12 of the best baby monitors – tried and tested

Video, smartphone, sound and movement monitors - we've tested the market to pick the highest- performing baby monitors on sale in the UK

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Baby monitors allow you to see or hear your (hopefully) sleeping baby from another room in the house.

There are a few different types of baby monitor – but the two main differences are that some are audio only, others have audio and video monitoring.

If you don’t know where to start, or the differences between baby monitors, read our Buyer’s Guide to Baby Monitors.

We’ve also got a list of the best mobile phone baby monitors, when you want to use your smartphone or tablet as a baby monitor.

See the 12 best baby monitors currently on the market:

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1. Babymoov Yoo-Moov, £179.99

Type of baby monitor: Audio and video, 4.3-inch screen
Frequency type: Smart
Range: 300-metre
Talkback function: Yes
Nightlight: Yes
Awards: MadeForMums 2019 Monitor – Gold

The gold standard of baby monitors, the Yoo-Moov, with its silent motor 360-degree camera, allowing you to pan, as well as tilt and zoom, will give you those much-needed ‘eyes in the back of your head’. Talking of numbers, let’s not forget its 7 colours nightlight and 5-lullaby playlist, making it a nice little multitasker. “This looks nice and friendly and has good functionality,” says Dan, dad of 2.

As well as all its techy bells and whistles, (hello, temperature sensor), the basic necessities i.e. the screen, night vision and sound quality, are all top notch – helping earn it’s high-end price tag.

Available from: Babymoov, Amazon and Precious Little One

2. Summer Infant Baby Pixel Monitor, £199.99

Type: Audio and video, 5-inch screen
Frequency type: Digital
Range: 240-metre
Talkback function: Yes
Nightlight: Yes
Awards: MadeForMums 2019 Monitor – Joint Silver

With a larger screen than the Babymoov, the Baby Pixel gives a super clear touch screen nighttime image, and it is another with a 360-degree tilt camera, meaning you won’t miss a trick – or roaming toddler.

“I loved the large screen display and the fact it features accurate time and temperature,” says Sophie, mum of 1.

As well as a slightly larger screen than the Babymoov, can set a Sleepzone virtual boundary on the Baby Pixel, which sets off an alarm should a little wriggler overstep the invisible mark. This feature may feel a little ‘OTT’ to some parents, but, if you’re trying to keep tabs on a budding escape artist, then perhaps this is the monitor for you.

See the full MFM review of the Summer Infant Baby Pixel Monitor

Available from: Summer Infant, Amazon and Mothercare

3. Motorola MBP855 Connect Wi-Fi Enabled Video Baby Monitor, £229.99

Type: Audi and video, 5-inch screen
Frequency type: Smart
Range: 300m
Talkback function: Yes
Nightlight: No
Awards: MadeForMums 2019 Monitor – Joint Silver

Like to check in on your phone? Download the Hubble app with the MBP855 and you can receive a live video stream, including sound, motion, and temperature notifications, to your phone, or any compatible device.

The extra feature of 2-way voice is perfect when baby just needs to hear your voice. It really helps,” says Bonnie, mum of 1.

A couple of functional points to consider, however: if the monitor loses connection when interrupted by Wi-Fi, it does beep quite loudly, to alert you, but also potentially waking up baby. Also, there is a blue flashing light on the monitor, something to consider when positioning in the nursery.

See the full MFM review of the Motorola MBP855 Connect Wi-Fi Enabled Video Baby Monitor

Available from: Amazon, Currys and Boots

4. Snuza HeroMD Portable Breathing Monitor, £79.99

Type: Audio

Unlike traditional monitors, which are placed on a shelf or chest of drawers to keep a virtual eye, the clever Snuza clips onto your baby’s nappy.

Snuza is the only monitor on our list to come with medical certification, thanks to the fact that it directly monitors your baby’s abdominal movements; making Summer Infants ‘boundary Sleepzone’ seem pretty ‘hands-off’.

