The 10 Best Kids Karaoke Machines

Updated November 21, 2017 by Ezra Glenn

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We spent 42 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top selections for this wiki. Get your little ones started on their way to stardom with one of these kids' karaoke machines. Boy or girl, young or old, these singing devices are tons of fun, whether practicing in a room by themselves or performing for friends and family. We've included options that are compatible with a variety of inputs, from Bluetooth to CDs, so you're sure to find the right one for your needs. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best kids karaoke machine on Amazon.

10. Singing Machine SML-283P

The compact and lightweight Singing Machine SML-283P allows you to take the show on the road so your kid can perform anywhere to impress family and friends. It's also a great addition to a sleepover bag as it will provide them with hours of good, clean fun.
  • operates via battery or ac power
  • available in black or white
  • some units die quickly
Brand Singing Machine
Model SML-283P
Weight 4.4 pounds
Rating 3.6 / 5.0

9. Karaoke Night KN200

The Karaoke Night KN200 has impressive audio and visual features that will make your rising star look and sound their best. They can practice to their heart's content with the audio voice control function and, when they're ready to perform, pick the perfect pitch.
  • mic has a 10-foot cord
  • light show changes continuously
  • sound quality is mediocre
Brand Karaoke Night
Model KN200
Weight 5.8 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

8. Immoso Wireless K088

For your tween's next pool party or social gathering, the Immoso Wireless K088 is a portable device that can liven up any event. This affordable option features Bluetooth connectivity and built-in amplification, so you can get the fun started with just a phone or iPod.
  • integrated tuner controls
  • reverse and fast-forward buttons
  • speakers aren't very loud
Brand IMMOSO
Model K088
Weight 1.5 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

7. Singing Machine SML385BTW

With its flashing LED disco lights and adjustable dimmer, the Singing Machine SML385BTW is a surefire way to get the party started. It features two microphone jacks with separate volume controls, which is perfect for those who want to sing with a background vocalist.
  • bluetooth and auxiliary connections
  • top-loading cd player
  • power adapter connection is flimsy
Brand Singing Machine
Model SML385BTW
Weight 7.1 pounds
Rating 4.4 / 5.0

6. Sanmersen Singer Discovery Select Edition

The Sanmersen Singer Discovery Select Edition is ideal for kiddos ages 3 and up who love the limelight. It includes two corded microphones, applause sound effects, and an auxiliary cable for connecting to a phone or MP3 player to get them ready for their future stardom.
  • simple controls good for small hands
  • built-in rechargeable battery
  • plastic construction feels cheap
Brand Sanmersen
Model pending
Weight 2 pounds
Rating 3.8 / 5.0

5. Little Pretender

The Little Pretender is just what your child needs if he or she is a born entertainer. Thanks to the included aux cable, it can be used with almost any audio source, and the speaker is designed to lie flat and act as a microphone stand for a full performance effect.
  • small size is easy to store
  • built-in flashing stage lights
  • stand isn't very stable
Brand Little Pretender
Model pending
Weight 2.4 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

4. Kidzlane Sing-A-Long

Kids can sing and dance for hours on end with the Kidzlane Sing-A-Long. Its sturdy construction can handle the abuse of little hands, and it comes equipped with 100 songs and four options for adding music, so they never have to perform the same track twice.
  • large handle for easy carrying
  • auto-scan fm radio function
  • display screen is a bit dim
Brand Kidzlane
Model pending
Weight 1.6 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

3. Komvox Microphone

Ideal for parties and family get-togethers, the Komvox Microphone is a portable option that fits well in the hand of any adult or child. This Bluetooth-enabled system can easily access music from any device nearby and can even record your performance onto a TF card.
  • 30-foot bluetooth range
  • weighs less than 7 ounces
  • available in four colors
Brand KOMVOX
Model pending
Weight 10.4 ounces
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

2. VTech Kidi

Help your aspiring artist find their voice with the fun and colorful VTech Kidi. Its lightweight design makes it a cinch to carry from room to room or take on the road, and the microphone clips into a side holster for convenient storage when not in use.
  • programmed with 15 songs
  • helps teach counting and the abcs
  • includes three aa batteries
Brand VTech
Model 80-141500
Weight 2.2 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

1. Disney Frozen 66227

Your little Elsa or Anna can sing like a pop star with the Disney Frozen 66227. It includes a bonus lyric booklet with hit songs from the movie, plus there are enhanced vocal effects and cool flashing LEDs that add to the overall experience.
  • can display lyrics on a tv
  • built-in fm radio tuner
  • also available in other styles
Brand Frozen
Model 66227
Weight 5.1 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

A Brief History Of Karaoke

Look, I get it — when you're up behind the mic belting out Holding Out for a Hero, you'd like to believe that no one keeps records when it comes to karaoke. However, there are a few things we know about the history of amateur public singing.

