The 40 Best Washers and Dryers for Doing Laundry

Modern washers and dryers have made light work of what used to be a tedious chore only 100 years ago. But with so many features and options available, how do you find a model that’s right for you? Here are some things to consider when you’re shopping for a washer and/or dryer:

Washers

There are several types of washers that will suit different family’s needs, and it’s important to consider which features are important to you when shopping for a washer. Load size, soil settings, sanitize cycles, delay wash and steam clean are all features to consider when you’re comparing models. Ensure you measure accurately to find a model that fits your space and that your electrical is up to snuff.

Top Load Washing Machines

Top loading washer models are generally less expensive than their front loading counterparts, but they use more water in order to clean your clothes, since the drum must fill to the selected level before the wash cycle begins. They tend not to remove as much water from clothes during the spin cycle, so drying times can be longer.

Front Load Washing Machines

Front loading washer models will generally use less water than their top loading counterparts, but some consumers complain they do not clean as effectively as top loading models. Another frequent complaint is their longer wash times, though they do remove most of the water from your clothes which results in shorter drying times. Of note is that you will need to use an HE-approved laundry detergent when washing your clothes, as they produce less suds and are better for the machine.

HE

High efficiency (HE) washer models offer all the cleaning power of a classic washing machine, but with built-in energy saving benefits. An HE washing machine will use less water than its standard counterpart in order to clean your clothes, and will often use less energy. Of note is that you will need to use an HE-approved laundry detergent when washing your clothes, as they produce less suds and are better for the machine.

Dryers

Ensure you measure accurately to find a model that fits your space and that your electrical is up to snuff. You’ll also want to ensure venting is done correctly. Features to consider on both kinds of models include sensor dry, time dry, the various settings, and even a ‘keep fresh’ option which will tumble your clothes for a set amount of time after they’re dry in order to reduce wrinkling.

Gas Dryers

Gas-powered dryers perform as well as the more popular electric models, but run on your gas supply rather than your home’s electrical (though they’ll still need a 120V outlet). They tend to be slightly more expensive than electric models, but can save on the cost of operation over the long term.

Electric Dryers

Electric dryers are the most popular kind, and are easy to install since they only require a 240V outlet.

With the above tips and information in mind, in no particular order here are 20 of the washers and 20 of the dryers that we consider safest, based on available features and average customer ratings and reviews.

The Safest Washers

1. LG WM8000HVA

This front-loading washer boasts a 5.1 cubic foot capacity and 14 wash cycles to handle nearly anything your family might throw at it. It also boasts TurboWash and steam technology to help keep your threads looking fresh.

Key features:

  • Choose from 5 temperature settings
  • Freestanding installation
  • 10-year limited warranty

Cost: *Est. $1,273

2. Samsung WA52J8700AP

This visually stunning top loading washing machine offers a choice of 15 different wash cycles to help clean your clothes and boasts a patented, built-in sink that allows you to pre-wash clothes to remove those hard-to-treat stains.

Key features:

  • Energy Star rated
  • 5.2 cubic foot capacity
  • SuperSpeed setting washes clothes up to 40% faster

Cost: *Est. $ 904

3. GE GTW485ASJWS

This top loading washer features a 4.9 cubic foot capacity and features more washing combinations than any other brand within its class.

Key features:

  • Energy Star rated
  • Stain pre-treat setting
  • 1-year limited warranty

Cost: *Est. $799

4. LG WM1377HW

This washing machine is slightly slimmer than most models, making it great for those in apartments, dorm rooms, or other small spaces. It features 2.3 cubic feet of washing space and a NeveRust stainless steel drum.

Key features:

  • Choose from 9 wash cycles
  • Anti-vibration system
  • 10-year limited warranty

Cost: *Est. $948.99

5. GE GTW680BSJWS

This top loading washer features a 4.6 cubic foot stainless steel tub and 14 different wash cycles and precise-fill load sensing technology that senses just the right amount of water necessary to clean your clothes.

Key features:

  • Matching dryer available
  • Stain removal guide included
  • 10-year limited warranty

Cost: *Est. $699

6. Electrolux EIFLS20QSW

This compact washing machine boasts a 2.4 cubic foot capacity and easy-to-use touch controls. Its deep clean sanitation cycle removes 99% of bacteria and 95% of common household allergens for cleaner, fresher clothes.

Key features:

  • Optional steam wash
  • Automatic water level adjustment
  • Optional pedestal and stacking kit available

Cost: *Est. $893.10

7. Samsung WF42H5200AW

This front loading washer offers a high efficiency way to clean your clothes and thanks to its self-clean feature, it eliminates the need for harsh chemicals. You can even troubleshoot issues from your smartphone.

Key features:

  • Choose from 9 wash cycles
  • Anti-vibration system
  • 10-year limited warranty

Cost: *Est. $758.49

8. Summit Ariston ARWL129NA

This front loading washing machine boasts a 1.82 cubic foot capacity and choice of 16 wash cycles to get your clothes as clean as possible, no matter the fabric or stain. Its compact design makes it ideal for apartments and other small spaces.

Key features:

  • Made in Italy
  • Super silent operation
  • Energy Star rated

Cost: *Est. $855.49

9. LG WM3477HW

This front loading washing machine features a 2.3 cubic foot capacity with 9 different wash cycles to choose from. It’s also a dryer with 4 different drying cycles. Thanks to its compact design, it’s ideal for apartments and other small spaces.

Key features:

  • Ventless design
  • 10 year limited warranty
  • UL listed

Cost: *Est. $1,491.99

10. Speed Queen AWNE82SP

This classic-looking, top loading washing machine features a 3.3 cubic foot capacity and stainless steel drum for long use. It provides a superior clean thanks to its 210 agitation at 68 strokes per minute.

Key features:

  • No lock lid stops cycle when lifted
  • Choose from 6 preset cycles
  • Electronic touch controls

Cost: *Est. $899

11. Miele W3038

This front loading washer boasts a compact, space-saving design that makes it ideal for use in apartments and where space is at a premium. Choose from 18 different wash cycles to get all your clothes their cleanest.

Key features:

  • 24-hour delay start
  • Integrated self-diagnostics
  • Child lock

Cost: *Est. $1,999

12. Electrolux EWFLS70JIW

This front loading washing machine boasts a large 5.0 cubic foot capacity that is perfect for large families and removes 99% of bacteria thanks to its deep clean sanitation cycle. It boasts a fastest wash time of just 15 minutes.

Key features:

  • Optional pedestal drawer available
  • Energy Star rated
  • Integrated control lock

Cost: *Est. $1,208.10

13. Avanti TLW21PS

This top loading washer offers a futuristic and modern design that boasts a stainless steel wash tub with 2.1 cubic foot capacity. Thanks to a pulsating bottom, there’s no agitator for your clothes to get stuck around.

Key features:

  • Electronic control panel
  • Energy Star rated
  • Freestanding installation

Cost: *Est. $424.54

14. LG WT1701CV

This washing machine boasts a 5.0 cubic foot capacity that makes it ideal for families. It boasts a NeveRust stainless steel drum and 12 washing cycles with optional TurboWash for an even better clean.

Key features:

  • Front, electronic controls
  • 10-year limited warranty
  • Slam-proof lid

Cost: *Est. $901

15. Frigidaire FFFW5100PW

This front loading washer features 3.9 cubic feet of capacity and a choice of 7 different wash cycles to help get your clothes clean. It can be stacked if necessary to provide you with space savings.

Key features:

  • Energy Star rated
  • Fresh water rinse for cleaner clothes
  • Antimicrobial door seal

Cost: *Est. $846

16. LG WT1101CW

This high efficiency top loading washing machine offers a choice of 8 washing cycles to help clean your clothes effectively. It features 4.3 cubic feet of washing space and a NeveRust stainless steel drum.

Key features:

  • Slam-proof lid
  • 10-year limited warranty
  • Integrated anti-vibration technology

Cost: *Est. $794.99

17. Electrolux EIFLS60JIW

This front loading washer boasts a 4.33 cubic foot capacity and choice of 11 different wash cycles to help get your clothes their cleanest. Its deep clean sanitation cycle removes 99% of bacteria and 95% of common household allergens for cleaner, fresher clothes.

Key features:

  • Optional steam wash
  • Energy Star rated
  • Optional pedestal drawer available

Cost: *Est. $983.10

18. Haier GWT560BW

This top loading washer features a 3.6 cubic foot load capacity and deluxe pulsator washing system that helps to get your clothes clean without being harsh on fabrics. It boasts a stainless steel drum and self-cleaning cycle.

