Kids of all ages love to experiment with their voice and sing-along to their favourite songs. I think most parents have fond memories of their kids providing entertainment at family gatherings, whether that is singing along to karaoke or reciting one of their faves from memory. These experiences are gold and that’s why microphones are a must-have toy for every family.
However, things can soon turn sour when a mic doesn’t perform as expected – low-quality and quiet microphones can be a frustrating experience to say the least. The key is to select a microphone designed with kids in mind that provides adequate sound quality and is equipped with the latest features. So to avoid disappointment, check out our review of some of the best microphones for kids and learn how to distinguish the hits from the misses.
What Should You Look for in a Microphone?
Ergonomics & Design – A child’s microphone ought to look and feel much different than adults. It should be light enough for them to handle it with ease and designed to fit a small hand, which means a small enough neck to grip in the hands and a mouth-piece that’s small enough to capture your little ones vocals.
Features – The majority of people want a microphone that can do a few more things than simply amplifying the voice, today most people expect a mic to connect to their portable device and allow them to play their own music. This is perfectly understandable; it makes them much more versatile and fun. If you have young kids in particular, you’d probably find a model with pre-recorded songs and stories ideal too, that way it functions as a microphone and a story-teller, just another great way to keep them entertained when they get bored of singing.
Controls – The buttons found on a normal adult microphone are typically small and insignificant part of the overall design, therefore, completely inappropriate for children. You need a microphone with large and well-labelled buttons that your child will understand and be able to use with ease.
Durability & Materials – Lightweight materials such as plastic and rubber are perfect for kids, they are easy and safe to move around and are relatively difficult to break. Now compare this to metal, they are substantially heavier and easily scratch, never a good idea around young kids.
Safety – When using any powered device – battery or otherwise, it’s important to verify that they have passed all of the appropriate U.S standard regulations. Furthermore, you should always make sure you follow the manufacturer’s guidelines and check the recommended age of use. The majority of kid’s mics are battery powered, which does make them relatively safer than ones that are plugged into the mains, but caution still needs to be taken. Parents should always change batteries.
Our Top Picks
HooYL Handheld Kids Microphone
This portable microphone offers a robust design and high-quality sound for an unbeatable price; designed for boys and girls and it is available in a multitude of different colors including pink, gold and silver. Ideally it is suited to slightly older children, due to its more complex design and features.
The HooYL features the latest innovative features including a rechargeable battery, Bluetooth and the ability to sync it with a range of apps. This means you can use it at home, or on the go, whether that be travelling in the car or taking it to family gatherings. The Bluetooth feature means you can connect it too popular apps that allow you to play your favorite backing tracks, while you sing along via your devices screen, all without the need for a heavy and cumbersome karaoke machine.
The controls are very user-friendly, making it very straight forward for a parent or child to get the hang of. These include an on and off button, as well as a volume adjuster. The mould is composed of an aluminum-magnesium alloy, making it incredibly durable or a microphone, perfect for kids have a tendency to break the cheap ones made from plastic.
The sound quality of this microphone is superior for a kids model, which tend to be extremely low quality and often sound somewhat muffled. The HooYL is equipped with an advanced and patented chip-set that provides superb sound quality for a clear music rhythm with echo reverberation.
Overall, this is a top quality microphone that will provide an enjoyable experience for your kids. It definitely beats the many cheap alternatives that have flooded the market.
Fisher-Price Laugh & Learn Rock & Record Microphone
If you’re on the search for a microphone perfect for small children and toddlers, then this is the one for you. The fun design is user-friendly, easy to hold and helps them start to build some confidence is their singing abilities.
As standard, this microphone features a simple on/off button, as well as a play and stop button. It also features flashing LED lights which help your child sing along by only flashing when it is time to sing or stop. The Fisher-Price microphone also allows you to record your kids singing and playback, perfect for cherishing them first vocals.
