10 Aug 10 Most Popular Digital Pianos – REVIEW | $500-$10,000 | 2021
By: Professor Tim
10 Most Popular Digital Pianos – REVIEW | Under $1000 to $10,000 for 2021 | LOWER PRICE HERE | Kawai CA49, Kawai CA59, Casio PX-870, Yamaha CSP-170, Korg B2, Casio PX-S3000, Yamaha CLP-745, Korg G1 Air, Roland GP609, Samick SG500, and Casio GP-310.
This Review & Report has been personally researched by myself, Professor Tim and I have personally played and inspected all of the digital pianos in this report and review for the most popular digital pianos in 2021.
This list of digital pianos is not determined by price range but instead is determined purely by popularity based on our research and findings with actual digital piano owners. There are a lot of good digital pianos in the market right now and you could enjoy playing many of them. But there are certain digital pianos that just really “stand out” because they offer things other pianos in their price range just don’t offer that people consider to be important in making their buying decision.
The list below is the “Top 10” most popular digital pianos for 2021 although not specially in a particular price range or order because they are all so different from each other and in different price ranges so we chose to avoid a ranking order because of that. But these models are definitely in the Top 10 in terms of popularity and “bang for the buck.” Just so you know, a few other digital pianos could have made this list as well but we decided to stop at 10 digital pianos (plus 1 bonus piano) for this 2021 report.
– Kawai CA49 Digital Piano – Review | $2299 internet price | Satin rosewood, satin black, satin white | The CA49 has received a position in the “Top 10 Most Popular” list for one main reason…it’s key action. It is the only brand to have proprietary 12″ long wooden piano keys in its piano weighted/graded key action which is called “Grand Feel Compact.” Not only that, the keys are naturally more balanced and move more like a grand piano than any other brand or model in this general price range because of those special keys.
All the other digital pianos out there under $3000 have piano keys that are made of the standard plastic implex material and measure no more than 9″ long and many are 8″ long. That’s certainly OK but having a longer wooden key is even better. The white key that is visible on all acoustic & digital pianos is actually 6″ in length but it’s the other part of that key length which is behind the visible key that is part of the entire key length.
That is what I am talking about when I talk about a key length measurement…it’s the entire key (what you can see and what you cannot see). In fact, when we played this CA49 model we found it to be the most life-like playing experience we have had on any furniture cabinet digital piano under $3000 and we can see why people love this model for that reason alone.
The key action also has the most “fluid touch with regard to “touch” with a down-weight force measurement of just 59 grams whereas many other digital piano key actions are much heavier in touch/resistance especially when playing more lightly and softly and this can easily cause finger and hand fatigue and make it uncomfortable to play. Real full size 9′ acoustic concert grand pianos have a touch weight of about 55 grams (when measured on middle C) so the CA49 is almost identical.
This is not true for most other digital piano key actions and in fact some have a whopping 90 grams of touch weight which is extreme and not enjoyable to play because of the heaviness of the keys. The stereo acoustic piano sound sample, the pedaling, and the digital features of this new model are also impressive for the price and the cabinet looks good too with its traditional furniture cabinet design and cabinet colors.
With a more life-like key action, convincing stereo sampled piano sound, new 4 speaker, 40 watt internal sound system, and grand pedaling response along with the other features, at its low price this model definitely deserves to be in the Top 10 Most Popular List.
– Kawai CA59 Digital Piano – REVIEW | $3099 price satin rosewood, satin black, satin white | We’re not trying to be repetitive but the next model up for Kawai the CA59 is in the “Top 10 Most Popular” list for one main reason again…it’s key action. It has that same proprietary 12″ long wooden key key-action like in the CA49 but that is where the similarity stops. Everything else in the CA59 is dramatically upgraded and that’s why it costs about $1000 more than the CA49.
The CA59 has a more advanced piano sound chip in it with noticeably more organic piano sound content for a more authentic stereo grand piano sound as compared to not only the CA49.
The CA59 speaker system has a total of 100 watts of power which is 60 watts more than the CA49, along with 2 more amplifiers and bigger speakers. The digital functions and features inside the CA59 go far beyond the CA49 along with a much more intuitive large OLED user digital interface screen. With hundreds more features than the CA49 including nicer cabinet, bigger sound system, a lot more connectivity for inputs and outputs for devices and external sound systems, and a very upgraded next generation stereo piano sound chip, the CA59 was a”shoe-in” on this Top 10 Most Popular list.
