TOP 3 Best Digital Pianos - REVIEW 2022 | Every Price Range

Top 3 digital pianos for 2022
🎹 TOP 3 BEST DIGITAL PIANOS IN EACH PRICE RANGE! $500 - $1000, $1000 - $1500, $1500 - $2000, $2000 - $2500, $2500 - $3000, $3000 - $3500, $3500 - $4000, $4000 - $5000, $5000 - $6000, and Top 3 Digital Grand Pianos. 

UPDATED - Oct 1, 2022 - After years of reviewing new digital pianos and watching market and digital piano buying trends here in the USA, I can say with some authority based on my personal experience, that there are definite top selling digital pianos out there in various price ranges for 2022. This review and report is on the Top 3 Digital Pianos in the USA which are in a variety of price ranges. This review will give you important information on which new digital pianos you should seriously consider purchasing for yourself, depending on your budget and musical goals.
Casio AP-470 piano
Be aware there are a number of digital pianos out there with lots of "bells & whistles." While having a bunch of different features and functions can be useful and fun for some people, there are other people who may prefer to focus more on the actual piano playing experience as opposed to all the extra stuff that are on some models. 

There are some digital pianos listed below which rank very high not only for offering a very good piano playing experience, but they also have many useful and enjoyable "bells & whistles" Other digital pianos on this list focus more on primarily being a "piano." This review is what I consider not only to be about the most popular instruments overall, but also how
Yamaha CLP-745 piano
they rate for "the best bang for the buck" in each price range. The focus here is mostly on the furniture cabinet digital pianos, but there are a few portable models included here as well just because they do a better job in producing a great piano playing experience in their price as opposed to a full furniture cabinet digital piano. It really all depends on your musical goals, your budget, and your playing experience. 

We believe there are many musical instruments you can play so  you can enjoy music in a personal way. However, we also believe playing the piano is the best way to musically express yourself as a solo instrument because you can play melody and harmony at the same time as well as sing with your playing if you feel like doing so.

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Just to be clear, there are other nice options out there in terms of new digital pianos that are not on this list and I would consider them to be good choices as well, and I can share that info with you if you ask me. However, there are only so many digital pianos that can fit into these lists of  "3," so just because you don't see one here you may be interested in does not mean that it may not be a suitable choice for your musical needs. Also, it's good to be aware that there are other digital piano brands out there, especially in the USA, that are not acceptable and poorly made. You need to be careful of those digital pianos. The 7 acceptable brands right now are (in no particular order) Yamaha, Kawai, Roland, Korg, Casio, Samick, and Dexibell and I can also help you with getting lower prices than internet, Amazon, or store prices. Don't buy anything, anywhere until you check with us first!

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It's interesting to note that there is a unique category of digital pianos which are all about the "baby grand" style grand piano shaped instrument. Many piano shoppers and music enthusiasts love the look of a grand piano and in the world of digital pianos, some of the manufacturers do produce these types of products. There is a very small version called the "micro-grand" which measures approx 28" to 34" deep. Then there is the small mini-grand which measures approx 36" (3 feet) deep to about 45" deep. The regular size mini-grand measures 48" (4 feet deep). Finally, the full size digital baby grand cabinet measures approx 60" (5 feet) deep to 5'5" deep. Roland is currently the only company of the top digital brands which produces a full size digital baby grand (5 feet deep and over), Yamaha and Samick are the only manufacturers who produce a regular size 4' deep mini baby grand, Roland & Yamaha are the only top manufacturers who produce a smaller mini baby grand, and Kawai & Samick are the only top brands who produces a micro sized digital baby grand (23" to 34" deep). 

The "micro sized" cabinet design is pretty cool because it's small yet very attractive, and for its small size they still sound great and also have lots of useful higher quality features too. The entire cabinet can fit into a small footprint in a room or home with limited space which is very compelling because there are a lot of smaller homes, apartments, or rooms that have limited options in terms of where the piano would go but yet people still want that "look" of a small baby grand along with big sound and great features.  

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Finally, some of the "off brands" out there that generally play and sound like toys or are very artificial in different ways are not ranked in this review because of their inability to sound and play like real pianos. I call these types of brands and/or models  a "PSO," otherwise known as a Piano Shaped Object. Please stay away from these PSO brands if you want a digital piano that will play more like a real piano, will last lots of years, and that you can enjoy without finally realizing one day that you made a big mistake with your purchase. Based on all my personal playing experience over many years with all these digital pianos, some of PSO's include brands that I have personally played, and if you want to know what those brands are that I do not like, then please contact me.