Key features:

  • Energy Star rated
  • Electronic controls
  • Choose from 12 wash cycles

Cost: *Est. $672.38

19. LG WM8500HVA

This front loading washing machine boasts a massive 5.2 cubic foot capacity that makes it perfect for families. It comes complete with an electronic control panel with easy-to-read LCD display.

Key features:

  • Energy Star rated
  • 10-year limited warranty
  • TurboWash technology cuts wash time by 20 minutes

Cost: *Est. $1,596.75

20. Bismi Mini Portable Washing Machine

Ideal for those in extra small spaces or who travel frequently, this portable mini washer makes doing small loads of laundry a breeze and at just 11 pounds it’s lightweight for ease of portability.

Key features:

  • Largest capacity in its class
  • Spin dry basket included
  • 6.6 pound capacity

Cost: *Est. $89.99

The Safest Dryers

1. Electrolux EWMED70JIW

This electric, front loading dryer boasts an 8.0 cubic foot capacity with a total of 92 different drying cycles. It comes complete with electronic controls and an easy-to-read LCD display screen.

Key features:

  • Choice of colors
  • Perfect steam technology
  • 10-year limited warranty

Cost: *Est. $1,211.99

2. GE GTD42EASJWW

This front loading electric dryer has a 7.2 cubic foot capacity and durable aluminized alloy drum that resists chips, rust, and abrasion. Automatic drying sensors help sense the ideal drying time, saving you time and energy.

Key features:

  • Matching washer available
  • Choose from 4 drying cycles
  • Removable upfront lint filter

Cost: *Est. $898.50

3. LG DLE1101W

This top loading electric dryer boasts a 7.3 cubic foot capacity and LoDecibel™ quiet operation. With LG’s SmartDiagnosis™ feature, their service center can diagnose problems over the phone or via a smartphone app.

Key features:

  • Easy-to-use front control panel
  • Choose from 9 different programs
  • Child lock

Cost: *Est. $775

4. Frigidaire FARE1011MW

This sleek-looking front loading dryer boasts a 7.0 cubic foot capacity and choice of 8 different dry cycles. Thanks to the brand’s TimeWise technology, both your washer and dryer will have the same cycle times for increased washing efficiency.

Key features:

  • Limited 10-year warranty
  • Matching washer available
  • One-touch wrinkle release

Cost: *Est. $623.10

5. Ariston Elegance Line ARWDF129NA

This front loading machine boasts a unique, space-saving two-in-one design that offers both a washer and dryer in one compact unit. Ideal for apartments, dorms, and other small spaces, it boasts a 1.8 cubic foot capacity.

Key features:

  • Ventless design
  • Choose from 13 wash cycles
  • Choose from 3 dry cycles

Cost: *Est. $1,259.99

6. GE GFDS170EHWW

This front loading electric dryer boasts a 7.5 cubic foot capacity and comes complete with a steam feature to help prevent wrinkles. It also features integrated HE sensor dry, to help cut down on your energy costs.

Key features:

  • Choose from 10 automatic cycles
  • Stainless steel drum helps resist rust
  • UL listed, and ADA compliant

Cost: *Est. $746.90

7. LG DLG3171W

This front loading gas-powered dryer boasts a 7.4 cubic foot capacity, and features a selection of 8 drying cycles to keep your clothes looking new and fresh. It features a sensor dry system and LG’s SmartDiagnosis™ feature.

Key features:

  • Energy Star rated
  • Optional pedestal available
  • LoDecibel™ quiet operation

Cost: *Est. $845.99

8. Speed Queen ADE3SRGS

This classically-styled front loading electric dryer boasts a 7.0 cubic foot capacity and features a commercial-grade steel cabinet to provide your family with years of long-lasting use.

Key features:

  • ADA compliant
  • Up-front lint filter
  • Choose from 3 temperature settings

Cost: *Est. $712.99

9. LG DLGX8001W

This sleek and modern-looking front loading gas dryer boasts a massive 9.0 cubic foot capacity that is ideal for families and drying large loads. It offers a choice of 14 dry cycles and 5 different temperature settings.

Key features:

  • Reversible door
  • NeveRust stainless steel drum
  • CSA listed

Cost: *Est. $1,410.10

10. Electrolux EIED50LIW

This front loading electric dryer offers a large 8.0 cubic foot capacity that is suitable for larger loads and features 11 drying cycles to keep your clothes looking new and fresh. There’s even an 18-minute fast dry cycle for when you’re crunched for time.

Key features:

  • Integrated moisture sensor
  • Ultra quiet operation
  • 10-year limited warranty

Cost: *Est. $803.10

11. LG DLEC855W

This compact, electric front loading dryer boasts a 4.2 cubic foot capacity and space-saving design that is ideal for apartments, dorms, and other tight spaces.

Key features:

  • Integrated sensor dry system
  • LoDecibel™ quiet operation
  • Choose from 9 drying cycles

Cost: *Est. $979.95

12. GE GTD18ESSJWW

This classically-styled electric front loading dryer boasts a 6.8 cubic foot capacity and 6 drying cycles with 4 heat settings to help keep your clothes looking newer, longer. Thanks to its Quiet-By-Design technology, noise is minimized for use near bedrooms.

Key features:

  • Cycle complete signal
  • Dura Drum for long lasting use
  • UL listed

Cost: *Est. $526.90

13. LG DLGX8501V

This sleek and modern-looking front loading gas dryer boasts a massive 9.0 cubic foot capacity that is ideal for families and drying large loads. It offers a choice of 14 dry cycles including a wrinkle care option.

Key features:

  • Reversible door
  • NeveRust stainless steel drum
  • CSA listed

Cost: *Est. $1,399

14. Samsung DV45H7000GW

This front loading gas dryer offers a sleek and elegant design with a 7.4 cubic foot capacity that’s capable of handling large loads. It features 9 different preset cycles and choice of three temperature settings.

Key features:

  • Integrated sensor dry system
  • Integrated child lock
  • Reversible door

Cost: *Est. $923.80

15. Speed Queen ADG3SRGS

This classically-styled front loading gas dryer boasts a 7.0 cubic foot capacity and features a commercial-grade steel cabinet to provide your family with years of long-lasting use.

Key features:

  • ADA compliant
  • Up-front lint filter
  • Choose from 3 temperature settings

Cost: *Est. $769

16. LG DLGX5781WE

This sleek-looking gas front loading dryer boasts a 7.3 cubic foot capacity and choice of 14 different drying cycles to handle nearly anything your family can throw at it.

Key features:

  • Wrinkle care setting
  • Reversible door
  • CSA certified, ETL listed

Cost: *Est. $928.99

17. Smart+ Products SPP98D Compact Electric Tumble Vented Laundry Dryer

This electric front loading dryer offers a compact design that makes it ideal for use in apartments, dorm rooms, and other tight spaces. It boasts a 2.65 cubic foot capacity and choice of 5 preset drying cycles.

Key features:

  • Double layer, removable lint filter
  • Wall mounting kit included
  • Stainless steel drum

Cost: *Est. $699.99

18. Blomberg DV17542

This is another compact dryer that offers the versatility of side-by-side or stackable installation for those with space constraints. It boasts a 3.67 cubic foot capacity and choice of 15 programs that suit your family’s laundry needs.

Key features:

  • Energy Star rated
  • Automatic sensor dry
  • End of cycle signal

Cost: *Est. $768.99

19. Amana NED4655EW

This simple front loading electric dryer features a 6.5 cubic foot capacity and choice of 11 drying cycles at an affordable price point. Automatic dryness control helps to prevent overdrying, helping to keep your clothes looking newer, longer.

Key features:

  • Wrinkle prevent option
  • Reversible door
  • UL listed

Cost: *Est. $545

20. LG DLEX8000W

This sleek and stylish-looking electric dryer boasts a mega 9.0 cubic foot capacity that’s perfect for families and tackling large loads. It comes complete with 14 drying cycles to choose from and the steam feature ensures your clothes come out without wrinkles.

Key features:

  • NeveRust stainless steel drum
  • CSA listed
  • 1-year limited warranty

Cost: *Est. $1,386

The 35 Best Smart Home Security Systems for 2016

Home security has come a long way over the years, with today’s models featuring all the bells and whistles that allow for them to be fully integrated with home networking systems and smart devices. Of course you’ll want to ensure that whatever system you purchase is compatible with any mobile device you plan to use it with, but there are a few other things to consider before purchasing a smart home security system, including:

Alert System

Do you want motion-based or sound alerts or alerts for all activities? Email or push-based? They can also be set to provide audible notifications to help ensure you never miss an activity.

