Looking for the best baby monitor of 2020? We’ve got you covered!
Discover the top 10 best baby monitors of the year to help you and your baby sleep better. We test each model with our kids at home to give you a real-life review of the best monitors available today and help you find the one that’s right for you.
We focus on video baby monitors in our ranking as these are the most useful models. They use your home Wifi network or a radio connection to stream a video feed from your child’s bedroom to you.
There are no bad options in our top 10.
The Nanit Plus is overall the best baby monitor of 2020. It comes with tons of useful features if you like tech gadgets. But the Eufy SpaceView is a better choice if you prefer a simple and straightforward Plug&Play device. Each other monitor on our list is the best for a specific category.
Scroll to the bottom of the page to see how we test baby monitors. You’ll also learn more about the features that we think you should pay attention to when choosing your baby camera.
Without further ado, here’s our list of the 10 best baby monitors of 2020.
Best Baby Monitors
|1. Nanit Plus||9.8||check price|
|2. Eufy SpaceView||9.6||check price|
|3. Miku||9.6||check price|
|4. Nest||9.4||check price|
|5. Lollipop||9.2||check price|
|6. Owlet Smart Sock + Cam||9.1||check price|
|7. VAVA Baby Monitor||9.1||check price|
|8. Cubo AI||9.0||check price|
|9. ANMEATE Baby Monitor||8.9||check price|
|10. VTech DM111||8.9||check price|
We’re on a mission to find the absolute best baby monitor for your family. After our ranking of the top 10, you can learn more about:
- How we test and why you can trust us
- The new baby monitors we’re still testing but already liking
- How to choose the monitor that’s best for you
- The most frequently asked questions
P.S. We sometimes receive free baby monitors from manufacturers. We are, however, not paid or compensated for our reviews. To remain impartial in our tests, we use objective ranking factors and put each product in the hands of real parents.
Everything that we review is independently selected by our team. We only recommend products that we use ourselves. To support our website, we may receive a small commission if you buy something through our links. These commissions come at no extra costs for you. Read our earnings disclaimer to learn more.
1. Nanit Plus Smart Baby Monitor
Best Overall Video Baby Monitor
9.8 / 10
The Nanit Plus smart camera is expensive. But it’s worth it if you want to see daily insights to help your child sleep better. The picture quality is great, clearly surpassing all the other baby monitors on the market at the moment. The camera is easy and safe to install. The Nanit mobile app is intuitive to use. And it comes with tons of helpful little features, such as room temperature and humidity tracker.
Read our in-depth Nanit Plus review.
- Best overall video quality in our testing
- Nanit mobile app is beautiful and easy to use
- Daily insights are a game-changer and will help you improve your baby’ sleep
- Intuitive navigation when using multiple cameras
- VOX, room temperature, humidity sensor, lullabies, white noise, moonlight soother, and more
WE DON’T LIKE
- It’s the most expensive model in our tests
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2. Eufy SpaceView
Best Plug&Play Baby Monitor
9.6 / 10
The Eufy SpaceView is currently our favorite Plug&Play baby monitor on the market. It uses a radio frequency to transmit sound and video from the camera in your baby’s bedroom to a portable monitor. It’s very simple to use, offers excellent sound and video quality, and has ample signal range to work in a house or an apartment.
Read our in-depth Eufy SpaceView review.
- Best Plug&Play video quality in our testing
- Comes with all the essential features and a few extras
- The additional wide-angle lens helps you adjust the picture to any situation
- The sound quality when playing lullabies on the camera is excellent
- The interface of the parent unit is clear and easy to use
WE DON’T LIKE
- The parent monitor lacks a dedicated zoom button
- The volume of the lullabies is a bit too high, even at its lowest setting
3. Miku Smart Monitor
Best Smart Baby Monitor
9.6 / 10
I love the Miku smart baby monitor. It’s the only WiFi monitor that can track your baby’s breathing pattern without the need to wear additional electronics on their body. It also offers excellent audio and video quality but comes with a premium price.
Read our in-depth Miku review.
