12 Best Budget Turntables in 2024 for Cheap Vinyl Fans

The Best Budget Turntables on the Market

There’s nothing wrong with wanting the best budget turntable your money can buy in 2024.  In fact, I encourage it.  The bottom line is that you can buy the best inexpensive turntable on the market and still thoroughly enjoy the vinyl hobby.

So whether you consider yourself a cheapskate vinyl fan, or you’re just thrifty and wise with your money, here are my favorite affordable turntables on the market.

The Best Budget Turntables You Need Now

The Budget Record Players That You Need to Buy

Here are the best cheap record players on the market:

  • House of Marley Stir It Up Turntable
  • Victrola Revolution GO
  • Audio Technica AT-LP120XUSB
  • Pro-Ject T1
  • Pro-Ject Debut Carbon EVO
  • Audio Technica AT-LP60X
  • U-Turn Orbit Plus
  • Victrola Re-Spin
  • Denon DP-400
  • Marantz TT42P
  • Pro-Ject Essential III
  • Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC

In my opinon, the number one best budget record player in 2024 is the Audio-Technica AT-LP60X.  The runner-up is the Victrola Re-Spin and the third best is the House of Marley Stir It Up Turntable.

The original Audio-Technica AT-LP60 was my very first record player and was an awesome entry-level turntable.  And now, the upgraded AT-LP60X is even better.   

The Audio-Technica AT-LP60X has a built-in phono preamp, is a fully automatic turntable, and can play records at 33 RPM and 45 RPM speeds.  On top of that, the AT-LP60X record player’s price point is quite cheap at $150.00.

Victrola Re-Spin
Victrola Re-Spin I tested for my review

I also recently tested and reviewed the Victrola Re-Spin, and I was very impressed with what I experienced.  The Re-Spin record player is portable with built in speakers, and has surprisingly good sound for its small size.  

The Victrola Re-Spin also impressed me with its strong bass, too.  In fact, for a price of less than $100, the Victrola Re-Spin is easily the best value turntables on this list.

Finally, the House of Marley Stir It Up Turntable is just a beautiful player.  It’s ideal for beginners that want their record player to look premium without having to pay a high price.  

The House of Marley Stir It Up Turntable
The House of Marley Stir It Up Turntable I reviewed

The Stir It Up Turntable costs just $130 for the non-bluetooth version.  It is a two speed, belt driven record player.  The Stir it Up Turntable also has a built in phono preamp for easy plug and play ability.  I loved my time with this record player, and you can read my House of Marley Stir It Up Turntable review here.

House of Marley Stir It Up Turntable

House of Marley Stir It Up Turntable is a nice budget record player.

House of Marley Stir It Up Turntable Standard Specs

  • Bamboo Wood Plinth
  • Built in Phono Preamp
  • USB to Computer Recording
  • Plays at 33 and 45 RPM speeds
  • RCA Output
  • 3.5mm AUX Out
  • Price is $130

House of Marley Stir It Up Turntable Wireless Specs

  • Bamboo Wood Plinth
  • Bluetooth Capability (version 4.2)
  • Built in Phono Preamp
  • USB to Computer Recording
  • Plays at 33 and 45 RPM speeds
  • RCA Output
  • 3.55 Headphone Jack
  • Price is $200

Pros of the House of Marley Stir It Up Turntable

  • Easy to use because of the built in phono preamp
  • Plays 7 inch records and comes with a 45 adaptor
  • Can export your records to digital files like MP3s
  • Can replace your cartridge if it gets damaged
  • Has an aluminum platter

Cons of the House of Marley Stir It Up Turntable

  • Not a fully automatic turntable
  • Requires external speakers
  • No plastic dust cover (fabric dust cover included)
House of Marley's Stir It Up Turntable
The House of Marley Stir It Up Turntable being reviewed

If you are seeking both the best budget turntable on the market and the best looking record player on the market, it’s hard to find a better match than the House of Marley Stir It Up Turntable.

I love that the House of Marley Stir It Up Turntable comes in two versions: a standard edition and a bluetooth edition.  Here are some of the specifications for both turntables.

The bottom line on the House of Marley Stir It Up Turntable is this: it’s an unbeatable record player given its cheap price.  For as low as $129, you get a versatile turntable that’s easy to use and works great.  It’s also the best looking turntable on this entire list, in my opinion.  

As long as you don’t need your turntable to have built in speakers or have the tonearm move automatically on its own, the House of Marley Stir It Up Turntable is a great choice for vinyl beginners.