In these price ranges below for new digital pianos, in my opinion the TOP 3 best models in the USA for the most realistic piano playing experience in each price category at approx internet/store discount selling prices are as follows:

Top 3 Digital Pianos from $500 to $1000

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1. Casio PX-870 - At $1199 internet discount price (slightly above $1000) the 2022 Casio PX-870 home digital piano offers the "biggest bang for the buck" in terms of a more realistic piano playing experience in a furniture style cabinet for closer to $1000. We put it in this pr1ce category because we think it's worth the "stretch" in this price category to go up to this $1199 price. 

The PX-870 is equipped with 40 watts of stereo power going into 4 speakers along with built-in USB flash drive input for saving and loading songs. Casio has even developed a proprietary app for tablets so that a person can more easily and intuitively control the piano using the color touch screen of your iPad or Android tablet. Read my review of the Casio PX-870 at the following link and if you want one we can help you order it brand new for even less money than the Amazon/internet price with frees shipping, no tax as we do on all new digital pianos: Casio PX-870 Review

2. Korg B2/B2SP - At $599 & $749 (including proprietary furniture stand and triple pedal unit) this newer portable model by Korg is pretty amazing for its price. A high quality 88-key responsive weighted-key portable digital piano with an impressive dynamic stereo acoustic piano sound that gives you the best piano playing experience out there in its price range, based on our experience playing this model. Korg is a well known pro music products company from Japan and lots of musicians, schools, churches, studios, and recreational piano players use Korg digital pianos and other music products. This is the "real deal. Please read our review of this model at the following link: Korg B2 Review

3. Casio PX-S3100 - At just $879 internet discount price (stand & triple pedal optional) this new portable digital piano makes the top 3 in this price range for many reasons, but especially because it offers the "biggest bang for the buck" with regard to combining a very satisfying piano playing experience with a huge array of usable and fun "bells & whistles" that are very enjoyable to have. This digital piano can make you sound way better than you are...and that's always a good thing, musically speaking. 

The PX-S3100 is also the only name brand "portable" digital piano that works on regular batteries so that you can play it anywhere and has a smooth top all-digital touch surface with no mounted analog buttons at all. It also has the new dual Bluetooth features including wireless audio and wireless MIDI connectivity.

Beyond that, the PX-S3100 is the lightest and most compact portable digital piano in its class for a top name brand and offers full  natural sounding stereo acoustic pianos and a new graded-weighted piano key action. The unique internal proprietary stereo speaker system is very impressive with big sound, especially for this model's small size and weight. For more info on this new model please click on the following link: Casio PX-S3100 Review 

UPDATE: Korg XE20 - At just $849 the Korg company has a newer portable digital piano that really impressed me when I played it and is definitely worth your consideration in this price range. If you are looking for a portable digital piano with great sound, weighted piano key action, and lots of fun interactive technology, then you should also consider the Korg XE20 digital piano. 

The XE20SP at $999 is the better version of the XE20 because it also includes the furniture stand and triple pedal unit for just $100 more which is a great deal for that "bundle." The XE20SP could easily be in 2nd or 3rd place in this category but the other ones I listed here in this price range are also good. So I consider all 3 of those instruments (#2, #3, and XE20SP) in a virtual "tie" with the Casio PX-870 being #1 overall in this price range around $1000 or less as the digital piano which best focuses on the overall piano playing experience. 

*Click on the following link to read my detailed review of the impressive and very enjoyable Korg XE20SP: Korg XE20 Review

Top 3 Digital Pianos from $1000 to $1500

picture of  Top 3 Best Digital pianos in all price ranges1. Korg LP-380U - At $1349 the LP-380U has a lot to offer and its great for people who also want to use an external iPad device for piano learning apps, instrument apps, drum rhythm apps, etc to enhance the piano playing and learning experience. With one of the best key actions around along with a powerful 44 watt internal piano sound system, this digital piano is impressive. Please read my review of this new model at the following link: 

2.  Kawai ES520 & KDP120 -  $1299 and $1499 - These two models by Kawai are tied for the #2 spot. This is because they share many of the same attributes and one of them is a portable model and the other a furniture cabinet model. At $1299 the pro quality ES520 is a newer portable digital piano that is very impressive in this price range. If you want the flexibility of a lighter-weight portable cabinet at just 32 lbs, but with the power from a 40 watt stereo speaker system, versatility, sound quality, and a more responsive key action of a higher end advanced digital piano, this could be the perfect instrument for you. After playing it many times, I definitely recommend this one. It is also available with an optional furniture stand and triple pedal unit which makes it look and perform more like a real acoustic piano. Check out my review of the ES520 at the following link: Kawai ES520 Review 

