Market giant, Yamaha, is known for making high quality electronic instruments like digital pianos. Its pianos cut across all price points and pianists of all skill levels. Needless to say, whatever your budget or level of skill on the piano, there’s a Yamaha digital piano for you.
On our review today, we are going to be taking a look at 10 of the best Yamaha digital pianos we could come across. We made sure to make the selection an assortment so that everyone can get a Yamaha for themselves.
So, from console pianos, to portable entry-level pianos, to intermediate pianos at a mid-range price point, there’s something for everyone on our review. Come take a look.
1. Yamaha Arius YDP 181
The Yamaha YDP 181 belongs to Yamaha’s Arius series which is Yamaha’s line of Console pianos. The Arius pianos are known for their characteristic feel and look. So, usually, they come in a large, elegant size with a cabinet that makes them look like an acoustic piano.
For people looking for a family piano, the Yamaha YDP 181 is a fantastic choice. Its beautiful cabinetry and strong resemblance to a grand will add that oomph you want to your living space. Anyone who sets their sights on this piece will immediately peg your family to be a musical one.
Now this piano is really large. It measures 53 inches in width, 20 inches in depth, and 35 inches in height. So, you’ll need to find a dedicated spot in your home for this. It’s also quite heavy too. So, you’ll need some help while setting this up when you receive it.
We love how this piano strikes us aesthetically. It comes with a dark wood finish, also embellished with gold. In fact, the 3-pedal unit that’s included is also laid in gold as well. So, as you can see, this does not disappoint aesthetically too.
Now, as with Yamaha Consoles, this does not come with a lot of built-in tones or voices, there are just 14 in all. So, if you’re looking for a lot of tones, then you’ll need something else besides the YDP-181.
Furthermore, the sound engine on this unit – the AWM Dynamic Stereo Sampling System – is super so it reproduces the grand piano tone excellently along with the other tones in this model.
The touch also feels great, even though it does not come with little hammers in the piano like most other Yamaha pianos.
So, altogether, the YDP 181 makes a great family piano choice.
2. Yamaha DGX 660 88-Key Digital Grand Piano
The DGX-660 is moderately priced and the upgrade to the DGX-650. It comes with a lot of improvements in nearly all aspects from the polyphony to the available effects and a few other aspects too.
In its truest nature, the DGX-660 is what you’d refer to as a hybrid keyboard. That is, it’s the offspring of the union between a digital keyboard and an arranger keyboard. So, being a hybrid, the DGX-660 naturally features loads of songs, tones, styles and rhythms.
If you can’t afford the YDP 181 or you need something with lots of tones and rhythms and styles, then the DGX-660 makes a great choice. It comes with 554 sounds in total! So, from playing, to learning, to making music, the DGX-660 is everything you need to enjoy playing on a keyboard at a reasonable price.
Also, it’s a full-fledged keyboard with 88 keys. But even though Yamaha has portable 88-key keyboards, this isn’t one of them. This weighs 46 pounds compared to most portable pianos that weigh barely 25 pounds. So, this isn’t something you want to move around willy-nilly.
The keys on the DGX-660 are not marvelous but all the same, they are good enough. While there are no simulated ivory/ebony keytops here, the black keytops are finished in matte, at least. So, they feel decent enough. Plus, they are also velocity sensitive as well.
In fact, much better than the YDP 181, this comes with one of Yamaha’s most advanced sound engines, the Pure CF. This sophisticated sound engine faithfully reproduces the high quality sound samples that Yamaha obtains from its CFIII Concert Grand Piano.
Of course, we won’t forget the intriguing Intelligent Acoustic control feature as well. This feature helps the piano automatically adjust sound frequencies so that sound is always clear and balanced.
3. Yamaha P255 88-Key Digital Piano
Check out the Yamaha P255. It is the upgrade to the P155. It looks good, and performs excellently too. In fact, before playing this piano, you will already be more than satisfied by the looks of this model. The P255 looks fine!
There are two finishes to pick from. You can choose between the matte black and the ivory white finishes. Whichever you choose, both of them are sure to attract eyes.
