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Karaoke is so much fun.
In Japan, it’s a favorite late-night pastime.
And, it has caught on with the party crowd across the world.
But going out night after night can be exhausting and sometimes expensive.
Wouldn’t it be fun to bring that same experience to the comfort of your own home and invite your friends over for a good time?
Well, that’s exactly what Karaoke machines are for, and in this guide, we’ll be looking at 34 machines in different categories.
Best Professional Karaoke Machines
Professional karaoke systems come in many shapes and sizes.
Some are essentially full-fledged PA systems.
Others are integrated and come with a speaker, lights, screen and a wireless mic in one convenient package.
At the end of the day, what you need depends on your exact requirements and how much space you’re looking to fill (after all, sound only travels as efficiently as the speakers allow).
I’ll talk a little bit more about features and how to find the right machine for you, so if you’re lost, don’t worry – I’ll get into later.
With that in mind, here are several professional level karaoke systems worth considering.
Pyle PSUFM1043BT Bluetooth PA Loudspeaker Karaoke System
The Pyle PSUFM1043BT loudspeaker karaoke system is a high-powered active music speaker tower with multi-colored DJ flashing LED lights that pulse to the music, Bluetooth wireless music streaming, wireless microphone, USB & SD readers, FM radio, RCA aux input connector and control center (treble, bass, echo, volume) with LCD display.
This unit offers a frequency response of 45-20 kHZ and 2000 Watts of power with dual 10” woofers and dual 3” tweeters.
Reviews are somewhat split on this one.
Many satisfied customers say this unit offers good quality sound and plenty of volume.
Less satisfied customers say they had issues with Bluetooth and other defects – quality control might be a bit of a factor here, but you can always send back the machine if it isn’t working for you.
Overall, the Pyle is a great unit for parties.
Pyle PSUFM1235BT Bluetooth PA Loudspeaker Karaoke Entertainment System
Similar to the previously mentioned PSUFM1043BT, the Pyle PSUFM1235BT is an active PA loudspeaker karaoke entertainment system with multi-colored DJ flashing LED lights pulse to music, Bluetooth wireless music streaming, wireless mic, USB and SD readers, FM radio, top panel button control center with LCD display (treble, bass, echo, volume) and 2,400 Watts of power with dual 12” woofers and a horn tweeter.
Happy customers say they’re happy with the sound of the speaker though some have had issues with noise and interference.
If, for whatever reason, you don’t get what you expected when the product arrives on your doorstep, be sure to send it back for a replacement.
But overall, this unit could be exactly what you need.
Singsation Karaoke Machine – Main Stage All-In-One Premium Karaoke Party System
All-in-one machines can be an attractive option for those who wouldn’t consider themselves overly tech savvy.
This Singsation karaoke machine comes with light effects, pro voice effects, sound effects, wireless remote and foot pedals (for controlling lights and sounds), smartphone/tablet holder and two microphones.
It also features Bluetooth connectivity for smartphones and tablets (for thousands of free songs and karaoke videos from YouTube, video sharing sites or karaoke apps), 60 voice effects (including harmonize, high pitch, low pitch, chipmunk, rock star), 10 sound effects (air horn, cheers, DJ scratch, applause and more), 25 light shows and a 40 watt amplifier with four stereo drivers and two passive bass radiators.
And, even with all these features, this unit costs a lot less than you might be inclined to think.
Quality control seems to be a bit of an issue with the 808 Audio system, and that’s the only thing to look out for.
Professional Karaoke Machine For Adults And Kids – Singsation XL Portable Karaoke System
The Sinsation XL comes with sound, light and voice effects, two wired microphones, a telescoping handle and wheels, remote control, device holder for phones and tablets and Bluetooth connectivity (for use with YouTube karaoke videos and karaoke apps).
In terms of effects, you get 25 light functions, 60 professional voice effects (including pitch correction and harmonization) and 10 sound effects.
Although the manufacturer markets this as a portable unit, it should be noted that it weights 23 pounds and measures 28 x 16 x 14 inches.
There are plenty of positive reviews though some have complained of poor sound.
In terms of all in one units, it’s a decent offering, and depending on what you’re looking for, it might be just right.
