Best Baby Monitor – Review & Guide

Introduction

Buying a Baby Monitor is one of the many important and confusing baby product purchases a new parent will face.
We must admit that when we first look at a new range of something electrical, with lists and lists of comparable information organised 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,
(Well at least not for baby monitors anyway.)

 

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.)
Our top ten products are broken down and assessed and we aim to present the information to you in a clear and concise way that avoids any glazed eyes.
For each product we will give a summary, including initial reaction, comment on the style and functionality and price.
Followed by a list of awesome features, (broken down and hopefully explained in a way that makes sense.) And finally a list of 3 pros and 3 cons for each item.

 

We aim to be fair and detailed with our reporting, to help you and guide into making the right choice for your important purchase.
At the end we have our ‘Best Budget Baby Monitor’ and ‘Best Luxury Baby Monitor’ for you.

 

We will start with the most purse friendly baby monitors, working up toward our top designer picks and most expensive.
Super straightforward.

 

Motorola MBP8 Digital Baby Monitor

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 in to 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 baby monitor that is cheaper than most alternatives, then this might be for you.

 

Key features
  • Plugs into 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
Pros:
  • cheap and no batteries needed
  • easy to use and set up
  • great clear, interference free sound
Cons:
  • Some complaints of being ‘over sensitive’ to noise
  • No screen
  • No temperature

Motorola MBP8 Monitor

Rating

3.9/5

Price

£
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BT Audio Baby Monitor 400, White/Purple

A neat little white and purple monitor and parent unit, slightly more expensive that 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 hold many things and move around the house
The long distance range means you don’t have to worry about going out into the garden and the HD audio ensures crystal clear sound, so no frustrating crackle!BT400 Baby Monitor Review

 

Key features:
  • Compact
  • 50m range and 300m outdoor range
  • Interference free HD clear sound
  • Batteries included and two mains power adaptors included too.
  • Ultra sensitive sound pick up with LED visuals for even tiny sounds.
Pros
  • Long range
  • Small and powerful, can pick up to sound of a ticking clock.
  • Easy to set up and operate
Cons
  • Cheaper alternative available
  • No night light
  • No screen or temperature display

BT400 Baby Monitor

Rating

4.1/5

Price

£
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Summer Infant Baby Wave Deluxe Audio Monitor

This affordable baby monitor certainly looks cool and does the job. The parent handset shows an easy to read temperature display and supports two way communication with the nursery handset with a  background noise filter.  Something that is not always available in similar priced baby monitors.
The cute butterfly shape is a delicate nightlight for the nursery which can be controlled via the parent unit.
For the price, the Summer Infant Baby Wave Deluxe has a lot to offer, with a long distance range and mains chargeable battery this little set has everything you need really.Summer Infant Wave Baby Monitor Review

 

Key features:
  • Two way communication
  • Parent unit displays temperature
  • Mains chargeable battery included
  • LED light display to show noise levels
  • Ultra sensitive to even the smallest amount of noise
  • Up to 200m ranges
  • Low battery and out of range is displayed on screen.
  • Night light which is controllable remotely
Pros
  • We like the easy to read screen
  • Easy to set up
  • The two way communication is useful for parents too!
Cons
  • No lullaby feature
  • No alert sounds for low battery.
  • Nightlight it just one colour and not a projectable image.

Summer Infant Baby Monitor

Rating

4.1/5

Price

£££
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SUNLUXY 3.2 inch Color LCD Wireless Digital Audio Video Baby Monitor

If you’re after a baby monitor that is packed with extra features and at the same time wont break the bank, the SunLuxy might be for you. We must admit, we were a little sceptical at first. (We all tend to get so wrapped up with the big famous brands when it comes to baby monitors) that we were not sure wether to include this one or not.
We think that when you realise how much it does and for the small cost, you will be sold on it too.Sunluxy Baby Monitor Review
The first thing to point out is that it has video monitoring (our ears prick up).. it has a small video screen, but for what it costs, this kind of makes sense.
Design wise, it looks pretty smart, with a universal white and green colour scheme, and a few little extra buttons on the parent unit.
With two charging plugs, and rechargeable batteries included, there is no need to worry about running out of power.
We love the two way communication feature, to speak to baby upstairs from downstairs and the high quality connection makes this an enjoyable experience without annoying interference.

