The Best Weighted Piano - Reviews & Guide

There’s not a more beautiful sound than a well-played piano. The sound can bring you joy, or move you to tears. An acoustic piano can fill up a living room, church, or concert hall with it’s beautiful sound. But, there are times when it’s not possible to have an acoustic piano.

They are heavy, difficult to move, and take up a lot of room. Not only can they take up a lot of room, there’s no way to adjust the volume. For those in apartments or dorm rooms that can be a problem. Enter the electric piano.

Electric pianos, or keyboard, first became popular in the middle to late 1950’s. In addition to creating new keyboard sounds, they were prized for their relatively small size. They could be taken and played anywhere, and could be played almost any time because of adjustable volume.

Weighted electronic pianos are keyboards that mimic the touch of an acoustic piano. They can be played softly or loudly, according to the force applied to the key. Cheaper electronic keyboards don’t have this feature.

​Here’s our review of some of the Best Weighted Electronic Pianos available.

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1. Williams Legato 88-Key Digital Piano

Williams Legato 88-Key Digital Piano

For any electric piano, the ultimate question is: Does it really sound like a piano? With the Williams Legato the answer is yes. The Legato comes with five “voices.” They are: Piano,Electric piano, Organ, Synthesizer, Bass.

Each voice can be enhanced with different effects (reverb, chorus). In addition to the effects, the Legato features “Split Mode.” Split Mode allows for one voice to be played on the left hand side, and another voice to be played on the right.

The voices and effects are surprisingly good for such an inexpensive electronic keyboard. It isn’t particularly loud, but can be connected to auxiliary speakers, USB, or MIDI if needed.

How small and light is it?

The Legato is a small, light unit. Weighing in at slightly less than 20 lbs., it can be carried comfortably. Since it has a full keyboard (88 keys), it is as wide as a standard piano keyboard (50 inches). Even so, it is small enough (only 11 inches wide) to be as portable as you need it to be.

Playability

The weighted keys on the Legato feel true to those of an acoustic piano. They are also “velocity sensitive.” Simply put, you hit the key harder, the sound is louder, hit the key softer, the sound is quieter. For a beginning pianist, the feel of the keys might be a bit hard, but getting used to them doesn’t take long. Beginners will appreciate the adjustable, built-in metronome.

Accessories

When you initially purchase the Legato, you will need to purchase the power pack and foot pedal also. They can be purchased either singly, or in a “Essentials Pack.”You will also need to purchase the piano stand and bench.

2. Williams Allegro 2 88-Key Hammer Action Digital Piano

Williams Allegro 2 88-Key Hammer Action Digital Piano

The Allegro is the next step up from the Legato. While the Legato is meant for the beginning pianist, the Allegro should be more comfortable for a mid-level player.

Allegro 2 offers more sound choices than does the Legato. It comes equipped with a 10 sound sample offering. The voices are: Classical piano, Modern piano, Various keyboard and synthesizer voices.

Like the Legato, the Allegro features an effects package with chorus and reverb, but also adds a “Modulation/FX” control. This feature will provide realistic rotary and vibrato effects to select keyboard voices. The Allegro also has the keyboard split/layer function.

How small and light is it?

The Williams Allegro 2 has a few more features than the Legato, therefore it is a bit heavier (29.8 lbs.). The length is virtually the same (51.6 inches).

Playability

The keyboard of the Allegro has a feel that is closer to that of an actual piano than the Legato. The “semi-weighted” keys provide a slightly more realistic feel, closer to that of an acoustic piano.

Accessories

There are a few more bells and whistles included with the Allegro. A graphic LCD screen is visible just above the keyboard. With it, you can control voice, effects, and the metronome.You will need to purchase an Essentials Pack (power pack and pedal) to begin playing. A piano bench and stand will also be need to be purchased if you want to rest the keyboard on a stand.

3. Yamaha P45B Digital Piano

Yamaha P45B Digital Piano

Yamaha is one of the pioneers of keyboards, and the P45B Digital Piano is an excellent piano you’ll be excited to own.The P45B Digital Piano offers a 64-note polyphony to maximize the sound.

