For Beginners to Experts: Piano Keyboards for Every Budget

Tickle the ivories with a new electronic keyboard.

A full size keyboard
Get playing with an electronic keyboard.Victor Barrios, Unsplash

If you’ve always wanted to pick up an instrument, the piano is a great foundational choice. A keyboard can help you develop a sense of pitch, rhythm and music theory, as well as learn how to read music. And as a bonus, an electronic piano keyboard doesn’t need to be tuned, unlike a guitar. Whether you’re a novice or an experienced performer, here’s how to find a keyboard that fits your budget.

RockJam RJ761 61 Key Electronic Interactive Teaching Piano Keyboard with Stand, Stool, Sustain Pedal and Headphones
This affordable keyboard is anything but basic: It has 61 full-size keys (slightly smaller than a full-size piano, which has 88), has record and playback features and comes with padded headphones, a sustain pedal and a folding seat.RockJam

All a true beginner needs to get started is a keyboard. But there are some accessories you may want, too: A sustain pedal is essential if you’re planning to play classical music, and dedicated headphones are great for keeping roommates and family members happy while you practice.

Yamaha P71 88-Key Weighted Action Digital Piano With Sustain Pedal And Power Supply
In addition to a full size keyboard of 88 weighted keys, this Yamaha also comes with a sustain pedal and has 10 different piano tones to choose from.Yamaha

For the more experienced pianists looking to get a more authentic feel from a keyboard, weighted keys that simulate the feel of playing a true piano are the way to go.

Yamaha DGX-660 Digital Piano - Black Bundle with Furniture Bench, Sustain Pedal, Dust Cover, Instructional Book, Online Lessons, Austin Bazaar Instructional DVD, and Polishing Cloth
Along with a stool and cushion, this grand piano-like keyboard has USB audio recording and playback capabilities.Yamaha

Grand pianos are gorgeous and sound beautiful—but they’re costly and take up a lot of space. Fortunately, some high-end electronic keyboards can simulate the experience of playing one with weighted keys and rich, deep tones.