The Best Budget Digital Piano for Beginners

The Best Budget Digital Piano for Beginners

Our pick

Casio Privia PX-160

Casio Privia PX-160

The best budget digital piano for beginners

A great combination of realistic sound and accurate piano feel for an affordable price.

Buying Options

$550* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $500.

The key action of the Casio Privia PX-160 feels more like a real piano than any we tested. It was the overwhelming favorite of our panelists. It offers the best combination of great key feel, satisfying piano sounds, and useful features for students (and their teachers). We think it’s a great choice for beginners and professionals alike.

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Runner-up

Yamaha P-45

Yamaha P-45

If our top pick is sold out or unavailable

The P-45 plays as nicely as our top pick but offers a more limited selection of useful sounds.

Buying Options

$500 from Amazon

If our top pick isn’t available and you can’t wait until it is, the Yamaha P-45 is an excellent alternative. The key feel is fantastic, but while it has a nice grand-piano sound, most of the other sounds are lackluster. It has only a single headphone jack, inconveniently mounted on the rear panel.

Budget pick

Alesis Recital Pro

Alesis Recital Pro

A less expensive alternative

A very affordable piano that’s easy to use and sacrifices only a little in feel or performance features.

Buying Options

$380* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $394.

The Alesis Recital Pro is $100 less expensive than our runner-up, but it doesn’t sound that way. The built-in sounds are good, and with its touch buttons and LCD readout, the keyboard is the easiest and most intuitive to use of our picks. It doesn’t come with a sustain pedal, so it will require an extra purchase of about $20 to make it fully functional. Although it doesn’t sound quite as good or play quite as well as our main pick, it’s clearly the standout value.

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Our pick

Casio Privia PX-160

Casio Privia PX-160

The best budget digital piano for beginners

A great combination of realistic sound and accurate piano feel for an affordable price.

Buying Options

$550* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $500.

Runner-up

Yamaha P-45

Yamaha P-45

If our top pick is sold out or unavailable

The P-45 plays as nicely as our top pick but offers a more limited selection of useful sounds.

Buying Options

$500 from Amazon

Budget pick

Alesis Recital Pro

Alesis Recital Pro

A less expensive alternative

A very affordable piano that’s easy to use and sacrifices only a little in feel or performance features.

Buying Options

$380* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $394.

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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