What Are Wifi Baby Monitors
One of the first purchases new parents make when they discover they are expecting a new child is a baby monitor. A baby monitor is a video camera that you use to keep tabs on your child while you are in another room. Nothing is more important than the security and safety of your little one, and spending the money on a high-quality baby monitor is often top-of-mind. You should take the time, however, to learn about the benefits and limitations of different models to find the right fit for your growing family’s needs.
Comparison of the 4 Best Wifi Baby Monitors
|Nest Cam Indoor Security||Summer Infant Baby Zoom||Amcrest ProHD||LeFun Wireless Camera|
|Video Resolution||1080p||High Resolution LCD||1080p||720p|
|Night vision enabled||x||x||x||x|
|Integration with smartphone, tablet and PC||x||x||x||x|
|Comes with separate hand-held device||x|
|Micro SD Card||Costs extra||x|
|Cloud storage||Costs extra||Costs extra|
Benefits of Wifi Baby Monitors
There are three main benefits of purchasing a Wifi baby monitor. First and foremost, Wifi baby monitors let you check on a child without physically going into the room. You will be able to see if your baby is still sleeping without waking him or her up—and parents never want to wake a sleeping baby. Second, they give you the ability to see exactly what is happening in the room where your child is located even when you are somewhere else. A parent who needs to travel for business, for example, can keep tabs on what is happening at home. And third, monitors make it possible to record what happens in a room all the time. This gives parents the extra assurance that their babysitter is doing the right things.
Best Wifi Baby Monitors
So where should you begin in making this important purchase? We have taken the guesswork out of the equation with these top four baby monitors for 2017. Our review will take into account a variety of factors for you to consider, including the technological capabilities of each camera, the usability of apps for your phone, and your particular budget. As you will see, spending a lot of extra money for a baby monitor may not be worth it.
Nest Indoor Wifi Baby Monitor and Security Camera
Up first is the top-of-the line Nest Indoor Security Camera. The camera syncs with an app that you can put on any smartphone, allowing you to check on your little one from anywhere. The camera also comes with two-way communication already built in and the ability to establish “motion-activated zones.” The camera can detect activity in specific zones and send you an automated alert, which is perfect for babies who move when they sleep. There’s no doubt the best part of this camera is its 24/7 live video feed and nonstop cloud recording (with subscription). This gives parents the peace of mind that if something happens while a babysitter is over, then they already have a backup copy of exactly what happened. The Nest Indoor Security Camera also comes with 1080p HD video streaming and a 130-degree angle view (wider than most on the market), and night vision capabilities that make the entire room visible. A notable drawback, however, is the fact that the camera does not come with the traditional hand-held monitoring device that other models have. You must have a smartphone, tablet, or computer to use it, which may be a significant drawback to buyers who don’t always want to have their phones turned on. Despite this drawback, the camera will likely last longer than the other baby monitors on our list and could potentially work for several years. For those interested in purchasing home security, the Nest Camera could also double as a basic reassurance against home invasion or robberies. All in all, I would recommend this high-end camera to parents who value the peace of mind that comes with a more expensive device.
Summer Infant Baby Zoom Camera
The next camera on our list is the Summer Infant Baby Zoom Camera. Like the Nest Indoor Security Camera, this device is also equipped with an app that you can install on any smartphone to view your live feed from anywhere in the world. Unlike the Nest Camera, however, the Summer Infant Baby Zoom gives you a little more control over who gets access to your feed during specific times of the day. In other words, you can give friends and family a live feed into your baby monitor, but only when you want. Most importantly, the Baby Zoom Camera has a separate monitoring device that you can use apart from your smartphone or tablet which gives the product a more traditional feel than the Nest Cam. The device also boasts two-way communication capabilities with panning, scanning and zooming functionality. The app also lets parents take pictures and record videos for brief periods of time—which is very nice to have if your baby only seems to smile when he/she knows the camera is pointed somewhere else. In my opinion, the best part of the Summer Infant Baby Zoom Camera is how easy it is to set up. The marketing material says that you can start monitoring within minutes of opening the package; it is truly easy to get started. Given how the monitor is so easy to use, I would consider purchasing two or three cameras to create an integrated system of monitors for multiple rooms. This saves you the time of moving the camera whenever you want to let your baby take a nap in a different room, not to mention the ability to monitor multiple children at the same time.
Amcrest ProHD Wifi Baby Monitor and Security Camera
The third camera on our best-of-2017 list is the Amcrest ProHD Security Camera. This unit comes with parts from Sony and delivers 1080p video at a rate of 30 frames-per-second. Although the 90-degree viewing area is slightly narrower than the other models on our list, the camera can easily be setup by anyone with a Wifi signal in less than 60 seconds. The ten-foot power supply is a nice feature because you will not need to get a separate extension cord to place it on a high shelf. The camera can tilt up/down and side-to-side, and it arrives backed by a one-year warranty with customer support. Two-way audio allows you to communicate directly with someone on the other end, and the unit’s cutting-edge night vision technology gives you a 32-foot view in the dark. For new parents interested in recording and sharing limited amounts of video, this camera comes with 4 hours of convenient and free cloud storage. If you find that you thoroughly enjoy recording and sharing video, you can always purchase a subscription plan to record the video directly onto AmCrest’s cloud storage in unlimited quantities. For video enthusiasts who would prefer the security of physically owning the video data, you can upgrade your experience by separately purchasing a micro SD card or an AmCrest NVR, which stores the video locally in your house. The best part about this product is its flexibility to fulfill the needs of someone on a budget and someone who can spend more money for additional functionality.
LeFun Wifi Baby Monitor Camera
The final monitor that made our top-four list of baby monitors for 2017 is the LeFun Wireless Camera. Although this baby monitor is a clear step-down from some the other high-end brands on the market, it still comes with the essential built-in features that many new mothers want to see. Like the Nest Cam, the LeFun Camera does not have a dedicated handheld video device, but instead connects to any smartphone, tablet or computer. The camera delivers a 720p high resolution video stream, which is a sufficient quality for most parents. Like the other devices, the LeFun camera offers two-way audio communication through an easy-to-use app. You can also record videos to a local SD card, but not directly onto the cloud like the Nest Cam. In other words, if you value the ability to record and send videos of your baby to friends and family, the LeFun Camera can still get the job done, but it will require an additional step of loading the video files onto your computer. Shoppers will also have to look past the poorly written product description at the top of the Amazon page; the camera’s marketing team clearly does not speak English with native fluency. Many reviews on Amazon also note a slight delay of about two or three seconds for video streaming, but the ease-of-setup right out of the box makes up for this drawback. Most people hate the complications of setting up a new camera, installing various software packages, and connecting intricate wires. Not true with the LeFun Camera—even the least technologically talented parents will be using their new device within hours of receiving it. If you are on a budget but still want the functionality of some of the high-end baby monitors, then the LeFun Camera might be the right fit.