Best Audio Baby Monitor 2020
Babymoov Premium Care review
The Babymoov Premium Care is a great all-rounder, delivering exceptional signal quality, long-lasting battery and a really clear sound. It looks good, too, with its futuristic design and stylish digital display setting it poles apart from generic white plastic monitors. We couldn’t find a better audio baby monitor out there.
Verdict in 10 seconds
- Enhanced range Digital Enhanced Cordless Technology (DECT) digital audio baby monitor
- More expensive than some other audio-only devices, but it’s the full package with strong signal, clear audio and some nice extras too
- Outstanding signal strength and range
- Sleek and stylish
- Lifetime warranty
- Long battery life
- Unclear instructions
- A little pricey for an audio-only monitor
What are the key features?
- Temperature sensor
- Lullaby function
- Two-way talkback
- Low-battery indicator
- Audio, vibration and visual alarm
- Digital Green Technology – the monitor transmits using a low emission frequency to reduce electromagnetic wave exposure
- VOX (voice-activated technology)
- Adjustable volume
- Automatic channel search
- Out-of-range indicator
- Can be used with two extra transmitters (sold separately)
- Belt clip
- Charging base for parent unit
- Back-lit LCD touchscreen
What are the specs?
- Range: 1400 metres
- Warranty: Lifetime
- Dimensions: 23 × 20.5 × 6.2cm
- RRP: £99.99
What’s in the box?
- Baby unit
- Parent unit
- Parent unit charging station
- Two USB power adaptors
- Rechargeable lithium battery pack
- Instruction manual
It looks great! Very sleek and stylish.
How easy is the Babymoov Premium Care to set up?
The Babymoov Premium Care is super easy to set up and it took our parent testers, Rachel and Bobby, less than five minutes to do this – although they did need to charge the parent unit for three hours before they could start using it.
It's good job the monitor is so simple to use because the accompanying instruction leaflet is pretty basic overall, with unclear text and simplistic illustrations. While it does include a short troubleshooting guide and the usual safety precautions, you’ll probably find it easier to just set the monitor up without consulting the instructions.
A more comprehensive user guide can, however, be found online if you get stuck and Babymoov also provide FAQs, a telephone helpline and email support on their website.
How good is the audio?
Our testers were impressed with the monitor’s audio clarity and volume, and didn’t experience any interference during the testing period.
The Babymoov Premium Care monitor has five easily-adjustable volume levels and an effective talkback function that allows you to settle your child – or try to, at least – without having to get out of bed.
As well as an accurate visual indicator to show you when your baby is stirring (the monitor lights up when they make even the tiniest bit of noise), the vibrating function is also handy when only one parent needs to be woken up.
Both of these features may also be helpful if you're hard of hearing.
How about the signal?
Rachel and Bobby couldn’t fault the monitor’s excellent signal range.
Although the sound quality started to diminish after about 20 metres (the Babymoov Premium Care boasts a whopping 1400-metre range), it still worked at the bottom of their garden and inside their neighbour’s house two doors down.
This puts the Babymoov Premium Care at the top of the list when it comes to signal range, even when compared to popular baby monitors we tested such as the Philips Avent Digital Video Baby Monitor, which lost signal as soon as our tester took it outside, and the BT Video Baby Monitor 3000 which our testers found had limited signal throughout the house.
There’s also a helpful indicator which beeps and flashes when the monitor is out of range for over 30 seconds.
How long does the battery last?
We timed how long the battery took to run out of charge and found that the BabyMoov Premium Care lasted an impressive 16 hours. When it does eventually need charging, a low-battery alert will beep and flash red.
The parent unit has its own recharge docking station (steady green will indicate a full charge), and you can charge the baby unit via a USB power adaptor or by using three AAA batteries (the latter of which must be bought separately).
If you plan to keep the parent unit in the same place or won't be moving around the house, the parent unit can remain in the charging station without the battery being damaged.
