4
- $895
Kawai ES110
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9
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-
-
-
-
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9
5
5
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Yamaha YDP-181
3
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2
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-
-
-
-
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6
- $159
Casio Casiotone CT-S300
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-
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2
2
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-
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7
- $849
Casio Privia PX-770
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-
-
-
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3
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-
3
8
- $1200
Yamaha Arius YDP-144
7
3
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
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9
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Roland FP-90
8
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3
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-
-
-
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10
- $5299
Nord Stage 3 88
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4
3
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-
-
-
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11
- $1200
Roland FP-10
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4
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-
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2
12
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Casio Privia PX-160
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8
2
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13
- $1490
Roland F-140R
4
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5
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14
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Kawai CE220
6
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6
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15
- $135
Rockjam Keyboard 561 Superkit
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5
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6
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16
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Roland FP-30
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6
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5
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-
-
-
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17
- $550
Yamaha P-45
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8
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-
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-
-
-
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4
18
- $813
Korg SP-280
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7
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7
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19
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Korg B1SP
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7
4
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We ranked Roland RD-2000 #1 in May 2022 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Digital Pianos” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Roland RD-2000 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
Best Digital Piano

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Prime Sound

Best for Live Performances

Pros
Eight available zones for sound mapping
The rich and natural sound
Amazing for live performance

Cons
You need to buy the pedal and bench separately

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Run The Music

Best Overall Digital Piano

Pros
Zero-latency processor
V-Piano and SuperNATURAL sound engines
Very versatile in live performances
Extremely authentic feel
Easy to integrate with DAWs and other third party software
Available on Amazon

Cons
Not suitable for beginners

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Old Time Music

Pros
High Quality Sound
128-Voice Polyphony
Real Time Adjustability
Wood Keys

Cons
Very Pricey

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We ranked Yamaha P71 #2 in May 2022 because:

  • 4 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Digital Pianos” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Luxury Pianos

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Gearank

The Best Digital Pianos Under $500

Pros
It gets a lot of thumbs up for the realism of its piano voicings, while others commend its equally realistic graded hammer action keys.
It is commended for being a good bang per buck digital piano

Cons
stock maybe limited at times.

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Music Critic

Pros
Fully-weighted 88 key digital piano for a realistic sound and feel.
Good for beginners.
Dual mode which has the ability to combine two voices together.

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Old Time Music

Pros
Affordable
Ten Different Voices
Dual Mode

Cons
Very Simple
Squeaky keys

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Methodology: combine opinions of key experts

Identify Experts

We identify key publishers and experts that consistently review and recommend Digital Pianos.

Capture Rankings

For each publisher we find a currently recommended "top 10" list of Digital Pianos, it must be updated in the last 9 months.

Aggregate Rankings

We put all those lists together and aggregate them. The more frequently a product is recommended, the higher it is in our ranking

Experts chosen for May 2022 ranking

We ranked Yamaha YDP-184 #3 in May 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Digital Pianos” rankings.
  • Out of those, 1 expert ranked Yamaha YDP-184 as #1.
Critic endorsements:
The Guitar Junky

Recommended

Pros
Has clear and crisp sound with good volume
Action feels realisic, not too springy
With half-pedal capacity and has record and playback options

Cons
Music rest is thin
Not sufficient volume towards the higher keys
Pedals need more time to get used to

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Best Digital Piano

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We ranked Kawai ES110 #4 in May 2022 because:

  • 3 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Digital Pianos” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Luxury Pianos

Best from Kawai

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Old Time Music

Pros
Lightweight
192-Note Polyphony
19 Different Sounds

Cons
Poorly weighted Keys

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Music Radar

Competent and compact all-rounder from Kawai

Pros
Bluetooth MIDI
Premium sound and action

Cons
No USB connectivity

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We ranked Yamaha YDP-181 #5 in May 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Digital Pianos” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
The Guitar Junky

Runner-Up

Pros
Advanced Wave Memory replicates the sound of an actual piano
Auto-power off, so you don't need to do it manually
Graded hammer action feels like a real acoustic piano

Cons
lacks USB to host feature, you need additional MIDI to USB line
Pedals require more force to press down

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Prime Sound

Customers’ Choice

Pros
Adjusts the sound when using the headphones
Can record both hands separately
Numerous modern features improve the experience of using the piano

Cons
The chair might damage the hardwood floor

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We ranked Casio Casiotone CT-S300 #6 in May 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Digital Pianos” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Run The Music

Best Budget Portable Digital Piano

Pros
Impressive portability
Budget-friendly, value for money
Ideal for beginners, easy to use
Decent keybed
Good selection of sounds
Keys do not feel cheap
Built-in speakers

Cons
Lacks traditional MIDI I/O
Does not offer piano-focused proficiency

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Gearank

The Best Digital Pianos Under $500

Pros
portability and sonic versatility
very easy to carry around and setup
students are pleased at the number of sounds and rhythms that they can play with.
build quality

Cons
Some caution that its many features may end up distracting kids from actual practice.

