Best Baby Monitors of 2020 [Top 10 Rated & Reviewed]

Best Baby Monitors of 2020 [Top 10 Rated & Reviewed]

Not all baby monitors are created equal.

Some have so many “extra” features that they feel complicated, bulky, and definitely overpriced.

Whether it’s used while you visit to the neighbours, head to grandma and grandpa’s for the night, or take your baby on vacation, you'll want to bring your monitor.

We scoured thousands of reviews to compile this list of parent-rated baby monitors.

But, first thing is first—here are our top picks.

Out of sight, out of mind doesn’t apply here. At least not with babies.

A baby monitor is an essential piece of baby gear that you shouldn't leave home without.

Even if you’re not a huge traveller, a reliable baby monitor can help you get some daytime gardening done during those afternoon naps or some DIY home renos when you’re single-parenting it! #parentproductivityhacks

Do yourself a favor and seriously consider getting a baby monitor. Having a baby monitor gives you peace of mind and added freedom (and that’s hard to come by for new parents).

Price

Because nobody likes getting gouged. So, we’re here to help you figure out if the product is worth its price tag (or if it’s just a dud. Woomp).

Function and Features

We’re talkin’ viewing angle, pan and tilt ability, zoom (optical vs. digital), two-way audio (so you can prank your baby), battery life (if it comes with a rechargeable one), and effective range. Plus, we figure out if there’s anything else that makes this product special. We lay it all out on the table.

Ease of Use

How hard can it be to set up a baby monitor? Well, when you consider both hardware and software, the plot thickens. Is it versatile? Can you view the camera on other devices? Or do you have to use the proprietary monitor (and trust me, that sucks for all the obvious reasons: charging it, keeping track of it, carrying it around).

Durability

Is the internet plagued with horror stories of failed devices, warranty claims, and regret? Or simply one great review after another? We don’t want you to buy a lemon. So we did the research to spare you the trouble.

Let’s do this!

The 10 Best Baby Monitors


Infant Optics DXR-8

Two-way Audio:5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)
Features and Function:5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)
Price:5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)
Durability:5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)
Average:5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)

The DXR-8 baby monitor from Infant optics gives you every feature you could possibly need to spy on your baby. And more that 20,000 reviews tell the whole story on this popular unit. It has it all, including remote panning and tilt, two-way communication, great night vision, room temperature sensor, and even interchangeable lens (sold separately).

The action is displayed on a slim 3.5 inch LCD color display that provides clear images in both well-lit and dark backgrounds. And it has a great battery life of 10+ hours. It gets our top mark (but if you don’t need something so flashy, check out number 2 – it’s the one we bought!).

Pros

  • It has great battery life. Lasts up to 10 hours on battery-saving mode and 6 hours when the screen is on.
  • Plug and play. No setup is required.
  • You can expand it with up to 4 cameras. This is a handy feature if you need to monitor multiple sleeping areas at the same time (or add home security to the detail).
  • Voice-activated LED lights allow you to see how loud your baby is crying even when you have the volume turned off.

Cons

  • Can’t stream live video to your smartphone like the Nest Cam monitor (ranked #2).
  • Audio interference from other devices using the same 2.4Ghz FHSS transmission frequency has been reported.
  • You have to charge and carry the viewing monitor with you.
Nest Cam Security Camera

Two-way Audio:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Features and Function:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Price:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Durability:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Average:4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)

This “baby monitor” (because it’s actually marketed as a home security camera) boasts high-definition camera (1080p), two-way communication, and smartphone integration features. It’s also super compact and extremely easy to setup.

But what makes it amazing, is the software that runs it. You can access live video from your camera anywhere in the world using any wifi capable devices (e.g., smartphones, tablets, or computers). This is super handy because ain’t nobody got time to find, charge, and carry the dedicated baby monitor around, let alone travel with it. Believe me when I tell you it’s so convenient to grab your phone or open a new tab on your browser to quickly check on your baby. Plus, you can even do this when travelling for work (using your own iPhone) when you start to miss your little creature.

