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Top 20 Best Beginner Digital Pianos and Electronic Keyboards for 2022

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In the modern era, there are a large number of options out there when it comes to keyboards and digital pianos.

It can be difficult to figure out how many keys you need, which features are best, and of course, which are the best beginner digital pianos and keyboards.

This article contains 20 of the top beginner keyboard options currently on the market, including 44, 61, 76 and 88-note keyboards and digital pianos.

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We also have a few other variations, as well as a variety of features, such as weighted keys and pedals. 

It is our intention to provide you with plenty of options to find the perfect model to suit your own needs.

Top 10 Best Keyboards for Beginners

Here’re our top 10 picks for the best beginner keyboard in 2021:

  1. Joy JK-63M Electronic Piano Keyboard
  2. RockJam RJ761 Electronic Piano Keyboard
  3. Casio CTK-2550 Portable Keyboard
  4. Casio LK-190 Portable Keyboard
  5. Yamaha YPT-360 Touch-Sensitive Keyboard
  6. Plixio 61-Key Electronic Piano Keyboard
  7. Yamaha EZ-220 Portable Keyboard
  8. Hamzer 61-Key Digital Piano Keyboard
  9. Yamaha PSR-EW300 Portable Keyboard
  10. Casio SA-76 44-Key Mini Keyboard

Joy JK-63M Electronic Piano Keyboard

It’s a great electronic keyboard with 61 keys, which is not full size, but plenty for beginners to get started and can be used two-handed.

‘Joy’ may not have the brand recognition of some of the other manufacturers on this list, but they have produced a good product on a budget.

With 255 timbres and rhythms to play along with, you can get started quickly. There are also many sounds and demonstration songs.

You can also play along to MP3s, which can be loaded via a USB stick.

This is one of the best keyboards for beginners because it includes everything you need.

The bundle includes a stand, a power supply, and a stool, so you don’t need to buy any extras. It’s ready to use right away.

RockJam RJ761 Electronic Piano Keyboard

We had to include the RockJam RJ761 keyboard because it is great for beginners.

This keyboard has a built-in learning mode that lets you learn the basics of playing and even some songs.

As the RJ761 pairs with its very own app in order to provide feedback, it’s definitely designed with beginners in mind.

This keyboard has 61 keys, which is fine for getting started.

Also included is a comfy piano stool, a power supply, and even a sustain pedal so that you can play in a more professional manner.

Over 100 built-in sounds give plenty of variation.

The keyboard was designed perhaps with children in mind, so it is a great option for encouraging your kids to take up piano.

Casio CTK-2550 Portable Keyboard

It is almost inevitable that a number of Casio keyboards will make it to our list of the best portable keyboards for beginners.

The CTK-2550 is available either as a bundle with headphones and a stand, or on its own.

With this keyboard, you can access the Chordana Play app, which helps with playing techniques and teaching how to play songs on the keyboard.

You can also play around with dance music in ‘remix’ mode, chopping up sounds and experimenting as a producer instead of just a keyboard player.

An incredible 400 different tones are built in so you won’t get bored of the sounds in a hurry!

This keyboard offers good value for money and is proof that Casio still make some awesome keyboards and digital pianos.

Casio LK-190 Portable Keyboard

Our list continues with another Casio keyboard. With the same number of keys as the CTK-2550 (above), the LK-190 has plenty to offer the beginner.

Additionally, it has a very distinctive feature, the key lighting system.

A very popular method among visual learners, it allows you to see which note to play next, or which notes make up a chord.

Playing with guided lights can help you get used to playing without assistance.

Here’s another Casio keyboard with a dance music mode, which allows you to remix and play with sounds.

It’s a fun feature to have, but it’s not necessarily what everyone wants from their keyboard.

This is not sold with headphones or a stand by default. If you would like to buy it bundled with these items, it becomes a bit pricey, whereas some of the competing models include all of this as well as stools and music stands for the same price.

Yamaha YPT-360 Touch-Sensitive Keyboard

The YPT-360 is one of the more elite keyboards on the market today.

The keyboard still has 61 keys, but offers some very impressive functionality and features. Not the least of which is the touch-sensitive design.

Using this feature, users can get used to the way a piano or digital piano feels when playing, as the key plays louder as they press harder.

Within the keyboard, there are educational methods and even lessons that help to teach songs.

It comes with 574 voices and even 150 arpeggio styles so you can experiment with new sounds.

This works with USB and Midi, so you can plug it into your laptop to transfer audio.

Although there is a lot to like about this keyboard, it is definitely a model we recommend, but the main drawback is the price.

Since it is more expensive than many other 61 key models, we recommend purchasing it only if you are serious about learning to play.

Plixio 61-Key Electronic Piano Keyboard

On top of the high-end products on the market, there are also some decent affordable piano options. A good example is the Plixio 61-key electric keyboard.

This keyboard is lightweight and therefore very portable. As it is battery powered as well as mains adapter powered, you can take it with you anywhere you go.

Only 40 tones are available, which is nothing extraordinary, but it is enough for many who are just starting out.

