Top 10 Best Yamaha Digital Pianos of 2018 Reviews

Top 10 Best Yamaha Digital Pianos of 2018 Reviews
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Market giant, Yamaha, is known for making high quality electronic instruments like digital pianos. Its pianos cut across all price points and pianists of all skill levels. Needless to say, whatever your budget or level of skill on the piano, there’s a Yamaha digital piano for you.

On our review today, we are going to be taking a look at 10 of the best Yamaha digital pianos we could come across. We made sure to make the selection an assortment so that everyone can get a Yamaha for themselves.

So, from console pianos, to portable entry-level pianos, to intermediate pianos at a mid-range price point, there’s something for everyone on our review. Come take a look.

Best Yamaha Digital Pianos

Top 11 Best Yamaha Digital Pianos On The Market Reviews


1 Yamaha Arius YDP 181

The Yamaha YDP 181 belongs to Yamaha’s Arius series which is Yamaha’s line of Console pianos. The Arius pianos are known for their characteristic feel and look. So, usually, they come in a large, elegant size with a cabinet that makes them look like an acoustic piano.

For people looking for a family piano, the Yamaha YDP 181 is a fantastic choice. Its beautiful cabinetry and strong resemblance to a grand will add that oomph you want to your living space. Anyone who sets their sights on this piece will immediately peg your family to be a musical one.

Now this piano is really large. It measures 53 inches in width, 20 inches in depth, and 35 inches in height. So, you’ll need to find a dedicated spot in your home for this. It’s also quite heavy too. So, you’ll need some help while setting this up when you receive it.

We love how this piano strikes us aesthetically. It comes with a dark wood finish, also embellished with gold. In fact, the 3-pedal unit that’s included is also laid in gold as well. So, as you can see, this does not disappoint aesthetically too.

Now, as with Yamaha Consoles, this does not come with a lot of built-in tones or voices, there are just 14 in all. So, if you’re looking for a lot of tones, then you’ll need something else besides the YDP-181.

Furthermore, the sound engine on this unit – the AWM Dynamic Stereo Sampling System – is super so it reproduces the grand piano tone excellently along with the other tones in this model.

The touch also feels great, even though it does not come with little hammers in the piano like most other Yamaha pianos.

So, altogether, the YDP 181 makes a great family piano choice.

Yamaha Arius YDP 181
Our rating: (4.4 / 5)

Pros
  • The Graded Hammer action on the keyboard gives a feel quite close to an acoustic piano.
  • Its elegant and exquisite cabinetry gives the Yamaha YDP 181 a strong resemblance to a grand piano.
  • The interface of this piano comes with an LED screen for better interaction with your piano.
  • This piano does not require an adapter, so you can directly plug this into the wall.
  • Comes with USB connectivity.
Cons
  • This piano doesn’t come with little hammers like other Yamaha models. The difference is actually slight but some advanced players might notice it.
  • We would have preferred a 192 polyphony rather than the 128 polyphony that this piano comes with.

2 Yamaha DGX 660 88-Key Digital Grand Piano

The DGX-660 is moderately priced and the upgrade to the DGX-650. It comes with a lot of improvements in nearly all aspects from the polyphony to the available effects and a few other aspects too.

In its truest nature, the DGX-660 is what you’d refer to as a hybrid keyboard. That is, it’s the offspring of the union between a digital keyboard and an arranger keyboard. So, being a hybrid, the DGX-660 naturally features loads of songs, tones, styles and rhythms.

If you can’t afford the YDP 181 or you need something with lots of tones and rhythms and styles, then the DGX-660 makes a great choice. It comes with 554 sounds in total! So, from playing, to learning, to making music, the DGX-660 is everything you need to enjoy playing on a keyboard at a reasonable price.

Also, it’s a full-fledged keyboard with 88 keys. But even though Yamaha has portable 88-key keyboards, this isn’t one of them. This weighs 46 pounds compared to most portable pianos that weigh barely 25 pounds. So, this isn’t something you want to move around willy-nilly.

The keys on the DGX-660 are not marvelous but all the same, they are good enough. While there are no simulated ivory/ebony keytops here, the black keytops are finished in matte, at least. So, they feel decent enough. Plus, they are also velocity sensitive as well.

In fact, much better than the YDP 181, this comes with one of Yamaha’s most advanced sound engines, the Pure CF. This sophisticated sound engine faithfully reproduces the high quality sound samples that Yamaha obtains from its CFIII Concert Grand Piano.

Of course, we won’t forget the intriguing Intelligent Acoustic control feature as well.  This feature helps the piano automatically adjust sound frequencies so that sound is always clear and balanced.

