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Top 7 Best digital pianos under 500 dollars.




Buying the cheapest digital piano, thinking it will guarantee your needs, might end up in a boring experience with playing the piano. Even worse, you might quit playing because you're unsatisfied with your piano.


It then might be a better option to put some time in researching after a piano that can guarantee your needs.


We as well know that it can be very hard to choose the right piano, that's roughly why pianoreviewing exists.


However, to save you some time for researching, we’ve accomplished a guide covering the 8 best digital pianos under 500 dollars.


Let’s keep reading and find out what this guide is about.

Yamaha P45


The P45 Comes in a compact design, made very small but fits all the necessary keys you'll need to perform.


Yamaha P45 does not require a piano stand. You can easily put it on the dinner table when you want to play, then take it down when dinner is ready.


Tho, of course it's very nice to have the piano set up easily accessible with a stable. But, it won't be necessary.


Comes in a great size with 52.2 (1.33 m) inches wide, 11.6 inches (ca. 29 cm) deep and a height of 6 inches (ca. 15 cm). Also, kinda lightweight, only 25 pounds (ca. 11 kg) so you easily fit it in your piano bag and can bring it wherever you want.


88 shiny keys, very well built featuring GHS-technology (Graded hammer action), which is the name of the key action in the Yamaha P45.


The keys are weighted with real hammers in the mechanism, which means that the lower keys will feel heavier than the higher keys that will feel lighter.



Comes with 64 polyphony, which is the least amount of polyphony your piano should feature. Underneath that, your experience with playing piano maybe won’t live up to your expectations.


However, the P45 features a 6Wx6W amp speaker. Pretty small speakers, but definitely produces good enough sound for you to play at home.


The P45B comes in a basic shape with basic features that someone who plays a lot and on a higher level isn't enough for.


It has the key action required to build fundamental piano skills. So if you are an intermediate player or above, this piano might not suit your needs.


Roland FP 10


The Roland FP 10 is the sequel to the Roland FP 30. Comes in at an affordable price, under 500 dollars as it fits in this review. A really popular digital piano among pianists who does not want to buy an excessively expensive piano. But do want something better than the cheapest option, remember it’s still an entry level piano so it may not suit everyone.


This is a compact piano that really fits musicians that need a portable piano, or who lives in a small apartment with tight spaces. Overall it is a very slim piano with a depth of 10.15, length of 50.5 & 5.5 width. Also very lightweight, only 27.1 lbs.


With this kind of dimensions, the FP 10 gets very attractive for on the go musicians.


The Roland FP 10 features weighted keys. Starting with the heaviest keys on the bottom left side, to the lightest in the upper right. It’s called graded hammer action, which is usually found on acoustic pianos.


However, the key action provided is called PHA-4 standard, which the PHA stands for Progressive hammer action. The PHA-4 Standard Provides an escapement mechanism whose task is to replicate the clicking sensation on an acoustic piano, with all 88 keys fully weighted.


This piano has 96-note polyphony, which might not be the most usual number of polyphony. But everything between 64-128 is what we most often find these pianos at. However, it’s surely enough on an entry level piano.


The speakers on board aren't the biggest we’ve seen. Nothing to brag about really, only 6x2 watt, but can definitely be enough for a beginner/intermediate player.


Casio PX-160


This piano is also under the 500 dollar limit, luckily it also got their name on the top 8 best digital pianos under 500 dollar list.


Anyway, this piano is quite similar to the Roland fp 10 in its size. The dimensions come in 52 length, 11.5 deep and 5.5 wide. Lightweight with only 24 lbs. Very similar to the FP 10, also made in a very sleek and compact design. It’s portable and supposed to fit the traveling pianists.


The keys are made in a plastic condition. But still featuring an Ebony & ivory feeling, which you probably want to experience.


88 fully weighted keys provide Casio’s famous Tri sensor scaled hammer action II key action, which is a very reliable key action, trying to replicate the most realistic piano touch of an acoustic piano.



Even better, the PX-160 is graded, meaning the keys are heavy on the left side of the keyboard, ending up with lighter keys on the right side of the keyboard.


No needs to doubt the sound on the PX-160. Featuring a multi dimensional morphing AiR Sound source with a total of 128-note polyphony, which actually is more than required on an entry level piano. 128 polyphony is more usually found on pianos up to 1000 dollars, so you should be proud of 128 on the PX-160.

Read more about the sound source specifically here: https://www.casio-intl.com/asia/en/emi/privia/info/.


Thanks to the 8Wx8W speakers on board you can enjoy playing the crystal clear powerful sound on the Casio PX-160. Decent speakers with a good resonance, nothing to complain about.