Rockville Karaoke Machine System
The Rockville bundle comes with Rockville KPS12 12” three-way 1,600 Watt karaoke speakers, two wireless microphones, 14 gauge 50’ mini spool car audio speaker wire, heavy duty adjustable pro PA speaker stands and universal speaker pole adapter bracket.
This system features Bluetooth connectivity so you can connect your smartphone or tablet, and thanks to the bespoke nature of the system, you can expect better quality sound than many other systems on this list.
Positive reviewers say it’s easy to set up and it offers plenty of volume.
If you don’t mind a bit of setup work, you’ll likely enjoy the Rockville system.
Rockville Dual Karaoke Machine/System
This Rockville karaoke system is a 1,500 Watt all in one PA package with two speakers and built-in amplifier, Bluetooth, USB/SD player, FM tuner, speakers stands, wired mic, wireless quad handheld microphone system with LCD display and dual RAC to dual RCA pro audio cable.
As with the previously mentioned Rockville system, this one requires a bit of setup, which involves picking a device (iPad, Android, iPhone or laptop), pairing it with the system, pulling up karaoke videos on YouTube.
Reviews are essentially the same as the other Rockville system introduced, noting that this system is capable of producing plenty of volume but the sound quality may leave something to be desired.
Top Home Karaoke Machine Selection
What generally defines a home karaoke system is ease of use.
Ideally, it should be plug and play (though that isn’t always the case).
The ability to connect a smartphone or tablet to access thousands of songs is also a worthwhile feature.
And, if you want to take it over the top, a screen can also make the experience more fun.
Here are a few systems we think are well-suited to your abode.
RHM Home Karaoke System On TV With 2 Wireless Microphones
The RHM home karaoke system offers high-fidelity stereo audio with two 15W tweeters, 6.5-inch 40W subwoofer.
In addition to Bluetooth, this unit also handles USB, aux in, coaxial and it works with smartphones, iPads, TVs, PCs and more.
The advanced signal processing technology allow for less noise and a higher quality sound.
It also features two wireless UHF microphones that work in a 40 ft. range, 400mAh rechargeable batteries with six hours of life and a 12-month warranty.
Most customers are satisfied with the RHM, though it is the most expensive product on this list.
Akai KS800-BT Bluetooth Front Load CD&G Karaoke System
The Akai KS800-BT karaoke system comes with Bluetooth connectivity for operation with smartphone, tablet or MP3 player, a front-loading CD player, USB connectivity, the ability to record via the USB port and cradle for Android or Apple tablet.
It also features a 7” LCD color display, 10 Watts of power, and CD, CDG, CDR, MP3 and MP#G compatibility.
You can also connect it to your TV if you prefer the lyrics on a bigger screen.
Many customers like that this unit is relatively affordable, though some say it isn’t anything special.
Overall, the Akai is good for what it is.
RHM Karaoke Machine For Kids & Adult
This RHM karaoke machine is a portable stereo system with two 15W treble speakers, one four-inch dedicated subwoofer, Bluetooth, aux in, USB drive, MicroSD card connectivity, rechargeable batteries that last up to 12 hours and two aluminum wireless mics which also work as remote controls with a range of 30 ft.
There are plenty of rave reviews for the RHM system, and that’s no surprise considering the features and portability it offers for a low price.
Karaoke USA GF844 Complete Karaoke System
The Karaoke USA GF844 comes with a 35W peak digital power amplifier (25W RMS), 7” TFT digital color screen, USB Flash/SD connectivity, two microphones, 300 MP3G songs and the ability to record yourself.
This is a simple and straightforward karaoke system.
It doesn’t offer a ton of extra functionality, however, and that’s the tradeoff.
For simple and affordably priced karaoke systems, however, Karaoke USA is a good place to look.
iKaraoke KS780-BT Bluetooth CD&G Karaoke System
The iKaraoke KS780-BT offers Bluetooth connectivity for your smartphone, tablet or MP3 player, a top loading CD player for use with your favorite Karaoke CD&Gs or music CDs, wired microphone, USB port for recording, multi color lighting effects, cradle for your tablet and a 7” color display for lyrics.
The best aspect of the iKaraoke unit is that it’s simple and easy to use.
