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Top 8 Best Digital Pianos Under $3000

It is quite difficult for many people to find a place in the apartment for such a voluminous instrument, and often this prevents them from making music. However, we live in the XXI century, and with it come innovations that make problems of this kind obsolete. Digital pianos were created with the maximum approximation to the original, in the image and likeness, with the aim to replace the classical instrument, and not to diversify the sound, like synthesizers.

Our Personal Best Choice

Best Performance

Model


Yamaha P515

Our rating: 4.8 out of 5

Best Value

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Kawai KDP110

Our rating: 4.7 out of 5

When playing an electronic piano, you will not notice any difference with playing an ordinary one – the keys are full-fledged and, as a result, much more suitable for learning, unlike synthesizers that have a smaller keyboard size, fewer octaves, and pressing occurs almost effortlessly. Before we plunge into the world of electronic musical instruments, let’s see how a digital piano differs from a conventional acoustic one.

If you look inside the well-known piano, we will see strained strings and hammers. The keys trigger these hammers, which, striking the string, extract the same sound from it. The sound of the string, its melody, depends on the touch of the performer to the key. But inside the digital piano, there is nothing like it. How does it work? Such an instrument uses samples of the sound of a real instrument – samples. They are stored in its indelible electronic memory. Each key has several such samples. Which of them will sound, depends on the intensity of the touch in the key. The dynamics of pressing fix sensors, the processor processes the information. Sound is output from the speakers or connected headphones.

My top of the best digital pianos will help you to choose the most appropriate one and look at the pros and cons.

Name Keys Polyphony Dimensions Weight Amazon Price

Roland F-140R-WH Compact 88-Key Digital Piano
Roland F-140R-WH Compact 88-Key Digital Piano

88 keys

128

53 x 13 x 30 inches

76 pounds

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Roland RD-2000 Premium 88-key Digital Stage Piano
Roland RD-2000 Premium 88-key Digital Stage Piano

88 keys

128

55 x 14 x 5 inches

47 pounds

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Roland DP-603-CB 88-keys Digital Piano
Roland DP-603-CB 88-keys Digital Piano

88 keys

384

55 x 12 x 30 inches

101 pounds

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Artesia AG-40 Grand Digital Piano Deluxe Bundle
Artesia AG-40 Grand Digital Piano Deluxe Bundle

88 keys

136

56 x 49 x 63 inches

220 pounds

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Yamaha P515 88-Key Weighted Action Digital Piano
Yamaha P515 88-Key Weighted Action Digital Piano

88 keys

256

52 x 5 x 14 inches

48 pounds

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Kawai KDP110 Digital Home Piano
Kawai KDP110 Digital Home Piano

88 keys

192

53 x 16 x 33 inches

86 pounds

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Williams Symphony Grand Digital Piano with Bench
Williams Symphony Grand Digital Piano with Bench

88 keys

128

58.6 x 32.7 x 23.6 inches

190 pounds

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Kawai CE220 Digital Home Piano
Kawai CE220 Digital Home Piano

88 keys

192

35 x 54 x 20 inches

126 pounds

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Roland F-140R-WH Compact 88-Key Digital Piano

Roland compact f 140RRoland F-140R is a full-size 88-key digital piano in two colors: black and white. Nevertheless, it is designed for daily use in a modern design and looks great in a residential area. This flexible tool is ideal for a wide range of applications, including a stage play, a classroom, daily activities, and, of course, a game for pleasure in your own home.

Roland F-140R is a serious musical instrument that will accompany you for many years. The signature SuperNATURAL Piano tone generator recreates the timbre and behavior of an acoustic piano. The PHA-4 Standard keyboard inherits the functionality, look, and ivory finish of older Roland keyboards.

The rhythm auto-accompaniment feature built into the Roland F-140R gives you the opportunity to practice on the F-140R accompanied by an ensemble. This feature is extremely simple for the user, it automatically follows the game and tracks the harmony. 72 different styles cover a large number of musical genres – rock, jazz, Latin American styles, reggae, electronic styles, and many others. In addition to the pleasure of playing in full ensemble, accompaniment allows you to develop a sense of rhythm, meter, and style.

Inside the package, you will find an AC power adapter and the owner’s manual. In addition, a screw set, the stabilizer is also being provided. It does not come with a bench. So you will need to purchase one separately. A good pair of headphone is recommended for practice.

External speakers/monitors are not necessary since the speakers on the Roland F-140R is pretty good.

