Baby monitors: Which one is right for you?

Jun 27, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. ET

Video monitor or audio monitor? Nursery temperature display or talk-back feature? When it comes to baby monitors, there are plenty of choices for parents. But which one fits your lifestyle, house size, budget and needs? Check out and compare our favorite baby monitors to see which one is right for you.

Summer Infant Peek Plus Internet Monitor System

Enjoy peace of mind wherever you are, any time — day or night — with the brand new Summer Infant Peek Plus Internet Monitoring system. The Peek Plus is ideal for loved ones interested in checking in on baby from afar and is not only parent approved, it's grandparent, working parent and military parent approved, too. With versatile viewing options, you can monitor your baby through the included handheld parent unit as well as through the internet via a private and secure website.

Price: Pre-order $350
Number of parent units: Two. One handheld, one through private internet viewing
Range: 600 feet with the handheld unit, worldwide with internet viewing and/or free smartphone app

Baby unit features:

  • Stationary video camera
  • Built-in black and white night vision

Handheld parent unit features:

  • 2.5-inch color video screen
  • 2.4 GHz digital technology for a secure and private connection
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Volume and brightness controls
  • Belt clip
  • Visual sound indicators
  • Out of range and low battery indicators

Plug and Play Internet Gateway features:

  • Simple set up with easy-to-use features
  • Peek Plus Internet Gateway plugs directly into a wireless router, enabling one to see and hear Baby from anywhere in the world
  • Free downloadable app for iPhone, Android and Blackberry
  • Unique username and password can be shared with up to three viewers at a time
  • Automatic log-out after 10 minutes of inactivity for added security

Safety 1st Sound Moments Audio Monitor

The Safety 1st Sound Moments Audio Monitor allows you to clip and carry the parent unit as far as 600 feet away and features energy saving AC adapters, which only draw energy when the units are powered on. This eco-friendly baby monitor gives parents multiple and practical options at an economical price.

Price: $40
Number of parent units: Two
Range: 600 feet

Baby unit features:

  • Digital clock
  • Tap on and off soft glow night light
  • Pager button

Handheld parent unit features:

  • Two parent units with belt clips for ultimate convenience
  • Quick mute button and volume control
  • Four channels to minimize interference
  • Power and low battery indicators
  • 49 MHz frequency
  • Volume sound indicator lights

Summer Infant BabyTouch Color Video Monitor

The BabyTouch Color Video Monitor is one of the more popular and innovative monitors on the market today. The revolutionary touch-screen monitor controls the pan, zoom, scan and brightness on the video baby unit and the 100 percent digital technology guarantees a secure and private connection up to 400 feet away.

Price: $280
Number of parent units: One
Range: 400 feet

Baby unit features:

  • Wireless, rechargeable battery-powered camera dock
  • 100 percent digital technology for private and secure connection between units

Handheld parent unit features:

  • 3.5-inch color LCD screen
  • Automatic black and white night vision
  • Automatic time-out feature to preserve battery life
  • One-touch video on/off button for nighttime convenience
  • Magnetic docking station
  • Belt clip and flip stand
  • Touch screen controls the pan, scan, zoom, brightness and camera options for the video baby unit
  • Talk-back feature allows parents to talk through the monitor to the baby unit
  • Ability to add three additional cameras

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Philips AVENT DECT Baby Monitor

The generous range of the Philips AVENT DECT Baby Monitor allows parents to hear Baby through a private connection with crisp sound quality — from the other side of the house. The unique talk-back feature and soft night light helps to reassure and calm an agitated baby during nap or nighttime.

Price: $120
Number of parent units: One
Range: 1,082 feet

Baby unit features:

  • Talk-back feature
  • Soft night light

Handheld parent unit features:

  • Wireless unit works up to 24 hours on one charge
  • Crisp sound quality
  • 60 different channels and DECT technology for uninterrupted monitoring
  • Data encryption ensures privacy
  • Over a 1,000 foot range from the baby unit
  • LED sound signals light up to visually show Baby’s movement and noise level even when the parent unit is muted

Angelcare Movement and Sound Deluxe Plus Baby Monitor

With the Angelcare Movement and Sound Deluxe Plus Baby Monitor, you can easily and safely monitor your sleeping baby with both sound and movement. The under-the-mattress sensor pad detects your baby’s movement and alerts parents after 20 seconds of non-movement. Transitioning your baby into the nursery or monitoring a preemie would not be the same without the Angelcare!

Price: $160
Number of parent units: Two
Range: 820 feet

Baby unit and sensor pad features:

  • Under-the-mattress sensor pad detects all movement
  • Optional “tic” sound as the monitor detects movement
  • Clear sound transmission can be used in conjunction with the sensor pad or on its own
  • Choice between alarm vibration or alarm sounds after 20 seconds if no movement is detected
  • Soothing night light
  • Choice between voice activation or continuous sound monitoring
  • Adjustable sensitivity

Handheld parent unit features:

  • Rechargeable batteries included
  • Eight channels to minimize interference
  • Sound lights to see and hear Baby’s sounds
  • Low battery indicator
  • Nursery room temperature display

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Editor's pick:

V-Tech Safe & Sound Full-Color Video/Audio Monitor

V-tech Safe & Sound monitor

The V-Tech Safe & Sound Full-Color Video and Audio Monitor allows you to both watch and listen to your baby from up to 1,000 feet away. Key features include a temperature sensor, which gives you the temp in your baby's room, as well as the ability to talk to your baby from the parent monitor until you get to baby's room. If you think your baby just needs a bit of distant soothing, you can also play five different lullabies on the camera.

Price: $130
Number of parent units: One, but other packages offer more
Range: 1,000 feet

Baby unit features

  • Polyphonic Lullabies - the camera plays five different lullabies
  • Night viewing

Handheld parent unit features:

  • Vibrating sound alert - You're silently alerted when there is sound in the baby's room.
  • Temperature sensor gives you the temp in baby's room
  • Talk-back intercom system
  • Split-screen capability
  • Zoom ability
  • Secure digital transmission - eliminates white noise and ensures security
  • High Resolution 2.8" Color LCD monitor

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