The best karaoke machines for a night out at home

Feel like a rockstar from your living room.

There’s nothing more fun than making a fool out of yourself belting cheesy ’80s tunes. Whether you’ve got a musical group of friends, love singing solo, or want to build up your confidence before stepping into a real karaoke bar, snag an at-home karaoke machine that’ll keep you rocking all year round. Set up a fog machine, some lights, and record performances to capture fond memories between friends (or for blackmail). Here are some choice options worth singing about.

Best overall: Singsation Karaoke Machine

Has Everything You Need

Belt it like a pro with 60 voice modifiers. Amazon

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The all-in-one Singsation Karaoke machine includes one microphone, a 10-foot cord, and an adjustable mic stand with a smartphone holder on top to place your phone. Controls on the base of the stand allow you to choose from 25 LED lighting modes, 10 sound effects, and 60 voice modifiers like reverb or a helium effect. Connect your tablet or smartphone via Bluetooth to play the media.

Budget pick: BONAOK Wireless Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone

Tons Of Color Options

Capture your performances through your phone’s recording app. Amazon

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The portable, BONAOK mic connects to Bluetooth-enabled devices and features two built-in speakers that pump out 360-degree sound. The integrated battery holds enough juice for five hours of singing or about enough for about 100 renditions of Love Shack. It also plugs in via an optional auxiliary cable. Control the microphone, music, and echo levels on the device.

Kid-friendly: Singing Machine SML385BTW Karaoke System

A Birthday Party Savior

Get the night started with the built-in disco lighting system. Amazon

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This karaoke machine from Singing Machine is a simple option for children. It includes an array of 54 LED lights to make their performance more exciting. It comes with one microphone and can connect to your TV via RCA cables. Play music using the built-in CD player or connect a device via Bluetooth connection. All the controls—like lights, echo effect, and volume— sit conveniently on the front of the device making them easy to navigate.

Sing like a pro: Karaoke USA Complete Karaoke System

Get Ready For Duets

Connect it to your TV with the RCA cables if you want to see the lyrics better. Amazon

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Karaoke USA’s complete system comes with a full-color seven-inch display screen and two microphones so you can sing a duet. You can play media from any device including Bluetooth, SD Card, CD, MP3 player, DVD, or via an app on your smartphone. The 35-watt speaker also comes with built-in LED lights that can sync with the rhythm of the music. Included in the box are RCA cables, an AUX cable, and a remote control. It also comes with two DVDs with 300 songs.

Billy Cadden

Billy CaddenBilly Cadden is the Director of Commerce for the Camden Media tech group. He was part of NYC indie rock band The Postelles, and currently releases solo music under his name. His latest work is available on all streaming platforms. Contact the author here.