Best Baby Monitors (Dual & Long-range) in 2018 Sept.

Updated by Zoey Miller and verified by the thebabbleout.com Research Team. Last updated on Aug 24, 2018.

Leaving your precious bundle of joy alone when he/she sleeps or takes naps can be a tough thing for most parents. Unfortunately, you can't be with your baby at all times, can you? There is a ton of work around the house that is not going to get done by itself. You have to find time to get all the things done. But leaving your baby unattended can send shivers down the spines of any parent. What if something happens? What if the baby cries and you can't hear it? A good baby monitor can help you out in such situations. You can keep an eye on your little cherub and still get things done, well, at least some things anyway!

Video baby monitors do a fantastic job of giving you the peace of mind while you are away from your baby. You can see the child using these amazing gadgets and keep a close eye on their every activity even if you are in a different room.

There are many baby monitors on the market that have two (or in some cases more) cameras. These cameras can be placed at two different angles in a room so that you can cover the entire room. Alternatively, if you want to monitor two rooms, you can do that too with these dual baby monitors.

If you live in a smaller home, you might be perfectly okay with a baby monitor with a lower range. But if you live in a bigger house or a bigger apartment or if you need to step out of your house for a minute, the small range monitor is almost useless. What you need is a quality baby monitor that has a sufficiently long range that can keep you at the beck and call of your baby no matter where you are in or around your house.

In this article, we are going to take a look at some of the best dual baby monitors and best long-range baby monitors on the market that you can buy with no doubt in your mind. 

Best Dual Baby Monitors

Rating

Product

Price

My Rating

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor

BEST VALUE

Levana Lila Video Monitor

3.

VTech VM342-2


Best Long-range Baby Monitors

Rating

Product

Price

My Rating

EDITOR'S CHOICE

Philips Avent DECT Baby Monitor with Temperature Sensor

BEST VALUE

VTech DM221 Safe & Sound Digital Audio Baby Monitor

3.

Levana Jena Digital Baby Video Monitor


Top 5 Dual Baby Monitors

Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor

The Infant Optics DXR-8 is one of the best-selling video baby monitors on the market and for a good reason. It has an excellent range, and you can use as many as four cameras with this unit.

Each of the cameras come with two interchangeable lenses. So, you can have one camera set to show the close-up of the baby while the other shows you the panoramic view of the room itself.

There is a 3.5-inch high-resolution screen in the parent unit, and it also features the split screen feature.

The unit has excellent battery life. You can get almost 8 hours of continuous screen-on time with this unit. The cameras can be panned and zoomed with ease and the overall experience is smooth and fluid.

Overall, this is a solid video monitor that we recommend strongly.

PROS

  • Good range for a video monitor
  • Ability to interchange the camera lens
  • Ability to remotely pan, track and zoom
  • Long battery life
  • Two-way communication ability
  • Sleek 3.5-inch LCD
  • Temperature monitoring

CONS

  • The biggest drawback, it isn't Wi-Fi capable

Levana Lila Video Monitor

The best feature of the system is that you can add as many as four cameras to this system. The extra cameras are quite inexpensive as well. The unit is a piece of cake to set up as well. The cameras come paired with the 2.4-inch screen out of the box.

As the screen is on the smaller side, there is no provision for the split-screen feature. But at the price point, it is not that bad a bargain.

Other features include a night vision camera and a night light.

If you are on a budget and don't mind the small screen, the Levana is not such a bad deal.

PROS

  • Can be attached to up to 4 cameras
  • Temperature sensor
  • Good battery life
  • LED indicator for noise in mute mode

CONS

  • The size of the monitor is small
  • The video quality is also not that great, but at this price point, it is not a bad deal

VTech VM342-2

If you are on a budget and still want a dual camera baby monitor, the Vtech is for you. It is one of the more budget-friendly systems out there. However, don't let the low price discourage you if you are looking for quality. The Vtech does not skimp on some quality features either.

One of the best features of this system is the DECT 6.0 technology. It allows for a more secure connection and still maintains the overall quality of the signal; may it be video or audio.

The monitor comes with a 4.3 inches LED screen that is capable of working in the split-screen mode.

The range of the system is about 500 feet inside the house. So, if you have a moderately sized house, this monitor is okay, but if you have a larger house, this may have some problems keeping up.

The system is also equipped with night vision feature as well. Overall, it is a good value for money, do check it out!

