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Roll up pianos are designed to be rolled up and put in a suitcase or box for traveling. Piano has always been one of the most difficult instruments to travel with (you can’t just wear them on you back like a guitar) and roll up pianos are designed to solve this problem.
Unfortunately, roll up pianos are not perfect. They feel very different from a regular piano, because you don’t actually press down a key – you press down on a silicone mat. This results in frequent mistakes and a bit of a robotic sound.
That said, roll up piano keyboards can be great tools for beginners who need something to play on, more advanced players who just want to keep their fingers in shape, and if the piano has MIDI capabilities, it can be a great way to make beats on the road.
There are many roll up pianos on the market of varying quality, so we’ve reviewed a whole bunch of them for you. You will find our top recommendations at the bottom of the list.
S61 Portable Flexible Piano USB MIDI Electronic Keyboard
This is one of the thinnest roll up pianos on the market. Not only is the mat exceptionally easy to roll up, but the speaker is also very thin. This piano rolls up small enough to fit anywhere!
That said, the S61 Portable Roll Up Piano had to make some sacrifices in the tone department to achieve this. The sound out of the speaker is tinny and small. But the headphone jack is better.
The S61 has 129 tones, 100 built-in rhythms, 80 demos, and MIDI capabilities. These are all the features of a decent roll up piano.
This would be a great option if it weren’t for the poor sensitivity. The keyboard repeats notes often, makes a digital clicking sound if too many notes are played too quickly, and has a flaw where if you are using a sustain pedal and holding down a note, the note will stop when the pedal is lifted. On a normal piano, the note would continue as long as you are holding it down.
For this reason, this keyboard does not get our full recommendation. There are more reliable keyboards out there!
Safeplus Portable Foldable Roll Up Piano
The Safeplus Portable Roll Up Piano has 61 keys and is an average roll up piano. It can be powered with a rechargeable battery or via USB and is designed to be played with the onboard loudspeaker.
This is another good option for the beginning player. It has the proper 1:1 key size, so that students can get an idea of where to place their fingers. It also has a record and playback function, which is great for teachers and students.
The best part about the Safeplus keyboard is the carrying case it comes with. It would make sense if all roll up pianos came with cases, but despite the fact that they are meant for travel, most don’t come with a case.
Overall, this wouldn’t be our top recommendation. The sensitivity is tricky and results in double notes, and you cannot play chords on this keyboard. It can only handle three notes at a time. The speaker is also on the tinny side.
BABY JOY 61 Keys Roll Up Piano
This BABY JOY 61 Key Roll Up Piano is a roll up piano with many standard features. 128 tones, 15 songs, USB MIDI capabilities, built-in speaker, and about 10 hours of battery life on a single charge of the 1200mah battery.
What sets this keyboard apart is the slightly raised keybed. This gives the keyboard a more realistic feeling (it can be disconcerting to have your fingers hitting a flat mat). This keyboard allows you to feel each key separately.
This keyboard is designed for beginners, but unlike some beginner roll up pianos, you can play chords on it. Some pianos only allow up to three or four notes to be played at once, which doesn’t allow for more detailed chords. This is okay for beginners, but most players will want to be able to play more notes simultaneously.
As far as sensitivity goes, this roll up piano is middle of the road. You will find some notes repeat often and you will find some parts of the piano are “dead” and don’t produce sound. It’s not perfect but it’s not terrible.
Igloo Essentials Folding Portable Keyboard
This portable roll up piano has 61 keys in the traditional black and white coloring. Made by Igloo Essentials, it is a lower quality roll up piano, but it will work for some players.
The keyboard has a few advantages. Its user interface is well-marked and intuitive. You shouldn’t need to fiddle with it for too long to figure it out. It also has a setting to play a chord by just pressing one note – something not seen on many other roll up pianos.
The keys are also slightly raised on this keyboard, just as they are on the BABY JOY model. This is a good feature, as it gives you a better simulation of a real keyboard.
But the keyboard has a few issues that make it a lesser recommendation. It does not hold half or whole notes, and it is not compatible with a sustain pedal. This makes it difficult to play properly.
The loudspeaker works normally, but through headphones it sounds too loud, even on the lowest setting. It has many of the sensitivity issues that most roll up pianos have as well.
KikerTech BT 2018 Premium Grade Silicone Roll Up Piano
This roll up piano has many if not all the bells and whistles that come with regular digital pianos. It has MIDI out, Bluetooth capabilities, USB 5V , MP3 capabilities, a Mic, and a sustain pedal. It is a great option for rolling up and taking wherever you want to make music.
