Top 5 Keyboards with weighted keys for beginners:
by Chris

While it is true that the music chooses the musician and not the other way around, the musician will be the one to choose the right tools to make the music happen. That is why making the right choice of keyboard is very important in different stages of your career – or hobby, as the case may be.

In this piece, we will try to determine the best keyboard with weighted keys for beginner pianists. I have curated a list of the top 5 keyboards with weighted keys for beginners. Before we get into the meat of the post, though, I feel I owe it to you to address a question that must be burning through your mind right now.

 

What are Weighted Keyboards?

… and why should they matter to you, anyway?

When taking your piano lessons, chances are that you are being trained on an actual grand piano system. The kinds of keyboards on these grand pianos are the entire works – from the magnificent pedals to the carefully weighted keys.

However, it doesn’t make sense for you to also get a grand piano at home as a beginner. Besides the cost implications of this, you might also not have enough space to set them up in your place. Still, nothing beats practicing on your own if you ever hope to be better at the piano.

Thus, getting a smaller (yet functional) keyboard fills the void for you.

The advantage of weighted keys on these small keyboards is that they simulate the spring force and effects which you experience on playing the larger piano too. That way, you don’t have to always recondition yourself when practicing on the smaller piano set and moving to the grand setup.

In short, transferring your knowledge from one keyboard option to the other becomes as seamless as possible. All that, and I have not even mentioned how keyboard systems with weighted keys do not need tuning, or their high portability, among other benefits.

In a nutshell, the reason why I have chosen to review only keyboards with weighted keys for the beginners in the house today is to make their work easier.

It is already challenging that you are learning how to combine different white and black keys to make beautiful music. I don’t believe it fair to also make you go through the mental stress of calculating the force to exert on each new key when you change from the practice piano to the lesson session unit.

 

The Best Weighted Piano Sets for Beginners on the Market

After a lot of hours of market research, I came up with some picks that have not only been engineered by the top companies in the keyboard business but also have social proof behind them. Besides those, I have also detailed what makes each one of these piano units stand out – and where they might not sound as impressive to you.

Sounds fun, right? How about we get into it all then.

 

1 Casio LK-265 PPK

Casio LK-265 PPKCasio LK-265 PPK

One thing that stands out to users immediately about the Casio LK-265 PPK is the array of tones that comes with the piano out of the box. Featuring 400 in all, they have been carefully chosen in such a way that they can create a universal feel.

Thus, you are not left out of the fun – no matter where you come from int the world.

The beginner pack is also coupled with three different lesson functions to better your experience. Here, we have all of the Lesson Lite, scoring system and voice fingering guide.

Besides being able to learn how to play via any of the pre-selected 50 songs, the system also allows you to import your songs and learn to score them.

Finally, the dance music effect and touch response on the keyboard (as well as a screen) are features to look out for once you get this unit.

Pros

  • Offers a connection to mobile devices (iOS and Android) which teaches you to play your favorite songs
  • The light-up key will get you playing songs in no time
  • Focus on not only scoring songs but getting the timing, notes, and other salient features right
  • Headphones sound great
  • Works for all grades of beginners – from kids to adults

Cons

  • The piano might not sound realistic with Touch function on
  • Some settings and functions might be complicated to use
  • Learning mode does not indicate wrong keypresses

 

2 Korg SP280BK 88-Key Digital Piano

Korg SP280BK 88-Key Digital Piano

The name of this unit has already given off the fact that it comes with a broad spectrum of 88 keys – and it is already sure that they are all weighted to mimic an organ too. What the name does not tell you, though, is that they are compact and cost-effective for all they bring to the table too.

Under the hood of the Korg SP280BK 88-Key Digital piano are panels that will give you up to thirty different expressive sounds with high quality to match. To enable beginners to gain mastery of the grand piano even better, this digital piano ships with a soft pedal option to allow you to recreate the experience anytime you are practicing on your own.

Finally, the setup of this piano is such that you do not need to discard it when you leave the beginner stage. A few modifications to your style of play, and it will last you well into your intermediate stages too.