 

Key features:
  • 3.2 inch portable flat screen colour LCD Video monitor.
  • 2.4Gz (wireless) connection and data encryption for privacy and security
  • Built in rechargeable battery for longer use.
  • Up to 260m range.
  • Two way mic-communication.
  • Eight integrated melodies.
  • Equipped with infrared LEDs that auto switch on incase of insufficient light.
Pros
  • Affordable Video Monitor with good quality picture
  • Excellent wifi connection option
  • Good customer service team
Cons
  • Cheaply made product
  • White light on front of nursery monitor is sometimes a problem
  • Fully charge battery does not last for days (need power cable)

Sunluxy Baby Monitor

Rating

3.9/5

Price

£
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Tommee Tippee Digital Sound and Movement Monitor

Super sleek looking in black and white and from one of the most reputable baby product brands available.
The motion and movement pad is sensitive enough to set your mind at ease when putting 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 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 has 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.

 

Key features:
  • Movement sensor pad for baby.Tommee Tippee Digital Sensor Mat Monitor Review
  • Temperature display – on both units
  • Two way communication
  • Night Light – controlled by parent unit
  • Rechargeable battery via (docking station)
  • Up to 300m range
  • Paging function to find handset
Pros
  • Motion monitor can save lives and gives parents peace of mind
  • Great long distance and quality sound connection
  • We love the convenient paging function, incase you misplace the parent unit in a hurry!
Cons
  • Power cables have been known to break income cases.
  • Breathing sensor is known to be over sensitive sometimes, causing false alarms and panicked parents.
  • Product beeps to notify certain movements, this can be annoying to some parents.

Tommee Tippee Digital Movement & Sound Monitor

Rating

4/5

Price

££
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Motorola MBP36S Video Monitor

With quite a big jump in price between the Tommee Tippee monitor and this one, comes a lot of unique differences.
The Motorola MBP36S Video Monitor has a beautiful full colour LCD 3.5 inch video display and the high tech camera is able to view 300 degrees, with a pan tilt and zoom feature which makes this video monitor especially useful for twins. (To pan around the room to two cot beds.
With a two way speaker using 2.4GHz connection, this monitor is great for little ones as well as the adults to communicate through.
We love the infrared lighting too, so that you can keep an eye on your little one without a conventional light to keep them awake.
Overall, a great picture quality and lots of extra little features that make this a stand out baby monitor amongst the higher priced monitors.

 

Key features:
  • 3.5 inch colour LCD video display
  • Sensitive audio monitoringMotorola MBP36s Baby Monitor Review
  • Motorised pan, tilt and zoom
  • 300* viewing angle
  • Infrared night viewing
  • Two way communication
  • Room temperature
  • 5 Lullabies programmed
  • Up to 200 m Range with Out-of-Range Warning
  • Visual noise LEDs
  • Can use up to 4 cameras
  • Rechargeable battery via mini usb
Pros
  • Super easy to use with remote controllable camera
  • Sweet lullabies that can be activated remotely
  • Great sound quality
Cons
  • Battery doesn’t last like you would hope it would for the price
  • Feels cheap to hold
  • High resolution can lead to a lag in the video – perhaps due to wifi connection speed?

Motorola MBP36s Monitor

Rating

3.9/5

Price

££
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Angelcare AC1300 Digital Video, Movement and Sound Baby Monitor – White

One first impressions, we are taken with the Angelcare AC1300, the slinky white finish, elegantly integrated LED lights and simple grey buttons are a winner with us.
The camera unit also looks super cool, with little ‘angel wings’ that are actually to make holding the camera unit easier.
Angelcare boast of a crystal clear sound transmission, which is back up by hundreds of honest product reviews. We love the fact it combines an under the mattress sensor pad, with convention audio, with a high resolution video feature too. It makes you feel better about spending the money it costs when you think of all the luxury features you are getting.
I would be unhappy to spend a lot of money and have to choose between either a movement sensor or video technology, but getting both with the Angelcare package, makes me feel at ease and like its money well spent.Angelcare AC1300 Baby Monitor Review

 

Key features:
  • 3.5inch colour LCD screen
  • Sensitive audio pickup with secure connection
  • Under the mattress movement sensor pad
  • Adjustable sensitivity
  • Night light
  • Low battery indicator – battery or mains operated
  • Rechargeable portable parent unit
  • Temperature monitoring
  • Camera pan and zoom
Pros
  • beautifully designed
  • nightlight is excellent
  • great picture on video camera
Cons
  • No two way communication
  • No lullabies
  • Camera doesn’t physically move as it is fixed to the base of the stand, only the lens moves.