The built-in speakers on this piano set it apart from other roll up pianos – because it saves the pain of connecting it to anything else, and because the speakers are of a better quality than other roll up pianos. The sound is not full or bass-y, but it is crisp and clear.
The KikerTech piano has a built-in 1100mah rechargeable battery, which means you can take this thing anywhere without worry. Play on the beach, play on a camping trip – whatever!
The keys are also built with 1:1 scaling, meaning they are the same size as a regular piano. This allows for better fingering practice and a better, more realistic feel.
But it should be noted that it suffers from the same problems many roll up pianos do. Sometimes the keys will sound twice when pressed, and the key sensitivity can be off-putting. But if you are simply practicing fingerings, this piano will do the job.
Click N’ Play Gigantic Keyboard Play Mat
This is an unusual choice, but it’s fun and useful. Many early childhood music teachers use these in their classes. The Click N’ Play Gigantic Keyboard Mat is just what it sounds like. A huge roll up piano that is meant to be played with the feet.
This product is only meant for young students who are just learning their notes. It’s a good product for a music teacher who’s teaching young students. It’s fun for kids to move their feet around the mat and make a bit of music! There are lots of games to be played with a gigantic piano mat.
The mat is 70 x 29 inches and made of a heavy duty vinyl material. Kids shouldn’t stomp on it, but it’s sturdy enough to last a while. It comes with eight musical instrument sounds and four modes to choose from: Play, Record, Playback, and Demo. The mat uses four AA batteries
Kids and teachers love this mat. It has a decent sound and it can be very loud. The loudness can be a good or a bad thing, depending on how dead set the kids are on annoying you. In fact, one of the most common complaints is that the volume button is not hidden, which means kids are often turning it up.
All in all, this is a fun, well-made product that can be used to teach kids the basics of piano.
PicassoTiles PT49 Kid’s 49-Key Flexible Roll Up Piano
This little PicassoTiles 49-Key Roll-Up Piano is made of silicone with a soft, comfortable, and colorful surface. It’s perfect for kids who may be just starting lessons, or even before they’ve started lessons.
The piano has eight tones to choose from, and six demo songs. With just 49 keys, the piano is small enough to roll up anywhere and for a child to reach all the notes.
The “Record & Playback” function sets this piano apart from other roll-up pianos. It makes learning a lot more fun for kids when they can play a song, record it, and then share their performance with their family.
While the piano is advertised as high sensitivity, the truth is that like most roll up pianos, you must press relatively hard on the keys to get a sound out of them. Still, this isn’t a problem for most kids who are just learning their notes.
Lujex Foldable 61 Key Digital Roll Up Piano
This Lujex Foldable 61 Key Roll Up Piano is a good option for students, primary-school children, or beginners who just want to be able to practice wherever they are. It’s a good quality instrument as far as roll up pianos go, but it’s only suitable for beginners.
The piano can only play three notes at a time, meaning it cannot play complicated chords. This makes it a poor option for players who want to practice their fingerings and are playing intermediate or advanced music.
That said, of the many keyboards we are reviewing, this one works quite well. It doesn’t have as many issues with keys that play twice with one touch – it still happens, but it’s not frequent. The sound is tinny, but it’s clear and usable.
The Lujex keyboard has 127 tones to choose from, and a built-in speaker to play on. The material is sturdy and so is the speaker. Overall, this is a good option for beginners!
Mukikim MUK-PA61 Rock And Roll It Studio Piano
This piano is a 61 key roll up piano from Mukikim. 61 key is an ideal size for a roll up piano, as it can be rolled up into just about any box or suitcase. This piano is a good option for beginners and people looking to roll up their piano and play it anywhere.
The real selling point of this piano is the speaker and USB connectivity. The speaker is one of the better sounding ones on roll up pianos. It’s clear and doesn’t distort. The piano has over 128 tones and they all sound decent!
The USB connectivity means this roll up piano can be connected to any computer and can be used as a MIDI controller, which is a huge advantage.
By using this keyboard with GarageBand or a similar piece of software, you can get some nice tones. You can even use the keyboard to create beats and record simple music.
The piano has the same feel as most other roll up pianos – a little insensitive with occasional note doubling. If you are primarily using the keyboard with MIDI, this won’t matter to you as much, because you can edit the notes after you have recorded them.
iLearnMusic Roll Up Piano
This iLearnMusic roll up piano is designed for beginners and comes in three key sizes – 88, 61, 49 – which makes it perfect for learners of any age. If you are an adult, the 61 and 88 key versions will suit you.
