Below is a review of the seven best Homekit baby monitors that you can install and integrate into your Apple Homekit smart home ecosystem.
In 2014 Apple released the Apple Homekit, a software that enables users to use iOS devices to control smart home devices such as cameras, bulbs, and baby monitors. Apple joined Amazon’s Alexa Home which has over 6000 compatible devices compared to Apple with less than 50 compatible devices. Similar to Google Home and Echo Show Baby Monitors, the cameras of compatible baby monitors need to be wifi-enabled.
Arlo brand and Logitech Circle are the main baby monitor Homekit devices in the market but you can also choose from other brands such as D-Link Omna.
We have usually recommended Arlo Baby, monitor, as the best Homekit baby monitor but there have also been a lot of complaints about Arlo, specifically Arlo baby monitor. In our upcoming 2022 update, our new top recommendation is the Ecobee Smart Camera which is excellent in that you can stream 24/7 using Echo Show 8 or using Apple Homekit. It has a wide 180 degrees field of view and other smart features such as smoke detectors.
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We’ll be updating this post soon with a full review of Ecobaby Smart Camera made specifically for pet and baby monitoring. Aside from Arlo Baby Monitor and Ecobee, most other Homekit cameras are security cameras – with features such as motion-triggered recording and not sound-triggered. The only other close security camera that can be used as a baby monitor is EufyCam 2 Pro but it is still motion-triggered recording.
|Name of Baby Monitor||Image||Average Rating||Number of Reviews (Amazon)||Night Vision||Video Quality||Recording Feature||Integrates with Smart Homes||Warranty||2-way Talk||Field of View||Remote Pan, Tilt, Zoom||Lullabies||Check Price||Cry Detection|
|Arlo Baby Monitor||2,696 customers||Yes||1080p HD||Yes, saved to the Cloud for 7 days (You'll need to pay for subscription to save & playback more than 7 days of storage)||Yes||12 months||Yes||130 degrees||No||Yes||Buy on Amazon||Yes|
|Logitech Circle 2||1,135 customers||Yes||1080p HD||Yes, saved to the Cloud & free for 24 hours.||Yes||12 months||Yes||180 degrees||No||No||Buy on Amazon||No|
|Arlo Pro||16,656 customers||Yes||720p HD||Yes, saved to the Cloud & free to access for 7 days||Yes||12 months||Yes||130 degrees||No||No||Buy on Amazon||No|
|eufyCam 2 Pro||4.6/5||730+||Yes||2k Resolution, 1080p while using HomeKit||Yes - It has local storage||Yes||12 months||Yes||140 degrees||Yes||No||Buy on Amazon||Yes|
|D-Link Omni||295 customers||Yes||1080p HD||Yes, local storage||Yes||12 months||Yes||180 degrees||No||No||Buy on Amazon||No|
|Netatmo||314 customers||Yes||1080p HD||Yes, local storage||Yes||12 months||Yes||100 degrees||No||No||Buy on Amazon||No|
|Ecobee Smart Camera||613 customers||Yes||1080p HD||Yes, saves to cloud||Yes||12 months||Yes||180 degrees||Yes||No||Buy on Amazon||No|
|eufy Security Solo IndoorCam||7,781 customers||Yes, 32.8 feet||2k (1080P while using HomeKit)||Yes - Local storage, needs SD card, up to 128GB, not included||Yes||12 months||Yes||125 degrees||360° Horizontal, 96° Vertical||No||Buy on Amazon||Yes|
Here are Apple Homekit compatible baby monitors:
- Arlo Homekit Baby Monitor
- Logitech Circle 2 Homekit Baby Monitor
- Arlo Pro Homekit Baby Monitor
- D-Link Omna
- Arlo Ultra 4K Homekit Baby Monitor
- Netatmo Presence Homekit Baby Monitor
- Eufy Homekit Baby Monitor
The video below describes what Homekit offers.
Top Homekit Baby Monitors
1. Arlo Homekit Baby Monitor
Arlo baby monitor can be integrated with Apple Homekit to leverage Siri, Apple’s virtual assistant. Netgear has been Apple Homekit’s partner and in CES 2019, it launched the latest Arlo Ultra 4K as Homekit compatible baby monitor.
