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Whether you fancy yourself a Mariah or Mick, nothing brings out the rock star in people quite like a good old karaoke night.
While there are countless bars and venues across the country where you can take the stage to belt out a tune or two, these portable karaoke machines free you up from the smokey rooms and intimidating crowds for the comforts of home.
What Are the Best Karaoke Machines?
There are many factors to consider when choosing the best karaoke machine for you; below are the most important ones, which we considered while we were researching this list.
Set up: We wanted to make sure you didn’t waste valuable singing time fumbling around with wires and settings, so our picks are as close to plug and play as possible.
Size: Portability is key if you want to take your karaoke machine to a party or event. Some of the picks on our list tuck easily into a backpack while others are equipped with a handle and wheels for easy rolling.
Connectivity: Home karaoke machines don’t typically come with a built-in songbook because of the legality around music licensing, so you’ll have to supply the tunes yourself. Our picks all let you connect your phone or tablet to them using a cable, but a couple also support Bluetooth, so you can stream music to them wirelessly.
All you need to do is load up a karaoke app, pull up the lyrics on your device, and start singing along. The karaoke machines on our list feature a handy stand, so you can set your device down to read the lyrics, while freeing up your hands to hold the mic.
Number of singers: Most of our picks come with two microphones, though some have extra inputs to add additional microphones if necessary. You can also use the inputs to plug in an instrument (I.e. a guitar) to accompany whoever is singing.
Extras: New karaoke microphones will have built-in voice effects, to help keep you on pitch, or to modulate your voice say, Alvin and the Chipmunks-style. They’ll also come with a ton of fun features, like dazzling light shows that pulse and project colors throughout the room, and even a disco ball to really turn up those Studio 54 vibes.
Ready to start singing? These favorite karaoke machines won’t turn you into a superstar overnight, but you’ll certainly have a heck of a lot of fun trying.
1. KaraoKing Karaoke Machine
Whether you’re a karaoke pro or just looking to bust out a song or two at your next party, you’ll be hard pressed to find something easier to use than this set from KaraoKing.
The all-in-one karaoke machine gets a fun upgrade with two wireless microphones, Bluetooth speaker, phone and tablet holder, plus a disco ball.
Connect the mics to your machine via Bluetooth, and use the on-board equalization panel to boost the bass, adjust trebles, add effects and more. The machine can sync to your device or to the radio using USB, AUX or Bluetooth, so you can always find a song to play. Use the included remote control to shuffle through songs and settings. Place your phone or tablet on the device stand to read the lyrics easily.
2. TONOR PA System Karaoke Machine
This popular PA system is great for karaoke, but also comes in handy for office presentations, conferences, conventions and religious services too. The 6.5-inch Coaxial powered speaker delivers 50W of impressive-sounding bass for its portable size.
Play music by inserting a USB flash drive or connect the machine to your device via Bluetooth. A built-in RCA cable lets you plug into your TV.
The set comes with two wireless microphones that get up to 197 feet of range. What that means: you can dance and move around the room freely while performing, without losing a signal.
TONOR’s noise reduction and anti-interference technology ensure that your voice comes through loud and clear. The built-in rechargeable lithium battery, meantime, lasts up to 18 hours.
At roughly 9 x 8 inches and weighing less than eight pounds, this portable karaoke setup fits easily into a backpack.
3. Singsation All-In-One Karaoke System
With 16 multicolor light modes, ten different voice effects and eight sound effects, this Singsation karaoke system turns a regular song-and-dance into a full-on party.
The voice modulations let you do everything from adding harmonies to going full “chipmunk” mode, while the sound effects include such party starters as an air horn, DJ scratch and cheering. Sixteen different light shows project color patterns throughout the room and onto the ceiling.
The set includes a speaker, one microphone, an adjustable mic stand and a stand for your phone, tablet or songbook. The stand adjusts from two to six-feet in height. Two inputs allow you to add a second mic or guitar to double your fun.
4. Singtrix Party Bundle
From the creators of Guitar Hero, this Singtrix Party Bundle includes everything you need to create a full-scale karaoke setup at home. The set includes a microphone, cable, mic stand, effects pad and powerful 40-watt speaker with a built-in subwoofer.
The speaker alone is worth it for this set, with loud, booming sound that really fills the space. It’s not tinny like other karaoke speakers, and the connection is clean and crisp. The mic is equally impressive, picking up your voice even from a distance, so you don’t have to be pressed right up against it.
The other standout feature: get more than 375+ effects from the included controller, which contains standard modulations based on genre (pop, rock, country, etc.) but also specific voice effects that mimic popular artists and songs. You can also add four-part harmonies to your track, fix your pitch and more.
The plug-and-play design sets up in minutes, and all the settings and effects are easy to learn and figure out. An included device stand lets you prop up your phone or tablet if you need to read the lyrics.
This is the largest karaoke machine on our list, but still portable enough to be able to take with you on the go, whether to a party, wedding or event.