There was a time when music wasn’t so easy to listen to. If you were lucky enough to own a record player, you’d have to listen to a whole album, then take it off and put the next one on. But then the jukebox was invented. Instead of listening to the whole album, people could pick their favorite songs and the jukebox would mechanically change the record. Jukeboxes were huge in the 50s, but since then the way we listen to music has changed dramatically.
Nowadays, vintage jukeboxes sell for thousands of dollars. But fortunately, there’s a cheaper way to get a taste of the retro vibe. In this article, we’ve selected our favorite modern jukeboxes. They come in countertop or full-sized versions and offer all sorts of different music playing options like CDs, AM/FM radio, Bluetooth, and more. Also, at the bottom of the article, we’ve provided a Buying Guide and FAQ section to answer any jukebox-related questions. Here are the best jukeboxes we could find.
The Best Jukebox
For our Best Choice product, we’ve selected the Victrola Retro Desktop Jukebox. It was a hard decision, but this one really ticks all the boxes for us. First off, it’s affordable. The price tends to vary, but at the time of writing this article, it’s on offer for less than $70. When you compare that to vintage and full-sized jukeboxes, it’s a great deal. But it’s not all about the money, we like the way this jukebox performs as well.
It’s a pretty comprehensive music player. It has a CD player, FM radio, Bluetooth, and a 3.5mm jack input. The CD player can only hold one CD at a time, but that’s the only real problem we can find with it. The Bluetooth function allows you to wirelessly stream music from up to 33 feet away and the 3.5mm jack is perfect for any non-Bluetooth devices. Basically, you can play pretty much anything through it, except for vinyl and tapes. It’s even got USB and SD card inputs.
Front-loading CD player
3.5mm jack input
SD card & USB inputs
- Weight7.61 pounds
If you don’t need a CD player, then you might be interested in the Pyle PJUB25BT. Built by Pyle Audio, a reputable brand in the audio industry, these jukeboxes have dropped in price significantly in recent years. Now you can pick them up for a similar price to our best choice product. It’s actually a really similar product to the Victrola Retro Desktop Jukebox. It’s also a small countertop jukebox that will sit nicely on a table or on your kitchen counter. They’ve also done a really good job of recreating the retro vibe – it has similar LED lighting tubes around the side of the jukebox. Unfortunately, they only have one color options, but it still looks great when they’re turned on in a dark room.
The Pyle PJUB25BT has two main differences to our Best Choice product. Firstly, it doesn’t have a CD player. Instead, this is really just a speaker system to play your music through. You have the option of Bluetooth, a 3.5mm jack input, USB and SD card inputs, and an AM/FM radio. So, it’s versatile, but not quite as versatile. However, this jukebox does have one main advantage over other similar jukeboxes. It has an RCA (L/R) output connector jacks. That means you can connect your jukebox to extra or more powerful speakers like tower speakers. So, if you’re not satisfied with the sound quality or you want it louder, it’s possible. We really like this feature because jukeboxes often don’t provide the best sound quality.
3.5mm jack input
SD card & USB inputs
On/off LED lighting
- Weight4.41 pounds
The Crosley Full Size iJuke Bluetooth Jukebox is the only full-sized jukebox on this list. You could spend thousands on a full-sized jukebox, but that’s not what we’re focusing on in this article. This product gives you that vintage vibe without you needing a bank loan to afford it. Granted, it’s still pretty expensive, but it could be a lot more expensive. The reason it costs so much is because of what’s on the outside, rather than what’s inside. It’s made out of high-quality walnut with a hand-rubbed paprika finish. Then, it’s got a woven cloth grill and is covered in LED lighting tubes. The tubes are completely customizable and change color using the remote control.
Underneath, it’s not that different from the countertop jukeboxes. It has a front-loading CD player, Bluetooth, and an AM/FM radio. Perhaps that biggest difference is that it has a 20-track programmable memory. This means you can upload your favorite songs to play, without the need to plug anything in. In the Amazon reviews, some customers have raised concerns about the quality of the Bluetooth connection. Apparently, you’ve got to be really close to the jukebox for it to work, which could get annoying quickly. However, this could just be a problem with faulty items. If you’re not satisfied with the product, you can send it back.
Front-loading CD player
Customizable LED lighting
Remote control included
- Weight86 pounds
Next on our list is the Crossey CR1101A-CH Jukebox. It’s a countertop cd jukebox, but they’ve nailed the style better than any other jukebox on this list. Crossley is known for making high-quality jukeboxes, but we particularly love this one. It costs a little bit more than the other countertop jukeboxes, but the aesthetic is totally worth it. For example, the cabinet is handcrafted from wood and varnished to make it look old-school. The attention to detail is much better than its competitors and the LED lighting tubes are really high quality. From a distance, you could mistake it for a vintage jukebox. The only thing that will give it away is the modern audio technology.
