The 7 Best Karaoke Machines to Buy in 2018

Sing your heart out with family and friends

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If you’re a huge fan of karaoke, then purchasing your own machine is a no-brainer. Being able to perform wherever and whenever you want with a small group of friends is often more fun (and private) than waiting for karaoke night at the local bar. To help you pick the best karaoke machine for your needs, we did the research, compiled a list of our favorites, and even tested one of the top options out for ourselves.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Singtrix Party Bundle Premium Edition Home Karaoke System

4.9

If you’re a true karaoke fan who will cut no corners, take a look at this Singtrix system, which is endorsed by celebrities and has been featured on shows like Shark Tank, Ellen and The View. While it’ll cost you a pretty penny compared to other machines on this list, it comes with all the bells and whistles. Its portable design packs a 40-watt 2.1 stereo speaker with a built-in subwoofer to deliver booming sound. On top of that, it has effects such as natural pitch-correction, powerful harmonies, hard tune, reverb, delay and more, plus voice cancelation to decrease vocals on standard music. It works with your smartphone, tablet, computer and even guitar or keyboard. And you can use your own song library or sync it with your favorite karaoke app.

Best for Parties: Singing Machine SML-385 Top Loading CDG Karaoke System

Singing Machine SML-385 Top Loading CDG Karaoke System
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The Singing Machine SML 385 is the No. 1 best-seller on Amazon under the Karaoke Home System Packages category. It includes two microphone jacks with separate volume dials, so you and your friends can sing duets. And the karaoke machine’s sound system comes with an equalizer, so you can adjust your sound levels for both balance and echo control. A straightforward instruction manual is included, making it easy for any beginner learning how to utilize a karaoke machine and optimize it for home usage.

Like other karaoke machines on the list, it comes with a CD+G top loader. It features a two digit LED track display and has an auxiliary input and output for your mobile devices if you want to stream songs in a more modern way. Unlike other karaoke machines, it comes with an Auto Voice Control (AVC) feature that helps practicing singers separate their vocal tracks and music through a balance control. This makes it easier for perfecting songs as you practice signing them.

Many positive Amazon users praise the product for its high quality sound and echo features. Others enjoy how the lights on the machine can be adjusted, depending on how wild (or soft) your singing session gets. More critical reviewers dislike the customer service and have reported occasional playback issues with song lyrics on their TV screen not always matching up to speed.

Best Budget: BONAOK Wireless Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone

Karaoke machines don’t have to be bulky to be fun. Now you can take the party with you with the affordable Bonaok Wireless Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone. You’ll feel like a star with this microphone that's designed to be a speaker and a recorder. Play your music two ways - stream your favorite songs from your smartphone or tablet from up to 10 meters away using Bluetooth technology or connect your music player using a stable cable connection. With the Bonaok Wireless Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone, you can entertain your friends with a surprise serenade or liven up family gatherings on the fly with this fun microphone. Multi-function buttons give you control over the volume or even a cool echo effect, while a USB port lets you plug in your music and turn the microphone into an MP3 player. This microphone even comes with a 30-day, money-back guarantee and a one-year warranty. 

Best Value: Ion Audio Tailgater (iPA77)

The Ion Audio Tailgater (iPA77) includes a built-in rechargeable battery that provides up to 50 hours of continuous use. It can connect via Bluetooth from up to 100 feet, allowing for song streaming and use of its iOS/Android-based app for expanded control. Expect 50 watts of power, plus a high-quality woofer and wide-dispersion tweeter for clear, booming sound. The device also includes a built-in FM/AM radio, auxiliary and microphone input and even a USB power bank to charge your mobile devices.

Best Karaoke Machine With Its Own Display: Singing Machine STVG785W

Singing Machine STVG785W
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Forget TVs or computer screens. The Singing Machine STVG785W Karaoke Machine has its own dedicated display screen, disco LED lights and speaker output. You don’t need to rely on any other piece of hardware with the system, so you can start singing anytime, anywhere.

The Singing Machine STVG785W Karaoke Machine weighs 9.7 pounds and measures 9.5 x 11.4 x 16.4 inches. It’s the only karaoke machine on the list with a dedicated 7” LCD color monitor that plays and highlights your songs lyrics. The system supports both CD/CD+G tracks through its built-in CD player but also supports MP3+G music through a USB port.

You don’t just have to play songs on the karaoke machine’s screen display, either. Like most other karaoke machines on the list, it comes with an RCA output, so you can connect it to your TV for scrolling lyrics. It also includes an auxiliary input to connect with your audio devices and has two microphone jacks with echo and voice control.

