The Best Digital Pianos Under $1,000

It can be a bit of a challenge deciding which piano to buy when you’re first starting out. Roland has an excellent reputation for building quality instruments. Importantly, they also have a few digital pianos for under $1,000.

But, before we take a look at them…

Why choose a digital piano?

There is a lot of information online about the advantages of learning on a digital piano. Here are 5 key benefits that may help you decide if a digital piano is right for you:

  1. Practice (quietly) with headphones
    Digital pianos let you play anytime without disturbing your family and neighbors.
  2. Record and listen to your own performance
    There is no better way to improve your playing than to record your performances and then listening back to them.
  3. Use APPs to improve your playing ability
    There are countless apps available that are designed to help you learn to play piano, no matter what level you’re playing at!
  4. Play with different sounds to keep practice interesting
    Almost all digital pianos come equipped with multiple piano sounds, harpsichords, and electric organ sounds. They also never need tuning!
  5. Use a ‘click’ to develop your sense of rhythm
    Metronomes help develop your rhythmic and timekeeping skills. Adjust the digital click to help you stay in ‘time’ and to master complex or advanced pieces of music.

Taking the next step

Before going into a piano shop, it’s good to have a pretty clear idea of what you’re looking for. With that in mind, let’s take a look at Roland’s pianos for under $1,000, which have set the standard for digital pianos in this price range.

Roland GO:KEYS 61

Digital pianos under $1,000 – Impressive sounds and features!

If you’re looking for a fun and inspiring way to start playing music, a quality instrument such as Roland’s GO:KEYS is just what you are looking for! Easy to learn with a ton of great features and a huge range of professional sounds, you will be able to enjoy making music from the very start!

With its innovative Loop Mix function, you can build fully produced songs right away, even with no previous music experience. Importantly, there’s also an easy-to-use recorder to capture and share your creations. Most of all, with Bluetooth® connectivity, you can jam along with music from your smartphone or tablet and work with all sorts of great music apps. Compact and battery-powered, GO:KEYS also lets you enjoy the magic of musical creativity everywhere you go.

At a Glance

  • Over 500 pro-quality sounds such as pianos, synths, strings, bass, brass, and more
  • Onboard high-quality Bluetooth speakers for wireless smartphone connection
  • Compact and lightweight for playing anywhere
  • Fully wireless operation, battery power and Bluetooth connectivity
  • Loop Mix function lets you build songs by simply playing notes on the keyboard
  • Bluetooth MIDI support for music production apps such as Garageband on your smartphone or tablet
  • Built-in song recorder also with USB backup
  • Play anytime with built-in speakers or headphone

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Roland GO:PIANO 88

Digital pianos under $1,000 – Authentic piano feel with 88 standard-size keys

When you’re learning to play the piano, having 88 keys makes a big difference. Although smaller 61 or 76-note keyboards are portable and easy to handle for younger players, an 88-note full-size keyboard helps you develop the correct technique and therefore become a more expressive player.

Most keyboards make you choose between performance and portability. Importantly, Roland’s GO:PIANO88 delivers equally on both fronts. Lightweight and road-ready, with optional battery power and headphones, this mobile instrument has a full-size 88-note keyboard. Importantly, its sounds are derived from Roland’s best digital pianos, so you can play with the correct technique and expression – vital for complex pieces such as classical music.

At a Glance

  • Premium piano performance in a compact, portable and affordable instrument
  • 88-note keyboard with full-size keys and standard spacing
  • Onboard high-quality Bluetooth speakers for wireless smartphone connection
  • Compact and lightweight (7.0 kg) for playing and storing anywhere
  • Fully wireless operation with battery power and Bluetooth connectivity
  • Bluetooth MIDI support for advanced music lessons with your smartphone or tablet
  • Metronome, transpose and recording features support daily practice
  • Play anytime with built-in features such as speakers, battery operation and headphones
  • Affordable and easy-to-carry second piano for experienced players

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Roland FP-30

Digital pianos under $1,000 – Unbeatable performance, unbelievable price

When inspiration strikes, take a seat at the best-seller in Roland’s renowned FP piano series; the popular FP-30. This affordable digital piano is big on value and a pleasure to play. Above all, it has an authentic weighted action from the 88-note PHA-4 Standard keyboard with Ivory Feel, joined by Roland’s evocative SuperNATURAL piano tones through onboard speakers or headphones.

With its portable, space-saving design, the FP-30 is the ideal instrument for home, school, studio, or stage. It is suited to practicing in the spare room and giving performances in the living room. Plus, with Bluetooth® connectivity and powerful onboard features not offered by any other digital piano under $1,000, the FP-30 is the ideal second piano for more experienced players.

At a Glance

  • Rich, responsive tone from Roland’s renowned SuperNATURAL Piano sound engine
  • 88-key hammer-action format in a compact cabinet
  • PHA-4 Standard keyboard provides authentic piano touch for maximum expression
  • Built-in Bluetooth MIDI/USB MIDI interface for connecting to external software such as Garageband, computers, DAW software
  • Roland’s Piano Partner 2 app lets you connect your smartphone or tablet via Bluetooth to select sounds, backing rhythms, interactive sheet music, metronome settings, and more
  • Headphones output and quiet keyboard action let you enjoy playing at any time without disturbing others
  • Onboard speakers reproduce your playing with expressive sound
  • Twin Piano mode is ideal for lessons, letting student and teacher play side-by-side in the same octave ranges
  • Available in black and white finishes
  • Optional matching stand and traditional pedalboard

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Final Word…

Our piano is the centerpiece of our living room. Coming home to the sounds of someone playing always brings a smile to my face! It’s one of those things, like the smell of home-baked cookies in the oven, that really turns a house into a home. Above all, it has opened up a lifetime of enjoyment to my children.

I hope that this short guide has given you the inspiration and direction needed to take the next step! There is no time like the present to begin your musical journey.