I consider baby monitors an essential gadget in your house, especially if you have a newborn and you can’t spend the entire day by their side. Even though a traditional, audio-only one would work too, I believe that choosing a video baby monitor is better because the camera allows you to also see what happens in the room and becomes a lot more useful as the baby grows and spends more time in the nursery or a different room playing or sleeping. This way, you can keep an eye on your baby at all times without having to actually be there 24/7. And this is not neglect, this is actually a good thing: rewards the little fellow with the chance to become independent earlier on and keeps you sane at the same time, knowing that you can still keep an eye on them.
But I am sure you already know that you need such a gadget and you’re just trying to find the best baby monitor with camera for your house. If you do, we have listed below the best in our opinion after doing a lot of research so you no longer have to. All the video baby monitors listed below are of great quality, offer great value for the dollar and are also very durable. So let’s not waste any time and let’s check out below the best video baby monitors for 2016!
Samsung SEW-3043W HD Video Baby Monitor
If you want a large screen and extra functionality, then this baby monitor from Samsung is the choice you must make. But please make sure to read everything about it and all the others in this article as this model has some cons that might be deal breakers in some cases. But we’ll start with the Pros!
The Samsung SEW-3043W baby monitor with camera comes with a really big 5 inch Touch Screen Monitor that allows you to control the camera (300° Pan Angle/110° Tilt Angle) meaning that you will be able to actually follow your baby in the room once they grow out of their crib. The image quality is crystal clear & flawless even during the night, and it has a few great functions complementing the monitor itself: 4 lullabies to help put your little bundle of joy to sleep, a Voice activated mode that is adjustable to let you know when the baby makes a sound or just when they start crying, as well as the two-way talk option allowing you to talk to your baby. Even more, you can add up to 4 cameras to the same unit and even spread them in different rooms, which might come in extremely handy later on.
However, as I said, despite its huge pros, this video baby monitor has a few drawbacks: first of all, its range is not that good, so if you have a particularly large house and there are many walls between the monitor and camera, or if you have a large yard, you might experience signal loss problems. There is also a slight lag in the touch screen controls, but I don’t think this should be considered a deal breaker since everything else works so good. But you should definitely consider the signal loss problems depending on the place you live in. If that’s not a problem, go for it – you’ll love the large screen!
Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor
This is the best selling baby monitor with camera on Amazon and it has almost 4,000 reviews at the moment of writing this article and an overall rating of 4.3 stars out of 5. In other words, it’s considered by most people an amazing product and indeed it is one of the best baby monitors you could get your hands on.
Although smaller than the Samsung gadget – it has a 3.5′ display – it still has a large enough screen for you to see everything on it comfortably. It also comes with remote controls where you can pan and tilt and even zoom in if you want to. It has interchangeable lenses, including a wide angle one that you can purchase if you want, but I personally believe that you’ll do just fine with the basic one, so don’t invest in anything else unless you are 100% sure you’ll need them. Again, I personally believe you won’t.
Other goodies of this baby monitor include the two-way talk option, the option to see the temperature in the room where the camera is, leds to draw your attention when sound is made (even if your monitor’s volume is turned off) and a good battery life – 6 hours (extendable to 10 hours if you go with its power-saving mode). All in all, a good product that I highly recommend, whose only potential problem is the fact that its signal interferes with other wi-fi signals, but that’s easy to fix by keeping any other wi-fi using gadgets about 5′ away from the camera and/or monitor.
Hello Baby Monitor with Camera
If you’re looking for a budget baby monitor that’s still good, I think that this one from Hello Baby is a great choice. It does has some limitations (mostly in screen size), but it does a great job and, well, it’s cheap!
So although it has a small 2.4 inch screen, it offers good image quality, allows you to tilt and pan your camera and also has other neat functions like 8 lullabies to help your baby sleep, temperature monitoring, two-way talk, leds that are activated when the baby starts crying (so you can still be alerted with the volume off) and other similar goodies that our previous models offer.
All in all, this is a really good monitor for its price and I’m not the only one who has this opinion. On Amazon, for example, it has a 4.3 rating (out of 5) from 60 reviews at the moment of writing. So even though it’s not extremely popular and you don’t have thousands of opinions like the Infant Optics one does, the ratings are still good and prove that for a budget monitor, this one’s a great option.
So these would be our favorite three baby monitors. Personally, I would go with the crowd this time and choose the Infant Optics DXR-8, but both other suggestions are absolutely amazing and I am sure you will be satisfied, no matter which one you go for.