Karaoke is a wonderful way to bring together people with a shared love of music, whether they can sing well or not. If you want to have the best home karaoke experience, we recommend Tonor’s K20 Wireless Karaoke Machine because it’ll make you look and sound good, no matter what tune you choose.
With two good wireless microphones and a delightful disco ball on top, this portable speaker system has everything you need to get the karaoke party started.
*At the time of publishing, the price was $250.
The Tonor K20 Wireless Karaoke Machine covers all the bases (basses?) for a successful home karaoke celebration, including a tablet holder, adapter cables, and plenty of other thoughtful accessories. It also has the best-sounding wireless microphones of all the karaoke machines we tested, with a wireless range of around 100 feet in case your performance just can’t be contained. With a built-in LED light show and a disco ball on top, the Tonor can transform any room into a concert hall, inspiring even the shyest singers to take a crack at their favorite tune. Like all of the karaoke machines we recommend, the Tonor doesn’t come with its own library of songs, so you’ll need a Wi-Fi connection and a screen to access YouTube (or some other service) for your music and lyrics. But the Tonor stands out because it offers all the audio connections you’re likely to need, including Bluetooth and an auxiliary-audio input jack (with an included cable). You can even play music from a USB flash drive or microSD card. However, the speaker sounds better at louder volumes, which could be overkill for some users (or their neighbors). As an added bonus, the Tonor has a built-in audio-recording feature, so you can capture your performance to share with friends, or listen to yourself later and work on perfecting your pitch.
The Moukey’s mics aren’t as crisp as we’d like, but the speaker itself sounds fantastic and has built-in mic holders on one side. We’re not sure about the owl face, though.
*At the time of publishing, the price was $235.
The Moukey MTs10-2 Karaoke Machine has a better-sounding speaker than our top pick, especially at lower volumes. The basic controls are slightly easier to use, as well, even if some of its bonus features can be confusing. The wireless microphones sound and feel a little cheaper, too—although the machine does come with a convenient pair of mic holders built into the side. Like the Tonor, the Moukey can stream songs over Bluetooth or via an aux-in port, USB drive, or microSD card, and it displays a dynamic LED light show to fuel your onstage fantasies. It doesn’t have a disco ball, however, which is more of a downer than we expected, and the speaker itself, which the company says is meant to resemble an owl, actually looks more like a glowering audience member. That might give you the inspiration you need to really rock your next song, though.
If you don’t care as much about audio quality and just want to have some fun, the Singsation Star Burst SPKA25 is a great choice. It’s small enough to carry around in one hand—which you might need to do, because it has two wired microphones with cables that are only about 6 feet long. Like the Tonor K20, though, it has a disco ball on top, along with a variety of LED patterns that you can display on the speaker itself. The Singsation also comes with a variety of pitch-shifting options (think Alvin and the Chipmunks), plus some fun sound effects that let you inject air horns and applause and other embellishments into your karaoke performances. That said, the mics and the speaker sound fine but not great, and this is the only all-in-one karaoke machine we tested that doesn’t have a rechargeable battery built in (it needs eight AA batteries to free it from the DC wall adapter). But if you’re looking for a simple speaker with a light show that lets you amplify your voice to sing along, the Singsation is an affordable source of entertainment.
If you already have a home stereo setup that you like, the Rybozen is an easy and affordable way to add a pair of wireless mics to your speakers.
*At the time of publishing, the price was $110.
The Rybozen K201 Portable Karaoke Microphone Mixer is essentially an audio passthrough that lets you sing out of your existing stereo system with a pair of wireless microphones. It offers an incredibly simple setup: There’s one ⅛-inch audio-in port and one ⅛-inch audio-out port, and it comes equipped with Bluetooth and a variety of adapter cables that should be able to work for almost every home audio system. You can insert the Rybozen between a smart TV and a soundbar, for example, or connect it between your computer or tablet and a pair of desktop speakers, then stream your favorite karaoke songs on YouTube. Other than our top pick, the Rybozen has some of the best-sounding mics we tested, and it’s one of the only models we tried that offers individual volume control for each mic, in case you and your singing partner tend to croon at different loudness levels. Overall, it’s a great choice if you already have a sound system that you’re happy with and don’t want to deal with storing another speaker.