Top five baby monitors for 2020
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.
Last updated April 2020.
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.
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.
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.