September 2022

Digital Pianos: Meta Ranking Report

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

Summary

As of 8 Sep 2022, Roland RD-2000 takes the cake as the most critically-acclaimed digital piano with 4 expert endorsements. 1 experts out of 4 recommended it as the '#1 digital piano' this month. It is followed by Yamaha P71 and Yamaha YDP-184 , with 4 and 2 expert endorsements respectively.

At a glance - September 2022 Ranking

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Rank Change Price Digital Piano
Gram Parsons
Music Critic
Old Time Music
Gearank
The Guitar Junky
Luxury Pianos
Best Digital Piano
Prime Sound
Run The Music
Music Radar
1
- $3000
Roland RD-2000
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-
3
-
-
-
3
8
1
-
2
- $500
Yamaha P71
-
4
5
3
-
2
-
-
-
-
3
- $2400
Yamaha YDP-184
-
-
-
-
1
-
2
-
-
-
4
- $699
Kawai ES110
-
-
9
-
-
9
-
-
-
5
5
+1 Check price
Yamaha YDP-181
-
-
-
-
3
-
-
2
-
-
6
+1 $809
Casio Privia PX-770
3
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
3
7
+1 $600
Roland FP-10
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
4
2
8
+1 $5299
Nord Stage 3 88
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
4
3
-
17
+1 $579
Casio Privia PX-160
-
8
2
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
18
+1 $1200
Yamaha Arius YDP-144
-
-
-
-
7
3
-
-
-
-
19
+1 Check price
Roland FP-90
-
-
-
-
8
-
-
3
-
-
20
+1 $1500
Roland F-140R
5
-
-
-
4
-
-
-
-
-
21
+1 Check price
Korg B1SP
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7
4
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
22
+1 $147
Rockjam Keyboard 561 Superkit
-
6
-
-
-
5
-
-
-
-
23
+1 Check price
Roland FP-30
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-
-
-
-
6
-
-
5
-
24
+1 $550
Yamaha P-45
-
-
-
-
-
8
-
-
-
4
25
+1 Check price
Kawai CE220
-
-
6
-
6
-
-
-
-
-
26
New * $700
Yamaha P125
-
-
-
4
-
-
-
-
-
10
27
- $731
Korg SP-280
-
-
7
-
-
-
-
7
-
-

We ranked Roland RD-2000 #1 in September 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:
Old Time Music

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

Cons
Very Pricey

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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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We ranked Yamaha P71 #2 in September 2022 because:

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

The Best Digital Pianos Under $500

Pros
88 full-size keys
Graded Hammer Standard action
Great sounding piano and e.piano
Streamlined design and interface

Cons
Limited to 10 Voicings
No rhythm and learning features
Dated technology and connectivity

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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 September 2022 ranking

We ranked Yamaha YDP-184 #3 in September 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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We ranked Kawai ES110 #4 in September 2022 because:

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

Pros
Lightweight
192-Note Polyphony
19 Different Sounds

Cons
Poorly weighted Keys

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Luxury Pianos

Best from Kawai

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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 September 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 Privia PX-770 #6 in September 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 Roland FP-10 #7 in September 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 Nord Stage 3 88 #8 in September 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 Casio Privia PX-160 #9 in September 2022 because:

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

Pros
Not just a digital piano but a complete bundle to satisfy your playing needs.
Elegant look with an improved quality of sound given by its redesigned speaker system.

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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 Yamaha Arius YDP-144 #10 in September 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 #11 in September 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 Roland F-140R #12 in September 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Digital Pianos” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
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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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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We ranked Korg B1SP #13 in September 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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We ranked Rockjam Keyboard 561 Superkit #14 in September 2022 because:

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

Best 61 keys digital piano

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We ranked Roland FP-30 #15 in September 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 #16 in September 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 Kawai CE220 #17 in September 2022 because:

  • 2 independent experts mentioned it in their “best Digital Pianos” rankings.
Critic endorsements:
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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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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We ranked Yamaha P125 #18 in September 2022 because:

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

Under $750

Pros
88 full-size keys
Superb graded weight action
Great sounding piano and e. piano
Versatile features via Smart Piano App

Cons
Bulky and heavy
Limited physical controls

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Music Radar

A feature-packed portable beginner’s piano from Yamaha

Pros
Wide range of excellent sounds
50 onboard songs to play along with

Cons
No Bluetooth capability

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We ranked Korg SP-280 #19 in September 2022 because:

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

Pros
Easy to Transport
Moderate Price
Low Profile Stand
Good Keyboard

Cons
Low quality onboard speakers

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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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