Pros

Pros
  • Good looking
  • 3 pedals with half pedaling
  • Internal recording
  • USB memory stick port
  • Bluetooth
  • 316 instrument sounds

Cons

Cons
  • No bench included
  • Key action is clicky
  • Cannot record multiple tracks
  • Volume buttons instead of slider

Roland RD-2000 Premium 88-keys Digital Stage Piano

Roland RD2000 This flagship tool is designed for professional performers and provides incomparable feelings when playing both on stage and in the studio. The RD-2000, as the developer emphasizes in its press release, is the most powerful stage piano in the Roland range and is a combination of revolutionary piano technology with modern management capabilities.

One of the main pros of Roland RD-2000 is the use of two independent sound engines at once. One of them is based on the V-Piano technology and simulates the authentic sound of an acoustic piano, while the other uses SuperNATURAL technology and provides access to a wide range of classic electric piano voices from the 60s, 70s, and 80s, as well as many other sounds. In total, the RD-2000 contains over 1,100 different timbres and 300 programs.

Another important advantage of the novelty is an intuitive user interface that makes working with the RD-2000 “as natural and simple as possible.” The instrument is equipped with a graphic display, 8 rotary knobs, and 9 sliders, which provide quick control of timbres, effects and various parameters.

Pros

Pros
  • V-Piano Engine
  • Lightweight
  • Sliders that can be used as B3 drawbars
  • Can be the heart of a studio

Cons

Cons
  • Manual could be written using layman terms

Roland DP-603-CB 88-keys Digital Piano

Roland DP-603This piano has a stylish minimalist design and, according to the manufacturer’s opinion, will easily fit into the interior of a modern apartment or house. The main advantages of the new model are the use of advanced modeling technology SuperNatural Piano, which provides “rich and authentic sound“, and high-quality hammer PHA-50 keyboard (with Escapement function), which is durable and provides realistic sensations when playing. The DP603 model is equipped with a 2 × 30 W amplifier and two wideband speakers providing “warm and enveloping sound”. It also has an integrated audio and MIDI recorder, a metronome and a Bluetooth interface.

The presence of the latter provides the ability to wirelessly connect a smartphone/tablet and use various learning applications, such as the Roland Piano Partner 2. Thanks to Bluetooth, you can also play audio from a mobile device through the instrument’s speakers. The DP603’s onboard speaker system projects warm, enveloping sound into the surrounding space, with adjustable volume to suit any playing scenario. Via Bluetooth, users can wirelessly stream songs from a smartphone or tablet through the speakers, perfect for both play-along fun and background music for entertaining.

The DP603 also includes many educational features for developing piano skills. The built-in metronome promotes accurate timing, while the onboard recorder lets users capture performances and evaluate their progress. Twin Piano mode splits the piano keyboard into two identical ranges, ideal for playing side-by-side with a teacher or duet partner. And with Headphones 3D Ambience technology, players can enjoy natural, realistic sound in private practice sessions with headphones.

Pros

Pros
  • The latest SuperNATURAL Piano Modeling technology
  • 50 Progressive Hammer Action Keyboard with Escapement
  • Technology “Headphones 3D Ambience”
  • Bluetooth wireless

Cons

Cons
  • The price is too high for this particular segment

Artesia AG-40 Grand Digital Piano Deluxe Bundle

Artesia AG-40A great representative of the category of synthesizers and midi keyboard. This product is an excellent example of engineering, the most advanced technologies were used in its development at the time of production.

The Artesia AG-40 is a digital armchair piano with auto-accompaniment, the AG-40 has an excellent FATAR keyboard (88 dynamic hammers weighted keys with different sensitivity modes: soft, normal, hard, fixed).

The piano also has 3 pedals: Soft, Sostenuto and Sustain, polyphony with 136 voices, more than 120 timbres and built-in auto-accompaniment for 100 styles and variations.

Built-in effects:

  • reverb;
  • chorus;
  • echo;
  • phaser;
  • tremolo;
  • EQ 7 presets.

Grand piano is made in standard size: 1415 x 1200 x 910 mm and has a weight of 99.8 kg. The AG-40 is Bluetooth compatible which allows you to play along with your favorite songs or turn your piano into an entertainment center for the whole family. Simply adjust your Bluetooth device (smartphone, tablet or laptop) to play through the AG-40’s powerful amplifier system.

The AG-40 automatically produces full backing parts. It’s like having an expert band playing with you, following your every move and chord change. The AG-40 has features that can enhance your playing skills such as Play Along Songs. The AG-40 has over 50 play along with songs that allows you to practice playing your left and right hand separately first, then using both hands simultaneously as you have learned the musical piece. The familiar standard songs are an excellent way to sharpen your playing skills.