There are three different ways to play your music on this jukebox. First is the CD player, which is cleverly disguised by the vintage blue cover. It’s only a one CD holder, but we like the fact that it doesn’t take away from the design. Then, you’ve got an AM/FM radio and a 3.5mm jack input for your smartphone, laptops, MP3 players, and other devices and gadgets. The big downside of this jukebox is that it doesn’t have Bluetooth. However, we think that they’ve made up for this by including a 20-track programmable memory. Like the other Crossley jukebox, you can choose 20 of your favorite tracks and store them, so you don’t need any extra equipment to play your music. In our opinion, this is one of the best countertop jukeboxes money can buy. Our guide to the best portable Bluetooth speakers offer more high quality products like this.
Handcrafted wooden cabinet
Front-loading CD player
3.5mm jack input
20-track programmable memory
- Weight8 pounds
If you’re looking for a really cheap option, you’ve got to go for the Rock “N” Roll 50’s Musical Jukebox. It’s the cheapest jukebox on here and, to be honest, is really a toy more than anything. It’s made from plastic and doesn’t have the same modern audio technology inside. But, it’s still a lot of fun and great for kids that are getting into music.
The main downside of this product is that you can’t play your own music on it. It doesn’t have a CD player, Bluetooth, or even a radio. Instead, it has three songs that are already programmed in. These are ‘Rock Around the Clock’ by Bill Haley & His Comets, ‘Tutti Frutti’ by Little Richard, and ‘Louie Louie’ by The Kingsmen. So, if you’re not a big fan of these three songs, this toy probably isn’t for you.
Plays three rock and roll songs
- BrandDyno Seasonal Solutions
- Weight1.55 pounds
Jukebox Buying Guide & FAQ
How We Chose Our Selection Of The Best Jukeboxes
Price – Jukeboxes are one of those items that can cost anything. You can pick a great countertop jukebox for under $100 or you can spend thousands. With the more expensive models, you’re often paying for the size and the sound quality above everything else. Most of the jukeboxes on our list are towards the cheaper of the scale, but we have included a couple of premium jukeboxes. For the cheapest product, check out the Best Value and; for the most expensive, check out the Premium Product.
Brand – There are many famous, vintage brands associated with jukeboxes. On this list, we’ve selected a few newer brands that are making jukeboxes now. We’ve done some background research into the brands to make sure they’re reputable.
Reviews – If you’re looking for an honest opinion about a product, you’ve got to check out the customer reviews. It’s impossible to really know about a product until you get it home and use it for a few weeks. That’s why reviews are such a good resource for us.
Features To Look For In Jukeboxes
Size – Jukeboxes come in lots of different sizes. The main two are countertop and full-sizes. Countertop jukeboxes are designed to sit on top of a counter and act as a more stylish alternative to a CD player or radio. Full-sized jukeboxes are the classic size that you used to see in bars and diners – they take up a lot more space, but they’re a great talking point in the home.
Sound quality – All jukeboxes have built-in speakers to play your music. The bigger the jukebox and the more money you’re willing to spend, the better the sound quality you can expect.
Capacity – The capacity relates to how many tracks you can store in the jukebox. Traditionally, this would mean how many LPs you could stack in the jukebox, but now they are programmable. Most of the jukeboxes on this list don’t have any capacity. Instead, you have to play your music using an external music device.
Vintage or modern – This is a big decision for people buying jukeboxes. If you want a vintage jukebox, you are going to have to spend a lot more money. That’s why we’ve focused on modern jukeboxes for our list. They are much more useful in day-to-day life because they’re able to play CDs, MP3s, and radio as well.
Types Of Jukeboxes
Digital jukeboxes – Digital jukeboxes are able to play digital forms of music like MP3s. They normally do this using Bluetooth so you can connect your smartphone or other devices.
CD jukeboxes – CD jukeboxes, as you might have guessed, play CDs. They don’t sell as well these days, because more people are moving to digital music. But, if you’ve got stacks of CDs at home, they are a fun way to make use of them.
Vinyl-playing jukeboxes – This is where jukeboxes started out. Back in the day, when there was no automatic way to change music, the jukebox was invented. This meant that people could choose songs and hear them play, without having to listen to the whole album.
Q: Can I listen to the radio on my jukebox?
A: On some jukeboxes, you can. If you’re looking for a jukebox that has a radio built in, check out the Key Features section of each product. We’ll state clearly whether it has a built-in radio.
Q: Why should I buy a jukebox?
A: It’s a great way to play music in the home. Not only do they sound great and make playing music easy, but they also look amazing in your home.
Q: Will my jukebox come with a remote control?
A: Most modern jukeboxes come with a remote control. Again, we’ll mention this in the Key Features section.