So you fancy yourself as a modern-day Frank Sinatra. And you want to throw the best karaoke party of all time to prove it? Want to show the world (or just your poor friends) whos the new boss in town since James Brown left us?
Well, one of the best karaoke microphones on the market is a great start! But with so many options, how do you choose the perfect one?
That’s where we come in. We have searched far and wide to bring you the absolute best range of microphones to make your karaoke party as good as it can be. From budget offerings to the higher range of prices, we are sure you will find exactly what you are looking for within this list!
So, let’s go through them and find the perfect karaoke microphone for you…
Top 11 Best Karaoke Microphones in 2023[topbullets]
- BONAOK Wireless Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone
- eKids Disney Frozen 2 Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone
- Wireless Microphone with Bluetooth
- Shure SM58-LC Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone
- Shure BLX288/PG58 Dual Channel Wireless Microphone System
- Sennheiser Consumer Audio Compatible
- Pyle Professional Dynamic Vocal Microphone
- GTD Audio G-380H VHF Wireless Microphone System
- Shure PGA48-XLR Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone
- BEHRINGER PA System, Black (ULM202USB)
- Behringer Ultravoice Xm8500 Dynamic Vocal Microphone
1 BONAOK Wireless Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone – Best Value for Money Karaoke Microphone
This is a Karaoke mic from Bonaok that has been designed to make any party go with a swing. And one of the great things about it is that it is great for adults as well as the kids.
It is made from aluminum with an attractive gold finish. The aluminum construction means it is lightweight, but it is still quite robust. Built to be able to take some wear and tear. It weighs just 1.26 pounds and is a comfortable size at 4.25 by 3.86 by 11.02 inches.
Easy To Use
It is a comfortable fit for the hand, which allows easy use of the controls. The mic is controlled by a series of multi-function buttons. These allow you to switch between the different modes of operation.
The Built-in Features
There is a volume control for the mic as well as an echo feature to enhance the voice. All controls operate independently of each other. It has a built-in speaker with 6-watt output.
There is a rechargeable battery that takes two hours to fully charge the mic for use. Depending on the volume setting, you should get three to four hours of use from one recharge.
The Bluetooth modules can also act as a speaker, an MP3 player, and a voice recorder. There is also an app you can download for your phone. It will support a micro card with a maximum memory of 32GB. The card is not included and is an optional extra.
The head of the mic has three layers of filters. This will help to cut out any unwanted plosives from the singer when in use. It will also help to reduce any external wind noise if used outside and add an extra layer of protection against being dropped.
There are two ways to connect it up. You can use the Bluetooth connection or use the cable supplied. Bluetooth has a standard operating distance of about ten meters.
What’s in the box?
It comes with a portable case, USB charge cable and audio cable, and a user manual.
Excellent value at this price point.[cta img=”613Xm4YOLLL._AC_SL500_.jpg” alt=”BONAOK Wireless Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone” asin=”B0723CJG27″ rating=”4.4″]
- Nice design that is easy to use with plenty of features.
- A sturdy aluminum build with Bluetooth at a cost-effective price.
- Decent battery life.
- The volume level is not very high.
2 eKids Disney Frozen 2 Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone – Best Karaoke Microphone for Younger Kids
Have you got a child between about six and ten years old? Are you looking for a Christmas or Birthday present? Or maybe just a gift that doesn’t need a reason? Then this could be just what you want.
And if the child you are buying it for loves to sing, then you won’t need to look much further than this. A very cost-effective karaoke mic for kids with the Disney ‘Frozen 2’ theme.
It is quite well-built, but it will need some care in handling. It measures 2.01 by 2.01 by 9.24 inches and is very light and easy to hold, weighing only 9.6 ounces. The head of the mic has a wire mesh housing.
Plenty Of Connections
It has Bluetooth built-in, which gives you plenty of connectivity options. Providing the device you are trying to connect to is Bluetooth compatible, you can link up with the following:[bl]
- PC or Notebook.
- Games Console.
That allows you to stream whatever music you like. Please note that there is no music built into the microphone. However, because there is an adequate built-in speaker, you can use the microphone just to play your music to listen to.