PROS

  • Easy to set up dual cameras
  • 4.3 inch HD monitor
  • Temperature indicator
  • Night vision capable
  • Can be connected to up to 4 cameras

CONS

  • The screen size a bit small
  • The video quality is also not as good as some of the other entries on this list
  • The night vision is grainy

Project Nursery 5″ HD Baby Monitor System

Project Nursery is one of my favorite baby monitor systems available in 2018. The first thing that stands out in this exceptional unit is the 5-inch display with a high resolution of 800 X 640 pixels! Sure, this is not as sharp a screen as your cell phone, but it does a fantastic job. The video is clear and stutter-free, and the audio is crystal clear.

However, if you are not satisfied with the big screen, you also get another smaller 1.5-inch monitor for free. That way, you can keep the larger monitor in your bedroom and carry the smaller display with your outside. It also comes with a wristband and a lanyard to carry the smaller display with you wherever you go in the house.

The system is straightforward to install as well. Both the cameras are already paired with the displays when they come to your door. All you need to do is place the cameras wherever you want them, and that's it!

The range of the system is about 150 feet. Other cool features include a two-way communication system so that you can speak to your baby.

On the software side of things, the system gets the most important 'split-screen' function right. This feature takes advantage of the giant screen so that you can see the feeds from both the cameras in one go.

Although the system is a bit expensive, it sure is worth every penny!

PROS

  • Dual camera system
  • Dual receiver 5" and 1.5."
  • Ability to talk to your baby through a two-way walkie-talkie type system
  • Temperature sensor
  • Indicators for lost connection and low battery

CONS

  • There is no lullaby music on the monitor
  • It is a bit on the more expensive side

Motorola Video Baby Monitor MBP 36s-2

Motorola is known for their smartphones so, when I came across this Motorola Dual monitor, I had some high hopes. Fortunately, the MBP 36s-2 does not disappoint. It has the same master craftsmanship that we have come to expect from Motorola.

The system comes with two HD cameras and a single receiver with a 3.5-inch screen. When it comes to functionality, the Motorola has nailed it to the very last bit. The screen can be viewed in a split screen mode as well as, and get this, a picture-in-picture mode! How cool is that!

The unit also features a two-way communication system and a night vision as well. The cameras come already paired with the parent unit and are very easy to maneuver.

The system is very secure, and the digital signals are not distorted by your TV or even your microwave!

We have no problems in endorsing this great product at all.

PROS

  • Great cameras
  • Sharp LED monitor
  • Two-way communication system
  • Temperature indicator
  • Built-in night vision camera

CONS

  • The system does not include any lullabies
  • It is costlier compared to some other systems, but it is worth the extra money

Top 4 Long-range Baby Monitors

Philips Avent DECT Baby Monitor with Temperature Sensor

When you see the name Philips, you expect only the best, and the Avent baby monitor doesn't disappoint even a bit. It is made with the same quality that we have come to expect from Philips over the years. It is truly one of the best audio monitors on the market with a remarkable range of up to 900 feet.

The parent unit has a large backlit display that shows pertinent information such as the temperature of the crib, the battery level, and the connectivity. The parent unit also comes with a docking station for easy storage. It also has a vibration alert in case the parent unit is in the mute mode.

The transmitter unit has pre-recorded lullabies and a night light as well. With the talk back feature, you can soothe your baby with the sound of your voice as well. The DECT technology ensures that there is zero interference and guarantees 100% safety of the system. Overall, it is an excellent system that we endorse a 100%!

PROS

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    Temperature sensor
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    Vibration alert and docking station on the parent unit
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    Good battery life

CONS

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VTech DM221 Safe & Sound Digital Audio Baby Monitor

One of the sleekest unit on the market, the VTech Audio Baby Monitor does everything right. It is a solid unit that is built to last. The monitor comes with a set of one parent unit (monitor) and one baby unit (transmitter). The unit uses a DICT 6.0 protocol for a clear and crisp sound even from a longer distance.

The unit boasts an impressive range of about 150 feet. In real world terms, that is about seven walls thick. That means you can be almost seven walls away from your baby and will still hear the voice.

Another great feature of this set is the visual indicator on the parent unit. The 5-level sound indicator gives you a visual representation of the sound in your baby's room even if your monitor is on mute. One feature that particularly likes in this very affordable monitor is talking back feature. With this feature, you can speak to your baby and sing him/her lullabies or read stories.