The downside is that the microphone is middle of the road at best.
For some instant gratification, however, the iKaraoke just might meet your needs.
Let’s Compare Good Portable Karaoke Machines
Naturally, a portable karaoke system is one that’s lightweight, easy to use and works on battery power.
Durability can be another feature to prioritize – especially if you’re planning to haul the system everywhere you go.
Here are several that seem to fit the bill.
Pyle PSBT65A Bluetooth Karaoke PA Speaker – Indoor/Outdoor Portable Sound System
The Pyle PSBT65A is a compact 600W karaoke PA speaker with a 65 inch subwoofer, three inch treble speaker, stereo sound reproduction, built-in Bluetooth and wireless with a range of 33 feet, the ability to record audio, bass and treble controls, USB/SD card support, microphone and rechargeable battery.
Although it’s not hard to find a happy customer, some say there are issues with the microphone and the quality of audio.
The Pyle might still be worth checking out though.
ARCHEER Wireless Portable PA Speaker System
The portable ARCHEER karaoke system comes with stereo sound reproduction, rechargeable lithium battery, wireless mic, extra mic input, controls and a 12-month warranty.
This unit is also quite affordable.
We find plenty of satisfied customers for the ARCHEER.
Just make sure you know what you’re buying – this is a compact unit measuring 12.2 x 8.3 x 18.1 inches.
EARISE T26 Portable PA System
The compact, multi-function EARISE T26 system comes with a wireless microphone, Bluetooth, AUX, TF/USB input, the ability to record and recharge your smartphone or tablet using the USB port, stereo sound reproduction, remote control and long lasting battery.
The T26 can be great for both indoor and outdoor events, and the manufacturer even notes that it’s suitable for school teachers, churches, hotel conference rooms, aerobics instructors, sports coaches, auctions, street musicians and small meeting rooms.
Customers love its compactness, durability, light weight and great sound quality.
The EARISE makes for a great portable solution.
ARCHEER Portable PA Speaker System
The multifunction ARCHEER portable PA speaker system comes with USB, AUX input and Bluetooth connectivity, built in 2400mAh rechargeable batteries (offering up to four to eight hours of power) and a 12-month warranty.
Manufacturer claims one can also use this as a guitar amp and it’s ideal for public gatherings, outdoors events, weddings, meetings, backyard parties and so on.
The ARCHEER is excellent value for the money, and it could even work as a budget option.
Some customers note it’s not the best quality, but if your expectations are high, you might want a more expensive system to begin with.
ENKLOV Portable Wireless Karaoke Bluetooth Speaker System
The ENKLOV portable karaoke system comes with built-in wheels, AUX, Micro SD/USB and Bluetooth connectivity with a wireless range of 33 feet, five hours of life on a battery charge, FM radio, subwoofer and tweeter, controls (bass, treble and echo), LED lights and a record function.
The manufacturer notes this unit can also be used as a guitar amp or DJ speaker.
There is nothing but rave reviews for the ENKLOV, which is about middle of the road in terms of cost.
RHM Portable Karaoke Speaker With Microphone
The highly rated RHM portable karaoke speaker system comes with a wired microphone, dedicated treble speaker, 5.25-inch subwoofer, sound controls (treble, bass, echo), built-in rechargeable battery with four to eight hours of play time and nine color active LED rhythmic lights.
You can connect to this unit using Bluetooth, USB, AUX input and TF card.
You also get a remote control.
Give this unit a try at home, parties, picnics and more.
Singsation Star Burst – Portable Karaoke Machine
The Singsation Star Burst comes with Bluetooth connectivity, light effects, five professional quality voice effects (echo, baritone, alien and so on), six sounds effects (including air horn, cheers and applause) and two mics.
Customers mostly love the Singsation although some say it could be louder.
The Best Karaoke Machines For Kids
Most karaoke machines designed for kids are rudimentary and are closer to toys than machines.
Some are even affordable, self-contained microphones that don’t come with any peripherals.
Interestingly, even at the kid’s level, you can find fully featured karaoke systems with speakers, lights and wireless functionality.
So, here are some of the more highly rated kid’s karaoke toys.