- Contact-free live breathing
- No-subscription required
- High-quality dual Ole Wolff speakers for the audio
- Processes data locally, not over the internet, which makes it much faster and more private
- Eligible for HSA and FSA account
WE DON’T LIKE
- It’s one of the most expensive models in our tests (but there is no monthly subscription fees)
4. Nest Baby Monitor
Most Flexible Baby Monitor
9.4 / 10
The Nest Indoor camera wasn’t built as a baby monitor, but using it to keep an eye on your baby isn’t such a bad idea. While it lacks some of the basic options that dedicated baby monitors provide (think lullabies and diaper alerts for example), the Nest camera does come with a broader connected home package from a brand that is known for reliability and product excellence. It also guarantees that you’ll be able to repurpose the camera once your baby won’t require a dedicated monitor.
Read our in-depth Nest Indoor camera review.
- Very sturdy and reliable package at a good price
- Can be repurposed for other things when you don’t need a baby monitor
- It lacks features that dedicated baby monitors usually offer
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5. Lollipop Camera
Best WiFi Baby Monitor Under $150
9.2 / 10
The Lollipop Baby Monitor is a great looking Wifi baby monitor that is well built and comes with tons of handy features. The accompanying mobile app is easy to use and subscription-free. The video quality is excellent and you have the option to keep it on your local Wifi network for extra security. The local Wifi option is great to give you the best of both worlds: you have an excellent reach throughout your entire house (assuming that your Wifi network is good), while also keeping your connection with your baby secured and private.
Read our in-depth Lollipop camera review.
- Option to keep the Wifi connection private
- The mobile app is easy to use with plenty of features
- Intuitive navigation when using multiple cameras
- Audio and video quality is excellent
- Excellent value for money
- Lacks some of the extra features of the more expensive iBaby monitor, such as the pan and tilt
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6. Owlet Smart Sock + Cam
Best Baby Health Tracker
The Owlet Sock + Cam bundle is a neat package to keep an eye on your baby’s health more accurately than with just a video monitor. It is very helpful if you have reasons to be worried about your baby’s heartbeat or oxygen level. We found that the Owlet Sock as a standalone product lacked the advantages of a video monitor, but the updated package with a camera is much more practical.
Read our in-depth Owlet Smart Sock + Cam review.
- The innovative approach
- The sock is comfortable, accurate, and well-executed
WE DON’T LIKE
- The user experience of the Owlet app isn’t as good as the competition, making it difficult to use on a day-to-day basis
7. VAVA Baby Monitor
Best Radio Baby Monitor Under $150
The VAVA works as soon as you plug in the camera and turn on the parent monitor. There is no complicated setup to do. The picture quality is excellent for a radio monitor at 720p and the 5” display is clear and sharp.
If I didn’t know its price, I would have thought that this was a more expensive baby monitor.
Read our in-depth Vava Baby Monitor review.
- Excellent Plug & Play video quality in our testing
- Comes with all the essential features
- Signal range is great
- Best value for money
WE DON’T LIKE
- No lullabies available
- Volume buttons on the parent monitor would be helpful
8. Cubo AI
Best Video Quality
The Cubo AI is, without a doubt, the cutest baby monitor that we’ve ever reviewed. But it’s more than good looks. The Cubo AI comes with one of the best video sensors on the market, delivering outstanding picture quality and crisp night vision. It’s also a smart WiFi monitor with innovative health and safety features.
Read our in-depth Cubo AI review.
- Excellent picture quality
- The app is easy to navigate
- Cubo AI alerts you if your child’s face is covered
- VOX, room temperature, humidity sensor, moonlight soother, and more
WE DON’T LIKE
- There is no option to play lullabies
- The AI capabilities within the app are not as advanced as the Nanit Plus at the moment
9. ANMEATE Baby Monitor
Best Video Baby Monitor under $100
We’re still reviewing the ANMEATE Baby Monitor but we already like what we see in our initial tests. It’s a great budget baby monitor if you want to stay under $100. It comes with all the most important features that you would expect from a WiFi video monitor, but in a more affordable package.
Read our preliminary ANMEATE Baby Monitor review.
- Great value for money
- Simple but effective with an excellent range
WE DON’T LIKE
- The screen is very small compared to everything else on our list
10. VTech DM111
Best Audio Baby Monitor
8.9 / 10
If you’re looking for a simple and affordable audio baby monitor, the VTech DM111 is your best option. It doesn’t have all the bells and whistles that some of the more premium monitors offer. But it delivers with excellence on what it’s set up to do.