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We ranked Casio Privia PX-770 #7 in May 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Digital Pianos” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Gram Parsons

Best Cheap Piano for Beginners

Pros
A less expensive digital piano
A more portable digital piano
Has Tri-sensor Scaled Hammer Action II
Has Multi-Dimensional AiR Sound Source sampling
Has simulated ebony and ivory feel
Comes with a complete starter kit

Cons
The speakers are sub-par
Not the most feature-rich

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Music Radar

Best value digital piano for your living room

Pros
Excellent sound and action
Includes triple pedal unit and cabinet

Cons
Not portable

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We ranked Yamaha Arius YDP-144 #8 in May 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Digital Pianos” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
The Guitar Junky

Pros
Quality digital piano, especially the pedal system
Has two-track MIDI recorder and USB audio interface
Beautiful sounds from its flagship CFX concert grand

Cons
Comes with minimal effects and options
GHS key action isn't as realistic in this model
No Bluetooth connectivity option

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Luxury Pianos

Best professional grade digital upright

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We ranked Roland FP-90 #9 in May 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Digital Pianos” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
The Guitar Junky

Pros
Super fun to play, especially the acoustic pianos
You can feel the fully-weighted action
Has powerful speakers you can hear wonderful tones from

Cons
No Duo mode that most digital pianos have
Modeled sounds aren't everyone's choice
It's still hefty, though advertised as portable

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Prime Sound

Most Acoustic-Like

Pros
Produces great acoustic-like sound
Four integrated speakers
Connectivity with tablets or smartphones

Cons
Does not include the stand

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We ranked Nord Stage 3 88 #10 in May 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Digital Pianos” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Prime Sound

Highest User Control

Pros
Two displays for optimal control and clarity
Connectivity with external devices
Multiple functions

Cons
It is only available in one color

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Run The Music

Best Stage Piano

Pros
High quality sounds
Authentic and decent digital effects
Drawbars designed for organ tone control
Dedicated section for every voice group
Available on Amazon

Cons
Very expensive
The weighted action key might not suit everyone’s needs

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We ranked Roland FP-10 #11 in May 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Digital Pianos” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Run The Music

Best Cheap Digital Piano for Beginners

Pros
Very gig-friendly and compact
Excellent escapement and ivory feel keys
Bluetooth connectivity
Rich and authentic piano sound with string resonance and simulated key-off
Extra features and sounds are available via app

Cons
Lacks optional 3-pedal unit
Does not offer the most powerful speakers
Lacks dedicated line out jacks

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Music Radar

The best playing-action in its price bracket

Pros
Bluetooth MIDI
PHA-4 keybed at a bargain price

Cons
No line outputs
Relatively weedy speakers

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We ranked Casio Privia PX-160 #12 in May 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Digital Pianos” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Music Critic

Pros
This digital piano comes equipped with the new PX-160, for generating multi-dimensional air sound.
Has a speaker system of (2 x 8) watts. It also has a slot for external speakers.
Comes with a 3-year, manufacturer extended warranty.

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Old Time Music

Pros
Affordable
High-Quality Speakers
Tri-Sensor Key Tech

Cons
Squeaky Keys

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We ranked Roland F-140R #13 in May 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Digital Pianos” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
The Guitar Junky

Pros
Great sound quality, thanks to the SuperNATURAL sound engine
Bluetooth connectivity for MIDI and iOS devices
Fully-weighted keys with ivory feel

Cons
Comes with mini input jacks, you need an adaptor
No multi-track recorder function
Limited options for sound customization

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Gram Parsons

Best Intermediate Piano with Weighted Keys

Pros
Has USB and Bluetooth connectivity
Has SuperNATURAL Piano sampling
Has Progressive Hammer Action
Has 34 different effects
Can support a 128 note polyphony
Has 316 different voices

Cons
A more expensive digital piano
Not many customization options

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We ranked Kawai CE220 #14 in May 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Digital Pianos” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
The Guitar Junky

Pros
Adjust the dynamics of individual layers of various instruments
Three-pedal configuration adds to the authenticity of this piano
Has superb sampled sounds and effects

Cons
Inconsistent, some keys are stiffer
Not portable because of it's shape, not its weight
Simple metronome won't accomodate complex time signature

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Old Time Music

Pros
Wooden Keys
Attractive Stand
192 Internal Sounds
29-Songs

Cons
Pricey relative to performance
Stand vulnerable to cosmetic wear

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We ranked Rockjam Keyboard 561 Superkit #15 in May 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Digital Pianos” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Luxury Pianos

Best 61 keys digital piano

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Music Critic

Pros
Comes equipped with 61 full-size keys.
The size of this digital keyboard is pretty compact making it a very portable digital piano.
100 keyboard sounds, 100 rhythms, and 50 demo songs will help along your learning experience.
LCD screen.

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We ranked Roland FP-30 #16 in May 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Digital Pianos” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Luxury Pianos

Best professional keyboard

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Run The Music

Best Digital Piano for Intermediates

Pros
Excellent key action together with ivory feel keys and modified escapement
Bluetooth MIDI connectivity
Powerful 22W onboard speakers
35 built-in piano sounds
Gig-friendly with SuperNATURAL sound engine

Cons
Only few sound customizations
Lacks line out jacks
Lacks lesson mode or function

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We ranked Yamaha P-45 #17 in May 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Digital Pianos” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Luxury Pianos

Light and portable

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Music Radar

Most affordable Yamaha digital piano is a bestseller

Pros
Great sound quality
Premium brand at entry-level price

Cons
Only 64-note polyphony
No smartphone app integration

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We ranked Korg SP-280 #18 in May 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Digital Pianos” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Prime Sound

Best Volume Potential

Pros
A total of 30 instrument sounds
High potential when it comes to volume
Lightweight design

Cons
The weighted keys could be better

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Old Time Music

Pros
Easy to Transport
Moderate Price
Low Profile Stand
Good Keyboard

Cons
Low quality onboard speakers

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We ranked Korg B1SP #19 in May 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Digital Pianos” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
Music Critic

Pros
88 keys with weighted hammer action for a realistic feel.
The sound is close to an acoustic piano thanks to the MFB (Motional Feedback) servo technology.
It comes with three pedals as well as damper, sostenuto and soft.

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Old Time Music

Pros
Very Affordable Package
Fully Weighted Keys

Cons
Basic Keyboard
Mediocre Sound

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