Our latest baby monitors reviews have found startling differences between the best on battery life, sound quality and video picture quality.
The worst baby monitor for battery life has a parent unit that will barely last three and a half hours, while another will keep going for more than eighteen and half hours before needing to be recharged.
Our tough tests also uncovered video monitors with such poor resolution that you’ll struggle to make out any details in a light room, let alone in the dark or in low light.
We also found an audio-only monitor that’s too quiet even with the volume at medium level, which means you may find it a struggle to know when your baby needs you.
Take a look at our top five baby monitors for 2018 to find the ones our experts rate, and read on to find out more about the latest popular monitors on test.
VTech BM2200 – £45
Many baby monitors have an array of lullabies to help soothe your little one to sleep, but the VTech BM2200 also has a useful nightlight that projects glowing stars and moons onto the ceiling. This feature can be turned on remotely, and the unique magnetic base design means that you can easily angle it to change the direction of the light projection.
It has other practical features too, including a vibrating alert when your baby cries and two-way talk-back, so you can reassure your baby without having to go in the room. But how does it fare in terms of range? Read our full VTech BM2200 review to see if it’s an audio baby monitor we’d recommend buying.
Summer Infant Liv Cam – £99
The Summer Infant Liv Cam is a smart wi-fi-enabled baby monitor that broadcasts live video and audio to your smartphone or tablet. It’s a handy way to keep tabs on your baby, but these kinds of monitors can be a hacking risk, which is why we put them through extra testing to find out how secure the camera is and how your personal data is handled.
Generally wi-fi-enabled monitors are pretty pricey, but the Liv Cam is a third cheaper than the average price of those we’ve tested. Find out whether it’s a bargain worth snapping up and how it coped in our privacy tests by taking a look at our full Summer Infant Liv Cam review.
Babymoov Yoo-See – £110
The BabyMoov Yoo-See claims to be designed for parents looking for simplicity and practicality. Some video baby monitors are feature-packed, but this means they can sometimes be a nightmare to use. However, each button on the Yoo-See performs one function, which should mean you won’t need to refer to the instruction manual every time you use it.
In addition the camera has 2x digital zoom and a hanging system, so you can attach it to your baby’s cot using the handle or fix it to the wall using the wall mounting kit supplied.
Our full Babymoov Yoo-See review reveals how easy it is to use, and whether you’ll have any issues seeing or hearing your baby with this video monitor.
Luvion Prestige Touch 2 – £199
If you’re not on a budget, then the Luvion Prestige Touch 2 looks like a good option. Although it costs £199, this premium video baby monitor has a larger than average 7-inch colour screen, and it has full remote camera control allowing you to pan, tilt and zoom to get a good look at your little one. You can even record and save footage on an SD card, although one doesn’t come supplied with the monitor.
Luvion claims this monitor has an extended range of up to 300 metres. However, in our tests we often find the range is shorter than stated. That’s because the stated distance is typically how far the signal can travel if both units are outside in an open space. This isn’t much use if you mainly use your monitor indoors, or when your baby is asleep inside and you’re in the garden.
Read the full Luvion Prestige Touch 2 review to find out how far the range really reaches, and if this monitor is worth investing in.
BT Video Baby Monitor 3000 – £80
A video monitor will set you back around £140 on average, but the BT Video Baby Monitor 3000 is just £80. Although it’s markedly cheaper than most, it still has a number of useful features, including sound-sensitive lights, two-way talk, a temperature sensor and feeding timer, lullabies and 2x zoom.
As with most video baby monitors, the camera has infra-red night vision so you can see your baby even when it’s pitch-black in the nursery. But how effective this is can vary and our experts have seen some monitors experience a big drop in visual quality when in night mode.
Find out if this monitor still works well in the dark by reading our full BT Video Baby Monitor 3000 review.