The Kawai KDP-120 at $1499 has the same impressive key action and same 40 watt sound as are in the pro quality ES520. The piano sound engine of both models are nearly identical (not quite the same) and both models have a natural organic acoustic piano sound that blows away most of their competitors...and it's easy to tell when playing them. With good looks and design, great piano sound, impressive key action, and useful functionally all under $1500 price range, the KDP120 is definitely a winner and is also offered in different cabinet colors. Check out my review of this model: KDP120 Review

3. Casio AP-270 - At $1199 this Casio Celviano model offers the "Celviano" key action, Steinway piano sampled sound, and full length pedals that put it in this higher category. Unlike all other digital pianos in this price range, it comes with a 5 year parts & labor factory warranty and in-home service if ever needed (which is rare.) This model plays good, sounds good, and looks good although it is not as powerful as it otherwise needs to be for a large room in terms of volume output as is the next Celviano up in the line called the AP-470. But for smaller to medium size rooms is is fine. I like the features and playability in this model and have done a review at the following link: Casio AP-270 Review

Top 3 Digital Pianos from $1500 to $2000

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1. Korg G1B Air - At $1999 discount price this Korg home cabinet model puts out a big, clear sound with great bass response going through 4 speakers, 4 separate amplifiers, and offering a huge 80 watts of power in a slim stylish cabinet. Everyone I have talked with who owns this new model says great things about it and especially like that it primarily focuses on a higher quality piano playing experience as opposed to offering lots of unnecessary "bells & whistles" that some other digital pianos tend to do. Also, the Korg Music company manufactures their digital pianos in Japan using their own factories so you get more piano for your money and less of what you don't want. I highly recommend this model for all that it offers in this price range, especially if your primary goal is to play piano. It also has Bluetooth wireless audio streaming through its internal speaker system. Read my full review of this piano at the following link: Korg G1B Air Review

2. Casio AP470 - At $1699 internet discount price, the 2022 Casio AP-470 is a "heavy hitter" in this price range as compared to most of its competition. When you consider the upgraded cabinet design and construction along with big piano sound and nice e key action, this model is difficult to beat. Take a look at my full review of this piano at the following link: Casio AP470 Review 

3. Yamaha CLP-725 - At a low $1999 internet discount price, this new 2021 entry level Yamaha Clavinova CLP-725 model offers the main stereo grand piano sounds of the higher priced CLP-735 as well as the same redesigned weighted and graded triple sensor piano key action in a simplified but attractive cabinet version. With its internal speaker system giving 40 watts of total power going through 2 speakers and 2 amplifiers, the volume is more than adequate for average room sizes. 

For people who just mainly want to play piano and have a more traditional cabinet design along with a few primary instrument sounds besides piano sounds (organ, strings, choir, harpsichord, etc, this new Yamaha CLP-725 could be the perfect instrument for you. Yamaha also has a very intuitive interactive app for iPad called "Smart Pianist" which lets the user control the functionality of the piano from their iPad color touch screen as well as having new additional interactive features. Check out my review at the following link: Yamaha CLP-725 Review

Top 3 Digital Pianos from $2000 to $2500

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1. Kawai ES920 - At $2237 package price, the Kawai ES920 (including HM5 stand and F302 triple pedal) the ES920 is also classified as a "portable digital piano." This is because the piano can come off the stand and easily be carried and taken somewhere else and played on a portable stand with a single pedal. It is a great sounding and playing digital piano at a lower internet discount price for beginner level all the way up to high advanced skill level. This model is impressive in almost every way and is much more powerful than its compact size would lead you to believe. Check my review out at the following link  Kawai ES920 Review

2. Casio PX-S7000 - At $2499 his brand new 2023 portable model comes with a proprietary contemporary/retro stand and triple pedal unit so it is already to be set up as a home piano, church piano, school piano, or any other venue that would want a good looking digital piano that is easy to move, looks great, has very convincing acoustic piano sounds, excellent hybrid-wood keys and responsive key action, and a truck-load of very cool digital features along with 400 sounds. It is also the most compact and light-weight digital piano in its class. Check out our latest review of this model (along with its less expensive versions) at the following link: Casio PX-S7000 Review

3. Kawai CN201 - At $2199, this new 2023 furniture cabinet model is not out quite yet and will replace the current (and now discontinued) Kawai CN29 which has been out for a few years. The CN29 was a very good seller for the Kawai company primarily because of its key action, piano sound, and pedaling being more authentic than other digital pianos in this price range. The new CN201 is scheduled to come out on the market anywhere from 1 to 3 months from now and will be offered in 3 cabinet colors. 