To save battery life, Babymoov recommend that parents turn off the vibration alert when they're not using it. The VOX function will also help here as the parent unit is sent to sleep until the baby makes a sound, at which point the system immediately starts up again.
How does it look?
This compact monitor comes in a smart matte black and white colour combination (black for the parent unit and white for the baby) with a hard plastic outer and brushed aluminium touches.
With an LCD touchscreen and a large digital display, the Babymoov looks more like an innovative smart device than a traditional baby monitor.
Its neutral, unobtrusive design also meant that it fitted well in Rachel and Bobby's nursery without their eight-month-old baby even noticing it.
What’s the Babymoov Premium Care like to use day-to-day?
Our testers found the Babymoov Premium Care very easy to use on a daily basis with its responsive touchscreen controls, simple functionality and limited amount of buttons – a very good thing for parents wanting a device that they won't feel overwhelmed by.
The only counter-intuitive niggle that less tech-savvy users may find tricky is that you need to press the 'off' switch in order to view the menu options – a little bizarre, to say the least.
Overall, Rachel and Bobby loved the size of this monitor – they didn’t need to use the supplied belt clip as it fitted snugly into their trouser pockets and it also fitted compactly into a suitcase when they went travelling. We think it's a great option if you need a good baby monitor to take with you on holiday, especially as it's really lightweight and can be charged with a USB cable.
The Babymoov Premium Care is also a solid choice if you have children sleeping in more than one room as you can easily hook up up to two additional baby units – although this will set you back an extra £50 each.
Are there any extra features?
The Babymoov Premium Care has a decent set of additional features which our testers felt were plenty for the monitor’s price.
There’s an accurate room temperature indicator (with an adjustable range of -3°C to +50°C and an out-of-range temperature alarm), a nightlight with five light levels, and six lullabies to give parents that little bit of extra help when settling their baby down for the night.
Is the baby monitor safe?
Rachel and Bobby liked how well-made the Babymoov Premium Care monitor was during testing, and didn’t feel that there was any part likely to break. In fact, they dropped it several times during the testing process and it survived without the antennae or belt clips snapping off.
The baby unit can't be attached to the wall, so you’ll need a steady surface that's out of reach for curious toddlers, such as a chest of drawers or a shelf. The monitor must also be placed at least one metre from any newborn bed or crib.
Babymoov is very vocal about the potential dangers of electromagnetic emissions to young children and has made low emission baby products a key part of its mission. The parent and baby units do not transmit continuously – instead, they ‘check in’ every 20 seconds and otherwise are activated by VOX when your baby makes a sound.
There are mixed opinions about whether electromagnetic waves really are harmful. This factor didn't concern our testers when it came to trying out different baby monitors, and the World Health Organisation have said that 'there are no consistent findings of adverse health effects' related to electromagnetic fields.
However, if this is something that you’re personally concerned about, then the Babymoov Premium Care may well be the monitor to opt for.
How easy is it to clean?
This device is easy enough to clean with a duster or a wet wipe, but there are a couple of places where ingrained dirt could be tricky to remove, such as behind the belt clip and around the 'on/off' switch.
Is the BabyMoov Premium Care good value for money?
Sure, there are cheaper audio-only monitors on the market, such as the VTech DM1111 (£19.99), our Best Budget Baby Monitor 2020, but with signal range that goes the distance, consistently clear audio both ways, good design features, a lifetime warranty and a whole host of extras, we think the Babymoov Premium Care really is the crème de la crème of audio baby monitors.
Of all the devices we tested, this one couldn't be beaten when it came to signal strength.
The Babymoov Premium Care is a far cry from the chunky white plastic monitors of old. Its modern design and digital display sets it apart from the crowd and the audio quality is also very good.
Our testers loved how small and lightweight this monitor was. It won’t take up too much room in your suitcase if you’re spending the weekend with relatives and, like most monitors, the parent unit can be clipped onto your clothes so you can hear the baby as you move around the house.
All in all, the Premium Care isn’t the flashiest baby monitor we tried, but it’s a great all-rounder and, quite frankly, a real steal too.
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