Top 10 Best Digital Pianos For Under $1000 Reviews

Top 10 Best Digital Pianos For Under $1000 Reviews
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Digital pianos might not be as expensive to purchase and maintain like acoustic pianos but that’s not to say that they can’t get a bit pricey. There are digital pianos that sell for as high as $5000 or even higher. Now, we know these pianos are sometimes out of each for the average pianist. So, today, we’ve chosen to round up our best digital pianos for under $1000.

Now, it’s unlikely that you’d find anything for a pro player here. Digital pianos for under $1000 usually come with features that only beginners and intermediate players at best would enjoy.

Pro players would definitely need a lot more than most of the keyboards on review today would be able to give them. But if you’re just beginning or probably an intermediate level payer, then you’re the one we want to talk to.

That said, it’s our ultimate pleasure to present to you our favorite digital pianos for under $1000. Check them out here.

Best Digital Pianos For Under $1000

Top 10 Best Digital Pianos For Under $1000 Reviews


1 Casio PX870 BK Privia Digital Home Piano

The Casio PX870 is now the flagship piano in Casio’s Privia series. This home digital piano with its one of a kind cabinetry packs a lot of features for sure. However, we will only recommend this to you if you’re in need of something that’s strictly piano. That is you’re not thinking of using this to create music.

If this is your case, then read on, we think you’ll be impressed by the PX870.

As you can see, the PX870 is a furniture-style piano so it’s not designed to be moved around. This is something you want to put in a dedicated spot in your house to add some character to your space. In fact, it weighs 75 pounds and about 100 pounds with all the parts in the box. So you’re going to need some help putting this together.

The interface here is pretty simple with just 8 buttons to make navigation easy and intuitive. There’s no LCD display here, though. And we think that would have been a fantastic addition to kill this piano finally.

But anyway, the sound is impressive which is even of more importance. The piano tones come with 4 layers! And we’ve got to say that that is absolutely wonderful.

Plus with the excellent sound engine that is the Multi-dimensional Morphing AiR Sound Source, we can’t see how this piano can do anything but deliver sound wise.

Like we mentioned earlier, this is strictly for playing and nothing else. So, it only comes with few built-in tones which add up to 19 in total. However, these tones sound authentic and the sound effects to dress them up are also high quality as well.

Casio PX870 BK Privia Digital Home Piano
Our rating: (4 / 5)

Pros
  • Compact design with elegant cabinetry.
  • 3-pedal unit included with half-pedal function supported.
  • Fantastic keyboard.
  • Simulated ivory/ebony keytops.
  • Built-in tones sound authentic.
  • 40Watt speaker system.
Cons
  • Not very portable.
  • There aren’t many built-in tones or sound effects here.
  • Keys are a bit noisier than what you find on competitor pianos.

2 Yamaha YDP 143R Arius Console Digital Piano

Here’s another console piano excellent as a home piano. Although much larger than the average digital piano thanks to its cabinet, this is still quite compact when considering home pianos. So, it won’t entirely consume all the space on your house.

One thing you should know about Yamaha and its Arius pianos is that they never come with a plethora of voices or sound effects. What you have here are barebones at best. So, if that’s a big deal, then you’ll have to move on to other keyboards on this review because this will disappoint you.

Now, let’s move on to the layout of this piano. We won’t exactly call this user-friendly. Of course, eventually, you’ll be able to find your way around your piano without consulting your manual for everything. But at first, you’d have to consult your manual for nearly everything.

Yamaha uses its Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) keyboard which gives enough resistance, with the lower keys offering more resistance than the higher keys. Plus, they are also quite touch sensitive. So, they should give a nice response when you play.

As usual, when it comes to sound, Yamaha does not disappoint. The Pure CF sound engine we find on the YDP 143R is an amazing technology that reproduces sound like few others like it can.

And to make an already beautiful story more beautiful there’s such a thing as a Stereophonic Optimizer on the YDP 143R. This is the feature that’s responsible for giving you that natural, spacious, and immersive experience when listening to yourself play with headphones.