Camera Features

If your smart home security system comes with any camera(s) you’ll want to consider the features available on them. Our complete Outdoor Security Camera Buying Guide will help you find something that works for your needs.

Sensors

When looking at a smart home security system you’ll want to consider the included cameras, sensors, and alarms. Such considerations will depend on the size of your home and how much coverage you desire. There are window sensors, water leak sensors, those that detect smoke and carbon monoxide, and many more. Many systems will even include an audible alarm to deter intruders and alert anyone in the area to a break-in.

Installation

The best part of smart home security systems today is you can install most of the automated technology yourself, so you don’t need to shell out thousands to a security installation company or contractor. Consider whether you want a wired or wireless unit and if it requires drilling or an external power source.

With the above tips in mind, in no particular order here are 35 of the best smart home security systems for 2016.

1. Piper nv Smart Home Security System with Immersive Video Camera

Available in a choice of two color options, this home security system can help you track the goings-on around your home when you’re not at home. It boasts secure SSL encryption to provide live or recorded video, and can be expanded to a total of five units.

Key features:

  • No contracts or monthly fees
  • Two-way communication
  • Battery backup

Cost: *Est. $279

2. Cocoon Complete Home Security Device

Thanks to Subsound technology, this home security device can monitor activities in other rooms and even on other floors from where it’s placed. It contains an HD camera with night vision capabilities, a powerful microphone, and >90dB siren to alert you to trouble.

Key features:

  • iOS and Android compatible
  • Intuitive design minimizes false alarms
  • Automatically learns your schedule

Cost: *Est. $399

3. Zmodo KDC4-YARUZ4ZN-1T 4-Channel 960H DVR Security System

This home surveillance system comes complete with four weatherproof bullet-style cameras and a 1TB hard drive for hours of recording.

Key features:

  • iOS and Android compatible for remote viewing
  • 3.6mm lens
  • Up to 65 ft night vision range

Cost: *Est. $350

4. Amcrest 720P HD Over Analog (HDCVI) 8CH Video Security Systems

Available in a choice of configurations, this video security system features a plug-and-play setup that allows you to begin monitoring your home in less time. Thanks to a 2TB hard drive, you can record up to 360 hours of monitoring on all 8 channels.

Key features:

  • USB backup
  • Real time feed
  • 3.6mm lens with 75 degree viewing angle

Cost: *Est. $599.99

5. Trivision NC-335PW 3 Megapixel HD 1080P Waterproof Wireless Outdoor Home Security Camera System

With intuitive operation and quick setup, this wireless security camera supports remote viewing and captures clear images in both daytime and nighttime up to 30 feet away. Store up to 128GB on a microSD card.

Key features:

  • Choice of lens sizes
  • iOS and Android compatible for remote monitoring
  • 90 degree viewing angle

Cost: *Est. $179

6. Arlo Smart Home Security Camera System

Available in single or multipacks for all your home monitoring needs, this wireless security camera provides crystal clear HD video live or recorded to your smartphone, PC, or other device. Mounting hardware and batteries are included.

Key features:

  • Motion activated activity alerts
  • Weatherproof housing
  • Includes 1GB secure cloud storage

Cost: *Est. $324.99

7. Funlux® 8 CH Full 960H Security DVR System

This surveillance system comes complete with eight dome-style cameras to monitor your whole home. It features motion-based email alerts that let you know when something is happening around your property.

Key features:

  • Lifetime technical support
  • Up to 65 ft night vision range
  • 2-year warranty

Cost: *Est. $169.99

8. TriVision NC-336PW HD 1080P Wireless Outdoor Home Security Camera System

Available in a choice of two different lens sizes, this bullet-style surveillance system provides high definition 1080P video to your Android, iOS, or PC device. It can be used wirelessly or hardwired and features a microSD slot for onboard recording.

Key features:

  • Up to 50 ft night vision range
  • Email notifications
  • 3MP, 4mm lens

Cost: *Est. $300

This smart home security system allows users to expand their system with up to 100 different sensors to provide a complete home monitoring solution and can easily be armed or disarmed via the mobile app.

Key features:

  • iOS and Android compatible
  • No monthly fees
  • Easy to install

Cost: *Est. $99.99

10. Amcrest WLD895US 720P 4CH 7-Inch Wireless Video Surveillance System

This wireless video surveillance system features a bullet-style camera and monitor and can be expanded to include up to three additional cameras for a whole home monitoring solution. It boasts 720p real time video streaming along with audio, so you can hear what’s happening around your home.

Key features:

  • Motion-activated feature
  • Up to 32 ft night vision range
  • iOS and Android compatible for remote monitoring

Cost: *Est. $179.99

11. Canary All-in-One Home Security Device

This all-in-one smart home security device boasts a 1080P HD camera that streams high quality video directly to your mobile device. It also features a built-in >90dB alarm siren and motion-activated recording, and is available in a two-pack for those with larger areas to protect.

Key features:

  • Available in a choice of colors
  • Includes free, secure cloud-based storage
  • Monitors your home’s air quality, temperature, and humidity

Cost: *Est. $179

12. Netatmo Welcome, Home Security Camera with Face Recognition

This smart home security system features a 1080P HD camera that boasts facial recognition software to help detect which family members are home and alert you to potential intruders. You can access the video feed directly on your smartphone or computer from wherever you are.

Key features:

  • microSD card included
  • Night vision, with 130-degree field of vision
  • No monthly monitoring fees

Cost: *Est. $169

13. SmartThings Smart Home Monitoring Kit

Keep your home and family secure with this complete smart home monitoring kit. Automate your home’s electronics, lights and keep track of who’s coming and going with setup that takes as little as 15 minutes.

Key features:

  • Secure your home without the monthly monitoring costs of a traditional home security system
  • Notifications let you know who’s coming and going
  • Monitors smoke and carbon monoxide levels to help keep your family safe

Cost: *Est. $249

14. Panasonic KX-HN6002W Home Monitoring System DIY Surveillance Camera Kit

Suitable for use both indoors and outdoors, this smart home security kit comes complete with two cameras, a hub unit, and a 4GB microSD card to record your footage. You can remotely arm and disarm the system via your smartphone and push alerts to notify you of potential problems.

Key features:

  • Easily syncs in just one touch
  • System can be expanded with other cameras and smart plugs
  • DECT technology for a secure, long-range signal

Cost: *Est. $219.99

15. iSmartAlarm iSA3 Preferred Package Home Security System

Available in a selection of different configurations to suit most any home’s needs, this smart home security system sends alerts to your phone when something is amiss thanks to real-time monitoring. This kit comes with one CubeOne hub, two window/door sensors, one motion sensor, two remote tags, and two sensor stickers.

Key features:

  • iOS and Android compatible
  • No monthly monitoring fees
  • Unlimited expandability

Cost: *Est. $188

16. Simplisafe2 Wireless Home Security System 8-piece Plus Package

This wireless home security system features units that are UL certified and fully equipped 24/7 thanks to a built-in cellular connection, giving you peace of mind your home is always protected. This system easily installs in as little as 15 minutes.

Key features:

  • Frustration-free packaging
  • Expandable with unlimited sensors
  • Monthly fee of $14.99 per month

Cost: *Est. $259.95

17. Scout Alarm Wireless Home Security System

The Scout home security system offers a wireless design that is easy to install with no wiring or drilling required. A notification is sent to your phone based on your setup when unexpected activity is detected.

Key features:

  • Optional month-to-month monitoring, no long-term commitment required
  • Amazon Echo compatible
  • Choice of colors

Cost: *Est. $319.99

18. Iris Home Automation Smart Kit

This smart home security kit offers the choice of paid monitoring or no-cost self-monitoring and is easily controlled remotely via your smartphone or computer. With easy installation and setup, you can begin monitoring your home in under an hour.

Key features:

  • Kit includes keypad, thermostat, smart plug, contact sensors, motion sensor, range extender, and wireless hub
  • Can expand system with other Iris-compatible devices
  • iOS and Android compatible

Cost: *Est. $199

19. Mother and 4 Motion Cookies Versatile Sensors

No one knows the importance of staying connected with your family more than moms, and this kit lets you do that and more. Keep track of the comings and goings in your home, motivate your family to do healthier activities, and any other task you can think of. Sensors can alert you to break-ins, serve as medication or activity reminders, and let you know when the kids come home.

Key features:

  • Keep track of who’s in your home with Cookies
  • Batteries last up to one year
  • Compatible with Windows, iOS and Android devices

Cost: *Est. $124.73

20. Smarthome SELECT SecureLinc 2 Wireless Home Security System

This home security system boasts a self-contained, wireless design that is sleek and stylish but also easy to install. It can run off an internal or external power supply for coverage in all sorts of conditions.

