The Best Portable Pianos for Beginners
Piano and keyboards are probably the most common instruments you choose when starting learning some music. And even when you know the basics or have an intermediate level, sometimes you just want to play casually.
In these cases, you are not willing to spend a fortune in an acoustic piano, or you just do not have space for it. This is when portable pianos become the perfect solution: they are lightweight, they can be placed anywhere, and most of all, they are quite affordable.
So we have searched for the best decent-priced digital pianos for beginners, and here is the result: a list of 10 different options you should consider if you are looking for the perfect keyboards.
Donner DEP-20 Beginner Digital Piano 88 Key
The Donner DEP-20 is an excellent choice, both in quality and price, for those beginners who are looking for a digital piano that makes practice and learning easier.
This digital piano features a LCD screen that show clearly chord names and tones, so you can have both the sound of an acoustic piano with the digital technology you need to master the keyboards.
It also includes a sustain pedal for a perfect real piano performance along its 88 fully weighted keys.
- Includes two 25W speakers
- 238 different tones of other instruments and 128-note polyphony
- With a dual-tone mode to combine two voices together
Hamzer 61-Key Portable Electronic Keyboard
The most affordable option in our list is this 61-Key Hamzer, designed for beginners and with plenty of accessories for a complete piano experience.
With stereo outputs and a headphone jack, this lightweight digital piano comes with a sturdy stand and a stool, so you can practice anytime and anywhere, choosing the chord timbre and rhythm, and enjoying the included effects such as the vibrato and sustain.
- 255 different timbres, 255 rhythms, 61 keyboard percussions, and 24 demonstration songs
- Features built-in speakers and a headphone jack to practice loud or in silence
- Includes stand, stool, headphones and microphone, power adapter and owner’s manual
Casio CT-S200RD 61-Key Premium Keyboard
If you are looking for an ultra-compact keyboard, maybe you need the 61-key CT-S200RD.
Casio offers this digital piano also with an educational or premium pack included with more accessories. Despite of its size, it features an easy-to-read LCD display, built-in speakers, a headphone jack , a 1/8″ audio input and a USB port to connect the keyboards to almost any electronic device.
- Available in black, white, and red
- With 400 tones, 77 rhythms, and 60 songs
- Included power supply and music rest
Yamaha P-45 Compact 88-Key Portable Piano
This 88-key model from Yamaha is another example of high-quality instrument of the brand. With advanced features such as Yamaha’s AWM (Advanced Wave Memory), that uses digital technology to capture and reproduce the real sound of an acoustic piano.
But not only the sound is aimed to be as realistic as possible: this model features Yamaha’s GHS (Graded Hammer Standard) weighted action, which makes the keys heavier to touch in the low end and lighter in the high end, giving you the sense of being touching the hammers of an acoustic piano and building the finger technique to play acoustic pianos.
- Easy, single-button operation to change voices, play demo songs or configure the metronome
- Includes: pedal, music rest, AC adapter, stand, bench, and headphones
- With Yamaha’s 3-year limited warranty
RockJam RJ761 61 Key Interactive Teaching Piano
RockJam offers this option for beginners, a best-selling digital piano with all the features needed for a perfect piano learning: record and playback settings, LCD display, a responsive touchscreen, and teaching a programming functions.
Among the features, there are different types of connections, including the use of MIDI. It also includes exclusive access to Simply piano app content for iOS and Android devices, created to help piano learners of all ages.
- With easy to fit key-note stickers, to give you indication of the right keys to play
- Features 30 demo songs, 200 different sounds and 200 rhythms, with built-in teaching functions
- Included: sustain pedal, headphones, stool and stand
The ONE Smart Keyboard Pro, 88-Key Digital Piano
The ONE Pro digital piano combines smart learning features, an elegant modern look, and an excellent hammer-action keyboard, for a perfect piano performance. But what we like about this digital piano is the synced LED lights on its 88 keys, that show you which keys to press to make learning even easier and faster.
It also includes 1-year warranty and a lifetime maintenance for some peace of mind when investing your money on this purchase.
- Available in classic black and grace white
- With over 100 free video lessons integrated with lights to help you learn playing
- 10 acoustic samples, 16-bits stereo sampling accuracy, plus 128-note maximum polyphony
Yamaha PSRE263 Portable Keyboard
If you are looking for a more affordable and compact option but with Yamaha’s quality, here is the solution: the 66-key PSRE263 model.
Despite of the size, it features a duo mode that creates two middle C notes allowing two people to play together, and even up to 9 different types of reverb effects that simulate the sound of different stages and halls.
- 400 high-quality voices, 130 auto-accompaniment styles and 112 recorded songs
- Features 32-note polyphony
- Includes: headphones, x-style stand, power supply, and on-board lessons
Casio CT-X700 Portable Keyboard
The second Casio option in our list is this portable piano that includes all the accessories needed to practice of perform immediately: a piano stand, an adjustable bench, or even an instructional DVD for starters.
You can choose among many different instruments and rhythms to play, and learn the pre-recorded songs of its library. Connect your Mac, PC, Android or iOS device directly to its USB-MIDI port and start producing your own music.
- With 600 tones, 195 rhythms, and 100 arpeggiations
- Built-in speakers and backlit LCD display
- Included: stand, bench, sustain pedal, power adapter, instructional DVD and polishing cloth
Korg SP280BK 88-Key Digital Piano with Speaker
The 88-key SP280BK digital piano features a natural weighted hammer action on its keys that reproduces the touch of an acoustic piano, plus 30 high-quality sounds from different instruments and three different sound effects.
With built-in speakers in the keyboard, this keyboard also gives you the chance to add other external audio sources, thanks to its stereo audio input.
- Available in black or white
- Natural Weighted Hammer Action (NH) keyboard faithfully reproduces the touch of an acoustic piano
- Includes a damper pedal with regulable damper effects
Roland GO:KEYS 61-key Piano with Bluetooth Speakers
Roland has its own ultracompact 61-key digital piano in a modern red look.
What we like about this digital piano is that it provides you a fully wireless operation, thanks to its Bluetooth connectivity and battery power, and the built-in speakers that will allow you to just listen to some music too, jsut by linking your smartphone.
- Features 500 quality sounds from different instruments
- Free online lessons are included for 3 months
- Keys have an ivory feel and are box-shaped with velocity
Yamaha is a synonym of quality, and when it comes to digital keyboards they are no doubt a reference. This compact digital piano is a perfect option for those beginners or casual players and it includes all accessories needed to start playing.
- Stylish and lightweight design
- Graded Hammer Standard weighted action
- Yamaha 3 Year Limited Warranty
- The stand is not as sturdy as wished