Finally, the R in the YDP 143R stands for Dark Rosewood which is the finish this piano comes in. There’s also a Black Walnut finish if you prefer.

Yamaha YDP 143R Arius Console Digital Piano
Our rating: (4.4 / 5)

Pros
  • Superior build quality.
  • Comes with a bench included.
  • Graded hammer Standard action.
  • Piano sounds are rich and natural.
  • Lesson program for beginners included.
Cons
  • Only few built-in tones and no rhythms at all.
  • Not enough sound effects.

3 Roland RP102 Digital Piano

The Roland RP102 is Roland’s most affordable console piano. The brand sure packed some amazeballs technology into this thing. It’s definitely one of our favorite digital pianos, and here are a few features we’d love to show you.

We have compared the RP102 to other digital pianos we have reviewed so far. And even though they are all console pianos, the RP102 actually has a more traditional appeal than the others. But there’s a small ish.

Now, because the others have a more contemporary appeal, they take up less space. On the other hand, traditional style cabinets look more like acoustic pianos. So usually, they take up more space than contemporary styled cabinets.

That said, the keyboard on the Roland RP102 is very realistic. But we didn’t expect anything less seeing the brand in question.

The keyboard also comes with a graded action which makes this feel somewhat like an acoustic piano too. And let’s not forget the tri-sensors which give this keyboard an excellent response.

As always the sound technology on this Roland digital piano is nothing short of excellent. But you won’t find modeled sounds here, though, just samples. Well, that’s common with most digital pianos these days.

Finally, the Roland RP102 comes with a black finish that gives it a sophisticated look. You won’t find any other color option here and that might not even be so necessary since most people prefer black anyway.

The controls are also quite straightforward and Roland keeps the interface clean, simple and easy to on the eyes. But then again, with only 4 buttons, it becomes a bit difficult for users to access sounds and other functions on the keyboard quickly.

Roland RP102 Digital Piano
Our rating: (5 / 5)

Pros
  • Traditional style cabinet with a strong resemblance to an acoustic piano.
  • Fantastic action with simulated ivory keytops.
  • Comes with 4 authentic grand piano tones plus effects such as string and key off resonance.
  • Also features Roland’s excellent sound engine: SuperNatural sound technology.
Cons
  • This keyboard isn’t exactly easy to navigate without the app.
  • Speakers could be better.
  • Many of the features here are only accessible through the app.
  • Very few sound effects.

4 Korg LP380 88-Key Digital Piano

While the Korg LP380 may not be the best thing after sliced bread, it’s definitely a very dependable instrument that you won’t be making a mistake counting on. It might not come with all the extras that other keyboards might pack, but nonetheless, it does have its audience.

As for looks, the Korg LP380 looks good, sleek and very modern. So, it will easily fit into any living space at all. Of course, it isn’t exactly a portable unit but we can assure you that it has the looks to make your living space stand out.

Now, how does this sound? The Korg LP380 comes with an impressive sound that’s rich and carries a serious presence. Problem is that the speakers are not as great, neither are the sound effects. But when you use headphones with this thing, you won’t be able to deny the beauty of the LP380’s sound.

Furthermore, the LP380 comes with a great keyboard that’s backed by a hammer action. This gives the keyboard the close resemblance it has to the feel of a classical piano. Plus the action is graded too which is another area where the LP380 feels pretty realistic.

Now, of all the pianos we have reviewed so far, this is the piano with the most number of instrument voices. This comes with 30 different sounds. And being well organized, you’ll find it very easy accessing these sounds using the controls on the control panel.

And because they are diverse, you’ll enjoy the inspiration this gives you to make great music.

Korg LP380 88-Key Digital Piano
Our rating: (4 / 5)

Pros
  • This comes in a really sleek design that we love.
  • Sound quality is great especially at this price point.
  • The keyboard comes with a sufficient action.
  • It comes moderately priced.
Cons
  • Not so many sound effects to play with.
  • Not great for live performances.

