Having a well-functioning baby monitor is incredibly important for keeping your peace of mind while you and your baby sleep. Let us help you choose one by reading our reviews of the best baby monitors on the market.
Best Baby Monitor
Motorola MBP854CONNECT Dual Mode is one of the most state-of-the-art monitors on the market. Wireless 2.4 GHz FHSS technology means that you will almost never have to deal with interference when using the clear two-way communication. The 4.3 inch color screen shows you your baby’s image as it pans the room, tilts and zooms using touch controls. You can even record the video on a separately sold SD card should you wish to document your baby’s solitary moments.
Despite low light levels at night, you will be able to keep an eye on your little one with infrared vision. No matter where you are, you can connect using WIFI Connectivity on smartphones, tablets and computers and stay tuned on the free Hubble App, which features remote HD video streaming.
You can mount the monitor on the wall, or keep it on its sturdy base anywhere in the room. The parent unit itself has a kickstand to hold it up, and the product comes with a separate stand that is made with a spot to connect the charging cable. In addition, the monitor plays music to help the baby to sleep and is controlled by the buttons on the parent unit.
What we like: Connecting the network with your Hubble app is so easy and useful!
Top 5 Baby Monitor Comparison
Below is a chart comparing some features of the top 5 baby monitors.
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Baby Monitor Reviews
If you still feel the need to shop around a bit before you buy, check out our reviews of other top baby monitors!
iBaby Monitor M6
This monitor offers the maximum coverage of the area with a 360 degree pan and a 110 degree tilt. The image is crystal clear and shows up in HD, night or day, from anywhere in the room. The monitor plays music to soothe your baby using the iBaby music player, and you can also record your voice using iBaby voice recording and play his or her favorite bedtime story or lullaby. Echo cancellation technology ensures that two-way communication is high quality and interference-free.
What we like: Through integrated social media platforms on compatible devices, you can allow friends and family to keep an eye out from far away, as well.
Infant Optics DXR-8
Change your monitor’s camera lens easily from normal to zoom optical to wide angle so that you can have total control of what you see in the room, all the while with perfect picture quality. With the smooth, round camera, pan tilt and zoom and watch your picture appear on the sleek and large 3.5 inch color LCD display, including a retractable antenna and a sound-activated LED display. Other features include infrared night vision, two-way communication, sound level indications, and alerts for room temperature changes, out-of-range, and low battery.
What we like: Battery power can last up to 10 hours on power saving mode!
This video monitor offers a sturdy camera and monitor screen in a compact package. The remote control on the parent unit allows you to control the pan, tilt and zoom of the camera, and LED night vision allows you to continue to keep an eye on your little one despite low light levels on the 3.5 inch color LCD display. The monitor and camera are rechargeable, and they have a 3 to 4 hour battery life. The parent unit comes with a kickstand to help rest it on your nightstand, or it comes with a belt clip to take it with you as you complete household chores.
What we like: Alerts like the temperature monitor or the feeding timer help make sure baby is always comfortable.
VTech DM221 Safe & Sound
This is your standard baby monitor, including a parent unit monitor and a baby unit audio monitor. The good part about avoiding all the bells and whistles of video baby monitors is that the audio, which is the most important part, cannot be beat. DECT 6.0 eliminates white noise for the clearest transmission, and you can visually monitor the noise levels in the room when the unit is muted by watching the graphic bars on the 5-level sound indicator. Two way communication is available to soothe baby when you’re not in the room.
What we like: 18 hours of rechargeable battery life.
How to Select the Best Baby Monitor
- Choose a monitor with a 900 MHz frequency or higher in order to reduce interference for clear sound quality. If your WIFI connection is good, you may also consider purchasing a wireless model. Wireless receivers are great for getting done as many chores throughout the house as possible.
- Sound activated lights are helpful because they flash when the monitor detects noise so you know if there is a disturbance even if you are busy in a louder setting.
- Models with “low-battery” lights or alerts are also very useful so that your product never dies on you and you don’t miss a thing.
- What about the range? As you go about your household activities, think about the range of the monitor. If you have a two or three story house, a bigger range through walls is essential to keep watch on baby while he or she is in the nursery.
- Consider a video monitor. Not only do you get to hear your young one, but you can also see them. If the visual is something that is important to you, make sure the picture quality is high, but also make sure there is good sound quality, because audio is really the main point.
- Two–way communication can be useful if your bed is just too warm and inviting and you know that all baby needs is your soothing voice to calm him or her.
- Other features like lullabies or tunes that the monitor can play for baby, night lights and room temperature readings are extras that some parents find incredibly convenient and useful to make sure that their little one stays comfortable when they aren’t in the room.
Types of Baby Monitors
- Audio: Audio monitors are your bread and butter. Using analog technology, they transmit the signal in a series of electronic pulses that eventually are put back together to create a continuous sound. These products are generally cheaper and allow parents to do the most important thing- to listen for signs of distress. They likely don’t have any other features.
- Digital Audio: The audio is transmitted over a radio frequency after the signal is scrambled into a series of codes, which are then put back into order as the signal reaches the receiver. Digital monitors have better clarity and there is less of a chance of interference.
- Motion-Detection: These are useful in preventing Sudden Death Infant Syndrome by alerting the parent unit is there has been no detected movements for a certain amount of time.
- Video: When you want to be able to not only hear your baby in their nursery, but also see them, video monitors are great for having an extra set of eyes. They also often come with other features, like pan, tilt, and zoom, two-way talk, lullabies, room temperature alerts, etc.
- Smartphone Compatible: Usually with the help of a free app, the monitor’s transmission from the nursery can be sent to your compatible smartphone, tablet or computer, so you and family can watch and listen to baby from anywhere in the world.