An excellent feature of this mic is that it has Siri and Google Assistant enabled. That allows you to control your music using your voice. To add to the fun, there are LED multi-colored flashing lights, echo, and other effects to enhance the user’s voice.
The controls are easy to use and placed for easy operation on the front of the mic. The battery is rechargeable and will give you four to five hours on one full charge. Or, if you choose, you can use it while the mic is plugged in and charging.
Good value for money that should give your child hours of fun.[cta img=”71gk4t4DNeL._AC_SL500_.jpg” alt=”eKids Disney Frozen 2 Bluetooth Karaoke Microphone” asin=”B07V6XFPQP” rating=”4.7″]
- Plenty of features are built in, including flashing lights.
- Lightweight and easy to use.
- Bluetooth enabled at a cost-effective price.
- Will need to be handled carefully.
3 Wireless Microphone with Bluetooth – Best Karaoke Microphone Set
This is a two-microphone package that is ideal for a range of uses other than karaoke. It can be operated from either a UHF frequency band that will give you a connection range of approximately fifty meters. It can also be used via Bluetooth, where the range is the standard ten meters.
The mics have a strong aluminum build that also makes them lightweight and easy to hold. Each mic measures 9.84 by 1.97 by1.97 inches.
The receiver battery is built-in and will give you up to eight hours of use from a charging time of three hours. Each mic requires two AA batteries which are not included.
It has 15 channels and good volume adjustment levels, and being a plug-and-play system; there are no setup problems. It is compatible with jack sockets measuring ¼ or ⅛ inches, and an adapter is provided.
The mic has a Cardioid polar pattern which makes it ideal for both speech and singing. A Cardioid pattern collects sound from straight in front of the mic and rejects unwanted sound from the rear or sides.
Other than karaoke, it can also be used for any speech-based requirements and is good for podcasting and conferences or church meetings. In fact, that might be its best use.
The system can be used just to play music from your playlists using the Bluetooth connection if required. It isn’t the cheapest option you will find, but the quality is quite a bit better than the low-cost options; plus, you get two mics, not one, which is great for duets![cta img=”61YsA8uunDL._AC_SL500_.jpg” alt=”Wireless Microphone with Bluetooth” asin=”B089F7SPBS” rating=”4.3″]
- Good quality aluminum build that makes it lightweight.
- Choice of Bluetooth or UHF options.
- Built-in rechargeable receiver.
- Not the cheapest option if you want a cost-effective mic.
4 Shure SM58-LC Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone
We are going to kick things off with, possibly, the most well known and acclaimed vocal microphone on the market. The Shure SM58-LC Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone has been a true standout on the market since its inception all the way back in 1966. Being the direct descendant of the Shure 565 (made famous by bands such as The Beatles and Jimi Hendrix) meant that it was always destined for greatness.[note2]Tell us more…[/note2]
The SM58’s features a high gain-before-feedback design, along with its groundbreaking integrated pneumatic shock mount, and consistent cardioid polar pattern. These are directly responsible for it being the first mass-produced microphone to combat the problems of handling noise and feedback.
Of course, there have been some major design changes since 1966, but essentially it is the same microphone. It is more than capable of producing the sound and tone we have come to know and love. The frequency response has been tailored specifically for vocals, with bass roll-off and a brightened midrange to control proximity effect.[note2]But it’s got a cable?[/note2]
In terms of the SM58 being used as a karaoke microphone, the only drawback we can see is it not being wireless. Now, this will not necessarily be a problem in all situations, but it is worth noting. If this is not an issue, then we would recommend this microphone for pretty much any usage nine times out of ten.
If wireless is needed, and only an SM58 will do, then you can always check out the [link text=”Shure SLX2/SM58 Wireless Handheld Microphone Transmitter with SM58 Capsule (Receiver Sold Separately)” asin=”B0010EOERU”], or the [link text=”microphone and receiver package” asin=”B004K9VUZQ”]. They are exactly the same microphone, but this time it is cord-free! Understandably you will have to pay quite a bit more for the wireless technology.[cta img=”61DPqgysNnL._AC_SL500_.jpg” alt=”Shure SM58-LC Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone” asin=”B000CZ0R42″ rating=”5.0″]
- Large frequency response.