It’s especially popular because not only does it have Kawai’s super impressive expressive Grand Feel Compact key action, but it has a much more authentic piano sound and so many very cool usable features including Bluetooth wireless connectivity. That’s why people like this piano so much as they did with the previous CA58 model which was a big seller for Kawai.
– Casio PX-870 Digital Piano – REVIEW |$999 internet price | matte black, matte walnut – The PX-870 is part of this list because its piano sound and key action is so amazing for its low price. Most digital pianos in this price range have a fairly weak internal speaker system with somewhere between 12-16 watts of power going through 2 speakers. The Casio PX-870 has 40 watts of power going through 4 speakers and the piano also includes a speaker projection system which allows the stereo piano sound to filter out the top of the piano giving you a multi-positional listening experience.
The key action has triple -sensor electronics with 256-note polyphony power and the key action is weighted and graded more natural than any other other brands and models in this price range. Even the furniture cabinet is designed nicely but is compact enough to fit into small spaces.
With audio wav file recording ability, USB flash drive playback capability, and a very cool proprietary app called “Chordana for Piano,” for $999 this piano has actually become the # most popular digital piano under $1000 out of all makes and models based on all the surveys we have taken and experience we have had with all of these digital pianos.
It made the Top 10 list because no one else has anything like it in this price range. If you want to know more about this very popular model then read our review at the following link: https://digitalpianoexpert.com/2-best-digital-pianos-under-1000-casio-px-870-px-s3000/
– Yamaha CSP-170 Digital Piano – REVIEW | $4999 internet price | matte black, $5599 polished ebony | This model is in the “Top 10 Most Popular” list because it is the only fully technology driven digital piano that is nearly 100% operated by a proprietary app called Smart Pianist developed by Yamaha and Apple. This piano (along with its more basic brother the CSP150) is really at the cutting edge of digital piano technology and does things that no other digital piano can do regardless of brand and model.
Hundreds of incredible functions and features all hidden within this app that you download from the iOS app store and it can connect and run the CSP170 from your iPad color touch screen in a very intuitive way using the iOS operating system. Impressive graphics and user functionality gives this piano the ability to do things that no other digital piano can touch.
Apart from the app, the CSP170 is a stand-alone piano with big beautiful rich piano tone recorded in stereo from a Yamaha concert grand and a Bosendorfer concert grand from Vienna, Austria. With its big and powerful internal sound system and the more advanced Yamaha wood-key key action, this piano made it on the list because it’s really interactive in ways that allows you to make and learn music you really cannot do on other digital pianos.
It’s extremely popular and many people have purchased one since it has been out on the market. For more info on this the CSP170 (and its lower priced brother the CSP150), please go to the following link and read our more detailed review: https://digitalpianoexpert.com/yamaha-clavinova-digital-pianos-review-13-models-lower-price/
– Korg B2 Digital Piano – REVIEW | $549 internet price | matte black, matte white (with optional stand & triple pedal unit $599) | The low priced Korg B2 is in this Top 10 Most Popular list because there is no other digital piano under $500 that comes close to the B2 portable digital piano with regard to a more authentic grand piano sound, key action response, pedaling sustain time, and powerful internal speaker system.
We have heard all of the digital pianos under $500 and most of them sound like “toys” compared to the newer Korg B2. This model is simple to use, looks great, is lightweight at only 25 lbs of weight, easy to carry around, but offers an impressive piano playing experience for its price.
Korg is known for its pro line of stage digital pianos and keyboards and took some very expensive stage piano technology and put it in this very inexpensive model and made it sound and play so good with so much dynamic tonal range and expression that we thought there must be some kind of mistake in the price being $499 since this thing is easily a $700-$800 digital piano in any other brand and even then those other brands do not have this piano technology.
The B2 has become so popular that it’s literally “flying off the shelves.” For a very detailed review of this newer piano please check out a full review that we have on this web site at the following link: Korg B2 Review
– Casio PX-S3000 Digital Piano | REVIEW | $849 internet price (furniture stand and triple pedal optional) | This model is one of the most unique and exciting “portable digital pianos” under $1000 right now in our opinion. This piano does many musical things in so many ways that it is really quite amasing. From being able to operate on 6 AA batteries and weighing in at just 25 lbs, it can be a piano or a band. and
It has an interactive recording studio, full orchestral instruments, vintage electric pianos, pipe organs, rock and jazz organs, pro synths, classical guitars, or whatever you want it to be including having a pro drummer at your side who sounds like he has an expensive drum kit. the PX-S3000 pretty much does it all and with a new piano key action and stereo sound chip that is impressive in this price range considering all the other features it has.