But it gets better.

The Nest Cam software, sends “intelligent alerts and snapshots” when any activity is detected by their software. That means you can relax, and know your baby is absolutely fine until you get a text-message-like alert. This feature is great and I trust it so much that I’m comfortable gardening after my baby has gone to sleep because I know I’ll get an alert if she wakes up.

Pros

  • Live streaming (1080p) to any wifi capable device—no monitor required!
  • Easy setup and wide viewing angle (~170 degrees).
  • Camera sends text messages when motion is detected (baby wakes up).
  • Very modern and sleek looking
  • Re-purpose for home security after baby outgrows it.

Cons

  • No micro SD card option is available to record and playback videos, but you can pay for an online account and store your videos in the cloud (and even pull out moments to add to your photo album!).
  • No remote pan or tilt feature (but you can zoom in digitally when viewing).
iBaby Monitor M6S 1080p

Two-way Audio:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Features and Function:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Price:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Durability:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Average:4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)

Here’s another smart baby monitor that allows convenient connectivity to Apple devices or any android-powered devices. With a simple download of their free App, you can turn your iPhone, iPad or Mac into a monitor.

We admit it – we love not having to worry about charging and carrying around a dedicated baby monitor. So this option gets high marks for function! Having said that, the iBaby monitor is a bit pricey and we’d recommend going with the Nest Cam because it’s an established brand and has very positive reviews across the board.

Pros

  • Live streaming (1080p) to any wifi capable device.
  • Quick installation. The app will guide you through a quick 60-second setup.
  • You get real time alerts delivered to your smart device.
  • Limited remote panning and tilt function.

Cons

  • Few reviews, so might not be the most durable. We’ll have to wait and see.
  • Limited panning feature—you can’t pan downwards more than a few degrees.
  • No micro SD card option, but you can get an online account.
Hello Baby Wireless Monitor

Two-way Audio:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Features and Function:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Price:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Durability:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Average:4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)

This is another great find at a reasonable price. It has a range of up to 960 feet and relies on 2.4 GHz wireless transmission technology. It also has a portable parent unit with long battery life – up to 8 hours on a single charge. The 2.4 inches LCD display delivers brilliant images which you can optically pan and tilt into using the digital zoom feature (not quite as good as #1, but decent).

Pros

  • Compact.
  • Uses ‘enhanced 2.4GHZ wireless technology’ to prevent frequent signal drops.
  • The baby monitor is plug and play. No setup required.

Cons

  • Tilting the camera cannot be done remotely.
  • Feedback noise has been reported with the two units are close to each other.
  • You have to charge and carry the viewing monitor with you.
Video Baby Monitor

Two-way Audio:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Features and Function:3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)
Price:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Durability:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Average:4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)

The video baby monitor is a great option for both travel and home use. For such a small device, it strikes a perfect balance between features and simplicity. It can play lullabies and cast light patterns on the ceiling.

This model also offers above-par functionality, delivering crisp audio and visual feed at the simple touch of a button. A good minimalist option as far as hardware goes, but #2 is waay better imo.

Pros

  • Extra long (7 foot) power cable.
  • Night light mode casts patterns on the ceiling.
  • Eco mode prolongs battery life.
  • Can play lullabies.

Cons

  • The monitor may lose signal if it comes near some electronics.
  • The night vision can be a bit blurry if the settings are not well adjusted.
  • You have to charge and carry the viewing monitor with you.
Minilabo Baby Monitor

Two-way Audio:5 out of 5 stars (5 / 5)
Function and Features:4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)
Price:3 out of 5 stars (3 / 5)
Durability:4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)
Average:4 out of 5 stars (4 / 5)

The Minilabo monitor offers decent features at an affordable price. The Minilabo and the Babysense monitor (the next monitor on our list) basically have the same features and functionality. The only difference is you won’t need to carry an extra pack of batteries if you decide to go with the Minilabo baby monitor because it has an integrated rechargeable battery pack. Plus is also has an eco mode that shuts off the camera when no sound or movement is detected.