In a nutshell, the Snuza gently vibrates after 15 seconds to rouse your baby if it hasn’t taken any breaths in that time, and a sharp audible alarm sounds after a further five seconds if breathing is weak or has not resumed. “It worked exactly as described with no false alarms. It was easy to turn on and start using it. It stayed put all night including during a feed and baby barely noticed it. The silicone is nice and soft and didn’t rub or leave a mark,” says mum of 2, Helen. The Snuza won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, but if you are looking for a monitor to keep tabs on breathing – this should do the trick. For parents whose little ones have early health concerns, the Snuza could offer fantastic reassurance.

Available from: Amazon, Smyths Toys and Precious Little One

5. Summer Infant Babble Band audio digital monitor, £49.99

Type: Audio
Frequency type: Digital
Range: 240m
Talkback function: No
Nightlight: No

Not too worried about seeing your baby on the big screen? Want to revert to simply listening out while on the go? Well, there’s a gadget for that, too. The Babble Band is a wearable audio monitor that allows you to hear, or actually feel, any stirring or crying from baby. While the monitor is placed in the nursery, the alarm device is worn as a watch on the parent. It features three monitoring options: audio mode; vibration, with audio switched off; and sound-activated LED lights.

Our mum reviewer, Melanie, says: “The Babble Band isn’t a whizz bang, tech-heavy piece of kit. There’s a delay and wait, even if just for seconds, for everything to connect, switch on or off and change modes. But the Babble Band is instantly reactive when it counts – when’s baby’s crying. You can’t ask for much more from a baby monitor.”

Read our full MFM review of the Summer Infant Babble Band audio digital monitor

Available from: Summer Infant, Amazon and Mothercare

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6. Babymoov YOO-Travel Video Baby Monitor, £139.99

Type: Audio and video, 2.4-inch screen
Frequency type: Smart
Range: 250-metre
Talkback function: Yes
Nightlight: Yes

The travel-mad sister of the Babymoov YOO-Moov, the YOO-Travel is the baby of the top monitor family measuring in with a 2.4-inch screen and just 180-degree panoramic view – compared to its big sister’s 4.3 inches and 360-degree view. However, not to be outdone, it is portable and has a long rechargeable battery life (24 hours).

Its features also include the, now common, talkback, night light, temperature sensor and night vision, plus, the lifetime warranty also adds an extra assurance of an impressive longevity – quite useful for what is a substantial purchase for any parent. All things considered, they do say the best things come in small packages. So, if screen size isn’t a biggy, then this monitor could be a pocket-friendly choice.

Read our full MFM review of the Babymoov YOO-Travel baby monitor

Available from: Babymoov and Baby Monitors Direct

7. Philips Avent Digital Video Baby Monitor SCD620, £170.00

Type: Audio and video, 2.7-inch screen
Frequency type:
Digital
Range:
300-metre
Talkback function:
Yes
Nightlight
: No

Ok, so the SCD620’s camera might not pan around, let alone 360-degrees like the YOO-Moov, or act as a thermometer or nightlight but, if you are looking for a well designed, easy to use monitor, this is definitely worth considering. It does the basic job of reporting back your baby’s goings on, clearly and selectively.

“There is no interference or tinny sound – I could hear my little one’s night time ramblings well,” says our reviewer, Anthony. A brilliant add-on is the choc of five soothing lullabies you can play to persuade your baby to sleep. Additionally, you can switch the listening sensitivity, so you can choose to hear every shuffle, or only the cries. Our Award judges praised this monitor for its quality of sound and camera.

Read our full MFM review of the Philips Avent Digital Video Baby Monitor SCD620

Available from: Amazon and Philips

8. SpotCam BabySense, £179.99

Type: Audio and video, to your digital device
Frequency type: Smart
Talkback function: Yes
Nightlight: No

Developed through research with UK health professionals and the Home Office test agency, the SpotCam BabySense is truly a monitor for the tech-savvy parent. The only smart camera with user adjustable settings and a room temperature alert service, it allows real-time video monitoring as well as video recording; is cloud-based to minimise interference from other monitors, and video is stored in a secure cloud server with banking level security. You can share video with friends and family and links to smart home technology, like Alexa.

