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Best Night Light

By Molly Bradac ⋅ Senior Review Editor
Thursday August 6, 2020
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Need a night light to illuminate the dark? We've researched, purchased, and tested the top 8 night lights of 2020. To determine the best, each product experienced side-by-side comparisons and hands-on testing to evaluate various factors, such as ease of use, range of brightness, durability, and more. Whether you need a soft glow for late-night feeds or to calm your child's fear of the dark, we are confident there is a top-notch night light in our lineup that will meet your needs and budget.

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Best Overall Night Light


Hatch Rest


Editors' Choice Award
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$59.99
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Sleep Timer: Yes | Portable: No
3-in-1 device & customization
App-control
Adjustable brightness
Charging cord with plug
Wide age range
Button interface underneath

The Hatch Rest is sleek and minimal in appearance, yet high-tech. As a 3-in-1 product: night light, sound machine, and time-to-rise tool for toddlers and children, the Hatch is a top-performing device that combines three useful capabilities into one easy to use product. The exterior is plastic, and a charging cord with a plug comes with the device. Arguably one of the most innovative features of the Hatch is its app-control. Download the app onto a smartphone, tablet, or android, and through Bluetooth, it will connect to your device. This operation means you can access and adjust the Hatch from the comfort of your bed without entering your child's room. Other control methods include the touch-sensitive silver ring or the button interface underneath. However, the app provides a broader range of options than other control methods. On the app, create and save programs with your favorite color, sound, and brightness level, which will run automatically. The program settings include a "Toddler Lock" option, so a curious toddler touching the device cannot disable a running program. Thanks to its range of functions, the Hatch can grow with your little one and provide years of service.

The Hatch Rest has an intuitive  user-friendly interface  but the app is easier to use and can be done remotely  outside the child's room.
We appreciate the Hatch Rest provides a charging cable and plug.

The Hatch does have a few downsides to consider. It only operates when plugged-in to an outlet, making it not portable. The button interface is underneath the device, and access is a two-hand task, which is slightly inconvenient with a baby in your arms. However, once you set-up a program on the app, it will run automatically, and if modification needs to occur, the app is the easiest method to use, not the button interface. All in all, the Hatch has many praise-worthy features. If you fancy the modern design, value the multiple functions rolled up into one device, plus app-control, yet don't mind the lack of portability, then the Hatch Rest might be just the product we recommend for you and your family.

The Hatch Rest is a top-performing  3-in-1 product. Operate this device through an app and customize programs that will run automatically for naptime  bedtime  and time-to-rise.
The Hatch Rest is a top-performing 3-in-1 product. Operate this device through an app and customize programs that will run automatically for naptime, bedtime, and time-to-rise.

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Best Option for Simplicity


VAVA VA-CL006


Editors' Choice Award
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$20.99
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Sleep Timer: Yes | Portable: Yes
Sleek
Longevity
Battery life
Adjustable brightness
No plug
Learning curve

The VAVA VA-CL006 quickly became a tester favorite thanks to its simplicity in design and operation. This lightweight product has a plastic, waterproof exterior. It offers two light colors (cool and warm white), adjustable brightness, and a one-hour sleep timer. We appreciate the touch-sensitive controls that you can perform with one hand - a convenient perk for when you are holding or feeding your little one. The VAVA sits on a small, stable charging dock, and if you're half-asleep, placing the device on top of the charging dock is easier to do than locating a charging cable. At full charge, this light is portable and ready to travel with you around your home or nursery, plus its battery life is excellent. We appreciate that the VAVA can be at service well beyond the newborn late-nights and into childhood. Also, the VAVA includes a carabiner to hang the device and face stickers to decorate the outer shell for some personality. Users report that the VAVA company has responsive customer service and offers an 18-month warranty, which we appreciate.

The silicone gasket on the VAVA VA-VL006 lifts and using the carabiner  and the light can be hung upside down.
The VAVA VA-CL006 includes a charging base and cord  but no plug.

The VAVA includes a charging base and cable, but not a plug for the outlet, and you will need to search your home for an extra or order one. Navigating the touch-sensitive controls is tricky until you read the directions and practice. Luckily, there is a helpful small sticker with instructions you can leave on the device, but the learning curve is short, and once you master it, it is easy to use. Users report that the touch-sensitive controls can be touchy, and while carrying or moving the device, the settings unintentionally change. From our testing, we agree that this can occur if you grab the top of the light or accidentally cover the sensor above the logo, and usually avoidable if you grab the lower half of the device. So, if you seek simplicity, portability, product longevity, and a little fun (thanks to the carabiner and face stickers), this is a product for you.