For less than $20, this is a very attractive package. There are a few cheaper models available, but we wouldn’t recommend them.
Read our in-depth VTech DM111 review.
- Best overall audio baby monitor in our testing
- Very easy to use
- Reliable and consistent
- Great product for less than $20
- Not much really considering the price
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How we test baby monitors and why you can trust us
Baby Gear Essentials started off as a group of parents looking for honest recommendations from friends and family to pick products that are safe, long-lasting, and fairly priced. We apply the same principles to everything that we publish on our website to help you find what’s right for your family.
You’ll find here reviews of baby products that can have a positive and meaningful impact on your children and yourself. We purchase each product that we review, run them through our tests, and then write in-depth reviews to help you find what’s best for your family. Our tests are mostly hands-on experience. We bring the baby monitor back home with us and live with it for at least four months before sharing our thoughts.
Because we want to stay impartial, we don’t accept advertising or sponsorship from manufacturers of baby products. So you can trust our objectivity. Instead, we receive a small commission from Amazon if you decide to buy something via one of the links on our site. This comes at no extra cost for you. The price that you pay is the exact same if you go directly to Amazon. But it does help us continue to review more great baby products.
We purchase most products that we test ourselves, however, we do sometimes accept free products from manufacturers. When accepting a free product from a manufacturer, we explicitly say so in our review. We also make it clear with manufacturers that giving us free products guarantees in no way that they will be reviewed more positively or rank better. In addition, we do not accept payment from companies to review their products. We only review products that we think are worthwhile for you.
If we feature a certain product more prominently on our site, it is because we genuinely like that product more. You can learn more about us here.
New baby monitors we’re still testing but already liking
- The Motorola Halo + is a new over-the-crib video monitor that works with your WiFi network. It comes with an app that gives you insights to help improve your baby’s night. A new contender for the Nanit Plus?
- The Nanit Complete Monitor System with Breathing Motion ($379 on Nanit’s official website) takes an already great camera and adds health monitoring on top. We love the Nanit Plus but we’re still testing the swaddle and the band to see how much value they add.
- We’re also testing the Babysense, the SereneLife Video Baby Monitor, the HelloBaby, and the Dragon Touch. Four budget video monitors, all under $100.
How to Choose the Baby Monitor that’s Best for You
Baby monitors come in different shapes and forms. Some will use your phone to show the video of your baby, while others will come with a dedicated display monitor. Some use your Wifi network while others have their own radiofrequency. To help you understand the pros and cons of each, we’ve written an in-depth guide to choose the best baby monitor for your needs.
To summarize, here are a few questions that are important for you to answer before deciding what the right option for you is.
What baby monitor category do you need?
There are 3 categories of baby monitor that you can choose from:
- Audio only baby monitors
- Audio and video baby monitors
- Health tracking baby monitors
Audio and video are the most popular models on our list. They offer plenty of useful extra features (see below) and are mature devices that benefit from several years of product improvements.
But with IoT devices gaining momentum, new health-tracking baby monitors are becoming increasingly popular. Especially with parents worried that their child might be at risk of a Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). These new tracking devices can constantly monitor your baby’s heartbeat, movement, and oxygen level. They are not always accurate, however, so you need to make sure that the model you choose isn’t going to send you false alarm through the night.
What baby monitor connection is best for your home?
There are 2 types of baby monitor connections available:
- Radio Frequency (RF)
Radio Frequency monitors have limited range and can potentially increase exposure to unhealthy electromagnetic exposure for your child (read our article on the health and safety considerations). But RF monitors also greatly reduce the risks of baby monitor hacking (read our article on privacy concerns) and come with a dedicated parent unit that makes them much more convenient to use. They can also function independently from your Wifi connection.
Wifi monitors, on the other hand, will use your internet connection to stream your baby’s video to your phone. This opens the door to a lot more functionalities and monitoring options but also exposes you to potential privacy issues. It also means that you’ll need to keep your phone or tablet always on if you want to hear and see your baby. And it won’t work if your Wifi network goes down.
What features are most useful in a baby monitor?
