The Best Upright Digital Pianos

For the discerning pianist, the upright digital piano is more than just an instrument, it’s a veritable hive of creativity and as the piano ages, becomes part of your home. The right piano can be a beautifully responsive to your touch and a dream to play, as well as an extremely rewarding instrument, but where do you start and which is the best upright piano for you?

With the myriad of options out there, when it comes to choosing the best upright digital piano for your home, making the decision can be a little difficult. Do you want a professional grade instrument or something just to practice on? Do you need a range of on-board effects or just the basics – the questions go on and on. Thankfully, we’ve made it a little easier for you with this guide to upright pianos, and more specifically digital upright pianos. We spoke to our friends at Yamaha, Kawai and Roland and asked their piano specialists a little about some of the most popular pianos on the market and why they should be on your list of consideration. But first a little info on the good ol’ upright piano.

When starting out in the world of digital pianos the task of choosing one can seem daunting to some. There are a number of features to look out for and some to avoid.

Even seasoned piano players may find themselves lost among the many competing brands recommended by friends and colleagues. Finding out more about most popular digital piano brands and the qualities that make each of them unique could be helpful.

Nothing beats jamming on some keys after a long day of work. I typically prefer my real piano over most but if I’m in the mood, but having a digital piano on deck for home, studio or stage performance can be an amazing investment if you’re serious about your playing. If you’re unaware, a digital piano gives you a different sound as well as feel when compared to a traditional piano.

It basically simulates the way a real piano sounds and is played. You also get a lot more advanced features included in the model depending on which one you buy. It all really comes down to personal preferences, uses and needs. We’ll elaborate on the other benefits you get. If you’re looking for some of the best digital piano models in the market, we found the top 10 worth looking at.

They also had added features, such as different sound effects, internal metronome, and transposition, that are not featured in an acoustic upright piano.

The newest models of digital upright pianos are superior in the fact that they feel and sound just like a real piano! There are also certain reasons to look at for purchasing a digital upright piano. By reading the following, you will gain an understanding of the good reasons to buy a digital upright piano. More at

Below is our list of the top 10 best digital pianos on the planet. We summarize the features and what’s been said about the particular piano, as well as provide some sample sounds for you to hear what you’ll be getting if you choose it. Let us know in the comments which model you’ve decided to buy!

Yamaha P Series P105

Yamaha P Series P105
Yamaha P Series P105

The Yamaha P105 is one of our all-time favorites in the digital piano world. This 88-Key model by Yamaha Music is exceptional in terms of overall quality and sound. The reviews have been so high it was quite easy to list this one first. In terms of highlights, you’re getting sounds sampled from the famous CFIII concert grand Yamaha piano. There’s also a built-in duet partner which is great for learning or opening up to different types of playing styles (states ten available). Also noted are the drum patterns you can use to play as opposed to a traditional metronome if you want a different spin on your jamming. The keys are very realistic and completely weighted with “GHS action”.

In terms of other tech included, there’s a USB port to hook it up straight to your computer. There’s also an AUX plug-in for attaching it to other consoles and what not, perfect if you’re a recording artist. If not, there’s still the beloved headphone output (something I absolutely love) in case you need to keep it quiet or want some privacy.

The only kicker is that you’ll have to spend a few more bucks on the bundle that includes a stand; however, we still feel its worth it in that sense. If not, you can still fit it on a desk or whatever you currently have set up. You can choose between a black or white version, as well. Here’s a video demo.

Roland DP-90SE-PEC

Roland DP-90SE-PEC
Roland DP-90SE-PEC

Roland really outdid itself with this high quality digital upright piano.

The Roland DP 90 SE is one of seven digital upright pianos that Roland offers. Roland also offers 5 premium digital upright pianos that are worthwhile to look at.

The keyboard on the Roland DP 90SE has Escapement, which really gives it an authentic piano feel. Other digital piano keyboards that do not feel quite realistic usually do not have the escapement feature. The escapement is the heart of piano keyboard action, and without it, you are left with a clumsy feeling keyboard. The keyboard also has a Ivory Feel, so your fingers will really have the sensation of playing on an authentic piano.

With Note Voicing, a controller in the Roland system that allows you to change volume, pitch, and tone for each piano key, you will have supreme control over the instrument.

Yamaha YDP142

Yamaha YDP142
Yamaha YDP142

The first upright keyboard I’d recommend is the Yamaha YDP142 digital piano (lowest price here!). It has a simple, under stated look to it that can certainly fit into many home decors, especially if it is one of modern minimalism, and it’s not a bad deal at all. The main feature of the YDP142 is that it has the exact same recordings of the Yamaha grand pianos played in concert halls all over the globe. With this legendary sound under your very own fingertips, the YDP142 can pack an impressive punch to the expectations of those listening, and the player.

The YDP142 also comes with a two track recording functionality. This means that when using the 10 expertly crafted voices the keyboard comes with the player can get an instant impression on a song they are playing, or start to understand the end result of a song they are composing. This can lead to some very interesting combinations, imagine a plucking harpsichord performing a duet with a jazz organ! The YDP142 is also usefully very environmentally friendly, as it will turn itself off after 30 minutes of inactivity from the player, so you don’t need to worry about mounting energy bills!

How do you surpass an acoustic piano in terms of sound? Is it possible with a digital?

Specific to the N/B silent models, the fact that you can play acoustic and switch to silent at the press of a switch is an incredible feature.

The ability to add a layer of reverb to a piano sound gives it tons of ‘life’ and is something that I think many pianists would love should they turn to digital. More at