Yamaha DGX 660 88-Key Digital Grand Piano
Our rating: (4.6 / 5)

Pros
  • It comes with an LCD display for easier interaction with the piano.
  • Its 88 keys are fully-weighted and also come with Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) action.
  • Uses one of Yamaha’s most advanced sound engines – the Pure CF.
  • Massive library of songs, styles, sound effects, and rhythms.
  • It can record both audio and MIDI.
  • Comes with loads of connectivity options.
  • There is a learning program on this piano – the Yamaha Education Suite – for beginners.
  • This also comes with a sturdy piano stand as well.
Cons
  • Not very portable.
  • The sustain pedal isn’t exactly top shelf.

3 Yamaha P255 88-Key Digital Piano

Check out the Yamaha P255. It is the upgrade to the P155. It looks good, and performs excellently too. In fact, before playing this piano, you will already be more than satisfied by the looks of this model. The P255 looks fine!

There are two finishes to pick from. You can choose between the matte black and the ivory white finishes. Whichever you choose, both of them are sure to attract eyes.

However, the P255 is somewhat heavy at 38 pounds which means that it doesn’t exactly qualify as a portable instrument. In fact, it is only 8 pounds away from the DGX-660 which we just looked at. And about 12 to 13 pounds away from the average portable keyboard.

But then again, with all the technology and engineering in this keyboard, we’ve got to hand it to Yamaha. It literally performed a miracle making this weigh in at 38 pounds.

Now, besides the aesthetics of this keyboard, we also love the layout of this keyboard. It’s simplistic in its outlook and comes with only few buttons. This makes the piano a good choice for a beginner since they won’t be overwhelmed by so many controls at once.

As for the number of voices on this keyboard, they are about 24 in number which makes the keyboard good enough for most piano players. However, we admit that some advanced players might need more.

There’s also a variety of accompaniments to enjoy on this keyboard. And with the Sound Boost, your performance will always sound crystal clear.

Furthermore, the keyboard is also great with a Graded Hammer Standard action which makes the keyboard feel heavier on the bass ends than it is on the higher ends. Plus, this also comes with simulated ivory keytops, so the feel is great too.

Yamaha P255 88-Key Digital Piano
Our rating: (4.3 / 5)

Pros
  • The keyboard comes with simulated ivory keytops which makes the keys feel great.
  • Comes with a max polyphony count of 256 notes.
  • The speakers are excellent and with the Sound Boost feature that delivers on crystal clear sound.
  • This comes with app integration as well.
  • This model looks sophisticated and elegant.
Cons
  • Even though this is in the P (Portable) series, it isn’t exactly portable.
  • It’s relatively pricey.

4 Yamaha YDP163R Digital Piano

The Yamaha YDP163R is the Rosewood colored console piano also in the Arius series just like the YDP 181 that we reviewed earlier. It’s not as sophisticated as the YDP 181 definitely but that doesn’t mean that this piano does not pack some awesome features.

It looks pleasing and attractive aesthetically just like all console pianos in the Yamaha Arius series. So, yes, it also comes with an exquisite cabinetry. This is another fantastic family piano option for those seeking one. It is not as expensive as the YDP 181 so it is a little more within reach for most people.

We love the feel of the keyboard. Of course, any keyboard with simulated ivory keytops always delights us because they feel great to the fingers. Plus, there are 3 sensors on the keyboard which makes the keyboard super sensitive. You’re going to love it!

Now, although this keyboard does come with features that would be useful to both beginners and pro players, this is our advice. A pro player will enjoy the features that this piano has to offer much better than a beginner would. So, if you’re a beginner, this is quite pricey, so we won’t advise you to go out of your way for this.

As for the keyboard here, we are quite impressed that Yamaha uses its most advanced action on this model. The Graded Hammer 3 (GH3) action is a much better action than the Graded Hammer Standard which is Yamaha’s most affordable action.

Now, the Graded Hammer 3 is actually quite hard and so some players might not love this, especially for the beginners. But many advanced players will find this great to play.

In the end, it’s a great sounding keyboard and you will find it delightful listening to this as you play.

Yamaha YDP163R Digital Piano
Our rating: (4.3 / 5)

Pros
  • This comes with a solid build quality.
  • The package of this piano also comes with a piano bench included.
  • This comes with Yamaha’s most advanced keyboard action – the Graded Hammer 3 action.
  • The simulated ivory keytops make the keyboard feel great when playing.
  • The samples used on this piano are high quality. And the samples were obtained from Yamaha’s world class Yamaha CFIIIS 9 foot long Concert Grand Piano.
  • The speakers are actually quite powerful and deliver an output of 40 Watts.
  • Comes with a lesson function to help beginners practice.
Cons
  • The number of built-in tones on this piano are quite limited which might not be enough to inspire the pianist.
  • This does not come with a single built-in rhythm at all.
  • There is no organic piano element on this piano like a string resonance or key-off samples.
  • Sound effect options on this keyboard are quite limited.

