The 7 Best Cheap Keyboard Pianos That Don’t Suck [2019]

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We take a look at the 7 best cheap keyboard pianos that don’t suck and will help you create the music you love without breaking the bank

best cheap keyboard pianos

We’re compiling a list of the best cheap keyboard pianos that prove you don’t have to spend a fortune to get a great sound. Each of these beautifully crafted digital keyboards have been selected due to their budget friendly price tag, high quality construction and range of built-in sounds. So, when we say “cheap” we simply mean budget friendly as these would easily slot into any professional studio and stage set up.

Here’s what we think are the best cheap keyboard pianos that don’t suck in price ascending order.

1. Yamaha PSR-E263 Black Digital Keyboard

Yamaha PSR-E263 Black Digital Keyboard

First up we have the Yamaha PSR-E263 Black Digital Keyboard, a perfect beginners keyboard that studio owners and musicians of all levels will find use for.

Why is this a contender for the best cheap keyboard piano?

Well, at just over £100 it’s definitely the cheapest keyboard in the list, but don’t let the price fool you as it’s packed with a huge array of sounds and effects. In fact, there’s 400 instrument voices including a classic and beautifully sampled Grand Piano sound, a host of electric pianos, sound effects and even drum sounds meaning you have everything you need to hone your skills and record high quality music.

There’s also a set of built-in speakers and a headphone input too, so you can perform and practice wherever you like. A host of learning functions have also been built into the Yamaha PSR-E263 Black Digital Keyboard including the ‘Listen & Learn’ feature, ‘Timing’ and ‘Waiting’ modes which encourage a positive learning experience and allow you to learn at your own pace, should you need to take the lessons that is!

2. Yamaha Piaggero NP12 Portable Digital Piano, Black

Yamaha Piaggero NP12 Portable Digital Piano, Black

Next up we have the extremely popular Yamaha Piaggero NP12 Portable Digital Piano, pictured here in Black. We’re moving more into the performer and experienced player territory here, but still well within our budget friendly price tag at just over £160. With beautifully sampled pianos and expert playability this makes our best cheap keyboard pianos blog with ease.

Why is this a contender for the best keyboard piano?

Again, the price is astonishing considering the sounds you get within this keyboard piano. Each of the 10 preset voices including the 2 x acoustic piano sounds, 2 x electric piano, 2 x organ sounds and even the strings, vibes and 2 x harpsichord sounds are beautifully sampled and respond instantly to the touch response keyboard. The 61 keys give you enough space to play your music whilst the built in speakers and headphones input ensure you can play and practice wherever you like. At a width of 1,036mm and a weight of 4.5kg, you can slot this into your existing workflow and carry it with you anywhere. An expressive piano keyboard that sounds great, is highly portable and at a price point we can all afford.

 

3. Roland GO:Piano GO-61P Digital Piano

Roland GO:Piano GO-61P Digital Piano

Whether you have no musical experience at all, or you just need a no fuss, premium digital keyboard piano to create music on, the Roland Go:Piano GO-61P Digital Piano is an ideal option.

Why is this a contender for the best keyboard piano?

We love the Roland Go:Piano GO-61P Digital Piano and feel it’s one of the best cheap keyboard pianos for a number of reasons. It’s just over £200, so still very affordable, features 61 full size keys and is packed with a selection of acclaimed Roland Piano, Electro Piano, Organ and Drum sounds. The authentic touch response ensures your keyboard piano responds accurately to your playing dynamics and effectively portray the character of each note. Bluetooth connectivity allows you to hook up your smartphones and tablets and take advantage of the 3 months free Skoove learning tool, stream music and use the array of free Roland piano apps out there.

It’s also battery and AC adaptor powered, highly portable and has 2 speakers built-in so you can play at any time.

4. Roland GO:Keys GO-61K Digital Keyboard

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The Roland GO:Keys GO-61K Digital Keyboard is from the same portable series as the Roland GO:Piano, but offers 500 ready-to-play sounds derived from Roland’s incredible back catalogue of pro synthesisers. Again, it’s at a budget friendly price tag and features 61 full size keys, but a few differences that sets it apart.

Why is this a contender for the best keyboard piano?