The AG-40 has a convenient USB Port and comes with a thumb drive that is loaded with hundreds of pre-recorded songs that you can playback for your listening pleasure. You can play along with these pre-recorded pieces. Practice sessions can be recorded onto the thumb drive for later review.

Pros

Pros
  • Proper correlation between the price and the quality
  • Integration with other electronic instruments & devices
  • Learning features
  • Recording features
  • Play at any time using headphones
  • A variety of built-in sounds (not just piano)
  • Indifferent to temperature and humidity fluctuations

Cons

Cons
  • Can’t beat the sound and touch of the real thing
  • Require power source
  • Depreciate in value quicker than acoustic pianos (as new models are introduced)

Yamaha P515 88-Key Weighted Action Digital Piano

Yamaha P515Yamaha P515 has two main  differences compared to the previous model P-255:

  • the presence of multi-sampled timbres of the famous Yamaha CFX and Bösendorfer Imperial pianos;
  • the number of timbres increased (520 against 24).

In addition, the P-515 is the first P-series tool with the NWX (Natural Wood X) keyboard, the keys of which are made from selected high-quality wood, and artificial ivory and synthetic ebony for black keys are used for decoration.

Yamaha P-515 can boast Bluetooth support, a full LCD display, a more powerful (2 × 20 W) sound amplification system and a number of technologies and features not previously used in the P series: Virtual Resonance Modeling, Binaural Sampling, and Piano Room. Detailed information about each of them is available on the Yamaha website.

The Natural Wood X (NWX) keyboard is the epitome of more than a century of Yamaha experience and technology in the production of acoustic pianos and grand pianos. Like a real piano, the white keys here are made of solid wood, which has gone through a long period of drying – this is a prerequisite for using it in any musical instrument.

Using only the highest quality blanks, the keys are less subject to deformation as a result, unlike laminated wood keyboards. Like the keyboard GH3X, NWX is equipped with three sensors that allow you to use the most diverse technique of sound and fully convey it in the instrument. The combination of high-quality wood and high technology allows you to get an unsurpassed result.

The updated mechanism of the NWX model recreates the so-called effect of austenitization – a small force transition at the very end of the key travel. This effect occurs in real piano mechanics when the key is slowly pressed because there is a separation of the hammer shape with the pusher.

Pros

Pros
  • Natural wood keyboard
  • VRM
  • Key-off samples
  • Sound quality is too high
  • Comfortable for apartments and houses

Cons

Cons
  • The price is too high for this particular segment
  • One colored
  • Sound distance reproduction is not so perfect

Kawai KDP110 Digital Home Piano

Kawai KDP110The KDP110 digital piano reproduces the magic timbre of the Shigeru Kawai flagship concert grand piano. The sound of each of the 88 keys of this extraordinary instrument has been carefully recorded, analyzed and reliably recreated using Harmonic Imaging, a proprietary technology.

This unique process accurately conveys the wide dynamic range of the original piano, allowing the performer to develop an extraordinary level of expressiveness from soft delicate pianissimo to powerful energetic fortissimo. Additional reverberation effects that simulate the acoustic environment of a rehearsal class, a small hall, a concert hall, a stage, or a cathedral give a rich, rich tone and breathtaking feeling of authenticity at the output. The built-in memory of the KDP110 allows you to record up to three songs. You can also play the recorded work at the touch of a button.

The learning function allows the most purposeful performers to hone their skills with the help of the collection of etudes by Bayer, Cherni and Burg Müller and pieces from the famous Alfred piano reader. You can separately study the part of the right and left hands and change the pace of the play to work out the most difficult pieces.

Pros

Pros
  • Excellent key action
  • Individually sampled sound
  • Very good pedal
  • Bluetooth

Cons

Cons
  • No USB to device
  • Only 15 voices

Williams Symphony Grand Digital Piano with Bench

Williams Symphony Grand This kind of piano is perfect for those that do not want to invest in the maintenance of a baby grand piano but still want something that looks authentic. The Williams’ digital piano bench is comfortable, and it feels like you are sitting down at a real piano.

When you start playing this piano, you get a feel of the piano keys. The keys are unimpressive. Though the manufacturers tried to make them feel like authentically weighted keys.

The Williams Symphony Grand Digital Piano is an advanced model of digital piano. It has a collection of high-resolution samples, a large number of voices, accompaniment styles, and much more. It is a high-end digital grand piano that has exceptional quality for those willing to pay for it.

