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Baby monitor test: 20 devices in comparison


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When the child is sleeping, you as parents have free time. So that you don't have to worry about the next generation, clever minds have invented the baby monitor. They are available in various designs, finding the ideal model is not easy. In February 2020 tested the Stiftung Warentest overall 20 Baby monitors. 14 only sound or additional video was transmitted. Furthermore, 3 baby webcams and 3 baby monitor apps were checked. The price range is therefore huge: an app is available free of charge, the most expensive baby monitor costs over 200 Euro. In the test, the classic baby phones (only with sound) were particularly convincing: The test winner Philips Avent SCD 723 / 26 costs 125 Euro. The device was particularly reliable and easy to use.

In the following article we give you an overview of the recommendations and then discuss them in detail. Below you will find a summary of the test field, further facts about the test procedure, what to look for when buying, tips and tricks about the products and answers to the most important questions.

Baby monitor test: winner at Stiftung Warentest

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Product

Philips Avent SCD 723 / 26

Reer projector baby monitor

Philips Avent SCD 845 / 26

Art d. Babyphones

tone baby monitor

Sound baby monitor

video baby monitor

Overall Rating

1.9 (good)

2 , 4 (good)

2.1 (good)

Transmission

2.2 (good)

1.9 (good)

2.1 (good)

Handling

1.7 (good)

3.4 (satisfactory)

1.4 (very good)

Battery pack

1.7 (good)

1.6 (good)

3.9 (sufficient)

environmental properties

1.6 (good)

2.7 (satisfactory)

1.9 (good)

Price approx.

130 Euro

80 Euro

220 Euro

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The best baby monitors 2020

In the current baby monitor test of the February issue 2020 the Stiftung Warentest overall 20 Baby phones including smart baby phones and apps examined. It turned out best Avent SCD 723 / 26 from Philips And the video variant of the device, the Avent SCD 845 / 26 . While the SCD 723 / 26 achieved an overall grade of 1.9, the latter was also able to get a 2.1. Overall, however, only five baby monitors were better than the “satisfactory” rating – smart baby monitors and the apps disappointed somewhat.

In the following article, in addition to the two top recommendations from Philips, we also present the price-performance winner, the Reer projection baby monitor . And so that you know what is important for baby phones in general, we have broken down all the important criteria in our purchase advice below.

You can read the complete test and the results for a fee on the website of Stiftung Warentest.

The test winner: Philips Avent SCD 723 / 26

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    The test winner: Philips Avent SCD 723 / 26

    The Philips baby monitor impressed with its battery performance, stability and ease of use.

With the Philipps Avent SCD 723 / 26 parents can stay completely relaxed, this classic baby monitor was exceptionally reliable in the test. This continues the success of Philips, because in the previous tests, Philips models made it to the top. This year, this model is the only one to score below 2.0.

  • Transmission: Here, the Avent achieved a grade of 2.2 – the immunity to interference from other baby monitors was particularly good, while the function and the sound impression were good but nothing special. The range was also rather average – typical for classic baby monitors.
  • Handling : The grade of 1.7 is impressive. The only thing that the testers didn't particularly like was the instructions, help, and documentation. Apart from that, the controls were clean and well made. Commissioning and daily use were pleasantly easy. If the Internet or power fails or the distance to the transmitter is more than just a few rooms, the Philips Avent also warns reliably and loudly of the loss of connection.
  • Environmental properties : The battery also received the rating 1.7. The environmental properties in themselves were actually even better because the model consumes very little electricity. Both processing and stability of the device made a very confidence-inspiring impression.

The equipment is also worthy of a top recommendation. The response threshold is adjustable and two-way communication is also possible. Nice extras: the built-in night light and the temperature sensor. The only (small) complaint is that the sensors can sometimes not detect noises of particularly quiet children.

The price-performance winner: Reer Projekt-Babyphone

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    The price-performance winner: Reer Project baby monitor

    In terms of transmission quality and battery life even better than the test winner: the Reer projector baby monitor.