- Tailored to suit vocal use.
- Known as one of the best on the market.
- If it’s good enough for the majority of superstars, it’s good enough for you!
- Not wireless, although a wireless version is available.
5 Shure BLX288/PG58 Dual Channel Wireless Microphone System
Second on the list, and we have another offering from Shure. This time we are looking at the Shure BLX288/PG58 Dual Channel Wireless Microphone System with 2 PG58 Handheld Vocal Mics. This Wireless System is part of the BLX wireless systems family, which has been around since 2013 when Shure replaced the Performance Gear and PGX wireless systems.
The microphones (yes plural, you get two thrown in with this package!) are based on the incredibly popular industry-standard SM58, which we just reviewed.[note2]So what’s the difference between the two?[/note2]
Actually, not a whole lot when we tested them side by side. They both use the cardioid polar pattern, which means they both offer the same isolation and block out most unwanted sound. However, the PG58 is slightly, but noticeably, heavier than the SM58. It is also a little more peaked in the midrange and does not handle higher SPL’s as well as the SM58.
It also produced more handling noise when it was not on a stand. However, what we did find it slightly better for announcing, spoken word, and narration. A friend recorded the latest episode of his podcast using the PG58 and was extremely pleased with the results.[note2]Excellent Shure option for those on a budget…[/note2]
We would not swap the SM58 out for live performances, especially if wireless connectivity is not an issue, but for the budding home karaoke star, this set up might be perfect!
The other big difference we saw was the price. The PG58 is a far cheaper microphone, so if price is an issue, then we definitely recommend checking this one out![cta img=”61qU9BITH7L._AC_SL500_.jpg” alt=”Shure BLX288/PG58 Dual Channel Wireless Microphone System” asin=”B016APL8RC” rating=”4.2″]
- Two microphones included.
- Wireless system for ease of movement.
- Cheap (for a Shure product).
- A little noisy when in hand.
6 Sennheiser Consumer Audio Compatible
When you hear the name, Sennheiser, a few adjectives probably spring to mind. Phrases like “high quality,” “unbreakable,” and “beautifully designed” certainly come to mind for us. The Sennheiser Consumer Audio Compatible with Sennheiser EW 135 G3-A-US handheld cardioid EW system is no exception![note2]Let’s take a detailed look at this system…[/note2]
Straight out of the box, we see this cord-free audio system has a fantastically user-friendly menu operation. The backlit graphic display (easy to read in all lighting conditions) combined with the simple four button configuration was a breeze to use during setup/installation. With a single touch of the sync button connecting the transmitter with the receiver.
In the box, you have everything you will need to plug into your mixer, with the microphone, the wireless rack-mount receiver, two antennas and a holding clip for a microphone stand (although there is no stand itself included, but that’s understandable and would need a far bigger box!)[note2]Built for the road…[/note2]
There are a wide range of accessories available to adapt this system to most requirements. The housing is made from extremely sturdy metal and has a bandwidth of 42 megahertz, meaning you have access to 1680 tunable UHF frequencies with 12 easy presets.
The microphones weigh in just under 1lb, light enough to use for extended periods without discomfort. The optional rechargeable battery system is a great addition also.
Sound-wise, we found this setup to be well balanced, if lacking a little in the bottom end at times. However, we were easily able to remedy this after tweaking on the external mixer we were plugged into.[ctas img=”71xb-U9czsL._AC_SL500_.jpg” alt=”Sennheiser Consumer Audio Compatible” url=”https://oldtimemusic.com/?s=3ipoBgJ” rating=”4.0″]
- Quality you can trust.
- Large UHF range.
- Great all rounder.
- Lacking in bottom end.
