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February 6, 2017

Best Baby Monitor (2017) – Buyer Reviews Guide

Our search for the best baby monitor (2017) was not an easy one… As a bit of a technology buff, picking out a baby monitor was going to be fun… or so I thought.  When I started digging into the options, that changed pretty quickly.  We needed to get creative, but we think we have some solid options for you.

As you will see, there are plenty of cool gadgets and technology here, but almost all of them have more reported issues or glitches than we like to see.  As you know, glitches are not things you want with your baby.  WiFi and bluetooth connections are prone to be inconsistent, heck even my new Samsung Smart TV can’t connect to wifi right now (what would I do without Roku/Chromecast?).  This is why for one of the few pieces of baby “hi tech” it might make sense to look at proven electronics and technology brands as a slight nod to the baby brands.

Another thing to look out for if you opt for more bargain priced options, is anything on amazon with low review count.  Especially low “Verified Purchase” reviews as non-VP reviews are much more likely to be falsified.  It seems like Amazon has had more knock off low-quality electronics on the site lately.  As long as your product has 100+ Verified Purchase reviews, though, you should be safe.

As for our best baby monitor recommendations, with less than ideal options we got a little creative here so look forward to hearing what you think.  Keep in mind that in addition to helping you find products you LOVE, our goal is always to save you time and money – so we will be proactively monitoring the prices for all our TOPS recommendations below.  Follow us on facebook or twitter to be the first to know when great deals are available.

Best Baby Monitor 2017

Product

Price Range

Average Rating

Recommendation

1. Nest Cam Indoor security camera

$150 – $200

4.2 TOPS Overall Baby Monitor

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2. Philips Avent DECT Baby Monitor with Temperature Sensor

$88 – $100

4.5 TOPS Audio Monitor

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3. Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor

$160 – $165

4.3 TOPS Video Monitor

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4. VTech DM111 Safe & Sound Digital Audio Baby Monitor

$17 – $20

4.1 TOPS Budget Audio

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5. Hello Baby Wireless Video Baby Monitor

$70 – $80

4.0 TOPS Budget Video

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6. Summer Infant In View Digital Color Video Baby Monitor

$76 – $93

3.9

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7. Netgear Arlo VMC3040 Q-1080P HD Wired Security Camera

$140 – $200

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8. ZEBORA Baby Monitor, Super HD 960P

$70 – $80

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9. Palermo HD Wi-Fi IP Surveillance Camera for Baby

$60 – $90

4.1

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1.
Nest Cam Indoor security camera – our overall best baby monitor (2017)

best baby monitor tops guide - Nest Cam Indoor security cameraOur overall best baby monitor (2017).  We know… it’s not a baby monitor.  But it works very well as one and we just didn’t feel great about all the quality and connection issues with the video baby monitors.  With Nest you get a really high quality device that can be used for home security as well, a great company and customer service that stands behind it (Google), and very good software and app for customizable alerts and cloud storage of video clips.  Our recommendation would be to pair this with a dedicated audio monitor so you have a little redundancy and the best of both, not to mention you can get a quality audio monitor for under $20.  One thing to keep in mind though is you will need to pay for a Nest Aware subscription after the first 30 days if you want to be able to store video clips at $10 / month so this is definitely not a low cost solution but is a great and fun one.     

  • Highlights:
    • More than 9 out of 10 people who use this as a baby monitor have positive reviews
    • Great audio/video quality, especially night vision
    • Access via app allows parent away from home to also see the baby, cloud storage of video clips fun for family
    • Unlimited range since wifi and minimal lag
    • FYI monthly subscription for storage of videos in the cloud and no dedicated video screen monitor
  • Price Analysis: Currently priced at $177.92, prices have trended between $150 – $200 in the past few months but this is about as low as it has been besides holiday deals.  For popular products like this though, make sure to check the Used and New section of the page for deals.  In this case there are currently refurbished units for under $120.  
  • Review Analysis: Average rating of 4.2 stars on 4,745 reviews.  Trending over the past month is very good with 9 out of 10 Validated Purchase reviews positive.  Also note that a lot of the negative reviews are about the requirement for the subscription plan to save videos.  Released in June 2015.

