Today’s baby monitors have come a long way from the static-filled, audio-only monitors of your childhood. While improved versions of those still exist, there are plenty of other options, namely non-WiFi video monitors, basic WiFi monitors, and more advanced/smart WiFi monitors. Unfortunately, though, choosing a monitor isn’t super straightforward as the market is saturated and functionality varies widely.
To help you find the best baby monitor for your needs, our experts in the Good Housekeeping Institute routinely test all the latest and greatest baby products, from diaper pail to high chairs. When looking at baby monitors, we evaluate each machine for video and audio performance, ease of operation, overall functionality, and helpfulness of added features like tracking capability, included audio like white noise or lullabies, and whether or not you can add additional units. We found the best baby monitors for the top-notch picture quality, tracking multiple kids, and peeking in on the nursery when you’re out of the house.
1.DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor
It has a remote pan, tilt and zoom, room temperature display, and two-way audio. You’ll never feel far from your baby, either: The wide-angle lens is great for capturing the entire room, and the optical zoom lens lets you see up close. If you have more than one child or want to monitor multiple rooms, you can also purchase up to three additional cameras. If there’s any downside, it’s that the screen is just 3.5 inches around.
2.Spaceview S Video Monitor
With good video quality (720p HD video) and a broad 460-foot range, you don’t need WiFi to operate this baby monitor, making it a great no-frills option. It also has impressive range that’s suitable for keeping tabs on more than one baby, since you can pan the lens 330º to see corner-to-corner and tilt 110º to see floor to ceiling. As a nice bonus, the device comes programmed with five lullabies to help soothe a fussy child to sleep.
3.WiFi Baby Monitor
This Safety 1st unit has excellent picture quality, even in dark rooms without night lights, thanks to up to 15 feet of infrared night vision. Audio is just as clear, plus operates with two-way talk functionality. It features an innovative dedicated portable audio unit. The real bonus, though? It’s all captured on a 24-hour timeline that’s stored on the cloud for free, so you can review footage whenever you need to. You can even share images on social media, via text, or give caretakers scheduled access.