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3 Categories of Piano & Which Suits You Best?


With the wide variety of pianos out there, it is extremely normal to be confused over which piano suits you the best. In this article, you will learn more about the 3 categories of pianos, their specifications and find out which piano suits you the best. The 3 main categories consist of the grand piano, the vertical piano and the digital pianos.

1. Grand Piano

The grand piano is a finely crafted luxury musical instrument that is usually used by serious pianists for live performances. Despite being large and bulky, they are exceptionally aesthetically pleasing and appealing to the eyes. Also, the alluring sound and emotional tones produced by this exquisite instrument will definitely captivate anyone and stop them from doing whatever they were doing to listen to the melodious sound.


  • Width ranges from 4'5" all the way to 9'

  • Price ranges from $8,000 to $200,000 depending on the sub category

  • Sub Categories (Smallest to Largest)

  • Petite Grand Piano

  • Baby Grand Piano

  • Medium Grand Piano

  • Parlor Grand Piano

  • Semi-Concert/Ballroom Grand Piano

  • Concert Grand Piano

  • You should buy if you:

  • are interested to learn and practice the grand piano

  • are a serious or aspiring pianist that practices daily

  • are looking to perform the piano

  • looking to decorate your house to achieve the sophisticated and luxurious feel

  • have little to no space constraints

2. Vertical Pianos

The upright piano is the most commonly used piano as it can easily fit into most places. It feels different from the grand piano due to the fact that it functions differently from the grand piano and it comes in different styles and sizes.


  • Width is usually around 5' and height ranges from 3'6" to 4'6".

  • Price ranges from $2,500 to $75,000 depending on the sub categories

  • Sub Categories (Smallest to Largest)

  • Spinet Piano

  • Console Piano

  • Studio Piano

  • Upright Piano

  • You should buy if you

  • are interested to learn and practice the piano often but do not have the budget to buy a grand piano

  • are having space constraints due to limited house space

  • are looking for a piano for places like schools, studios, churches, etc

3. Digital Pianos

Although most people do not consider digital pianos as real pianos due to the fact that it works differently from traditional pianos, the sound produced by these pianos are similar to that of traditional pianos, albeit being produced digitally. Digital pianos are the fusion of traditional piano and electronic keyboards and are designed to replicate the sound, feel and reaction of traditional pianos. Some of these pianos even have functions that allows them to be connected to smart devices.


  • Sizes are according to the number of keys the digital piano have, namely;

  • 61 keys

  • 76 keys

  • 88 keys

  • Prices ranges from $250 to $15,000 depending on sub categories

  • Sub Categories

  • Digital Portable Keyboards

  • Stage Digital Piano

  • Console Digital Piano

  • Digital Baby Grand Piano

  • You should buy if you

  • are interested to learn the piano

  • are playing the piano leisurely or for entertainment purposes

  • are running on tight budgets

  • have space constraints due to extremely limited house space

Now that you understood more about the 3 categories of pianos, which piano do you think suits you the best? Follow and like us on Facebook today for more in depth information of each of the individual categories today!


Wen Feng is a passionate music aficionado. He is constantly on the search for new music to listen to, with a particular interest in classical music. Piano pieces have always been a great companion and kept him calm throughout his school and work life.

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