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Shopping guide for best karaoke machines for kids

Last Updated May 2019

If your son or daughter can’t help but sing along with every song on the radio or television, a karaoke machine can make his or her dreams come true. Kids’ karaoke machines are designed to be easy to use and give kids the feel of performing.

Like many other children’s products, there are a lot of models on the market. If you’re not familiar with these machines, it can be hard to know what to look for. CD+G: what’s that? What about a microphone stand versus an all-in-one model?

We’ve put together this shopping guide to help you find the best kids’ karaoke machine for your budding pop star.

Kids’ karaoke machines come in a variety of themes, including Hello Kitty, Frozen, animal, bubble themes, and more. Don’t let the theme fool you – many of these machines have excellent durability and audio quality, too.

Key considerations

Types of karaoke machines for kids

Karaoke machines for kids are available in three basic types. The all-in-one karaoke machine is probably the type you’re most familiar with as it looks like a souped-up speaker with a microphone. These models may have a display, which doesn’t show lyrics, or a built-in screen, which does. Some models connect to a TV that displays lyrics, while others connect to a Bluetooth-enabled device like a smartphone or tablet on which lyrics are displayed. Some models connect to both.

Microphone stand karaoke machines mimic the sound equipment used by professionals. Some models have a control panel on the stand that allows your child to adjust the volume and choose the track. Other models are controlled via a Bluetooth connection to an app. A few stand models come with a set of pre-loaded songs. With others, you can download songs through the same app that controls the machine.

If you need a kids’ karaoke machine that’s highly portable, microphone-only models are the way to go. The wireless microphone connects to an app, which then displays the lyrics on a smartphone or tablet. Volume and other sound controls are on the microphone, which also acts as the speaker. While the sound quality isn’t as good as it is on larger models, if you want to take a karaoke machine anywhere, a microphone-only model is for you.

Corded vs. cordless

Corded machines rely on either an electrical or USB power cord. (USB cords are also used to connect to other devices and access songs.) Other models rely on batteries, some rechargeable and some not. A few karaoke machines can use either a cord or batteries for power. Battery-operated models offer better portability, but corded models usually have more features like tuning options and built-in screens.

A party in a box

Lights, Bluetooth, and the ability to play CD+G discs come together to create a karaoke machine that’s hard to put down. The Singing Machine app has thousands of songs, and you can record and share your child’s songs. RCA cables are included so the television can be used for lyrics. Two microphone jacks with separate volume controls allow for perfect adjustments for duets.

Features

Audio format

The list of audio formats continues to grow, and you want to make sure the karaoke machine you choose is compatible with the most common types. Models with a CD player can play normal CDs and/or CD+G discs, which are compact discs plus graphics. CD+G discs do not play video but music and lyrics (graphics) that appear on a screen. They can also be played on a machine without a screen; you just won’t be able to see the lyrics. Karaoke machines for kids that play both types of discs offer more song variety.

Audio quality

Children’s products aren’t always known for their quality. And, we’ll admit, some inexpensive kids’ karaoke machines aren’t built to impress in terms of sound quality. However, mid-range and high-end children’s karaoke machines have impressive outputs that rival more expensive adult machines. If you want your child to be able to sing without distortion at high volumes, you’ll need to splurge on a machine with a good-sized speaker and audio control adjustments.

Built-in screen

Karaoke machines with a built-in screen are often an excellent choice for children because everything you need is included in one unit. There’s no cord to find to connect a smartphone or tablet (although Bluetooth can eliminate this problem), and your child can look at the machine to read lyrics rather than at a separate screen.

Multiple microphone jacks

All karaoke machines should come with at least one microphone, but those that include two are like gold for children. Kids love to sing with friends and siblings. With two microphones, what starts as a sing-along turns into a party. Check the machine’s specifications for two microphone jacks. Even if it only comes with one microphone, it may have two jacks.

Audio adjustments

Some karaoke machines offer more entertainment features than others. There are your basic audio adjustments like tone and bass, but some models also include voice changers, background singers, and other voice-modifying abilities. Extra audio adjustments can add hours of fun.

Connectivity

Karaoke machines with Bluetooth technology vastly increase song choice. Machines that are not Bluetooth-enabled may still connect to a smartphone or tablet via a USB cord, which will grant access to a wide variety of music. Models that don’t connect to any wireless device should have a port for (and hopefully come with) an RCA cord to connect to a television for displaying lyrics.