For a child, the 49 key version is small enough to reach the length of the keyboard, and it’s also brightly colored.
One of the major benefits of this keyboard is that it has a headphone jack alongside the built-in speaker. This is a feature that most roll up pianos neglect, despite it being useful. You can’t always play at top volume, and the headphone option gives you privacy.
The keyboard also has record and playback options, which makes sense for both beginners and more advanced players. It is helpful for teachers as well – kids can record their practice at home and then show their teachers what they have learned.
Some of the notes will double play on this keyboard. To remedy this, play the keys harder than you think you should. This will prevent the double playing and can have the added benefit of building finger strength.
fosa Portable 61-Key Roll Up Piano
This 61-key roll up piano is small and can be hand-carried or stored in a backpack or suitcase. Like many roll up pianos, it has 128 tones, 128 rhythms and 45 demo songs, all of which can be played through the onboard loudspeaker.
While this piano works quite well, it does have a major downside. Most roll up pianos have rechargeable batteries, but this one is powered by four AAA batteries or an external power adapter. That means it either needs to be plugged in, or you’ll need to replace the batteries frequently.
But the piano itself works quite well. It has a bit of latency (delay) when you press the keys, which makes fast songs hard. But the sensitivity is calibrated well, and once you get the hang of it you can play through entire songs.
The Fosa Portable Roll Up Piano also has the option for a sustain pedal, which goes a long way towards making the instrument more practical and playable.
ANDSF Portable Flexible 88-Key Piano
This piano was released in 2018 as a new and improved version of the roll up piano. It has all 88 keys, a double loudspeaker, MIDI connectivity, Bluetooth capabilities, 128 sounds, 100 rhythms, 80 demos, and a microphone.
This ANDSF Portable Flexible Piano shines in battery life. It has a 800MH rechargeable lithium battery that lasts for up to 15 hours (longer than many phones) and can also use three AAA batteries as a backup, or charge via USB. It is unlikely you will run into battery problems with this keyboard!
The other area this piano shines is with its tone. As advertised, this piano has a mellow and gentle tone. Many roll up pianos have harsh, loud tones because they aren’t touch sensitive – every note is Forte!
This piano is designed to sound warm and gentle, which makes it more fun to play. It also can be used with a sustain pedal, which adds to the warmth and depth of the sound.
This piano has minimal response and double-touch issues. There are many videos of users successfully playing through pieces of music without any issues. This piano is one of our top choices for this reason.
What To Look For In A Roll-Up Piano
Roll-up pianos are typically made of silicone. They are used for practice, but aren’t used for “serious” practice. At best, they are good for beginners who are just learning their notes and maybe more advanced players who want to practice fingerings wherever they are.
They don’t typically have a nice sound and are plagued with sensitivity issues that cause notes to sound twice when they are pressed. That said, they’re not designed to imitate a real piano perfectly. They’re designed to roll up and take with you wherever you go.
A good roll up piano should have the following features:
- Rechargeable batteries – you don’t want to be constantly buying and replacing batteries. Get a roll up piano that can be recharged.
- A decent onboard speaker – you should be able to play the piano without having to plug it into anything else. That is the whole point of its portability!
- A few effects and styles – most roll-up pianos will come with a few sounds to play with.
- MIDI capabilities – having the ability to plug your piano into a computer and use MIDI instruments is a huge bonus. You can then access higher quality sounds and use the piano for basic recording and beat making while traveling.
What Features Do Roll Up Pianos Come With?
Roll up pianos come with the basics through to more advanced technology. The basic models have at least 41 keys, a loudspeaker built in, and a few tones to choose from. Often the loudspeaker will be low quality.
As you delve into more advanced models, you’ll gain access features like Bluetooth pairing (for a louder speaker), MP3 playback, recording capabilities, headphone jack, over 100 tones and dozens of demo songs, a rechargeable battery, the ability to connect a sustain pedal, and more.
Best Roll Up Keyboards, Final Thoughts
Roll up keyboards will never replace actual keyboards, digital pianos, or acoustic pianos. They don’t feel the same, lack dynamics, and can be glitchy. This means you won’t be performing on a big stage with a roll up piano anytime soon!
That said, roll up pianos are the best way to get a little practice when you simply don’t have space for a regular keyboard. Just roll it up and put it in your bag. The instrument is also great for young learners who are just starting their piano journey – they don’t necessarily need real keys, but they need the visual/audio aid to learn notes.
Be careful when buying a roll up keyboard, because many of them have issues that make them hard to play. Go with one of our top recommendations and always check the reviews and read the suppliers return policy before buying.