The Best Baby Monitors in the UK 2021 Review

Baby laying asleep in cot with digital baby monitor camera near them

You may be wondering:

  • What is the best baby monitor to buy?
  • Do you need a video baby monitor or an audio only monitor?
  • What are some features available?
  • What are some good brands to consider?
  • What type of signal range do you need, do you need two-way talk back facility?

What your budget for spending is will, obviously, play a part in your final decision.

We’ve put together a short buying guide for you, to take a look at some of the best options available today.

​What Are the Best Baby Monitors in The UK for 2021?

The best video and audio monitors for babies and young children to buy are:

1. BT Video Baby Monitor 6000

BT Video Baby Monitor 6000 Click for current price button

Key Features

  • Signal Range: 250m outdoors & 50m indoors
  • Type: Video and Audio monitor
  • Night Vision Mode: Yes
  • Monitor Power Supply: Mains plug or 2x AA batteries option
  • Remote Control: Yes
  • Two-Way TalkBack Function: Yes
  • Play Sleep Sounds Option: Yes, lullabies only.
  • Room Temperature Display: Yes
  • Screen Size: 5 inch display monitor

2. KODAK Cherish C525 Video Baby Monitor

KODAK Cherish C525 Video Baby Monitor Click for current price button

Key Features

  • Signal Range: House WiFi range
  • Type: Video and Audio monitor
  • Night Vision Mode: Yes
  • Monitor Power Supply: Mains plug or Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery
  • Wall Mountable: Yes
  • Remote Control: Yes
  • Two-Way TalkBack Function: Yes
  • Play Sleep Sounds Option: Yes, lullabies and white noise.
  • Room Temperature Display: Yes
  • Screen Size: 5 inch high definition display monitor

Kodak Cherish C525 camera connects with the KODAK Smart Home app making it an option for you to control the video camera, watch and listen to your baby from multiple devices like your mobile phone or a tablet computer like an iPad. You can also record your baby using an SD card to share with friends and family.

3. Angelcare AC527 Baby Breathing Monitor

Angelcare AC527 Baby Movement Monitor Click for current price button

Key Features

  • Signal Range: 250m
  • Type: Video and Audio monitor
  • Night Vision Mode: Yes
  • Monitor Power Supply: Mains plug or Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery
  • Wall Mountable: Yes
  • Remote Control: Yes
  • Two-Way TalkBack Function: Yes
  • Play Sleep Sounds Option: No
  • Room Temperature Display: Yes
  • Screen Size: 5 inch high definition display monitor

The Angelcare AC527 Baby Breathing Monitor is a unique option with the extra wireless SensAsure Breathing Sensor Pad that you place in the crib with your baby to monitor their breathing and movement. If it detects no movement after 20seconds you will get an alarm notification to check the monitor or go see your baby. There is no app option to use your mobile phone.

4. Victure Video Baby Monitor

Victure Video Baby Monitor Click for current price button

Key Features

  • Signal Range: 250m outdoors & 50m indoors
  • Type: Video and Audio monitor
  • Night Mode: Yes
  • Monitor Power Supply: Mains plug or Lithium Ion Battery
  • Remote Control: Yes
  • Two-Way TalkBack Function: Yes
  • Play Sleep Sounds Option: Yes, lullabies only
  • Room Temperature Display: Yes
  • Screen Size: 3.2 inch display monitor

5. Motorola MBP50A Video Baby Monitor

Victure Video Baby Monitor Click for current price button

Key Features

  • Signal Range: 300m
  • Type: Video and Audio monitor
  • Night Mode: Yes
  • Monitor Power Supply: Mains plug or Lithium Ion Battery
  • Remote Control: Yes
  • Two-Way TalkBack Function: Yes
  • Play Sleep Sounds Option: Yes, lullabies only
  • Room Temperature Display: Yes
  • Screen Size: 5 inch display monitor

