Overview

Introduction

Movies such as Sing, The Little Mermaid, and Frozen introduce children to the beauty of singing at an early age. Inspired by the songs their favorite characters sing, children all over the world love to belt out songs. Add in musical TV shows, such as The Voice and American Idol, and they are definitely motivated to becoming the next singing superstar! Why not elevate their potential and joy with a kids karaoke machine?

Short on Time? Click Here for Our Top Pick!

It’s a known fact – children love to perform. I remember using a hairbrush for a microphone as I sang along to my favorite songs. My kids use any toy that even slightly resembles a microphone. I have a hunch that many of you have done the same.

 

Quick Summary Comparisons Chart

Photo:
Singing Machine SML385UW...
Frozen 2 Bluetooth CDG Karaoke...
L P Kids Karaoke Machine with...
Karaoke Microphone for Kids,...
Age:
None listed
3 Years And Up
3 Years And Up
3 Years And Up
Type:
All-in-One
All-in-One
Microphone
Built-in Microphone
Songs:
Yes
CD Included
No
No
Rating:
Best Seller
Photo:
Singing Machine SML385UW...
Age:
None listed
Type:
All-in-One
Songs:
Yes
Rating:
Photo:
Frozen 2 Bluetooth CDG Karaoke...
Age:
3 Years And Up
Type:
All-in-One
Songs:
CD Included
Rating:
Our #1 Choice
Title:
Photo:
L P Kids Karaoke Machine with...
Age:
3 Years And Up
Type:
Microphone
Songs:
No
Rating:
Photo:
Karaoke Microphone for Kids,...
Age:
3 Years And Up
Type:
Built-in Microphone
Songs:
No
Rating:
Photo:
Memorex MKS-SS2 SingStand 2...
Little Pretender Kids Karaoke...
Singing Machine SML-283P CDG...
Singing Machine SML385BTBK...
Age:
Not Specified
3 Years And Up
None Listed
Not Specified
Type:
All In One
MP3
All-in-One
All-in-One
Songs:
No
No
Yes
Yes
Rating:
Photo:
Memorex MKS-SS2 SingStand 2...
Age:
Not Specified
Type:
All In One
Songs:
No
Rating:
Photo:
Little Pretender Kids Karaoke...
Age:
3 Years And Up
Type:
MP3
Songs:
No
Rating:
Photo:
Singing Machine SML-283P CDG...
Age:
None Listed
Type:
All-in-One
Songs:
Yes
Rating:
Photo:
Singing Machine SML385BTBK...
Age:
Not Specified
Type:
All-in-One
Songs:
Yes
Rating:

Top Picks and Why – Full Review

1. Singing Machine Bluetooth Karaoke System

The Singing Machine Bluetooth Karaoke System is an all-in-one karaoke machine. It is equipped with an LED screen for lyrics display or you can use the RCA output jacks to connect the machine to your television for a larger view of the lyrics.

This karaoke machine has it all – lights, sounds, display, speakers, a demo disc, plus 5 free downloads. Get the party started the minute you take your wireless karaoke machine for kids out of the box. The built in CD player can be used for karaoke and for listening to CDs.

What We Liked
  • Bluetooth capability allows you to connect to any device that is Bluetooth capable, giving you a wide variety of music choices.
  • Comes with one microphone but has two microphone jacks so you can purchase another one for duets.
  • Bright LED lights create a disco light show – the lights can be brightened or dimmed so that you have more control of this special effect.
  • The control panel includes knobs that allow you to adjust the microphone volume, balance, and has an auto voice controller as well as a balance adjuster so that you can get the perfect sound.
  • Easy to use so kids of all ages can enjoy being the entertainer.
What We Didn't Like
  • It only has one power source (electricity).

2. Frozen 2 Bluetooth CDG Karaoke Machine

Frozen 2 Bluetooth CDG Karaoke Machine is one of the best-rated karaoke machines for kids. Inspired by the popular Disney movie, “Frozen”, this karaoke machine allows kids to sing along to their favorites songs from the movie. Flashing lights and Olaf’s familiar face make this an instant party. This karaoke machine is designed beautifully.

The following accessories are included: CD with lyric booklet containing songs from the Frozen movie, cd player with speakers and a microphone.

What We Liked
  • Disney’s Frozen Karaoke Machine connects to your television so that kids can sing along to their favorite songs from Frozen.
  • Music sources include: built-in disc player, tablet, iPhone, iPod, and tablet.
  • You can tune in radio stations for even more music to sing along to.
  • Powered by electricity or batteries, making this karaoke machine extremely portable.
  • Comes with AV cable and AC adapter.
What We Didn't Like
  • The electrical cord is short, so you do not have much moving room while using electricity to power the machine.