The unit operates on the included researchable batteries with an operational time of 18 hours between recharges. If you wish, you can also run the system on three AAA batteries as well, in case you forget to recharge the inbuilt batteries.

The unit is very safe to use as there is no interference from other electronics in your home. If the parent unit loses connection for some reason with the child unit, it starts beeping to alert you about the lost connection. Overall, it is a solid unit, and we have no issues in recommending it!

PROS

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    Long range of 150 feet indoors and 1,000 feet outdoors
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    Excellent voice clarity
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    Light indicators for noise level even if the sound is mute
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    Indicators for lost connection and low battery

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    There is no temperature sensor built in the system

Levana Jena Digital Baby Video Monitor

The Levana Jenna Digital Monitor is one of the best video monitors with the longest battery life. It is a sturdy unit that boasts a full 8-hour battery life. The Unit comes with a camera and a monitoring unit with a small LED screen.

One of the best features of this unit is that it uses a secure digital connection between the camera and the monitor screen. As a result, the unit can't be hacked into, and only you can see what the camera in your baby's crib sees. It has a long range of about 150 feet indoors which is quite good for a video system. It also features a two-way communication system so that you can talk to your baby.

The display on the monitoring unit shows the temperature in the nursery as well, which is a good feature to have. The unit has up to 15 feet of night vision as well. It also comes with a built-in night light. The camera also has a music player with five pre-recorded lullabies which is a nice touch. Overall, this video baby monitor is worth your every penny! 

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    Good quality camera
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    Built-in night vision camera
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    Five lullaby tunes

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    You can't keep the audio on without the video, which consumes more battery power

Angelcare Baby Sound Monitor

One of the sleekest long-range audio monitors on the market, the Angelcare gets more than one thing right. It is a great audio-only monitor that offers an excellent range and impeccable sound clarity.

The receiver unit has a full-color display that shows temperature, battery, and other stats. The system operates at 927MHz and 2.4 GHz bands for better connectivity and security and a crystal-clear sound. Other features of the unit include a mild nursery light to keep your baby company and long-lasting battery. With a range of about 110 feet, it is one of the best long-range audio monitors on the market that will not break your bank.

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    Long battery life

CONS

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    The monitor does not have a two-way communication capability

Safety of long-range baby monitors

One of the concerns that many people have about long-range baby monitors is their safety. I mean there is no shortage of horror stories of people snooping on private conversations through the open channel on a baby monitor, right? Well, as scary as the stories may be, if you are careful and buy a baby monitor that is designed with your safety in mind, this is not an issue whatsoever.

Some of the best long-range baby monitors are designed to be completely safe and secure, and they lock into a single display unit. There are enough safety features on the monitors that make sure that you are the only one who can access the video as well as audio feed from it. None of your neighbors will be able to know what's happening in your nursery even if they try. So, you have no reasons to worry about.

Although most long-range baby monitors do have such safety features, it is important that you don't buy one with watered down features. That's why it is important that you keep this buying guide handy while making a selection.

What are dual baby monitors?

As the name suggests, the dual baby monitors are video monitors that use two cameras instead of the one. There are two reasons why you want a dual camera baby monitor:

  • If you want to have one camera showing the close-up of the baby while the other camera shows you a larger part of the room
  • If you have two separate rooms that you want to see

In both these situations, you need a monitor that has two cameras but a single receiver (screen) so that you can see both the feeds at a time.

To be efficient, the streams from both the cameras should be visible clearly on one screen or receiver. Hence, you need a receiver that has a bigger screen. If the screen is too small, having two images, side-by-side will not make any sense.

What to look for in a baby monitor?

It can be quite frustrating to select the best baby monitor. There are many makes and models out there, and the worst thing is, all of them can look so similar if you don't know what to look for in them.

Well, let's remedy that situation, shall we? Let's take a closer look at what should you be looking for when buying a baby monitor.

What is the range?

The range of a baby monitor is one of the most important features to look at before selecting one. If the range of the monitor is too small, you will keep disconnecting from the receiver and the video will be choppy and unusable. If you have a large house, you can get no signal in your kitchen, and you don't want that.

Also, remember that your house has many walls that act as obstacles for the signal to go through.

