We must admit that when we first look at a new range of something electrical, with lists and lists of comparable information organized in the most confusing way possible. We get that familiar glaze over our eyes too and a breathe a sigh of exasperation.
But no more! My dear reader.
We have spent hours and hours dissecting, gathering and comparing baby monitors available on the market today and now have a definitive list of our top 10 baby monitors from across the board. (From basic budget ones to jaw-dropping designer ones.)
We aim to be fair and detailed with our reporting, to help you and guide into making the right choice for your important purchase.
In the end, we have our ‘Best Budget Baby Monitor’ and ‘Best Luxury Baby Monitor’ for you.
Here is a small summary of our top picks, or you can read further for more in-depth reviews of our Top 5:
A super affordable baby monitor from a trusted and reliable brand. The Motorola MBP8 is a great little gadget that does exactly what its supposed to do. The devices look smart, and plug into the wall which eliminates the annoyance of having to change batteries, which can only be a good thing!
If you’re looking for a functional and easy to use a baby monitor that is cheaper than most alternatives, then this might be for you.
- The Motorola MBP8 Plugs into the wall so no need to replace batteries.
- Up to 50m indoor range with an ‘out of range’ notification.
- Sensitive microphone
- 1.8 GHx Dect Technology (Reliable wireless connection.)
- LED light display to show a visual representation of sound
- Night light
- cheap and no batteries needed
- easy to use and set up
- great clear, interference-free sound
- Some complaints of being ‘oversensitive’ to noise
- No screen
- No temperature
A neat little white and purple monitor and parent unit, slightly more expensive than the Motorola MBP8.
With no fancy features other than good old fashioned sound monitoring and an LED light display to show sound as visuals. It boasts of being compact which is great, especially as a busy parent trying to hold many things and move around the house.
- 50m range and 300m outdoor range
- Interference-free HD clear sound
- Batteries included and two mains power adaptors included too.
- Ultra-sensitive sound picks up with LED visuals for even tiny sounds.
- The BT400 Baby Monitor has a Long range
- Small and powerful, can pick up to sound of a ticking clock.
- Easy to set up and operate
- Cheaper alternative available
- No night light
- No screen or temperature display
This baby monitor from Angelcare does it all. The sensor pad which sits under the mattress provides extra comfort and peace of mind when your baby sleeps.
The sensor pad is entirely optional and the parent/nursery units have a huge array of features that make this a very reliable device.
- Movement pad detects movement and sounds alarmed after 20 seconds of no movement
- The parent unit is rechargeable
- Out of range indicator to let you know when the units are not communicating
- Nursery unit rim is a night light
- Temperature display on the parent unit
- Adjustable sensor setting on the pad is useful as your baby grows and becomes more active
- Incredibly reliable
- A night light is a great additional feature
- No lullaby feature
- No alert sounds for low battery.
- Nightlight is just one color and not a projectable image.
This feature-rich video monitor is a popular choice for many parents. If you are keen on purchasing a video baby monitor specifically for video functionality, you cannot go wrong with this one. The video unit has a pan and tilt function with remote control, so you can move the camera from the comfort of another room when baby moves.
The camera also features night vision so when a baby is in the dark, you can still see your little one sleeping.
- Two-way communication
- 5 different lullabies can be played
- Remote control pan and tilt on the camera
- Temperature control
- Night video vision
- Two mains power adaptors and rechargeable
- Large 5″ screen
- 250m range
- Long life on the batteries
- Can be hard to hear baby if you have other noise in the room
Super sleek looking in black and white and from one of the most reputable baby product brands available.
The motion and movement pad are sensitive enough to set your mind at ease when putting a baby to bed.
A baby monitor with a movement sensor pad is a perfect addition to the nursery for safety and piece of mind. They alert you anything abnormal in the movement that can not always be heard through the audio capture or be seen on a video monitor.
When you have the added reassurance of a movement sensor, with your baby monitor, the other features are just extra bonuses!
The Tommee Tippee Digital Sound and Movement Monitor have all other features that the cheaper model also have, including two-way speakers, a night light controlled by the parent device etc. But also has some bonus ones, like a rechargeable docking station, to make life that little bit easier for parents.