Korg B1


Korg might not have the biggest name in the piano industry, like Yamaha, Roland and Casio. But because they have got a place on the best digital pianos under 500 dollars list, we know they put some competition on the Big names in the business.


However, the B1 will not be a problem to fit your room or when you’re traveling. It's very small, like the previously mentioned pianos. 4.6 in length, 13.2 deep, 51.6 width and 46.3 lbs. Sleek and slim board, similar to their competitors.


These keys are weighted individually, it’s called graded hammer action which means the keys are heavier in the left end & lighter in the right end. Something that real acoustic pianos have.


Natural weighted action is what the key action is called. Trying to replicate the response of an acoustic piano with real hammers. But also provides touch sensitive keys, meaning that the harder you press a key, a louder sound you’ll hear.


The K1 features a total of 18 watt speaker system. Two 9x9w speakers on each side of the keyboard. Similar to their competitors but actually a bit more effect on the speakers than previously mentioned.


Having a 120-note polyphony that ensures you that the notes won’t drop away out of nowhere. But also a PCm stereo sampling system provided by korg.



Alesis recital pro


Alesis is an original american electronic musical supplier, providing a large selection of different musical instruments, not only pianos, but that’s what we’re interested about.

Similar to Korg, Alesis is also building up a reputation in the industry, slow & steady. They are very known as a supplier who brings much value to an affordable price.


I personally think this piano is a very good looking piano, very up structured piano.


Luckily comes in a compact lightweight design, this allows you to be anywhere to be able to play, that’s a privilege every piano player should appreciate to have. The weight is only about 26 lbs (11.8 kg). And dimensions of 51.6 x 13.8 x 5.5" / 131 x 35.1 x 14 cm.


This is clearly a start up piano with 88 fully weighted keys, a step up from semi weighted keys. These kinds of keys provide more resistance to improve your technique. For a beginner, you’ll develop good piano skills if playing on the Recital pro.


Also, keyboards like this often provide an equal weight of the keys all over the piano.


20 watt tweeters and 10 watt woofers speaker system is what the recital pro will give you, the woofers will provide the low frequency sound (bass sound) while the tweeters provide the high frequency sound.


This sound system is a good mix, provides an accurate high quality sound with no distortion at high volumes.


Lastly, the recital pro is proud to provide you with 128-note polyphony. That’s the biggest reason why they are one of the best digital pianos under 500 dollars. You’ll not be disappointed.


Roland GO piano


This is one of Roland's entry level pianos, which makes it relatively inexpensive. The people who decided to buy it won't need to spend a fortune on a piano.


Roland is not only famous for their entry level pianos but also one of the big piano manufactures on the market today, with many acoustic and digital pianos in different price ranges.


The compact design allows you to use your creativity with it with the same range of keys as an acoustic piano.


Because of the compact design, you can be very flexible where you're playing, many piano players enjoy the feeling of being able to play their own digital piano anywhere, anytime.



They put together a width of 51 inches (1.3 m), 11.5 deep and 3.4 high with a weight of only 14.3 lbs (7 kilos). With that said, this piano is very lightweight and there will be no problem to take it with you.


Unfortunately, you won't get that authentic piano feeling like playing on a real acoustic piano. The keys on the Roland go aren't weighted, so the necessary resistance won't be provided in this keyboard.


But if you are not very picky about yourself, this 88 key keyboard will most of the time suit your needs.


Only 4 sounds on the GO piano, which is a bit of a downgrade compared to the 61 key Roland Go piano. But anyways the sound quality is sampled from a real acoustic piano, which never makes us disappointed.


The polyphony is exactly the same as the Alesis recital pro, this Roland go comes with 128 polyphony. Very impressive. However, the speaker system is two 10x2 W, provides a rich sound with bigger speakers than the 61 key option.


Alesis recital


As mentioned earlier, Alesis is a good piano supplier getting bigger and bigger each year, Probably sooner or later will compete with the big ones.


The design on the recital is very similar to the Rectial pro, therefore there isn’t anything new to praise this piano particularly about. What so ever, the design is very compact and very good looking. I don’t think anyone will be disappointed about the look.


The dimensions come in 50 x 11.5 x 3.4 (W,D,L) with a lightweight of 15.5 lbs approx. As you may notice, this piano is very small and therefore will fit in any room.


There is not much to brag about considering the key action. The recital has only semi-weighted keys, which in the long term won’t build you proper hand technique.


But it can still work in the beginning, but if you’re very serious about your learning you should consider a keyboard with another key action.


The recital has 5 different sounds to play with. Might not seem that much, but the sounds provide a high quality. That's' something everyone should require on their digital piano.


After some bad key action, we can happily announce that the Recital are similar to the Recital pro which also features 128-note polyphony. That should not make you disappointed.


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