Essentially the new CN201 is an enhanced version of the CN29. Kawai has "tweaked" and updated the key action, piano sounds, and speaker system from the CN29 to provide an even more enjoyable piano playing experience along with a few new features, functions, and cabinet design improvements. It's not a huge upgrade from the CN29, but there are enough things that have changed and been improved to make the CN201 a much better instrument as compared to the CN29. 

The new CN201 is the same price as the former CN29, so in that way it is especially a winner with no price increase. I have already played and examined this model a few times and have a review coming out on it soon.

Top 3 Digital Pianos from $2500 to $3000

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1. Casio AP-710 home digital piano - At $2799 this model is the first Casio piano in this price range to get into the "Top 3 Models." The reason for this is because Casio has risen to the top in this range by improving upon their key action, piano sound reproduction, pedaling, and internal speaker system giving you an impressive piano playing experience that even a more advanced player can appreciate. With new acoustic grand piano samples from Steinway, Bosendorfer, and Bechstein, the piano sound authenticity is really amazing and the balance and speed of this key action makes it even more enjoyable. The user interface is fairly intuitive and there are enough digital features on this model to keep most people satisfied. 

Overall I think that this new model will definitely impress most people in this price if you are wanting to focus more on a good piano playing experience without too many "bells & whistles." In fact, Casio keeps selling out of them because of much higher demand than expected. I personally like it a bit better than the slightly higher priced Yamaha Clavinova CLP-735. Please read my detailed review of this model at the following link: Casio AP-710 Review

2. Kawai CA49 - At $2899 this Kawai CA49 could have been in 1st place with its attractive furniture cabinet, smooth playing all-wooden (white key) key action with 4-speaker resonant stereo piano sound, and responsive pedaling. In addition to that it has some impressive digital technology giving you lots of useful proprietary educational features, various recording functions, Bluetooth wireless MIDI capability, OLED user display screen, and a nice array of functions and features. 

But it is the CA49 proprietary key action with longer white wooden keys that gives this model an edge over many different digital pianos under $3000. If it was not for that fact that the Casio has superior piano sound technology (in our opinion) and digital features, the CA49 would have been in first place in this price category. Take a look at my detailed review of the CA49 at the following link: Kawai CA49 Review

Yamaha CLP-735 - At $2899 internet price, the brand new Clavinova CLP-735 is Yamaha's most popular model in its Clavinova series home digital pianos. With beautiful piano tone, playable piano style key action, resonate pedaling sustain time, and some very cool digital features, the CLP-735 is the next model up from the Yamaha YDP-184 and it's definitely worth the difference in price. Read my full review of this piano to learn more at the following link:  Yamaha CLP-735 Review

Top 3 Digital Pianos from $3000 - $3500

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1.  Kawai CN301 - At $3099 this brand new model coming out soon offers a pretty big bang for the buck. With a 4-speaker 40 watt Onkyo speaker system, OLED user display screen, a variety of recording and playback features, and a very attractive cabinet that comes in 3 color options, I recommend the Kawai CN301. But what really gives this model and edge over the Roland HP704 is its fast playing key action. It's responsive and has a touch weight key action that is lighter and faster without being too firm. When it comes to the right balance of piano playing realism combined with digital functions & features for just over $3000, I would choose this one. I should have my review of this model up in the near future.

2. Kawai MP11SE - At $3499 this top-of-the-line portable digital piano seems like it might be an unusual choice to put in this category, even at #3. If it were not for the fact that this model is portable and has no built-in speakers, I would have put it as #1 or 2 in this price range. This is because the MP11SE has the best, most authentic piano key action, piano sound, and piano pedaling in this price range but is lacking in cabinet and built-in speaker system. You would need to purchase a metal stand for this MP11SE model as well as external powered monitors/speakers to hear it. Otherwise you can use stereo headphones for private practice. '

The people who purchase this model do so because they want the most authentic piano playing experience they can get in this price range and they don't care as much about the cabinet structure or having internal speakers. They just mainly want to play piano along with a few "digital extras" and like the fact that this model is somewhat compact and portable, although it does weight in at about 75 lbs. No other digital piano brand has a piano like this one. To learn more about this Kawai MP11SE, please read my review at the following link: Kawai MP11SE Review

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Top 3 Digital Pianos from $3500 to $4000

