Karaoke rocks. And the fact you’re thinking of buying a karaoke machine for your kiddo means that you rock!
With that out the way… you need to tread carefully here to avoid picking up cheap electronic junk. The good news is we’ll help you do that. We’ve done our research and compiled a list of the best karaoke machines for kids.
Let’s dive in.
This Singing Machine Karaoke System (check price on Amazon) has 54 colorful LED disco lights that flash and change colors, essentially “dancing” along with the music. You can easily connect it to your TV, smartphone, or tablet for scrolling lyrics, or your kids can just wing it with their favorite songs.
One microphone is included, but with two microphone jacks, you can add another one for two singers at once. Other connectivity options include USB and auxiliary ports, allowing a plethora of music options. Using apps, CD-G, and your own music sources, your kids will be singing for hours on end. We want that, right?
What We Love… We love how the lights flash, change color, and even dim. With all the different options for connecting to music or videos, your littles will never run out of songs to sing. We also love that you can add another microphone for duets.
Watch Out For… This system does not always recognize your burned CDs. There can also be static when transmitting devices are near-by.
This portable BONAOK Bluetooth karaoke microphone (check price on Amazon) allows your kids to take their singing everywhere. This three-in-one system functions as a microphone, speaker, and voice recorder. It has 48 LED lights that flicker along with the beat of the music, and they can be turned off for more serious presentations.
This microphone connects to any Bluetooth enabled device so you can use your own music, apps, or internet videos with scrolling lyrics. The microphone comes in four different colors (black, gold, pink, silver,) and offers three layers of noise reduction promising superior sound quality.
What We Love… We love that our kids can take this microphone anywhere including Grandma’s house. Possibly a little payback for all the candy and sugary beverages she served during their last visit? We also love that there is a headphone jack, so we parents can have some semblance of quiet time after hours on end of listening to our sweet children singing.
Watch Our For… The volume on the microphone is on the quieter side, and your child often has to sing directly into the head of the microphone to be heard.
The iKaraoke system (check price on Amazon) sits nicely on a table-top, has two speakers, and a front-loading CD player. It comes with one microphone and two microphone jacks so your kids can sing together (we are kind of all about the duets if you can’t tell.) It also has a convenient spot to hold your tablet or phone for easy lyric reading.
Compatible with any Bluetooth enabled device and with included cables to connect to your TV, your littles have lots of song choices at their fingertips. This karaoke system is smaller and lighter than we expected, making it easy to take to friends’ houses, parties, or family gatherings.
What We Love… We love the sleek design. We might have to recant the “no toys allowed in the living room” policy. We also like the ability to take it along with us, and the sound is of good quality.
Watch Our For… Though good for small gatherings of friends and family, the sound isn’t quite loud enough for a full room. It is also made of plastic that does not seem super durable, making it not well-suited for younger kids.
This karaoke microphone comes with adjustable treble, base, and echo which allows your littles to get creative with their singing. The KaraoKing microphone (check price on Amazon) can be used as a standard microphone and speaker, and it can be connected to larger speakers. Voice recording is available when you use an app on your tablet or smartphone.
One of the longest lasting batteries on our list, a full charge will give your kids up to eight hours of sing time (maybe check out some noise-reducing headphones for yourself while shopping for your karaoke system.) It does have a headphone jack which is convenient for minimizing some of the noise, er, beautiful music.
What We Love… We love that it has a lifetime warranty. It also comes with free accessories: a disco-ball light that plugs into the USB port, carrying case, and a universal smartphone mount. Who doesn’t love free?
Watch Our For… It cannot be paired to another microphone (so long, duets.) Also, the stitching for the carrying case often comes loose.
Best Kid’s Karaoke Machine with Two Microphone Jacks
This adorable kids karaoke player (check price on Amazon) is well-suited for younger kids with its easy-to-operate interface. It plays CDs and can be connected to your TV for scrolling lyrics. You can also connect it to your phone with the right cord to play music from your personal selection. It comes with one microphone but has two microphone jacks so you can add another. Hooray for duets.
It comes in pink or black and has fun disco lights around the CD player opening. Since it weighs less than four pounds and comes with a convenient carrying handle, your kids can easily take it along wherever they go.
What We Love… We love that you have the option of plugging it into a power outlet or using C batteries. This makes it easy to take places where electricity might be hard to come by like the campground.
Watch Our For… The CD player takes a painfully long time to load. We aren’t sure if this is a defect, or a product of our not using them as frequently anymore.
With over 300 special effects enhancing voice quality and sound, you might mistake the music from your basement for something you’d hear on the radio. The Singtrix Premium Karaoke System (check price on Amazon) has voice correction, choir, and instrumental effects. It comes with a metal microphone stand and 40-watt speaker and subwoofer. Fair warning: your house might become the new hang-out for all your kids’ friends (but, hey, at least you will know where they are.)
The special Hit Effect can make your chorus or bridge sound amazing with instant back-up singers, and it is available at the touch of a button on the microphone. You have myriads of song options with all the connectivity choices. With voice-morphing, choir effects, and natural pitch corrections (to name a few,) your kids will sound like professional singers.
What We Love… Features, features, and more features. This could make an excellent learning and training tool for a child who is serious about becoming a singer. It is like having your own professional karaoke set-up right in your home.
Watch Our For… All those features are going to cost you as this is the most expensive system on our list. It is not easily transportable, and therefore, better suited as a permanent addition to your home. It is also not recommended for younger kids.
