10 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.

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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 10 best baby monitors currently on the market:

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1. Babymoov YOO-Travel Video Baby Monitor, £139.99, MadeForMums Gold Award Winner

Type of baby monitor: Video monitor

The worthy Gold Award product wowed our MadeForMums Awards judges with its versatility and quality. The YOO-Travel Video Baby Monitor is part of Babymoov’s new premium range that caters for parents’ different needs.

The Travel monitor comes with a 2.4-inch screen and 180 degrees panoramic view with x2 zoom. It is portable and has a long battery life, and its features include voice-activated VOX mode, talk-back, a night light, temperature sensor, audible and visual alarm and night vision.

The lifetime warranty also adds an extra assurance of an impressive longevity – quite useful for what is a substantial purchase for any parent.

What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the Babymoov YOO-Travel Video Baby Monitor:

“This product is excellent. It has picture quality and decent size screen. I particularly like the night picture for added peace of mind, and the movement on the picture isn’t slow or broken like other monitors I have tried. It’s also easy to use – it’s really simple to navigate the screen and different functions – and the camera isn’t too big and looks sleek. I can’t think of any improvements I would make to this product, and would highly recommend it for any nursery.” Mum of 2, Janet

This product is nice and not too bulky, and I like the completely different colour of the design compared to usual baby products. The child unit is a nice size, but the mother unit could do with some grip on the base. It’s great to have the lifetime warranty.” Mum of 1, Kat

Buy the Babymoov YOO-Travel from John Lewis and Baby Monitors Direct.

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2. Snuza HeroMD Portable Breathing Monitor, £79.99, MadeForMums Joint Silver Award Winner

Type of baby monitor: Sensor/breathing monitor

This product is innovative and effective. Our MadeForMums Award judges were pretty impressed by its ease of use and the peace of mind it provides, awarding it a joint silver award.

The Snuza HeroMD portable breathing monitor is the world’s first medically certified monitor which monitors abdominal movement to track your little one’s breathing.

It simply clips to the nappy or pyjama bottoms and alerts parents if movements are weak or undetected. For anxious parents or those whose little ones have early health concerns, the Snuza offers fantastic reassurance.

What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the SnuzaHeroMD Portable Breathing Monitor:

“The snuza worked exactly as described with no false alarms. It was easy to turn on and start using it. Once we put it on baby it stayed put all night including during a feed and was clearly comfortable, they barely noticed it. In found it easy to position it correctly. The silicone is nice and soft and didn’t rub or leave a mark.

“This is a perfect device for young babies even if they are small. It give a great peace of mind to parents and allows them to sleep easier knowing they will be alerted if something is wrong.” Mum of 2, Helen

“This is a really good product for new parents. Especially those who might have had premature or poorly baby, who just want that additional peace of mind. I’d definitely be open for trying it again with a newborn and would recommend it to friends who needed a bit of reassurance about their baby’s breathing.” Mum of 1, Samantha

Buy the Snuza HeroMD from Smyths Toys and Argos.

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3. Philips Avent Digital Video Baby Monitor SCD620, £170, MadeForMums Joint Silver Award Winner

Type of baby monitor: Video monitor

We love this sleek and unobtrusive video baby monitor which comes packed full of features.

Those include an outdoor range of up to 300 metres, a high resolution, 2.7-inch screen with infrared night vision, a secure connection to minimise interference, as well as remotely activated lullabies to soothe your little one.

Our judges really liked the versatility and quality of this silver award-winning product.

What our MadeForMums Awards judges say about the Philips Avent Digital Video Baby Monitor SCD620:

“The video monitor looks great, has great sound and features, and even allows you to play lullabies. I would certainly consider buying one. My only improvement would be a camera which could see further in the dark, so you could get a wider view of the room. This camera works well in range though.” Dad of 2, Anthony

“This is a great quality product, with good picture quality, sound quality and ease of use. It’s also very versatile.” MadeForMum reviews editor Hazelann Williams

You can buy the Philips Avent Digital Video Baby Monitor SCD620 from Philips and Amazon.

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4. SpotCam BabySense, £199, MadeForMums Bronze Award Winner

Type of baby monitor: Smart phone video monitor

The SpotCam BabySense monitor is packed full of innovative details for this digital age. Our Bronze Award-winner was developed through research with UK health professionals and the Home Office test agency.

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. It allows users to share video with friends and family and links to smart home technology like Alexa.

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 parametres are exceeded, such as optimum temperature. This is clearly one for the technologically savvy parent, or those who rely on childcare and would like an extra way of checking in with their children.