6. GHB Baby Monitor

BW New 2.0 inch Wireless Digital Camera Click for current price button

Key Features

  • Signal Range: 260m outdoors & 50m indoors
  • Type: Video and Audio monitor
  • Night Vision Mode: Yes
  • VOX Mode: Yes
  • Monitor Power Supply: Mains plug or Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery
  • Wall Mountable: Yes
  • Remote Control: Yes
  • Two-Way TalkBack Function: Yes
  • Play Sleep Sounds Option: Yes, lullabies.
  • Room Temperature Display: Yes
  • Screen Size: 2 inch display monitor

7. HelloBaby HB65 Video Baby Monitor

HELLO BABY Wireless Video Baby Monitor Click for current price button

Key Features

  • Signal Range: 300m outdoors & 50m indoors
  • Type: Video and Audio monitor
  • Night Vision Mode: Yes
  • VOX Mode: Yes
  • Monitor Power Supply: Mains plug or Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery
  • Wall Mountable: Yes
  • Remote Control: Yes
  • Two-Way TalkBack Function: Yes
  • Play Sleep Sounds Option: Yes, lullabies.
  • Room Temperature Display: Yes
  • Screen Size: 3.2 inch display monitor

The HelloBaby digital has to be one of the best video baby monitors on the market for its price. What we like best is that one parent monitor can pair with up to 4 cameras so you can see a lot more what is happening in the nursery room. The parent monitor is a 3.2 inch, colour LCD screen with zoom in and out ability. The camera can be remotely controlled to rotate 355˚ degree or move up and down up to 120˚ degrees. Feel free to carry on with chores and other errands around the house, as this monitor has an impressive 1000 feet of range. Technically, you could be outside your house and still hear everything.

8. Motorola MBP669CONNECT Video Baby Monitor

Angelcare AC701 Baby Movement Monitor with Sound Click for current price button

Key Features

  • Signal Range: 300m
  • Type: Video and Audio monitor
  • Night Vision Mode: Yes
  • VOX Mode: Yes
  • Monitor Power Supply: Mains plug or Rechargeable Lithium Ion Battery
  • Wall Mountable: Yes
  • Remote Control: Yes
  • Two-Way TalkBack Function: Yes
  • Play Sleep Sounds Option: Yes, lullabies.
  • Room Temperature Display: Yes
  • Screen Size: 2.8 inch display monitor

What we like about the Motorola MBP669CONNECT is that you can stream live video from anywhere in the world in HD on your mobile phone, tablet or laptop via the Hubble app. Other useful features are the built-in out of range alarm and low battery indicator. Beautiful white and turquoise colours make it ideal for both boys and girls, perfectly suiting and harmonizing their cots. The audio is jointly top-notch and unblemished, and the tic feature confirms that your baby is sound asleep and snug.

9. BT Digital Audio Baby Monitor 450 Lightshow

BT Digital Audio 400 Click for current price button

Key Features

  • Signal Range: 300m outdoors & 50m indoors
  • Type: Audio only monitor
  • Night Vision Mode: No
  • VOX Mode: No
  • Monitor Power Supply: Mains plug or 2 x AA NiMH 1300mAh rechargeable batteries
  • Wall Mountable: No
  • Remote Control: Yes
  • Two-Way TalkBack Function: Yes
  • Play Sleep Sounds Option: Yes, lullabies.
  • Room Temperature Display: Yes
  • Screen Size: Unknown display monitor size

What we like about the BT Digital Audio Baby Monitor 450 is it is a simple audio only solution for parents but with the added features of a nightlight, light show and musical lullabies to sooth your baby. The extra feeder timer and crying alert makes this a good sound only baby monitor.

10. Motorola MBP8 Audio Baby Monitor

Motorola MBP8 Audio Baby Monitor Click for current price button

Key Features

  • Signal Range: 50m indoors
  • Type: Audio only monitor
  • Night Vision Mode: No
  • VOX Mode: No
  • Monitor Power Supply: Mains plug or 2 x AA NiMH 1300mAh rechargeable batteries
  • Wall Mountable: No
  • Remote Control: No
  • Two-Way TalkBack Function: No
  • Play Sleep Sounds Option: No
  • Room Temperature Display: No
  • Screen Size: None

What we like about the Motorola MBP8 is its the easiest to use baby monitor. Just plug the baby sound monitor device and the parent listening device into a wall plug socket for them to work. The only limitation here is that you will need a plug point near your baby’s cot and near your bed for them to work well for you. Sound is crystal clear thanks to its 1.8 GHz DECT technology transmission & is secure from hacking. It has a highly sensitive microphone receiver to hear a baby. The sound-activated LED’s light up to alert you visually to any sounds that might be coming from your baby’s room.