5 Yamaha YPG-535 88-Key Portable Grand Piano

Next on our review, we check out the Yamaha YPG-535. It is fairly heavy, weighing in at 37 pounds. It weighs about the same size as a 4-year old.

But then, it is quite compact so it will fit into any space at all no matter how small. Whether you live in an apartment or a dorm, you will be able to fit this piano anywhere and conveniently too.

We have to mention though that this keyboard is deep. So, it sorta adds bulk to this keyboard. In truth, there are less bulky keyboards out there. However, we can’t promise you that they will come with as many features as the YPG-535 comes with.

Now as for the controls, there are so many buttons on the control panel – about 40 of them in all. So, this might be a bit overwhelming for the beginner. It seems like each function comes with its own button. However, if you ever get lost, there’s the Grand Piano button to take everything back to default setting.

The keys are a bit unideal. They are semi-weighted rather than fully weighted. So, they come with Yamaha’s Graded Soft touch – Yamaha’s most affordable keyboard action. Instead of hammers in this keyboard, this keyboard comes with springs. So, they definitely won’t feel like an acoustic piano.

But they are velocity sensitive all the same. So, you can switch your style based on how hard or soft you play. Furthermore, the sensitivity comes in 3 levels which means that you can adjust the sensitivity of your keyboard to your tastes per time.

The sound engine Yamaha used on this piano is its AWM Stereo Sampling. It’s not the best Yamaha has to offer but it sounds good nonetheless. And it excellently reproduces all 500 sounds on this keyboard effectively.

Yamaha YPG-535 88-Key Portable Grand Piano
Our rating: (4.1 / 5)

Pros
  • The YPG-535 comes with 500 built-in tones, enough to inspire the artist.
  • It also features a 6-track MIDI recorder.
  • There is a lesson function – the Yamaha Education Suite – for the beginner.
  • The package also comes with a sturdy piano stand included.
Cons
  • Keys are semi-weighted which is not realistic to the feel.
  • It’s only a 32-not polyphony max.
  • The sustain pedal included feels somewhat cheap.

6 Yamaha P125 88-Key Digital Piano

The Yamaha P125 is a great keyboard with 88 keys all fully weighted. Weighted keys are important as you know because they give the closest feel to an acoustic as it gets. It’s not just excellent for experienced players, it’s also great for beginners to learn proper piano skills.

The sound? Super great! Yamaha as usual does fantastic in the sound department. Yamaha uses high quality sound samples as obtained from one of its most famous and most outstanding concert pianos – the Concert Grand.

Of course, we don’t expect the P125 to sound as majestic as its parent piano – the CFIIIS. But then again, it doesn’t sound badly at all. No, that’s not doing this keyboard justice. This keyboard sounds fantastic.

And then again, we are quite impressed that the sound engine on this model is one of Yamaha’s best, the Pure CF. So, if you were looking to get something that’s close to a grand, this is a good choice.

However…

This isn’t a furniture piece like the other console pianos from the Arius series, two of which we have reviewed. So, if you were looking to get something that would beef up your home décor a bit, then this is not the one.

There is no cabinetry whatsoever. It does not even come with a stand. It’s just a simple, compact keyboard that will easily fit into any living space.

Talking about the keyboard, the action is fantastic with the Graded Hammer Standard action (GHS). So, it’s heavier on the low keys and lighter on the high keys. Of course, that’s exactly how an acoustic piano would feel.

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

Pros
  • This is a relatively affordable unit.
  • It comes with 88, fully-weighted keys.
  • The fantastic sound engine on this model gives the keyboard a great sound.
  • Also offers USB connectivity.
Cons
  • Does not come with a stand.

7 Yamaha P71 88-Key Digital Keyboard

The Yamaha P71 is identical to the Yamaha P45. In fact you could say that they are exactly the same thing. This is in the P series which is Yamaha’s line of portable keyboards. And unlike the Yamaha P255, this is actually quite portable at about 25 pounds and is quite affordable too.

In fact, if you’re a beginner looking for an entry-level instrument to begin your musical journey, you’ll be making a great choice going with the P71.

The keyboard comes with 88 keys and they are all full-sized and fully weighted. So, it’s not just good for beginners, it’s good for advanced players as well. Beginners can train their fingers and advanced players can enjoy the near-acoustic feel the P71’s keyboard gives.