The price-performance ratio is an important factor with every new purchase and the assessment is often not easy. The Reer projector baby monitor achieved with comparatively low 89 Euro a good grade of 2.4 and is therefore our price tip.

  • Transmission: Here the Reer did even better than the top recommendation from Philips. The baby monitor scores in terms of range and sound impression and thus reaches a grade of 1.9.
  • Handling: Here you have to make a few cuts. The commissioning as well as the displays and controls were only rated as sufficient. Also the warning about malfunctions and disconnections leaves something to be desired.
  • environmental properties : The battery life, on the other hand, is pleasing, as is the stability in everyday life. Power consumption is also low and a plus. In contrast, the build quality unfortunately seems below average.

The baby monitor is also not ideal for quiet children. Two-way communication is possible and a temperature sensor is included, but no night light was used in the design.

Video test winner: Philips Avent SCD 845 / 26

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    Philips Avent SCD 845 / 26

    The Avent is expensive, but was able to convince the testers of Stiftung Warentest as one of the few video devices.

For parents who not only want to hear, but also want to see whether everything is OK with the baby, the Philips Avent SCD 845 / 26 particularly good. Only the battery life disappointed in the test – but all baby phones with video transmission have that in common.

  • Transmission: Function and sound impression were not too surprising: After all, the results of the Philips Avent were solid without video transmission. The freedom from interference was also gratifying – like all classic baby monitors, the Avent automatically occupies a free channel. The screen quality is at best solid, but already better than the competition – except for the Arlo Baby ABC 1000.
  • Handling: Here the baby monitor could get particularly good grades. The help is “only” ok, but commissioning was very easy and daily use was also convincing. Displays and controls were pleasantly good and the warning in the event of a malfunction was extremely satisfactory.
  • Environmental characteristics: As already mentioned, the battery life could not convince. But the processing and low power consumption ensured the Avent the rating “Good”.

Of course, the screen version of the Avent offers all the above-mentioned amenities of the test winner, but offers a little something extra: This device is also suitable for particularly quiet children. Unfortunately, the Philips Avent SCD 845 / 26 With 209 Euro also one of the most expensive devices in the test.

An overview of the test field

Stiftung Warentest tested 14 classic devices, six of them only with sound transmission, as well as three smart baby monitors with the respective applications for the smartphone. Stiftung Warentest also included three baby monitor apps in the test. In the case of classic baby monitors, a total of five devices were rated “good”, seven were “satisfactory” and only two of them, the VTech VM 320 and the Chicco Video Baby Monitor Smart , were “sufficient”.

Two of the smart baby monitors achieved at least the grade “satisfactory”. Das Beurer BY 99 Dual did not convince the testers with a grade of 3.7. For the apps, only the TappyTaps app was rated as “satisfactory”, the Papenmeier and Happy Parents apps as “sufficient”.

What does a good baby monitor cost?

As the Stiftung Warentest test field shows, the price range is huge: from the free app to the expensive baby monitor with video transmission, everything is included. But to answer the question: it all depends on the extras. Do you want video transmission, you must with around 150 euros. Even classic baby phones without video transmission still cost around 90 Euro. We cannot really recommend smart baby monitors, they go with roughly 150 Euros upwards also pretty much in the money. Also not recommended is the cheapest, because partly free, option: the baby monitor apps.

Babyphone in the test: How were the products rated?

In September 2019 Stiftung Warentest bought the baby monitors at the purchase price, while the apps in October and the data protection declaration in November 2019 were downloaded. The test products were rated with different weightings based on the following criteria: transmission, handling, environmental properties and battery. In the case of smart baby phones and apps, the basic protection of personal data was also insisted on. The influence of the aspects on the rating is also distributed in this order.

Three experts checked the response threshold and the quality of the transmission as well as the range; For video devices, the testers also paid attention to the image quality in different lighting conditions. Apps and smart devices had to prove themselves with different WLAN strengths.