Here are some reviews of parents who’ve used Arlo baby monitor with Homekit:
The integration with HomeKit is wonderful. You do need to make sure you upgrade to the latest firmware with the Arlo app to get all of the features with HomeKit.Dane
Setup was relatively painless, love the integration with HomeKit (including air quality and temperature).Ryan
So far the camera is great! Easy Homekit integration. The only issue I have noted to date is that the temperature sensor is WAY off. But other than that very happy with my purchaseAdam
Also, as with the rest of the Arlo line of cameras, you get a free 7 day recording of videos, which other companies don’t give you. With the last firmware update, Temperature, Humidity, Air Quality (VOCs level), are all exposed to Homekit as well.RPL
We have compared Ultra 4K with Arlo baby and since we want to use the Arlo camera as a simple baby monitor, Arlo Baby is our best option. While Alro Ultra 4K is still a great option, Arlo baby monitor is cheap and just perfect for video monitoring. You can read our detailed comparison of all Arlo cameras that are compatible with Apple Homekit, Google Home, and Alexa Home.
Though Arlo was supported by HomeKit prior to February 2018, the firmware update in early 2018 (version 1.8.22781) enhanced the capabilities of the Arlo HomeKit baby monitor. Using Arlo baby monitor as the baby cam in your baby’s nursery, you can access the video stream and the following additional features using the HomeKit App:
The image below shows the features of the HomeKit App once you’ve connected it with your Arlo baby monitor.
|Arlo Baby Monitor Homekit|
|Compatible Devices||All iPhone models after the 5S model, All iPad models, Apple TV, |
iPod Touch and Homepod models
|App Rating on Appstore||3.9/5 from 3,700 users|
|Arlo Battery Life||6 hours|
|iOS requirement||iOS 9 or later; Mac with Safari 3 or later|
Below is the picture of the Arlo baby monitor, our top Apple Homekit monitor.
Below are all the features that you get with the Arlo Homekit baby monitor:
Arlo has a 1080p HD display, 130 degrees field of view, and excellent night vision. You can read a detailed review of the Arlo baby monitor here. We love the air quality sensors that sense any compounds. This feature is common with some of our best-rated baby monitors such as iBaby M7, the top baby monitor for iPhone users
We love the air quality sensors that sense any compounds.
The video below describes how you can turn Arlo baby monitor into Arlo Homekit baby monitor.
Adding Arlo Camera to Apple Homekit
Follow the following steps to any of the Arlo Homekit compatible cameras, specifically, Arlo Baby, Arlo Pro, Arlo Pro 2, and Arlo Ultra 4K. Make sure you’ve downloaded the latest version of the App. Once you have the Arlo App, follow the following steps:
- Check to see if your camera is working and connected to Arlo App
- Download Apple Homekit App on Appstore. It will require you to allow it to access your home data
- While the Homekit App is open, navigate to ‘my devices’ and add the Homekit set-up by clicking ‘add’ on my devices button. It will direct you to confirm that you have the latest device firmware.
- Select the Home you’d like to set up the Homekit set-up code that you can get in the quick-start guide. You can also scan the code or enter it manually.
- Arlo baby should now be added to your Homekit. Remember to name the device (such as baby nursery camera)
2. Logitech Circle 2 Homekit Baby Monitor
Logitech Circle 2 is our second best Apple Homekit compatible security camera that can be turned into a baby monitor. Logitech Circle 2 was released in 2019 as an enhancement to the Logi Circle camera. It is a wired and weatherproof baby monitor that is a few dollars more expensive compared to the Arlo baby monitor but is totally worth every dollar. Being rated for indoor and outdoor, you don’t have to worry about any liquid spilling on it, which at times happens when feeding the baby. Logitech Circle 2 as a baby monitor is possible with the integration of Logitech Circle 2 with Homekit or with Google Home Hub.
Unlike Arlo that requires to be mounted on a flat surface, Logitech is the best security camera compatible with HomeKit as it has flexible mounting options, the window mount or a wall mount. It also comes with a long 10-foot wire to allow you to mount it further from the AC outlet.
Logitech Storage and Subscription
Logitech does not allow local storage using MicroSD or USB like some other cameras such as iBaby M7 and Wyze Cam do. Logitech stores the data in the cloud and gives you up to 24 hours of access for free. Other smart home baby monitors such as Nest only allow 3 hours of access.