Key features:

  • Can be expanded with additional sensors
  • Up to 72 hours battery backup
  • SMS, email, a mobile alerts

Cost: *Est. $299.99

21. Skylink SK-200 SkylinkNet Connected Home Alarm System Starter Kit

This smart home security system allows users to expand their system with up to 100 different sensors to provide a complete home monitoring solution and can easily be armed or disarmed via the mobile app. Mobile alerts are sent whenever new activity occurs.

Key features:

  • iOS and Android compatible
  • No monthly fees
  • Easy to install

Cost: *Est. $141.39

22. Myfox BU0201 Smart Home Alarm Proactive Wireless Security System

This smart home alarm system features a wireless design that’s easy to install and helps to prevent break-ins before they happen thanks to vibration detection that triggers a 110 dB alarm when disturbances are detected on your windows or doors.

Key features:

  • iOS and Android compatible
  • Easily installs in just 15 minutes
  • Compatible with Nest devices

Cost: *Est. $249

23. WeR@Home. Security, Safety and Home Management

This smart home security system includes a photo detector, door/window sensor, PIR motion detector, siren, and key fob to help get your home monitored straight out of the box. All components are wireless for ease of placement and installation.

Key features:

  • Battery operated
  • Supports expansion of up to 64 sensors
  • Real time alerts sent to your mobile device

Cost: *Est. $651.10

24. Oplink Security TripleShield Wireless Security System

Get peace of mind your home and belongings are secure with this affordable home security system. Get real-time alerts and notifications for multiple locations no matter where life takes you.

Key features:

  • Quick and simple plug-and-play installation
  • Records before and after an event trigger
  • Expand with unlimited sensors and up to 8 cameras

Cost: *Est. $399.99

This smart home security system allows users to expand their system with up to 100 different sensors to provide a complete home monitoring solution and can easily be armed or disarmed via the mobile app. Mobile alerts are sent whenever new activity occurs.

Key features:

  • iOS and Android compatible
  • No monthly fees
  • Easy to install

Cost: *Est. $199.99

26. Amcrest 960H Video Security System

Available in a choice of configurations, this surveillance system comes complete with four weatherproof bullet-style cameras and a 500GB hard drive that can be expanded up to 3TB to provide up to 6 days of continuous high resolution recording.

Key features:

  • Remote viewing iOS and Android compatible
  • USB backup
  • Up to 65 ft night vision range

Cost: *Est. $234

27. Wireless Touch Keypad TFT Color Display Gsm+pstn Home Security System Alarm Kits Siren for Smart Android App Kr-8218g

This smart home security system comes complete with a number of different sensors to monitor your home’s windows, doors and more, plus a GSM/telephone line control unit that is wireless and touch-based for ease of use and installation.

Key features:

  • iOS and Android compatible
  • Supports up to 99 wireless and 2 wired zones
  • Can program up to four sets of arm/disarm functions

Cost: *Est. $179.97

28. Eray All-in-One WIFI Camera Security Alarm System

This system offers a unique 4-in-1 solution that allows users to make video calls, record video, use as a network alarm, or an IP camera. It even allows you to remotely control your home’s appliances thanks to compatible smart plugs.

Key features:

  • iOS and Android compatible
  • 110 dB siren helps deter intruders
  • Alerts sent to your smartphone, tablet and PC

Cost: *Est. $159.99

29. Honeywell Lynx Touch L7000 Wireless Residential/Commercial Security Alarm Kit with Wifi and Zwave Module

This smart home security system comes complete with a color touchscreen, motion detector, three door/window sensors, Zwave and WiFi modules, panel backup battery, power supply and key fob for an all-in-one home monitoring solution.

Key features:

  • Connect and view up to four cameras at once
  • Can control other smart home devices
  • iOS and Android compatible

Cost: *Est. $374.95

30. Sentri All-In-One Home Monitoring

This all-in-one system allows you to begin monitoring your home in just seconds and features a wireless design that’s easy to install without the need for any cables or cords. Real-time alerts sent to your mobile device alert you to any potential problems. It is compatible with both iOS and Android devices.

Key features:

  • Automatic updates
  • Wide 120-degree camera viewing angle
  • Integrated thermometer, humidity sensor, and air quality monitor

Cost: *Est. $299

31. Night Owl Security 8 Channel Smart HD Video Security System

This home security system comes complete with four bullet-style security cameras and a 1TB hard drive to provide your home with complete visual coverage. A wide viewing angle and 100 ft night vision range ensures nothing escapes your sights.

Key features:

  • Backwards compatible
  • Footage can be viewed on your mobile device
  • Cameras are weather-resistant for outdoor use

Cost: *Est. $385.08

32. NETGEAR VueZone Wire-free Video Monitoring System

Your time is valuable, so get your home’s video monitoring up and running in minutes. Easily change the camera’s location thanks to peel and stick magnetic mounting.

Key features:

  • Wire-free installation
  • Motion-driven alerts sent to your smartphone
  • Nominal monthly monitoring fee

Cost: *Est. $99

33. Lorex LW2732 Live LCD SD Recording Monitor with Two Wireless Cameras

This kit offers a plug-and-play home monitoring solution that’s ideal for commercial and residential uses and can be viewed directly on the included tablet or remotely via your smartphone or computer.

Key features:

  • Two-way audio functionality
  • Picture-in-picture
  • Heat and motion sensor-activated

Cost: *Est. $279

34. Zmodo KDB8-CARZBZ4N 8CH Home Video Security System

This advanced home security system comes complete with four high-resolution cameras that can mount almost anywhere and can be controlled via your PC, tablet or smartphone.

Key features:

  • Night vision cameras
  • Motion-activated notifications sent right to your phone
  • Single power supply

Cost: *Est. $151.61

35. Coolcam HD P2P Wireless Wifi Security IP Camera Home Alarm System

This smart little camera offers a home protection system that features real-time video streaming to your mobile device as well as an integrated alarm and two-way audio. Motion detected alerts are sent directly to your smartphone.

Key features:

  • iOS and Android compatible
  • microSD card slot
  • One-year warranty

Cost: *Est. $69.99

The Top 50 Baby Cribs: Tips for Choosing the Best

Newborns can sleep up to 20 hours a day, so you want to ensure the crib you choose is a solid and sturdy model.

In the past, drop-sided cribs were a major safety concern for the potential to pinch and trap digits and arms, as well as the potential for dropping when older children pushed on them if not properly secured. As such, drop-sided cribs have been banned for sale in the US since 2011.

It’s important that parents always practice safe sleeping habits including putting your newborn on their back to sleep and not adding anything extra to the sleeping area, including sheets, stuffed animals, pillows or blankets. Crib bumpers are also unnecessary, especially for infants who cannot move around on their own. Even though they are still commonly included in many crib bedding sets, they pose both a suffocation and strangulation hazard. The American Academy of Pediatrics discourages their use as it may be a potential SIDS risk.

With the above in mind, in no particular order, here are 50 of the best baby cribs based on available features and average customer ratings and reviews.

1. Fisher-Price Charlotte 3-in-1 Convertible Crib

This crib offers the convenience of three options in one package with the choice to be used as a crib, toddler bed, or daybed as your child grows.

Key features:

  • Fixed side rails
  • JPMA certified
  • Adjustable mattress platform

Cost: *Est. $148.01

2. Delta Children Remi 4-in-1 Crib

This crib offers exceptional value for the money with the option to be used as a crib, toddler bed, daybed, or a full-sized bed with headboard as your child grows. It fits a standard sized crib mattress that can be adjusted to three different heights as your baby grows.

Key features:

  • Choice of colors
  • Durable wood construction
  • ASTM and JPMA certified

Cost: *Est. $222.25

3. Bonavita Casey Lifestyle Crib

This sleek and sturdy crib offers a classic and elegant design that is sure to suit any nursery decor. It also converts to a toddler bed to grow with your child for years of continued use.

Key features:

  • CPSC, JPMA, and ASTM certified
  • 1-year warranty
  • Easy to assemble

Cost: *Est. $375.09

4. Suite Bebe Winchester Lifetime Crib

This solid crib can be used as a crib, toddler bed, day bed, and full-sized bed as your child grows. There’s even a drawer underneath for additional storage of your little one’s belongings.

Key features:

  • Durable hardwood construction
  • Adjustable mattress platform
  • Easy to assemble

Cost: *Est. $439.34

5. Fisher-Price Caitlin 4-in-1 Convertible Crib

With four options for use: crib, toddler bed, day bed, and full-sized bed as your child grows, this crib offers incredible value for the money in a classic and elegant design.

