Using the table
The overall score is made up of:
- Sound performance 70%
- Ease of use 30%
* Including batteries supplied with the set, otherwise alkaline batteries.
** Dimensions measured and rounded up to the next cm or half a cm, including all protruding parts; where applicable, the unit was set-up such that any adjustable components created the largest possible dimensions in normal use; mains adaptor and cables are excluded.
(A) This is the price we paid.
(B) Displays the temperature, and sounds an alarm when the set upper or lower limit is exceeded.
(C) Displays the temperature.
How we test
Performance Our tester, Antonio Bonacruz, assesses each baby monitor for performance for the following aspects:
Ease of use
- Sound range gives an indication of how well the baby unit and carer unit can maintain acceptable sound monitoring at various distances with obstacles separating them.
- Picture range gives an indication of how well the baby unit and carer unit can maintain acceptable picture monitoring at various distances with obstacles separating them.
- Sound sensitivity and sound quality gives an indication of how well the baby unit can pick up soft sound and how well the carer unit can reproduce the sound (and produce visual indication if applicable).
- Picture sensitivity and picture quality gives an indication of how well the baby unit can capture images at various light levels and how well the images are displayed on the carer unit.
- Carer unit sound volume measures the highest sound level that the carer unit could produce. This gives an indication as to how loud the sound could be at the carer unit.
- Immunity from interference this describes how much interference the baby monitor could cause to a common household appliance, and how much the baby monitor could be affected by interference from a common household appliance.
Antonio assesses each monitor by looking at the controls, labels, indicators and ease of setting up.