Many people equate nanny cameras with hidden cameras, but our top pick sits out in plain sight.
Because while hidden cameras have their uses, regular indoor security cameras almost always have higher-quality designs and more features that will help parents keep kids safe. (Don’t worry—if your heart is set on stealth, we’ll recommend a hidden camera option below.)
Features and flaws
The Arlo Q took the top spot by offering more smart home syncing and better optics than the other options on our list. It’s compatible with Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT pairings. It also has 1080p video, a 130° field of view (basically, how much of an area that you can see in the camera’s recordings), and infrared night vision, so you’ll always have a clear view of what’s happening in your home.
Worried about what’s happening when you aren’t watching? The Arlo Q has motion sensors and audio sensors to alert you if your kids get too close to the power tools or cleaning supplies.
These abilities help you keep an eye on your kids whether they’re home alone, with a nanny, or playing in another part of the house while you take a well-deserved rest.
The Arlo Q’s two-way audio makes communication simple, whether you just want to say hi on your lunch break or warn your kids to stay out of the cookie jar.
It also includes a push-to-talk button so your child can get in touch with you even if they don’t have a phone.
At $149, the Arlo Q costs $50 to $100 less than comparable cameras from brands like Nest. And while your family deserves the best, kids are expensive enough, so affordability is a huge bonus.
Most companies make you pay a monthly fee for video storage, but Arlo gives you seven days of free storage. (Nest, by comparison, deletes clips after three hours.)
Arlo still offers a subscription service if you want it. And since it costs less than most competitor services, it’s a good deal if you need extra storage—handy if your camera catches the kids or cat doing something hilarious that you need to rewatch.
>>Curious about other Arlo cameras? Check out our Arlo review.
ASecureLife's recommendation: Get the Arlo Q camera if you want high-quality images, motion alerts, generous storage, and two-way communication at an affordable cost. We love that you can drop in and talk to your kids to tell them dinner is ready or to tell them goodnight if you’re still stuck at work at bedtime.
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