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1. Kawai CA59 - At $3799 internet discount price, this new model piano is one of Kawai's most popular digital pianos as was it predecessor the CA58 because it offers a more realistic piano playing experience than most of the other brands and models in this price range due to its proprietary longer length wooden key action with its spruce wood white keys and bass octave counter-weights for more realistic feel. It has a better speaker system than other top name digital pianos in this price range (so the sound is richer & fuller), and has a more robust, more natural acoustic piano sound because of its new piano sound chip. My review on this model is at the following link: Kawai CA59 Review

  Yamaha CLP-745 - At $3699 internet price this Yamaha Clavinova model is the first one to have actual wood (white) keys and a noticeably more responsive key action than the previous CLP-645 with a faster and more balanced key movement that will satisfy even more advanced piano players. This piano also has a much stronger, richer internal sound system with 200 watts of power along with offering Bluetooth audio wireless connectivity. This is my favorite Clavinova model in the Yamaha line of digital pianos and is definitely worth the money if you can be in this price range. Please read my complete review of this Yamaha piano at the following link: Yamaha CLP-745 Review.  

3. Roland HP704 - At $3750 store discount price, the Roland HP704 is the 2nd piano in the Roland line of upgraded models selling above $2000 that incorporates their latest "hybrid" key action and newer physical modeling sound technology. This one is definitely worth looking at and offers a lot of things that many shoppers are looking for. Check out my review at the following link: Roland HP704 Review

Top 3 Digital Pianos from $4000 to $5000

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1. Casio-Bechstein GP-310 - At $4299 store discount price, the new Casio GP-310 is a unique digital piano, especially for the Casio company who is primarily known for lower priced digital pianos. The GP-310 (aka: Grand Hybrid) has actual long grand piano wooden keys made by the famous Bechstein Grand Piano company of Germany that are installed in a similar way to a real grand piano which are also much longer keys and play like real grand piano keys in terms of key weight and movement. 

The GP-310 also has actual moving "hammer" mechanisms for all 88 keys which bring an even more realistic experience to a person wanting to get closer to a real piano while enjoying the many benefits of a digital piano. This model comes in a matte black or matte white finish in a well designed cabinet. Check out my detailed review of the newer GP-310 for 2022 at the following link and find out why it is a very strong competitor against the other well known brands in this price range: Casio GP-310 Grand Hybrid Review

2Kawai CA79 - At $4699 internet discount price, this newer model has Kawai's proprietary color touch screen (android OS) to control the entire piano. This attractive built-in color screen is positioned all the way to the left of the keyboard which is definitely nice for most people who want an effective but minimalistic interface design. The CA79 dual engine stereo piano sound chip and 14" extra long wood key action along with responsive pedaling in an attractive cabinet is very impressive. 

If you are looking primarily for a very realistic "piano playing experienced" that you can get for between $4000 to $5000 internet discount price then this is one of my personal favorites in a well designed furniture style cabinet. You definitely need to take a look at this one before you make any buying decision. Go to the following link on this blog to read more about Kawai digital pianos: Kawai Digital PianosAlso, go to the following Kawai web site link to read what they have to say on the CA79: Kawai CA79 Info

3. Yamaha CSP-170 - At just $4999 internet price for a matte black cabinet and $5299 internet discount price for a elegant polished ebony cabinet, the newer CSP model is one of my favorite pianos out of any brand in any price range. Combining big, full, resonate dynamically controlled acoustic piano tone with durable wood key action and all controlled by a very sophisticated but intuitive app for iPad and Android tablets, this piano is the epitome of coolness, technology, and piano educational instruction all in one piano that you can grow with rather than grow out of. 

You definitely should not miss finding out more about this impressive new digital piano created by Yamaha in conjunction with Apple. This piano just makes playing the piano that much more fun and enjoyable, no matter what you play or how you play it. Check out my very detailed review at the following link: Yamaha CSP-170 Review

Top 3 Digital Pianos from $5000 to $6500*

Top 3 digital pianos $5000 to $6500
 In this particular $5000 to $6500 category it could easily be argued that all 3 of these models here (Kawai, Yamaha, Casio) could be interchangeable as far as which position these occupy 1, 2, or 3. For instance, the Casio GP-510 in the #2 slot has the fewest "bells & whistles" in terms of all the "extra" things it does as compared to the other models along with not having a touch screen interface, or proprietary iPad or Android app, along with not having Bluetooth wireless audio, no drum rhythms, etc. But if you  are mainly focused on the best piano playing experience then it could be argued that the Casio belongs on top, for instance,

 But if you also want a lot of the new interactive technology available in digital pianos these days commonly called "bells & whistles," along with an impressive piano playing experience, then the other 2 models in this category may be the better options for you.

