When I started looking for a baby monitor for my first baby, I got overwhelmed by all the options available, and all the mixed reviews most monitors got. Some have bad range, others bad quality, and in the case of video, most where not acceptable when used on a dark room.
I had the blessing of having many friends having their babies ahead of us, and had the opportunity to test many brands before buying.
Basically, there are two major types of baby monitors. With audio only, and with audio and video. I don’t know about you, but If I don’t feel I have contact with my baby, I go crazy, so I decided to buy a video monitor as our main baby monitor. We also have a smaller (and cheaper!) audio baby monitor that we keep in our baby bag for when we go to family or friends houses and on vacation.
Also, when deciding between video baby monitors, you usually have the option of a fixed camera, or a pan and tilt so you can move it remotely to wherever you want.
We decided that we could live with a fixed camera video baby monitor until the baby started walking, and save about $50 that way. After trying out most models, we found out that the best two options are:
Motorola MBP33 Wireless Video Baby Monitor
Samsung SEW-3036WN Wireless Video Baby Monitor
Out of these two monitors, our top pick is the Samsung SEW-3036WN Wireless Video Baby Monitor. I feel the image is sharper and the 3.5″ screen feels better than the Motorola’s 2.8″ screen.
It’s true that Motorola has been building baby monitors longer than Samsung, but I believe that you can’t go wrong with any of these two baby monitors.