The VAVA VA-CL006 is modern  sleek  and simple to operate after mastering a short learning curve.
The VAVA VA-CL006 is modern, sleek, and simple to operate after mastering a short learning curve.

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Budget-Friendly Plug-In


Eufy Lumi Plug-In


Best Value Award
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$3.75 each (in 4-pack)
(73% off)
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Sleep Timer: No | Portable: No
Compact design
Multiple lights
Budget-friendly
Cannot adjust brightness
Eliminates an outlet space

The Eufy Lumi Plug-In embraces the set it and forget it mentality. Simply place these compact lights in outlets around your home to illuminate dark spaces, such as hallways, staircases, bathrooms, and bedrooms. As a room darkens from the setting sun, the Eufy senses the change and automatically increases its soft glow until it decreases as the room brightens with the morning sun. The Eufy is ideal for families with a trek to the nursery or to boost their toddler's confidence by illuminating the route to the bathroom, avoiding the use of eye-blinding overhead lights. Also, the Eufy can be at service long after late-night feeds and changes, and into childhood.

The Eufy will increase or decrease soft glow based on ambient light changes.
The Eufy Lumi Plug-In is energy efficient and easy to use.

Unfortunately, you cannot control the brightness of the Eufy, and, we think the glow of Eufy is slightly brighter than dim. When plugging Eufy into an outlet, avoid turning it upside down, and it will most likely go into the top socket, which reduces one socket available for other devices needing electricity in that location. Despite these minor drawbacks, if you prefer having multiple lights to illuminate several spaces, such as hallways, bathrooms, and bedrooms, plus want the best bang for your buck, then the Eufy may meet your needs.

The Eufy Lumi Plug-In couldn't be easier to use  and it provides a soft glow.
The Eufy Lumi Plug-In couldn't be easier to use, and it provides a soft glow.

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Best Child Night Light


LumiPets Bear


Top Pick Award
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$21.99
(12% off)
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Sleep Timer: Yes | Portable: Yes
Soft silicone
Washable
Remote control
Adjustable brightness
No plug
Without remote, fewer options
Battery life not ideal

Eye-catching for its bear-shape cuteness, the LumiPets Bear is a perfect buddy for any child. The soft, squishy, non-toxic silicone material (free of BPA, latex, lead, and phthalate) makes a great cuddle companion. It is rechargeable, portable, and includes a micro USB cord. Operate the Lumi by either tapping it to select one of nine colors or flow through the color spectrum. Alternatively, use the remote control to choose the same color options, plus adjust the brightness and set sleep timer of 15, 30, and 60 minutes. The remote control is easy to use and is an exciting feature for children. Also, the LumiPets is dishwasher washable, a rare perk that we appreciate.

The LumiPets Bear includes a remote control and offers a variety of fun colors.
The LumiPets Bear's charging cord port is on the backside  next to the power button.

This product does have minor drawbacks to consider. The charge cord is slighty short. Also, the remote control offers more features than tapping. If the remote is accidentally lost, the options of adjusting brightness or setting a sleep timer will no longer be possible. Additionally, the remote control will only function with a press of the power button on the LumiPets first. We feel that this flaw defeats the remote's purpose, especially if you need to walk across the room to press the button. Also, the battery life of 12-20 hours is not ideal. If you leave the LumiPets on through the night, it will need to charge the following day for nighttime use. Although this is not a deal-breaker, it is something to consider when purchasing. Despite these flaws, the LumiPets is a kid magnet. If you think your child will enjoy this soft, cuddly light that shines multiple colors and has a remote control, then we are sure this LumiPets will bring bedtime happiness and keep the monsters under the bed at bay.

The LumiPets Bear is a favorite among children and the remote control is an exciting feature.
The LumiPets Bear is a favorite among children and the remote control is an exciting feature.

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Our Favorite Projection Nightlight


Cloud B Twilight Turtle


Top Pick Award
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$30.00
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Sleep Timer: Yes | Portable: Yes
Awesome projection
Soothing
Durable
Grow with child
Batteries not included
Automatically turns off
Cannot adjust the brightness

The Cloud B Twilight Turtle is a dreamy soother for a little one as they drift off to sleep. This soft, plush toy with hard plastic shell widely projects eight major constellations onto the walls and ceiling in three color options: green, blue, and amber, or flow through all colors. This product is durable and will withstand the rage of toddlers. Plus, it is portable as a battery-operated light, and will automatically shut-off after 45 minutes, preserving the battery. Use this light to entertain your baby during tummy time, or incorporate it into naptime and bedtime routines. Regardless, we are sure that this product will be a family favorite and provide years of enjoyment.