If you want the option of switching between electric piano sounds and synthesiser sounds, then this is for you. 500 sounds have been built-in, expertly sampled to provide players with almost the entire back catalogue of Roland synths including boutique and out of production models. It’s like taking a whole studio’s worth of gear with you everywhere you go. The ivory feel keys are velocity sensitive so your sounds respond accurately to your playing dynamics and the easy to use Category buttons allow you to flick between sounds in an instant. Definitely one of the best keyboard pianos for the synth lovers out there.

5. Yamaha reface CP Electric Piano

 

Yamaha reface CP Electric Piano

 

Whilst we’re on the subject of portable piano keyboards, we have to include the Yamaha reface CP Electric Piano. This is a mobile, mini keyboard that easily stands up to some of the best full size digital piano keyboards thanks to the sounds within and the focus on playability.

Why is this a contender for the best keyboard piano?

Don’t be fooled by its size – this is a highly professional mini keyboard packed with a selection of classic sound taken from the vintage Yamaha CP stage pianos from the 70s. You have 6 x classical keyboard sounds built in including the coveted Rhodes piano and even expectedly reproduced Wurlitzer sounds. The fact you have all these beautiful sounds as well as a collection of vintage effects makes this one of the best keyboard pianos and easily one of the best must-have studio additions.

In addition, the Reface iOS app allows you to store voices, create your own setlists and share them with your friends, making it a particularly useful performance tool.

6. Korg B1 Digital Piano, Black

Korg B1 Digital Piano

Ok we’re just over the £300 mark here, but considering piano keyboards of this calibre can cost at least twice as much, we’re comfortable adding the Korg B1 Digital Piano to our best cheap keyboard pianos list. You get a lot for your money!

Why is this a contender for the best keyboard piano?

We feel Korg B1 is one of the best cheap keyboard pianos as it has been specifically designed to accommodate a wide range of uses including home, studio and stage use. This versatile keyboard piano has a selection of beautiful sounds including 3 x acoustic pianos, 2 x electric pianos, 1 x harpsichord and 2 x organ sounds, all of which offer precise realism. The pair of full range speakers built-in coupled with a passive radiator and KORG’s servo-assisted MFB technology help reproduce the resonant tonal range of each instrument you play, including the Grand Piano – it sounds incredible.

These sonic qualities are beautifully complemented by the NH (Natural Weighted Hammer) keyboard which provides a lighter response at the upper regions and a heavier touch in the lower registers – just like a real piano keyboard.

7. Casio CDP-S100 Compact Digital Piano

Casio CDP-S100 Compact Digital Piano

The Casio CDP-S100 Compact Digital Piano is the natural successor to the Casio CDP-130, improving on playability, portability and instrument sounds. This is also just over the £300 mark, but will last a lifetime and provide decades of enjoyment and highly quality performance for home, stage and studio.

Why is this a contender for the best keyboard piano?

This tops our list of best cheap keyboard pianos as it features some professional level design and sound features that really set it apart from other digital keyboards in its class.

The CDP-S100 is actually the worlds slimmest and most compact digital piano, featuring 88 scaled, hammer action weighted keys as well as 10 Piano, Keyboard and Instrument tones built-in. CDP-S100 utilises 4x the sample size of the CDP-130, so it’s quite the jump in quality whilst the ebony and ivory textured keys deliver a playing experience that mimics the feel and response of an acoustic piano beautifully, far surpassing any expectations you might have of an entry level keyboard piano.

Overall, this is a pro-level keyboard piano at a beginner price point encouraging a positive learning experience for beginners and a smooth, comfortable transition from the likes of an acoustic.

Honourable mention: Yamaha P45 Digital Piano Keyboard

Yamaha P45 Digital Piano Keyboard, Black

We’ve added the Yamaha P45 Digital Piano Keyboard in here as an honourable mention. It’s not strictly what we’d call ‘cheap’ as the price is just over £340. However, you get a lot for your money! Tucked inside the Yamaha P45 are 10 lush voices, 10 voice demo songs to play along with, 10 piano songs as well as a host of easily navigated settings to sculpt your sound.

We love this as it features an 88 key Graded Hammer Standard (GHS) keyboard with touch sensitivity. This encourages a positive learning experience and allows for a hyper realistic feel just like an acoustic piano. The lower you go on the register, the heavier the keys get.

At just 11,5kg, it’s also a very lightweight option that you can easily move around a studio, live set or take to practice/rehearsal.

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