Best baby monitors 2022 tried and tested - video, movement and smartphone models

All the best baby monitors put to the test by our parent reviewers and their babies

The Vtech baby monitor - our pick as the best baby monitor 2022
(Image credit: Vtech)

The best baby monitor is easy to set up and use, packed with useful features rather than clever extras you'll never actually use, and - most importantly - as reliable as can be. 

Whether you have a new baby in the house or a toddler prone to getting out of bed at night, a decent baby monitor can bring something invaluable to parents: peace of mind. From watching live footage on your phone of your little one slumbering (surely every parent's favourite sight) to listening out for cues that nap time is coming to an end, a baby monitor is indispensable for keeping an eye or ear on your little one at night and during daytime naps.

Best baby monitors 2022 - tried and tested

Our parent tester and consumer editor found that overall, the VTech RM5754HD Smart Video Monitor (opens in new tab)is one of the best baby monitors you can buy based on our parent reviews. Its noteworthy features include colour night vision mode, two-way talkback, and a temperature and humidity sensor. It also has white noise functionality, and the option to play lullabies. 

If you're willing to spend a little more money then the Nanit Plus Smart Baby Monitor and Floor Stand (opens in new tab) is our recommendation for the best premium baby monitor you can buy.  Keen to find an affordable baby monitor with excellent functionality that offers value for money? We'd pick the Angelcare AC327 Baby Movement Monitor (opens in new tab).

The Vtech RM7767HD

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1. VTECH RM7767HD Smart Video Baby Monitor

A versatile video monitor with smartphone app - best baby monitor overall

Specifications

Type: Smart Monitor
Sound Alerts: Yes
Motion Alerts: Yes
App Control: Yes
Talkback : Yes
Lullabies: Yes
Nightlight: Yes
RRP: £189.99

Reasons to buy

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Excellent picture quality
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You can access the data via your phone
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Night vision mode

Reasons to avoid

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Fairly expensive

Tried and tested by: Jenny and asked her to put it to the test with her two-year-old, Logan

The Vtech RM7767HD Smart Video Baby Monitor is packed with useful features that we'd expect to see on a premium model - yet it's significantly more affordable than other smart monitors. That's why this is our top choice when it comes to the best baby monitors you can buy.

The camera (which is full HD and comes with wall-mounting accessories) offers excellent picture quality and has adjustable tilt, zoom, and 360° pan functionality, which means you won't miss a thing during nap time or at night. You can choose whether to watch the video footage of your baby's room on the parent unit - which has a large LCD screen - or on your phone via the MyVTech Baby Pro app. We love this feature for being able to check in on your baby when they're at home with a babysitter and you're not there.

This monitor also has temperature, sound, movement, and humidity sensors so you can make sure conditions in your baby's room are optimal for sleep. Night vision mode means you can still see your baby clearly on even the darkest of nights but there's also a gentle night light if you need to see your way to your little one's side.

Topping off the reasons why this has the No.1 spot in our roundup of the best baby monitors is the talkback feature - you can use the device to talk to your little one. That's truly useful for soothing a tired but wakeful baby back to sleep without disturbing them by entering their room. Lullabies can help babies sleep (opens in new tab) and this monitor has five to choose from, plus five ambient sounds to help your baby drift off.

We gave the Vtech Smart Video Baby Monitor to Jenny and asked her to put it to the test with her two-year-old, Logan. She found the comprehensive offering impressive. 'I like the fact that this baby monitor comes with both a very large parent unit and a smart app that I can access on my phone,' she says. 'The smart app gives you free live remote access to the camera so I can keep a close eye on Logan at all times - even when I'm out and he's with a babysitter.'

The Vtech Smart Video Baby Monitor also has excellent picture quality and a colour night vision mode - proving that the best baby monitors aren't necessarily the most expensive ones. 'I really liked this feature as it meant I could get a good picture of Logan in the dark,' says Jenny. 'It has 10 x zoom capability from the smart app and 8 x zoom from the parent unit and I can move the camera around easily on the screen using my fingers, so I can keep a very close eye on my child.'


