The 7 Best Karaoke Machines to Buy in 2017

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You might wind up spending a small fortune if you decide to go out on a weekend and reserve a karaoke room, so purchasing your own machine is the easiest solution. After all, a karaoke party at home can't be beat! But what type of karaoke system works the best and adapts to your needs and familiarity? 

We’ve compiled a list of the best karaoke machines on the market, so whether you’re looking for something more old school and affordable, or you want a more modernized Bluetooth version, there’s a system that's perfect for you.

The Ion Audio Tailgater (iPA77) is a number one best seller on Amazon and features an average 4.4 star rating. It 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.

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.

It’s colorful. It’s portable. It’s cheap. If you’re looking to boogie down without throwing down more than $40, this is the karaoke machine for you. It’s one of the best karaoke machines on the list for children, too.

The Singing Machine SML-239P CDG Karaoke Player is a compact karaoke machine weighing 3.8 pounds and measuring 9.9 x 4.1 x 9.1 inches. It acts as its own speaker with volume control and has an equalizer for adjusting balance, echo and auto voice controls. The system includes two microphone jacks, so you can rock out with a friend while enjoying colorful disco light effects.

On top of the machine is a vertical load CD+G player, ideal for Disney Karaoke Series CDs that will display lyrics on your TV once connected. Due to this, the machine is limited in functionality unless you buy or burn the appropriate CD+G formats. The device does include an auxiliary jack if you’re looking for a more modern feature, but will need MP3+G files to display graphics and on-screen song lyrics.

Many Amazon users praise the product for its affordable price and how it makes a great gift for their kids. More critical reviewers have found that the hardware is cheap and not too dependable. If you’re not familiar with burning CD+G files (specifically made for karaoke) or don’t want to purchase albums made for karaoke, you won’t be able to fully utilize the machine. It comes in pink and black, and a microphone is included.

If you’re more familiar using iPads and tablets and want to do some singing, the Akai KS213 Portable CD+G Karaoke System is made for you.

The Akai KS213 Portable CD+G Karaoke System comes with a top loading CD+G player and an iPad/tablet cradle. Though the cradle doesn’t necessarily charge your tablet, it acts as a placeholder and connects your device to its auxiliary input. This way, you’re able to use your tablet to play karaoke songs directly to it in case you don’t want to use the traditional CD+G method.

The karaoke device includes built in speakers and operates on six “C” batteries (or AC adapter) in case you want to make it portable. Like other systems on the list, it comes with two microphone jacks, AV outputs to connect to your TV, an LED lighting system and Auto Voice Control.

Positive Amazon reviewers love the Akai KS213 for its compatibility with tablets. More critical reviewers are unhappy that the system isn’t a direct docking system that charges your tablet or directly streams music from it (with the exception of the auxiliary cable).

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.

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.

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.

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