You can also check out my video review of the House of Marley Stir It Up Turntable here.

Victrola Revolution GO

The Victrola Revolution GO record player

Victrola Revolution GO Specs

  • Rechargeable Battery lasts 12 hours at 50% volume and 8 hours on maximum volume
  • Plays records at 33, 45 and 78 RPM speeds
  • Removable lid that seats album jackets inside
  • Bluetooth capable
  • Weighs 6.83 lbs
  • Price is $150

Overall, here are the three biggest pros and cons I found when it came my use of the Revolution GO:

Pros of the Victrola Revolution GO

  • Comes in several bold, beautiful colors
  • Has built-in speakers
  • Streams music to a bluetooth speaker
  • Streams music from your phone through the Revolution GO’s built in speakers
  • Has a rechargeable battery for excellent portable use

Cons of the Victrola Revolution GO

  • In my experience, the sound is not better than the Victrola Re-Spin I tested
  • Not a fully automatic turntable
  • Not easy to pull off the detachable lid
The Victrola Revolution GO
My experience with the Victrola Revolution GO was very positive

The Victrola Revolution GO is one of my favorite budget turntables on this list that I tested (read my Victrola Revolution GO review here).  It’s a top of the line pick because of one innovative feature: the Revolution GO’s battery is rechargeable.

Now most record players claim they are portable, but the Revolution GO really means it.  While it can operate just fine plugged into the wall (like every other turntable), this awesome record player works great unplugged for up to 12 hours on just one battery charge.  

Here’s the bottom line on the Victrola Revolution GO: I would recommend this record player to anyone that wants maximum freedom when using a record player.  

My research shows that you’ll need the Victrola Revolution GO if you want to use your turntable at a friend’s house, a pool party, or a family reunion without a power adaptor.

Don’t forget that the Victrola Revolution GO’s battery can play records for half a day on one battery charge.  On top of that, it’s a very good bluetooth record player, as well.  Priced at $150 at Victoria’s website, you can find some colors of the Revolution GO priced for less on Amazon.

Audio-Technica AT-LP120XUSB

The Audio Technica AT-LP120XUSB turntable.

AT-LP120XUSB Specs You’ll Love

  • Direct Drive Turntable
  • USB Output to Connect to Computer
  • RCA Output
  • Built-in Phono Preamp
  • Plays at 33, 45 and 78 RPM speed
  • Price is $349

Pros of the AT-LP120XUSB

  • USB turntable
  • Built-in phono preamp gives greater flexibility when playing
  • Fully manual turntable

Cons of the AT-LP120XUSB

  • Not a fully automatic turntable
  • No built-in speakers
  • Affordable turntable but on the higher end of budget vinyl players
Enjoy the Audio-Technica AT-LP120XUSB turntable.

Talk about a modern classic.

This record player has been around for a while and it showcases everything Audio-Technica is known for. First and foremost, it falls well within our price range. It’s built like a tank and brings you the type of core performance we were talking about earlier.

With the Audio-Technica AT-LP120XUSB, you can play 33, 45 and the far less common 78 RPM records. It’s a direct drive unit, which isn’t really optimal but is more than acceptable in this case.

One thing that puts this particular model on top of our list is the amount of control you have over the record and the turntable itself. The tone arm is fully adjustable, which means you can calibrate the anti-skate dial and the height of the tone arm. On top of that, the cartridge is removable, as is the counterweight.

What all of this means is a lot of customization options down the road. Audio Technica comes with a built in pre-amp and a USB connection. You can bypass the pre-amp if you want to, which earns it another cookie point in our book.

All things considered, this record player is by far the best value for the money option at the moment.

You can also enjoy: Audio-Technica AT-LP120XUSB review

Pro-Ject T1

The Project T1 turntable

Project T1 Specs

  • Heavy 8mm glass platter
  • Aluminum tonearm
  • Adjustable turntable
  • Costs $450

Pros of the Project T1

  • Belt-drive turntable
  • Higher quality record player for beginners
  • Very good sound
  • Beautiful looking turnable

Cons of the Project T1

  • No built-in phono preamp (unless you buy the Pro-Ject T1 Phono SB instead)
  • No built-in bluetooth (unless you buy the Pro-Ject T1 BT instead)
  • Requires removing the platter and changing belt position to switch turntable speed (RPM)
  • Can’t export records to computer
  • Sub-$500 turntable, but still relatively expensive
The Pro-Ject T1 turntable

Now I used to often recommend the Pro-Ject Essential III, but it’s time to start paying more attention to the Pro-Ject T1.  What I like about the T1 is that it offers you a beginner’s-like entryway into the world of audiophile turntables.