- Movement sensor pad for baby.
- Temperature display – on both units
- Two-way communication
- Night Light – controlled by the parent unit
- Rechargeable battery via (docking station)
- Up to 300m range
- Paging function to find a handset
- Motion monitor can save lives and gives parents peace of mind
- Great long distance and quality sound connection
- We love the convenient paging function, in case you misplace the parent unit in a hurry!
- Power cables have been known to break income cases.
- Breathing sensor is known to be oversensitive sometimes, causing false alarms and panicked parents.
- Product beeps to notify certain movements, this can be annoying to some parents.
Baby Monitors Different Types and Uses
A baby monitor is probably high up somewhere on your all-important baby things list that you need to get before your baby arrives.
Baby monitors can be a confusing game and after hours of researching, you will understand the ins and outs of what they all do. But who has hours to waste on reading and learning about electronic devices? Not everyone!
We have broken down all the essential information you need to know and things you need to consider before deciding which baby monitor is right for your needs.
What are the options?
Audio monitor only – the traditional, simple and affordable baby monitor. Allows you to hear what is going on in the nursery and in some models allows you to talk back through the parent device to calm your baby through a speaker before you enter the room.
Video baby monitors – a camera unit is placed in the nursery which picks up the sound and video imagery of your baby. The image is transmitted to a parent handset so you can see and hear your little one.
Movement sensor monitor – these are the ones that look especially confusing but don’t worry. The large square pad (movement sensor pad) is placed under the mattress and monitors movement including breathing, of your baby within the crib or cot bed. The focus of this technology is to be there to send a warning sound to the parent device if no movement has been detected from your baby for a number of seconds.
Smart Baby Monitors – these are the most advanced baby monitor kits and usually contain two or three of the above features, rolled into one product. This type of baby monitor has become increasingly more popular over the last couple of years and some companies have integrated technology that can be used with your phone, iPhone or tablet, for monitoring and recording information.
Which type of baby monitor is best?
This completely depends on your needs as a parent and the needs of your baby or child. The traditional baby monitors that were sold for years were audio only, allowing you to hear your baby breathing, snoring or crying!
Audio baby monitors are also the most simple to use. If you are searching for a baby monitor for grandparents to use, for example, this option might be best if they are not comfortable with technology.
If you are an anxious parent, worrying all day and night about your baby whenever they are sleeping a movement sensor pad might be more suitable. They take a bit of getting used to and fine tuning to set them up. (Depending on the thickness of your mattress and other factors, you may need to set the sensitivity level higher or lower to avoid the panic of false alarms going off.
For the technology lovers who are soon to become parents, you might be excited about some of the smart features available for baby monitors for 2019. The iBaby M2S Plus, for example, allows you to see your baby from any smartphone or tablet, control the camera using your smart device and also comes with additional features such as temperature and humidity sensors. This monitor also allows 2-way audio and has movement and sound alert so your smartphone receives a notification when something is going on – great for monitoring and for not missing those special moments.
Something we are really obsessed with in terms of video monitoring is the ability with some devices to take screenshots or photographs of what you can see on the screen at the time.
We take a million pictures of our babies and children when they are awake and playing, but when they are asleep, we dare not try to take a picture for fear of waking them up! The smart technology of some video monitors allows you to do this and even take video recordings. These pictures and videos can then be shared through the app to your partner, friends or family. Who was not there to witness the moment!
Added features of baby monitors
Who doesn’t want some lullabies to be played for the nursery? The less expensive models have a selection of lullabies pre-programmed into the baby monitor. Which can be turned on through the parent device from the next room.
The more expensive models of baby monitors allow you, through your phone or tablet to download and play specific music or lullabies through the nursery monitor.
Most baby monitors will come with some sort of in-built night light. A gentle soothing glow which can be set on a timer or turned on remotely to save stumbling into the nursery in the dark and waking up your baby!
There is a lot to consider when selecting a baby monitor. It is best to work out what features you are particularly excited about having and use them as a checklist to find the perfect baby monitor.
Not all features will be needed by all parents. Some might even find the video and movement sensor features too complicated or annoying. Have a good thing and check out the above baby monitor reviews.