You might not realize it right now, but this is truly the golden age of DJing.
Electronic music is not just for clubs anymore – it's everywhere. 13 year olds today don't want to learn guitar; they want to learn Ableton and FL Studio and Serato. There is so much and so good music being produced, and so many opportunities for aspiring DJs.
But before you can be a serious DJ, you need to get a good DJ controller.
Sure, a DJ controller isn't a necessity to be a DJ – you can do it all from your laptop. In fact, it's rare to see a DJ who does not use the laptop these days.
Laptops, however, aren't really intuitive. They lack the physicality essential for live performance. A good DJ controller essentially brings the entire DJing process from the screen and onto your desk. This, alone, is worth the price.
On this page, we'll take a closer look at the best DJ controllers by budget and requirements.
Best DJ Controllers: By Price
Based on their price, let's take a closer look at the best DJ controllers you can buy right now.
Our top-rated DJ controllers under $100
The best DJ controllers you can buy currently for under $200
Our selection of DJ controllers under $300
Our favorite DJ controllers under $500
Our most rated DJ controllers below $1000
Best DJ Controllers: By Use Case
From scratching to beginner-friendly gear, here's a look at our favorite DJ controllers for different needs:
If you love scratching, get one of these controllers
Our favorite noob-friendly controllers
Use your iPad with these controllers
Our top controllers regardless of price/use
Other DJ Gear
From laptops to mixers, we've got all your DJing needs covered:
Powerful mixers for analog DJing
The best laptops for DJs
Best Drum Machines
Pump out some beats!
DJ MIDI Controllers
Our best MIDI controllers for DJs
We keep updating this page with new reviews and lists. Check back soon to see our latest listings.