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Baby monitor reviews

Last updated: 18 February 2015

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. Our baby monitor buying guide will help you work out which kind you need.

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We test many different types including:

  • audio
  • video/audio
  • App-based
  • Wi-Fi enabled.

Our report will tell you which models have:

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

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 help you see quickly which models come out on top.

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Whether the baby monitor is audio-only, combines video and audio functions, or is app-based.

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Made up of sound performance (70%) and ease of use (30%). Picture performance results are listed separately. Note: Some Wi-Fi enabled baby monitors use a smartphone or tablet as the carer device. Where applicable, our scores are based on the app that is associated with the product.

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We look at ease of using the controls on both baby and carer unit labelling ease of setup including handling, positioning and adjusting settings ease of accessing the batteries and connecting the adaptors. (A) Uses tablet/phone as carer unit.

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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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  • Overall score
  • Daylight picture performance score
  • Dim light picture performance score
  • Dark light picture performance score
  • Recommended
  • Sound performance score
  • Ease of use score
  • Overall picture performance score
  • Sound range score
  • Sound sensitivity and sound quality score
  • Immunity from interference score
  • Good points
  • Bad points
  • Price
  • Brand
  • Model
  • Type
  • 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
  • Weight of carer unit (g)
  • Dimensions of carer unit
  • Origin
  • Contact
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