Capable of connecting to your Apple or Android device from anywhere, the Withings Smart Baby Monitor is one of the most feature-packed -- and expensive -- monitors out there. Experts are impressed with the monitor's bells and whistles, including several customizable alerts, and they praise the simplicity of controls via an iOS or Android app. Parents love the Withings when it works, but several report connection issues.
Connection issues may be a problem. The Withings Smart Baby Monitor offers several ways to connect: using a wireless network, cellular data network, an Ethernet cable or Bluetooth. Experts praise this versatility, but many parents complain of dropped connections and bugs in the iOS and Android apps. On the plus side, reviewers report that there is relatively little lag time between the image capture and stream, and they say that overall the image quality is solid. Sound quality also earns praise. However, some say night vision is not as bright as it could be.
Hassle-free setup. Experts and most owners report that the Withings Smart Baby Monitor has a quick, easy setup and is easy to use. You can monitor continuously or set push notifications and alerts based on noise, movement or other features. Some users wish the camera could pan remotely because more active babies may crawl out of view. Parents may have to tinker with positioning if they want the monitor above the crib, because the clamshell-like base can interfere with the image. The camera comes with a clip to connect it to a crib rail, but this setup can pose a safety risk. The monitor has a rechargeable battery, but reviewers say it only lasts an hour before needing to be plugged in.
Access your baby anywhere. The Withings Smart Baby Monitor allows you to access the monitor anywhere via cellular data networks or the Internet. Though it used to charge a fee for unlimited remote monitoring, Withings now offers this free. Withings also allows three users to monitor the baby at the same time -- handy for two parents and an additional caregiver. Unlike other streaming monitors, the Withings does not require a local Wi-Fi channel. This enables you to take the monitor anywhere and connect to it via Bluetooth, making it a good travel monitor. The Withings also offers several nice extras including a night-light with customizable colors, seven lullabies and an intercom.
1. Baby Bargains
"Baby Bargains" covers all manufacturers of baby monitors in depth. Authors Denise and Alan Fields consider performance, ease of use and the brand's track record to come up with their overall rating for each brand. Then they pick a few specific best-bet models. Reviews are comparative, thorough and unbiased.
Review: Around the House: Monitors, Diaper Pails, Safety & More, Denise and Alan Fields, Tenth Edition, 2013
Withings Smart Baby Monitor earns praise for features its competitors don't have, such as temperature and humidity sensors, a dual-input microphone and Bluetooth connectivity. But the unit has to be angled in a very specific way, and the infrared night-vision lamp frequently dims, the reviewer says.
Review: What Is the Best Tablet or Smartphone Compatible Baby Monitor: Withings, BabyPing, iZon or Foscam?, Matthew Panzarino, Sept. 4, 2012
The Withings Smart Baby Monitor is TopTenReviews.com's top pick, earning raves for its customizable audio alerts, seamless smartphone app and extras, including humidity sensor and night-light. The reviewer dislikes the charge for more than 15 minutes per day of remote monitoring, however.
Review: Withings, Karina Fabian, Not dated
Leder praises the Withings Smart Baby Monitor's wireless build and ability to use Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to connect to smartphones. She also likes the wide range of customizable alerts and simple, portable design. But battery life is poor, she notes.
Review: The Best Baby Monitors, Heidi Leder, April 13, 2012
Gizmodo.com says the Withings Smart Baby Monitor offers the next level of baby tracking with every conceivable base feature (temperature/humidity, night vision, audio and video) all streamed into your iOS device. The reviewer found that the Withings works as promised, running through initial setup and usability.
Review: Withings Smart Baby Monitor Review: Always Watching, Always Judging, Mat Honan, April 4, 2012
The Withings Smart Baby Monitor receives an average rating of 3.1 out of 5 stars in more than 200 reviews. While many users love the features and say it works much better than Wi-Fi monitors, there are still numerous connectivity issues and crashed apps. Customer service response is poor, parents say.
Review: Withings Smart Baby Monitor, white, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2014
This informative blog post details the Withings Smart Baby Monitor's capabilities without commenting on how they function. The writer describes how the Withings connects (via Ethernet, Wi-Fi hotspot or Bluetooth), its monitoring functions and the camera's basic setup features.
Review: Withings Smart Baby Monitor Lets Apple-Users be Baby-Watchers, Ben Coxworth, March 1, 2012
A short blurb highlights the Withings Smart Baby Monitor's ability to pan, tilt and zoom via a smartphone app, as well as noting its wide range of alerts, including noise, motion, temperature and humidity. The intercom, night-light and lullabies are also noted, but no cons are discussed.
Review: 5 App-Enabled Baby Monitors That Work With iOS Devices, Amy-Mae Elliott, Feb. 27, 2013