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List of brands we tested in this review.
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This is the typical recommended retail price at the time of testing but you might be able to shop around for a better deal.
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Whether the baby monitor is audio-only, combines video and audio functions, or is app-based. "App used with main unit" means your smartphone or tablet uses an app and Wi-Fi/3G/4G to connect directly to the monitoring device. Some apps cannot be used on their own and require a camera, so we've listed the price of that rather than the price of the app.
Sound performance score
We test how well the baby unit can pick up soft sounds, how well the carer unit can reproduce that sound, signal range and performance through walls. Results may vary depending on your home Wi-Fi coverage. For app-based products, we define the carer unit as the tablet/phone.
enter value/s in increments of i between 24 and 96
Overall picture performance score
In 2016 we began to include picture performance in the overall score for baby monitors, if that monitor has video. The picture performance score consists of picture range (50%), picture sensitivity/picture quality (25%) and picture immunity from interference (25%).
enter value/s in increments of i between 35 and 94
Sound sensitivity and quality score
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).
enter value/s in increments of i between 15 and 90
Sound range score
How well the baby unit and carer unit can maintain acceptable sound monitoring at various distances with obstacles (walls) separating them.
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Ease of use score
We look at ease of using the controls on both the baby and carer unit, labelling, ease of setup including handling, positioning and adjusting settings, and ease of accessing the batteries and connecting the adaptors. For apps we class the tablet/phone as the carer unit.
enter value/s in increments of i between 62 and 88
A motion monitor detects movement and sends a notification if your baby is restless. It can also detect lack of movement after a certain amount of time (specified in the manual) and send an alert.
Two-way audio communication
This feature lets you talk to your baby from the carer unit.
Plays a tune
This lets you play a lullaby or soothing noise in the baby's room.
Baby room temperature monitor
Some baby monitors sound an alarm if the temperature is outside a certain range. Regardless of the temperature, it's still important to follow safe sleeping guidelines such as putting your baby to bed on their back, with their face uncovered and minimal bedding.
A Similar model is identical in most aspects except for a few. This means that a majority of its test results are identical so you can reasonably expect to get the same results from the model we tested, but for those aspects which aren't identical, we'll note these as "Not Tested" in the Compare tables.
A Tested model refers to a model that is still current and available in the Australian market. You should be able to order this model through your local retailer, or find it online.
These models can't be found in retailers or online or are no longer manufactured. You may still find these models on second hand websites, or in second hand dealers. Test methods may change over time, so criteria which can't be directly compared will contain an N/A.
An Identical model is exactly that. Performance characteristics will be identical and the only difference will be something trivial such as colour, which won't have an impact on performance.
These are models we haven't yet tested but that are available.
Included in this review
- CHOICE Expert Rating
- Sound performance score
- Ease of use score
- Overall picture performance score
- Daylight picture performance score
- Dim light picture performance score
- Dark light picture performance score
- Sound range score
- Sound sensitivity and quality score
- Immunity from interference score
- Good points
- Bad points
- Motion monitor
- Visual sound indicators
- Baby room temperature monitor
- Night light
- Belt clip on carer unit
- Plays a tune
- Two-way audio communication
- Low battery indicator (baby unit/carer unit)
- Weight of carer unit (g)
- Dimensions of carer unit (H x W x D, cm)
- Country of origin