To make things as simple and straight-forward as possible, the microphone is fitted with 10 fun songs that can be turned on/off and changed via handy button. Songs include nursery rhyme classics such as ‘Mary Had a Little Lamb’ and ‘B-I-N-G-O’, sure to keep them motivated and singing along.
The Bluetooth capability means that the microphone can be synced to any device wirelessly providing more variety and allowing your kid to set up a personal karaoke via your computer, phone or tablet. Young kids can struggle to maintain a good pace when singing along, so the flashing light function is perfect to teach them to keep good timing, flashing when they should start or stop singing. This helps them improve over time and develop their musical abilities.
This device requires 3 AAA batteries to operate, so to avoid disappointment on opening make sure you have these too, as unfortunately they are not included. The plastic design weights just 10 ounces, making it safe and easy to handle for kids of all ages.
Termichy Kids Microphone
Another great microphone for younger kids we thought was worth a mention is the Termichy, which stands out from the competition mostly due to its ergonomic design that makes it even easier for young hands to hold.
The design reminds us of a saxophone in shape, allowing little hands to grip it with ease, while the small receiver/windscreen is just the right size to capture your little ones vocals. The buttons are also placed in a convenient way – on the neck, allowing for easy control and adjustability even while singing.
The settings on this versatile kid’s microphone also make it ideal for a younger audience. For example, it features 4 different education modules such as children’s song, story, poetry, and lullaby, which your baby can listen to and/or sing along to. There’s also “magic voice” functionality, allowing your kid to experiment and cause a lot of mischief, this includes a robot voice, female, male and a baby voice. Of course you can use your normal voice too.
Nice touches include a flashing LED light that adds a little more stimulation, as well as wireless connectivity, allowing you to connect it to your personal audio library and rechargeable battery, with a super convenient USB port.
This is a very versatile device that is much more than an average microphone, it provides sound effects and has the ability to tell stories to your kid, perfect for winding down before bed or nap time!
Frozen Magical Sing Along Pretend Microphone
By now, if you haven’t heard your kids singing along to the Frozen soundtrack you may have been living under a lock, or wearing ear muffs? This microphone has all the best Frozen songs built-in – it’s the perfect gift for the Frozen fan.
It’s available in two distinct styles, there’s the Anna and Elsa version and the Olaf version. It plays 5 songs in full from the movie, which your youngster can sing along too. The microphone itself won’t provide much amplification for your child’s voice, but this probably won’t have much significance for a child who wants to sing along to some of their favourites.
It does come fitted with a USB port allowing you to connect it to any portable device and play your own music. This may come in handy once you’ve heard the Frozen song a million times, or when they start to get bored.
This model is recommended for children aged 3 years old and above and requires 2 AAA batteries, which are included.
Idol Maker Microphone
If you are looking for a microphone that allows your child to be a real showman, then the Idol Maker Mic is a good choice. The microphone resembles a professional model used by famous musicians such as Elvis Presley and includes a stand which the microphone detaches from, providing an authentic true-to-life experience.
The microphone itself does provide amplification of the voice, allowing your child to sing and perform. It includes a variety of pre-recorded melodies that your child can sing to, or you can connect it to an MP3 playing device and sing along to a backing track, instrumentals or whatever is preferred. Alternatively you can sing into the mic with no background sounds at all.
The colorful stand is made from plastic and is lightweight allowing your child to move it around safely and easily. It’s also adjustable making it appropriate for a variety of heights and as your child grows. The bottom of the stand also features to buttons that can be treated like foot pedals; these include fun sound effects such as audience clapping.
One weakness of the idol maker is the amplification, which is rather weak, however many parents are probably secure knowing it can’t get too loud and annoy the neighbours!
It requires 3 x AA batteries, which are not included.
Which Microphone do you prefer?
We have taken the time to analyse and review some of the most popular kid’s microphones, but what do you like the look of? Do you have any experience with them?
We’d love to read your feedback below.