Pros

  • Brings the real piano feel at a fraction of the cost
  • Several amazing, high-quality sounds makes the piano a joy to play
  • Functions as a great tool for beginners and midlevel learners too
  • The response on the weighted keys is almost perfect, very closely simulating a grand piano
  • Portable and small enough to fit into not-so-large spaces, while still featuring an array of keys

Cons

  • Keys on some units are not at the same level of tightness

 

3 Casio Privia PX-160BK

Casio Privia PX-160BK

Just like the unit above, this Casio Privia PX-160BK also comes with the full range of 88 keys, but that is not what makes it suitable for learners and piano beginners. What caught my attention the most about the piano is its duet mode setup.

With that, a student and teacher can use the same keyboard at the same time. Since the keyboard has a lot of keys to play with, the entire frame is split into two parts with equal ranges on both parts.

That is only bettered with the inclusion of a two-track recorder which you can use to record and playback all your practice sessions. This would be great for getting feedback from your teacher whenever you next meet – speeding up your learning progress.

Overall, you will enjoy the elegant look of the piano chassis which provides a soothing aesthetic appeal while you are busy making great music.

Pros

  • Duet mode to allow teacher and student work on the keyboard at the same time
  • Two-track recorder for documenting playing sessions
  • Full range of keys, and all weighted
  • Equipped with tri-sensor scaled hammer action keyboard for accuracy and speed of performance
  • It comes with split and layer capability for playing different tones in different hands.

Cons

  • Keys can get flimsy, and fast, on some units.
  • The decay of a sound is short, and the sustain of the keys might not be long enough either.

 

4 Roland FP-30 Digital Piano Bundle

Roland FP-10 Digital Piano Bundle

While they might not be as popular a brand as the likes of Yamaha and Casio, that does not stop Roland from putting out quality units for the learners out there too. This is evident in the engineering of this FP-30 Digital Piano with neatly-weighted keys, amazing feedback and one of the most fantastic sound outputs on the market at this price point.

The keyboard takes a deviation from the conventional design, featuring more modern-day interfaces and packages to ensure a smoother experience when playing your songs. This keyboard also brings the twin play mode on board, making it easier for the student and teacher to share the same keyboard during lessons.

While the keys are busy helping you master the dexterity needed to engage the grand piano when next you have a chance with one, the rich sounds from the internet acoustic engine will keep you glued to this unit for hours on end.

Pros

  • The keyboards are weighted very close to the classical piano
  • The rich sound engine produces a dynamic, rich and wonderful sound
  • The entire bundle offers great value for money
  • Highly portable unit

Cons

  • Few notes on the piano sound like they are not totally in tune
  • The standard stand shipping with the piano might not be conducive for the sustain pedal

 

5 Yamaha DGX660B 88-Key Piano

Yamaha DGX660B 88-Key Piano

It would not be a complete list of weighted keyboards for beginners if we did not include one pick from Yamaha. Looking at the options which this company has in that category, though, it was hard to come up with a single pick at the end of the day.

So, what made the DGX660B stand out among the other weighted key pianos that a beginner could easily have gone for, and from this manufacturer?

Besides the promise of quality which accompanies the Yamaha brand name, you will especially love the grand piano sound effects which this keyboard gives in any room it finds itself in. An easy-to-read score and lyric digital screen ships with every unit too, promising to make you a pro on any song you aim to score.

Finally, this keyboard prepares you to play like a professional right from the time you hit the first chord, seeing as they have been finely tuned to classical piano standards.

Lest I forget, you will want to take advantage of the assignable pedal for the overall effect too.

Pros

  • A great pick for beginners with equally high value for money
  • Despite being digital, this piano embodies the acoustic classical feel
  • Attention to details in weighted keys make a lot of difference in tone and sounds
  • Promises long-lasting use under average conditions
  • Offers a smooth advancement for beginners and amateurs into the pro stage

Cons

  • This keyboard is a bit on the heavy side
  • Might not hold certain settings, forcing users to set them again

 

Conclusion

So, there we have it.

Which of these keyboards appeal to your musical side the most? Do let us all know in the comments, and why it is the ideal pick for you too.

For those who have used any of these keyboards before, we would love to hear your personal experience too. Let’s get the comments rolling in, shall we?

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