Key features:

  • Adjustable mattress platform
  • Easy to assemble
  • Fixed side rails

Cost: *Est. $156.24

6. Westwood Design Donnington Convertible Crib

This beautiful and elegantly styled crib boasts special “always there” hardware — the first crib with hardware that never leaves the item, so you don’t ever have to worry about losing any screws. It converts from a crib to toddler bed and full-sized bed.

Key features:

  • Fixed side rails
  • JPMA certified
  • Sure to complement any nursery decor

Cost: *Est. $579

7. Oeuf Sparrow Crib

This clean-styled crib offers the versatility of a convertible option in one stylish package. It has been manufactured in Europe in a forestry stewardship council (FSC)-certified facility.

Key features:

  • Durable, solid wood construction
  • Adjustable mattress platform
  • Easy to assemble

Cost: *Est. $820

8. Fisher-Price Lakeland 5-in-1 Convertible Crib

This beautiful crib boasts a 5-in-1 convertibility that allows it to be used as a crib, toddler bed, daybed, and full-sized bed and can be used with headboard and footboard or without the footboard.

Key features:

  • JPMA, ASTM, and CPSC certified
  • Adjustable mattress platform
  • Fixed side rails

Cost: *Est. $337.55

9. Munire Chesapeake Classic Crib

This crib boasts a sleek and modern design that is sure to complement any nursery room decor and boasts 3-in-1 convertibility for years of use as your child grows older.

Key features:

  • Choice of colors
  • Gender neutral design
  • Durable wood construction

Cost: *Est. $599

10. Bonavita Peyton Classic Crib

This beautiful, cleanly-styled crib offers a lovely design that is sure to complement any nursery and is sure to be the centerpiece of your child’s room. It is convertible so it will grow with your child.

Key features:

  • Easy to assemble
  • 1-year warranty
  • Durable wood construction

Cost: *Est. $349.99

11. Delta Children Fancy 4-in-1 Crib

This elegant crib offers 4-in-1 convertibility that allows it to grow with your child and offers a great value. The durable wood construction is sure to last for years to come.

Key features:

  • Choice of colors
  • JPMA, CPSC, and ASTM certified
  • Tested for lead and other toxic materials

Cost: *Est. $259.99

12. Fisher-Price Mia 4-in-1 Convertible Crib

This beautifully-styled crib features an ornate design on the headboard and offers a 4-in-1 convertibility to provide years of use as your little one grows. Choose from three mattress levels as your child grows.

Key features:

  • Choice of colors
  • JPMA, CPSC, and ASTM certified
  • Fixed side rails

Cost: *Est. $259.99

13. Fisher-Price Riley 3-in-1 Convertible Crib

This beautifully-colored crib offers 3-in-1 convertibility for use as a crib, daybed, and toddler bed as your child grows older. It offers a classic look that is sure to be the focal point of any nursery.

Key features:

  • Adjustable mattress platform
  • JPMA, CPSC, and ASTM certified
  • Fixed side rails

Cost: *Est. $307.44

14. DaVinci Perse 4-in-1 Convertible Crib

This elegant-looking crib offers a hidden hardware design that keeps screws out of your child’s hands and features a 4-position mattress platform to keep your child safe as they grow. It also converts into a toddler bed, daybed, and full-sized bed when needed.

Key features:

  • Choice of colors
  • Lead- and phthalate-free
  • CPSC and ASTM certified

Cost: *Est. $279

15. Mia Moda Catalina Flat Top Collection

This elegant and ornate crib offers 4-in-1 convertibility to grow with your child and is easily cleaned with soap and water. It comes complete with a bedding set to help you set up your nursery in no time.

Key features:

  • Dressers sold separately
  • Durable birch construction
  • Easy to assemble

Cost: *Est. $359.99

16. Million Dollar Baby Classic Sullivan 4-in-1 Convertible Crib

This grandly-styled crib boasts 4-in-1 convertibility that will grow as your child does and comes with hidden hardware construction. It is made of durable, poplar hardwood to provide your family with years of use.

Key features:

  • Adjustable mattress platform
  • JPMA, CPSC, and ASTM certified
  • Non-toxic, lead- and phthalate-safe finish

Cost: *Est. $449

This beautifully-styled crib features two solid ends and small slats in a lovely gender neutral color that’s sure to be a focal point of any nursery. It’s convertible, so it will grow with your child.

Key features:

  • Fixed sides
  • JMPA certified
  • Adjustable mattress platform

Cost: *Est. $219.60

18. Ubabub Pod Crib

This stylish crib boasts an incredibly modern design that is sure to make it stand out and become the focal point of any nursery. It is made of eco-friendly wood that is toxin-free and acrylic. It includes a custom mattress and toddler bed rails.

Key features:

  • Adjustable mattress platform
  • CPSC and ASTM certified
  • 1-year warranty

Cost: *Est. $2300

19. Newport Cottages Devon Crib

This sleek and classically-styled crib is a perfect complement to both traditional and modern decors and has been made of durable hardwoods to provide your child with years of use. A conversion kit is sold separately for when your infant becomes a toddler.

Key features:

  • Choice of colors
  • Made in the USA
  • CARB compliant

Cost: *Est. $975

20. Graco Hayden 4-in-1 Convertible Crib

This classic crib boasts 4-in-1 convertibility that will grow with your child and features fixed sides for added stability. Its classic styling and gender neutral color are sure to complement any nursery decor.

Key features:

  • ASTM, CPSC, and JPMA certified
  • Adjustable mattress platform
  • 1-year warranty

Cost: *Est. $143.99

21. Fisher-Price Newbury Convertible Crib

This sleek and stylish crib boasts a lovely cherry finish that will make it a focal point of any nursery. It converts to a toddler bed, daybed and full-sized bed to grow with your child and features fixed side rails for increased stability.

Key features:

  • ASTM, CPSC, and JPMA certified
  • Adjustable mattress platform
  • 1-year warranty

Cost: *Est. $149.99

22. Imagio Baby Midtown 3 in 1 Cottage Crib

This beautiful and classic-looking crib features a durable, solid wood construction and 3-in-1 convertibility that will grow with your child. You’re sure to get years of use out of this crib that’s made of quality solid New Zealand pine.

Key features:

  • Choice of colors
  • Easy to assemble
  • Adjustable mattress platform

Cost: *Est. $249.99

23. Sorelle Tuscany 4-in-1 Convertible Crib and Changer Combo

This traditional crib comes complete with a change table on the one end and boasts 4-in-1 convertibility to grow with your child for years of continued use. It has been made from solid birch wood and boasts a durable cherry finish.

Key features:

  • Adjustable mattress platform
  • Ideal for small nurseries
  • Changing table drawers feature metal Euro glides

Cost: *Est. $449.99

24. Bonavita Easton Lifestyle Crib

This lovely crib boasts a classic, traditional design that’s sure to complement any nursery and offers 4-in-1 convertibility to provide your family with years of use. It has been made of solid wood for increased durability.

Key features:

  • ASTM, CPSC, and JPMA certified
  • Adjustable mattress platform
  • 1-year warranty

Cost: *Est. $369.88

25. Dream On Me Ashland 4-in-1 Convertible Mini Crib

This mini crib is ideal for those with small spaces of who’d like to room-in with their baby. It also offers 4-in-1 convertibility, so it will grow with your child while providing an excellent value for the money.

Key features:

  • CPSC certified
  • Assembly tools included
  • Non-toxic finish

Cost: *Est. $149.99

26. Legacy Classics Enchantment 4-in-1 Convertible Crib Collection

This crib boasts an elegant and ornate headboard that is sure to become the focal point of any nursery and it offers 4-in-1 convertibility to grow along with your child.

Key features:

  • Optional crib drawer available
  • Made of solid hardwood
  • Non-toxic, lead-free finish

Cost: *Est. $749.99

27. Pali Gala Fixed Sides Crib

This beautiful crib boasts a lovely, Italian design that has been stringently tested to exceed all safety standards regarding lead and is made of sustainably harvested woods.

Key features:

  • Made of solid pine
  • Easy to assemble
  • Made in Vietnam

Cost: *Est. $399.99

28. Sealy Bella Convertible Crib

This sleek and elegantly-styled crib easily converts from a crib to a toddler bed, day bed, and full-sized bed as your child grows.

Key features:

  • Built-in hardware
  • Adjustable mattress platform
  • Meets or exceeds all US and CPSIA crib standards, JPMA certified

Cost: *Est. $256.96

29. Babyletto Origami Mini Crib Lagoon

This beautiful, traditional-looking crib is ideal for for travel as it is easily collapsible and features wheels for exact positioning. It boasts a non-toxic finish that is lead- and phthalate-safe and is made from sustainable New Zealand pine.