5 Yamaha P45 88-Key Digital Piano

The Yamaha P45 is an affordable entry-level keyboard Yamaha specially made with the beginner in mind. It’s compact and lightweight. So, you’ll find this piano quite easy to move around. Plus, for those with a limited space this works. Even if you live in a dorm, having this would hardly be an inconvenience.

Now the controls on the P45 are really simple and easy to navigate. And this is super important because this is aimed at a beginner. Beginners do not need to be overwhelmed with too many buttons so early in their musical journey.

The keys on the P45 are also decent enough. They might not give you the ultimate realistic experience. But for an entry-level keyboard, you could say that this keyboard is good enough. It’s backed by a hammer action that’s graded. So, in its own little way, this tries to mimic a classical piano.

The keys don’t feel super but they are good enough especially because they come with a matte finish. Considering the fact that you’ll be practicing a lot in the first weeks of getting your piano, matte keys are very important. When your hands get sweaty from extended rehearsals, they won’t slip off like on glossy keys.

And now, to the sound… The AWM Sampling technology on the Yamaha P45 is a great one, and so it does a good job reproducing sound excellently. You’ll love how the sounds ring true and real.

Nevertheless, this is not the instrument you’re looking for if you need loads of sounds and effects. But then again, as a beginner, this might not be such a deal breaker just yet.

Yamaha P45 88-Key Digital Piano
Our rating: (4.4 / 5)

Pros
  • This comes in a compact and lightweight design which makes it a portable piano fit for travel.
  • The keys are fully weighted.
  • The instrument sounds here might be few but they are realistic.
  • This is a fantastic entry-level keyboard.
  • Quite affordable.
Cons
  • Does not come with recording and playback functions.
  • Speakers could be better.
  • Sustain pedal feels low quality.

6 Yamaha DGX-660 88 Key Grand Digital Piano

This is perhaps the most versatile piano we have on review today. It’s like a synth and a digital piano in one instrument. So, it comes with features that make this piano great for playing and for making music too.

So, for those who have been looking for loads of sounds and sound effects and rhythms and styles, you just hit jackpot. The DGX-660 is your answer to prayer. And it doesn’t even cost so much. At least compared to a number of keyboards we have seen so far, for the features this offers, it is quite affordable.

Now, considering all the features this keyboard comes with, you can expect the control panel to be a hodge podge of different things. However, the control panel is no way cluttered. It’s easy to access all the functions and voices here.

Plus, it also comes with an LCD screen which makes interaction with this keyboard a lot better too.

We could say that the keys of the DGX-660 are its greatest drawbacks but it’s not such a big deal, though. They feel great except for the part where they are finished in matte rather than simulated ivory and ebony.

It’s not so bad but it would have given this keyboard a much better feel overall.

Yamaha uses its Pure CF sound engine here and if you’ve ever heard it before you know how amazing it is. It sounds convincing and really rich. And like we said earlier, if you’ve been looking for a keyboard that comes with loads of sounds, this is it.

The DGX-660 comes with 554 sounds! And let’s not forget the over 100 sound effects you have at your finger tips too.

Yamaha DGX-660 88 Key Grand Digital Piano
Our rating: (4.7 / 5)

Pros
  • Massive library of sounds, rhythms, sound effects, and styles.
  • Loads of connectivity options.
  • Can record both audio and MIDI.
  • Also comes with a sturdy piano stand.
  • Lesson program to help beginners practice.
Cons
  • Not very portable.
  • Sustain pedal appear to be a little low quality.

7 Casio Privia PX-160 Digital Piano

Here’s our second Casio piano on review. This is more for a beginner seeing as it comes compact and portable. Also, it doesn’t come with a cabinet, so, if you’re going to be moving around much, here’s your guy.

Being an entry-level keyboard, this is quite affordable. So, it’s within easy reach for most beginning pianists. And being compact, you’ll be able to place this just about anywhere conveniently without issues.

It does feel pretty fragile though, so if you need you intend to move this around, you’ve got to be careful. We’d advise you to get a gig bag so that it protects your keyboard from any accidental hard knock that could damage the frame.