Pros

  • High quality video.
  • Generally interference free 2.4GHZ FHSS wireless transmision.
  • Easy ‘plug and play’ setup.

Cons

  • The room temperature sensor is reportedly a bit off most of the time.
  • The camera’s neck remains loose which makes it hard to fix it in some positions.
  • You have to charge and carry the viewing monitor with you.
Babysense Video Baby Monitor

Two-way Audio:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Features and Function:4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Price:3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Durability:3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Average:3.8 out of 5 stars (3.8 / 5)

This baby monitor from Babysense features eco-friendly voice activation (it turns off when the room is silent), and sound-activated LED indicators (indicates how loud your baby is screaming using lights). It also comes with a mounting hardware. Pretty sweet for a budget monitor. I just worry about the long-term durability– some users report unexpected premature failures.

Pros

  • It has a long range – up to 900 feet with an out-of-range indicator.
  • Versatile setup—you can choose between a tabletop or wall mounted option.
  • The buttons are fairly intuitive.

Cons

  • The power cord is annoyingly short.
  • The camera head has a limited range of motion.
  • Some reports of premature failure.
  • You have to charge and carry the viewing monitor with you.
Summer Infant In View

Two-way Audio:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Features and Function:3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Price:2 out of 5 stars (2.0 / 5)
Durability:3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Average:3.3 out of 5 stars (3.3 / 5)

Looking at it from a price standpoint, we felt the Summer Infant monitor could have packed even more features to make it a good buy.

The only stand-out feature worth mentioning is its extra-large 5 inch handheld baby viewing monitor. It comes with a rechargeable battery and a range of up to 600 ft. – which we found limiting especially if you have a large house or want to venture a little further away from your sleeping beauty.

Pros

  • It is powered by a rechargeable battery.
  • Mounting hardware included.
  • Digital zoom available.

Cons

  • The battery life on the parent unit is not so great. You have to carry the charger with you most of the time.
  • It doesn’t have an out-of-range alert to notify you when you’ve lost the signal to your baby unit.
  • You have to charge and carry the viewing monitor with you.
Philips Avent SCD630/37

Two-way Audio:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Features and Function:2 out of 5 stars (2.0 / 5)
Price:1 out of 5 stars (1.0 / 5)
Durability:3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Average:2.8 out of 5 stars (2.8 / 5)

You should steer clear of the Philips Avent if you’re on a tight budget. This baby monitor from Philips is an overpriced device that lets you keep tabs on your baby but with limited features to boast of.

Pros

  • It has a clear display.
  • The monitor has vibration alert feature (neat, but not a slam dunk).
  • There’s a handy backup battery function that kicks in when power outages occur.

Cons

  • The camera is fixed—no remote panning or tilt.
  • It has a pre-set frequency for audio feed—this creates a slight lag in image and sound delivery.
  • You have to charge and carry the viewing monitor with you.
Motorola MBP36S Baby Monitor

Two-way Audio:5 out of 5 stars (5.0 / 5)
Features and Function:2 out of 5 stars (2.0 / 5)
Price:1 out of 5 stars (1.0 / 5)
Durability:3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Average:2.8 out of 5 stars (2.8 / 5)

With a listed battery life of only 3.5 hours, it’s tough to keep this setup running smoothly. It does however have a few decent features, but with everything that’s going on in your life with a new baby, we can imagine this device is one that’s not worth the hassle.

Pros

  • Encrypted audio for added security and peace of mind.
  • It’s possible to remotely pan and tilt the camera.

Cons

  • Some of the controls are not user friendly. For instance, you have to navigate through a menu just to get to the volume controller.
  • Many user reviews point to a major flaw with the charging port.
  • It’s pricey with limited featured.

There you have it – the top 10 best baby monitors. Take it from us, these things really help give you confidence during nap time. We use ours to be more productive after the baby goes to sleep without worrying that we’re negligent parents!

Snap one up to start enjoying peace of mind and better parenting-productivity now!

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