Singing Machine Kid’s SMK1010 Pedestal Kids Karaoke System With Stand
The height adjustable Singing Machine kid’s karaoke system comes with six voice-changing effects (echo, male, female, robot, chipmunk and radio), memory to record and playback performances, auto shut off, Bluetooth connectivity, device holder and two microphones.
Affordable and surprisingly feature rich, many customers are happy with this child friendly product.
We hear some rumblings about issues with the microphone, but we can’t confirm or deny.
The Singing Machine is one option to consider.
L P Kids Karaoke Machine With 2 Microphones And Adjustable Stand
The L P kids karaoke machine comes with two mics (one with adjustable stand and one handheld), easy assembly, AUX connectivity, volume control, On/OFF knob, pedals (one for tunes, the other for applause), flashing lights, and four AA batteries.
This would be a fun toy for kids but that’s about it – it’s not a fully featured karaoke system with quality sound.
The Little Pretender could make for a fun gift.
VTech Kidi Star Karaoke Machine
The VTech Kidi Star karaoke machine comes in Black or Purple/Pink.
It comes with a bit of an odd feature, which VTech refers to as “music magic mode”, which will take a song and turns down the main voice in it.
With the Kidi Star, you can connect to MP3 players or mobile devices with the included audio cable.
This unit comes with six built-in games, voice changer with five effects, fun sound effects, eight original songs, disco light and built-in recorder, which allows for up to five minutes of recording.
Reviewers say this is a fun-packed, kid-friendly unit.
At this price point, however, you should not expect the VTech to be perfect.
FillADream Kids Bluetooth Karaoke Machine
The FillADream kids Bluetooth karaoke machine supports Bluetooth, TF card, USB stick, Aux audio and FM voice.
The Hi-Fi speaker enhances bass and highs and the volume is adjustable.
The rechargeable battery offers continuous play of about six hours.
This unit is made of a plated wooden shell and an aluminum net cover instead of plastic.
Despite its lower price tag, customers seem unanimously happy with the FillADream.
Anpro Kids Karaoke Machine With 2 Microphones & Adjustable Stand
The height adjustable Anpro kids karaoke machine is made with high-end ABS and electronic components and is non-toxic, tasteless and safe for children.
It comes with a child-friendly control panel flashing LED lights, true audience sound, equipment stand, recording/playback options, nine songs and four stories.
The karaoke machine can be connected to an MP3 player or mobile phone for additional music.
This reasonable quality Anpro toy is affordable.
Leeron Karaoke Microphone For Kids
The Leeron karaoke microphone is a standalone wireless mic with LED light, four voice effects, Bluetooth connectivity and a 3.5mm audio jack for your devices.
This unit also acts as a Bluetooth speaker/music player, recording device and voice changer.
Customers seem to love the sound quality though some say it eats through batteries.
This affordable Leeron toy is perfect for just about anything.
MIANOVA Bluetooth Microphone Machine For Kids
Here’s another affordable microphone solution.
The MIANOVA Bluetooth mic comes with Bluetooth, built-in dual speakers, player, recorder, aluminum-magnesium alloy shell, noise reduction, intelligent mixing chip, microSD, controls (music, echo, volume, PA/R) and USB port.
You also get USB cable, user manual, micro USB to audio cable and 12-month warranty.
Surprisingly affordable and high quality, the MIANOVA mic can offer hours of fun.
The only downside is that it can be a little on the quiet side.
BONAOK Wireless Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone
Here’s another self-contained microphone option.
The BONAOK wireless Bluetooth karaoke mic can be used as a speaker, recorder and compact lighting system.
It comes with 48 colorful LED lights and a 2600mAh rechargeable multi-protect lithium battery.
This product is available in multiple colors: Black, Gold, Silver, Rose Gold and Space Grey.
Plenty of people are happy with the BONAOK, though some say the Bluetooth connection could be better.
Karaoke Machines For Parties Reviewed Below
Many of the karaoke systems already introduced could work great for parties.
But one of the basic prerequisites for a good party system is one that has a fair bit of power.
Multiple mics should be a given (though it isn’t always).
Remote control, lights and wireless functionality are nice to haves.
Here are several karaoke systems that are well suited to parties.