Play along to your favorite songs with your MP3 player, and even add a mic for a karaoke style of performance.

The cheap price means that not all the features are as amazing and reliable as they should be.

There is no learning mode or touch sensitivity. As long as you don’t need these features, you can consider the Plixio.

Yamaha EZ-220 Portable Keyboard

It’s no surprise to see a Yamaha model on this list. An EZ-220 keyboard with lights allows the user to learn visually.

You can buy it bundled with accessories or on its own, depending on your needs. It comes with a stand and headphones.

The keyboard contains 100 songs as well as an app and ‘education suite’ to help with learning. In addition, it has 392 different excellent tones so you can experiment with different sounds.

It is not cheap like other light up models that offer so much functionality, and that’s the only negative we could find about the EZ-220!

Hamzer 61-Key Digital Piano Keyboard

Hamzer’s 61-key keyboard is very similar to a lot of budget 61-key keyboards on the market.

It is worth a look if you need relatively basic features and are not looking for too many learning assistant modes.

It even lets you record and play things back, which is a great extra feature for practicing performance.

Aside from working with standard power adapters, this Hamzer also works with batteries, and it is lightweight.

Hamzer comes with 255 sounds and built-in effects, including sustain and vibrato.

This is definitely one of the best value keyboards for learning!

Yamaha PSR-EW300 Portable Keyboard

Yamaha’s PSR keyboards are known all over the world for their high level of quality.

Within this range, they offer products for beginners of all ability levels, from affordable options to high-end models like the EW300.

In addition to its almost full-sized size and 76 keys, it has an impressive 574 voices and Yamaha’s Education Suite, which teaches you how to play at your own pace.

It has velocity sensitivity, so it plays more like an acoustic piano and has the feel and dynamics of acoustic piano keys.

You can even hook up the EW300 to a laptop and music software so that you can play your compositions and record them on a computer.

As with many of the top level keyboards, the only real downside is the price.

Casio SA-76 44-Key Mini Keyboard

This short review should begin by stating the Casio SA-76 is primarily intended for children!

It is a great option if you want to get your kids engaged in music, but the keys are too small for most adults. It’s clear that a lot of the fun features here are aimed more at little ones!

Casio’s SA-76 mini keyboard comes with 100 songs and 100 tones built in, and can be used with percussion pads for finger drumming fun.

Because it is so small and compact, you can easily take it with you and keep your kid entertained on car trips, for instance.

This is affordable and easy to use for children, and it is good for sparking their first interest in music!

Top 10 Best Digital Pianos for Beginners

Here’re our top 10 picks for the best beginner digital piano in 2021:

  1. Korg SP-170S Digital Piano
  2. Yamaha P-45 Digital Piano
  3. Yamaha ARIUS YDP-103 Console Digital Piano
  4. Casio Privia PX-770 Digital Piano
  5. Roland JUNO-DS88 Portable Synthesizer
  6. Yamaha P-125 Digital Piano
  7. Artesia FUN-1 61-Key Children’s Digital Piano
  8. Korg B1SP Digital Piano
  9. vidaXL Classic 88-Key Electronic Piano
  10. Yamaha ARIUS YDP-163 Console Digital Piano

Korg SP-170S Digital Piano

Korg is a brand name associated with both digital pianos and synthesizers, as well as many other areas of music technology.

It has rightly made a name for itself as a digital piano that is brilliantly sampled and has a realistic feeling.

As well as touch sensitive keys, you can alter the sensitivity to suit your own playing style and level.

There are ten different sounds available, including strings and harpsichord. Acoustic instruments were sampled for these sounds, which are of much higher quality than the sounds on a keyboard, for example.

If you wish, you can also control other instruments using Midi outputs. This piano is relatively small for a digital piano, so it can be taken to gigs, and though it isn’t cheap, the sound quality is excellent.

Yamaha P-45 Digital Piano

Yamaha’s P-45 is another relatively compact digital piano, which doesn’t come with a stand, making it easy to carry to gigs. It’s not cheap for a digital piano, but it has plenty of good features.

The piano sound is designed to mimic the sound of a concert grand, and the audio quality is very realistic. Additional sounds, such as organs and strings, are also included.

Like the Korg model above, the hammer action and velocity sensitivity can be adjusted. You can customize the P-45 to suit your own abilities and preferences.

A sustain pedal is included to further enhance your playing options, and the product can also be purchased with a stand.

The only real negatives we could find were the lack of sounds, the inaccessibility of the headphone jack, and the fact that the sustain pedal is not necessarily the best.

Check out the Yamaha P71 (Amazon-Exclusive). There is no difference between the two pianos. The distinction is made so that you know it’s an Amazon Exclusive.

Yamaha ARIUS YDP-103 Console Digital Piano

The YDP-103 is more of a permanent fixture, and cannot be easily moved or taken to gigs (though it can be done).

It comes with a high quality stand that is very durable and looks decorative.

In addition to offering weighted keys, it even models the action of a real piano by becoming heavier for lower keys and lighter for higher keys.

AWM stereo sampling gives the sounds a very rich and realistic sound. The sounds can even be combined and played together.