3. KOMVOX Kids Karaoke Microphone

The KOMVOX Kids Karaoke Microphone is a hand-held, rechargeable microphone. It connects to Apple or Android products wirelessly via Bluetooth. Fully-charged, the battery will give your child up to five hours of singing and performing fun.

Available in a prince or princess design and six bright colors so your little prince or princess has a stylish microphone for performing at family gatherings, parties, playdates or in the privacy of his/her home.

What We Liked
  • The rechargeable battery can be charged by any smartphone charger, so even if your child forgets his/her charger, there are no worries.
  • Bright colors and flashing lights makes this karaoke microphone a party in your child’s hands.
  • This is a karaoke machine for kids with Bluetooth can be connected to Apple and Android smart devices.
  • When connected to your smart device, you child can video his/her performance and share with family and friends via YouTube.
  • The microphone is equipped with volume and echo functions, so your child can get the best sound.
What We Didn't Like
  • There are no pre-recorded songs and you cannot record on the device.

4. Memorex MKS-SS2 SingStand 2 Home Karaoke System

The Memorex SingStand 2 is an all-in-one karaoke machine that is Bluetooth capable, providing access to music from MP3 players, tablets and smartphones.

The SingStand is equipped with 2 five-watt speakers and comes with 2 microphones, making it great for singing duets with your friends.

The Singsong Karaoke Machine comes with the all-in-one, stand-alone karaoke machine, two microphones, two microphone cords (11 and 7 inches), and a clip for the cords so they are not in the way and do not hinder your performance. This is a good karaoke machine for kids who like to perform alone or with others.

What We Liked
  • The feature that sets this apart from other comparable karaoke machines is instrument input. Simply plug your child’s guitar or keyboard in and he/she can play along while he/she sings or while their friend sings.
  • It also features auto voice controls that allow your child to find the perfect ratio between the music and his/her voice. It also decreases the song’s original vocals so that your child’s voice is the one you hear.
  • Your child can easily control the volume from the control panel and even has the choice of adding an echo effect.
  • The SingStand is Bluetooth capable and offers a variety of choice for music. It can also connect to any device that has a headphone jack – even if that devise is not Bluetooth capable.
  • If your television has a USB port, you can connect the SingStand to your television for even more fun.
What We Didn't Like
  • This karaoke machine only uses electricity, making it less portable than machines that use batteries.

5. Little Pretender Kids Karaoke Machine

The Little Pretender Kids Karaoke Machine allows your children to sing along to their favorite tunes or simply play music. This machine features 2 microphones, LCD screen, and a headphone jack.

Though the Little Pretender karaoke machine does not have storage room for songs, you can store songs on an SD card that will plug into the machine so that your child has access to all his/her favorite songs. If you are looking for a karaoke machine for smaller kids who enjoy lights, this may be one that you want to consider.

What We Liked
  • 2 sources of power – electrical cord and batteries.
  • The two microphones have individual on/off switches so there is no feedback when only using one microphone.
  • A variety of streaming options – any Bluetooth capable smart device, plug in your loaded SD card, AUX, and FM radio, giving your child plenty of options for singing along.
  • All control buttons are large and easy for your child to manipulate.
  • Bright colors and flashing lights make this karaoke machine fun for kids of all ages.
What We Didn't Like
  • Some parents state that some components, such as the headphone jack and SD card slot fall into the machine easily.

6. LP Kids Karaoke Machine

The LP Kids Karaoke Machine is a stand-alone microphone and comes with a second hand-held microphone, so your children can sing together or sing alone. This karaoke machine is not Bluetooth compatible, but can be connected to other sources via an AUX cable.

Bright, flashing lights and sound effects turns any gathering into a party for your children and their friends. The microphone detaches from the stand so that your children can use it on the stand or dance while they sing.

What We Liked
  • The base of the microphone contains flashing stage lights and foot pedals for special sound effects, creating an authentic feel for your little performer.
  • Easy to use foot pedals – press the right for songs and the left for applause from the “audience”.
  • Battery operated for more portability.
  • Designed with kids in mind with bright colors, flashing lights, and large buttons that children can easily manipulate on their own.
What We Didn't Like
  • Batteries are the only power source.

