Best Beginner Keyboard – Top 5

Updated 30/05/2017

Looking to buy a beginners keyboard? Here’s our guide to the five of the best!

Yamaha YPT-260 £99.99

The Yamaha YPT-260 is the most affordable keyboard currently available from Yamaha. Because of this, it’s a great choice for first-time keyboard players and younger students, helping them to take their first steps in playing the instrument. An impressive range of 400 sounds are packed inside the PSR-F50, giving you the chance to recreate pianos, organs, guitars, strings and much more. On top of this there are 100 backing styles, accessible at the touch of a button. This gives a sense of realism to your practice sessions, letting you practically use the skills you learn by playing along with a band.

Yes, there’s a lot packed in to this very affordable keyboard, but that doesn’t mean it’s hard to use. All of the controls are simply laid out and easy to use so there really is no messing around with the Yamaha YPT-260.


2. Yamaha PSR-E353 Portable Keyboard – £173.00 + Free Delivery

Yamaha PSR-E353 Portable Keyboard

The Yamaha PSR E353 is one of the most popular keyboards we sell at Dawsons. This is in part due to the fact that this is the most affordable keyboard in Yamaha‘s PSR range to feature a velocity sensitive keyboard. This extends the usable life of this instrument massively. Alongside this feature, the PSR E353 is loaded with 573 voices (different instrument sounds), and 158 accompaniment styles, meaning this keyboard can cope with just about any genre of music you care to throw at it. And if you wish to connect the keyboard to a computer, for use with music software, then that can be achieved via the USB socket on its back panel.

In addition, the Yamaha PSR-E353 features  a nine-step lesson function and iPod/iPad compatibility which further extend the learning capabilities of this keyboard. The PSR E353 is undoubtedly a candidate for the best beginner keyboard on the market.

3. Yamaha YPT-255 Portable Keyboard -£99.99 + Free Delivery

Yamaha YPT-255 Portable Keyboard

The YPT-255 is perfect for the beginner who wants an easy to use product that actively encourages progression. The inclusion of the Yamaha Education Suite (YES) offers the user a fun and interactive learning experience – essentially a built-in personal tuition program which allows you to play along to over 100 songs. The chord dictionary and transpose and tempo functions also aid in progression allowing the user to perform songs at different speeds. It lets beginners learn at their own pace – ideal when you’re just starting out.

In addition, there’s 372 high quality voices to choose from, so no matter what your style – there’s an option that will suit you. At 94cm long and weighing it at 4kg, it’s easily manoeuvrable too!

4.Yamaha P-35 – £369 + Free Delivery

Yamaha P-35 Stage Piano
The Yamaha P-35 is one of latest additions to the Yamaha range of stage pianos, and it sets a new benchmark for performance and value. Despite its low price, the P-35 features a fully weighted piano keyboard. Ten on-board sounds complete with a stunning AWM piano sound, and a metronome provide the essentials for performance and practice, and the unit is slim, compact and weighs just 11.5 Kg, making an incredibly portable option.

5. Roland FP-30 Digital Piano – £489 + Free Delivery

Roland FP-30 Digital Piano

Roland do a great job of making it easy for beginners. The Roland FP-30 Digital Piano is at the more pricier end of the spectrum clocking in at around £400-ish, but it is still very affordable, especially when you think of the fact you get Roland’s coveted superNATURAL sound engine as well as Bluetooth connectivity and a whole range of sounds.

You have a gorgeous grand piano sound, a pair of digital speakers and a headphone socket perfect for when you’re practicing at night (or not feeling up to playing in front of others just yet!) so you have everything you need to get started. The Bluetooth connectivity is where this piano really comes in handy though. Pair it with your iPhone, iPad or tablet and utlisie a range of piano tuition apps (sold separately) and after some hard work you’ll be on your way to headlining the Sydney Opera house in no time!

View a complete range of great pianos and keyboards at the Dawsons website.