Furthermore, the focus was on user-friendliness in everyday life and the displays and controls. The clarity of the warning in the event of faults was also essential. Processing and stability as well as power consumption were checked under the item environmental properties. The battery life was just as important as the basic protection of personal data. The latter category related to smart baby phones and apps. The main issue here was responsible handling and economical collection of user data.

If a product defect was perceived as very negative, this could be expressed in the quality assessment of the Stiftung Warentest as a devaluation. If you are interested in the exact procedure and the weighting, you can use the whole test report with costs on the homepage of the Stiftung Warentest ).

What is a baby monitor and how does it work?

Classic baby monitors are mostly digital nowadays and the radio transmission between transmitter and receiver usually works via the standards Dect and FHSS. The transmitter is located in the children's room and monitors the offspring – mostly acoustically. The receiver plays noises for the parents aloud, while they are either taking a break or busy with the household.

Even if this is not included in the assessment of Stiftung Warentest has been incorporated: Some baby monitors also provide visual or tactile information on the volume level in the nursery, for example by lights or vibrating alarms. There are now many useful additional functions, such as a variable response threshold or a night light. When buying, you should always pay attention to whether you really need the features: temperature meter, intercom function or playable lullabies; these gimmicks are not necessary for everyone.

Buy baby monitors: you have to pay attention to this

There are now some gimmicks that a baby monitor doesn't really need. But which purchase criteria are really important?

  • Processing: First of all, the processing of every device must be correct – after all, the object must be robust enough to actually survive in the children's room for a while.
  • Transmission: For baby phones, of course, the sound quality and the associated immunity to interference. Even if the latter is not optimal, the parents must be informed at least clearly enough of the disconnection.
  • Battery pack: A long battery life is also a must – so we recommend classic baby monitors that are limited to sound transmission. Stiftung Warentest found that this was scarce 64 hours of battery life compared to the video baby monitors (8 to 18 hours).
  • response threshold : Should continue the response threshold can also be set so that parents can decide for themselves at what volume they should start be alerted. After all, not every child is equally loud.
  • Daily use: Last must note that the baby monitor will be used every single day. If the use in everyday life is too cumbersome, that's a real reason against a baby monitor. Newly baked parents are often ready – then having to deal with an annoying monitoring device during the “parent break” is too much to ask.
  • Camera: Is a baby monitor with video transmission worth the surcharge? In our opinion, not – the Stiftung Warentest identified the disadvantages of the classic baby monitor and two out of three relate only to the video devices. The video quality is poor and the devices draw too much power. For us, the price difference between the respective test winners in the categories, the Philips Avent SCD 723 / 26 and the SCD 845 / 26, just too big.

FAQ: What other users asked

Which baby monitor is best?

Our test winner was the Avent SCD 723 / 26 from Philips and scored particularly well in terms of handling, battery performance and environmental properties. The only disadvantage: the device is not really suitable for particularly quiet babies.

How much does a good baby monitor have to cost?

When it comes to the safety of your own child, parents should not save. However, the Stiftung Warentest estimated the VTech BM 1100 already with 39 Euro as “satisfactory”. According to the test, however, a “good” baby monitor costs short 90 Euro – the Reer projector, the price tip. The processing quality is important in any case!

Should I be worried about the radiation?

According to Stiftung Warentest, parents no longer have to worry about electrosmog, since all devices clearly show the maximum limit values ​​of the Federal Immission Control Act for the electrical field strength fall below. What could have been a cause of concern years ago is today no health risk more for toddlers. In comparison, the radiation is four times lower than that of mobile phones.

When can you start using a baby monitor?

If you are expecting a baby, you need a baby monitor – the is the rule, you go to the Internet with this question. Finally, it enables the troubled parents to leave the room to either allow themselves some time for themselves or to take care of the household. Because as soon as the alarm – auditory, visual or even the vibration alarm – goes off, you are needed and that happens on day one of the trip together.

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