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Last updated: 14 August 2023


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We test many different types of baby monitors, including audio, video/audio, app-based and Wi-Fi/3G and 4G-enabled to help you find the best for your bub.

Our lab test results will tell you which baby monitors:

  • have the best picture quality in different lighting conditions
  • have the clearest audio
  • have the greatest range, including how well they perform through walls
  • are the easiest to use.

Note: We test some baby monitor cameras in different configurations – if there's an app available, for instance – which explains why you'll see some model names twice, and why they'll have different scores.

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A reliable baby monitor gives you peace of mind if your living areas are out of earshot of the baby's bedroom or you're a heavy sleeper. But you can also use a security camera that syncs to your smartphone to get the same results.

Our interactive comparison tool also helps you filter results based on sound range score and features (such as whether they play music). And our Recommended list will quickly show you which baby monitors come out on top.

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    Monitor type

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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

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      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.

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      Overall picture performance score

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      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%).

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      • 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
      • Price
      • 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


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