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The best baby monitor
Better video and image quality, range, battery life, and other important factors set the Eufy apart from every other local-video baby monitor available.
As it’s been available only since September 2018, the Eufy SpaceView lacks the track record of a stalwart like the Infant Optics DXR-8, our former pick. But its features are so superior to that model’s and those of every other local-video monitor that we’re confident in recommending it. Overall, we prefer baby monitors like the Eufy and Infant Optics that rely on a local video feed rather than Wi-Fi since they’re far more dependable and also have fewer security concerns. But you can’t check this type of monitor remotely. If you want to be able to look in on your little one while you’re out, you’ll need a Wi-Fi–enabled monitor like the Arlo Baby recommended below.
Infant Optics DXR-8
A basic monitor with a proven track record
With a simple interface and acceptable image quality, the reliable Infant Optics DXR-8 has worked well for thousands of parents, although its design is dated.
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Before the 2018 arrival of the Eufy, the Infant Optics DXR-8 was the best baby monitor available. Compared with non-Eufy competitors, it’s been the longtime leader in a mediocre category. Like the Eufy, it offers only local video, so there’s no Wi-Fi and thus no remote access—the type of system we prefer for people who are using a monitor exclusively at home. It has an intuitive interface, acceptable image quality, adequate range, and good battery life on its parent unit, and for the majority of tens of thousands of its owners, a general simplicity and reliability that make it easy to use. Some users have complained that battery life and charging speed decline over time, but those are unfortunately common problems among baby monitors, and the company has a good record of responding to customer service issues.
The best Wi-Fi–enabled monitor
The Arlo’s image quality is great, and smartphone access is appealing—but this monitor is harder to use than options without a Wi-Fi connection.
*At the time of publishing, the price was $123.
Most people want to use a monitor at home overnight, with audio on in the background, checking in on the video signal only occasionally. Local-video units like our top picks make that task simple and are more reliable than an Internet-connected monitor. But if you want to access the monitor while away from home, the Arlo Baby is the best Wi-Fi–equipped option. The Arlo streams sharp video to your smartphone’s Arlo app and can save clips too. Compared with other Wi-Fi–enabled monitors, the Arlo has the advantage of a longer track record, larger owner base, consistent app support, and strong reviews, as well as the rare ability to stream audio in the background with the phone screen off. But because the Arlo relies on your phone and an Internet connection, you can run into routine issues like maintaining a connection and staying logged in—mild annoyances that are more unpleasant when you’re trying to look in on your child. Additionally, glancing at your phone to check on the baby in the middle of the night often comes with a side of unrelated and unwelcome push notifications.
An inexpensive audio-only monitor
Cheap video monitors are of very low quality; a well-made audio-only baby monitor offers the best value on a limited budget.
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*At the time of publishing, the price was $35.
We wanted to recommend an inexpensive video monitor, but that type offers such poor-quality video that we decided we’d rather spend less on a quality audio-only monitor like the VTech DM221. This is a well-reviewed best seller in the category, and it has crisp sound and better talk-back functionality than the best video monitors we found, as well as a longer range and better battery life than our video picks. It easily beats out its audio-only competitors for various basic reasons like being cordless, rechargeable, or less expensive.
Source: The NY Times
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