Now unlike some of turntables you’ll find on this list, this one isn’t the most friendly for anyone that’s never touched a record player before.  There’s no automatic operation here, and there’s no built in phono preamp.  

But, if you’re committed to the vinyl hobby and are looking for a quality turntable, you will love the Ortofon OM5e cartridge that comes pre-installed on this table.  

On top of that, I absolutely adore the heavy glass platter you get here.  Putting your records on a solidly constructed glass platter will make you truly understand where your money has gone in terms of the construction of this turntable (which is built by hand in Europe). 

Pro-Ject Essential III

Pro-Ject Essential III

Pro-Ject Essential III Specs

  • Belt drive turntable
  • Ortofon OM10 cartridge
  • Aluminum tonearm
  • Priced at 300

Pros of the Pro-Ject Essential III

  • The Essential III does a good job at miming motor vibrations
  • Comes in four color variations (black, walnut, red, white)

Cons of the Pro-Ject Essential III

  • Doesn’t play 78 RPM records
  • Must pay extra money for a built in phono preamp (you’d have to buy the Pro-Ject Essential III Phono)
  • Hanging anti-skate on wire can sometimes fall off suspension handle
  • Hard to find currently (may require using secondary market)
  • Fans of vintage turntables may not enjoy the sleek, minimal design

Now this is a turntable you’re going to need to search for on the secondary market to find. Compared to the Audio-Technica we just talked about, Essential III is a bit more refined turntable that also comes with a higher price tag. However, there is a perfectly good reason for this. Let’s start things off by saying that there are two versions of this model.

One version comes with a pre-amp and USB support, which is a bit pricier, and the other version doesn’t sport these features. The Pro-Ject Essential III plays your standard 33 and 45 RPM records and features a fully adjustable tone arm. However, it has no height adjustment and features a very rudimentary anti-skate device.

So, everything so far seems to be inferior to the Audio-Technica, yet it costs more. Why is that? Well, the Pro-Ject Essential III definitely is a bit more limited in the features and customization departments. However, it offers one benefit which compensates for all of the shortcomings we have listed—its anti-vibration technology used by Pro-Ject is superb.

This translates to incredible sound quality, which is what we are all looking for at the end of the day.

Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC

Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC Specs

  • Comes in 9 different colors
  • Aluminum platter
  • 8.6” carbon fiber tonearm
  • Belt drive turntable
  • Priced at $400

Pros of the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC

  • Can play 33, 45, and 78 RPM records
  • Can upgrade to an acrylic platter (where you won’t need to use a felt mat under your record)

Cons of the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon DC

  • Doesn’t have a built in phono preamp
  • Hard to find currently (may require using secondary market)

Yup, we got another Pro-Ject model for you, this time it’s the Carbon record player. This one, similar to the Essential III, is going to have to be a turntable you track down one thie used market (as the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon EVO–discussed later–) has overtaken the Debut Carbon DC.

Now, this one is pushing the limits of your budget, but it definitely belongs on this list. Generally, you get similar specs to Essential II in terms of RPMs supported and how adjustable the tone arm is.

Again, just like the Essential II, it comes in two versions. One has a pre-amp and USB support, the other doesn’t. Unfortunately for us, the more expensive Carbon with the pre-amp and USB goes outside of our budget, so be prepared to spend some extra money on a dedicated pre-amp.

The only reason why this record player is on our list is the tone arm. That is it. The package as a whole is not that attractive, but the tone arm simply warrants mentioning Pro-Ject Carbon at some point.

What makes this particular tone arm so special is the fact that it’s made out of carbon fiber, hence the name. Using carbon instead of usual metal alloys gives you way better, unwanted resonance damping as well as the general performance of the tone arm. For this reason alone, Pro-Ject Carbon is among the top 3 consumer grade record players on the market.

Pro-Ject Debut Carbon EVO

The Pro-Ject Debut Carbon EVO

Pro-Ject Debut Carbon EVO Specs

  • Comes with electronic speed change
  • 8.6 carbon fiber tonearm
  • Main bearing is stainless steel with brass brushing
  • A 300 mm steel platter
  • Costs $600

Pros of the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon EVO

  • Comes in several different colors
  • Great speed control and accuracy
  • Comes with Sumiko Rainer phono cartridge

Cons of the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon EVO

  • The most expensive record player on this list at $600
  • Some might find the design too minimalist

I really wanted to make every turntable on this list fall under the $500 price point, but I had to make an exception for the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon EVO.