Key features:

  • Choice of colors
  • ASTM and CPSC certified
  • Adjustable mattress platform

Cost: *Est. $249

30. Sorelle Bedford Classic Convertible Crib

This modern-looking crib features a stylish design that’s sure to complement any nursery. It has been made from durable solid poplar wood and can convert to a toddler bed as your child grows.

Key features:

  • Recessed hardware
  • Easy to assemble
  • Gender neutral design

Cost: *Est. $339.98

31. Foundations Biltmore Compact Sized Clearview Crib

This crib boasts a compact design that is ideal for smaller spaces and travel and boasts a steel box frame mattress board to support the included mattress for easy setup right out of the box.

Key features:

  • Choice of colors
  • Plastic teething rails included
  • Adjustable mattress platform

Cost: *Est. $269.79

32. Delta Fold Away 3-in-1 Portable Crib

This classically-styled crib boasts a design that folds for easy portability and convenient storage when not in use. It is suitable for use by children up to 50 pounds in weight and can also be used as a playpen, bassinet, or change table.

Key features:

  • Adjustable mattress platform
  • JPMA certified
  • Caster wheels for ease of portability

Cost: *Est. $167.24

33. DaVinci Flora 4-in-1 Convertible Crib with Toddler Bed Conversion Kit

This ornate crib boasts 4-in-1 convertibility to grow with your child through the years and has been Greenguard Gold Certified for indoor air quality safety. It boasts non-toxic finishes and is lead- and phthalate-safe.

Key features:

  • Choice of colors
  • CPSC, JPMA, and ASTM certified
  • Adjustable mattress platform

Cost: *Est. $329

34. Fisher-Price Ayden 4-in-1 Convertible Crib

This crib is classically-styled and is sure to complement any nursery with its gender neutral design. It boasts a 4-in-1 convertibility that will grow with your child through the years and the New Zealand pine offers a durable construction.

Key features:

  • Adjustable mattress platform
  • Fixed side rails
  • JPMA certified

Cost: *Est. $181.02

35. Babyletto Harlow 3-in-1 Convertible Crib

This crib boasts a beautiful and modern design that is sure to become the focal point of any nursery. It easily converts to a toddler bed and daybed and is made of sustainable New Zealand pine for years of continued use.

Key features:

  • Hidden hardware to keep baby safe
  • Free replacement parts available
  • Adjustable mattress platform

Cost: *Est. $799

36. Dream On Me Havana 5-in-1 Convertible Crib

This lovely crib offers 5-in-1 convertibility, allowing it to be used as a crib, toddler bed, day bed and full-sized bed with or without footboard. The ultra modern design is sure to make it a focal point of a nursery.

Key features:

  • Choice of colors
  • CPSC and ASTM certified
  • Tools for assembly included

Cost: *Est. $169.99

37. Bratt Decor Joy Baby Crib

This gorgeous crib boasts a durable handcrafted cast iron metal design that has been powder coated to ensure a long life of use. It converts three different ways to grow with your child.

Key features:

  • Adjustable mattress platform
  • Elegant, traditional design
  • CPSC and ASTM certified

Cost: *Est. $599

38. Delta Children Bentley S Series 4-in-1 Crib

This gorgeous crib boasts 4-in-1 convertibility allowing it to grow with your child and is made from wood for a durable and long-lasting construction. It has been tested for toxic chemicals and meets or exceeds all safety standards.

Key features:

  • Choice of colors
  • JPMA, CPSC, and ASTM certified
  • Adjustable mattress platform

Cost: *Est. $269.99

39. Delta Children Capri 3-in-1 Crib

This simple, classic-looking crib offers a sleek and elegant design that’s sure to complement any nursery and boasts 3-in-1 convertibility to provide your child with years of use at an economical price point.

Key features:

  • JPMA, CPSC, and ASTM certified
  • Adjustable mattress platform
  • Fixed side rails

Cost: *Est. $129.98

40. L.A. Baby Deluxe Holiday Folding Metal Crib

This vintage-inspired crib offers a classic look with the modern convenience of folding for ease of portability and travel. It boasts institutional grade construction and is easy to clean thanks to its scratch-resistant non-toxic powder coated finish.

Key features:

  • Mattress included
  • JPMA and ASTM certified
  • Heavy duty caster wheels

Cost: *Est. $138.90

41. Fisher-Price Providence 3-in-1 Convertible Crib

This affordable crib offers 3-in-1 convertibility to grow with your child and can be used as a crib, toddler bed, or daybed. It boasts clean, traditional styling that makes it a perfect complement for any nursery.

Key features:

  • JPMA certified
  • Fixed side rails
  • Adjustable mattress platform

Cost: *Est. $166.67

42. Graco Ashland Classic Crib

This crib boasts traditional styling that makes it a lovely complement for any nursery and a great gender neutral choice. It can be converted to a toddler bed or daybed when your child grows and can be used by those weighing up to 50 pounds.

Key features:

  • Fixed side rails
  • ASTM, CPSC, and JPMA certified
  • 1-year warranty

Cost: *Est. $129.98

This lovely crib offers 4-in-1 convertibility to provide your child with years of continued use. It boasts a non-toxic finish and durable wood construction, and offers two levels of mattress support height.

Key features:

  • CPSC certified
  • Choice of colors
  • Assembly tools included

Cost: *Est. $167.99

44. Zutano Tivoli Convertible Crib

This gorgeous crib offers a wonderful modern styling that is sure to make it the focal point of any nursery. You can complete your nursery with the matching dresser and change table sold separately.

Key features:

  • Choice of colors
  • JPMA certified
  • Adjustable mattress platform

Cost: *Est. $457.98

45. Stork Craft Avalon 4-in-1 Convertible Crib

This solid crib offers an elegant and traditional design that offers 4-in-1 convertibility to provide your child with years of use. It has been crafted of solid pine and wood composites with a non-toxic finish that is safe for little ones.

Key features:

  • Choice of colors
  • ASTM, CPSC, and JPMA certified
  • Adjustable mattress platform

Cost: *Est. $179.98

46. Fisher-Price Kingsport 5-in-1 Convertible Crib

This crib boasts elegant detailing in a clean and simple design that makes it a lovely complement for any nursery. The soft grey color is a great gender neutral choice and can be adorned with an exclusive, personalized name plaque for your child.

Key features:

  • ASTM, CPSC, and JPMA certified
  • Adjustable mattress platform
  • Fixed side rails

Cost: *Est. $278.53

47. Graco Tatum Convertible Crib

This sleek crib offers modern styling that converts from a crib to a toddler bed, day bed, and full-sized bed to provide your family with years of use at an economical price point. It has been ASTM, CPSC, and JPMA certified for safety.

Key features:

  • Choice of colors
  • Adjustable mattress platform
  • Fixed side rails

Cost: *Est. $199.99

48. Delta Children Archer 4-in-1 Crib

This lovely crib boasts clean lines and subtle detailing to make it a wonderful complement to any nursery. Its sturdy, solid wood construction and 4-in-1 convertibility will provide your child with years of continued use.

Key features:

  • Choice of colors
  • JPMA certified
  • Adjustable mattress platform

Cost: *Est. $219.99

49. Foundations Serenity Safereach Compact Crib

This basic crib offers a safe and secure spot for children from 0-3 years old to sleep and includes a mattress for easy setup right out of the box. The adjustable mattress platform and SafeReach infant access system make for comfort and safety for your baby.

Key features:

  • Choice of colors
  • JPMA certified
  • Fixed side rails

Cost: *Est. $239.90

This bold and elegant crib offers the convenience of 4-in-1 convertibility with a solid wood headboard. It has been made of American poplar hardwood and birch-veneer side panels along with a non-toxic, lead- and phthalate-safe finish for years of durable use.

Key features:

  • Toddler bed conversion kit included
  • Adjustable mattress platform
  • Free replacement parts available

Cost: *Est. $499

The 35 Best Outdoor Surveillance Cameras in 2016

An outdoor surveillance camera can be a practical and economical way to protect and secure your home. There are several factors to consider when looking for a model that is best for your needs, with the most important aspect for having your camera outdoors being it has been rated as either weatherproof or waterproof. Beyond that, here’s what you need to think about:

Coverage Desired

How much space outside your home you want covered by the viewing angle of the camera is one of the primary concerns when shopping for an outdoor surveillance camera. Wider angled lenses will help cut down on the number of cameras required for overall coverage of your property. Another way to increase your coverage area is to purchase multiple cameras or multipacks that can provide a more complete monitoring solution for your home.

