10 Mar Top 10 Digital Pianos | REVIEW | under $1000 to $11,000 | Update!
By: Professor Tim
Top 10 Best Digital Pianos | REVIEW | under $1000 up to $11,000 | for 2021 | Yamaha, Roland, Korg, Casio, Kawai, Dexibell, and others | LOWER PRICES HERE | We are in a new year for some improved technology as digital piano memory chips have become smaller and even more powerful than before and there is no doubt that when new digital piano models appear in the months and years to come, they will be even more amazing than they already are. Digital pianos that are priced for less than $1000 tend to be the most popular price category but there are still thousands of families who have the disposable income and desire for something even better and don’t mind spending more money.
Those people who have a budget that can take them into new digital pianos over $2000, over $3000, over $5000, and up past $10,000 will find that the top digital piano companies have new models that are so realistic you may not be able to tell the difference between a real acoustic piano (assuming you have experience playing acoustic pianos) and the new digital pianos in the higher price ranges, some of them are that good! All of the major brands of digital pianos including Kawai, Korg, Yamaha, Roland, Casio, Dexibell, Samick, and others are coming out with a few new models for 2021 which have some noticeable improvements in them from previous models. Bluetooth wireless technology has become more prominent in various models of digital pianos that did not have that feature and there will also be some other innovative technologies that make it even more enjoyable to play music on a new digital piano as we go further into 2021. Below is an update on what the top digital piano companies have been doing in 2020 and which new digital pianos we think are worth looking at.
Choosing the top 10 best digital pianos for 2021 is based on our personal playing experience with these current model pianos and our knowledge of what they are like as compared to real acoustic upright and grand pianos. For over 40 years I have played nearly every acoustic grand and upright piano out there including many pianos from Steinway, Yamaha, Kawai, Bosendorfer, Fazioli, Bechstein, Bluthner, Chickering, Young Chang, Samick, Baldwin, and many others. We don’t really expect any digital piano to play exactly like the “real thing” but if they come close to them in various ways then that is what we look for. Balanced, properly weighted key action, natural piano sound realism, good pedaling response, robust internal speaker system, and a variety of useful digital features all from a reputable brand is what makes one digital piano stand out over another.
Of course the cabinet design and finish can make a big difference for some piano shoppers so we also take that into consideration. There are “portable” digital pianos that obviously don’t have a more natural looking “furniture cabinet” because that is not what they we designed to do. But portables also have optional “furniture style” stands which you can add onto the portable digital piano to make them look more like “real pianos” and that aspect could help with your buying decision. Here is a list below of our “picks” for TOP 10 Best digital pianos under $1000 up to $11,000. These choices are in no particular order because they are so different from each other but they do stand out as the most popular digital pianos for 2021. Please look below this TOP 10 list to see what’s going on with all the major brands of digital pianos for 2021.
TOP 10 DIGITAL PIANO LIST:
Yamaha CSP-170 – Yamaha CLP-745 – Casio PX-870 – Casio PX-S3000 – Kawai CA49 – Kawai ES920 – Korg G1 Air – Roland GP609 digital grand – Samick SG500 digital grand – Casio AP-470. We have done reviews on all these models and you can find links to many of those models below, so please keep reading.
Casio Digital Pianos – Casio is the first major digital piano company to introduce Bluetooth wireless audio technology on 2 newer low priced portable models called the PX-S1000 ($649) and the PX-S3000 ($849). These newer models have, in my opinion, a more natural acoustic piano than many higher priced digital pianos from other brands. The natural organic content and sustain time quality of this new stereo piano sound is noticeably more realistic in these 2 new lower priced portable models. As far as the non-piano instrument sounds in the low priced PXS models such as strings, brass, woodwinds, guitars, organs, etc, they are also getting much better and becoming more realistic due to improved memory chips and sampling process. So the new generation Casio digital pianos have more realistic instrument sounds, arranger styles, and other functionality.
Casio also has a proprietary controller app called “Chordana” that allows you to control most or all of the piano functions from a tablet color touch screen instead of having to use the control panel on the piano which can be less intuitive to figure out and use. However, some of the Casio pianos offered right now cannot connect to this new app because the technology in the piano does not allow for it and the app is not backwards compatible. So next year we will likely see all new and improved Casio models be able to connect with that very cool app.