It also has a special proprietary app developed by Casio which is the Chordana for Piano app and with the PX-S3000 this app is expanded to handle literally hundreds of features within the piano in a very intuitive and interactive way from your tablet color touch screen so it makes controlling the PX-S3000 super fun and easy. Also, for the first time in any portable digital piano there are no selector buttons on the control panel…only a flat surface with digital touch sensor buttons embedded in the control panel which cannot be seen when the power is off.
In other words, it looks like the screen of an iPad or mobile phone in the sense that it is a flat shiny black surface when no powered on. Very elegant in appearance and has a 3D piano sound coming through its internal speakers when you play, the PX-S3000 is another digital piano monster and is literally smoking its competition right now and Casio cannot get enough of them to satisfy demand.
For more detailed info on this popular portable digital piano please read our more detailed review at the following link: https://digitalpianoexpert.com/casio-px-s3000-casio-px-s1000-review-best-pianos-under-1000/
– Yamaha CLP-745 Digital Piano | $3699 internet price for matte black, matte rosewood, matte dark walnut, matte white | $4199 internet price for polished ebony – This new digital piano is called the Yamaha Clavinova CLP-745 and is redesigned and upgraded from the discontinued previous model CLP-645 with new and improved responsive key action movement more like a real piano along with improved stereo grand piano sounds with more natural organic content including new acoustic resonances and natural mechanical action noise that you would hear in a real acoustic piano.
The internal sound system has been noticeably upgraded from 100 watts to 200 watts total power going through 4 high definition amps and speakers so the piano sound is more “present” the sound is directed towards the player like you would hear in a real acoustic piano if you were sitting in front of it.
The CLP-745 has 16-track multi-track recording and playback so that you can create a fully arranged multi-track song if you would like to do that. It has audio wav file recording, Bluetooth wireless audio and MIDI connectivity, stereo drum rhythm patterns with a “live” bass player for rhythmic performance, additional high quality instrumental sounds such as beautiful strings, organs, harpsichords, etc, sound layering and splitting, and a number of other useful and fun features that make this impressive new piano an instrument that you can keep for many years, regardless of your playing skill level.
We recommend this new model to anyone looking for a quality digital piano that they can keep for a very long time and that has advanced technology that will allow you and/or your family to grow into it instead of grow out of it…it is that good for its relatively low price. The cabinet is nicely designed with attractive color options and this model has a 5 year in-home factory warranty. If you want more info then look at our review on all the Yamaha Clavinova models at the following link: Yamaha Clavinova Digital Piano Review 2021
– Korg G1B Air Digital Piano | $1999 internet price | Matte black, Rosewood, White | Korg has always been known for their pro stage digital pianos and keyboards and musicians from around the world use Korg digital pianos on stage in big concert events. Korg is a well known Japanese music instrument company who has designing and producing cutting edge music products fro decades. I have also use Korg stage pianos professionally including their popular Korg Kronos as well as past Korg pianos and pro keyboards called Triton along with their original M1 which many bands still use today.
The G1 Air home digital piano gets on this list because at just $1799 when you play this compact piano you’ll be amazed how much it sounds like a huge baby grand piano when you are sitting in front of it and playing your favorite music. The G1 Air has a big 80 watts of power going through four separate amplifiers which powers four separate speakers with two of them being housed in a tuned enclosed speaker box chamber and positioned towards the player. No other digital piano under $2500 has an internal speaker system like this one.
The G1 Air has 3 distinct grand piano sound samples and when you play the responsive key action and hear those stereo piano sounds come through its powerful speaker system, the way it can make you feel is pretty amazing with its big bass response and lots of clarity in the treble range as well. The G1 Air is on this list because it’s relatively small & compact with a designer cabinet and focuses on mainly one thing…being the best digital piano available at $1999 which focuses on the “piano playing experience,” and Korg has certainly succeeded in this way.
Yes, you can spend more money to get an equivalent digital piano in terms of the piano sound and key action, but you’d need to be closer to $3000 to do that. Congratulations to Korg in making this list and producing an outstanding digital piano at just $1999. To learn more about Korg pianos go to the following link and read our review: https://digitalpianoexpert.com/korg-digital-pianos-review-under-1000-to-2000-6-models/
– Roland GP609 Digital Grand Piano – REVIEW | Approx $10,999 store discount price | The Roland company produces some very nice digital pianos and even though their other piano products have not reached this Top 10 Most Popular list, the GP609 5′ deep digital grand piano has made it to this list because it is the only digital grand piano out of all the brands and models that has a actual full size 5′ baby grand cabinet in a digital piano model. Not only does this piano look amazing, it sounds great too and has a responsive key action movement.
