Baby Monitor Reviews

Finding the best baby monitor for...

The best baby monitor for your family may not be the same baby monitor that is best for another family. Each family has different baby monitor requirements depending on home, lifestyle, and desired features. As you shop for a baby monitor, consider the various features and decide which system best meets your needs.

DECT Technology - Privacy, with zero interference

If you are looking for a wireless baby monitor that prevents accidental eavesdropping and eliminates interference from other electronics, then look for systems that use the 1.9 GHz DECT (Digital Enhanced Cordless Telecommunication) technology.

These baby monitor systems feature DECT technology and are highly rated:

  • Philips Avent Basic DECT Baby Monitor (SCD510)
  • Philips Avent Digital Screen DECT Baby Monitor (SCD525/00)
  • Motorola MBP20 Digital Video Baby Monitor

The Philips Avent SCD510 has received high ratings and many experts say it is the best baby monitor you can buy. Features include: 100% interference-free dect technology provides extra long range of up to 1,000ft; an intercom capability that allows for 2 way communication between parent unit and baby unit; battery backup for baby transmitter; audible warning for low-battery on parent unit; visible and audible link indicators; adjustable sound sensitivity function; rechargeable parent unit.

The Philips Avent SCD525/00 builds upon the basic model (Philips Avent SCD510) with the addition of a parent unit digital screen, temperature sensor, soothing lullabies and nightlight. This upgraded model (from the SCD520) has a new eco mode which helps reduce energy consumption when monitoring baby from a shorter distance.

The Motorola MBP20 Digital Video Baby Monitor with Color LCD Screen uses 1.9ghz DECT 6.0 technology which offers a more reliable wireless connection with superior sound clarity and privacy data encryption for added security. Features include: a 1.5" LCD color display shows sound and video monitoring; infrared night vision; range of up to 650 feet with an out of range warning; programmed lullabies. System includes one parent unit and one camera unit.

Best Baby Monitor Picks
Philips AVENT DECT

Philips AVENT SCD510

Philips AVENT with DECT technology offers crystal clear sound with zero interference and signal privacy.

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Philips AVENT DECT Digital Screen

Philips AVENT SCD525/00

DECT technology audio baby monitor with digital screen, room temperature sensor, lullabies and nightlight.

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Motorola MBP20 DECT Digital Video Baby Monitor

Motorola MBP20

Digital video baby monitor offers superior sound clarity and privacy data encryption, color LCD screen.

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Audio/Video Baby Monitor

A video screen is not a necessary feature, but one that many parents appreciate. When the audio feature of the baby monitor alerts them to baby’s sounds, they can view the screen to see what is going on without going into the room and disturbing the baby. In many instances, the baby may be making sounds but not need immediate attention. The video feature can provide information to the parent about whether the baby is crying or merely talking.

Top-performing Video Baby Monitor Systems are:

  • Infant Optics Digital Video Baby Monitor with Full Color Display
  • Motorola Digital Video Baby Monitor with Color LCD Screen
  • Levana Babyview20 Interference Free Digital Wireless Video Baby Monitor

The primary feature that sets these systems apart from many of the other wireless video baby monitors is the 100% digital technology. Digital transmissions are secure and private and cannot be casually intercepted, unlike baby monitor systems with analog signals which can be picked up by anyone in the area. As with many other wireless products, however, interference may occur in households with a 2.4Gz wireless network.

Product features of the Infant Optics DXR-5 Digital Video Baby Monitor: digital 2.4ghz FHSS wireless technology; static-free signal and privacy encryption; wireless range of up to 800 feet in open areas, approx 250 feet in indoor areas; IR night vision; 2.4" TFT full color display; rechargeable portable monitor; voice activated power saving mode; adjustable volume and brightness control; add up to 4 camera units (sold separately) with just one monitor. System includes monitor display unit with Li-Ion battery, camera unit, camera mount, 2 power adaptors, 1 year warranty, and lifetime technical support.

Product features of the Motorola MBP36 Digital Video Baby Monitor with Color LCD Screen; digital 2.4GHz FHSS wireless technology; signal clarity and privacy data encryption; range of up to 200 meters with an out of range warning; full-color 3.5" LCD display; infrared night vision; remote pan, tilt, and zoom; built-in lullabies; two-way communication; sound-activated lights; room temperature monitor; expandable up to 2 parent units and 4 cameras. System includes one parent unit and one camera.

Product features of the Levana Babyview20 include: digital 2.4GHz wireless frequency; wireless range (line of sight) 150 feet maximum/100 feet optimum; 32 channels, auto signal hopping; handheld monitor measures 5.75"x1.06"x2.5" and weighs .30lbs; color TFT-LCD monitor; screen size 2.36"; night vision. The Levana BABYVIEW20 was named #1 Best Child Safety and Health Product 2009 by the Parent to Parent Life Buzz Award program and was a 2009 iParenting Media Award winner. System includes wireless monitor, wireless camera, rechargeable lithium-ion battery, AC power adaptor for camera, AC power adaptor for camera, magnetic base and mounting hardware for camera.

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Infant Optics DXR-5 Digital Video Baby Monitor

Infant Optics DXR5

Digital technology, static-free, privacy encryption, portable and rechargeable color video monitor with 2.4" screen.

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Motorola MBP36 Digital Video Baby Monitor

Motorola MBP36

Digital wireless technology provides excellent image quality and clarity with a secure signal for complete privacy.

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Levana BABYVIEW20 Digital Video Baby Monitor

Levana BABYVIEW20

Digital video monitor with color monitor offers enhanced security and greater audio/video signal quality.

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Baby Monitor with Movement Sensor

Movement sensors are under-the-mattress pads that can detect a baby's slightest movements and sound an alarm if no movement is detected for 20 seconds. Parents who have purchased baby monitors with movement sensors are overwhelmingly positive. Experts, however, warn that consumer-quality movement sensors should not be used for medical monitoring or relied on to prevent SIDS, whose causes are not yet known. Nevertheless, some parents say movement sensors give them peace of mind and are worth the price.

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Angelcare Deluxe

Angelcare Deluxe

Highly sensitive pad monitors breathing and sounds an alarm if no movement is detected for 20 seconds.

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The following movement sensor baby monitor system is popular and highly rated by parents:

  • Angelcare Deluxe Movement Sensor with Sound Monitor

This new deluxe model monitors baby with many added features. The nursery unit has a soft nightlight and room thermometer. The parent unit has a color LCD screen, out of range indicator, unit locator, and optional voice activation. The monitor operates on both 900 MHZ and 2.4 GHz frequencies, has 8 channels, and an 820 foot range.

The system includes an under-the-mattress sensor pad, a nursery unit transmitter, 2 parents' units receivers, 2 charging bases, 8 rechargeable batteries, and 3 AC adapters.

The Angelcare baby monitor is also sold under the name Graco and Bebesounds (brand name sold to Graco).

Useful Features

Summer Infant Day and Night Video Monitor

Sound lights alert you to baby's sounds even when the volume is turned down or the video screen is turned off.

Zero Interference

Philips Avent Basic Dect

Baby monitors using DECT technology provide superior signal quality and eliminate accidental eavesdropping.