7 Pyle Professional Dynamic Vocal Microphone
Dropping right to the budget end of the price scale for the best karaoke mics, we have this option for Pyle, the PDMIC59. They say imitation is the greatest form of flattery, and if that is true, then the Shure SM58 should definitely have rosy cheeks after seeing this one. This great little microphone is pretty much a straight clone of the SM58 (as are many of the mic options out there).[note2]How does the PDMIC59 differ from the SM58 then?[/note2]
Well, the first difference you will notice is the price! This microphone is in a much lower price bracket. However, in terms of construction and styling wise, the PDMIC59 is very similar to the SM58. The steel mesh grill mic head coupled with the rugged zinc alloy metal body makes for an extremely durable mic that is able to tolerate rough treatment.
The Pyle PDMIC59 also features an on/off switch, a feature missing on the SM58, giving you greater control. Both are dynamic and unidirectional microphones helping minimize feedback and background noise. Again this offering is not wireless, but it does come with a whopping 15’ (5 m) XLR connection cable, so you should be fine unless you are singing in an Arena.
In testing, we were pleasantly surprised with this microphone. It produced acceptably clear and concise tones, if slightly lacking in the mids. We did not find this a huge issue, and at the price, this one is very hard to beat.[cta img=”61ASFiMKASL._AC_SL500_.jpg” alt=”Pyle Professional Dynamic Vocal Microphone” asin=”B01B1JHEX4″ rating=”4.3″]
- Low price.
- Rugged design.
- On/off switch.
- Not wireless.
8 GTD Audio G-380H VHF Wireless Microphone System
Looking for the best karaoke mic system for multiple singers straight out of the box? If so, it might prove difficult to pass up on the GTD Audio G-380H VHF Wireless Microphone System with 4 Handheld mics.[note2]Four voices are better than one…[/note2]
As the name suggests, this is not for the faint of heart! Four wireless microphones (that’s right, four!) come as standard with this package. It also includes a high-quality receiver capable of handling all four signals simultaneously. The system also supports four XLR individual outputs along with ¼ inch mixed output.
Each separate channel has its own dedicated volume control switch, which we found super handy. In testing, we found it gave very acceptable sound quality when the microphones were within 150’ (45 m) of the receiver and gave satisfactory results all the way to 250’ (65 m) away. The tone and sound spectrum produced by this system were warm and balanced, if sometimes a little tinny.[note2]A great budget option…[/note2]
Sure, there is an abundance of systems that come with multiple microphones as standard. But for the price, there is no other system on the market offering what the GTD Audio G-380H offers!
The microphones are well made and strong enough to deal with some punishment whilst still being light enough to use for longer periods of time. However, keep in mind that the GTD Audio G-380H does not come with a rechargeable battery option, so be sure to keep some spares at the ready![cta img=”710pR0e9RPL._AC_SL500_.jpg” alt=”GTD Audio G-380H VHF Wireless Microphone System” asin=”B00HLVOO2G” rating=”4.2″]
- Low price.
- Four microphones included.
- No rechargeable batteries.
9 Shure PGA48-XLR Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone
We are past the halfway point now in our rundown of the best karaoke mics on the market, and next up, we have the Shure PGA48-XLR Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone. This is another non-wireless offering from Shure, and what a cracker it is!
This is a microphone specifically tailored for clarity in the standard vocal range, and boy does it do a good job. Here we have an updated industrial design, featuring a black metallic finish and classic silver ball grille and three purchasing options (with 15’ XLR to XLR, 15’ XLR to Quater inch, or without a cable). Included in all purchases is a mic stand clip and zip carry pouch.[note2]What sets this one apart from the other Shure offerings?[/note2]
The Shure PGA48-XLR is part of the PG ALTA Microphone family, which have been tailored to performing at any level. The PGA48-XLR has a dedicated on/off switch, giving much greater control of the output and instantly solving a feedback problem if it occurs.
This microphone is priced at the lower end of the scale when it comes to Shure products, but that does not mean that quality has been lowered. Plus, the Shure PGA48-XLR comes with a standard two-year replacement warranty, which we think is very generous.[note2]Great sounding at a superb price…[/note2]
Although we found this microphone to be slightly quieter overall than the SM58, we did find that feedback was almost non-existent. The sound produced was crystal clear, with an extremely balanced tone.[cta img=”71WLSp2LoVL._AC_SL500_.jpg” alt=”Shure PGA48-XLR Cardioid Dynamic Vocal Microphone” asin=”B00TTQM8Z6″ rating=”4.6″]
- Shure quality.
