Top five baby monitors for 2020
By Alison Potter
A top-scoring baby monitor won't lose signal or run out of battery quickly. We reveal the best – and worst – audio, video and smart wi-fi monitors you can buy
Don't risk buying a baby monitor that cuts out or is lacking in basic security to keep strangers from hacking into audio and images of your baby.
Our best baby monitor picks below include traditional audio-only monitors and video monitors, as well as smart wi-fi baby monitors that connect to your smartphone.
They all have excellent signal strength, a battery you can rely on and crystal-clear images and sound. Plus they're secure from hackers.
We've also highlighted three baby monitors we think you should avoid.
Best audio baby monitor
The price is above average for an audio monitor, but it’s by far the highest-scoring audio monitor we’ve tested in the past few years. The range and battery life are both excellent, and it’s a very user-friendly baby monitor that has a handy temperature display, lullabies and a nightlight.
Best video baby monitor
This feature-packed video monitor is surprisingly easy to use. It has impressive range, excellent battery life and good enough picture and sound quality to make it a Best Buy. It also has automatic infra-red for night-time viewing, as well as remote-controlled lullabies.
Best smart wi-fi baby monitor
Wi-fi baby monitors allow you to easily see and listen to your baby via an app on your smartphone or tablet. And as they’re not reliant on a traditional signal, you can view your baby wherever you are as long as you have a decent wi-fi connection. They’re typically pricier than standard video or audio baby monitors, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find a good bargain. Our highest-scoring wi-fi baby monitor is an excellent investment and it will generally set you back £270, but we’ve found it on sale for just £130.
Best cheap baby monitor
If you're looking for a great audio-only baby monitor that doesn't break the bank, this no-frills monitor is one to consider. It's a few years old, but it does all the basics really well, the sound quality is impressively clear and consistent, plus it's cheap as chips too.
Last updated May 2019.
Not found the product for you? Check out our baby monitor reviews to see the full range of baby monitors we’ve tested.
Don't buy these baby monitors
Our tests found some pretty serious flaws with these baby monitors, and they're expensive too, which is why we wouldn't recommend putting any of them on your shopping shortlist.
Instead visit our best baby monitors to see the ones which won't let you down or compromise your baby's safety.
Don't Buys to avoid
Considering the price, it’s surprising how poor the sound is, and the video picture isn’t much better. It takes a while to set up and is fiddly to use, plus our experts have given this smart wi-fi monitor a poor rating for privacy after finding a number of security vulnerabilities.
Avoid a baby monitor with bad battery
When we asked parents to tell us about the mistakes they made when buying a baby monitor, and what they wish they'd known, good battery life came up as a key concern.
Keeping an eye on a restless baby is stressful enough without having to deal with a dud baby monitor that runs low on battery barely a couple of hours into the night.
After all who wants to frantically change or charge the batteries in your baby monitor while simultaneously attempting to soothe and feed your crying child?
Baby monitors that lack staying power
Make sure you buy a baby monitor that will last the distance because as you can see above, we’ve found that a lot of them won’t.
To make sure you’re getting what you pay for, consult our rundown of the best baby monitors, because you can’t always rely on manufacturers’ claims.
We assess the battery life of all tested baby monitors and we record how long they last before they run out.
This means that you can know precisely whether the baby monitor you’re considering is worth getting, or if it will be spending more time on charge than actually in use.