With lots of interactive digital features, 100’s of instrument sounds, recording functions, interactive apps, and other cool stuff, this model is really impressive mainly because its big, powerful, and it offers a piano playing experience in a large beautiful cabinet that no other digital piano brand is offering, particularly in this price range. Selling at approx $11,000 store discount price plus tax and shipping charge, Roland has had a very difficult time keeping them in stock as they are usually back-ordered because of their popularity. To learn more about Roland digital pianos go to our review at the following link: https://digitalpianoexpert.com/roland-digital-pianos-review-16-models-update/
– Samick SG500 Digital Grand Piano – REVIEW | $5299 store price in polished ebony, polished white, and polished red – There are many people out there who want a good digital piano in an attractive baby grand cabinet but at a lower price without compromising on quality to get one. That is a dilemma facing shoppers because they can find some low quality, poorly performing digital baby grand under $3000 and also under $2000 that seem nice on the outside but they don’t know if they are good on the inside in terms of playing like a piano. As the old saying goes “you can’t get something for nothing” and it’s true for digital baby grand pianos as well.
It’s also not the size of the grand piano cabinet that necessarily accounts for a larger price but it’s also the quality of the parts and construction inside the piano. The Samick Grand Piano company has been around for well over 60 years and has built some very fine acoustic grand and upright pianos over the decades including a long line of digital grand pianos in the mini 4′ deep (and less) cabinets.
The current 4′ deep model model is their best yet and made it into this 10 Most Popular list because it is the only digital baby grand that not only looks great but it’s the only digital baby grand that actually plays most like a real acoustic piano as compared with the “cheaper” models and also offers hundreds of very cool interactive features and functions which are easy to operate and fun to use. With great looks, enjoyable piano sound, impressive piano key action, and lots of cool features, this piano has found a place on this list because so many people have ordered them and love the playing and user experience.
We have been recently told the Samick USA warehouse is out of stock on this model because these pianos are so popular especially during these more isolated days during “Covid” with more people wanting to do something good for themselves and/or their family, and playing piano is definitely one of them. Samick is supposed to still have a small supply of their smaller cabinet version of the SG500 called the SG120 which has a store price of $4399. It has the same functionality as the larger SG500 and looks great but is just 32″ deep as compared to 48″ deep on the SG500. Let us know if you are interested in knowing more and we can also help you get a much lower factory direct discount price.
Casio GP-310 Digital Piano – REVIEW | $3999 internet price | Satin black or satin white | The Casio GP-310 Grand Hybrid has been out for less than one year and has become very popular with advanced pianists in a short amount of time so we had to add it to the Top 10 list, even though it’s actually the 11th piano on the list. We could not leave it out so decided to give it a “bonus position” on the list and put it in anyway. Since the Popular Digital Pianos on this list are really NOT in a particular order because they all made the list for their own reasons, the Casio GP-310 is very unique among this “most popular” list of digital pianos.
This is because the GP-310 is the only digital piano that has the longest all-wooden keys and plays more like a real grand piano than the others along with having actual individual moving composite hammers that go up and down like a real grand piano, which no other brand has in its price range. These proprietary moving hammers are made out of resin so they will hold up over time and those moving hammers give the key action a counter balance and weight that is very impressive and quite responsive.
Casio GP-310 moving hammers and wood keys
The GP-310 comes in a larger, very attractive furniture cabinet with a big internal 100 watt sound system 256-note polyphony stereo stereo sampled grand piano sound, and a nice array of features and functions that make it a good choice. This piano has 3 distinct grand piano sounds including Steinway, Bosendorfer, and Bechstein from Germany. It also has a music library full of concert instrumental classical music that you can interact with by playing along using the piano sounds. When you compare it with what Yamaha, Roland, and Kawai has in this price range the GP-310 really holds its own and offers an especially good piano playing experience at a very reasonable price.
In fact, I personally like it as much if not more than what the other brands have to offer in this price range especially in terms of a realistic, responsive grand piano style key action. You definitely need to put this model on your list of options if you have the budget for this price range. For more info on Casio digital pianos please go to the following link: https://digitalpianoexpert.com/casio-digital-pianos-review-18-models-lower-prices-here/