TONOR PA System Karaoke Machine With 50W Bluetooth Powered Speaker
The TONOR karaoke machine is easy to set up and doesn’t require pairing.
It comes with a built-in 6.5” coaxial powered speaker, 50W of power, USB and Bluetooth connections, wireless UHF microphones and clear sound quality thanks to noise reduction and anti-interference.
Because it runs on AC power, this unit is best for house parties, indoor meetings, classroom instruction, public speaking and small stage performances.
This unit offers up to 16 hours of play time and even comes with a built-in RCA cable for use with a TV.
The TONOR has plenty to offer though some say it could be a little louder.
EARISE V30 Bluetooth PA Speaker System With Wireless Microphone
The battery powered EARISE V30 multifunction Bluetooth speaker has a working range of 33 feet.
It offers high-quality stereo sound with an eight-inch subwoofer and one-inch tweeter and can work for an audience of up to 150 people.
It also comes with flashing DJ lights, built-in 3600 mAh Li-tion battery with 4.5 hours of play time at max volume and a wireless microphone.
As with some of the other products introduced, the EARISE can work as a karaoke machine, music speaker, PA system or guitar amplifier.
Most customers love this speaker though some note that it’s not as powerful as advertised.
Singsation All-In-One Karaoke System & Party Machine
The Singsation all-in-one karaoke system comes with an adjustable stand (2’ to 6’), Bluetooth connectivity, 10 voice effects (including high pitch, low pitch, chipmunk and others), eight sound effects (air horn, cheers, DJ scratch, etc.) and 16 room and ceiling-filling light shows.
Most customers are surprised by the quality this product offers.
Some reviewers, however, have noted that it doesn’t offer enough volume.
If an all-in-one party machine is what you’re looking for, this could be a solid option.
The Top Karaoke Machines On A Budget
Karaoke machines aren’t terribly expensive into you get into speciality systems.
With that in mind, you can certainly get one without having to pay a king’s ransom.
Here are some of the best budget karaoke systems on the market.
Singsation Karaoke Machine – Full Karaoke System
With the Singsation karaoke machine, you can connect your smartphone or tablet to access thousands of songs or karaoke videos from YouTube, as well as karaoke apps.
It also comes with nine multi-color light effects (including party, pulse, breath, chill, dance), three voice effects (high pitch, low pitch, chipmunk), microphone, AC power adapter and cradle for your mobile device.
This product has good ratings, though some customers weren’t happy with the sound (quality or volume).
This is one of the cheaper models Singsation has to offer but that doesn’t mean you can’t spend less.
You could buy one of the standalone microphones mentioned earlier, or you could continue to scan the budget options below – in case you were wondering.
Singing Machine SML682BTBK Groove Cube CDG Karaoke System
The Singing Machine SML682BTBK Groove Cube comes with a resting cradle for your mobile device, support for two mics with separate volume controls, one wired mic, echo control for vocals and line-in for MP3 player, smartphone or other audio device.
This is an affordable unit with basic functionality so don’t expect the world.
Otherwise, the Singing Machine is a decent budget option.
Singing Machine SML385UW Bluetooth Karaoke System
The Singing Machine SML385UW comes with a top loading CD player for CDs and CD&Gs, Bluetooth for wireless digital audio streaming, USB connectivity for recording, 54 LED disco lights with dimmer setting, digital LED display, echo effects and RCA cables for connecting to your TV.
For a budget option, this karaoke system offers quite a bit.
Some customers, however, have had issues with it breaking after a shorter period of use.
Best to handle with care.
Singing Machine SML625BTBK Bluetooth CD+G Karaoke System
The Singing Machine SML625BTBK allows you to play your favorite music and karaoke CDs and stream digital audio from Bluetooth compatible devices.
Singing Machine offers a free mobile karaoke app for iOS devices, which you may want to take advantage of.
This unit also comes with multi-colored LED lights synchronized to music, the ability to record using the USB port, RCA cables for connecting to your TV, line-in, digital LED display and five free karaoke song downloads.
Again, the Singing Machine is decent enough for what it is.
iKaraoke KS303W-BT Bluetooth CD&G Karaoke System
The Bluetooth-enabled iKaraoke KS303W-BT system comes with a front loading CD player (for CDs and CD&Gs), multicolor lighting effect, cradle for tablets and one wired microphone.