You’ll see below that the top baby monitors of 2020 come with an impressive list of features. Depending on your lifestyle and the configuration of your house, you might not need a monitor that does everything, however.
Here are the features that we consider to be the most useful for a video baby monitor:
- Night vision
- Voice activation (VOX)
- Multiple camera support
- Room temperature
Infrared night vision is an essential really. And all the baby monitors that made it to our top 10 list have it. Night vision will allow you to see your baby in the dark. Just having a dim bedside table light source in your child’s room will usually be enough for the night vision feature to give you a crystal clear picture of your baby.
Voice activation will alert you whenever your child is awake. Some baby monitor manufacturers call this VOX, others have their own marketing jargon, but really it’s just a way for you to know that your child is awake without having to look at the video constantly.
Multiple camera support is great if you have more than one child in your house. With one monitor you can see the entire family. All Wifi monitors offer this option, but only the most high-end RF monitors have it.
Talk-back is very helpful when you want to soothe your baby or just let them know that you’re on your way to their bedroom.
The option to play Lullabies is another great feature to soothe your baby to sleep. The camera will play a range of songs and lullabies that you can select from your phone or parent unit.
Room temperature is important to make sure that your baby is comfortable, especially if temperatures can vary widely through the night where you live.
Frequently asked questions
We’re regularly receiving readers’ questions to help choose the best monitor for their home. Here are the questions we most frequently receive.
- What is the best baby monitor of 2020?
The Nanit Plus is the best baby monitor of 2020. It delivers superb image quality and packs a long list of helpful features.
- Do I really need a baby monitor?
You don’t need a baby monitor if you’re living in a relatively small house and will always be within immediate hearing distance of your child. We think that you do need a baby monitor if you won’t always be able to hear your child while in the house or you have been advised by a medical professional to monitor your baby.
- How do I choose a baby monitor?
To find the baby monitor that’s best for you, you first need to consider the type (audio or audio and video) and the category (radio or WiFi) of monitor that you want. You can then select specific features that are essentials for you (VOX, dual camera and split-screen, etc). Check our guide on how to choose the baby monitor that’s best for you to learn more.
- What is the best WiFi baby monitor?
The best WiFi baby monitor in our tests is the Nani Plus smart camera. It’s the most complete baby monitoring system on the market with helpful insights via the Nanit mobile app.
- What is the best baby monitor camera?
The best baby monitor camera, based on our tests, is the Nest Indoor Camera. It has outstanding picture quality. The Nest isn’t necessarily the best option as a baby monitor for everyone, however. Read our full review of the Nest camera to see if it’s right for you.
- Can baby monitors be hacked?
Yes, baby monitors can be hacked. This is particularly the case with WiFi monitors that transmit video and sound over the Internet. But no need to panic, we have a solution. Check our guide on how to protect your baby and yourself from hackers.
- Are baby monitors bad for babies?
No, baby monitors aren’t bad for babies as such. You do need to be careful when using a monitor near your baby, however. We’re particularly attentive to the electromagnetic radiations that some monitors might generate. Read our guide on where to place your baby monitor to be safe to learn more.
- What is the best baby monitor for twins?
The Lollipop camera is our favorite baby monitor for twins. It comes with split-screen viewing and its camera is relatively affordable. Read our Lollipop camera review to learn more.
- Can I use my HSA or FSA account to buy a baby monitor?
Yes, you can use your health savings account (HSA) or your flexible spending arrangement (FSA) account to purchase a baby monitor if it is part of the pre-approved list. In general, monitors with movement, breathing, heartbeat or blood oxygen level tracking are eligible. The Nanit Complete Monitoring system and the Owlet Sock, for example, are both HSA and FSA eligible.
- What is the best low-tech baby monitor?
The VAVA Baby Monitor is the best low-tech baby monitor in our tests. It’s great value for money and comes with all the essential features, but nothing more. It’s simple to turn on and just works when you need it. Read our VAVA Baby Monitor review to learn more.
- Is there a baby monitor that works with iPhone?
Yes, every WiFi baby monitors that we tested work with both iOS and Android.
- What is the best range baby monitor?
The Eufy SpaceView has the most reliable video signal range in our tests of radio monitors. Any WiFi monitor will also have a great range as long as your WiFi network is strong. Read our Eufy SpaceView review to learn more.