Best Melodica Reviews in 2020 for All Levels
The melodica (also called pianica, keyboard harmonica, or melodion) is a free-reed instrument originally created in the 1950’s by the Hohner brand. However, it became soon adopted by many other music companies, which produced their own versions of this instrument. That is why today we can count with a broad selection of melodicas, available in different colors and sizes, in acoustic and even electric versions.
Almost everybody can play the melodica, as it is a simple instrument that produces sound just by blowing into its mouthpiece. When we press a key on its keyboard, we are opening a hole that lets the air flow, producing the desired note. Besides, it can be played vertically, like a flute, using a short and rigid mouthpiece, or horizontally like a small piano, using an extension hose to blow.
Now that we have briefly introduced you to the amazing world of the melodica, let us show you the selection we have made of the best melodicas for players of all levels so you can find a suitable one both for your skills and budget.
Stagg is a company established in Belgium that produces musical instruments of great quality but always at a decent price.
This melodica is an example of that: perfect for beginners, it has 32 keys on its lightweight and easy to carry body. It is available also in a 37-key version and in other colors, so the young musician can choose which suits their personality best.
The Stagg melodica also includes a carrying bag, a flexible air tube to play the instrument flat on a surface and a mouthpiece for more advanced players who want to play it like a flute.
- Available in red, blue, and black, and with 32 or 37 keys
- Includes soft case, mouthpiece and a flexible hose
- Lightweight and easy to carry, perfect for beginners
D’Luca M37-BK Fever Melodica
A 37-key melodica of quality and at a very decent price for young learners. D’Luca has produced this black model that will help children learn the basics of keyboards while having some fun.
This compact melodica includes a flexible hose, a rigid mouthpiece and a nice and soft bag so even younger kids can carry the instrument themselves.
- 37-note melodica for beginners and intermediate players
- Includes a zipper bag, mouthpiece and extension tube
- Loud and strong sound quality
If you are looking for a popular brand known worldwide for the quality of its products, then you need to check the Yamaha options.
The P37D is a melodica composed of 37 keys that comes with its own rigid and durable hardcase. It offers a brassy tone and a loud sound, specially when played using the fixed mouthpiece.
Yamaha never disappoints and this is yet another example of the brand’s quality.
- 37 keys on a full 3-octave range (F3-F6)
- Hard plastic case, fixed mouthpiece and flexible tube included
- With a black leather strap on back to play it vertically with the mouthpiece
Pyle Melodica Set
The Pyle melodica produces a warm and smooth tone that reminds to an accordion, thanks to its plate made with copper.
If features machined internal slots for a better airflow, placed at the front of the melodica to achieve a louder sound. Its comb and air chambers have also been reinforced, achieving a musical instrument made to last for years and years.
This set includes a hard case, a rigid mouthpiece and a flexible air tube to play the melodica vertically or on a flat surface.
- Made with ABS material and a copper plate for a smoother sound
- Features internal slots for an enhanced airflow
- Includes hard case, rigid mouthpiece, and air tube
Cahaya Melodica for Students
Made from ABS non-toxic engineering resin that is suitable even for small children, this melodica is offered with its own soft bag in the same color.
Besides, the set includes not one, but two different mouthpieces: one straight and another curved for a perfect vertical playability, using the hand strap on the back. Plus, you will also find two flexible air tubes to play the melodica horizontally too.
You can choose among a 32 or a 37-key melodica, in blue or black. All of them at a very decent price.
- Available in blue and black, and with 32 or 37 keys
- Soft bag of the same color included, plus 2 mouthpieces and 2 air tubes
- Made of lightweight and non-toxic ABS resin
Hammond 44 Acoustic-Electric Melodion
Here we have a perfect alternative to professional acoustic melodicas: an electric model with a built-in microphone that can also be plugged into an amp. You can now feel like a rockstar playing your melodica!
The Hammond electric melodion has been produced in collaboration with Suzuki, a leading manufacturer when it comes to musical instruments. The result is a professional 44-key model that is worth every penny.