You can choose from two subscription plans offered by Logitech. The basic plan will cost you $3.99 per month and allows you to access up to 14 days of video stored in their cloud for one camera. The Home Plan costs $6.99 per month and allows you to connect up to 5 cameras.
Logitech Circle 2 gives you unlimited streaming of videos of your baby right on your phone using any of the compatible Apple devices such as iPad and iPhone. Like Nest, Logitech enables you to stream videos 24/7 and with a subscription, you can register to sign up to access up to 30 days of video cloud storage.
Below is a snapshot of a phone screen when adding a camera to your Apple Homekit
Adding a camera or baby monitor to Apple Homekit you’ll need to download the Apple Homekit App on Apple’s Appstore.
You can read our separate full review of Logitech Circle 2 and how it compares with other baby monitors such as Nest.
3. Arlo Pro Homekit Baby Monitor
Arlo Pro is another Netgear baby monitor that integrates with Apple’s Homekit. Arlo Pro is one of the best-selling cameras by Netgear and over 15,000 customers on Amazon have rated it 4.1/5.
This baby camera made it to our review for many reasons including the 67% 5-star rating on Amazon. Although in the 3rd position, the VMS4130 has good but low camera quality (720p) compared to its cousin ABC1000 (top) and Circle 2 cameras with 1080p resolutions. Anyway, the video quality is satisfactory. The camera has a 135-degree field view when mounted on the wall and people love the night vision mode.
VMS4130 comes with an in-built mic and speaker that allows you to use the two-way talk feature. This makes it easier to communicate with your baby. We love that this camera works with Alexa, Google Assistant, Echo Show, and Fire TV which permit voice commands. Arlo offers free 1GB cloud recordings on video and audio for 7 days. You can choose between their Secure ($9.9/m unlimited cams or $2.99/m single) or Secure Plus plans (14.99/m unlimited cams) here.
The Arlo SmartHub or base station has a USB port that you can use to add storage and supports devices with up to 2TB storage capacity. According to most users of the VMS4130, the battery lasts only 3 to 6 months. We also like how Arlo uses the AES-128 bit encryption and TLS to keep your data safe.
4. D-Link Omna
D-Link Omna security camera is another camera that Works with Apple HomeKit. D-Link Omna was the first camera to be approved by Apple to integrate with the Homekit platform and it hasn’t disappointed. It has been available on sale on Amazon since August 2017
The biggest reason why parents prefer D-Link Omna to other smart home cameras such as Nest, Arlo, and Logitech is that D-Link Omna comes with a Micro SD card and you won’t have to pay for cloud storage fees which can be as high as $30 per camera. D-Link Omna supports a 128GB micro SD card but you can still view videos on the app.
The biggest difference between D-Link Omna and the other cameras such as the Arlo baby monitor is that you can only view videos of D-Link Omna on the D-Link App and not on the Homekit App. It is, however, cheaper than the Arlo baby monitor and Logitech Circle 2, our top 2 Homekit baby monitors.
Below are the features of the D-Link Omna Homekit baby monitor:
Another thing that makes most parents love this camera is the 1080p video resolution that gives you a crisp clear live and recorded image. You will also love the clarity of its night vision. Add the 180-degree ultra-wide-angle lens coverage and you have an ideal baby monitor. In addition, D-Link features a two-way talk intercom with an in-built mic and speaker that boost sound clarity as you communicate with your kiddo.
5. Netatmo Presence Homekit Baby Monitor
Netatmo Presence or the smart outdoor security camera is our 5th best HomeKit baby monitor in this MotherhoodHQ review. Netatmo is the most expensive on this list but its functionalities count for every extra dollar you pay as an upfront cost.
Founded on May 1, 2011, Netatmo is a French firm that manufactures smart home devices. We love the 4 MP video sensor and the full HD 1080p camera resolution. Just a reminder, 4MP refers to 4 million pixels but records 3.7 million pixels to enable fit correctly to a monitor. So, this high resolution means high-quality images and videos during the day. And when the night kicks in, you will love the infrared night vision that detects up to 15 meters inside your baby’s room.
Netatmo Presence local data storage features an 8GB class 10 microSD card but supports up to 32GB microSD cards for additional storage space. Even better, Presence comes with a time-lapse feature that condenses 24 hours of video recording into a 1-minute video. Amazing, right? The camera uses a rechargeable battery that lasts up to 180 days like that of eufyCam 2C and a few others. It also has the upper hand over Ring cameras because it takes little snapshots of motions, and its sleek design does not resemble a camera which is not a deterrent.