That said, we love how Casio keeps the interface and control panel of the PX-160 pretty simple. You could say the buttons are intuitive. At least you won’t find it difficult accessing the main functions.

But as for other functions, you’ll have to study the manual a bit and get used to the keyboard before you finally get the hang of them.

Now the keyboard on the PX-160 are super amazing, especially for an entry-level keyboard. The action is great, the keys are super sensitive and more importantly, they feel really good. They actually come with simulated ivory/ebony keytops which isn’t something you readily find on most beginner keyboards.

Finally, thanks to the Multi-Dimensional Morphing AiR Sound Source, this keyboard sounds better than good. Also, there’s no distortion whatsoever thanks to the lossless audio compression. You’ll find that this keyboard reproduces all 18 built-in sounds beautifully.

Casio Privia PX-160 Digital Piano
Our rating: (4.3 / 5)

Pros
  • Simulated ivory/ebony keytops with Tri-sensor Hammer Action II make the keys feel great.
  • This comes compact and lightweight which makes it portable.
  • Piano lesson function included.
  • Speakers are of a decent quality.
Cons
  • Sustain pedal feels a bit low quality.
  • Keys are a bit squeaky.

8 Casio PX770 BK Privia Digital Home Piano

And yet another Casio on our reviews but this time, the Casio PX770. It’s like the older model to the PX870 which was the first product we reviewed. It’s a moderately priced furniture style piano with a package that gives you everything you need.

In the package, you’ll find a bench, a stand, as well as three pedals (which, of course, support half pedaling). This can easily fit into your home décor as a family piano because of how it looks. But even more importantly than the looks this is a piano that plays well.

There aren’t so many tones here as you can see. The total sum of built-in tones here adds up to 18 tones. But they sound pretty good nonetheless. And when you combine the sound quality with the excellent speakers and wonderful keyboard, you easily see why the PX770 made it to our review today.

Furthermore, the keyboard on the PX770 comes with 88 keys. The action is great too. And with the simulated ivory and ebony keytops, you can be sure that you’ll enjoy playing on this.

Now, here’s one small one problem we encountered, this piano is somewhat difficult to assemble in a way. And that’s possibly due to the weight of this unit. Being quite heavy, you’re going to need some help putting this together.

All the same, we love the sound of this keyboard. It’s rich and beautiful and you’ll enjoy the sound you get from this piano. It’s a piano for the whole family to enjoy.

Casio PX770 BK Privia Digital Home Piano
Our rating: (5 / 5)

Pros
  • This is an affordable furniture-style piano.
  • Sound quality is excellent.
  • Keys come with excellent action and simulated ivory and ebony keytops.
Cons
  • Not too many features to intrigue the intermediate player.
  • It’s a bit difficult to assemble.

9 Casio PX860 BK Privia Digital Home Piano

And as we draw closer to the end of our review, we examine the Casio PX860. It’s a moderately priced and we can assure you that with this you get what you pay for. This is a great home piano that looks good, feels good, and delivers highly on performance.

Casio tries with its keyboards and here’s another piano where the keyboard comes high quality. It performs almost like a classical piano. And with the tri-sensors, you’ll love how sensitive these keys will feel when you get your fingers on them.

So, from the subtlest strokes to the fiercest strikes, the keys will pick up every tiny nuance. There’s no doubt you’d enjoy playing on this to the fullest.

As for looks, with its cabinet, this looks like an acoustic piano. However, it comes in the contemporary style rather than the more traditional feel that the RP102 gives. And that is good news in a way because it gives you the best of both worlds.

You’ll get a keyboard that looks like an acoustic piano and you’ll still get to save some space.

With a max polyphony of 256 notes, and an excellent sound engine – the Multi Dimensional Morphing Air – the sound of this keyboard is nearly unbeatable.

As usual, with most console pianos, the built-in voices are quite limited. And that’s same story here. There are only 18 built-in tones so it might not be sufficient for the intermediate player but for a beginner, it should suffice.

