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What’s the best beginner keyboard? Digital Piano Reviews (2023)

Lisa Witt, Truman Proudfoot  /  Gear / Dec 30

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Buying your first piano is a big deal, but don’t worry! Piano teacher Lisa Witt and keyboard expert Truman Proudfoot are here to help you find the best beginner keyboard to jumpstart your music journey. In this post, we’ll tell you what to look for when you’re piano-shopping and we’ll review eight keyboard models that are fit for beginners. (Note: Prices are accurate at the time of this post’s publication but are subject to change.)

  1. How to Buy a Piano Keyboard
  2. Yamaha P-45
  3. Yamaha P-125
  4. Roland FP-10
  5. Roland FP-30X
  6. Casio PX-S1100
  7. Casio PX-S3100
  8. Dexibell H10
  9. Roland GO:PIANO


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How to Buy the Best Beginner Keyboard For You

Here’s a quick checklist if you’re in the market for a new instrument:

Close-up of two pairs of hands on a keyboard.

Number of Keys

Try to get 88 keys if you can because this is the standard number of keys on a piano. But don’t panic if you can’t get 88 keys. Many modern keyboards allow you to adjust the octave so you can still access higher or lower notes if you get 49, 61 or 76 keys.

Woman with platinum short hair in black tshirt and man with brown hair and green tshirt playing and pointing at keys.

Weighted Keys

Now this one is important! If you want to learn how to play the piano with proper technique, you need weighted keys. “Weighted” means the key responds to how hard or light you play. The harder you play, the louder the music will be. Each keyboard will have a different key velocity too.

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Play Before You Buy

At the end of the day, buying the best beginner keyboard is a personal decision and comes down to how you feel when you play the keys. So always try before you buy! Pro tip: bring a pair of headphones to the store with you.

🛒 MORE BUYING GUIDES: We’ve got lots of resources to help you buy your first piano. Be sure to check out the difference between a piano and a keyboard, what’s behind the cost of pianos, and whether brand really matters when you’re shopping for your dream instrument.

Best Beginner Keyboard: 8 Contenders

Yamaha P-45

“There’s not a lot to get in the way of distractions when you’re playing. It’s a pure and simple piano.” – Truman

Best beginner keyboard - black keyboard with few buttons on wooden desk in room.
Yamaha P-45. Bench not included. Photo source: Yamaha

🎹 YAMAHA P-45 SPECS:

  • 88 keys: Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) keyboard
  • Sound generator: AMW stereo sampling
  • Max polyphony: 64 voices
  • Built-in speakers with 2x 6W of power

MSRP: $599 USD


If you don’t want to break the bank and just want a piano to play on, this is the perfect entry-level keyboard for you. And despite being basic, the P-45 has ten voices, a metronome, reverb, and onboard speakers. Lisa notes that the sound is bright but the velocity is not quite what she prefers. However, the keys are easy to push and the key surface feels good.

🔔 ACCESSORIES: Not all pianos come with stands, pedals, and benches. Some pianos are only compatible with single-pedal units; some can be attached to three-pedal units. So, do double-check with your retailer to confirm what’s included in the box and what accessories are compatible.

Yamaha P-125

“The generous step up compared to the 45.” – Truman

Best beginner keyboard - black keyboard with more buttons on stand with three-pedal unit, birds eye view on white background.
Yamaha P-125 with optional pedals and stand. Photo source: Yamaha

🎹 YAMAHA P-125 SPECS:

  • 88 keys: Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) Keyboard
  • Sound generator: Pure CF Sound Engine
  • Max polyphony: 192 voices
  • Built-in speakers with 2x 7W of power

MSRP: $999 USD


The P-125 (and the P-125a, which has slightly different outputs) is a step up from the P-45. It has more features, better speakers, three times as much polyphony, and a more detailed and nuanced sound engine, which makes for a more realistic sound. The keys are also higher-quality and there is more dynamic control. If you can swing it, Lisa suggests upgrading to this piano from the P-45. Lisa herself had an older model of this piano at home for years and practiced everything on it, including classical pieces.

Roland FP-10

“Every key is sampled individually. It is a very true-to-form acoustic piano when you’re playing.” – Truman

Best beginner keyboard - slim black keyboard with few buttons.
Roland FP-10. Photo source: Roland

🎹 ROLAND FP-10 SPECS:

  • 88 keys: PHA-4 standard keyboard
  • Sound generator: SuperNATURAL piano sound
  • Max polyphony: 96 voices
  • Bluetooth Ver 4.0 MIDI
  • Built-in speakers with 2x 6W of power

MSRP: $599 USD


Another entry-level keyboard, the Roland FP-10 is in the same class as the Yamaha P-45. However, Roland offers a more complex sound engine. Their SuperNATURAL system samples each key individually. Other perks of this keyboard include Bluetooth MIDI and a more realistic wood grain texture on the keys, which Lisa really likes.