The Nanit Pro Smart Baby Monitor & Floor Stand, the best premium baby monitor for 2022

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2. Nanit Pro Smart Baby Monitor & Floor Stand

A high-tech smart device with floor stand - the best premium baby monitor

Specifications

Type: Smart Monitor
Sound Alerts: Yes
Motion Alerts: Yes
Talkback: Yes
Lullabies: Yes
Nightlight: Yes
RRP: £379.99

Reasons to buy

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Offers bird's eye view of baby 
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Zoom and night vision modes 
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Sleep tracking and trends info

Reasons to avoid

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Smart use only - no dedicated parent unit 
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An expensive option

Tried and tested by: Rachel and her to three- month-old Freya

The Nanit Pro Smart Baby Monitor is a step up from the Nanit Plus, which we've reviewed before. This is an expensive option so it won't appeal to everyone but it's one of the best baby monitors you can buy if you're looking for a premium model with an array of features that you won't find on less expensive devices.

Download the app and you can pair the camera with your smartphone to get high-resolution stills and video direct to your device. It has data encryption for security and you can add multiple users which means a partner or the baby's grandparents can coo over the footage too.

The Nanit app will alert you with sound and motion notifications if your child moves so you'll know when they need attention. And if you choose the floor-standing option you can also get a bird's eye view of your child's cot. You can zoom in on this picture and with built-in night vision, you'll always get a sharp image.

Our parent tester, Rachel used the baby monitor to watch her three- month-old Freya. She thinks this baby monitor is a particularly good choice for anyone keen to analyse their child's sleep data. 'The insights on how well your baby has slept and for how long could be very useful if you're trying to establish a good sleep routine,' she says. 'The app also tracks developmental milestones - including your baby's height - and collates all the information in a digital scrapbook. This could be lovely to look back on as it's hard to remember much when you're sleep deprived in the early days!'


The Angelcare Ac327 3-in-1 Baby Movement Monitor with Video

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3. Angelcare Ac327 3-in-1 Baby Movement Monitor with Video

Excellent value video baby monitor with reliable movement sensor

Specifications

Type: Video Monitor
Sound Alerts: Yes
Motion Alerts: Yes
App Control: No
Talkback: Yes
Lullabies: No
Nightlight: No
RRP: £199.99

Reasons to buy

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Clever sensor pad
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Digital pan and zoom 
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Thermometer included

Reasons to avoid

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No smart app

Tried and tested by: Kate and  five-month-old daughter Tilda

The Angelcare Ac327 Baby Movement, Sound, and Video Monitor is the best budget baby monitor you can buy. For significantly less cash than premium devices, it comes with everything you need to keep tabs on your baby - plus extra value with the addition of a reliable movement sensor for further peace of mind.

The zoom and pan camera gives a good view of your baby and the large full-colour LCD display on the parent unit has easy-to-use touch controls. While this isn't the highest resolution camera footage you can get, this monitor does a more than adequate job of giving you a clear picture of your baby in real-time.

The parent unit has an open-field range of up to 250 metres, which is more than enough for the average home. It comes with an ‘out of range indicator’ so you know if you’ve stepped too far away to keep monitoring your baby. It also has infrared night vision so you can easily see footage of your baby when the black-out blinds are down.

Our tester, Kate, mum to five-month-old daughter Tilda, found the monitor easy to set up, without too many cables or fiddly parts. Inside the box is both a wall mount and a magnet stand so you have options in terms of where to place the camera in your baby's room. Kate felt the cable for the camera could possibly do with being a little longer. However, she found the overall design of the unit slick and says it worked well in her baby's nursery. ‘The camera's crisp white finish makes it unobtrusive and versatile plus it will blend easily with any nursery decor.'

The Angelcare AC327 has the benefit of a movement sensor that comes with the device. This has SensAsure technology and can be placed under the cot mattress. It tracks the movements of your baby’s chest as it rises and falls. It also tracks every wriggle and turn so you know how your baby is sleeping at all times. Kate liked the fact that she could track her baby’s breathing without attaching any devices to her child's body. The alarm to the parent unit sounds after 20 seconds of no movement, and she didn't report any false alarms.


The Kodak Cherish C525 Smart Baby Video Monitor

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4. Kodak Cherish C525 Video Baby Monitor

A smart video baby monitor with a crystal-clear display

Specifications

Type: Video Monitor
Sound Alerts: Yes
Motion Alerts: Yes
App Control: Yes
Talkback: Yes
Lullabies: Yes
Nightlight: No
RRP: £179.99

Reasons to buy

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Parent unit and smart control 
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Top-quality camera
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Infrared night vision

Reasons to avoid

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Takes a while to set up
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Noisy feedback 
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No nightlight

Tried and tested by: Alex Sexton, who is mum to five-month-old Oli

The Kodak Cherish C525 Smart Video Baby Monitor lets you view video footage of your baby on both its accompanying five-inch parent unit and on a smart app via your phone or tablet. It comes with rechargeable batteries and WiFi connectivity so you can use it freely around the house or take it with you on holiday.

