Top 4 Piano Models for Beginners | Piano Cost & Reviews

There’s no way around it – pianos are among one of the most expensive instruments. Not only is there an initial investment, they also require regular maintenance. But if you or your child have your heart set on learning piano, there’s no need to spend beyond your means on an expensive or fancy model. The following four models are great for beginners:

Kawai K2


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This piano was designed with the beginner in mind. It is relatively short and does not include a lot of additional features. It has three pedals, and a sturdy shell, and comes at a cost of around $3,500.

The benefits of this piano are that it is made for a beginner, but it still includes everything you need to get started. The downside to this piano is that it is still relatively expensive; if you’re on a budget, consider getting a used model to begin with to cut down the piano cost.

Steinway & Sons Essex


This recommendation actually covers several different models of upright pianos by Steinway & Sons, which are all great choices for a beginner piano. You can browse through several different shells (polished ebony, mahogany, and several others). It includes the same features as other beginner pianos, with the look and feel for more advanced players. A new Essex generally costs between $4,000 and $6,000.

The benefits of this piano are that it will last longer than most beginner pianos. You can select a look and style that fits your home and it will provide a beautiful sound.

Yamaha U1


This is actually a preferred piano of more experienced pianists, so it is the costliest piano on this list. The price ranges from roughly $3,400 for a used model in great condition to over $8,000 for a new model.

Although it’s costly, think about the benefits: if you’re serious about your studies, this is a high-quality model that will provide you with years of playing and enjoyment!

Yamaha P105

Yamaha P105

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Not ready to commit to a full piano? A keyboard is a perfectly fine alternative for most beginner pianists – especially if you’re concerned about the piano cost. This model in particular is a great keyboard for a beginner on a tight budget. It has 88 keys and an easy user interface to get used to the keyboard, for around $600.

The benefit of a digital piano is that it’s typically less expense that a regular piano. However, they do not have the same feel or sound as an acoustic.

Regardless of which piano brand or model you get, make sure you always try out the instrument first. Make a day of it and go around to different music stores to try out a variety of types. If you’re new to learning piano, cost can certainly be an important factor – and it’s a big investment, so you’ll want to make sure you’re comfortable with the purchase. Need extra help? Your piano teacher can also provide recommendations, or may even know of another student selling a used model.

Good luck, and happy playing!

Readers, what are your thoughts on these models? Do you have any other recommendations for beginners? Let us know in the comments! 


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  1. Carlingford Music Centre
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