For this year 2021 Casio will likely have a couple new models with some upgrades since they are a company who leads with innovation that goes far beyond the average digital piano company. I see a very bright future ahead for Casio digital pianos as they will be extremely competitive, especially in the lower price ranges under $1000 up to $2000 and even in the $4000+ price range with their new Grand Hybrid GP-310 and GP-510 digital pianos. For more info on all the latest Casio digital pianos, please read our detailed review of their newest pianos at the following link: Casio Digital Pianos – Full Review
Yamaha Digital Pianos – Yamaha is another top brand who have some impressive digital pianos for 2021 even though they already came out with a bunch of new digital pianos in 2020. The latest model pianos between $1000 – $2000 that are currently available are the Arius YDP-144, YDP-164, and YDP-S54 digital pianos and they haven’t been around that long so we know those will not be changing anytime soon.
The lower priced models P-121, P-125, and YDP-S34 have not been for too long yet so they will likely not be replaced, but the entry level P-45 at $499 has been out a long time so I would not be surprised if that model received an update very soon. The higher end portable digital pianos such as the newer P-515 portable self-contained digital piano and the CP73 and CP88 stage pianos have not been out very long at all so I don’t see any changes in that area except for the new DGX-760 that is about to replace the current model DGX-660 and it will have some improved digital features. Yamaha may add a new lower priced higher quality stage piano in the $1000 price range but that’s yet to be seen. Overall, most of the Yamaha digital pianos are fairly new so I do not see many changes coming in those models.
Yamaha has recently coming out with a new 2021 Clavinova CLP line of pianos including the new CLP-735, CLP-745 CLP-765GP, CLP-785, and CLP-795GP and those models will come in over the next few months. I will say that the Yamaha Smart Pianist app for their CSP Clavinova models will perhaps be upgraded to a newer version to give it more flexibility and control with those CSP models and add new exciting features, so I would not be surprised at all if that happened. The Yamaha Smart Pianist app for their CSP, CVP, and CLP Clavinova models will perhaps be upgraded to a newer version to give it even more flexibility and control with those models and add new exciting features so I would not be surprised at all if that happened later in 2021.
The new CVP-800 Clavinova interactive series of home digital pianos including the CVP-805, CVP-809, and CVP-809GP have not been out too long (maybe a year or so) and are popular but not easy to get as they are constantly on backorder it seems due to their popularity. For detailed reviews of Yamaha digital pianos under $1000, Yamaha Arius digital pianos from under $1000 to $2500, and the full line of Clavinova digital pianos from $2000 to beyond $15,000 please go to the following links to read our expert reviews: Yamaha digital pianos under $1000 for 2021, Yamaha Arius digital pianos for 2021, Yamaha Clavinova digital piano review for 2021
Roland Digital Pianos – Roland is a well known music products company that for many years has been producing some very innovative keyboards and digital pianos. When it comes to home and pro digital pianos Roland is a brand that should definitely be considered when shopping for a new digital piano. A couple years ago Roland came out with a line of home digital pianos that includes 5 new models with 2 of those models being the HP702 and HP704 and the other 3 of those models are called the LX series. The LX series has a new piano sound chip and 2 of the LX models have a new piano style key action not available in previous models and in no other models of Roland pro or home digital pianos. Typically when Roland comes out with new functions or features in a few of their higher priced home digital pianos, then you can pretty much count on the fact that Roland will introduce a few of those things in other models at some point in the future.