You can use the sustain pedal without dropping any notes while you’re playing. The 88-keys give the piano the feel of a real piano, without any of the large parts.

Yamaha uses a Classic Sound Engine to produce quality music. The sound is more spacious due to the waveforms created by the piano.

The Advanced Wave Memory (AWM) Stereo Sampling allows the piano to produce notes at their highest quality.The Dual Mode allows you to combine two voices and put them together. It is similar to a real piano and strings. You’ll feel the inspiration of the music while you’re playing this piano.

How small and light is it?

The P45B uses a weighted action that’s heavier in the low end. It allows the high end to be lighter, giving it the feel of an acoustic piano.

Playability

The full-scale digital piano is something that an amateur or novice would feel comfortable playing. It’s a decent piano that just about anyone would appreciate.

Accessories

The USB to host port will allow you to connect and interact with your music. You can hook up a foot pedal to improve the quality of the sound as well. If you have a smartphone, you can download a variety of apps that will help improve your performance. You can also use different apps to educate yourself to play certain songs.

4. Yamaha DGX650B Digital Piano

Yamaha DGX650B Digital Piano

This digital piano is so similar to an acoustic piano; you won’t be able to tell the difference. There are different smart functions you can use to give it the feel of a real piano.

The piano has a 128-note polyphony that won’t cause notes to drop out. You can layer two voices to improve the sound quality, and sustaining the chords while you’re jamming.

The Damper Resonance function makes your music sound better when the damper pedal is pressed. You’ll feel like a pro when you’re rocking out.

How small and light is it?

The piano is heavier than the P45B, with the weight distributed evenly throughout the piano. It’s probably for someone always on the move, but it will get the job done.

Playability

The 88 keys give a person the feel of a regular piano, without the heavy back. The keys are heavier in the low end, while they are lighter in the higher end. It simulates an acoustic piano to bring a professional feel.

Accessories

The piano features professionally arranged songs you can play along to, with song books available. You can play songs from today’s top artists, or yesteryear’s greatest hits. The AUX line input allows you to connect devices, and play music through the digital speakers.

5. Yamaha YPG-535 88-Key Portable Grand Piano

Yamaha YPG-535 88-Key Portable Grand Piano

This Yamaha portable grand piano is ideal for anyone looking for a keyboard they can take with them to practice. It’s a piano that you will appreciate for different reasons.

All you need to do is push a button, and you’ll be recording the next big hit. The Large Wave ROM exemplifies extra high quality sounds that will make you feel like you’re playing an acoustic piano.

It’s the perfect piano if you want something that produces the best sound you want.

How small and light is it?

The piano is portable and light enough to carry around. It’s perfect for packing it up and taking it with you to practice.

Playability

The full keyboard uses the Graded Soft Touch that allows you to play it smoothly. It has everything you need so you can play it sitting down or standing up.

Accessories

The backlit LCD displays lyrics, chords, and notations you can follow to play all your favorite songs. The Performance Assistant Technology has a melody mode you can use to keep up with your favorite songs. A sustain pedal is included, as well as a stand and adapter for the piano.

The Final

Every piano is different, even if they appear similar. The different features and sounds they produce can affect the quality of music. You can decide what sound you’re looking for when you’re looking at different pianos.

Out of the ones on this list, I recommend the Yamaha YPG-535 88-Key Portable Grand Piano, based on a number of factors. The portability factor is a deciding factor, especially if you have a band that’s always on the move.

It produces quality music, and the LCD display is an excellent way to read lyrics and follow the notes. Connecting storage devices via the USB port is ideal for saving all your favorite melodies.

Paul Murrell
 

Paul Murrell is the Editor of Choosepianos.com. Who is a Pianos enthusiast and love to share what he know about this field. In personal life he is a father of two cute kids and loving husband of a beautiful wife. He love foods and nothing is more important than reading book in his spare time.