The thing is: You need a baby monitor that has a long range. Sure, there is a limitation for range, but you should go for a monitor that has enough operating distance that suits your needs.

What is the nature of the video signal?

Video baby monitors can operate in a digital format or an analog format. While digital format gives you better picture quality and a better security, they are a bit costly. The analog baby monitors are cheaper compared to the digital ones, but they just don't have enough resolution or security. People can easily hack into an analog signal and can see the feed of your baby's camera.

If you want a clearer picture and better security, go for a digital baby monitor.

What type of device do you want?

There are three types of baby monitors on the market:

    Audio monitors

They are like a walkie-talkie so, you would be able to listen and even talk to your baby. Most long-range audio monitors provide you with a crystal-clear sound of your baby, and you can rely on them even if you are fast asleep.

Another good thing about these monitors is the cost. They are the least expensive among the three. They are quite easy to setup too, and more often than not, they won't require an internet connection to work.

On the flipside, you only get to hear your baby and not see him/her. While it may not be much of an issue with some parents, some others would rather like the option of taking a look at their baby, just to make sure everything is okay.

    Video monitors

The video monitors are an excellent way to make sure that your baby is doing okay and a visual feedback goes a long way in affirming that. Also, sometimes, the babies just wake themselves up, make some noise and fall right back to sleep! If you have the ability to see them, maybe, you don't need to get up right away. If you just have an audio monitor, you must get up and check on the baby personally to make sure everything is okay. So, there's that!

Some video monitors can also use the Wi-Fi connection in your home and can transmit the video to your phone or even to your desktop computer!

    Movement monitors

Although movement monitors are a bit controversial, they do offer some great advantages. A movement monitor contains a small electronic pad that you place under the ​mattress pad of your baby and the pad can detect small movements such as the baby breathing normally. If god forbid, the movement stops, the monitor can alert you, and you can get to the baby before anything bad happens.

The flipside of the movement baby monitors is that they need quite a lot of testing to make sure that everything works. If the sensitivity is too low, it can't detect the movement and will give you wrong signals. So, you can see where the controversy comes. Furthermore, there no scientific evidence that such systems can help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) or sleep-related infant death.

You can read more about the measures to avoid SIDS on the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development website.

How many parent units you want?

If you want to have a monitor in multiple rooms, you need a baby monitor with multiple receivers. Traditionally, most dual baby monitors don't come with multiple receivers, but you can find some models that come with the parent units.

It is important to remember that although the dual systems contain two cameras, they still contain just a single monitor or screen.

Pan and tilt feature

Some baby monitors come with a feature that allows the parent to control the angle of the camera using the parent unit itself. You don't have to get up and go to your baby's room to change the angle of the camera. You can do it right from your parent unit itself.

If you need that feature, make sure your baby monitor comes with pan and tilt.

Additional features

Some additional but very useful features include a temperature sensor and a battery indicator.

The temperature indicator allows you to monitor the temperature in the baby's room while the battery indicator shows you the battery remaining.

Another good additional feature is the disconnect indicator. Fortunately, most dual baby monitors come with this feature. If you move outside the range and the receiver can't establish a connection with the cameras, the monitor will start beeping to indicate that it has lost the signal. That way, you know that you are too far from the baby.

​Conclusion

After thoroughly reviewing some of the best dual baby monitors on the market, the Infant Optics DXR-8 Video Baby Monitor  easily rises to the top. It has the trusted Infant Optics name behind it to begin with and an impressive hardware as well.

The best long-range baby monitors on the market, we have no doubt in recommending the Philips Avent DECT Baby Monitor with Temperature Sensor. It is an excellent long-range audio monitor that does the job perfectly. It is sleek, and the battery lasts long. It also packs in some of the best features such as temperature sensor, talk-back capabilities, and a large backlit display.

We hope that this article will help you to narrow your search for the best baby monitor that is best for your needs. As always, if you enjoyed the article, don't forget to share it with your friends and loved ones!


Zoey Miller

Zoey is our baby equipment expert. Her topics are: baby, diapers, feeding, and pregnancy. She graduated from Teachers College, Columbia University and worked at nursery and kindergarten. Unfortunately she had some issues when she wanted a baby, but she eventually solved the problem and gained huge knowledge in this topic. She is a mother of 2 and her expertise has been accumulated from her nursery job and her own life with Naomi and Daisy. Twitter , Linkedin