Customers say this is basically a so-so product.
It seems the volume and sound quality could be a little better.
Again, however, the iKaraoke makes for a decent budget option.
What Should I Look For In A Karaoke Machine?
The number one thing to think about here is how you intend to use it.
Will you be setting up your system in a club, pub or bar?
Will you be creating a party space at home?
Would it make more sense to be able to take your machine with you wherever you go?
Are you just looking for something to entertain your kids?
Are you new to karaoke and just want to give it a try?
These are good questions to ask as you’re shopping around.
In addition to that, here are some important criteria to consider:
How important is sound to you?
Most karaoke systems aren’t exactly tuned to offer the clarity, definition and full frequency spectrum that PA systems offer (fortunately, there are a couple of products on this list that are essentially PA systems).
You can find a high-quality system that offers great sound if that’s what you’re looking for.
But many products are designed to be “good enough” and don’t necessarily offer a great deal more.
When I think “karaoke”, I’m always reminded of cheap microphoned effected with an overabundance of reverb/echo.
That is kind of part of the experience and when you’re just having fun with your friends, your expectations aren’t necessarily high.
If you need good sound, then you might consider buying components separately instead of all-in-one kits.
Otherwise, one of the machines on this list should more than do the trick.
Some karaoke systems offer relatively few connection options.
Others give you more, allowing you to use the machine however you see fit.
Bluetooth connectivity seems to be par for the course these days, allowing you to pair your smartphone or tablet devices with the system and use YouTube or other apps to pull up your favorite music.
Depending on the situation, however, you might be looking for something a little different.
So, it’s important to consider how many connection options you might require.
Some of the more common ones include:
- SD/Micro SD.
What you require will depend entirely on how you intend to set up your machine.
RCA connectivity, for instance, is only important if you’re interested in connecting your karaoke system to a TV.
And, so it is with all connection options – you only need them if you’re going to be using them.
With that in mind, it’s often better to have more connection options rather than fewer.
Karaoke systems can be small or large.
Some are essentially self-contained microphones.
Others are full PA systems requiring setup.
And, of course, features can vary from machine to machine.
Here are some of the common features included in karaoke machines:
- Microphones (wired or wireless).
- Audio controls and effects.
- Bluetooth/wireless connectivity and other in/out options.
It would be wise to think about which of these you need and then choose a system that checks all your boxes.
The karaoke systems featured here are roughly in the $20 to $450 range.
This doesn’t mean cheaper is always worse and expensive is always better, but it is fair to assume you get what you pay for.
Top dollar will basically get you an entry-level PA system.
If you want to spend as little as possible, you will end up with a self-contained karaoke microphone.
Since karaoke is meant to be fun, we recommend not going into debt to buy any kit.
You can always upgrade later if you enjoy hosting karaoke parties.
The Brand Of The Karaoke Machine
Here are the main brands whose products we explored in this guide:
- Singsation/808 Audio.
- Karaoke USA.
- Singing Machine.
- Little Pretender.
Some of these brands represent various home electronics, while others create PA systems, various electronic musical instruments, children’s toys and so on.
So, there’s quite a bit of spread in terms of the types of companies that supply this market.
There certainly isn’t one right answer when it comes to what brand to shop from.
All the products mentioned here are rated almost equally, suggesting that there isn’t one company that has it “figured out”.
So, there’s still an opportunity for a newcomer to come along and upset the applecart.
For now, however, the above is what there is.
If you’d like to shop from well-established brands, then you might lean towards Pyle or Akai.
But if you’re looking for companies that specialize in karaoke, you might shop from brands like 808 Audio, Karaoke USA, iKaraoke and Singing Machine.
But again, there isn’t one right answer, so use this guide as a starting point and continue to research the products available for best results.
The Karaoke Machines On The Market; Final Thoughts
At the end of the day, karaoke is all about having fun.
So, as you shop for a karaoke machine, the best question to ask yourself is: “which one of these products will allow us to have the most fun?”
There are plenty of machines available depending on your needs, so there’s no need to rush the buying process.
Take your time and find one that works for your needs.