Now the second turntable I ever owned was the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon, so I felt it was only right to recommend the latest evolution in the Debut Carbon line—the Debut Carbon EVO.

The first thing that makes the EVO cool is its variety.  You can get this turntable in everything from satin black to glossy yellow to a walnut wood grain finish.  So whatever kind of room color (or wallpaper) you’re rocking on the walls, your turntable will fit in just fine.

On top of that, though, I always appreciated how reliable the Debut Carbon line of turntables is.  They just work—and work quite well (in my opinon).  A big part of their appeal is the Carbon Fiber Tonearm the turntable is affixed with.  If you’re used to record players with tons of plastic (or rocking a ceramic cartridge), you’re going to immediately notice the difference in weight and quality when you start playing your records on the Debut Carbon EVO.

Do note, however, that you will need a phono preamp for this record player.  I personally use the Vincent PHO-701 (which I love), but you can also check out this video below I made on finding a relatively cheap phono preamp.

Marantz TT42P

Marantz TT42P Specs

  • Aluminum platter
  • Built in phono preamp for systems without a phono input
  • Fully automatic record player
  • Plays 33 and 45 RPM records
  • Costs $400

Pros of the Marantz TT42P

  • RCA audio cable is detachable
  • Fully automatic (but can be manually operated)

Cons of the Marantz TT42P

  • Doesn’t play 78 RPM records like some turntables do
  • Becoming harder to find (you might need to use the secondary market)

Similar to a couple other turntables on this list, you’ll likely have track down this record player on eBay or some other website. And compared to the models we listed above, this Marantz is consumer grade to the core. What you get is a more or less plug-and-play turntable that requires little to no calibration.

Depending on what your attitude towards record players is, this can be a good or a bad thing. We personally don’t like the user being limited in this way, but Marantz TT42P has some qualities which make it a great choice for our purpose.

In terms of records it can play, both the 33 and 45 RPM are supported. This is a belt driven unit with an exceptionally well-made motor that does a decent job at eliminating unwanted vibrations. The tonearm is pretty much calibrated out of the box, and you won’t be able to change much at all.

This is why we have a grudge against this model. If your cartridge or stylus goes belly up, you will pretty much have to use the OEM part. No customization is available what so ever. With that said, the sound quality is great and you get some automatic features like auto start/stop.

Pros

  • It’s the one and only Marantz!
  • Sound quality – pure vintage organic class
  • Renowned German craftsmanship
  • Will last for a long time

Cons

  • Phono leads could be better

Audio Technica AT-LP60X

The Audio Technica AT-LP60X is a cheap turntable.

Audio Technica AT-LP60X Specs

  • Fully automatic turntable
  • Plays at 33 and 45 RPM speeds
  • Aluminum platter
  • Built-in phono preamp
  • Priced at $150

Pros of the Audio Technica AT-LP60X

  • Features a built-in phono preamp that can be turned on and off
  • Belt drive turntable
  • DC servo-controlled motor
  • Easy an fun to use
  • Excellent for beginners

Cons of the Audio Technica AT-LP60X

  • Not very adjustable
  • No built in speakers
  • Bluetooth or USB connectivity require buying a different version of the AT-LP60X.

We’ve decided to include one super cheap model that will appeal to those on a very strict budget. Audio-Technica AT-LP60X is the king of the affordable segment, and ruler of cheap barely acceptable performance.

Alright, so what you get with this package is a very rudimentary system that is designed to give you a basic experience. This turntable plays the standard 33 and 45 RPM records, comes with a built-in pre-amp and delivers a decent sound. What it doesn’t offer is USB support, any kind of counterweight or tonearm adjustment, and no anti-skating systems.

All of this translates to you being very careful with which records you play and how you setup the turntable. If you are seriously under budget, this is only one out of two models we recommend under the $200 range.

We’ve seen the vinyl aficionados recommending this puppy quite a few times, and in most cases, people were in awe by how cheap this thing is! On top of that, the original Audio-Technica AT-LP60 (without the “X”) was my very first record player, so I do have a soft spot for this model.

U-Turn Orbit Plus

The U-Turn Orbit Plus

U-Turn Orbit Plus Specs

  • External belt drive
  • Acrylic platter
  • Plays 33 and 45 RPM records
  • Ortofon OM5E cartridge
  • Comes in multiple colors
  • Priced at $400

Pros of the U-Turn Orbit Plus

  • Good speed stability
  • Hand assembled in the United States

Cons of the U-Turn Orbit Plus

  • Must move belt to change speed from 33 to 45 RPM
  • Built in phono preamp costs additional $80
  • No bluetooth

It’s hard to not love a turntable company that’s not only designing record players in the United States, but assembling them here too.  And that’s exactly what you get with the U-Turn Orbit Plus, a record player that will be assembled in the state of Massachusetts.