Pros

Pros
  • Excellent samples
  • Many features
  • Six speakers

Cons

Cons
  • High price
  • No modulation effect

Kawai CE220 Digital Home Piano

Kawai CE220Kawai is a leading manufacturer of pianos in the world. They are highly reputable and innovative. The Kawai CE220 digital piano is a brilliant new entry into the piano market.

It comes with a host of amazing features like:

  • glossy wooden keys;
  • 192 notes of polyphony with individual note sound sampling;
  • firm furniture cabinet-like build and design;
  • realistic pedal functions and easy-to-use digital functions;

Whether you are a piano virtuoso, dilettante or beginner, the Kawai CE220 is very easy to learn and promises an effortless playing experience. The CE220 has both a Dual Mode, in which two sounds are played at the same time and a Split mode, in which one sound plays on the left side of the keyboard and another sound plays on the right side. A special 4-Hands Mode creates two identical 44-note pianos on the keyboard – great for piano lessons or for duets. A convenient Balance Slider on the panel controls the volume balance in a Dual or Split keyboard mode.

Pros

Pros
  • This piano looks absolutely stunning
  • The sound quality here is unbeatable
  • We also love the engineering on this piano, the keyboard plays and feels amazing
  • Comes with powerful speakers
  • The interface is quite simple and also comes with an LED display

Cons

Cons
  • This piano looks absolutely stunning
  • The sound quality here is unbeatable
  • We also love the engineering on this piano, the keyboard plays and feels amazing
  • Comes with powerful speakers
  • The interface is quite simple and also comes with an LED display

Buyer’s Guide

When buying a digital piano, first of all, you should consider the following factors:

Mechanics

The purest and most natural sound is provided by models equipped with keyboard-hammer elements. It is these mechanisms that emulate the operation of a conventional acoustic instrument. Without hammers, the instrument will sound unnatural.

The number of keys. In the usual piano and piano last provided 88 pieces. That is how many keys should be in an electronic tool, if it is purchased not for play or entertainment, but, for example, for teaching a child.

The number of pedals. In all modern acoustic pianos of these elements, designed to extend or mute the sound, there are three. In a good electronic piano, the key should be the same.

Construction

The simplest digital pianos that are on sale today can be simply put on the table. More expensive options are equipped with special racks. Even more expensive digital models are styled as ordinary acoustic ones. Such pianos occupy a little more space indoors, but they look very presentable and solid.

Height Adjustment Method

The tool, of course, should be, among other things, also convenient to use. Some models of digital pianos regulate the height of the keyboard itself, while others adjust the seat of the chair. It is believed that the second option is the most convenient.

If, for example, parents decide to teach a child to play the piano with an adjustable keyboard height, it will be difficult later to get used to the usual instruments used in concert halls.
Indeed, in this case, it is chosen as a chair.

Built-in Sounds

Another important aspect is sound. Electric pianos rarely contain more than 20-30 built-in sounds, their main priority is to provide a natural piano sound. This is achieved through the use of high-quality samples of this concert grand piano, recorded at different volume levels. As well as sophisticated modeling technology. At the same time, a synthesizer usually contains many built-in sounds, songs, accompaniment styles, and interactive features. Most digital piano models do not have these functions, except for those created for entertainment.

Polyphony

In conventional pianos, when you hold the key, the sound (according to the laws of physics) gradually subsides. In digital pianos and pianos, string oscillations are calculated by the processor. And the more notes this device can read, the better.

The higher the polyphony of the selected model, the better the sound it will give. The best option, in this case, is 128.

And, of course, when choosing a model, you should pay attention to its brand. I do really hope that my reviews will help you make the right choice.

Summary

Many digital pianos are equipped with useful learning tools, including lessons that can help a beginner. Useful displays that show reproducible chords, as well as various lighting schemes that help beginners choose melodies and chords. What piano to buy for beginners? The built-in metronome is useful for improving your rhythmic abilities. Some models allow you to split the keyboard so that the student and teacher can share it while playing in the same octaves.

The range of electronic keyboard instruments represented by the modern market is really quite wide. How to choose a digital piano depends primarily on the purpose for which it is necessary. Thus, a model with low polyphony and one pedal is quite suitable for pupils in primary classes of music schools. For those who have already mastered the notes and improves their skills, the best choice would most likely be the piano of the average price category. Professional performers should look after themselves for an elite expensive instrument of this type.

If you are a beginner and you are limited by your finances, we recommend you opt for the best piano under $500 category, which we have already reviewed.

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