Kawai CA99 - At a store discount price of $6299 for the matte rosewood and matte black cabinet, and $7199 for the polished ebony cabinet, this newer 2022 top-of-the-line CA99 model for the Kawai piano company has recently come out on the market and competes head on with Yamaha, Roland, and Casio top-of-the-line digital pianos in similar price range. The new and improved CA99 has longer 14" all wood keys installed similar to a real acoustic piano, it has a 1/2 size wood soundboard in the back of the piano which, with the help of new Onkyo transducer mics on the soundboard, helps the piano sound resonate better through its new cabinet. 

Also included is new improved piano sound technology chip which produces a more realistic piano sound than before, and their proprietary color touch screen on the left side of the keyboard which helps the user navigate through the functions and features of the piano more easily and intuitively than in previous models. Although I have played this new piano many times, I have not completed my full review on it yet. So in the meantime please take a look at this model on the Kawai website at the following link to learn more about this new model: Kawai CA99 info

2. Casio GP-510 - At $6299 store discount price, this top of the line polished ebony Casio Grand Hybrid digital piano replaces the prior GP-500. It is the best that Casio-Bechstein has to offer with a top of the line stereo piano sound chip, 88 actual wood grand piano keys designed by Bechstein piano company of Germany, and 88 individual "hammers" moving up and down similar to a real grand piano does. 

There is no other piano like this on the market for under $6500 in terms of the way the piano key action is designed and constructed and the new Bechstein grand piano sound samples from the famous German Bechstein grand piano company. Read my detailed review about this new model GP-510 with its new improved piano sound chip that has a rich resonate stereo grand piano sound going through an impressive internal speaker system. For some people this new Casio GP-510 would take the #1 spot in this price range. Go to the following link: Casio GP-510 Review

3. Yamaha CLP-785 - At $6199 internet price for a matte black finish cabinet (polished ebony cabinet $6999), this is Yamaha's top-of-the-line home digital piano. It has Yamaha's best Clavinova wood key action with extended keys, a great looking cabinet, super huge internal sound system, and natural, clear, dynamic piano tone all controlled by an intuitive control panel and a proprietary tablet app by Yamaha called Smart Pianist." Although not everyone can be in this higher price range, if you do have the budget for it then I recommend you consider this new model and read my detailed review of it. 

The CLP-785 replaced the older discontinued CLP-685 and the two pianos are very similar with a few big notable exceptions and upgrades on the 785 including a much better, more balanced, and lighter playing key action, better piano sound, better speaker system and a few other important things. Please read my review of the new CLP-785 at the following link: Yamaha CLP-785 review

Top "Digital Grand Piano Cabinet Style" Digital Pianos under $5000

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1. Samick SG120 micro grand - Of the top name brands out there who make grand piano style digital pianos, only Samick has a micro-grand size digital piano in this price range. Learn more about this piano at the following link: Samick SG120 Review

2. Samick SG500 regular mini grand - Of the top name brands out there who make grand piano style digital pianos, only Samick has a regular mini-grand size digital piano in this price range. Learn more about this piano at the following link: Samick SG500 Review

Top "Digital Grand Piano Cabinet Style" Digital Pianos from $5000 to $6000

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1. Yamaha CLP-765GP - In this price range, Yamaha has had a very popular 45" deep digital piano (less than 4' deep) that was just discontinued last year called the CLP-665GP. The newer replacement upgraded model is called the CLP-765GP and is priced at $5899. The previous model was impressive and Yamaha sold lots of them but the new CLP-765GP has some impressive upgrades in it including a better and more refined piano key action and grand piano sound. It looks great, sounds great. and the features and functions are impressive. Learn more about it at the following link: Yamaha CLP-765GP Review 

2. Kawai DG30 - The all new Kawai DG30 digital "micro-grand" at $5999 is a very cool new addition to the world of "grand" micro style digital pianos because it fits in a smaller space at just 34" deep. It looks beautiful, plays great, has lots of cool useful functions and features, and for what it does and how it plays its $5999 store discount price is actually pretty reasonable, in our opinion. Please read our detailed review at the following link of this 2022 model that recently came out and let us know if you have further questions about the product or lower prices. Kawai DG30 Review

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Top "Digital Grand Piano Cabinet Style" Digital Pianos from $6000 to $18000

Digital Grand Pianos $6000 to $18000
Yamaha AvantGrand N3X - This top hybrid model 4' deep cabinet is the ultimate premier digital grand piano in the piano business today with its unique elegant custom made contemporary baby grand cabinet which houses a complete acoustic grand piano key action with moving parts, special "hammers" and huge piano sound to match. At $17,799 dealer discount price (plus tax) this thing is not cheap. But if you want a very impressive grand piano playing experience with digital grand piano technology, then this is the ultimate piano out there right now. 