- 44-key acoustic-electric melodion with a built-in microphone
- With large but light keys and a nice professional finish
- Can be plugged to an amp for an even louder sound
Eastar 32 Key
Back to the melodicas designed for young learners, there is a super affordable Eastar option, of course.
This 32-key model (there is also available a 37-key option) is made with lightweight but durable ABS resin material. It features a phosphor bronze reed and a copper base that produces a warm and loud sound.
It comes with its own Oxford cloth bag, mouthpieces and flexible air tubes.
- Made of ABS non-toxic resin, with a phosphor bronze reed and a copper base
- Air slots on top to project the sound better than melodicas that have them on the bottom
- Includes an Oxford cloth bag with handle and shoulder strap, mouthpiece and extension tube
Hohner Performer 37
Here we reach the “original” melodica. It was the Hohner company that created the melodica, as we mentioned in our introduction, combining the advantages of wind instruments with the versatility of a piano accordion.
From this brand we can choose among their melodicas specially designed for students, like this Performer 37, but they also offer a Force series for advanced and professional musicians, as well as a new generation of melodicas known as “Airboards”.
The Performer 37 is suitable to play genres such as jazz, pop, reggae or even rock: a versatile option from the Hohner company at the best price possible.
- 37 keys with a tone F below middle C through F
- Nice blowing response with durable bronze reeds
- Inclues deluxe zipper case, mouthpiece and extension hose
Rise by Sawtooth Melodica
Sawtooth is a brand probably more known for its guitars, but they have also decided to explore musical alternatives.
That is why we can find a Sawtooth melodica like this one, for beginners and intermediate players. It is very similar to what we can find in other brands (two colors available, 32 or 37 notes, with a bag, a mouthpiece and an extension tube included) at a very decent price.
If you are not ready to get a Sawtooth guitar yet, you can now start with one of their melodicas.
- Available in blue and black, and with 32 or 37 keys
- Includes a soft bag of the same color, mouthpiece and extension tube
- Produces a mellow but strong sound on its easy-to-play keys
Suzuki Semi-Pro M-37C
A semi-pro melodica made by a trustable brand like Suzuki for those looking for a high-end musical instrument.
The quality of this set can already be appreciated on the gorgeous bag provided, in an elegant blue color with classy brown straps. Another thing to mention about the accessories included is that we will find 3 different mouthpieces in this case. It comes with a standard one, a trumpet-like another, and the extension hose to play the melodica horizontally.
The phosphor bronze reeds and aluminium covers give the final touch to this melodica, achieving a warm and smooth sound.
- Semi-pro with phosphor bronze reeds and aluminium covers
- Includes 2 mouthpieces: a standard one and a trumpet-style one, plus a flexible tube
- Luxury soft carrying bag with classy handles
Glarry 37 Keys Portable Melodica
The best priced melodica on our selection is this Glarry green one (though it is also available in black, blue, red, and pink).
This melodica is a compact and lightweight option for kids and young learners, easy to carry on the soft bag included in the set.
So, if you are looking for a very affordable but cool option, the Glarry one is what you are looking for.
- Available in several colors and with 32 or 37 keys
- 2 mouthpieces, cleaning cloth, and soft bag of the same color included
- Body made of PVC lightweight material with ABS keys
Ammoon 37 Key
Ammoon brings the last melodica of our list. A reasonable priced model available in different colors.
It has been made for beginners, as we can see in the guide included on the set, with popular melodies to start learning from the first day. Designed with a welding technology for a sound stability, it has a phosphor bronze reed and a stainless steel seat plate to achieve the best sound possible.
The carrying case is perfect to take your melodica and practice anywhere too.
- Made of eco-friendly ABS material, lightweight and non-toxic
- Includes a carrying case, short and long mouthpieces, a cleaning cloth and a user’s guide
- Available in blue, pink, and black
Suzuki is a popular and trustable brand, including musical instruments. The quality of their products can be appreciated in a melodica made with the best materials and at the best price possible. An elegant bag is included to carry your melodica in style wherever you go.
- 3 mouthpieces: standard, trumpet, flexible hose
- Classy and elegant soft bag included
- With phosphor bronze reeds
- Price can be a little high for beginners