Roland is refreshing some of their previous digital pianos that have been out for awhile including the FP30 which is now the FP-30X, the FP60 which is now the FP60X, the F140 which is now the F701, the RP501 which is now the RP701, and the FP90 which is now the FP90X. They all went up in price a bit but do have some new and impressive digital features which justifies the price increases although they are all still using the same key action and same “piano sound engine from the previous models. Roland also has had 2 digital grand pianos in a 3′ deep model and 5′ deep model that have the previous generation key action and piano sound chip. This means that their 2 new upright style cabinet pianos are actually better “according the Roland” as compared to the more expensive baby grand pianos. So with that in mind I think it’s very fair to say that we should be seeing a change and upgrade in their “baby grand” shaped digital pianos to have these new features and functions in those models. HOwever, I personally much prefer the current models for their piano sound chip (engine) because they sound noticeably more realistic to me. To learn more about the new Roland home furniture cabinet digital pianos, go to the following links to read our reviews on these new models: Roland HP and LX Review and also Roland Pianos for 2021
Kawai Digital Pianos – Kawai is well known for their acoustic upright & grand pianos and have a big following around the world. They have a very popular line of digital pianos from $700 up to and past $10,000. They have come out with a couple of new models for 2021 and they are impressive including the all new ES520 and ES920 which are heavily back-ordered due to overwhelming demand. Kawai lowest priced cabinet digital piano is called the KDP-70 ($899 internet price). Although it’s a good piano for its price, the current model lower priced portable ES110 at $699 with optional stand and optional triple pedal is a “better bang for the buck” in our opinion relative to what those pianos can do for about the same price. The MP7SE and MP11SE portable stage type digital pianos have been out for awhile but are still new enough that they may not see a change in 2021. Kawai still has their VPC1 controller RM3 wood key action piano which is a great “controller” digital piano for those people who like to use external software pianos from their laptop computer or tablet controlled with the impressive key action from the VPC-1.
Kawai came out last year with an all hybrid digital piano called the Novus NV-10 which has an actual Kawai acoustic grand piano key action in a digital piano and plays and feels like a real top of the line grand piano for a lot less money than an acoustic grand along with no tuning and all the great features that many top digital pianos have including a color touch screen for function navigation. Kawai recently came out with an “upright” Novus model for 2021 called NV-5 hybrid digital piano and this model is built on the same premise as the NV10 which is having a full size, fully operational Kawai traditional acoustic key action in a digital piano but that action comes from a Kawai acoustic upright piano whereas the NV10 key action comes from a Kawai grand piano. For a more detailed review on all new Kawai digital pianos, please go to the following link to lean more and then let us know if you are interested in any of those models. Review of Kawai Digital Pianos for 2021
Korg Digital Pianos – Korg pro and home music products company from Japan is well known through the world in making some very exciting and high quality pro keyboard, digital pianos, audio systems, guitar products, workstations, recording devices, and many other music products. Korg has been in the home and pro digital piano business for well over 40 years and pro players use them all the time. The Korg home furniture cabinet digital pianos have been produced for over 35 years and are very impressive. Currently Korg has a lineup of portable and furniture cabinet digital pianos that include 10 models starting with the B2 88-key portable digital piano at $499 discount price up to the Korg Grandstage (stage) digital piano at $2199. The most popular Korg digital pianos these days are the LP-380 ($1149), C1 Air ($1449), and G1 Air ($1799). The G1 Air is by far the most popular model for Korg because it combines an elegant compact cabinet design with a big beautiful grand piano sound coming through a very powerful speaker system and also utilizing an impressive higher end piano key action for the Korg company.
I really don’t see any changes for Korg digital pianos for the remainder of 2021. However, I do see a possibility for a new model added to the home piano line sometime late in 2021 above the G1 Air, perhaps in the $2000 + price range in a more traditional full cabinet model incorporating some of the pro quality piano sounds and features from their higher priced pro stage piano series called Kronos. The Kronos stage pianos can go upwards to around $4000 in price and has some amazing piano technology in it. So if Korg wanted to they could take some of that amazing sound and feature technology from the Kronos stage pianos and put it into a larger more traditional piano cabinet and have it as a model that goes above the G1 Air in ability and in price, so I believe that is a possibility considering how well the Korg company is already doing with their C1 Air & G1 Air pianos. If Korg does that then I believe they can easily rival and possibly surpass their much stronger rival Yamaha for dominance in that category…so we’ll have to wait and see. For more detailed info on the latest Korg home and portable digital piano models with built-in speaker systems please go to the following link to read our expert review: Korg Digital Piano Review for 2021
Dexibell Digital Pianos – Dexibell is a digital piano company that most people probably have not heard of. The Dexibell digital pianos are designed and produced entirely in Italy by a factory which is well known for manufacturing high quality music products along with an engineering team of people who have been in the digital piano industry in Europe for decades. Dexibell is a digital piano company that most people probably have not heard of. The Dexibell digital pianos are designed and produced entirely in Italy by a team of experienced European digital piano designers in their factory which is well known for manufacturing high quality music products. The Dexibell pianos include both portable stage type pianos that are generally $2000 on up and home furniture cabinet digital pianos for $4000 on up. Dexibell does not compete in the “under $4000” price range for “furniture cabinet” digital pianos primarily because they just want to focus on the higher price range and be more of a premier digital piano company…if they can.
