Not all aspiring pianists can afford to buy actual grand pianos. Digital pianos are the next best alternative.
Digital pianos these days come with fully weighted keys, near authentic sounds, and a host of digital sound recording functions.
If you are a learner or a college student, buying a massive industry-grade digital piano may not make sense cost wise or space wise. If you want a compact but high-quality digital piano mainly for home use, then you can get one for a budget of about $500.
Major music brands, like Yamaha, make top-notch digital pianos in this price range. Scroll down below for our list of best digital pianos under 500:
|1||Yamaha P Series P35B 88-Key Digital Piano (Black)||112 Reviews||Check Price|
|2||Yamaha DGX230 76-Key Digital Piano Pack with Stand, Power Supply, and Headphones||227 Reviews||Check Price|
|3||RockJam 61-Key Electronic Keyboard SuperKit with Stand, Stool, Headphones & Power Supply||528 Reviews||Check Price|
|4||Yamaha P45 88-Key Weighted Action Digital Piano with Sustain Pedal and Power Supply||141 Reviews||Check Price|
4 Best Digital Pianos Under $500 – 2018
This Yamaha comes with 88 Graded Hammer Standard weighted down keys that sound really close to an actual piano. We found this Yamaha to be a truly wonderful economical replacement for a grand piano. We think this piano is best suited for students.
The Yamaha gives the feel of a real piano assisting the learning process. It has a touch sensitive sustain pedal that responds to gentle pressure. The keyboard is really simple and doesn’t have a lot of blinking lights, garish digital displays or anything of the sort distracting the playing (just like a real piano!). This Yamaha is also very compact and lightweight, so it’s easy to move if needed.
This digital piano comes with Advanced Wave Memory sampling technology. It will be helpful to those who are also recording artists. The piano overall is very versatile. It has a dual mode for layering sounds. While the digital aspects are useful, we think this Yamaha is most useful for piano learners who cannot afford an actual grand piano. One major drawback we experienced is that the keys are used to control the various digital functions, like pitch transpose and demo songs. But these keys are not labeled so it’s a pain to find them.
- Feels and sounds close to a real grand piano
- Digital function keys are not labeled
This is a premium built Yamaha with 76 Graded Soft Touch keys. The unit has in-built Master EQ stereo speakers. We were surprised by the quality of this digital piano considering the price. There are a number of features available. The keys can reproduce piano sounds quite closely and gives out 489 tones.
This piano is really good for free form jazz practice. The keys are decently responsive and have a good, piano-like feel too. The unit even came with a 6 track recorder.
There are many other digital sounds this keyboard unit can produce, like guitar strings and organs. But we found the piano sound to be the most authentic. Other sounds are close enough, and we’d say good enough for home recordings. We really liked the voice dial function. The unit comes with a stand that will quite sturdy. The speakers were really loud.
There’s a user manual provided that will make the learning process much smoother. There are almost no drawbacks with this digital piano. We found the touch response of the keys to be a bit dull and static at times, and that’s the only con we found.
- Great authentic piano sound
- Comes with sturdy stand
- Loud in-built speakers
- Good for free form jazz
- Touch response can be static at times
This is a great starter keyboard set for a beginner. The digital piano is really small and compact. It’s great for kid learners aged 6 and above. But it does come with loads of features that’s way more than what a young learner might need. The keyboard can reproduce 100 sounds and 100 rhythms.
It comes with 50 demo songs preinstalled as well. The keys are a bit stiff. We think the brand was trying to create the feel of a grand piano without including weighted keys. It’s fine but can be annoying at times.
This digital piano comes with a stand, a seat, and a pair of headphones. The stand is nothing exceptional but it does its purpose well. It’s rather sturdy, and is adjustable depending on the height. The seat is well padded but small.
It’s suitable for a child, but an adult might not feel super comfortable. Also, the seat cannot be adjusted. The headphones were a disappointment. The pair was not of the best quality, and sound was not that good. What really matters is the keyboard, and it works fine.
- Great set for beginners
- Comes with many sounds and demo songs
- Suitable for children learners
- Keys are not weighted
- Seat provided is small
- Headphone of bad quality
This digital piano is so much better than a plastic piano. The best feature that we were truly impressed with is the GHS weighted action keys. They feel heavier on the higher and lower end of keys, a lot like an acoustic piano.
This piano felt like and reproduced sound near authentically to an acoustic piano. Of course, it’s not exactly the same, but it comes close. If you want to practice piano lessons without a real piano, this is an excellent option. The keyboard overall is lightweight too, so it’s easy to carry.
This piano offers a really good harpsichord sound. It has strings sounds as well that some players cannot do without. The piano comes preinstalled with Advanced Wave Memory samples that recreate natural instrument sounds. It has 64-note polyphony for mildly dense piano lessons.
The sustain pedal works great, but we recommend reading the user manual carefully to install it properly. It also comes with a USB port to comment to a computer or another digital device. One cool feature is dual mode, which allows combination of two instrumental sounds, like piano and guitar. There are really no drawbacks we can complaint about, except for the headphone jack that is only 1/4 inches.
- Weighted keys
- Dual instrument sound mode
- USB connections available
- Only 1/4 inch headphone jack available
Tips for buying a Digital Piano with a $500 Budget
With $500, you can expect to get a digital piano well suited for practicing and perhaps even making music at home. Most digital pianos in this price range are compact and lightweight. You can find good choices for child learners as well. As you shop around, keep the following in mind:
Digital pianos cannot recreate acoustic sounds exactly the same. But most come close. If you want the sound and feel of a real acoustic piano, buy a digital piano with 88 weighted keys.
If you want to connect the piano to a computer, you will have to buy one with a USB connection. Not all digital pianos have this ability.
We recommend choosing the digital piano mainly based on the keyword. Some products offer additional accessories like stands and headphones. However, don’t expect the best quality for accessories. Also, don’t judge the value and quality of the piano by the accessories.
If you are a brand new player, you can benefit from a digital piano with learning assist, like the Casio CTK2400 mentioned above.