Baby Monitors: Ratings of Sources
"Baby Bargains" covers all manufacturers of baby monitors in depth. Authors Denise and Alan Fields consider performance, ease of use, parent feedback and the brand's track record to come up with their overall rating for each brand. They also pick a few specific best-bet models. Reviews are comparative, thorough and unbiased. Updates and additional reviews are available on their website.
The editors of BabyGearLab.com review nine popular sound baby monitors, subjecting them to tests that include range, sound clarity and battery life. The monitors are also compared by ease of use and features. BabyGearLab.com selects best overall and best buy. Product reviews are highly descriptive and detailed, going through each monitor feature by feature and discussing how it fared during testing. Separate pages offer reviews and rankings of 14 video baby monitors and six motion-detection monitors.
Hudson and other testers spent 40 hours researching and using a dozen video monitors. They back up their pick with a detailed rundown of pros and cons, and include three runners-up for parents who may want more or fewer features or a different price point. A detailed buying guide also helps parents focus on what's really important in a video monitor.
Colon and editors at PCMag.com review eight smartphone-compatible or traditional video baby monitors in this article, rating them on a one- to five-point scale. Accompanying reviews are detailed, even-handed and comparative, focusing on design, ease of use and video quality. There are no audio monitors in the roundup, however.
BabyCenter.com names an overall winner and four finalists in the baby monitor category of its annual Moms' Picks Awards, based on results of a survey of more than 8,000 parents. Picks are accompanied by editors' reviews and ratings, and quotes from parents. Special awards are also given for value, quality, looks, ease of use and space-saving abilities. The site also has in-depth reviews on other monitors.
Tech-review site CNET doesn't focus specifically on baby products, but sometimes reviews them if they are tech-focused, including products such as the Nest Cam that integrate with smartphones. Editors rate products on a one- to five-star scale and give separate scores for features, usability, design and performance. The even-handed, photo-heavy reviews also feature pros, cons and a "bottom line."
As one of the largest online retailers in the U.S. with a long-standing tradition of collecting user reviews, Amazon.com offers a wealth of user feedback on current and popular baby monitors. We were able to find numerous reviews of most monitors covered in this report. Amazon.com user reviews are useful for anecdotal information about monitors and for gathering consensus about a monitor's overall reliability.
Target.com is a popular destination for purchasing nursery accessories and gear. It sells fewer monitors than Amazon.com, and there are fewer reviews overall. But user feedback tends to be detailed and helpful.
Walmart.com offers parent feedback on a range of baby monitors and is a particularly good source for opinions on basic models, such as analog and digital audio baby monitors. Customers rate products on a five-star scale and note whether they would recommend them to a friend.
The staff of ConsumerReports.org tests nine audio monitors and three video monitors, rating them for interference, ease of use, battery life and range. The ratings are reliable and unbiased, and they include editors' highs and lows for each monitor. However, the tests appear to be dated, with several popular new models nowhere to be found.