Which? reveals latest baby monitor Best BuysBest baby monitors for safety or spying on Santa
01 December 2015
With just over three week until Christmas, we reveal our latest baby monitor Best Buys so you can keep an eye on your little one or look out for the big guy in red.
Whether it's Father Christmas you're hoping to spot, or you just want to be safe in the knowledge that your little one is sound asleep in his or her bed, a decent baby monitor is one of the more useful pieces of baby kit to invest in.
In our 2015 baby survey of 1,000 UK parents a baby monitor was voted second most useful item of baby equipment (just behind stair gates).
We've just tested 12 of the latest video and audio baby monitors ranging from £19.99 up to £125 from top brands including Motorola, BT, Philips, Samsung and Ikea, so you can choose the best baby monitor for your budget.
Browse all our baby monitor reviews.
The best baby monitor
These latest baby monitors on test are packed with features. BT's 350 and 7500 monitors come loaded with everything from white noises to sooth your baby to lullabies and celestial starry shows you can project on to the nursery wall.
Motorola models on test include an audio monitor with timer settings for feeds, sleeping and nappies, and a video monitor that comes with wi-fi so you can connect via your smart phone.
Browse all our Motorola baby monitors reviews.
The Samsung SEW3041W video monitor comes with a camera that pans, tilts, zooms and displays images on a large 4.3" colour screen. If you want an even bigger view of your baby, the 5" screen on the Summer Infant Wide View video monitor which comes with a wide angled lens on the camera.
Check out our Samsung baby monitors reviews.
While all these monitors come packed with features, some we tested failed with the most basic task of keeping a signal. Despite bold claims on the boxes, some baby monitors started to drop their signal just 10 metres away from the nursery. The best baby monitors still retain their signal 140 metres away.
Our latest tests results reveal three baby monitors that have made the grade as Best Buy baby monitors. These are the monitors that performed consistently well in our rigorous tests, they'll have good sound quality or a good picture if on a video baby monitor, and they'll all be easy to use as well.
Baby Monitor reviews
All the monitors we review go through the same unique tests, designed to identify those with the best signal strength – that's how far away you can go from your child's room without the monitor losing signal, the best battery life, and those which have good clarity of sound, or a decent picture, so you can easily tell if you're little one needs you, or not.
Here's our list of just tested baby monitors. Whether you're after a video baby monitor or an audio baby monitor, click on the link below to find out how good it is:
- BabyMoov Premium Care, £80
- BT 350 Lightshow, £55
- BT 7500 video monitor, £150
- Hush Vision Digital video monitor, £130
- Hush Whisper Digital audio monitor, £25
- Ikea Patrull, £60
- Motorola MBP161, £50
- Motorola MBP853 Video, £109
- Philips Avent SCD580, £145
- Samsung SEW3041W, £160
- Summer Infant Baby Wave Deluxe, £40
- Summer Infant Wide View Digital video monitor, £130
The Which? baby monitor reviews cover more than 40 baby monitors, including the top 11 monitors rated good enough to be Best Buys following our tough testing.
Prices checked online 26th November 2015.