The Cloud B Twilight Turtle is hands-down  a family favorite providing tummy time entertainment  but it also soothes bedtime fears with its projection of constellations onto the ceiling and walls.
Under the fabric flap  the battery-operated Cloud B Twilight Turtle has a power switch  and we appreciate the safety in securing the batteries into place.

Unfortunately, this product does not include batteries, and although not a big deal, it is something to note. Also, there is no way to adjust brightness or change the sleep timer timeframe. This product would not be your main and primary night light. Instead, it is perfect for projection, entertainment, or as a soothing tool for your child. If this fits your needs, we recommend the Cloud B Twilight Turtle.

The Cloud B Twilight Turtle is a family favorite that soothes bedtime fears with its wide projection of constellations on the ceiling and walls.
The Cloud B Twilight Turtle is a family favorite that soothes bedtime fears with its wide projection of constellations on the ceiling and walls.

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Option for Older Children


Tecboss Smart Chick


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$15.99
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Sleep Timer: No | Portable: Yes
Small
Easy to use
Battery life
Adjustable brightness
No plug
Uncommon charging cable
Eyes can come off

The Tecboss Smart Chick is small, portable, and adorable. It has silicone on the top and plastic on the bottom. Press down on the chick's head turn on and off. Press and hold to adjust the brightness. It includes a charging cable but no plug but offers a decent battery life, which is ideal for parents who don't want to charge a device every day.

The Tecboss Smart Chick's charging cord is not standard like a USB cord. If lost  you will need to order a new one unless  by chance  you have an extra.
The Tecboss Smart Chick has silicone material on top with plastic on the bottom.

This device does have some downsides. It does not include a plug, and the charging cable is not as standard as a USB cord; therefore, if you lose it, you'll have to purchase one. We noticed that the eyes can easily be removed, and since they are small in size, we are uncomfortable with its use by small children who might get ahold of and attempt to swallow the eyes. In our opinion, this is an unfortunate issue as the chick functions well. Therefore, we only recommend this product to older children.

The Tecboss Smart Chick is adorable and offers a range of brightness.
The Tecboss Smart Chick is adorable and offers a range of brightness.

7

Good 2-in-1 Night Light


Skip Hop Soother Owl


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$39.95
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Sleep Timer: Yes | Portable: No
Sound Machine
Adjust projection angle
Volume control
Adjustable brightness
Requires plug-in power
Projection narrow

The Skip Hop Soother Owl is a 2-in-1 product. It projects a moon and stars on the ceiling or wall with an adjustable pivot lens and a glowing belly with dimmer control, and it is a sound machine, playing four melodies and four sounds. You can let the device play continuously or set a sleep timer for 15, 30, or 60 minutes. The button interface is user-friendly and offers the ability to adjust brightness and volume. The product is made of plastic and is durable.

The Skip Hop Soother Owl's interface is intuitive to use.
The Skip Hop Soother Owl has an adjustable pivot lens.

Unfortunately, this product does not have a battery back-up and requires plug-in power to function, making it not portable. Also, the projection is narrow and does not compare to the other projection product in our review. Considering the Skip Hop Soother Owl's performance and price-tag, this product may be a fit for a family with average expectations. However, if you don't mind slightly adjusting your budget, and you like the idea of having a night light and sound machine rolled into one device, the Hatch Rest may worth the splurge for higher satisfaction and quality.

The Skip Hop Soother Owl provides a narrow projection of stars and a moon  plus a glowing belly  with adjustable brightness. It also is a sound machine  but the sound quality is low.
The Skip Hop Soother Owl provides a narrow projection of stars and a moon, plus a glowing belly, with adjustable brightness. It also is a sound machine, but the sound quality is low.

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Good Handle Carry Option


Munchkin Light My Way


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$11.00
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Sleep Timer: Yes | Portable: Yes
Easy-grasp handle
One button
Batteries not included
Lacks durability
Cannot adjust the brightness
Small button to find in the dark

The Munchkin Light My Way is a good match for an owl-loving toddler who cannot reach light switches and wants a portable light to illuminate the way. One press of the button to power on and off this battery-operated product. Plus, it features a 20-minute sleep timer that will power off the light, which means no fretting over draining battery life. It is made of plastic and features a grabbable handle for easy carry.

We wish the battery-operated Munchkin Light My Way had a more prominent power button that is easier for little ones to find in the dark.
The Munchkin Light My Way has an easy to use carry handle  which no other product in our review features.

There are a few downsides. The light does not include batteries, and although this is a simple fix, it is an added step before the product is functioning. We wonder about the plastic's longterm durability, specifically cracks or chips resulting from drops onto hard surfaces or down flights of stairs. There is no option to change brightness. Also, some users report that the power button is small and challenging for half-asleep toddlers to locate in the dark. After examining this issue ourselves, we agree and wish a more prominent button was in its place, preferably not on the bottom. However, with a low price-tag, this product could be a back-up or secondary light for your little one to carry around the home.