Resolution

Another factor to consider when outdoor surveillance camera shopping is the camera’s resolution. The higher the camera resolution, the clearer and easier the images will be to see. Ideally, you’ll want 1080p or higher resolution for the clearest images. Keep in mind that if you connect your camera into a DVR or other recording device, it will also need to be HD compatible in order to keep the image at a high quality.

Night Vision

Monitoring at night is one of the most common uses for outdoor surveillance cameras, and in order to get a high quality image, you’ll want to purchase a camera with infrared (IR) technology. Many models have a built-in IR cut-switch that automatically enables and disables the infrared technology depending on the lighting conditions, so you get the clearest image possible no matter what time of day. The number of infrared LEDs used in a camera will help determine how far of a night vision range a camera has.

Style

There are two main styles of outdoor security cameras — dome or bullet. Both camera styles are fairly obvious to potential intruders, however, it is more difficult to determine which direction a dome-style camera is pointing, which may help deter a potential intruder. Another thing to keep in mind regarding camera style is whether you want to mount it on the ceiling or wall and ensuring that whatever camera you choose has enough clearance to mount in the desired location.

Recording Capacity

If you want to watch playback of the goings-on around your home, you’ll need a camera with onboard storage capacity or cloud recording capabilities (unless you’re also purchasing a DVR system.) Most cameras with recording capabilities have an onboard SD or microSD slot that allows for sufficient recording space.

Mobile Compatible

Many outdoor surveillance cameras available today are able to live stream a feed directly to your mobile device. If you want to be able to check in during the day or while away for extended periods, this is a valuable feature to have. You’ll also want to ensure the camera you choose is compatible with your device.

Wired/Wireless

Wireless cameras are easy to install and reposition, but you’ll want to check the battery levels periodically to ensure you’re fully protected. Wired units usually require professional installation and access to a power outlet, but tend to provide clearer images than their wireless counterparts.

Pan/Tilt/Zoom

Cameras with remote controlled pan, tilt and zoom are ideal for providing coverage to larger areas and allow the user to get the best viewing angle possible without having to physically reposition the camera.

Energy Saving

Surveillance cameras can eat up a lot of energy, but if you find a model that only records when motion is detected, it can help to cut down on operating costs. Many models will even send you push or email notifications when something out of the ordinary is detected, so you don’t need to be continually monitoring yourself.

With the above tips in mind, in no particular order, here are 35 of the outdoor surveillance cameras that we consider to be the best for 2016:

1. Lorex LBC7032F 700TVL 960H Weatherproof Night Vision Security Bullet Camera

This bullet-style outdoor security camera boasts a weatherproof housing that makes it ideal for use in all sorts of climates and weather conditions. It features industry-leaving 960H resolution that provides a high quality picture.

Key features:

  • Built-in ProLux IR LEDs
  • Up to 185 ft night vision range
  • Vandal-resistant

Cost: *Est. $129.95

2. Hikvision DS-2CD3132 2.8mm Lens 3MP Mini Dome Camera 1080P POE IP CCTV Camera

Available in a choice of lenses, this dome-style camera features a compact design that makes it ideal for mounting in a variety of places and provides a full 1080p HD video feed.

Key features:

  • Vandal-resistant
  • 3MP, 2.8mm lens
  • Up to 90 ft night vision range

Cost: *Est. $99

3. Amcrest 720P HD Over Analog (HDCVI) 8CH Video Security Systems

Available in a choice of configurations, this video security system features a plug-and-play setup that allows you to begin monitoring your home in less time. Thanks to a 2TB hard drive, you can record up to 360 hours of monitoring on all eight channels.

Key features:

  • USB backup
  • Real-time feed
  • 3.6mm lens with 75-degree viewing angle

Cost: *Est. $599.99

This bullet-style security camera features a professional-grade wide-angle lens that is suitable for capturing images in both day and night settings. It features a durable weatherproof casing and power cord, RCA connector, user guide, and deterrent stickers.

Key features:

  • Up to 98 ft night vision range
  • 75-degree viewing angle
  • 1-year warranty

Cost: *Est. $234.07

5. NETGEAR VueZone Add-on Motion Detection Day/Night Camera (VZCN2060)

Available in a choice of two models for your home monitoring needs, this add-on camera features built-in motion detection up to 15 feet and a built-in lamp that lights up to 25 feet when activated.

Key features:

  • Can be used indoors or outdoors
  • Wire-free installation
  • Motion-driven alerts sent to your smart phone

Cost: *Est. $85

6. Uniden APPCAM23 IP Indoor/Outdoor Video Surveillance Camera

This surveillance camera can be used indoors or outdoors to help keep your home secure and features plug-and-play installation for quick and easy setup. The onboard microSD card slot allows you to record up to 32GB worth of footage and can be remotely monitored from your smart phone.

Key features:

  • Email notifications
  • Auto record motion sensor
  • Up to 25 ft night vision range

Cost: *Est. $115.99

7. Arlo Smart Home Security Camera System

Available in single or multipacks for all your home monitoring needs, this wireless security camera provides crystal clear HD video live or recorded to your smart phone, PC, or other device. Mounting hardware and batteries are included.

Key features:

  • Motion-driven alerts sent to your smart phone
  • Weatherproof housing
  • Includes 1GB secure cloud storage

Cost: *Est. $324.99

8. TriVision NC-336PW HD 1080P Wireless Outdoor Home Security Camera System

Available in a choice of two different lens sizes, this bullet-style surveillance camera provides high definition 1080P video to your Android, iOS, or PC device. It can be used wirelessly or hardwired and features a microSD slot for onboard recording.

Key features:

  • Up to 50 ft night vision range
  • Email notifications
  • 3MP, 4mm lens

Cost: *Est. $300

9. VideoSecu Outdoor Day Night Vision Infrared IR Bullet Security Camera

This bullet-style outdoor surveillance system boasts an adjustable 4-9mm lens and 48 infrared LEDs for superior night vision. It provides superior color images in all lighting conditions and anti-noise technology to help cut down on data volume.

Key features:

  • Vandal-proof
  • Power supply included
  • NTSC video format

Cost: *Est. $84.99

10. Hikvision DS-2CD2032-I Outdoor HD 3MP IP Bullet Security Camera

Available in a choice of configurations for your home security needs, this bullet-style security camera boasts a 3MP, 4mm lens that provides stunning HD images. It features built-in digital noise reduction and adjustable frame rates.

Key features:

  • Up to 90 ft night vision range
  • 75.8-degree viewing angle
  • Built-in motion and tamper alarms

Cost: *Est. $82.99

11. Q-See QT5682-8E3-1 8 Channel 960H/720p DVR with 900TVL High Resolution Cameras and Pre-installed 1 TB HDD

This home surveillance system comes complete with eight high resolution weatherproof cameras to help capture every angle of your home and provides remote monitoring to up to 10 users at once, as well as a DVR with 1TB of storage.

Key features:

  • Easy setup wizard
  • Motion-driven alerts sent to your smart phone
  • Customizable recording modes

Cost: *Est. $499.99

12. Amcrest Qcam 3-Megapixel POE Weatherproof IP66 Bullet IP Camera

This bullet-style surveillance camera allows you to view high definition images in real time and features quick and easy setup thanks to plug-and-play installation. It is compatible with iOS and Android devices to allow for remote monitoring no matter where you are in the world.

Key features:

  • 70-degree viewing angle
  • Up to 65 ft night vision range
  • 1-year warranty and lifetime support

Cost: *Est. $89.99

13. Dahua IPC-HFW4300S 3MP Eco-Savvy Weatherproof Hi Def IP Security Camera

This surveillance camera features a durable, weatherproof housing, making it ideal for outdoor use and a wide, 97.6-degree viewing angle. It is compatible with iOS and Android devices for remote monitoring by up to 20 users.

Key features:

  • 3MP, 3.6 mm lens
  • Up to 100 ft night vision range
  • Power supply not included

Cost: *Est. $86.70

14. Sharx Security SCNC3905 High Definition 1080P Wired PoE and Wireless b/g/n Weatherproof Outdoor H.264/MPEG4 IP Network Camera

This bullet-style security camera is completely weatherproof and provides full high definition 1080P video. It also boasts a built-in microphone so you can hear what’s happening around your home.

