A smart app, 5" touch screen parent unit and HD camera make the Hubble Connected Nursery Pal Premium worth considering. The games and stories offered on the parent unit are a nice touch to keep your child entertained.
Live stream to smartphone
Soothing sounds and stories
No wall mount included
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The Hubble Connected Nursery Pal Premium is an excellent-value smart baby monitor with lots of useful features for extra peace of mind.
You can take a look at our round-up of the best baby monitors for an overview and read our in-depth review of the Nursery Pal Premium baby monitor below.
Our review of the Hubble Connected Nursery Pal Premium is based on feedback from our parent tester. We asked Hannah, mum to 5-month-old baby Noah, to give the Nursery Pal Premium a try and tell us what she thought.
In a nutshell
The great thing about this baby monitor is that you get both the smart app capability and the secondary parent unit. Not all smart baby monitors offer a parent unit but we think it's an essential extra. It means that you get a private and secure wireless connection on your smartphone, so you can access the camera from your smartphone when you’re out. You can also turn off your smartphone when you’re home and simply use the parent unit.
The Hubble Connected Nursery Pal Premium is a smart baby monitor with smart-app capability.
It also has a touch-screen parent unit and a High Definition camera. Inside the box, you’ll find the 5" HD colour touch screen that can be charged up to use wirelessly around the house.
Simply download and pair the camera with your smartphone to make use of the Hubble Club app and live streaming feature.
Price & availability
At under £100, the Nursery Pal Premium is excellent value for a smart baby monitor. It has all the features you need to track your baby's sleep, send them off to sleep with nature sounds and lullabies, and access secure footage of them remotely.
Design & features
Type: Smart monitor | Sound alerts: Yes | Motion alerts: Yes | App control: Yes | Talkback function: Yes | Lullabies included: Yes | Nightlight: Yes
The design of the Hubble Connected Nursery Pal Premium is simple and stylishly realised. It has a white and silver camera, while the white parent unit has bumper protection finished in pale purple. Hannah thought the parent unit felt good quality and lightweight. She liked the fact she could move with it around the house wirelessly once fully charged. ‘There’s a flashlight at the back of the monitor, which came in useful in the dark,’ says Hannah.
It didn’t take long to set up the baby monitor and it was a simple matter of plugging in both the parent unit and camera to get started. ‘I could instantly see the room temperature in the nursery on the parent unit,' says Hannah. 'The monitor has a remote pan, tilt, and zoom feature so you can move the camera view on the touchscreen with your finger.’
‘I was able to make use of the stories, lullabies, and white noise to play them directly to the camera in the nursery,’ says Hannah. ‘There is a good choice of songs, but it did take me a while to work out how to turn down the sound and end the lullaby when I wanted to. If the parent unit needs charging it will keep beeping at you, which is rather annoying. But it is a very good feature to have as it means you know when the battery is dying out.'
How we tested
- Used the baby monitor for a minimum of two weeks for both naps and overnight sleeping.
- Downloaded the app and tested out all the features to see how the babies responded to them and which we used the most.
Things you won't find on the box
‘I downloaded the app but had trouble logging in and pairing the camera at first,' says Hannah. 'This is because I had downloaded the old app, but you actually need the latest Hubble Club app to use with this monitor. Once I did, I was able to make use of the settings that told me if the room was too hot or if sound or motion was detected. You can also personalise audio recordings to playback to the baby.'
Hannah was also pleasantly surprised with the way the parent unit doubled up as an ‘interactive baby tablet’. ‘You can click on the Hubble Baby icon and go to a screen that has a selection of kid-friendly videos, stories, and games, which is a nice touch,’ she adds.
Who's it best for?
Our tester Hannah thought this would be a good option for parents concerned about privacy. ‘You can manually close the camera shutter on the camera when you like so the camera won’t pick up a live feed,’ explains Hannah. ‘This comes in useful when you’re changing nappies or feeding, for example.’
With no wall fittings in the box, the camera is designed to be placed on the side of the room. The camera doesn’t work if you unplug it, which may have its limitations for some users.
Need an alternative?
If you prefer a video monitor that will track your baby more closely, read our The Owlet Duo Smart Sock + Cam review and see how our parent tester found using this gadget that measures baby's oxygen levels and heart rate. Alternatively, for a crystal-clear image, check out our review of the Kodak Cherish C525 baby monitor.
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Emily Peck is a lifestyle journalist with over 20 years’ experience writing for magazines, newspapers and websites. Emily writes in-depth reviews and features for Goodto covering the latest must-have products for the home, lifestyle, garden, parent and child. She has previously worked as in-house writer for BBC Good Homes and 25 Beautiful Homes and features editors at Ideal Home.
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