How to Find the Best Option

  1. Audio or Video Baby Monitor – Do you want to listen to your baby or watch and listen? An audio monitor will be less expensive than a monitor with a camera and viewing screen. An audio baby monitor will be a little easier to set up. However, the prices of video baby monitors have reduced in the past couple of years. The coverage a video monitor can give you, could be worth the extra expense. Additions such as extra cameras, night vision capability add to the qualities of a video baby monitor.
  2. Video and Sound Quality – The best baby monitor to buy should be able to display a good quality picture. It’s no use having one that shows fuzzy or distorted images. Luckily most do have pin sharp Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) screens. These help make the picture quality as good as possible. The average size of a screen is 3.5 inches (9cm). Smaller screens are ok, if the size of the monitor needs it. Obviously, the bigger the screen, the easier it is to see your little one. During the day you will be able to see pictures in colour. At night you will be able to see pictures of your cherished one. Almost all baby monitors with LCD screens have a night vision mode. This allows you to see your baby at night. The monitor will automatically switch to this mode. Night vision pictures will be in black and white. Decent baby monitors will have good picture quality, day and night. Watch out for the ones where the day time picture is good, but the night time picture is poor. This normally means the night vision LEDs are not up to the job. Avoid these ones.
  3. Analogue or Digital – Baby monitors work using either analogue or digital signals. Analogue monitors are few and far between these days. Analogue signals are open to interference and to others being able to listen in. Digital signals have clearer sound and are less prone to interference. Some monitors use DECT (Digitally Enhanced Cordless Telecommunications). DECT ensures a secure connection as the signal is encrypted. It uses a different frequency to these monitors without this feature.
  4. Signal Range – All good monitors should work fine in a normal sized house or apartment. Some have a range up to 350 metres. This can be handy if you have a mansion, or more realistically, you want to work in your garden. Be aware that the range specified by most manufacturers normally refers to the maximum range with no obstacles. Realistically, a maximum range of 300 metres would mean 50 metres inside a house. The signal range is affected by things like thick brick or concrete walls, and how many floors you have in your home etc. Be wary of manufacturers who claim 100 per cent guaranteed signal range and reliability. The majority of child monitors will have an out of range alert. This also tells you if there is no link between the parent and sending unit. Knowing you have a constant connection is very important. Most digital monitors use 2.4 GHz Frequency Hopping Sound Spectrum (FHSS) technology these days. Digital monitors send their FHSS signals encrypted, and are these are decrypted by the parent unit. It virtually eliminates the signal from being intercepted. This also keeps the signal secure, and less vulnerable to interference from other electronic items such as wireless broadband routers or other baby monitors.
  5. Battery Life – The receiving unit normally has rechargeable batteries. This allows you to pick it up and walk around your home. The time between charges is an important consideration. Nobody wants to keep charging a unit every couple of hours. Most decent baby monitors last around 6 to 8 hours before needing to be recharged. If the baby monitor you are considering uses rechargeable batteries, it should have a low battery alert built in. It kind of does what it says on the tin. It alerts you when the batteries are low. It seems a simple feature, but you should expect this as standard. You should get around three to five hours use before having to recharge.
  6. Temperature Display – A very handy feature, especially if your child’s room is cold in the winter and hot in the summer. Most units have this as a feature. The optimum temperature for a baby to sleep is about 18°C (65°F). A room that is too hot or cold will keep your little one, and you, awake at night.
  7. Soothing Sounds, Lights or Lullabies – Some units come with built in lullabies to help soothe your baby to sleep. Some let you Bluetooth connect, or plug in an MP3 player to play your child’s favourite tunes. A few even have a light show that will calm down an unsettled baby. These are normally controlled by the parent unit. These additional features are not ‘deal breakers’. But, they are handy options that you could consider.