The Best Karaoke Machines – December 2018
Not long ago, if you wanted to make a fool of yourself in front of total strangers by drunkenly singing along to (and subsequently butchering) a popular song, you had to either seek out an official karaoke bar or crash the stage at a concert.
Thankfully those dark days our behind us, since you can now own and operate your very own karaoke machine from the comfort of your living room—saving you countless dollars and limiting the collateral music damage to family and invited guests.
Depending on your propensity for belting out pop covers and your budget, there are a wide variety of quality karaoke machines from which to choose. Some are built specifically for the unrelenting soloist, while others let you share the performance spotlight in an ensemble.
Regardless of which karaoke machine you choose, you’ll be able to rest easy knowing that you’re doing both your wallet and the unsuspecting bar-goers at your local karaoke joint a much-needed favor. Here are some of the best karaoke machines around.
As with so many different types of tech gadgets and gizmos, when it comes to owning a truly great and relatively practical karaoke machine, portability is key. This top-selling and top-rated machine is small enough to take with you wherever inspiration may lead, and it comes stocked with a built-in rechargeable battery that provides up to fifty hours of continuous use (although we recommend taking the occasional break for the sake of both your voice and your neighbor’s sanity).
This unit also features Bluetooth connectivity plus iOS and Android app compatibility for extended control options, and a USB power bank lets you conveniently charge your devices on the go while you sing.
But now to the most important element of any great karaoke machine: the tone. Despite its small size, this intrepid speaker system boasts a surprisingly rich and detailed bass, which is all too depressingly uncommon among similar gadgets of this size.
The highs are crisp and detailed without being shrill, and a steady and unobtrusive midrange is ideal for accentuating your vocals in a merciful way. Another particular strength of this system is its ability to automatically and masterfully mix the singer’s vocals into the underlying mix. This means that your voice is neither buried under the instrumental nor floating too high above it.
If you’re feeling old-school, there’s an integrated AM/FM radio with a bright display, and the standard 1/8” auxiliary input works with just about any common vocal mic on the market. If you don’t already own your own mic, however, don’t fret. An HD microphone along with an attached auxiliary cable is included in your order.
Our number-two pick goes to a somewhat unique karaoke machine that may give some some old-school karaoke fanatics pause. No, this microphone does not go hand-in-hand with another, larger speaker box behind the scenes.
This is a fully self-contained karaoke machine that takes portability and convenience to entirely new levels. Featuring a fully-upgraded microphone, the famed BONAOK features a completely wireless design along with adjustable LED lights in both the front and back.
Ideal for both parties and solo singing escapades, these mic is fully compatible with everything from iPhones and iPads to PCs and Androids, and its Bluetooth connectivity means that you can quickly and easily sync to any of these devices on the fly with no connectivity headaches holding you back.
Although small, the speaker is surprisingly powerful (with more than enough kick to fuel a modest-sized party), and DSP technology along with a three-layer filter helps to eliminate that obnoxious popping sound that can accompany the vocal performances of even the most accomplished singers.
You even have the option of inserting an SD card from which to pull instrumental songs, and if you want more amplification you can always use the auxiliary cable to connect to an endless number of home speaker systems.
Alright, this isn’t exclusively a karaoke system, and we realize the price may be a little steep for some potential buyers. But if you’re looking for a serious PA system that can also quickly double as a karaoke machine, the Rockville Power GIG has you more than covered.
While probably a little too intense for the occasional and casual home karaoke event, this system is ideal for bigger parties or smaller clubs, in which multiple singers wish to perform at once.
This system is incredibly powerful—with two twelve-inch speakers that can deliver a 1000 watt peak. Each speaker features a long-throw woofer that adds a tight and rich low-end to the mix, and 25mm Piezo compression horn tweeters deliver shimmering and articulate highs.
This system also features the latest Bluetooth technology (so you can dial in your go-to tracks from any Bluetooth-enabled device), and even features a USB input for MP3 playback from a thumb drive. There’s also a standard auxiliary input for smartphones, tablets, and computers.
Your order comes with a wireless remote control for fast track changes and volume adjustments, and rack mount ears are included in the main hub in case you want to add the Rockville system to a larger electronics rig.
Of course not all karaoke machines have to be as serious and expensive as the Rockville Power GIG. This tiny-yet-mighty karaoke machine has more than enough power to fuel a smaller get-together, and features a robust speaker that doesn’t skimp on that precious low-end.
Perfectly suitable for both kids and adults, the SoundBeast features an FM radio and separate guitar amp for when you want to add some instrumentals to your mix.
This system also comes with a 9.5’ microphone cable and features a long-lasting built-in rechargeable battery that can keep the tunes going for hours. This unit’s uniquely small size and lightweight design also means that it’s ideal for last-minute party invitations and moments of creative inspiration.
Next up we have the well-reviewed and immensely popular Singsation Karaoke Machine, which combines compact style with powerful sonics and a sleek, intuitive interface.
This system quickly and easily connects to your smartphone or tablet (so you won’t have to worry about importing instrumental tracks from third-party collections or paid online subscriptions), and you’ll be able to stream your favorite tunes wirelessly via Bluetooth.
This little unit also acts as the life of the party thanks to a collection of nine multi-color light modes that include party, pulse, breathe, chill, dance, and much more.
There are three unique voice effects to choose from—high pitch, low pitch, and chipmunk—each of which lets you transform your voice when your normal voice just isn’t cutting it. Your order also comes with a high-quality transparent microphone, an AC power adapter, and a cradle for your smartphone or tablet (a welcome accessory for singers who need some help remembering the lyrics to a song).
Shifting gears back into the realm of the ultra-compact standalone karaoke system, we find the Coolmix Karaoke Microphone, which is a supremely powerful and compact system that’s capable of powering smaller and more intimate parties.
One of the most impressive elements of this system is its projection. Unlike most standalone karaoke systems, this tiny all-in-one unit is able to deliver its sound beyond the confines of a single, small room. Of course you have the option of connecting it to more powerful Bluetooth systems at a distance of up to twelve meters away, but you may find that you don’t even need to take advantage of this helpful feature.
The Coolmic also features a slew of sound effects (including echo and treble enhancement), and since the device is extremely lightweight, it’s easy to hand over to small kids who are eager to sing but may not be comfortable wielding a standard and far more cumbersome mic.
Your order also comes with a handy carrying case, along with a USB charging cable.