Although the current home furniture cabinet digital pianos models for Dexibell are popular and are doing well, they also have been on the market for a little while. Dexibell has just come out with their new higher price upper-end H10 series home digital pianos which includes a mini baby grand version of their newest piano technology. Having a very small micro baby grand shaped piano will be pretty cool for the Dexibell company and it has a contemporary looking cabinet design because that’s just how they build them in Italy. With new models, new cabinet designs, and a small baby grand model in the line, the Dexibell company will likely be a force to be reckoned with relative to the name brands that more people know about, but we’ll have to wait and see. The Dexibell company has been making reliable product for a number of years and they have a full 5 year factory warranty on their new digital pianos with in-home service.
TOP 10 Digital Pianos under $1000 for 2021 – When it comes to the Top 10 best digital pianos UNDER $1000 there are some very special models out there which qualify to be in this category in my opinion. Right now it would appear that the Casio company would have the top 3 digital pianos under $1000 which include the PX-870 ($999, already mentioned earlier), PX-S3000 ($849, already mentioned earlier), and PX-S1000 ($649). Yamaha would also be included in this top 10 list under $1000 with two models called the P-125 ($649) and the brand new DGX-670 ($799). Kawai would have 1 model under $1000 on this list called the ES110 ($699). Roland has 2 models in this list called the FP-30X ($749) and RP-102 ($899). Korg would also have 2 models in this price range called the B2 ($499) and the XE20 ($799 price). Most of these pianos I have reviewed already but there are a few that I am still working on and will have published in the near future…so stay tuned for those reviews. You can contact me directly to ask questions of any of these models as I have played them all! Go to the following link to read our detailed review on the Top 5 Digital Pianos for 2021 under $1000
Other digital pianos we like above $1000 up to $11,000 would include the following models: Kawai CA59 ($3099), Korg C1 Air ($1449), Casio AP-710 ($2499), Kawai CA79 ($4199), Roland HP704 ($3299 regular store price), Yamaha CLP-765GP ($5499), Kawai CA99 ($5399), Dexibell H7 ($4499), Samick SG120 digital grand ($4399), Yamaha NU1X hybrid ($6,599), Yamaha CLP-795GP digital grand ($7,499), Yamaha N1X AvantGrand hybrid ($8999), Roland GP607 digital grand ($7299 retail price), Kawai Novus NV5 ($8499 store price) and Kawai Novus NV10 Hybrid ($10,999 store price). I have done reviews on all these pianos so you can check them out on this site. You can contact me directly to ask questions of any of these models as I have played them all!
There are other digital piano companies out there most of which produce what I call “PSO’s” which stands for “piano shaped objects.” Don’t buy an “off-brand” piano shaped object just because it looks good and has a low price because you can’t always believe that what you see on the outside actually reflects what is on the inside. Some of these brands include Artesia, Suzuki, Williams (a Guitar Center brand), Kurzweil, and a few others and based on my experience with them over many years they will either play poorly and/or sound very artificial, and/or will give you service problem nightmares. When it comes to furniture cabinet or portable home digital pianos that can also be used for churches, schools, and other venues, be careful that you invest your hard earned money in the better brands…you will be glad you did. I will have more updated info for the 2021 pianos once they are announced or come out. If you have questions about any of these digital pianos or want to find out how to buy one for quite a bit less money than the Amazon/internet discount price, please contact us directly and we can show you how you can do this including free shipping, no tax, brand new, with full factory warranty anywhere in the continental USA.