At less than $350, the U-Turn Orbit Plus is very affordable.  It may not have a beautiful glass platter like the Pro-Ject T1, but it does come with an acrylic platter.  That’s still really awesome, and it will absolutely help with the consistently or stability of your record speed when playing your favorite album.  This will also help to prevent vinyl record skipping, as well.

In fact, when I used to have my Pro-Ject Debut Carbon, I intentionally installed a $100 acrylic platter for it to achieve improved playback speed and quality (and the ability for me to finally exile my turntable mat from rotation, which freed me from the concern of unwanted static and surface noise).

Victrola Re-Spin

The Victrola Re-Spin record player

Victrola Re-Spin Specs

  • Comes in multiple colors
  • Built in speakers
  • Bluetooth capable turntable
  • Headphone output
  • Costs $99

Pros of the Victrola Re-Spin

  • Built in speakers
  • Built in Bass radiators provides strong bass response
  • Can stream music to bluetooth speaker
  • Lid is removable and can store album covers
  • Suitcase record player that’s easy to carry

Cons of the Victrola Re-Spin

  • Built with lots of plastic parts
Victrola Re-Spin record player
This photo of the Victrola Re-Spin was taken by Michael for Devoted to Vinyl

Now, if you’re looking for the best cheap turntables on the market, I think it’s hard to go wrong choosing the Victrola Re-Spin.

Now Victrola record players have fairly bad reputation amongst veteran vinyl enthusiasts.  The belief that they’re poorly constructed or will destroy your records is very pervasive within the community.

And while I’m not saying that there’s no merit to these claims at all (Victrola is, after all, making record players with cheaper materials housed within the product), that doesn’t inherently make them bad.  It does, however, make them very affordable.

So when Victrola sent me the Re-Spin a few months ago, I was a little skeptical.  But I have to say, for about $100 on average, I think you’re getting one of the better suitcase record players on the market.

This is a portable player, so you can easily pick it up and take it on the go with you.  And on top of that, I was impressed with the full bodied sound coming out of the built in speakers.

Are these speakers better than getting a two channel setup in your home?  No.  Is it better than having tower speakers?  Of course not.  But, if you’re a casual vinyl fan that is just looking for something solid—and something that has a fun, retro aesthetic (and will actually pump out pretty strong, room-filling sound)—then the Victrola Re-Spin just might be for you.

Denon DP-400

The Denon DP-400

Denon DP-400 Specs

  • Has a built in phono preamp
  • Belt-driven turntable
  • Plays at 33, 45, and 78 RPM speeds
  • Priced at $499

Pros of the Denon DP-400

  • Semi-automatic turntable operation
  • Minimalist dust cover design
  • Plug and play due to built in phono preamp

Cons of the Denon DP-400

  • Must pay $699 (for the Denon DP-450USB) to be able to convert vinyl records to MP3s
  • Not a fully automatic turntable
  • Only comes in black and white colors

I’m a fan of both the Denon DP-400 and the Denon DP-450USB.  However, because the DP-450USB costs about $200 more than the Denon DP-400, I decided that it’s best to primarily focus on the DP-400.

Here’s what I like about the Denon DP-400—it’s a semi-automatic record player that offers a nice entry point into the early stages of higher end turntables.  And all for about $400 on average.

On top of that, this Denon comes with a built in phono preamp, so you can end up saving quite a bit of money on having to buy an external phono preamp (no longer needed) and instead invest that savings into your speakers (or just getting a few extra vinyl records).

No, you’re not getting the USB capability here that you’d get with the Denon DP-450USB.  But, as long as you’re not in need of transferring your vinyl records to MP3 or CDs (for fun or archival purposes), then this is a great record player that, in my opinion, challenges the likes of the Project T1 and Pro-Ject Debut Carbon EVO.

Wrapping It Up

If you’re looking for some of the best budget turntables on the market, well, you’re in luck.  Whether you prefer a very budget friendly option, like the Audio-Technica AT-LP60X or the Victrola Re-Spin, or you’re willing to shell out for something more expensive like the Pro-Ject Debut Carbon EVO, it’s nice to know that the vinyl hobby offers affordable vinyl player options for those that want entry-level turntables.

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