The hobby began in Japan, created by a keyboardist named Daisuke Inoue. One day a businessman approached him with a problem: the executive would be expected to sing in front of his clients at an upcoming party, but he felt like his voice only sounded good when paired with Inoue's music.

Inoue recorded a few tracks he thought would complement the businessman's voice, and the man was ecstatic with the results. He asked Inoue to record even more tracks for him, giving Inoue the inspiration for something he would call the Juke 8.

The Juke 8, released in 1971, was basically a microphone, amp, and 8-track car stereo. It didn't have any method for displaying lyrics, and you had to provide your own music.

Once a few Osaka club owners took a chance on the machine (and patrons figured out how they worked), the Juke 8s began to sell like hotcakes. The karaoke craze soon spread to Tokyo, and it wasn't long before the whole world wanted a chance to strut their stuff on stage, which would have been excellent news for Inoue except for the fact that he never patented his invention.

While Inoue might not have gotten rich, the fact that many competing manufacturers could develop machines led to rapid improvements on the technology. In the early 1980s, many models scrapped cassette tracks for laserdisc players, which meant that, for the first time, the singer could read the lyrics while performing.

The next major innovation was the creation of machines that drew off of a central database of songs. Previously, you could only perform songs that the venue owner physically had on hand, but having a central database allowed for a much wider array of choices (while also making it impossible to lie and say that you didn't have Baby Got Back when a drunk frat boy requested it).

Karaoke has since become one of the most popular pastimes in the world, with amateur singers filling bars every night of the week to let off some steam. In fact, it's become such a hit that personal machines are now being sold, so that you can enjoy singing in the privacy of your own home — no audience required.

Finding The Right Karaoke Machine

If one of your kids has a set of golden pipes (or just thinks that they do), you might want to encourage their talent by purchasing them a karaoke machine. Below are a few things to keep in mind before pulling the trigger on a purchase.

If your children are on the younger side, durability is an important consideration. There's a good chance this thing is going to take a beating, so you'll want to find a model that can handle it — or one that's cheap to replace.

This might mean skimping on audio quality, but unless your kid is particularly serious about singing, they'll be unlikely to notice the difference. Now, if the whole family will be using it — and they should — then you might want to consider upgrading.

Take a look at the size, as well. Most kids will want to take their new toy with them when they visit friends (and that means you'll owe some other parents big time), so make sure it's something they can easily carry around.

The song database is extremely important, as that will be the biggest factor in determining whether the machine holds your child's interest. Look for one that has a vast selection of songs your kid loves, and check to see if you can add more later.

Beyond that, there is a variety of options that may or may not interest you. You can add anything from flashing lights to voice effects, and some even give you the ability to rate the singer, which is fantastic if you've been worrying that your kids aren't fighting enough. Shop around and see what, if anything, you absolutely need.

Karaoke machines are fun for all ages, and make a great gift that your child is sure to love.

Throwing The Perfect Kids' Karaoke Party

Once word spreads that your child has a karaoke machine, expect every child in the entire neighborhood to want to give it a test drive — and the easiest way for everyone to showcase their skills is to host a karaoke party.

Karaoke is all about living the dream, so set the stage from the very beginning. This can mean creating invitations that look like concert tickets or decorating the house to resemble a sold-out arena. Very few people ever get the chance to be rock stars, so this may be the only moment of musical glory some of these kids ever get.

Also, don't be afraid to really kick out the jams, if only just this once. Hook up the machine to your speakers and really unleash the power of rock.

It's important to keep an eye on the participation levels, as well. Some kids will need encouragement to get over their stage fright, while others will require you to pry the microphone out of their sticky little hands. Make sure that everyone gets a turn, and that everyone gets encouragement (unless, of course, a kid decides to sing Every Rose Has Its Thorn).

With just a little bit of effort, you can throw a karaoke bash that will be the talk of the neighborhood for weeks to come. Of course, you'll likely find that, after everyone goes home, the silence they leave behind is the most satisfying track of all.



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Last updated on November 21, 2017 by Ezra Glenn

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