Nanit Pro Review
Pros: Easy to use, WiFi range, lower EMF
Cons: Sub-par sound, expensive
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|Pros||Easy to use, WiFi range, lower EMF||Internet range, great images, versatile long term use||Good visuals, lots of features, easy to use||WiFi range, lots of features, great images, easy to use||Lower price for dedicated, better sound, good video|
|Cons||Sub-par sound, expensive||No internet / no monitor, disappointing sound||Sound could be better, harder setup||Sub par sound, higher price, internet dependant||Shorter range, fewer features, less vibrant color|
|Bottom Line||A relatively expensive option that is easy to use and has many features with lower EMF||Really cool WiFi camera with lots of uses and great video for simple baby monitoring||Good for long term use if you already own other Arlo products||Cool WiFi option with all the bells and whistles that is easy to use||Good dedicated monitor if WiFi is not an option|
|Rating Categories||Nanit Pro||Nest Cam Indoor WiFi||Arlo Baby||iBaby Care M7 WiFi||Hello Baby HB65|
|Sound Clarity (20%)|
|Video Quality (30%)|
|Ease Of Use (15%)|
|Battery Life (10%)|
|Specs||Nanit Pro||Nest Cam Indoor WiFi||Arlo Baby||iBaby Care M7 WiFi||Hello Baby HB65|
|Communication Technology||2.4GHz and 5GHz||802.11 a/b/g/n||2.4 GHz||802.11 b/g/n||2.4 GHz|
|Indoor Range Test||Anywhere You Have Connectivity||Anywhere You Have Connectivity||Anywhere You Have Connectivity||Anywhere You Have Connectivity||4 Walls
|Open Field Range Test||Anywhere You Have Connectivity||Anywhere You Have Connectivity||Anywhere You Have Connectivity||Anywhere You Have Connectivity||800 Feet|
|Manufacturer's Claimed Range (*buyer beware!)||Anywhere You Have Connectivity||Anywhere You Have Connectivity||Anywhere You Have Connectivity||Anywhere You Have Connectivity||1000 Feet|
|Max Sound||89 db||86 db||93 db||82 db||76.3 db|
|Max # of Cameras||Up to 5. If you plan to use more than 5 cameras contact customer support||10 Per Home with Unlimited Homes||5 simultaneous video streams free.
Up to 20 cameras with paid subscription.
|Not Listed (Unlimited?)||4|
|Battery Life||n/a||n/a||n/a||n/a||14 hrs|
|EMF @ 6 Feet from Camera||0.37 V/m||0.92 V/m||0.75 V/m||1.42 V/m||0.83 V/m|
|Warranty||1 Year||2 Year||1 Year||1 Year||1 Year|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Nanit is a fairly young company operated collectively by "scientists, parents and designers." Nanit is relatively unique and is trying to go beyond basic monitoring and offers "breathing wear" that utilizes learning algorithms to determine human behavior to monitor a baby's breathing.
- Purchase from a location with a useful return policy for easy/quick returns if your internet is not up to par
- Test immediately to ensure it has sufficient WiFi bandwidth
- If you can, use a device outside of your personal phone for monitoring as come apps lose connection when on a call
- Change the default password! Hacking a monitor is easier if you fail to create a new password
The Nanit works with your internet connection, so your WiFi will determine the range. The camera connects to WiFi, while your parent device can use WiFi or a cellular data plan. This connection type means it is a good choice for those with more square footage or homes with more than four walls separating the baby camera and the parent unit, which can often make monitoring more difficult with dedicated style monitors.
Audio / Visual
Sound clarity in a video monitor is just as important as it is in a sound monitor because it is sound that draws your attention to the screen. The Nanit sound performance and clarity are better than some of the WiFi competition, but it really isn't anything to write home about.
It has a maximum volume decibel level of 89db with clarity decreasing after 79db. The sound is hollow but the clarity is good enough to hear voices and details from the nursery. While you can turn the sound component off during viewing, this also turns off notifications, so you won't be altered to any auditory changes in the nursery. Alternatively, if you leave the sound on and close the app, you will continue to get notifications about sound (aka crying) in the baby's room.
The video quality is better than the sound quality with images that are superior to the dedicated products in this review but it didn't perform as well as the WiFi cameras in our lineup, despite the increase to 1080p that comes with the Pro version. The Nanit images have colors that aren't exactly the same as real life and they look somewhat dim compared to the more vibrant competition. The images offer good clarity, but the quality goes down when you zoom in as it becomes pixelated since it is digital zoom not optical.
Night images are slightly more disappointing with a bright spot in the center with fuzzier edges. The important details are visible and clear, but it doesn't compare to the other WiFi products.
Ease of Use
The Nanit is one of the easiest WiFi products in the review to use with a high score compared to the dedicated and some of the WiFi products.
Setup for this monitor is fairly easy if you are comfortable with apps and technology. It has a quick start guide and app that is intuitive to navigate. It pretty much sets itself up, but you do have to pair the camera with your account once it is set up. The app and setup process is easier than much of the WiFi competition in this review.
The Nanit app has the most used features directly on the home screen and frequently used features are located on the video screen. When you open the app, you have to turn the background sound setting on. If you turn the sound off, you won't receive sound notifications. We experienced only a 1-2 second delay during testing between what was happening in the room and what we observed on the app. This lag time, while not perfect, is still suitable for monitoring a baby as a second between your little one starting to cry and you hearing it is still better than no monitor and is unlikely to impact how quickly you respond.
The Nanit monitor does not include a battery and only plugs in. Therefore, when testing battery life, we look at the parent's device where battery life is highly dependant on the usage of apps and calls. Another reason to use a separate device outside your phone for regular monitoring.
Most personal electronic devices have the potential for longer battery life than the parent devices included with the dedicated monitors we tested.
The Pro comes with a variety of features, but it doesn't have as many baby-centric features as some of the competition or what you might expect.
This product has sound activation (an important feature, in our opinion) but the camera is stationary which limits your viewing field.
- Breathing band
- Temperature & humidity sensors
- Two-way talk
- Screen sleep in night mode
- Movement detection
- Glow nightlight
- Birdseye mounting for full crib view
- Continue monitoring while using other apps or when the screen is locked
- Save images
- White noise and nature sounds
- Up to 5 users
- Compatible with Alexa
Electromagnetic Field (EMF) Levels
We test EMF emissions under the same for each product to compare the results in an apples to apples method. This Nanit proved to have lower EMF than the previous Nanit and we applaud their efforts to decrease EMF emissions. Given the potential for outside EMF impacting results, we don't claim that our results are the same as what you could experience. The Nanit Pro has a reading of 0.37 V/m 6 ft from the EMF reader. This is absolutely one of the lowest results we saw during testing. Because EMF exposure decreases the further your little one is from the camera, we suggest putting the camera as far from your little one as you can for it to function as intended.
Locating information on the company website about security was harder than it really should be for this kind of product. There is no specific security page, which left us searching for more details. After extensive searching, we found vague assurances.
When asked, "Can Nanit be hacked?" Nanit replied:
Nanit uses 256-Bit AES Encryption technology.
- Update the firmware
- Change the default password
- The new password should be at least 8-10+ characters with lower & upper case letters, and a complex combination of numbers or characters
- Change your password frequently
- Limit the camera's view
- Always unplug the camera when not in use so it can't be activated remotely
— Wendy Schmitz and the BabyGearLab Review Team