- On/off switch.
- Available with different cable options.
- Cheap for a Shure product.
- Not wireless.
10 BEHRINGER PA System, Black (ULM202USB)
The BEHRINGER PA System, Black (ULM202USB), is part of a new wave of wireless microphone and receiver systems. Included in the package are two wireless microphones and a USB receiver. The receiver is a simple ULM200D dual-mode USB, which is capable of being plugged directly into a compatible PA, mixer, or even your computer![note2]What makes a USB receiver different to conventional receivers?[/note2]
The USB receiver is a different technology from others we have reviewed, but the outcome is essentially the same, right? Wrong!
With the USB being able to be directly plugged into any PC or MAC, the signal can be sent straight to your DAW of choice, giving this system a huge boost in your ability to record! The signal is encrypted digitally before being sent to the USB on the 2.4 GHz bandwidth, which is above the operating frequencies of cell phones or other common devices, which could cause interference.[note2]Volume up or down – no problem…[/note2]
With its German design and heritage, you can be sure that this system will be able to handle all of the rough and tumble involved with live performance. There are volume control buttons directly built into the microphones (handy and unusual) themselves and a panic mute button in case things really go bad, and feedback is taking over your performance!
No rechargeable batteries is just about the only con for this system, but we were able to squeeze eight hours of use off cheaper AA batteries. I
However, in testing, we found the sound to be a little cold and tinny at first, but with some nominal tweaking of the mixer, we found a much more inviting sound.[cta img=”61Imy9IDlSL._AC_SL500_.jpg” alt=”BEHRINGER PA System, Black (ULM202USB)” asin=”B00HRKWSAQ” rating=”4.0″]
- Inbuilt volume and panic mute buttons on the microphones.
- Two microphones included.
- Direct DAW connectivity.
- Not the cheapest.
11 Behringer Ultravoice Xm8500 Dynamic Vocal Microphone
Rounding out our rundown today is the ever-present Behringer Ultravoice Xm8500 Dynamic Vocal Microphone, Cardioid. The Xm8500 has been around for many years, and it quickly became known as one of the premium low-cost karaoke mics on the market.[note2]Classic styling…[/note2]
Looking at this microphone, it’s easy to see why comparisons are made to the Shure SM58. And it’s not just the looks, inside we have a very similar setup also.
Here we have a dynamic, cardioid polar pattern that helps reduce background or unwanted noise. The frequency range of 50Hz- 15kHz, the impedance of 150 ohms, and the lack of on/off switch also mirrors the Shure SM58.[note2]So how does the Behringer Ultravoice Xm8500 perform?[/note2]
Amazingly well is really all we can say! We blind tested this one against an SM58, and the results were very surprising. Out of the five singers to participated in the blind test, two actually preferred the Behringer Ultravoice Xm8500 over the Shure SM58.
The marriage of the warm subtle tones, great build quality, and fantastic dynamic response really won us over. It also performed admirably when used to record our favorite guitar amp.[cta img=”617Asm9iwKL._AC_SL500_.jpg” alt=”Behringer Ultravoice Xm8500 Dynamic Vocal Microphone” asin=”B0002KZAKS” rating=”4.5″]
- Bang for your buck price.
- Real contender to the SM58.
- Not wireless.
- No accessories, only the microphone.
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What Would I Choose
If I were to be looking for a mic that was designed for karaoke, then I would want something quite specific. As it might be used by both children as well as adults, it will need to be easy to use. It would also be nice to have some special sound effects to help young voices.
It also would need to be a fun microphone more than a serious one, although it does need to have a decent sound. Considering those things, I would go for the…
It is a mic that can be used by adults as well as children, is well-built, and is easy to use. And because it is specially designed for karaoke use, it does exactly what you need it to.