Our tester Alex Sexton, who is mum to five-month-old Oli, was impressed by the picture quality. ‘As it’s made by Kodak we expected the image to be great quality - both in daylight and when viewing in the dark and it was, particularly at night due to infrared night vision,’ she says. ‘Additionally, you can take photos using the app, which is a nice feature when your little one is sleeping in a funny position and you want to capture the moment.’

Alex found the set up a little time-consuming as it had a software patch, but this was easily fixed. ‘I think this may have just been a user fault as friends who have the same camera didn’t have the same problem,’ she adds. ‘Once I set it up correctly it was very smooth to use. Although I got some noisy feedback when I turned the monitor on in the same room as the camera.'

Overall, our tester feels the tilt, pan, and zoom functionality make this monitor stand out from others she has used. 'I can imagine these features will be very useful as Oli gets older and moves around more,' she says. 'The vox function is also invaluable. The ability to turn down the sensitivity setting means you aren’t disturbed every time your child moves or if they are a noisy sleeper - which Oli most definitely is.'


The Owlet Duo - Cam and Smart Sock 3

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5. Owlet Baby Monitor Duo

A wearable device with a camera to monitor your baby

Specifications

Type: Smart Monitor
Sound Alerts: Yes
Motion Alerts: Yes
App Control: Yes
Talkback: Yes
Lullabies: No
Nightlight: No
RRP: £399

Reasons to buy

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Comes with smartphone control 
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Great for up to 18 months 
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Tracks heart rate and oxygen

Reasons to avoid

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No second parent unit
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Sock always needs to be in range 
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Bright LED base

Tried and tested by: Naomi, who is mum to three-month-old Jonah

We have previously tested the Owlet Smart Sock but the newer Owlet Baby Monitor Duo model has added camera functionality, so we decided to put it to the test. It means you can see and hear your baby as well as track their heart rate and oxygen levels using this baby monitoring system.

Setting up the Owlet Baby Monitor Duo was relatively straightforward. Firstly, your baby needs to wear the sock provided, which comes in a choice of colours - mint, deep sea green, or dusty rose. The camera then needs to be positioned at the optimum height so you can see your baby clearly. Finally, you need to download the Owlet Care app and link your smartphone to the camera.

We asked Naomi, mum to three-month-old Jonah, to try out the sock and tell us what she thought. ‘At first, I found the numerous boxes to open rather overwhelming, but once I downloaded the app and followed the clear set-up instructions things fell into place,' she says.

'It's really handy having the dedicated Owlet app on my phone. And I like the fact that it will send you notifications if it detects movement or sound. This is useful when my phone is on mute. I found the sock readings really interesting to see and I think it would be really useful if you have a poorly baby as you can see the heart rate and oxygen levels clearly.'


The Babymoov YOO Moov Motorised Video Baby Monitor with Camera and Night Vision

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6. Babymoov YOO Moov Video Baby Monitor

A video baby monitor with great picture quality

Specifications

Type: 4.3inch screen video monitor
Sound Alerts: Yes
Motion Alerts: Yes
App control: No
Talkback: Yes
Lullabies: Yes
Nightlight: Yes
RRP: £199.99

Reasons to buy

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360-degree view of your child
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Easy to view 4.3-inch digital parent unit 
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Useful VOX mode

Reasons to avoid

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No smart control
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Camera is cable only

Tried and tested by: Alex, who is mum to five-month-old Oli

The digital feed on the Babymoov YOO Moov baby monitor goes straight to the 4.3-inch parent unit.  While it doesn't have an accompanying app or smartphone control, we found the picture quality sharp with a good view of your child.

Our parent reviewer Alex Sexton is mum to five-month-old Oli. She tested out the baby monitor's offering and thinks it's an ideal buy if you have a second child in the room and want to keep tabs on two children at the same time. 'The CCTV camera gives you a 360-degree motorised view of your baby,' she says. 'This good range makes it easy to see them wriggling around in their cot or, hopefully, sleeping soundly. The camera moves easily and almost silently so I didn't have to worry about it waking Oli up. I think this is particularly reassuring if you have a baby that wakes easily at the slightest noise.'