The Munchkin Light My Way is a portable  easy to carry night light for toddlers. However  the power button is not prominent and tricky to find in the dark.
The Munchkin Light My Way is a portable, easy to carry night light for toddlers. However, the power button is not prominent and tricky to find in the dark.

Tip: It is best to set-up a night light down low, near the floor to avoid having it shine directly into the child's eyes.

Our review includes a variety of night light styles from high-tech to projection. There is sure to be a night light here that will meet you and your baby's needs.
Our review includes a variety of night light styles from high-tech to projection. There is sure to be a night light here that will meet you and your baby's needs.

Why You Should Trust Us


Leading this review is Molly Bradac, part of the BabyGearLab Review Team. With over 14 years of experience as a Nanny and Newborn Care Specialist, Molly has worked with dozens of families. Her experience includes helping children establish sleeping routines, creating calming environments for sleep, and overnight care for newborns, managing feeds and diaper changes by the glow of a night light. Molly's experiences and knowledge render expert recommendations for you and your family. Also contributing to our review are Max and Eliza, two little hands-on testers, ages 18-months, and four years of age. These little testers have an essential role in our testing, which is to merely play, allowing our experts further to assess durability, plus usability from a child perspective.

Analysis and Test Results


Each product underwent a side-by-side comparison and hands-on testing. We enlisted our two little testers' help to help test our metrics, specifically ease of use and durability.

The VAVA VA-CL006 includes face stickers for your little one to decorate the outer shell giving it some fun personality that is sure to make them smile.
The VAVA VA-CL006 includes face stickers for your little one to decorate the outer shell giving it some fun personality that is sure to make them smile.

Ease of Use


As busy parents and caregivers, we already have enough to focus on, why add to it? So we consider purchasing an easy to use device to be essential. Among the competition, the Hatch ranks high in this metric with its app-control that you can use remotely, plus it creates and automatically runs programs with your favorite settings. The Eufy Lumi Plug-In is a runner up thanks to its simplicity and the fact it does not require adjusting once set-up. On the other hand, the Munchkin Light My Way is the most challenging. The power button is tricky for toddlers to find in the dark, and with a sleep timer of only 20 minutes, both factors increase the likelihood of you getting out of bed to help your little one.

Tap the VAVA logo twice to initiate the sleep timer of one hour.
Tap the VAVA logo twice to initiate the sleep timer of one hour.

Range of Brightness


Ideally, a product should illuminate a space to provide adequate vision, yet it shouldn't be so bright that it disrupts the baby's sleep and melatonin secretion. A range of brightness can be an essential feature on a unit, and the products that offer this option rank higher than others. If a product does not provide brightness adjustment, avoid having it shine in the baby's eyes by placing in low, near the floor. Many of the products in our review provide adjustable brightness with the Hatch Rest offering the most extensive range. The Cloud B Twilight Turtle, Eufy Lumi Plug-In, and Munchkin Light My Way are not adjustable.

Some products offer a range of brightness levels  while others do not  like the Munchkin Light My Way.
Some products offer a range of brightness levels, while others do not, like the Munchkin Light My Way.

Durability


Children are not always gentle nor careful creatures, and we anticipate a product to drop, fall, or crash at some point. Therefore, durability is essential, especially if your little one will be handling it. Each product was examined and assessed for material, sturdiness, and areas that may raise concerns. The top-ranking products in this metric include the Eufy Lumi Plug-In, Cloud B Twilight Turtle, and LumiPets Bear. A few low-ranking products include the Tecboss Smart Chick as the eyes remove, which is unsuitable for younger children. Also, the Muchkin Light My Way has plastic material, which we feel is less robust.

Besides the charging dock  the VAVA VA-CL006 offers another charging port under the silicone gasket.
The LumiPets Bear's silicone exterior is removable and dishwasher safe  which is a feature that no other product in our review offers.

Tip: Many products use LED bulbs, which are energy-efficient and last a long time, plus they do not get as hot, which is key since children like to touch.

Each product in our round-up varies in material  such as plastic  silicone  or a mixture of plush fabric and plastic.
Each product in our round-up varies in material, such as plastic, silicone, or a mixture of plush fabric and plastic.


Conclusion


A night light can provide a soft glow for midnight feedings and changes, a quick peek on your sleeping baby, or to reassure your little one that the darkness is not as spooky as it seems. Regardless of the scenario, we think you will be happy to have a night light illuminating the dark. Let our expert recommendations help streamline your decision-making process, and we are confident there is a perfect night light here that will meet your needs and goals.

Molly Bradac