Best Baby Monitors
We put the UK's top baby monitors through months of testing and found the Summer Infant Panorama 2.0 to be the best for most parents
Best Baby Monitor 2018
Summer Infant Panorama 2.0
Baby monitors are a brilliant way to keep an eye (and ear) on your baby while you're in different rooms. Choosing which one is going to suit your needs, however, can feel like a daunting task. From simple one-way audio models to complex digital versions with multiple cameras, there are a lot of different monitors on the market. If you're (understandably) unsure where to start, look at our Buyer's Guide which covers everything you need to know.
In our mission to find the best of the best, we spent three months researching and testing the UK's top baby monitors. After weeks of pinging aerials, testing signal strength and analysing the audio and visual quality of the 11 top models, we think the Summer Infant Panorama 2.0 (£143.52 from Amazon) offers the best value for most parents.
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The Summer Infant Panorama ticks all the boxes. It's got an infrared night vision camera, two-way talkback, an intuitive display unit for parents and a colourful night light for the nursery.
A large 12.7cm touchscreen displays quality video and gives you a great view of your baby. Our tester loved how easy it was to pan, tilt and zoom the camera, and switch between multiple cameras in different rooms.It's not the cheapest baby monitor on the market but our tester couldn't fault it's performance.
- Pan, tilt, and zoom camera function
- Infrared night vision camera
- 12.7cm screen display
- Add cameras to monitor multiple children
- Two-way talkback
- Blue and red soft glow night lights
- Audio can be a little fuzzy
- Screen power-saving mode can’t be overridden
Price: £143.52 from Amazon
All prices correct at time of writing
How we tested
We spent 30 hours researching best-selling products and the most frequently recommended baby monitors on Mumsnet. Once we had done this, we narrowed the list down to 11 monitors that we felt reflected the breadth of the market.
Each of these monitors was pushed to its limits in real-life parenting situations – sleepless nights and all. Read more about how we test.
After months of intensive testing, we think the Summer Infant Panorama 2.0 is the best monitor for most parents.Read full review »
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Best Budget Baby Monitor 2018
BT Audio 450 Lightshow
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It also offers some lovely extra features such as a light display, a feed timer and 18 lullabies which make this budget monitor great value for money.
- Audio-only monitor
- Talk-back function
- Light show
- Range: 300m outdoor, 50m indoor
Best Movement Sensor Baby Monitor 2018
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- 12.7cm screen
- Night vision
- Room temperature reports
Best Video Baby Monitor 2018
Philips Avent Digital
The Philips Avent Digital Video (£149 on Amazon) is a high performing monitor with exceptional video quality. We were impressed with the signal strength and found the compact parent monitor intuitive and easy to use.
Offering crystal-clear audio and infrared night vision in a compact and sleek design, if you're happy to splash out on tech for the nursery, the Philips Avent is worth the investment.
- Hi-res 6.9cm screen, with automatic infrared night vision
- Energy-saving eco mode
- Parent unit 10-hour battery life
- Talk-back feature
Best Long Distance Baby Monitor 2018
Babymoov Premium Care
The Babymoov Premium Care (£99.99 from John Lewis) is a great all-rounder that couldn't be beaten when it came to long-distance range.
This compact, audio-only monitor boasts a signal range of 1,400m and delivered excellent sound quality during the testing period.
We like the sleek design of this monitor which makes it a truly portable piece of tech.
- Small lightweight units
- Talk-back function
- Temperature display
- 1,400m signal range