However, the P255 is somewhat heavy at 38 pounds which means that it doesn’t exactly qualify as a portable instrument. In fact, it is only 8 pounds away from the DGX-660 which we just looked at. And about 12 to 13 pounds away from the average portable keyboard.
But then again, with all the technology and engineering in this keyboard, we’ve got to hand it to Yamaha. It literally performed a miracle making this weigh in at 38 pounds.
Now, besides the aesthetics of this keyboard, we also love the layout of this keyboard. It’s simplistic in its outlook and comes with only few buttons. This makes the piano a good choice for a beginner since they won’t be overwhelmed by so many controls at once.
As for the number of voices on this keyboard, they are about 24 in number which makes the keyboard good enough for most piano players. However, we admit that some advanced players might need more.
There’s also a variety of accompaniments to enjoy on this keyboard. And with the Sound Boost, your performance will always sound crystal clear.
Furthermore, the keyboard is also great with a Graded Hammer Standard action which makes the keyboard feel heavier on the bass ends than it is on the higher ends. Plus, this also comes with simulated ivory keytops, so the feel is great too.
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4. Yamaha YDP163R Digital Piano
The Yamaha YDP163R is the Rosewood colored console piano also in the Arius series just like the YDP 181 that we reviewed earlier. It’s not as sophisticated as the YDP 181 definitely but that doesn’t mean that this piano does not pack some awesome features.
It looks pleasing and attractive aesthetically just like all console pianos in the Yamaha Arius series. So, yes, it also comes with an exquisite cabinetry. This is another fantastic family piano option for those seeking one. It is not as expensive as the YDP 181 so it is a little more within reach for most people.
We love the feel of the keyboard. Of course, any keyboard with simulated ivory keytops always delights us because they feel great to the fingers. Plus, there are 3 sensors on the keyboard which makes the keyboard super sensitive. You’re going to love it!
Now, although this keyboard does come with features that would be useful to both beginners and pro players, this is our advice. A pro player will enjoy the features that this piano has to offer much better than a beginner would. So, if you’re a beginner, this is quite pricey, so we won’t advise you to go out of your way for this.
As for the keyboard here, we are quite impressed that Yamaha uses its most advanced action on this model. The Graded Hammer 3 (GH3) action is a much better action than the Graded Hammer Standard which is Yamaha’s most affordable action.
Now, the Graded Hammer 3 is actually quite hard and so some players might not love this, especially for the beginners. But many advanced players will find this great to play.
In the end, it’s a great sounding keyboard and you will find it delightful listening to this as you play.
5. Yamaha YPG-535 88-Key Portable Grand Piano
Next on our review, we check out the Yamaha YPG-535. It is fairly heavy, weighing in at 37 pounds. It weighs about the same size as a 4-year old.
But then, it is quite compact so it will fit into any space at all no matter how small. Whether you live in an apartment or a dorm, you will be able to fit this piano anywhere and conveniently too.
We have to mention though that this keyboard is deep. So, it sorta adds bulk to this keyboard. In truth, there are less bulky keyboards out there. However, we can’t promise you that they will come with as many features as the YPG-535 comes with.
Now as for the controls, there are so many buttons on the control panel – about 40 of them in all. So, this might be a bit overwhelming for the beginner. It seems like each function comes with its own button. However, if you ever get lost, there’s the Grand Piano button to take everything back to default setting.
The keys are a bit unideal. They are semi-weighted rather than fully weighted. So, they come with Yamaha’s Graded Soft touch – Yamaha’s most affordable keyboard action. Instead of hammers in this keyboard, this keyboard comes with springs. So, they definitely won’t feel like an acoustic piano.
But they are velocity sensitive all the same. So, you can switch your style based on how hard or soft you play. Furthermore, the sensitivity comes in 3 levels which means that you can adjust the sensitivity of your keyboard to your tastes per time.
The sound engine Yamaha used on this piano is its AWM Stereo Sampling. It’s not the best Yamaha has to offer but it sounds good nonetheless. And it excellently reproduces all 500 sounds on this keyboard effectively.