Yamaha uses its Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) action on this keyboard. So, this offers enough resistance especially around the low notes as you find in acoustic pianos. Plus, the keys are also velocity sensitive, with the sensitivity coming in four settings. It makes for a really pleasurable playing experience.

This keyboard only comes with 10 built-in tones which we know are not enough. But then again, this is a sub-$500 keyboard. So, we can’t really complain. In fact, there aren’t even enough sound effects here to help dress up your sounds. To cut a long story short, there’s only reverb. Bummer!

But there’s still something more to love about the P71. As we told you, this is a keyboard for beginners, primarily. So, it’s a good thing that Yamaha kept the control panel super simple. It’s easy for a first timer to find their way around the instrument even without knowing so much.

And, of course, this also features USB connectivity. So, the user can easily hook their keyboard to a computer or a DAW.

Yamaha P71 88-Key Digital Keyboard
Our rating: (4.4 / 5)

Pros
  • This comes with fantastic playability especially for the beginner.
  • Keys are all fully-weighted which means that the beginner can learn proper fingering techniques.
  • It’s compact in size, lightweight, and portable too.
  • With the dual mode, this keyboard facilitates learning by making it possible for tutor and student to play on the same instrument simultaneously.
  • The controls are simple, well laid out, and intuitive.
Cons
  • Keys feel plasticky and do not offer a good level of realism.
  • Built-in tones and sound effects are barebones and that might be limiting as a player’s skills advance.
  • It does not come with any form of display – LCD or LED.

8 Yamaha P45 88-Key Digital Piano

Like we said, the P45 and the P71 are the exact same piano. The only difference being that the P71 was made for a particular online store only – Amazon. And it is also more affordable there. Let’s check out its significant features anyway.

The Yamaha P45 comes as a successor to the P35 and both keyboards look exactly the same. But, of course, the P45 is a tad more advanced than the P35. There’s a reason it’s called the “successor”.

The P45 comes with 88 full-sized keys. And these keys also come with the Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) action.

We really love the flexibility and versatility of this keyboard. Thanks to its shape and size, it can virtually stay anywhere, taking up only a tiny footprint. Whether you want to fit this into your home or your studio, the P45 isn’t space hungry. So, it will work.

And for traveling musicians who like to move around a lot, this works too. It only weighs 25 pounds. So, it can come with you on your road trips, bus trips, basically any trip at all.

Now, to the keyboard, we already mentioned the action. But how do they feel? Well, for a keyboard that’s marketed as an entry-level piano, there isn’t much to complain about. The keys are even finished in matte. So, they would absorb moisture in those times when you have to practice for hours at a time.

Could the keys be more realistic? Yes. But could the price also be much higher? Well, yeah.

Now, as for sound, this does decently. It doesn’t come with a truckload of sounds just like we saw on the P71.  But its sound engine is quite good – the AWM Stereo Sampling technology. So, whatever few sounds are here will definitely be beautifully reproduced.

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

Pros
  • Comes as a compact, lightweight and portable instrument.
  • Features 88 keys all full-sized and fully weighted.
  • Fantastic entry-level keyboard for the beginner.
  • Quite affordable.
  • USB connectivity.
Cons
  • Does not come with a record function.
  • Speakers could be a bit louder.
  • Sustain pedal feels low quality.
  • Keys do not give a realistic feel.

9 Yamaha PSR-EW300 SA 76-Key Portable Keyboard Bundle

Here is a fantastic value purchase if all the keyboards we have reviewed so far are a bit out of reach for you. When we began, we mentioned that Yamaha carries all kinds of keyboards for all kinds of people. From the beginner to the intermediate to the pro player that can afford to splurge.

Here’s a keyboard option for the beginning musician who cannot afford to spend so much on their first keyboard.

This is a sub-$300 keyboard. And what’s more amazing is that at this highly competitive price point, you still get this keyboard in a bundle. So, you don’t just get a keyboard, you also get an adapter for power supply as well as a stand.

Now, this comes with only 76 keys, making it our first non-88-key keyboard on review. It’s a decent option for the beginner, although we cannot assure that this is the best way to gain fantastic piano skills. But then again, in the beginning stages of your piano journey, you might not miss the other 12 keys. So, it might just be what you need for now.

Now, as we said, this is targeted at the beginning pianist. So, yes, there’s a learning function here. It’s called the Yamaha Education Suite and it can help you build decent piano skills.

We are quite impressed that Yamaha added a USB connectivity option to this keyboard considering the price point. So this means that you can hook this keyboard to you computer and transfer both audio and MIDI files.

