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Top five baby monitors of 2017

By Lisa Galliers

A top-scoring baby monitor won't lose signal or run out of battery quickly. We reveal the best – and worst – you can buy in 2017.

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When the safety and wellbeing of your baby is at stake, you don't want to risk a baby monitor that cuts out when you need it most, or is lacking in basic wifi security to keep strangers from hacking into your images and audio. 

Well luckily, if you're a Which? member, you don't have to. Ensure peace of mind with the very latest best baby monitors for your home and budget selected from our rigorous, independent testing. Whether you're looking for an audio or a video baby monitor, our top picks have excellent signal strength, a battery you can rely on, the best images and sound and, if you're worried about stories you've read about baby monitors being hacked, you'll be relieved to hear that we test this type of monitor for security as well.

And safety doesn't have to come at a price. One of our top picks below is just £20.

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Best audio baby monitor

VTech Digital Audio BM1000 Baby monitor
Today's best price £19.98
Which? score 82%
Reviewed Jul 2016
Best Buy
Range:
5 out of 5
Range inside to outside:
5 out of 5
Volume and sound:
4 out of 5
Ease of use:
4 out of 5
Type:
Member exclusive
Lullabies:
Member exclusive
Temperature display:
Member exclusive

If you're looking for a great audio-only baby monitor that's no frills, but does all the basics well, without breaking the bank. This could be the monitor for you.

Best video baby monitor

D-Link EyeOn DCS-855L Baby monitor
Today's best price £117.00
Which? score 77%
Reviewed Jul 2016
Video picture:
4 out of 5
Ease of use:
4 out of 5
Type:
Member exclusive
Lullabies:
Member exclusive
Temperature display:
Member exclusive

Gadget fans will love this smart video baby monitor, not least because it delivers excellent video picture quality allowing you to keep a closer eye on your sleeping baby. Read our full review to find out why else we made it a Best Buy.

Best cheap baby monitor

Motorola MBP8 Digital Audio
Today's best price £19.98
Which? score 79%
Reviewed Jul 2016
Range:
5 out of 5
Range inside to outside:
1 out of 5
Volume and sound:
4 out of 5
Ease of use:
5 out of 5
Type:
Member exclusive
Lullabies:
Member exclusive
Temperature display:
Member exclusive

This no-frills baby monitor is a world away from many of the feature-rich, all-singing all-dancing offerings on the market today. But if you don't need baby monitor bells and whistles, this monitor could be ideal.

Baby monitor with best range

Motorola MBP160
Today's best price £26.37
Which? score 80%
Reviewed Jul 2016
Range:
5 out of 5
Range inside to outside:
5 out of 5
Volume and sound:
3 out of 5
Ease of use:
5 out of 5
Type:
Member exclusive
Lullabies:
Member exclusive
Temperature display:
Member exclusive

Our baby monitor testing checks the range, battery life and the signal strength so you can get the best monitor. This one came tops in our latest testing for signal strength. But it's also simple, easy to use and quick to set up.

Baby monitor with best battery life

Angelcare AC403
Today's best price £79.98
Which? score 73%
Reviewed Jul 2016
Range:
5 out of 5
Parent unit battery life:
5 out of 5
Volume and sound:
4 out of 5
Ease of use:
2 out of 5
Type:
Member exclusive
Lullabies:
Member exclusive
Temperature display:
Member exclusive

No one wants a baby monitor that won't last the night. With this model you'll get around 20 hours of use before you'll need to reach for the charger. That should last a night and a couple of naps, too.

But Don't Buy this baby monitor

We found this baby monitor seriously flawed, which is why we wouldn't recommend you have it on your shopping shortlist.

One to avoid

Miniland Baby Everywhere IPcam
Typical price £100.00
Which? score 29%
Reviewed Jul 2016
Don't buy
Volume and sound:
1 out of 5
Privacy:
1 out of 5
Ease of use:
2 out of 5
Type:
Member exclusive
Lullabies:
Member exclusive
WiFi enabled:
Member exclusive
Temperature display:
Member exclusive

This baby monitor promises to turn your Android smartphone into a baby monitor so you can keep an eye on your little one everywhere. But, at £145, it's not cheap and we found serious flaws. Read our full review to find out what you need to know before you splash out on this baby monitor.

Right baby monitor for your baby not in our top five? Check out the best baby monitors.

Unbiased baby monitor reviews from Which?

Baby monitors come with bold claims about battery life or the distance they cover without losing signal, but can you trust them? 

Our specially designed baby monitor tests uncover the models you can rely on when moving between rooms in your home, and how far you'll get down the garden before they lose the signal. We check all the key features, from how long the battery really lasts, right down to how accurate the sound-sensitive lights are. 

What are sound-sensitive lights? Find out in our baby monitors jargon buster 

You can trust our reviews because we subject every model to the same range of technical tests in our labs. We also check how easy they are to set up and use straight from the box, and what they're like to use day to day. 

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