7. Singing Machine SML-283P CDG Karaoke Player

The Singing Machine karaoke player is light and portable, so your child can take the party anywhere. It comes with CD player that plays music CDS or CDs with graphics, built-in speaker, and disco lights for a real party atmosphere.

This karaoke machine can be used with or without a CD, making it a good versatile tool for your child. Your child will be the life of any party with this Singing Machine Karaoke Player.

What We Liked
  • Dual power source (electricity and battery) makes this karaoke machine portable and ready for all occasions.
  • Disco light effect really brings the party to life.
  • Equipped with 2 microphone jacks.
  • Controls include balance, auto voice, and echo.
  • Connects to your televisions so that lyrics are displayed.
  • It can be used as a karaoke machine or as a CD player.
  • Equipped with master volume and microphone volume for complete control.
What We Didn't Like
  • A few parents stated the microphone breaks easily.

What is a Karaoke Machine?

Karaoke machines allow you to perform as if you were on stage. The CDs or downloaded musical tracks play the music only. The words to the song are displayed on a screen so that you can sing along.

Types and features of karaoke machines are as follows. The built-in microphone is exactly what you would think – the karaoke machine is built into the microphone. The microphone can be connected to your stereo – or is you want to see the words displayed, it can be connected to your television and the words will be displayed on the screen. Most karaoke machines of this type already have songs downloaded. For more songs, you can purchase CDs that are compatible with the model you choose.

2. TV Monitor

The TV monitor connects to your television and the words are displayed on the screen. Unlike the Built-in Microphone, this type of karaoke machine comes with speaker, cd player, and a microphone.

3. MP3

The smallest type of karaoke machine, the MP3 system has a 7-inch screen that displays the lyrics. It also has built-in speakers and USB port that allows you to connect to a compatible MP3 player for hours of fun.

4. All-in One Karaoke Machine

The All-in-one karaoke machine comes with everything you need for singing karaoke. This type of karaoke machine usually includes a monitor, CD player, microphones, and speakers. The one drawback to the all-in-one system is that this type usually does not have any pre-loaded music, so you will need to purchase karaoke CDs.

History of Karaoke

Where did karaoke come from? Japan. The word karaoke is a combination of two Japanese words – karappo and okesutura (kara – oke). The meaning of karappo is empty while the meaning of okesutura is orchestra. Empty orchestra. Therefore, the name karaoke was assigned to recordings of songs that only included the music – without the performer.

Karaoke became popular in the night clubs of Japan. Technological advances have now made it possible to enjoy karaoke at home to liven up any party.

Karaoke even has an educational benefit. Karaoke is used in countries to help increase the literacy rate by using the words that are shown on the screen to teach people how to read while singing their favorite songs. Karaoke machines are also used in classrooms that teach second languages. So, while karaoke is highly entertaining, it can serve educational purposes.

Music is Good for the Soul and the Mind

Music plays a huge role in our lives. We sing in the car, we sing in church, we sing in the shower, we sing during holidays and celebrations. People just like to sing. Music is soothing to the soul and is often used in therapy for people who suffer from PTSD, for children with behavior problems, or for children who have suffered trauma early in life.

We hear a song and it takes up back to our childhood years, our teenage years, our first school dance, our wedding, our first breakup, and many other events that have occurred in our lives. Introducing children to music – especially performing – helps improve cognitive functions, allows your children to express themselves in a healthy manner, helps them learn to control their emotions, and creates children who are confident in school and social settings.

Karaoke machines can play a vital role in education. As stated above, karaoke machines are often used to help people learn a second language faster. They can also be used to help people become more literate as they see the words as they sing along to the songs.

When my children were learning to spell, we practiced their words by singing them in a certain rhythm as we spelled them out. It helped them a lot. Karaoke machines can perform the same function for children learning to read.

Final Thoughts

When choosing the best karaoke machine for kids from these seven machines, I tried to choose the one that offered the most fun, the most portability, and the most authentic performance ambience. Kids love lights and music, dancing and performing.

With these things in mind, I chose the Little Pretender Kids Karaoke Machine. With two power sources – electricity and battery – this karaoke machine is extremely portable and easy to use for kids of all ages. Bluetooth capability provides many options for your child for streaming music.

The Little Pretender Karaoke Machine is the perfect accessory for family trips or picnics. Take your birthday parties and play dates to the next level with flashing lights and two microphones so that more than one person can sing together – perfect for duets. Wherever you go and whatever the occasion, take the party with you wherever you go with the Little Pretender Kids Karaoke Machine.

Other Related Articles