Netatmo will let you avoid subscription fees that you’ll have to pay if you go for Logitech Homekit or Arlo HomeKit baby monitors reviewed above. Netatmo lets you save data to any account on Dropbox and if you want to avoid paying Dropbox, you’ll just need to create a new account every time you run out of space.
When the three smart home ecosystems are compared, Alexa has the largest number of compatible devices. To be exact, it can work with 6,167 devices which include the following:
- Lighting devices
- Door locks
- Cameras such as Amazon Cloud Cam
- Voice assistants
According to Gizmodo, Google Assistant baby monitors are the most intelligent and Homekit baby monitors were termed as the most complete.
6. Eufy Homekit Baby Monitor
Yet another product from Anker Innovations, the eufy HomeKit camera is among the most affordably priced on this list. It comes with a price tag of under $55 and prides a 78% 5-star rating on Amazon with more than 7,500 reviews. Just like ecobee, this HomeKit baby monitor is specifically designed for indoor use which makes it a perfect pick for your kiddo’s room. It is in the same price range as Wyze Cam Pan.
Like its eufyCam 2 Pro, this camera comes with 2K clarity but uses 1080p when you are using HomeKit which is a great resolution. It comes with a 125-degree field of view plus an 8x digital zoom for full coverage and clarity. During our comparison, we found that the Wyze pan offers a better downward movement range than the eufy pan. When it comes to night vision, however, this eufy camera uses 8 infrared LEDs for white & black image clarity up to 33 ft.
We love the compatibility with Google Assistant and Alexa which allows for voice commands, as well as the sensitive mic with high sound clarity. As such, speaking with your baby will be easy. And while HomeKit compatibility also lets you give Siri commands, we found out that it disables features like sound detection and intelligent motion alerts. Unlike its eufyCam 2C cousin, however, this camera has no geofencing option which means the mode switch is done manually. Eufy offers a 180-day battery life.
When it comes to storage, the eufy HomeKit is equipped with a microSD slot for local storage that accommodates up to 128GB capacity SD cards. Eufy offers video playback with events marked on the timeline for ease of viewing a feature Wyze does not have. This makes it better!
Eufy cloud storage plans are affordable with the Basic Plan costing $2.99/m or $29.99/yr. for a 30-day video history for a single cam. That is costly compared to ecobee’s Haven at $9/m but at per with Wyze’s $29.99.
7. EufyCam 2 Pro
The eufyCam 2 Pro made its debut on July 20, 2020, which is better than the 2C version but close to the eufyCam 2. Unlike most HomeKit compatible baby monitors in our review today, the 2 Pro comes with a 2K (1440p) camera resolution which is an upgrade of the 1080p. The quality is unparalleled comes to picture and video clarity of your baby’s room with a 130-degree angle view. When using HomeKit, however, eufyCam 2 Pro uses 1080p resolution like Circle 2 and Arlo (our top).
What we loved most about the 2 Pro is its extra-long battery that lasts 365 days with a single charge. The camera uses an F2.0 aperture lens backed by a high photosensitivity sensor that allows you to get high-quality images and videos in night vision. That would explain why this relatively new camera in the market has a 75% 5-star rating in just 950+ reviews on Amazon. It offers free 16GB local storage via the HomeBase 2 with an extension to cloud storage which has well-priced plans. This allows you to record live videos and audio from your baby’s room and view them when you want.
Other than HomeKit, eufyCam 2 Pro is compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant. However, there are complaints about the poor two-way talk which the brand is trying to fix. All your data is secured using military-grade security AES 256-bit account encryption and 128-bit video encryption. It is currently priced at approx. $350 on Amazon.
8. eufyCam 2C
An upgrade of the EufyCam 2, the EufyCam 2C is ranked among the top HomeKit integrated cameras in the market that you can use as a baby monitor. It has a 76% 5-star rating in more than 8,500 reviews on Amazon today. What we love most about this camera is that it has no monthly fee and is priced under $200 which is very affordable.
The camera features a 1080p resolution for sharp images with a 135-degrees wide-angle lens. Even in night vision mode, most of our contacts say the camera’s invisible infrared LED light views your kiddo clearly as they sleep. That, among others, are the features that make the eufyCam 2C compete with early entrants like Nest Cam Indoor. Unlike other cameras, though, mounting is significantly cumbersome since it’s not magnetic.
