Your world changes the day your baby is born. Suddenly it’s a brighter, more wonderful place – one filled with light whenever you look down into those beautiful, innocent eyes brimming with potential.
But the world also becomes scarier that day. Suddenly, there is a new life to protect – a life so special and wonderful you can’t help but feel a deep responsibility to ensure her safety, even as she sleeps. Usually, an audio/video baby monitor is the best way to make sure your baby is safe at night.
Baby Monitor Overview
Let’s take a look at some of this year’s top-selling video and audio baby monitors. We’ll quickly review some of the most important differences and similarities among our top ten baby monitors in the table below.
Good: This expandable system gives you the best possible view of your baby’s room. Pan, zoom, tilt, and scan can be controlled remotely, and for optimal clarity you can even switch lenses.
Not so good: Only able to work up to 700 feet away from the main base, the receiver limits its functionality somewhat.
Bottom Line: If you are looking to get a clear and adjustable view and usually stay relatively close to your baby’s room, this unique system is the one to get.
Good: Camera pan, zoom, and tilt can all be controlled remotely. It has a long-range, good night vision, and notification alerts via the app. Best of all, you can watch your baby on two devices.
Not so good: A battery means easy mobility, but it doesn’t hold a charge for long. The camera LED can’t be turned off.
Bottom Line: With good video quality on both the base and your cell phone, its many functions leave very little to wish for in a baby monitor. A complete package at a fair price.
Good: This impressive smart baby monitor can monitor your baby visually while also checking the temperature, air quality and humidity. It also allows you to play lullabies and bedtime stories from a distance.
Not so good: A bit of a budget stretcher by itself, this monitor may charge you for data if you are outside of a Wi-Fi zone, and it does not support additional cameras.
Bottom Line: This is a high-tech, highly-functional baby monitor with features that are bound to wow new parents, despite a couple of (mainly monetary) drawbacks.
Good: HelloBaby’s best qualities are a 3.2-inch screen, an affordable price, a thermometer, the ability to play lullabies, and night vision. Its two-way talkback system works flawlessly as well.
Not so good: The camera quality isn’t up to par with more expensive units.
Bottom Line: It’s hard to believe there’s such a full-featured baby monitor for such a low price. If you can live with a somewhat lesser quality camera, this is an absolute steal.
Good: This audio monitor is inexpensive and includes a nightlight, a decent 1000-foot range, vibration, beep, and light alerts. It’s the only one on our list which allows you to use two parent units with the same transmitter.
Not so good: Since it is not a video monitoring system, you will not be able to watch your baby using this device. It also does not include some of the more advanced abilities that many other monitors feature.
Bottom Line: This baby monitor has a long-range and costs little compared to other options. It is likely to fulfill the needs of parents who are looking only for a basic audio-observation system.
Good: This compact video baby monitor comes with temperature monitoring, pan and zoom, lullabies, two-way talk, and a respectable 960-foot range.
Not so good: No tracking of humidity and air quality, nor can you connect it to your cell phone.
Bottom Line: If you want a small receiver but don’t want to sacrifice much in terms of functionality or range, this is a good choice.
Good: This mid-priced video baby monitor includes a large display, the ability to add extra cameras, night vision capabilities, colored lights to indicate sound level, and a couple of other features.
Not so good: It doesn’t have the advanced features that some of the other monitors offer, such as two-way communication, lullabies, and temperature sensors. It also has only a 600-foot range.
Bottom Line: Overall, this simple video baby monitor is perfect for parents who want clear video of multiple rooms or angles, but do not see the need for special features and functions.
Good: Using two different systems to measure room temperature and being able to transmit sound in both directions, this advanced audio-only baby monitor also plays lullabies and provides a nightlight.
Not so good: Unfortunately, this unit is unable to transmit video, which means that physically looking in on your child will be necessary more often.
Bottom Line: If you are confident that you don’t need anything more than an audio-only monitor, the added protection and functions built into this unit make it more appealing than many others on today’s market.
Good: Pan, zoom, and angle the camera however you like from a distance with remote controls.
Not so good: The way the camera is built means that you will not be able to mount it on a wall or ceiling easily.
Bottom Line: Priced around the mid-point of the range on our website, this monitor may be more expensive than some are willing to pay. Multi-functionality and a large screen, however, justify its price.
Good: The least expensive monitor on our list, this one will transmit up to 1000 feet and includes a receiver pager.
Not so good: It does not have video abilities or two-way audio.
Bottom Line: Well worth its budget-friendly price and more, especially if you are looking for an easy-to-use and easy-to-carry audio baby monitor.