Positive Amazon reviewers who have bought the karaoke machine love the screen display and how it shows song listings and their order. More critical reviewers aren’t too fond of the price point and the cheap volume dial.

Best for Tablets: Karaoke USA GF840 

With your favorite smart device or tablet, you’ll have an unlimited music supply at your fingertips. This Karaoke USA model connects your devices via Bluetooth, so you can choose your own karaoke tracks. There’s also a CD drive and auxiliary input to hook up your gaming console or personal music player so you can access even more song options.

The speaker boasts a peak of 35-watts for a robust sound that’ll have everyone belting their favorite duets in no time. If that’s somehow not enough power for your crooning crew, the GF840 features a set of audio and video outputs, so you can connect the machine to your TV or home entertainment speakers.

The GF840 comes with two microphones, which fit snugly into two holders in the machine’s top deck. It also includes a universal cradle to hold your tablet securely in place. Although the deck doesn’t feature a charging dock, it still includes a USB-charging port on the back of the machine. The GF840 comes with a CD preloaded with 300 songs, along with an all-in-one media player remote control.

Best for Kids: Dime & Nickle Kids Karaoke Machine

Dime & Nickle Kids Karaoke Machine
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The Dime & Nickle Kids Karaoke Machine is designed specifically for your young super star. It features an adjustable stand with two microphones along with flashing stage lights and pedals to create a fun musical atmosphere.

Dime & Nickle Kids Karaoke Machine weighs 2.5 pounds and measures 17.8 x 10.9 x 2.8 inches. It’s recommended for kids three years and up and includes a stand that extends fully to 40 inches so your child can perform at the podium like a young Elvis Presley. The bottom portion of the stand is an easy-to-assemble piece that acts as a speaker. It also includes an optional handle that allows you to carry and easily transport the machine around while singing.

The system streams music through an included auxiliary cable but also has some pre-installed sounds in its bottom module that are accessible through its pedals. The right pedal, when pressed, plays some lullaby tunes, while the left pedal will give an applause sound effect. The system lights up with colorful LED lights when in use.

More positive Amazon reviewers like how the Dime & Nickle Kids Karaoke Machine is perfect for adjusting to their kid’s height and that it includes an extra microphone so their friends can sing along. More critical reviewers wish the system had more stabilizing weight to it and that the price was lower.

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How We Tested

Our reviewers spent 22 hours testing one of the most popular karaoke machines on the market. To ensure the most thorough feedback possible, we asked our testers to consider the most important features when using this karaoke machine — like portability, display, and compatibility with different devices — and we've outlined them here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.

What to Look for in a Karaoke Machine

Kids vs. adults - If you’re buying a karaoke machine, it’s important to consider who will be using it. Will your machine be brought out at parties with other adults or are you buying it primarily for kids’ use? How complex of a machine you want — or whether you want one specifically made for children — will depend on who will utilize the karaoke machine the most.

Portability - Do you want to be able to easily tote your karaoke machine to friends’ houses or events, or will it primarily live in your home? There are trade-offs when it comes to portability — for example, you’ll usually get better sound quality with a larger machine. But if you want to be able to move your karaoke machine around easily, then you should definitely take its footprint into account.

Displays and music - Are you planning on using your karaoke machine personally or in a party setting? The answer to this question — how and where you’ll take advantage of it — will help you figure out the karaoke features you want. Does the device need a built-in display, or are you content with using your own tablet, phone, or TV? And how do you want it to play songs — through CDs or audio files on your phone? These questions matter quite a bit when it comes to the usability of your machine, so it’s important to keep them in mind while shopping.

Test Results: Singtrix Party Bundle Premium Edition Home Karaoke System (Best Overall)

4.9

What We Like

  • Good-quality sound

  • Many fun vocal effects

  • Great for both adults and kids

What We Don't Like

  • Cords get tangled

  • Speaker damaged a bit by high volume

One of our testers, who used this machine with family and friends at a birthday party and a block party, said it was easy to set up and fun from the start. “I would definitely buy this on my own,” she raved. “In fact, I may buy one for my brother for Christmas this year! He loves karaoke and this is a system for home parties.” However, one reviewer observed some damage in the speakers after an accidental volume max-out, writing that “one of the kids accidentally cranked the speaker up really high ... after that, it has been scratchy-sounding and not playing every song very well.” Be careful!