Choosing a digital piano / keyboard can be a daunting task, especially if you are inexperienced and don’t really know what you are looking for.
With this in mind I’ve listed here a selection of different up to date products that I recommend in ascending price order (approximately). These range in price from about £150 - £10,000 -so there should be something of interest for everybody!
But firstly you need to understand that there are many different types of keyboards. Yes they all have black and white keys and to the uninitiated they all look the same, but they can be vastly different. They basically fall into the following categories:
Click on the items above and below to see more details of each.
But even within these categories there can be vast differences in quality and features. And there are also many keyboards that fit into more than one of the above categories. For instance the Korg Kronos is a stage piano, workstation, synthesizer, organ, midi controller and much more all in one.
But perhaps your first and most important decision is choosing the keyboard length and type of keybed (or keyboard ‘action’) that you require, which can be either: 49, 61, 73 /76 or 88 keys weighted or un-weighted.
The important things for me when choosing a keyboard are:
Quality of keybed (be it weighted or semi weighted)
Quality, polyphony and edit ability of sounds and effects
Recording features including edit ability
Connections - midi / audio interface etc.
Very often the manufacturers offer some really great features on a budget board, but in order to cut costs something has got to give somewhere. For instance the Korg PA 700 is fantastic value for money as it has some really incredible sounds and recording features. But to make this available at the low price they’ve cut costs with the keybed and build quality, but if you’re prepared to pay more the PA 1000 has a better keybed and build quality!
Please be assured that as I am not selling the items listed below, my opinion is totally unbiased, although of course they are my opinions and some may disagree with me.
For your convenience in all cases there are links directing you to the manufacturers full details which will open in a new page, you won’t need to wade through their websites - one click and you’ll be exactly where you want to be!
When you find a keyboard that you are interested in, I strongly recommend that you also look at any YouTube video reviews that are available and also download the owners manuals which are always freely available online - generally found in the manufacturers support pages.
The following list will be added to and updated periodically, but I assure you that everything on this list is good. - even the ones here that I don’t particularly recommend (which is probably because I think they are overpriced).