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Roland FP-30X

“Aside from the luxury Dexibell, my favorite was the Roland FP-30X.” – Lisa

White keyboard with more buttons.
Roland FP-30X. Photo source: Roland

🎹 ROLAND FP-30X SPECS:

  • 88 keys: PHA-4 Standard Keyboard
  • Sound generator: SuperNATURAL Piano
  • Max polyphony: 256 voices
  • Bluetooth audio
  • Bluetooth Ver 4.0 MIDI
  • Built-in speakers with 2x 11W of power

MSRP: $799


The Roland FP-30X is a step up from the FP-10. It features more sounds, more polyphony, a higher quality build and speakers, and it is compatible with a three-pedal unit. The action type is the same as the FP-10 and this piano also features Roland’s SuperNATURAL sound engine. Between the Yamahas, Lisa suggests upgrading to the P-125 if you can. But between the two Rolands, there is a less of a difference because they use the same action and sound engine; the 30X just has more features.

It’s all about the experience. The better the piano the better your experience the more likely you are to play, the more you’ll enjoy, the better the feeling!

Truman

Casio PX-S1100

“It’s a good looking piano!” – Lisa

Slim red shiny keyboard.
Casio PX-S1100 comes in red, white, and black. Photo source: Casio

🎹 CASIO PX-S1100 SPECS:

  • 88 keys: weighted, Smart Scaled Hammer Action keyboard
  • Sound generator: AiR Sound Source
  • Max polyphony: 192 voices
  • Built-in speakers with 2x 8W of power
  • Bluetooth Ver 5.0 MIDI

MSRP: $699 USD


The Casio PX-S1100 is a sleek, beautifully designed entry-level instrument. It also features the newest and fastest Bluetooth MIDI technology, two headphone outputs, and textured keys that mimic the real thing. However, Lisa found that its dynamic range was not as nuanced as the Rolands, but it still sounds good.

Casio PX-S3100

“The extra features, the polished finish, it all added up to a very complete and diverse experience for me. Not just from a piano player’s perspective, but from a musician’s.” – Truman

Slim black shiny keyboard.
Casio PX-S3100. Photo source: Casio

🎹 CASIO PX-S3100 SPECS:

  • 88 keys: Weighted, Smart Scale Hammer Action Keyboard
  • Sound generator: AiR Sound Source
  • Max polyphony: 192 voices
  • Built-in speakers with 2x 8W of power

MSRP: $1,179.99 USD


The Casio PX-S3100 is similar to the PX-S1100 but with many more features, including a fun pitchbend wheel! Truman likes this keyboard not so much as a pianist, but as a keyboardist because it has many of the features synth players value. Meanwhile, Lisa notes that the edges of the Casio keys are rather sharp, which make them less pleasant to play on.

Dexibell VIVO H10

“This is a piano that can last you your entire learning journey.” – Lisa

Upright piano shaped digital piano with open cover, black.
Dexibell VIVO H10. Photo source: Dexibell

🎹 DEXIBELL VIVO H10

  • 88 keys: hybrid wood and ebony/ivory feel hammer-action keyboard
  • Sound generator: T2L Sampling and Modeling Technology
  • Unlimited polyphony
  • Bluetooth audio input
  • Bluetooth Ver 4.2 MIDI
  • Up to 112 watts powering x8 binaural speakers

MSRP: $6,599.99 USD


The Dexibell VIVO H10 stands out in this list as a much higher-end instrument. This is a luxury piano that should last for years and makes a fabulous furniture piece in your home. The VIVO H10 features wood action keys and a sound engine that is similar to the quality of the SuperNATURAL. Called the T2L or “True to Life,” it’s very detailed and expressive and should satisfy the most discerning pianists. Our classical coach Victoria Theodore taught her course on a Dexibell.

Roland GO:PIANO

Short (61 key) black keyboard.
Photo source: Roland

🎹 ROLAND GO:PIANO

  • 61 or 88 keys: Ivory Feel and Box-Shape keys with velocity
  • Sound generator: PCM samples
  • Max polyphony: 128 voices
  • Bluetooth audio input
  • Bluetooth ver 4.2 MIDI
  • Built-in speakers with 2x 2.5W of power

MSRP – 61 keys: $349 USD
MSRP – 88 keys: $399 USD


You’ve probably seen the GO:PIANO‘s little sister, the GO:KEYS, on our YouTube videos! This ultra-portable piano comes in both 61-key and 88-key versions, and if you choose the 61-key version, you can still adjust the octave. The keys are a little springy, but the GO:PIANO still sounds pretty good. You probably shouldn’t learn proper technique on this instrument, but with its built-in speakers and batteries, this is the perfect keyboard to take to the park.

Find the Best Beginner Keyboard…For You

We hope these piano reviews bring you a step closer to finding your dream instrument! Remember: there is no one best beginner keyboard for everyone; the best way to find your instrument is to play as many pianos as you can. Good luck and happy practicing!

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