Angelcare AC1300 Monitor

Rating

3.9/5

Price

££
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iBabyCare M6S 1080P Video Wifi Baby Monitor

We are totally amazed at this super high tech, modern baby monitor. Pushing the boundaries of a conventional baby monitor with a futuristic design and features. The iBabyCare is only one unit, which includes the video camera. There isn’t a parent device included and technology friendly parents are able to use their android or apple devices instead of a regular monitor.
This has major advantage to us, the battery life on some of our every day phone and other devices is alway going to be better than baby monitor device (considering the most average smart phone costs at least £300 to buy outright.)
The second advantage is that you can access the data and images whilst on the go, which most of us are.. ALL the time! Especially as parents. It is much easier to slip your smart phone or iPhone into you pocket as the portable parent device for the baby monitor than trying to carry a conventional baby monitor handset around the house with you!
Thirdly, the iBaby makes it super easy to share images with your partner, family or friends, another step forward to the future of baby monitors. The connection between the nursery unit and the parent device has been designed be perfectly secure and safe to use.
We love the advanced movement ability of the camera too, with a 360* pan and 110* tilt with a smooth movement.ibaby care Baby Monitor Review

 

Key features:
  • 1080p HD crystal clear resolution
  • Night vision
  • Play lullabies, bed time stories (connect to iTunes)
  • Two way communication
  • Works with Android or Apple device (parent unit – free app)
  • 360* view and 110* tilt
  • New sharing to social sites and invite users technology
  • Secure wifi, using 2.4GHz or 5.0GHz
  • Temperature, humidity and air sensors
Pros
  • Unique futuristic design
  • Best quality 1080p HD video quality
  • Makes a baby monitor more integrated into our everyday lives.
Cons
  • Unless you have an excellent wifi connection, you may fave problem with the highest 100p resolution.
  • With huge amount of data being captured, this is not the sort of thing you would want to use with your mobile data. – Something to consider.
  • Expensive baby monitor, but worth it for some people.

iBabyCare M6s Monitor

Rating

4.1/5

Price

£££
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Angelcare AC510 Digital Video and Sound 5-inch Touch Screen Baby Monitor

Another delightfully elegant design from Angelcare, with effortless slimline white lines and a super discreet camera unit for your nursery, this baby monitor system is so home friendly.
The huge 5inch parent unit is so different from other monitors, it is touch screen for starters! We love how it resembles a phone or small tablet, something we are all so used to using everyday now as part of our routine.
We love the design of this monitor, how it doesn’t look like a conventional baby monitor, the camera is small and portable, meaning you will probably be quite happy to continue using it as your little one grows up to keep an eye on them wherever they are in the house.
The great 2.4GHz connection means you get a beautifully clear and high quality image of your baby and an uninterrupted sound connection.
One of the pricier baby monitors on the market, you kind of hope it has everything and more. It does have a lot to offer in terms of analytics for parents, and convenient features, such as two power plugs, the option to wall mount or use the table stop stand, and a colour changing temperature display. Tiny noticeable things that make you enjoy your luxury baby monitor that bit more.Angelcare AC510 Baby Monitor Review
Key features:
  • Large 5 inch touch screen colour monitor
  • Advanced analytics for parents
  • Colour changing temperature display
  • Wall mount or table top camera unit with pan wide angle action
  • Two way communication
  • Super sensitive sound monitoring
  • Secure 2.4GHz digital transmission
  • LED lights to show visible sounds
  • Under the mattress movement sensor pad
  • Rechargeable parent unit, battery included for nursery camera
Pros
  • Beautifully designed with touch screen familiarity
  • Excellent camera adjustments, with pan and zoom and a wide angle lens – perfect for use with more than one baby.
  • Advanced analytics for parents keen to learn more about their little ones.
Cons
  • Expensive
  • No lullaby or story features
  • No movement sensor mat

Angelcare AC510 Monitor

Rating

4.2/5

Price

£££
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Motorola Smart Nursery 7 Baby Monitor

We were delighted to see a familiar 7inch screen with this baby monitor. We are all so used to our technology devices getting bigger better and packed full of more features each year that its about time baby monitors caught on too!
A gorgeous and contemporary design for both the multidirectional camera and the sleek ‘’ipad’ style parent device.
Clunky plastic devices and LED lights could be a thing of the past if this style of technological parenting takes off!
The Motorola smart Nursery 7 comes of course, with all of the conventional features that you would expect to seen in a baby monitor of this calibre.
With two way communication, excellent sound pick up as well as epic new features such at expression detection, sleep quality monitoring and analytics. We think parents will enjoy using the device more than babies and children enjoy sleeping!
One last thing to mention is the awesome accessories that can be combined with the Smart Nursery, there is far too much to talk about here and now. (We will explore them further in a future post if you would like to join us.) One example is the humidifier +, which can be managed using the parent tablet device, using the data captured from the smart camera. Little things to assist you in feeling like you are creating the absolute best environment you can for your precious little one to sleep in.
You can see our in-depth review of the Smart Nursery 7 monitor and accessories here.

