Portable pianos are suitable in two scenarios; if you're a professional musician who tours a lot and needs a nice keyboard to be their wingman and if you're a newbie, perhaps attending piano classes and you need a unit that you can carry around without a hassle! Whatever the case may be, we've put together a list of the best portable keyboard pianos in 2021 to end your quest with the best!
Once you're done scouring through the products, don't forget to go through our buying guide. We've curated it keeping in consideration the questions of a lot of beginners - so the guide is structured to help buyers make a better decision when choosing a portable keyboard. Let's begin!
Pianos are cool, intricate instruments that almost everybody loves. They sound good, they're fun to play, heck some of us who can afford to buy the grand ones just like to keep them for display - simply because they're that cool!
However, for almost last two decades, we have had our hands on digital pianos. They're often referred to as portable pianos as well - particularly because they're compact and become a pianist's best friend when they don't have a grand or upright piano within their reach.
We've reviewed some of the best beginner digital pianos up above and now we'll be answering some of the questions that may have popped up in your mind.
Let's get started!
How Do I Choose The Right Portable Keyboard Piano?
Buying a digital piano can be overwhelming if you haven't shopped for one before. There are a couple of features you may come across while you're at it, the sound effects, the number of keys, etc. In this section, we'll try to cover everything you need to know about a keyboard piano so you can easily put a pin on your purchase.
First and foremost, you need to evaluate what your plans are. If you're buying one just for the sake of it, or perhaps for your kids who have just joined their music class, there's really no need for you to worry about a lot. However, if you're purchasing one as a beginner and you plan to grow as a pianist, you'll need to buy a unit that's not a dead beginner product. Perhaps, go for a 61-key portable keyboard piano or if you're really serious, go for an 88-key unit so it gives you at least 1-2 years before you plan to buy a new one.
Number Of Keys
A piano can have keys anywhere between 25 and 88 - there's a special grand piano built by the Bosendorfer Company that has 97 keys - just a little cool fact.
Up above, we've zeroed in on portable pianos with both 61 keys and 88 keys. If you're buying a digital piano for portability, you should ideally be going for as less keys as possible so you can even enjoy playing on let's say, a bus seat. However, choosing an instrument like that is bound to limit you skill-wise, unless you know what you're doing.
We always tell our readers this; when it comes to instruments, you can practically go as high as you want to with the price. There's no limit there - so it's better that you settle on a budget first and then make a reliable purchase within that limit.
We'll narrow down the price structure for portable pianos in a while.
If you're a newbie, all you need is a playable digital piano with somewhat good quality sound and a set of speakers, and you'll be good.
However, just in case you're looking for anything more, you can look forward to; learning tools, speakers/amplifiers, number of sounds/effects, amps and cables included in the package, keyboard action and touch response, piano benches, sustain pedal, and more!
If you're tight on the space or if you're only looking for the most portable options, you might want to actively be considerate about this. If you sing and need a piano to accompany you everywhere you go, you need to go for a lightweight and preferably the smallest digital keyboard you can get your hands on! But that's only intermediate-to-professional pianist talk.
How Much Does A Digital Keyboard Piano Cost?
Let's talk dollars - a portable keyboard piano can cost you anywhere between $50 and $1000, or more! The price difference determines features, build, sound quality, number of effects, brand, and much more!
Since we've specifically curated this list for people looking for budget-friendly portable keyboard options, you'll find most of our selected keyboards in the $50 - $200 range.
Are There Any Particular Types Of Portable Keyboards I Should Know About?
So, there are loads of pianos out there. If getting the feel of an actual acoustic piano matters to you, you can get your hands on a digital keyboard that mimics the touch and feel of an acoustic piano.
Additionally, you can normally only categorize digital keyboards on the basis of their keys and perhaps some individual bonus features!
So, the three primary types of keyboards, in this case, are; 44 keys, 61 keys, and 88 keys.
If you're buying a portable piano for your toddler or little kid, going with a 44-key beginner portable piano isn't a bad idea at all! It'll be easier to carry, cheaper, and will offer more than enough room for growth!
If you're buying one for an adult, practicing on a 61-key unit is more than enough and will get them going.
If you're buying a piano because you're somewhat already experienced or have strict plans to grow as a pianist, you can go for the 88-key digital piano. It'll keep you from buying another piece for a few years as your skill improves.
Best Portable Keyboard Piano FAQ
Q: Are foldable piano keyboards good?
A: There are some roll-up keyboards that are super compact and take the concept of portability to the next level! They're low cost, require a very small amount of space, and are great for adults and kids who want to learn to play the keyboard.
Q: How long do portable keyboards last?
A: They won't go anywhere unless you don't accidentally drop them on the floor or hit them on the wall. Basically, as long as it's not physically damaged, it'll work. And in most cases, you can always get your instrument repaired. They can last for anywhere between 10-50 years, depending on how you choose to use them.
Within the city limits of NOLA, you may find Camilla hammering away on her 88, playing anything from old jazz to modern country music. Camilla's goal is to one day open a piano studio in New Orleans where she can teach the black and whites and other common jazz instruments to enthusiastic students. Ms. Haywood hopes to bring instruments to old and new musicians alike, reviewing pianos, orchestral instruments, and other products that make her tap her fingers to the beats.