Finally, Casio stands behind this piano with a whooping 3 year warranty. So, this should boost your confidence in the Casio PX860.

Casio PX860 BK Privia Digital Home Piano
Our rating: (4.3 / 5)

Pros
  • Comes in a design that closely resembles a classical piano.
  • Great keyboard with a fantastic action and ivory/ebony keytops.
  • Great sound.
Cons
  • Insufficient voices and sound effects.

10 Yamaha P125 88-Key Digital Piano

What better way to end this review than to end with a Yamaha. And so we bring this review to a close with the Yamaha P125. Yamaha has done the piano community a huge service of making some of the best digital pianos at unbeatable prices. And the Yamaha P125 is just one of them.

The Yamaha P125 is another portable model from Yamaha with 88 keys. Of course all of these keys have been optimized to give the classical piano feel. And Yamaha uses the Graded Hammer Standard action which is Yamaha’s most affordable hammer action. But then again, it still does fantastic.

It gives the keyboard a decent feel with enough resistance to make you almost feel like you’re handling an acoustic. So, whenever you need to make that transition to an acoustic, it’s going to be totally seamless. You’ll love it.

The Pure CF sound engine is amazing. We love the way it delivers on a powerful sound that’s rich and beautiful. And there are quite a number of functions and features that could help you play around with the voices on the P125.

Finally, with the USB connectivity, this piano allows you connect to your DAW. So, you can easily transfer your audio and MIDI files in and out of your keyboard.

Yamaha P125 88-Key Digital Piano
Our rating: (4.1 / 5)

Pros
  • Quite affordable.
  • Compact, somewhat lightweight and portable.
  • Excellent sound.
  • Features USB connectivity.
Cons
  • This does not come with a stand.

What Digital Piano For Advanced Pianist?

What Digital Piano For Advanced Pianist?

If we are to pick just one piano as the best for an advanced pianist, then the choice is easy. And if you’ve been following this review then you should know what piano we’re tending towards. Well, we’ve got to go with the DGX-660.

The advanced player will enjoy the versatility that the DGX-660 offers because they’ll  be getting the best of both worlds – a synth and a digital piano. It’s not a home piano but it’s a serious piano for the serious musician.

There’s just hardly any keyboard like it in our reviews today.

And to see that it comes at a more affordable price with all the surpassing features it has makes this keyboard occupy a soft spot in our heart.

What Are The Top Piano Keyboard Brands?

What Are The Top Piano Keyboard Brands?

It’s easy to see from our reviews the market giants on the digital piano market. Easily, we can name Yamaha and Casio. These brands make high quality pianos with a fantastic performance. And they’ve been doing same for years now.

We appreciate the fact that they carry various kinds of digital pianos for the different kinds of piano players there are. And regardless the level of the piano, we love how these brands pour their all into making each of their keyboards.

So, you can trust that whatever the price point, you can always trust each of their keyboards would present fantastic features good enough for the target audience.

What Are The Top Headphones for Digital Piano?

What Are The Top Headphones for Digital Piano?

So we went looking for the best headphones for digital pianos, and we saw two nice ones that we think you should check out.

First, check out the Yamaha RH1C Portable Headphones. It is a decent quality headphone from masters of the market, Yamaha. It is very competitively priced. And players who have used these headphones testify that it is totally immersive. It sounds fantastic and is obviously designed specifically for piano.

Another good option is the Tascam TH-03 Studio Headphones. It’s also as great but a bit higher end than the Yamaha RH1C. It comes with a noise isolation technology which makes it perfect for audiophiles. It’s also comfortable and looks good too.

Conclusion

No one says you must spend a fortune getting a good quality piano. You have seen our array of affordable digital pianos for under $1000. And each of them has its perks which appeal to different kinds of players.

We have already recommended the Yamaha DGX-660 for the intermediate player.

And now for the beginner, we will recommend the Yamaha P45.  It’s super affordable and comes with a lot of features that beginners need to begin their musical journey.

So, have you listed your priorities yet? It’s now time to make your decision.