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Amazon has recently been doing an incredible job of expanding into the musical niche. Keyboards are a tough subject to tackle and there is, unfortunately, a lot of misinformation out there on people just trying to get you to buy products.
The purpose of this article is to breakdown some of Amazon’s best keyboards to give you a better understanding of what exactly you need.
Before I get into the reviews, I urge you to please leave questions about which option to go for if you’re confused. I will respond quickly.
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My opinion is that beginners should not spend more than $500 on a keyboard or digital piano right away. Currently, I believe that the Roland FP-10 is the best digital piano for beginners on Amazon. With this being said, it is a little more expensive for beginners, however, it will last all the way into your advanced years.
I’m going to be mentioned a few of my picks in a minute, but I want to make a quick acknowledgment. You will see that some say keyboards and some say digital pianos.
The main difference between keyboards and digital pianos is that digital pianos main goal is to solely emulate an acoustic piano as best as possible. Because of this, they aren’t loaded with as many sounds, however, their keys are almost always higher quality than keyboards.
Keyboards, in general, are going to be cheaper as well. I am going to list my favorite “Amazon Best Sellers” that I think are actually quality. These are honest reviews that I truly believe in.
Let’s take a look at some quick picks right off the bat.
- Best overall digital piano for beginners – Roland FP10
- Best for kids 3 & under – Casio SA76
- Best budget keyboard for kids 5 & up – Rockjam 61
- Best budget digital piano with 88 keys – Alesis Virtue
- Best budget option with weighted keys – Yamaha P-71
- Great 61 key keyboard for beginners – Casio CTK3500
- Roland Go-61 – Best 61 Key option for beginners
- Best Budget MIDI Controller – Akai Mini MPK MK2
These are my picks for Amazons best sellers. I included the FP-10, which isn’t a best-seller because it’s new and I think it is leaps and bounds ahead of its competition.
- 1 Best Digital Pianos & Keyboards At Amazon
- 2 Casio SA-76 – Best Toddler Option
- 3 Overall
- 4 Overall
- 5 Conclusion
Best Digital Pianos & Keyboards At Amazon
I recently featured the Roland FP-10 as the top digital piano for beginners and intermediate players. I stand by this and here’s why. This digital piano has tremendous keys, great speakers, Bluetooth capabilities and beautiful piano sounds.
The most important thing to note is that the keys are easily the best keys anywhere near its price range. I’ve been playing piano for 20 plus years and I am still blown away by how well this keyboard plays.
You can read more about the Roland FP-10 here as I full cover every detail about it.
I’ll mention it again; the keys are incredible. This is perfect for people who truly enjoy the piano and see themselves playing it for years to come. The best part is that the FP10 isn’t ridiculously expensive like other great options are.
The Casio SA-76 is easily the most dominant keyboard for kids today. This has been ruling the budget options for years and I have to say, I’m not surprised.
While the keys feel pretty cheap, the fact of the matter is: they are. This keyboard is extremely cheap, however, that doesn’t make it bad. The whole purpose of the SA-76 is to provide a cheap option for kids to dabble with.
With this being said, my nephews have this keyboard and they absolutely love it. They are able to shuffle through 100 pre-set sounds with ease and they’re only 3 years old.
While I recommend this for kids, I actually own it as well. If you’re traveling frequently in a van for a tour or just for work; this is perfect. It’s light-weight and you can also plug headphones into it.
The Casio SA-76 comes with 44 keys that allow your kids to experiment. While they will quickly outgrow this, it’s a good instrument to test the waters with.
The sounds on the SA-76 are quite surprising. I think the pads actually sound pretty decent, as well as the electric pianos. You can read my review of its kin, the SA- 77, here.
The Rockjam 61 is definitely a budget option. It’s not going to blow you away with its sounds or performance, however, that’s not what it’s meant to do. What I like about the Rockjam 61 is that it comes with some good learning tools for beginners.
With this keyboard, you are provided with 2 months of free lessons with the company, Takelessonsnow. This company is actually great for online lessons.
The Rockjam 61 comes with headphones, a stand, and a bench. All of these are a bit cheaper quality, however, they get the job done for kids.
Personally, I wouldn’t recommend this for adults as the keys aren’t great and the sounds are by no means great.
This is a good pick if you’re looking to test the waters without spending too much money. While this is a solid choice, I personally would recommend the Roland Go-61, if you want 61 keys. It is a little bit more expensive, but the difference in quality is significant.
I recently did a full review on the Virtue 88 and I hold the opinion that it is truly a great option. The keys are velocity-sensitive but non-weighted. This is the one place I wish Alesis would’ve improved on. With this being said, it’s hard to have weighted keys when the price of the keyboard is so cheap.
Overall, the sounds on the Virtue 88 are an improvement to other 88 key keyboards they’ve made in the past. One thing to note is that the keys are full-size in width, but not in length.
There have been reports at Amazon from reviewers complaining about the keys feeling cheap. Yes, they do feel cheap. While a few hundred dollars seems expensive, in the big scheme of things, it’s actually dirt-cheap. Quality musical instruments are more often than not expensive.
It’s always a pet-peeve of mine to read reviews that knock entry-level products for reasons that they should expect. This keyboard is solely meant to provide you with 88 keys, okay sounds, and okay keys.
My personal opinion is that the Virtue 88 does just that. If you want something more quality, jump up to the FP10 as I can guarantee that you’re satisfied with the keys.
The Yamaha P-71 is affordable and it also has weighted keys. This is a big plus as so many budget keyboards just don’t have weighted keys. I’ve personally played this piano for about 2 years now on the side and one thing that I like is the feel of the keys.
The sounds are decent, but nothing breath-taking in my opinion. If you’re someone who values the overall feel of the keyboard, this is a great pick.
The P-71 is great for ages 7 & up. The weighted keys will greatly help with strengthening your fingers in the long run. My personal opinion would be to get this over the Virtue 88, if you can afford it.
The Casio CTK3500 is a budget keyboard arranger. This means that the purpose of the keyboard is to provide you with essentially a live backing band. These are fun for kids to use and they can even be used to perform with.
With this being said, they can also be used as just straight-up pianos as well. This option, in particular, is affordable, yet still decent in quality.
Overall, the sounds are adequate, but the keys aren’t going to be your favorite. In general, 61 key keyboards are not going to blow you away with their keys, so this is expected.
The Roland GO-61 is my favorite 61 key option. The keys still feel a little cheap, but the quality in sounds is a big step up from other 61 key options. You can also use this as a MIDI controller and it also has Bluetooth capability.
You get a ton of sounds with the Go-61 and if you prefer 88 keys, Roland always makes the GO-88.
I believe the Roland Go-61 is a perfect choice for beginners and I think it actually has some to offer for advanced players as well.
The Akai MPK Mini MK2 is the perfect controller for beginners. It is a mini, so it has tiny keys and it is also very light-weight. If you’re not familiar with MIDI keyboards, there’s a couple of things to note.
Controllers don’t make sounds themselves. You will need to connect this via a USB cable to a computer or Macbook in order to access sounds. Once you do this, you will be able to access unlimited VSTS. VSTS are the virtual instruments that you will play on controllers.
You can view some of my favorite VSTS and free DAWS below at these links here. I wrote these guides specifically for beginners.
These are the top 7 picks that I think are worth it for budget Amazon options. To sum this up, go with the FP10 if you can afford it and you’re over 7 years old. If you want a 61 key option, go with the Go-61.
Lastly, for toddlers, go with the SA-76.
I hope these picks make it easier on you for picking your next keyboard. Please leave a comment below with any questions you may have!