In spite of these great features it also has easy controls and an iOS app to let you configure and customize.

The only real negatives are the fact that it is not the most affordable, nor is it simple to transport.

Casio Privia PX-770 Digital Piano

You have probably heard of another manufacturer, Casio. They make a wide range of keyboards and digital pianos.

With the Privia Piano range, you can get a realistic piano sound along with 18 other built-in sounds.

There are resonant frequencies and ‘damper’ sounds in the piano, and the keyboard can be split or layered to allow you to play multiple tones simultaneously.

You can also customize the hammer action and touch response. This material is textured in a way that makes it feel like ebony and ivory.

While the piano’s sound is not as good as some of the other models, it is a good choice for beginners given that it comes with a CD and a book to help you learn your first tunes.

Roland JUNO-DS88 Portable Synthesizer

The Roland JUNO-DS88 occupies a middle ground between a synthesizer and an electric piano. Additionally to having some excellent acoustic and electric piano sounds, it is extremely portable. It can be powered by either batteries or mains electricity.

Almost all of the sounds from the JUNO-Di are included, giving you many options for recording and playing live.

There are also expansion slots for adding new sounds, which can be found on Roland’s website.

The sounds can be adjusted with knobs and sliders on the piano itself, and there are also pads that allow you to play out samples or even backing tracks which can be stored on a USB stick.

It isn’t the most affordable keyboard, and the piano sound isn’t the most important feature, but if you want a new and exciting keyboard for beginners, the JUNO-DS might be the one for you.

Yamaha P-125 Digital Piano

Yamaha manufactures a wide variety of musical instruments, and their digital pianos feature an exceptional sampling system, so they reproduce the sound of the CFIIIS grand piano with a high level of accuracy.

P-125’s simple interface makes it a great choice for beginners, and it is fairly small and easy to take out and about for band practices, for example.

It is a good choice for those starting lessons or looking for a simple but great sounding digital piano.

Furthermore, it features weighted keys and 192 notes of polyphony so even complex melodies can be played without dropping a note.

As a bundle, you’ll have everything you need to get started – another reason why it’s great for beginners.

The weighted keys aren’t quite as realistic as some other models, but this isn’t a major issue if you’re looking for a piano keyboard for beginners.

Artesia FUN-1 61-Key Children’s Digital Piano

Many of the beginners out there may be children. Artesia’s FUN-1 is one of the best keyboards for beginners who are 13 years old or younger.

At 61 keys, it isn’t full-sized. Only eight different sounds are available, and there are other drawbacks if you want a very detailed sound, such as 32 notes of polyphony. This is an excellent keyboard for a beginner, however it is not the most advanced.

You can see that this is mainly for kids as it has fun extras such as animal sounds! The iPad compatibility means it is great for making your first steps into playing piano.

Korg B1SP Digital Piano

We included the Korg B1SP since it has some great features that make it stand out from other models. With 18 watts of power, the sound system produces a rich sound.

There are only 8 different sounds available, but they are well sampled and produce an authentic acoustic piano sound.

This piano has several excellent features that make it a good choice for beginners who want to learn to play in an authentic way, including three pedals that mimic those of an acoustic piano.

The pedal board and bench are included, so you have everything you need to start playing right away. It even comes with a beginner’s guide.

While the Korg B1SP could use a few more sounds, it is a good value for money option and a complete starter system.

vidaXL Classic 88-Key Electronic Piano

VidaXL is included mainly since it is an affordable, budget-friendly option for a beginner piano. There are many sounds included on a relatively small price tag, and not everyone has a huge budget.

The tone is good, but it doesn’t quite rival the Korg, Casio, and Roland models. The full 88 keys are touch sensitive, but aren’t quite as detailed as other options.

There are 128 sounds to choose from and navigation buttons to make it easy to select. Although you might want to consider an option that can stay with you as an intermediate or professional player, this is good for getting you started.

Yamaha ARIUS YDP-163 Console Digital Piano

A more expensive (but exceptional quality) piano to consider if you are serious about learning to play is the YDP-163.

Yamaha pianos offer the excellent Pure CF sound. The sample is taken from an acoustic piano. The acoustic piano has a brilliant tonal quality.

Getting used to three pedals gives you a lot of control over the sound and will get you used to the tonal controls as you become more confident as a pianist.

It comes with a book to guide you along the way, as well as many inbuilt songs so you can start playing right away.

Afterwards, you can listen to your own playing and critique it.

The only real con to this product is its price, which is admittedly high, but if you have aspirations to become a classy pianist, then this is the one for you.

Conclusion

With our list of keyboard and piano options for beginners, you can see how difficult it can be to make a decision. It is possible to find good keyboards for under $100 as well as ones that cost over $1000. Check out our reviews of digital pianos for more options.

We’ve tried to include the best of both worlds and give you options no matter what your priorities are.

If you want to decide if playing is for you, or something to spark a child’s interest, then you might want to stick to a keyboard.

Spending a little more on a digital piano could be worth it if you are serious about your hobby and want the feel of a real piano.

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