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Updated: 29 Dec 2021

Best baby monitors to buy in 2022

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
Andrew Laughlin
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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 monitors

  • 83%
    £41.98

    This innovative audio baby monitor doesn't cost much to buy but you get a whole host of features for your money. This includes a room temperature monitor, lullabies and a colourful night light. If you don't have a lot to spend but don't want to compromise on quality, get it on your shortlist.

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  • 73%
    £39.99

    This big-brand baby monitor is a great choice if you're after an audio-only model but don't want to spend more than £50. It's reliable and has clear sound quality, so you shouldn't strain to hear your baby.

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  • 72%
    £27.99

    Although it doesn't have many features, this simple audio baby monitor is great to use and offers a lot for the price. If you are on a tight budget, it is one of the best cheap monitors you can buy.

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Best video baby monitors

  • 78%
    £180.00

    You might not know the brand behind this video baby monitor, but you'll love the quality. It comes with a camera that you place in the baby room and then you watch the excellent picture on a handheld parent unit with a large 5-inch HD display.

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  • 78%
    £129.99

    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.

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  • 72%
    £50.00

    We don’t see many video baby monitors that cost £50 or under – in fact, this Best Buy model is among just five we have reviewed online. For the low price you'll get a good quality monitor to watch your baby while they sleep.

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Best smart wi-fi baby monitor

  • 78%
    £150.00

    You’ll love the sharp picture quality with this smart baby monitor, whether you use the parent unit or the companion app on your smartphone or tablet. It’s easy to use and passed our security and privacy tests.

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  • 74%
    £139.00

    Alongside being able to control this smart baby monitor with an app, you can also do so with your voice. If you have a compatible Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant device at home, you can check the room temperature, activate motion detection and play a short lullaby with voice commands.

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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.

Baby monitors to avoid

  • 45%
    £39.99

    You'll be better off using this camera at home to detect for burglars that monitoring your baby while they sleep. It lacks useful baby monitor features and really isn't worth your money.

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  • 42%
    £49.50

    The Suzy Snooze is a rather unique baby monitor from BleepBleeps, who specialise in fun-looking smart-connected gadgets. The manufacturer claims it has been created in conjunction with sleep scientists and parents to be 'the ultimate sleep tool for families'. Read our review to find out whether this brand new breed of smart audio monitor is worth investing in.

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  • 22%
    £62.00

    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.

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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

  • 23 hours: The longest baby monitor battery life we've found in testing.
  • 3 hours: The worst baby monitor battery life on test. 
  • 10 hours: The average baby monitor battery life of all reviewed models.
  • 30%: Nearly a third of those we've tested rated below average or poor for battery life.

 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.