 

2. Philips Avent DECT Baby Monitor with Temperature Sensor – our audio-only best baby monitor (2017)

best baby monitor tops guide - Philips Avent DECT Baby Monitor with Temperature Sensor and Night ModeOur audio-only best baby monitor (2017).  The cadillac of audio-only monitors, people love this product from great electronics company Philips.  If you want the absolute best most reliable audio monitor, this is definitely it.  Also has flashing light and vibration alerts for baby sounds in addition to temperature monitoring which make it a great compliment to a camera solution like Nest.  

  • Highlights:
    • Baby room temperature monitor
    • Flashing lights for loud crying and vibration alerts
    • 150+ feet range indoors and 1000+ outdoors
    • Least reported issues with connection, battery, audio quality
  • Price Analysis: Currently priced at $93.85, prices have trended between $88 and $100 in the past few months so this is close to the best price you will see.  Also look out for Warehouse Deals, right now there is one for $65.54.    
  • Review Analysis: Average rating of 4.5 stars on 380 reviews.  Trending over the past month is good with 9 out of 10 Validated Purchase reviews positive.  Originally released in October 2013.

 

3. Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor – our best baby monitor (2017) with dedicated video screen

best baby monitor tops guide - Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor with Interchangeable Optical LensOur best baby monitor (2017) with dedicated video screen.  If you do really want a more traditional video baby monitor, the Infant Optics DXR-8 is the highest quality option.  However it is not cheap for a product that some do report with having quality issues, so you may want to be prepared to take advantage of that friendly Amazon return policy.  You also might want to try the budget option first since it does have a very comparable feature set.      

  • Highlights:
    • High quality video with optical zoom, though not the best night vision
    • Flashing light alerts for baby sounds / temperature
    • Range of ~ 100 feet and no delay since not over WiFi
    • FYI re: reported quality issues of battery holding charge, connectivity drops, and audio quality issues including hum or audio breaking entirely
  • Price Analysis: Currently priced at $165, prices have trended between $160 and $165 in the past few months so this is about as cheap as it gets.  
  • Review Analysis: Average rating of 4.3 stars on 7,430 reviews.  Trending over the past month is about consistent to average with 8 out of 10 Validated Purchase reviews positive.  Originally released in October 2013.

 

4. VTech DM111 Safe & Sound Digital Audio Baby Monitor – our budget audio-only best baby monitor (2017)

best baby monitor tops guide - VTech DM111 Safe & Sound Digital Audio Baby Monitor With One Parent UnitOur budget audio-only best baby monitor (2017).  This is a REALLY solid audio-only monitor, especially when you consider the price.  There are some quality issues reported but what do you expect for this price.  By and large people really like these monitors.  Really the only thing you aren’t getting is room temperature monitoring.  VTech is also a solid electronics brand which helps.

  • Highlights:
    • Light indicators varying for volume of baby sounds
    • 1000+ foot range
    • FYI some reports of static issues and battery life complaints, but that is pretty standard for all of these monitors
  • Price Analysis: Currently priced at $17.98, prices have trended between $17 – $20 in the past few months so this is about as low as you will see it and an incredible deal.  
  • Review Analysis: Average rating of 4.1 stars on 1,054 reviews.  Trending over the past month is good with 8.5 out of 10 Validated Purchase reviews positive.  Originally released in June 2014.

 

5. Hello Baby Wireless Video Baby Monitor – our budget video best baby monitor (2017)

best baby monitor tops guide - Hello Baby Wireless Video Baby Monitor with Digital Camera HB24, Night Vision Temperature Monitoring & 2 Way Talkback SystemOur budget video best baby monitor (2017).  This is a solid video baby monitor at a great price.  If I really wanted a dedicated video monitor, or wanted to try a lower cost device, I would probably start here.  People are really happy with this product.  Some battery and connectivity issues reported, but that is the case with all monitors.  And with Amazon’s friendly return policy, what’s the downside for trying?