The piano stays permanently in tune and you can also use headphones for private practice as well as turn down the master volume when you use it's multiple perfectly positioned internal speaker system, then this piano will keep you playing for a very long time offering incredible expressive musical enjoyment. Yamaha has had their previous N3 AvantGrand out for many years and in 2019 upgraded the model to the current N3X with improved piano sound, speaker system, and added and refined other technology features. 

Ultimately we think this N3X model is somewhat overpriced for what it is, but it's the only one like it. So if you have the disposable income and you want a full hybrid digital piano in a custom designed baby grand cabinet, then you may want to consider it. Please go to the following link to read my review of this impressive model: Yamaha N3X hybrid digital grand piano 

2. Yamaha CLP-795GP - At $7999 internet selling price for polished ebony finish (polished white is more money), this 4' digital mini-grand size is Yamaha's largest home digital grand piano shaped instrument in the Clavinova series. It is fairly similar to the previous CLP-785 vertical piano in a baby grand cabinet but with a noticeably improved key action and piano sound. The 4' deep cabinet is beautifully designed, sounds great, and plays very nicely with impressive sound and features. 

This one is definitely worth looking at. It recently replaced the previous CLP-695GP but there are some noticeable upgrades including a much better and more responsive key action, upgrade to the piano sound, and a new user touch screen interface on the CLP-795GP that is pretty cool, and a few other important features. 

Check out my detailed review of the previous CLP-695GP at the following link and then you'll get an idea of what the CLP-795GP will be like (along with a much improved key action response) and how it looks with the same cabinet as the previous model. I am working on a new review of the Yamaha CLP-795GP and will have it out in the near future. Yamaha CLP-695GP Review

3. Roland GP607 - This 37" deep small digital mini-grand sells at discount price in Roland dealer stores for approx $7200 (plus local tax) although it retails for more than that. The GP607 is not for sale at internet stores like the other ones are but is available in local Roland piano stores. It's a 6 year old model at this point but it is still a contender even though it is older. I do recommend it and you can learn more about this model from my detailed review at the following link: Roland piano & GP607 Review 

4. Yamaha CVP-809GP - At $17,099 internet/store discount price, this top-of-the-line Clavinova 48" deep smaller mini-grand digital piano is actually my favorite model in this entire group because it offers an awesome piano playing experience (in my opinion) along with all kinds of very cool interactive educational & fun technology. I really like to use that technology in a big way, as long as the piano playing experience on that model is a good one, and it is. 

This model puts out a huge, full, resonate piano tone with a surprising amount of bass frequency so you really feel like you are playing a grand piano. As a grand piano shaped instrument where you want to primarily focus on getting the most realistic piano playing experience but also have many "bells & whistles," the Yamaha AvantGrand CVP-809GP is absolutely outstanding (it better be great because of its high price) and it leads the pack. If you like what this model has to offer, then you will definitely have to "pay to play!"

Also, I find most people want to keep the price at around $10,000 or less on new digital pianos and those are the 2 reasons I did not put this model higher in top 3. Otherwise it could have easily been #1 or #2. I have not completed my review of the new CVP-809GP on this blog yet but should have it done soon. In the meantime take a look at our "other" digital piano review site called "" and we have a review of this new CVP-809GP there along with all the other Clavinova pianos and you can learn more about all of them as well. Yamaha Clavinova CVP-809GP Review 

Dylan Praskins - Leukemia Survivor
* By the way, one of the big reasons we take all this time and effort to do this extensive digital piano blog is to help support my grandson Dylan who suffered from the effects of Leukemia when he was very young and survived it. He has on-going mental & physical health needs related to the Leukemia and treatment he received. Please go to the following link to read about Dylan's story, we would appreciate it. Thank you!

If you want more info on these or other digital pianos along with even lower prices than internet, Amazon, or store discounts, please email us at or call/text direct at 602-571-1864. 


SnakeLeon said...

Where is Nord Piano?

brunototi said...

