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5 Best Digital Pianos Under $1000

By Hoffman Academy Team
Five Best Digital Pianos

Learning piano on a budget

These digital pianos are excellent choices for beginners on a budget! At Hoffman Academy, we believe that having the right instrument is, well, instrumental to learning. While a good-quality acoustic piano is the ideal, it’s also a big investment. Maybe you aren’t sure that piano is right for you or your child. Perhaps space or noise is an issue. Whatever the reason, a good digital piano can get you started – and often carry you through years of learning!  Many of the pianos on this list come with a stand, bench, and at least one pedal, but ALL of them include our must-have features:

  • 88 keys
  • Weighted action
  • Touch sensitivity
  • Music stand/rest included

We hope you enjoy this digital piano buying guide! Prices and availability may change. Some of the links in this guide are affiliate links, which allow us to earn a commission when you use them to make a purchase. This helps us continue to create fun music learning experiences for everyone to enjoy.

Lend Me Your Ears…

Headphones are a perfect accessory for any digital piano or keyboard. Practice anytime, without disturbing others! For young musicians, we suggest child-sized headphones like these:

They’re volume-limited so that kids’ ears are protected, and they come in many fun colors! Just make sure to grab some adaptors too, since most keyboards require larger headphone plugs.

The Pianos

Casio Privia PX-770

 

The PX-160 made our list of Best Starter Pianos of 2019 – the 770 is a newer model from the same line! This piano sports a touch that’s firm but not stiff, so it’ll give young fingers a fair workout. Be sure to purchase a piano bench so that you’ll be at a comfortable height for playing.

Features:

  • Stand
  • 3 pedals
  • USB port for connecting to other devices
  • Built-in metronome

Not Included:

  • Bench

Yamaha Arius, YDP-103

As nicknamed by Yamaha themselves, the Arius is “the little piano that could!” We mentioned the Arius series in our Best Starter Pianos post, with an emphasis on the YDP-144. The YDP-103 is a budget-friendly option from the same series, featuring weighted keys and sound taken directly from Yamaha’s excellent grand pianos.

Features:

  • Cabinet-style stand
  • Bench
  • 3 Pedals
  • Matte-finished keys that won’t get slippery with use
  • Controller app for iOS
  • USB port for connecting to other devices

Not Included:

  • Headphones
  • Playback capability
  • Built-in metronome

Kawai KDP-75

Yamaha and Kawai are two of the biggest names in pianos, and their digital pianos benefit from that! The Kawai KDP-75 is comparable to the Yamaha YDP-103 in price point and features. This piano usually retails for over $1K, so this posting is a total steal – get it while you can, they run out fast!

Features:

  • Cabinet-style stand
  • Bench
  • 3 pedals
  • Built-in metronome
  • Playback capability

Not Included:

  • Headphones
  • Bench

Yamaha P-45

Yamaha’s portable and affordable “P” series is an excellent choice for beginners. It even gets great reviews from seasoned players for its authentic feel! With a sturdy, cabinet-style stand and bench, the “home bundle” is a good deal.

Features:

  • Cabinet-style stand
  • 3 pedals
  • USB port for connecting to other devices
  • Bench
  • Headphones
  • Playback capability

Not Included:

  •  Yamaha warranty

Korg XE20SP

Korg is among the top digital piano and keyboard manufacturers on the market, along with Yamaha and Casio. This model made AZ Piano Reviews top 3 list in its price category for 2021, so we knew we had to include it!

Features:

  • Cabinet Stand
  • Bench
  • 3 pedals
  • Piano Lamp

We hope that our Ultimate Piano Buying Guide has helped you learn about the different options available. Once a piano has found a place in your home, you’re in for the musical journey of a lifetime – and Hoffman Academy can help you get started! Start with Lesson 1 if you’re a beginner. Or, if you’ve been playing for a while, check out our many popular song tutorials!

 

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