  • Highlights:
    • Great value for dedicated video screen monitor
    • Temperature monitoring and light indicators for baby sound
    • Solid picture quality and range but not the best night vision (Nest is best there)
  • Price Analysis: Currently priced at 74.99 , prices have trended between $70 and $80 in the past few months so this is close to as low as you will find it and it is a great deal.  
  • Review Analysis: Average rating of 4.0 stars on 700 reviews.  Trending over the past month is slightly under average with 7.5 of 10 Validated Purchase reviews positive.  Originally released in April 2016.

 

6. Summer Infant In View Digital Color Video Baby Monitor

best baby monitor tops guide - Summer Infant In View Digital Color Video Baby MonitorSimilar to the Hello Baby in feature set but seems to have slightly more quality issues than the Hello Baby and is more expensive.  

  • Highlights:
    • Light indicators for baby sound
    • 600 foot range
    • FYI people aren’t impressed with picture quality or video lag and report quality issues especially battery life; also no temperature monitoring
  • Price Analysis: Currently priced at $84.35, prices have trended between $76 and $93 in the past few months so it is currently right in the middle of this range.  
  • Review Analysis: Average rating of 3.9 stars on 641 reviews.  Trending over the past month is about on average with 7 out of 10 Verified Purchases positive.  Originally released in April 2014.

 

7. Netgear Arlo VMC3040 Q-1080P HD Wired Security Camera

best baby monitor tops guide - Netgear Arlo VMC3040 Q-1080P HD Wired Security Camera with Audio and Cloud StorageA security / baby monitor camera alternative to the Nest that people really like.  Very similar except audio maybe slightly lower quality and seems to have more reported connectivity issues than Nest.  Storage plans are a better deal than the Nest though especially if you add multiple cameras.  

  • Highlights:
    • Great quality video and solid app
    • Cheaper cloud storage options than Nest including 7 day free option
    • FYI some reported internet connectivity issues and not best customer support
  • Price Analysis: Currently priced at $165, prices have trended between $140 – $200 in the past few months but current price is very good.  
  • Review Analysis: Average rating of 4.3 stars on 1,642 reviews.  Trending over the past month is very good with 8.5 out of 10 of Verified Purchase reviews positive.  Originally released in January 2016.

 

8. ZEBORA® Baby Monitor, Super HD 960P

best baby monitor 2017 tops guide - ZEBORA® Baby Monitor, Super HD 960P Internet WiFi Wireless Network IP Security Surveillance Video Camera SystemThe last two here are more security camera than baby monitor, but they are decent options at a very low price.

  • Highlights:
    • Good quality video for price
    • Pan/tilt/zoom from app
    • FYI reports of connection issues like most of these devices
  • Price Analysis: Currently priced at $74.99, prices have trended between $70 – $80 in the past few months so you might be able to save a few more bucks.  
  • Review Analysis: Average rating of 4.4 stars on 158 reviews.  Trending over the past month is solid with 8.5 out of 10 Verified Purchase  reviews positive.  Originally released in February 2016.

 

9. Palermo HD Wi-Fi IP Surveillance Camera for Baby

best baby monitor 2017 tops guide - Palermo HD Wi-Fi IP Surveillance Camera for BabyVery similar to the Zebora though slightly worse reviews.  

  • Highlights:
    • Good quality video for price
    • Pan/tilt/zoom from app
    • FYI reports of connection issues like most of these devices
  • Price Analysis: Currently priced at $69.97, prices have trended between $60 – $90 in the past few months so you may be able to get a bit lower.  

Review Analysis: Average rating of 4.1 stars on 120 reviews.  Trending over the past month is not the best with 6.5 out of 10 recent Validated Purchase reviews positive.  Originally released in July 2015.

 

Thanks for reading!!  Check out our other baby guides here:

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