What is the best video baby monitor of 2016? Find out the top 4 reviewed by real parents

Baby on video monitor screenIf you’ve answered yes to the question Do you really need a baby monitor? or if you already know it’s an absolute must for your new baby, then the next question is likely to be, what’s the best baby monitor?

Here’s our pick of the top 4 video baby monitors for 2016 as rated by real parents who have bought and used these models to keep an eye on their precious little one.

1. Infant Optics DXR-8

“Best of the high-end models”

Pros The Infant Optics DXR-8 is our top pick out of the high-end video baby monitors which are all similarly priced. While it shares many of the same features and is very easy to use, a stand out for this model is the interchangeable lens feature. You can choose between the normal or zoom lens which are included with the package, and also a wide angle lens (sold separately) which allows you to capture the entire room with a 170 degree panoramic view. Infant Optics also have outstanding customer service.

Cons There are barely any reported issues with this model, which is part of the reason it is our number one pick!

Pan, tilt and zoom – Yes
Screen size – 3.5″
Range – Up to 700 feet without obstructions.
Daytime picutre quality – Great
Night time picture quality – Great
Sound quality – Great
Talk back – Yes
Additional camera capability – Yes
VOX feature – No
Extra features – Wide angle lens (sold separately) to capture the entire room with a 170 degree panoramic view. Room temperature sensor, long battery life and out of range warning. 

2. Summer Infant Baby Secure

Summer infant baby secure 2015 reviewEasy to use and super portable”

Pros While this does have a smaller screen size than the other monitors we’ve recommended, the benefit of that is that this monitor is really portable. It’s very easy to use and set up, and the picture and sound quality are also very good.

Cons There haven’t been many negatives reported about this monitor. If you want a wider viewing angle without having to pan and tilt to get it then this may not be the monitor for you, but if you’re happy with the smaller viewing space on the 2.5″ screen then it gets the thumbs up.

Pan, tilt and zoom – Yes
Screen size – 2.5″
Range – Up to 600 feet without obstructions
Daytime picutre quality – Good
Night time picture quality – Good
Sound quality – Good
Talk back – Yes
Additional camera capability – Yes
VOX feature – No
Extra features – Good battery life, sound activated LED lights, automatic power saving mode

3. Levana Ayden 3.5″ Digital Video Baby Monitor

Levana Ayden baby monitor review“All the bells and whistles with great battery life”

Pros This has all the bells and whistles at a good price point. It has power saving features which allow you up to 48 hours of battery life when you use the power saving PEEP mode – basically the monitor goes to ‘sleep’ when there’s no sound and it comes back on as soon as baby makes a peep. Overall it has great image quality both day and night, as well as great sound without the static that some models give.

Cons You can’t tilt the camera from the parent unit, however you can zoom from it.

Pan, tilt and zoom – Yes
Screen size – 3.5″
Range – Up to 750 feet
Daytime picutre quality – Great
Night time picture quality – Great
Sound quality – Great
Talk back – Yes
Additional camera capability – Yes
VOX feature – Yes
Extra features – Room temperature monitor, lullabies, good battery life

4. Infant Optics DXR-5

“Great value for money”

Pros The Infant Optics DXR-5 is great value for money. It has good performance in all the necessary areas such as the picture and sound quality, range and security. Some of the most liked features of this model include its ease of use and the voice activated standby mode which means you can choose standby mode, and if there’s no sound after 3 minutes, it will turn off, then where there is sound, it turns back on.

Cons Some parents have reported that it is not as sensitive to picking up sound as they would like and that the casing feels quite ‘plasticy’, however this material does make it quite light weight. Overall, it is a good video monitor for the price without all of the fancy bells and whistles.

Pan, tilt and zoom – No
Screen size – 2.4″ full color
Range – 150 feet through walls/floors. 800 feet without obstructions
Daytime picture quality – Good
Night time picture quality – Good
Sound quality – Good
Talk back – No
Additional camera capability – Yes, up to four additional cameras can be added
VOX feature – Yes

There you have it, our top 4 picks of the best video baby monitors of 2015. There’s alot of them on the market and choosing the right one can be difficult, we hope this makes the choice for you a bit easier :-)

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