Good evening Tim ... What a pleasure to read your relevant comments and deliver your experience in the field of digital piano ... I live in France and many models are not marketed at home, I think KAWAI KDP 110 in particular. I wanted to ask you two or three questions, though. I have seen the brand DYNATONE, STEIMAYER, which sells pianos that they announce "high-end", such as the Steinmayer DP-380, or the DPR-3200 H from dynatone. In all fairness, these pianos are good bills, if I rely on the elements and other functions that compose them, such as heavy touch, polyphony, keys boix, etc, etc ... I know that they are brands installed in China ... But what I expect of you, are worth it to buy, because their price defy any competition compared to the tenors that are YAMAHA, KAWAI, etc .... Thank you the help you bring to novice pianists like me ... Happy end of year party ... Bruno

brunototi said...

I would like to know if there were still samik ebony ... and if so, how can I buy it and send it home in France..thanky..bruno

brunototi said...

I would like to know if there were still samik ebony ... and if so, how can I buy it and send it home in France..thanky..bruno

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Anonymous said...

I must thank you - truly - for your reviews. You just helped me make an educated recommendation for a friend.
May I offer some constructive criticism? Your writing style, though pleasantly forthright and conversational, severely needs help in the brevity department. Run-on sentences and repetition abound in your posts, which is very fatiguing to the reader. Perhaps listen to your own pages using text-to-speech to see what I mean?

This comment as it's just for your reference; no need to post it. Heck, ignore it if you like! Brevity is a hard skill to master but will really help your blog. I owe you a debt for your reviews so I figured I'd reach out a helping hand as well.

Take care and keep up the great work.

AZPianoNews said...

Thanks for your comments...and what you say is mostly true. I write in a "stream of consciousness" style and I think and talk like that as well. Although I do put down a lot of detail and go much further than most people in explanations, it can be a bit overwhelming for some. At this point in my life I am too old and set in "thinking ways" to change...much. If you think that my content is too extensive and not to the point sometimes, you should see the unedited versions of my reviews! What you are reading in my reviews is actually edited not only in length, but also in sentence structure and content from what it first was when I initially wrote them. Your criticism is constructive but unfortunately (for good or bad) I will unlikely use it because then I would just be editing for days on end and I can only do so much of that as it would drive me crazy...and I am already a bit nutty to begin with:).

Paul Peterson said...

I would be interested in where the new Nord Grand ranks, too.

Unknown said...


Thanks a lot for this greta article.

How woudl you compare the piano action between the Kawai CA79 and Yamaha CLP 745 ?

Thanks a lot.

JudgeT said...

Will you be reviewing the Kauai CA99 soon? Thank you, JudgeT

DJ Kuul A said...


I'm interested in finding a digital piano with a baby grand-style cabinet. I'd like to keep it under $5K, but it seems like once you get past the Williams and Suzuki "PSOs" at Guitar Center, there isn't much out there until you get to the $5500 Yamaha and $7500 Kawai. I saw your article recommending the Samicks, but they seem hard to find. There's a Kurzweil KAG100 in the $3000 range, but I don't know much about it, and you seem to hate other recent Kurzweils. (I remember when the original Kurzweil synth came out and blew everyone away with its piano sound.)

Any advice?

Dovik Nissenhaus said...


I've read at your website the article about the best digital pianos.

Can you please let me know if the Pearl River P200 is considered to be a good digital piano ?


Unknown said...

Hi, thanks for your very thorough reviews. They're really helpful.
I've noticed that you've made no mention of the Yamaha particular the P515 which apparently shares the same sound chip as the CLP735. I've seen it compared favourably against the ES920. Is there a reason that you haven't included it?


Tim Praskins - AZ Piano Reviews said...

The Yamaha P-515 has the older and much stiffer NWX key action and that action is much heavier than what is found on most acoustic grand and upright pianos. Heavy key actions are not preferred by most people, especially when playing at a lighter, softer velocity. The new Clavinova 700 series have Yamaha's new and improved key actions and the key weight has been changed and upgraded to resolve the key weight issues with the NWX key action. When the new replacement of the P-515 comes out someday, it will likely have the new and improved key action and be a much better instrument. Since key action is the #1 most important part of any piano, that is why I did not include the P-515.

Unknown said...

Thanks Tim, much appreciated.

XK said...

Hey Tim, I see the none of Roland LX serial is picked. Thus for the best digital piano, Roland's LX model's are lag behind because of the "non-smooth transition" in your another review? Do you have review on the action of different models and which is more close to the grand piano?

Unknown said...

Besides the look, is there any advantage to buy a grand vs a good upright digital piano? Is it possible to compare yamaha 765gp vs kawai ca79?