Best Girls Microphone
This pretty pink karaoke microphone (check price on Amazon) offers three to five hours of continuous singing on one charge. It has the microphone on top and speaker on the bottom, and it can function solely as a microphone if needed. Pair it to devices with Bluetooth or auxiliary cable, and get into the groove.
It comes with a silicone carrying case to provide the utmost protection when your child takes it with them. It has easy-to-use on-microphone control buttons for power, volume, and echo effects. It also features an adorable pig face near the bottom of the microphone.
What We Love… We love that this karaoke microphone is cute and simple. It would make a great gift for any budding singer.
Watch Our For… The microphone itself seems delicate, like one good fall and it’s doomed. We also think the lack of lights and cutesy design would not interest older kids, giving it a shorter lifetime.
What Features Should You Look for When Buying a Kid’s Karaoke Machine?
- Age Appropriateness – Older kids quickly bore of a karaoke machine that is meant for younger children since they have fewer features and silly designs. Likewise, toddlers and babies, with their incessant need to put everything in their mouths, aren’t ready for karaoke machines made for older children. If you want to make sure your kids get the most out of their karaoke machine, checking the manufacturers’ recommended ages is important.
- Portability – If your kids fall in love with these karaoke machines, they will want to take them everywhere. Your friends and family may start to hate you because of this. If you see your kids wanting to haul this along wherever they go, check for features like weight, overall size, and if it includes a carrying case or has a handle.
- Connectivity – Many of our choices are Bluetooth enabled which means that they can connect to nearly any device allowing you to use karaoke apps for singing. Some machines simply play karaoke CDs, so your music choices are much more limited. Not to mention, you will spend more money purchasing CDs than you would paying for a smartphone or tablet app that will give you a wide range of songs.
- Compatibility – This is closely tied to connectivity and is very important when purchasing your children’s karaoke machine. If it isn’t compatible with your device, you end up with an oversized paper weight. Bluetooth works with any Bluetooth enabled device, but for connecting to a PC or TV, you may need to purchase additional cables.
- Durability – If your kids are anything like mine, I’m sure I don’t have to go into much detail here. Kids can be brutal on their toys so make sure your karaoke machine will withstand the abuse. Look for durable plastic or metal materials that will not give out when dropped, kicked, or drop-kicked.
- Power Source – Batteries, though allowing for the greatest portability, are my personal nemesis. I can never find them, or I am throwing out dead ones. Some karaoke machines plug into a power outlet, others use batteries, and some have internal rechargeable batteries. If your kids will most likely be burning through the batteries, a plug-in unit or one with a built-in rechargeable battery might be the way to go.
What are the Benefits of Singing for Kids
Both singing and being sung to offer a wide array of benefits for kids. Babies can hear their mother’s voice in utero. Singing to babies strengthens the parental bond and allows them to sense the love from their parents.
Singing for Toddlers and Beyond
As children grow, singing can be used as a learning tool. I mean, how else would we learn our ABCs? Repetition and melody play an important part in retaining new knowledge. As children grow older, singing helps them to develop a sense of self. It also promotes self-esteem and can be an outlet for new and developing feelings.
When singing together in a group, children can begin to learn how to work as a team and feel a sense of inclusion. Singing also helps them to learn about pitch, rhythm, and to discover their own vocal abilities. This study on the benefits of singing for children gives further details on this topic.
Singing for Adults
Even we adults benefit from singing. It is known to release endorphins which help to relieve stress and improve mental focus. Personally, I need that in my life during this crazy era of parenting. Maybe I will try singing to my kids the next time they push me to the edge of sanity.
Singing while reading lyrics forces different parts of your brain to work together increasing neuronal activity. It also forces more oxygen into your blood as you would find with a cardiac workout. Unfortunately, it won’t burn enough calories to cancel out that donut you had for breakfast (or was that just me,) but it’s a good start.
Finding Songs That Match your Child’s Vocal Range
Discovering your child’s vocal range is the first place to start and this website offers a simple exercise to do just that. It is important to note that with practice and time, your child’s vocal range can change. He may begin as an alto and progress to a tenor or baritone. This is especially noticeable as boys develop their “man” voice.
Vocal ranges are divided up into six categories: bass, baritone, tenor, alto, mezzo-soprano, and soprano. We’ve created a quick list of songs for each range to help you get started, but you can also search for your own preferences once you know which range to look for.
Bass Peggy Sue by Buddy Holly
Baritone Friday, I’m in Love by The Cure
Tenor Fly me to the Moon by Frank Sinatra
Alto Arms of the Angel by Sara McLachlan
Mezzo Soprano My Immortal by Evanessence
Soprano I will Always Love You by Whitney Houston
And the Best Kid’s Karaoke Machine Is…
The clear winner of our kid’s karaoke machine round-up is the Singing Machine Bluetooth Karaoke System (check price on Amazon). At just over one cubic foot and seven pounds, its size makes it easily portable for sharing the fun with family and friends. The Singtrix machine, though loaded with quality equipment and features, was quite a bit more expensive than the Singing Machine for our first venture into karaoke machines.
We love the idea of the portable karaoke microphones like the BONOAK, KaraoKing, and TOSING, but we feel these could easily break if dropped. If this happens, we’ve lost our entire karaoke system. If a microphone is dropped with the Singing Machine, we can simply replace the microphone.
The Singing Machine’s cousin, the Singing Machine CD-G Karaoke player, though easily portable, did not offer Bluetooth connectivity which limits our musical choices. A close runner-up was the iKaraoke machine, but again, it’s a durability issue. We love its design, but the cube shape of the Singing Machine seems much more durable.