Lastly, the library on this keyboard is massive. There are over 500 built-in voices, with 165 styles as well. Although we cannot vouch for all the voices here, we can definitely tell you that a number of them sound great.

Yamaha PSR-EW300 SA 76-Key Portable Keyboard Bundle
Our rating: (4.2 / 5)

Pros
  • This bundle makes a fantastic value purchase.
  • It comes with massive library of instrument voices and styles.
  • Comes with a lesson function for beginners.
  • Also features USB connectivity.
Cons
  • Features only 76 keys.
  • Keys are not weighted.

10 Yamaha PSR E-363 61-Key Touch Sensitive Portable Keyboard

And as our review slowly winds to a close, the deals get better and better. Check out the Yamaha PSR E-363. It is super affordable and especially targeted at the beginner.

Now, this comes with only 61 keys and we’re going to be straight up with you, we are not impressed. 61 keys are quite few, if you ask us. And if you were hoping to begin practicing on this, we doubt you’d enjoy it much. Piano tutors also might not exactly be enthusiastic about taking you on with a 61-key keyboard.

But that said, the keys are touch sensitive. We guess this is Yamaha’s way of compromising a bit and giving a tiny feel of an acoustic piano. It definitely won’t feel like an acoustic piano. It won’t even come close but it’s decent enough, thanks to the touch sensitivity.

The keys are not weighted, though. And that’s bad news because it means that it won’t offer any form of resistance at all.

But then again, there are quite a few things to be happy about.

For one, there’s a lesson function on this model. So, it means that the beginner can learn to play the piano right out of the box even if they’ve never seen a piano before. In a couple of weeks, you should have picked up some decent piano skills.

And then there are preset songs here also which will also give the player ample samples to practice with.

Again, this also comes with USB connectivity. So, you can hook this up with your computer using your USB cable and transfer all your files when you need to.

Yamaha PSR E-363 61-Key Touch Sensitive Portable Keyboard
Our rating: (4.4 / 5)

Pros
  • It’s very affordable.
  • It comes with a learning function.
  • Keys are touch sensitive.
  • Also comes with USB connectivity.
Cons
  • Features only 61 non-weighted keys.
  • You’d have to purchase the power adapter for this model separately.

11 Yamaha PSREW300AD 76-Key Portable keyboard

And finally, as we draw the curtain to a close, we review the Yamaha PSREW300AD. Yeah, we just reviewed something very similar two products back. In fact, the keyboards in both reviews are the same. However, this is a separate package.

In the PSR EW300 SA, the package is practically all encompassing. Purchasing that gets you the PSR EW300 keyboard, plus a stand and the power adapter.

But purchasing the PSR EW300AD gets you just the power adapter alone.

There’s little to say about this keyboard, especially if you’ve already read the review on its sibling. It remains the same 76 key keyboard, of course more affordable this time, since it only includes the power adapter.

It comes with a lesson function as well. And with this education suite, you can practice one hand at a time, or you could practice each hand separately. In fact, the lesson mode also features a Touch Tutor which can also help to teach the player dynamics as well.

As for the sound, it’s good enough, thanks to Yamaha’s AWM Stereo Sampling technology. And like you saw in the PSR EW300 SA, there are over 500 built-in tones here which makes this keyboard quite delightful.

You can also hook this up with your computer or any music making software thanks to its USB connectivity. So, yeah, nothing changed between number 8 and number 10. This still remains a decent, competitively priced keyboard with great features.

Yamaha PSREW300AD 76-Key Portable keyboard
Our rating: (4.2 / 5)

Pros
  • Comes with a lesson mode to help players build decent skills.
  • It’s lightweight, compact, and portable.
  • This is a great value purchase.
  • It offers enough built-in tones for users to play around with.
  • Also features USB connectivity.
Cons
  • This comes with only 76 keys which are not weighted.

Conclusion

We decided to go with the Yamaha DGX-660 as our winner for today. Yeah, we know that the YDP 181 is glamorous and all but when it comes to the practicality of things, the DGX-660 clearly trumps the YDP 181 and well too.

Come on, we are talking about a hybrid between a synth and a digital piano. There’s literally nothing you can’t do with this keyboard. It’s the perfect compromise between the two ultimate reasons to get a keyboard – making music (a synth) or playing music (a piano).

Of course it comes with its flaws. At least, you’d have to change out the sustain pedal for one.

But do you really want to give up on the massive library of top shelf sounds, styles and rhythms on this keyboard? And let’s not forget the excellent feel of the keys plus its Sound Boost feature which just makes the sound off the charts.

We won’t. But hey, the ball has always been in your court.