App

Karaoke machines for kids that connect to a smartphone or tablet access music through apps. Some machines can only access the songs on the manufacturer’s app, while other machines can access music on any karaoke app.

Before buying, be sure to check the operating system of the manufacturer’s app. Most machines are compatible with both Android and iOS operating systems, but there are a few that can only use one or the other.

CD player

For some machines, the CD player is the only source of music, while others can use CDs or apps to access songs. There may be times when you can’t access the internet, and the CD player will be the only source of music available. For example, if you take your karaoke machine with you while camping or to the beach.

Ease of use

Karaoke machines with easy-to-understand instructions and simple control panels allow kids to run the show. Younger children do better with CDs, but if your child is tech-savvy, she may be able to set up a Bluetooth connection without trouble. Your child’s age and capabilities will help you decide which machine will be easiest to use.

Built-in recorder

Let’s face it, kids love to listen to themselves. A built-in recorder lets them make their own tracks for playback. While some only record to the device, others can create an MP3 file that can be sent to grandma.

EXPERT TIP

Some karaoke machines for kids have a USB port that both charges the machine and can be used to connect to a smartphone or tablet if Bluetooth isn’t working.


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EXPERT TIP

To get the party started, look for a karaoke machine for kids that includes lights. Some models have a disco ball, while others have LED lights that change patterns or pulse to the beat of the music.


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Built-in music storage isn’t a common feature, but one that can be useful. These karaoke machines for kids store up to 100 songs, so even if you don’t have a CD with you or access to the internet, your child can still use the machine.


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Price

Kids’ karaoke machines start at around $20. These basic machines may only include a small set of pre-loaded songs without the option of adding more. A few machines can connect to a device to play MP3s. The models in this price range may be microphone stand machines or basic all-in-one models that lack a display screen.

Between $20 and $50, you’ll find all-in-one, stand-only, and microphone-only machines with good audio. These models may have a built-in recorder, LCD display, and extra audio control features.

In the $50 to $100 range are all-in-one machines with excellent sound, Bluetooth capability, USB ports, and multiple microphone jacks.

For over $100, you’re looking at machines with built-in screens, tablet and smartphone cradles, and disco lights. Older kids will love the extra audio adjustment features offered by these models.

Easy setup with cool audio effects

All your child has to do is plant this karaoke machine on the floor (or table if your child is tall) and sing. Kids can change their voices for extra entertainment, plus they can record their singing to listen to later. We love that this system comes with two microphones, doubling the fun. It connects to any wireless device via Bluetooth or a cord.

Tips

  • An inexpensive karaoke machine that’s basically a speaker with a microphone might be all you need if your child is under the age of three. If you find your child loves singing along, you can invest in a more expensive machine down the road.

  • Some karaoke machines have a headphone jack, which can save you from having to listen to the same track over and over again. Your child might still be singing along, but it does cut down on the noise.

  • Machines with microphone holders, cord storage, and a carrying handle make it easier to keep everything together around the house or when traveling.

Other products we considered

There were a few karaoke machines for kids that just missed the cut for our top picks. The Kidzlane MP3 Player Karaoke Machine may not look exciting, but it has impressive features and is incredibly portable. It has built-in music storage, Bluetooth capability, and can be powered by a cord or batteries. This is a great machine for a kid who wants to take his singing to the backyard or a friend’s house. Speaking of portability, if you really want something small, the BONAOK Wireless Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone might be for your child. The microphone acts as a speaker and connects to a phone or tablet to access music. It can play songs from any karaoke app.

Little singers will love karaoke machines for kids with special effects. There are machines that blow bubbles or add drums and other background sounds to add to the performance.

FAQ

Q. Can I record my child singing on a kids’ karaoke machine?

A. Many models include some kind of playback feature, though not all can create a sound file that can be saved to your phone or tablet. A model with built-in memory will let your child hear how she sounds. If the model you choose can’t create exportable sound files, you can always record the playback with your phone on a recorder or voice memory app.

Q. Can karaoke machines for kids connect to any karaoke app?

A. There are models that can play music from any karaoke app because once they connect to your smartphone or tablet, they can play any song on it. Other models can only connect to and play songs on the manufacturer's app.

Q. Do all-in-one karaoke machines for kids have a smartphone or tablet cradle?

A. Not all but many karaoke machines that don’t have a built-in screen have a cradle for a wireless device. Most cradles are at the top of the machine so your child can easily see the lyrics. A few models have two cradles, one for a smartphone and one for a tablet.

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