The Best Digital Piano Under $1000 is Probably Cheaper Than You Think 

 August 11, 2020

By  Lisa Nguyen

Playing the piano is so relaxing and to the listener it is soothing and can whisk you away to a wonderland for a beautiful few minutes. Pianos are divided into three primary groups: grand pianos, upright pianos, and digital pianos, each with their own set of subcategories.

There are few factors to keep in mind when you are choosing your piano, including your space availability, budget, and the features you desire. Digital pianos resemble traditional pianos but they have so many more features. These pianos take your playing experience to a totally different level and the added features make them a very popular choice.

Top 3 Best Digital Piano Under $1000 On The Market

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So, let’s look at some choices for the best digital piano under $1000:

1. The Artesia Harmony 88 Weighted Key Digital Piano

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This piano is beautifully designed. Not only is it stylish and traditional in its looks, this piano will also be a great feature in any house. The full, robust sound will make you want to play it at any chance you get. The weighted hammer action of the keys gives the piano the same feeling as when you would be playing a traditional acoustic piano.

You can choose between the following three pedals, soft, sostenuto and sustain pedals. This piano also features some of the latest music technology and the USB-to-Host-MIDI connection port allows you to connect to digital recording software, learning apps, and so on.

The three-layer sampling with the acoustic Supra sound processing records actual acoustic instruments, capturing the depth and essence of the sound, including nylon guitars, harps, and more. With this purchase you will also receive two months free unlimited live lessons from Takelessons.


  • Package Dimensions — 57 x 19 x 15 inches
  • Weight — 74 Pounds
  • Keys — 88 Weighted, hammer action keys
  • Warranty — One-year limited warranty


  • 16 Instrument voices with full connectivity
  • Matching furniture stand with three pedals
  • Robust sound
  • Built-in USB MIDI connectivity
  • Acoustic weighted piano touch


  • Software can be a bit problematic

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2. The Alesis Recital 88 Key Beginner Digital Piano

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This piano is a great choice if you are just starting out and learning to play. It has 88 full size and semi-weighted keys that mimic a traditional piano’s sound and feel.

You are able to choose between five premium sounds: acoustic piano, organ, synth, electric piano and bass. It also has a built in FX system that makes it easy to set a chorus and reverb. The two built-in 20W speakers will provide you with crystal clear sound.

You can even connect your stereo headphones to the output port, enabling you to practice in private. There is also a ¼-inch port for a sustain pedal, which is not included. You can connect speakers or amplifiers via the RCA outputs. You are also able to play the piano with six D cell batteries, making it mobile.

This purchase also includes a three month subscription to the Skoove Premium training program that puts you in touch with Skoove’s experienced musicians.


  • Package Dimensions — 3.6 x 11.52 x 50.52 inches
  • Weight — 15.62 Pounds
  • Keys — 88 Semi -Weighted full sized keys
  • Warranty — 1 Year limited warranty


  • 20 Watt Speakers
  • Headphone output
  • Is battery operated 6D Cell batteries (Not included)
  • Adjustable touch response for key’s


  • Inconsistent weight of keys
  • Keys only full size in width, not length

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3. The Roland RP-102 88 Key Digital Piano

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This piano is great to be used at home, in class or practice rooms, and in studios for recordings. The piano is compact and small. Even though it is very eye catching, the cabinet design is very traditional looking. Also, because it is digital, there is no need to ever tune the piano.

The key note’s sensitivity can even be adjusted so that it will be perfect for your touch, delivering the perfect tone that you desire.

You are also able to choose between four grand piano sounds and 11 other sounds like an electric piano, strings, organs and many more. This piano is great to use for duets or teaching, as the keyboard splits into two parts, with the exact same sound on each side and each with their own sustain pedal.

It even comes with a built-in metronome.


  • Dimensions — 32.1 x 54.3 x 16.3 inches
  • Weight – 87 pounds
  • Keys — 88 PHA-4 Standard keys with progressive hammer action
  • Warranty — One-year limited warranty


  • Five Settings for key touch sensitivity
  • Three Pedals (Damper, Soft, and Sostenuto)
  • WholeDual Twin Piano
  • Stereo headphone included


  • Speakers are not very powerful
  • Some features have been moved to the app (instead of the piano)
  • Difficult to navigate

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Buyer’s Guide

These digital pianos are all well made instruments and they all have very lovely and unique features. So, making a final choice can be a bit on the difficult side. What exactly do you want your piano to do and how advanced are your skills?

As always, your specific needs will determine the best option for you, but we have listed our favorite just in case you need a little bit of extra help.

The Top Choice

Our favorite is the Roland RP-102. Besides having a very traditional look, it is modern and sleek. It fits comfortably into small apartments and it is great for teaching. The keyboard can be divided in two, which makes it a perfect piano for teaching students.

Plug in the headphones and you can practice at any time without bothering the neighbours.

This piano offers great features and is very versatile, making it an ideal purchase for beginners, teachers, and experienced pianists alike.


If you enjoyed this article or would like to read more about digital pianos, please have a look at our other articles.

Lisa Nguyen

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