 

Key features:
  • Huge 7inch parent unit with touch screen
  • Use smartphones, tablets and computers to link to camera
  • Portable rechargeable high res. camera
  • Ability to pan, tilt and zoom remotely
  • Temperature, humidity noise and activity monitoring
  • Advanced analytics for parents including sleep quality monitoring
  • Expression detection
  • Two way communication
  • Ability to integrate and use other technologies; such as the nursery humidifier, scales, light show projector, night light, door sensors. (Control from anywhere).
Pros
  • The familiar and high definition 7inch touch screen tablet puts tech savvy parents at ease.
  • The ability to integrate the smart baby monitor with other technology devices in your home.
  • The super sleek and beautiful design, something you will be proud to own.
Cons
  • One of the most expensive baby monitors on the market
  • The Smart Nursery is brand new and Motorola will inevitably bring out new and improved or updated versions quickly.
  • There is no motion sensor mat, no matter how amazing the technology, it would still be nice to have one.

Motorola Smart Nursey 7 Monitor

Rating

4.5/5

Price

£££
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Best Value Baby Monitor

Our winner is either the Motorola MBP8 Audio Baby Monitor or the Summer Infant Baby Wave Deluxe Audio Monitor. Both are affordable, reliable and do exactly what they’re supposed to do. For a basic baby monitor that is more conventional, the Motorola MBP8 is an entry level model that ticks all the boxes, we particularly like the fact that both nursery and parent units are both wall plug ins so no need to worry about batteries running out and the fact that there is a night light on the nursery device.
However, after all things considered, I have to say that our winner is the Summer Infant Baby Wave Deluxe Audio Monitor. For the small amount of extra cash, you get a lot more for your money, including two way conversation through the devices. This is especially useful for some parents, who are not able to get their children right away, they are able to communicate with their little one before reaching them. Its also a great feature for parents to communicate, perhaps whilst putting baby to bed and one parent is upstairs and one is down. (The last thing you want is a shouted conversation from downstairs when you’re trying to settle the baby!)
On top of that, the temperature feature is a great little extra along with the sweet nightlight which can be operated from the parent device and the LED visual representation of noise for those using the monitor in a noise environment.
For the money, the Summer Infant Baby Wave is a great little buy!

Top luxury Baby Monitor

This was a super difficult one, with SO many choices and options to consider. For us the main points are:
  • Does it have a movement sensor pad?
  • Does it have video capability?
  • Does it have a clear sound?
  • Is is easy to set up?
  • Is is special enough to warrant paying extra money for?
With those points considered, we have concluded that for us the Angelcare AC1300 Digital Video, Movement and Sound Baby Monitor is our runner up.  We know how important those movement detector mats are to parents and that fact that this monitor has one, along with a fantastic digital video display too, we are really in favour of it.
Yes it is expensive, but for all of its beautiful design features, we think that it is worth it, to have something really special for your precious little one.

Our winner, which we adore is the brand new, super cool Motorola Smart Nursery 7 with it gorgeous design features, sleep analytics and its amazing family of gadgets.

Motorola Smart Home 7 Baby Monitor Review

As yet, there isn’t a motion sensor mat but for everything else this baby monitor has to offer, we are truly obsessed with it.
We love it because of all the points previously discussed, like the sleep quality monitoring, expression detection, portable rechargeable camera, night vision, crystal clear sound and picture.
But especially, we love it for the support that this baby monitor can offer a parent or parents, especially new ones.
With the ability to set timers for feeding and changing and the sleep monitoring. The option to organise tasks such as baby health checks, vaccination dates etc. All helps to put parents at ease with the knowledge that they are doing everything in their power to help their little one have the very best start in life.

With the ever growing integration of technology into our daily lives, using the touch screen tablet that comes with the motorola baby monitor is a breath of fresh air in the baby product market.
We are super excited about the new developments in the baby monitor industry and intrigued to find out what will come next. The Motorola Smart Nursery is a giant leap forward into an exciting future.

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