But it fares pretty well on the basic functions, too: “The camera function overall was very impressive and easy to use,” says mum of 1, Ashleigh. “The temperature readings are spot on and the live feature is very handy.” It also has a child minder mode, which allows parents to access the video remotely, and can send alarms or even email alerts if certain environmental parameters are exceeded, such as optimum temperature – phew! Quite the overchiever…

Available from: Baby Security, Amazon and Baby Monitors Direct

9. Angelcare AC1300 Video, Movement & Sound Monitor, £179.99

Type: Audio, sound and movement, 3.5-inch screen
Frequency type: Digital
Range: 250m
Talkback function: No
Nightlight: Yes

For the uninitiated, Angelcare is a major player in the world of baby monitors and bath products, and this is its biggest LCD colour video screen yet, (although, we’ve seen bigger screens on this list – hello, YOO-Moov…).

Unlike your average video monitor, however, it comes with an under-mattress sensor pad. The pad alerts parents if no movement is detected after 20 seconds; meaning it could be a good alternative option to the Snuza for new parents of very young babies who are worried about SIDS.

As with most monitors on our list, it has high quality video transmission and an adjustable camera angle that can pan and zoom, so you can see your baby close up or from far without disturbing their slumber.

Our mum reviewer says, “It looks sleek and stylish. I particularly liked the night vision function, and zoom that meant I could still see my daughter’s face in the dark even if the camera was positioned on the other side of the room.”

Available from: Amazon and Argos

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10. BT Audio Baby Monitor 400, £29.99

Type: Audio only
Frequency type: Digital
Range: 300m
Talkback function: No
Nightlight: No

The BT Audio Baby Monitor 400 is a brilliant basic buy, and the cheapest monitor on our list, by far.

What it lacks in technical wizardry, it more than makes up for in interference-free HD audio of up to 50m indoors and 300m outside. This kind of range is perfect for the summer when you might like to venture into the garden while your baby naps.

It also offers sound level lights that alert you to noise in the nursery, when you don’t want to be disturbed by every sneeze and snuffle.

Ok, so it doesn’t sing lullabies or glow, but hey, that’s what a nightlight is for, right?

Available from: BT, John Lewis and Amazon

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11. Summer Infant Panorama Digital Video Monitor, £129.99

Type: Audio and video, 5-inch screen
Frequency type: Digital
Range: 240m
Talkback function: Yes
Nightlight: Yes

Another great buy from Summer Infant, this monitor is a little more traditional, (unlike the Babble Band); an easy to use digital video baby monitor with features like a dual colour nightlight, talkback and pan, tilt and zoom camera. The stand out feature here, is that it gives fantastically clear vision at night along with crystal clear sound, and really, what more could you ask for?

Similar to lots of monitors, it also gives a temperature reading and a nighttime glow – big tick for multitasking. “I like that there’s an option of a soft red (to get babies to sleep) or blue (to soothe them during the night) glow,” says our parent reviewer, Hayley, “and it’s useful that I can control this from the parent unit.” Although, it’s worth noting, the Panorama does not play lullabies.

Read our full MFM review of the Summer Infant Panorama Digital Video Monitor

Available from: Summer Infant and Amazon

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12. BT Video Baby Monitor 6000, £129.99

Type: Audio and video, 5-inch screen
Frequency type:
Digital
Range:
250m
Talkback function:
Yes
Nightlight
: No

Somewhat middle of the road, in terms of price and features, the BT Video 6000 is simple to use, offering peace-of-mind functionality without any fancy add-ons.

Well-versed parents are a little peeved that this model has been brought out to replace the BT 7500 model, which offered a fun lightshow function. But this monitor is not here to entertain.

It does have a bigger screen size than the more budget BT options and offers 5 lullabies, but perhaps not enough to warrant the heftier price tag.

Our mum review, Hayley, says, “I would recommend this monitor as long as you have another device that handles lights and lullabies, if they are must-haves for your baby’s nursery. The flat-sounding, polyphonic lullabies of the 6000 let it down. That said, the generous screen size, ease of use and ample range make it a decent baby monitor.”

Read our full MFM review of the BT Video Baby Monitor 6000

Available from: BT, Amazon and Argos

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