When it comes to storage, it uses the HomeBase 2 as its hub and local storage. Compared to HomeBase 1, 2 is compact and lightweight with an in-built 16GB eMMC and comes with a USB slot instead of a microSD card. Here, you can store the recorded videos and pictures from your baby’s room to view them later. To access this footage, however, you will need the eMMC card inserted into the HomeBase Station 2 your EufyCam 2C is registered to. The cloud storage fees are similar to that of eufy HomeKit above. However, this one costs $2.99/m for one camera. If you have up to 10 cameras, you will pay $29.99/yr. for 30 days or $9.99/m or $99.99/yr. for 30 days. Seems cheaper as you can use the other cameras for home security.
We like the compatibility of the eufyCam 2C that allows it to work with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. This lets you give voice controls so you can speak to your little ones via two-way audio or even play them soothing music or white noise as they rest.
Like Arlo Pro and eufy HomeKit above, the eufyCam 2C battery lasts up to 180-days which is shorter compared to its earlier eufyCam 2 versions with 365-days battery life.
Some people asked whether Arlo Ultra 4K could work well as a baby monitor with HomeKit. Though we liked it for the 4K resolution, in-built color night vision, 180-day battery life, and premium two-way audio. However, it does need a subscription and the spotlight feature would be too bright for a baby’s room. That is a big drawback like with most ring cams that can be very distracting for your kiddo during the night. It is also very expensive at around $890.
That’s our opinion though. If you have a different opinion, feel free to comment.
Non-Compatible Devices: Wyze Cam Homekit
Wyze Cam is one of the cheapest security cameras that can be turned into a baby monitor that integrates with Google Home and Aleza Home. Wyze cam is however incompatible with Apple’s Homekit and the staff of Wyze indicated earlier that they are currently working to make sure that Wyze Cam is compatible with Homekit. If you’ve read any materials with Wyze Cam and Homekit compatible advice, you should only believe that as of July 2019, you can only like and use Wyze on Alexa and Google Home.
Below is a snapshot of Wyze Cam and Homekit compatibility advances that are currently ongoing.
|Name||Arlo Baby Monitor||Logitech Circle 2 Indoor/Outdoor||Arlo Pro||D-Link Indoor Home Security Camera||Arlo Ultra 3k||Netatmo Smart Outdoor Security Camera|
|Rating on Amazon||3.8/5 by 3,800+ reviewers||3.9/5 by 800+ reviewers||4.2/5 by 15,800+ reviewers||3.8/5 by 300+ reviewers||3.9/5 by 1,500+ reviewers||4/5 by 240+ reviewers|
|Can be Integrated with Apple Homekit (Yes/No)||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Features||1080p HD resolution videos and images|
Works with Alexa
|Works with Alexa, Homekit and Google Home; |
1080p HD video resolution;
180 degress wide-angle view;
Free 24-hour storage
|100 Wire free|
7 Days of Free Cloud Recordings
Uses rechargeable batteries
|HD 1080P, Works with Apple HomeKit, Night Vision, 2 Way Audio, MicroSD Recording||UHD video quality;|
180 Degree diagonal field of view;
Enhanced night vision;
Noise canceling technology
|Comes with 4MP Video sensor|
The video resolution/quality is full 1080p HD: up to 1920 x 1080
It has a wide field of view of 100 degrees which is less than Nest and Arlo’s field of views.
A decent night vision range of up to 15 feet.
Comes with local data storage
|Price||Buy on Amazon||Buy on Amazon||Buy on Amazon||Buy on Amazon||Buy on Amazon||Buy on Amazon|
Sandra W. Bullock is part of the review board and is responsible for quality control of content here at MotherhoodHQ. She has over 20 years of writing parenting content online focussing on baby safety indoors and outdoors. She has written widely on babyproofing nurseries and homes for infants and toddlers and published work on privacy and the safety of baby monitors. She is a renowned advocate for non-wifi baby monitors that cannot be hacked and spends a lot of time educating parents on how to secure their homes – including ways to secure the baby from harm in and around homes. Sandra is a native of Atlanta where she also works. She can be reached using her email, Sandra.w(at)motherhoodhq.com
Last update on 2022-01-26 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API