What our MadeForMum Awards judges say about the SpotCam Babysense monitor:

“The camera function overall was very impressive and easy to use. The temperature readings are spot on and the live feature is very handy. I found the recording feature to be the best part of the camera. It is not immediately obvious that the camera is private unless you choose to make it public so this could be improved – it took some time to find where this information was located. I would definitely recommend this product, especially to parents or carers who work full-time or have childcare professionals in the home on a regular basis.” Mum of 1, Ashleigh

“It is handy that there are alerts for temperature regulation, and the Home Office approval is reassuring. It seems complicated to set up and it requires WiFi. In addition, I found the manufacturing finish was not as high quality as you would expect for £199.” MadeForMums Reviews Editor Magda Ibrahim

You can buy the SpotCam Babysense monitor from Baby Security, and Amazon.

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5. Babble Band Audio Digital Monitor, £49.99

Type of baby monitor: Audio monitor

We are very impressed by the innovative design and modern styling of this wearable baby monitor from baby brand Summer Infant.

The adjustable silicone strap is suitable for mums and dads, and the rechargeable battery has up to 8 hours of continuous use.

It features 3 useful monitoring options: audio mode; vibration, with audio switched off; and sound-activated LED lights.

It also comes with a handy EU travel adaptor to make it easy to use on holiday, and has a range of 240m.

Our mum reviewer says: “Very cute looking and useful product with wearable parent unit, just like a watch – don’t need to worry about taking the parent unit around with you!” 

Read the full review of the Summer Infant Babble Band audio monitor here.

You can buy the Summer Infant Babble Band from Summer Infant and Amazon.

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6. Angelcare AC1300 Video, Movement & Sound Monitor, £209.99

Type of baby monitor: Video, audio and movement monitor

The Angelcare AC1300 Video, Movement & Sound Monitor has got everything to give parents peace of mind while their little one sleeps.

Angelcare’s biggest LCD colour video screen yet (an extra large 3.5 inches) combines with the under mattress sensor pad, which alerts mums and dads if no movement is detected after just 20 seconds.

It’s got 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 away – lay your worries to rest.

Our mum reviewer says: “It looks sleek and stylish, the sound and picture quality are good, there’s a handy nightlight, and 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. The monitor can be used with or without the motion sensor mat, which sits under the mattress. It’s a great idea for new parents of very young babies who are worried about SIDS, as it sounds an alarm if no movement is detected.”

You can buy the Angelcare AC1300 from Argos and Amazon.

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7. Panasonic Smart Home Baby Monitoring Camera Kit, £159.99

Type of baby monitor: Smart phone video monitor

Panasonic has created a monitor for the smartphone era, with this baby monitoring kit that uses the power of digital technology to connect your baby to your phone or other device.

The Panasonic Smart Home Baby Monitoring System includes an indoor camera and smart hub, and uses an ultra low energy (ULE) wireless that gives more protection from hacking than regular wifi.

It’s got motion, sound and temperature detection, a 2-way talk option, night vision, and 5 lullabies – all accessible on your phone or tablet through the free app.

Plus, you can add other Smart Home kits later on, such as a window/door sensor for toddlers, and an outdoor camera for the garden.

You can buy the Panasonic Smart Home Baby Monitoring Camera Kit from Adorable Tots and Amazon.

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8. BT Audio Baby Monitor 400, £29.98

Type of baby monitor: Audio monitor

The latest in BT’s basic sound monitor range, this product was launched in 2017 and offers interference free HD audio of up to 50m indoors and 300m outside – perfect for the summer when you are relaxing in the garden.

It also offers sound level lights that alert you to noise in your baby’s room when you don’t want to be disturbed by every sneeze and snuffle. A good, basic buy.

You can buy the BT 400 at BT and John Lewis

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9. Summer Infant Panorama Digital Video Monitor, £149.99

Type of baby monitor: Video monitor

The high-end Summer Infant monitor with all the features, such as the Panorama video monitor, is simple to set up, easy to use and has fantastically clear vision at night.

Our MFM reviewer gave it 4.5 stars for its crystal clear sound, thermometer, multicoloured nightlight, 4x video zoom, ease of use, customisable alerts and remote talk-back.

Check out the full review of the Summer Infant Panorama Digital Video Monitor here.

You can buy the Summer Infant Panorama Digital Video monitor from Summer InfantArgos or Amazon

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10. Babymoov Simply Care Baby Monitor, £34.99

Type of baby monitor: Audio monitor

Picking up on the never-ending parental debate about whether radio waves from electronic devices harms children, Babymoov has created a series of new baby monitors that have very low or zero emissions.

It’s worth nothing here though, that radio waves and infra-red rays from devices such as baby monitors and Wi-Fi routers have not been linked to health risks or ever been called dangerous, but some parents will prefer the extra peace of mind.

Our reviewer gave this monitor an average score of 4.5 stars as she felt it did everything she needed – for a bargain price! It has a 300m range, and a basic transmitter and receiver – perfect for those who don’t want fancy functionality or need a second monitor to take away.

Read the full Babymoov Simply Care review here.

You can buy the Babymoov Simply Care at Uber Kids or Amazon.

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