The best baby monitors for 2020
Get some peace of mind with a reputable baby monitor that will give you an extra set of eyes and ears.
All parents want the ultimate reassurance that their little one is safe and sound. A quality baby monitor can give you this knowledge without you having to be in the same room as them at all times. But with so many systems on the market, which one should you choose?
We took a look at baby monitors sold by both eBay and Baby Bunting to see which systems customers agreed were the best. As both retailers have high volume baby monitor sales, we looked at the customer ratings on both sites and averaged them for a total score out of 5. Here are the ones that came out on top:
Average rating: 5/5
Taking out prime position is the Uniden BW 3101 model that can do everything you would expect from a baby monitor and more. The system comes with a 4.3-inch colour LCD screen that allows you to keep an eye on bub at all hours of the day and night. Thanks to the camera's special night vision feature, you can also have full visibility without needing a light to be turned on. If you do want some light in the room though, the camera can also double as a night light.
This monitor also comes with a walkie talkie feature that allows you to soothe your baby remotely and it even comes with a selection of lullabies you can play. Better yet, the BW 3101 has a digitally encrypted system to stop the camera being hacked, eliminating any safety concerns.
Average rating: 4.7/5
As one of the best-rated baby monitor brands, it's hardly surprising that Uniden also takes out second place. The BW 3001 model features the same camera as the BW 3101, meaning that you get all the same great features including the in-built night light, a walkie talkie function, lullaby selection, temperature display and more.
The handset, however, is a little smaller than the 3101. The 2.3-inch colour LCD display offers the same night vision mode and other capabilities, but the smaller screen size makes the system a more affordable alternative.
Average rating: 4.5/5
Not only does the Oricom Secure710 camera offer a high-quality frame rate (25fps), night vision mode and pan-tilt and zoom functions, but it is also wall mountable, making it easy to find the perfect spot to put it in. The system is also capable of linking up to four cameras, so you can ensure that you have eyes and ears on your baby at all times.
The system boasts up to eight hours of battery life and also features a power failure battery backup and low battery warning. The handset allows for parent talkback and it alerts you to the temperature of your baby's room, so you can get on with things around the house with complete peace of mind.
Average rating: 4.5/5
Fitting seamlessly into your little one's room, the Vtech Pan & Tilt camera is disguised as an adorable, nursery-friendly owl. With swivel-head capabilities, the camera is able to zoom, tilt 55 degrees up and down and pan 260 degrees side-to-side so that you can remotely keep an eye on every corner of your baby's room.
The system also supports up to four feathery friends, letting you put cameras in multiple rooms and keep a watchful eye on all of them. You can enjoy your bird's eye view through the high-resolution, 4.3-inch colour LCD screen, which has split screen capabilities to view all cameras at once. Super handy if you have more than one child or a toddler that just won't stay still!
Average rating: 3.75/5
The Oricon Secure850 camera offers a better visibility range than most on the market. Featuring fully motorised movement controlled by you through the handset, the camera is capable of 300 degrees of horizontal movement and 110 degrees of vertical movement so you can easily check what your little one is up to.
The system offers room temperature display and alerts and baby-friendly night vision that allows you to check on your baby without waking them up. The handset also comes with a rechargeable lithium battery, saving you from the hassle of discovering too late that you're out of spare batteries.
Why should you invest in a baby monitor?
Babies need near constant attention, but keeping an eye on them at all times is an impossible task. Baby monitors help to make this more feasible by giving you a way to check on your child remotely and giving your child a way to let you know if they need your attention.
Some monitors simply offer audio capabilities but most on the market now offer video too. This means that you can pop one or more cameras around the house and check on your little one from a handset you can carry with you.
With sudden unexpected death in infancy (SUDI), sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and other fatal sleeping accidents posing a risk to your child, being able to keep an eye on your baby to make sure they're sleeping safely is also incredibly important. Some systems now even monitor movement and sound an alarm if your baby hasn't moved for a certain amount of time, helping to alert you to problems sooner.
What should you look for in a baby monitor?
You want to know that the system you pick will efficiently work to help you keep your child safe. Choosing a system will ultimately depend on your personal needs. For more information, check out our baby monitor buying guide.
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