Key features:

  • Includes 16GB microSD card
  • Motion-driven alerts sent to your smart phone
  • PC or iOS compatible

Cost: *Est. $311.99

15. Annke® 1000GB HDD 8CH 960H CCTV DVR Surveillance Video Recorder Indoor/Outdoor Weatherproof Surveillance Cameras System

This home surveillance system comes complete with eight cameras (four bullet and four dome) in order to provide your home with complete monitoring coverage. It boasts 960H high definition video recording and streaming directly to your smart phone.

Key features:

  • Built-in USB port
  • Motion-driven alerts sent to your smart phone
  • 2-year warranty

Cost: *Est. $319.99

16. Foscam FI9805P 960P Outdoor HD Wireless IP Camera

This bullet-style outdoor surveillance system provides quick and easy setup in just minutes and boasts a 1.3MP, 4mm lens for full HD video resolution. Images can be recorded to the Foscam cloud (free trial included) or directly to your computer.

Key features:

  • Up to 100 ft night vision range
  • 70-degree viewing angle
  • iOS and Android compatible

Cost: *Est. $139.99

17. Funlux® 8 CH Full 960H Security DVR System with 8 High-Resolution IR-Cut Day Night Home Surveillance Camera

This surveillance system comes complete with eight dome-style cameras to monitor your whole home. It features motion-based email alerts that let you know when something is happening around your home.

Key features:

  • Lifetime technical support
  • Up to 65 ft night vision range
  • 2-year warranty

Cost: *Est. $169.99

18. Foscam FI9828P 1.3 Megapixel 3x Optical Zoom H.264 Wireless Outdoor PTZ IP Camera

This outdoor surveillance camera comes complete with a fully waterproof enclosure and boasts a 1.3MP lens that provides HD images. You can remotely pan, tilt, and zoom to get just the right viewing angle. Images can be recorded to the Foscam cloud (free trial included) or directly to your computer.

Key features:

  • Up to 25 ft night vision range
  • iOS and Android compatible
  • Built-in audio jack

Cost: *Est. $259.99

19. Amcrest 960H Video Security System

Available in a choice of configurations, this surveillance system comes complete with four weatherproof bullet-style cameras and a 500GB hard drive that can be expanded up to 3TB to provide up to six days of continuous high resolution recording.

Key features:

  • Remote viewing iOS and Android compatible
  • USB backup
  • Up to 65 ft night vision range

Cost: *Est. $234

20. Lorex LW2731 Live LCD SD Recording Monitor with Wireless Camera

This wireless camera is available in a choice of configurations and features time and date stamped recordings. It can be set to record based on motion, a schedule, or manually.

Key features:

  • Up to 40 ft night vision range
  • Includes microSD slot
  • View up to four cameras at once

Cost: *Est. $299.99

21. Defender PX301-013 Digital Wireless DVR Security System Receiver and 2 Long Range Night Vision Surveillance Cameras

This outdoor surveillance system is wireless for clean and easy setup that connects to any television in your home to allow you to monitor the comings and goings around your home. It can be controlled directly from the unit or via the included remote control.

Key features:

  • Available in choice of configurations
  • Includes a 2GB SD card
  • Up to 40 ft night vision range

Cost: *Est. $259.99

22. FI9803P Plug and Play 1.0 Megapixel (1280x720p) H.264 Outdoor Wireless IP Camera

This bullet-style outdoor camera features a wireless design with plug-and-play installation that allows for quick and easy setup. Remotely monitor your feed via an Android, iOS, PC, or Mac computer.

Key features:

  • Motion-driven alerts sent to your smart phone
  • Up to 65 ft night vision range
  • 2-year warranty

Cost: *Est. $73.95

23. Zmodo KDC4-YARUZ4ZN-1T 4-Channel 960H DVR Security System with 1TB and 4 x 700TVL IR Night Vision Outdoor Cameras

This home surveillance system comes complete with four weatherproof bullet-style cameras and a 1TB hard drive for hours of recording.

Key features:

  • iOS and Android compatible for remote viewing
  • 3.6mm lens
  • Up to 65 ft night vision range

Cost: *Est. $350

24. Wireless iCamera 1000 Outdoor/indoor Night Vision

Compatible with the ADT Pulse system, this camera provides a clear picture of the goings-on around your home. Night vision and motion tracking features give you peace of mind your home is secure no matter what time of day.

Key features:

  • Water- and dust-resistant
  • Hardwire or use wirelessly
  • 60-degree diagonal view angle

Cost: *Est. $134

25. Sensormatic Adt Oc810adt Oc810 Indoor Outdoor Wifi Camera Adt Pulse Ready

Compatible with the ADT Pulse system, this WiFi-enabled camera can be used as a standalone home monitoring solution and features an integrated microcomputer and a high quality digital image sensor for crystal clear images.

Key features:

  • Built-in speaker and microphone
  • Can be used wirelessly or hardwired
  • Built-in motion detection

Cost: *Est. $140.09

This weatherproof bullet-style security camera features clear 1080P HD images and is compatible with iOS and Android devices for remote monitoring no matter where you are in the world. You can connect up to 32 cameras for a complete home monitoring solution.

Key features:

  • Up to 50 ft night vision range
  • Motion-driven alerts sent to your smart phone
  • Onboard microSD slot

Cost: *Est. $174.95

27. Amcrest WLD895US 720P 4CH 7-Inch Wireless Video Surveillance System, Bullet IP66 Camera

This wireless video surveillance system features a bullet-style camera and monitor and can be expanded to include up to three additional cameras for a whole home monitoring solution. It boasts 720P real time video streaming along with audio, so you can hear what’s happening around your home.

Key features:

  • Motion-activated feature
  • Up to 32 ft night vision range
  • iOS and Android compatible for remote monitoring

Cost: *Est. $179.99

28. Alptop AT-B603W HD 720P Wifi Wireless IP Security Camera

Suitable for use both indoors and outdoors, this wireless security camera connects into your home’s network and provides high definition 720P video.

Key features:

  • iOS and Android compatible for remote monitoring
  • 3MP, 3.6mm lens
  • Power adaptor and network cable included

Cost: *Est. $49.99

29. Zmodo Smart Wireless Security Cameras- 4 Pack- HD Indoor/Outdoor WiFi IP Cameras with Night Vision

Available in single or multipacks, these weatherproof wireless security cameras can be used both indoors and outdoors and sets up in just minutes. It boasts a 3.6mm lens and 77-degree viewing angle.

Key features:

  • Motion-based push alerts
  • iOS and Android compatible for remote monitoring
  • Up to 65 ft night vision range

Cost: *Est. $199.99

30. Trivision NC-335PW Waterproof Wireless Outdoor Home Security Camera System

With intuitive operation and quick setup, this wireless security camera supports remote viewing and captures clear images in both daytime and nighttime, up to 30 feet away. Store up to 128GB on a microSD card.

Key features:

  • Choice of lens sizes
  • iOS and Android compatible for remote monitoring
  • 90-degree viewing angle

Cost: *Est. $179

31. Uniden Wireless Weatherproof Video Surveillance Camera

Available in a choice of colors, this weatherproof bullet-style security camera can transmit video up to 500 feet away and boasts easy DIY setup with no complicated wiring to install.

Key features:

  • Up to 40 ft night vision range
  • Uniden Guardian Series video surveillance system compatible
  • Multi-position stand included

Cost: *Est. $84.63

32. Best Vision BV-IR140-HD 1000TVL Bullet Security Camera

This bullet-style outdoor surveillance camera boasts true analog HD video output along with adjustable zoom (2.8-12mm) and focus. It is ideal for use in any lighting condition and features optional motion detection.

Key features:

  • Up to 164 ft night vision range
  • NTSC video format
  • Compatible with an analog DVR with BNC connection

Cost: *Est. $56.90

This waterproof bullet-style security camera boasts a 1000TVL, 4.6 mm lens for clear, high definition video. It is suitable for use both indoors and outdoors and connects into any DVR, VCR, TV, or security monitor with a BNC connection.

Key features:

  • Up to 100 ft night vision range
  • Lifetime technical support
  • 1-year warranty

Cost: *Est. $19.99

34. HOSAFE 1MB1W HD IP Camera Outdoor 720P Night Vision

This waterproof outdoor surveillance camera boasts a 1MP, 3.6 mm lens that provides clear images in all sorts of lighting conditions. It features motion-based email alerts to notify you of any out of character goings-on around your home.

Key features:

  • Choice of two colors
  • Up to 66 ft night vision range
  • iOS and Android compatible for remote monitoring

Cost: *Est. $35.99

This wireless video security camera features a plug-and-play setup that allows you to begin monitoring your home in less time. You can remotely view recorded videos stored online for free and can connect up to 16 cameras for a complete home monitoring solution.

Key features:

  • iOS and Android compatible for remote monitoring
  • Advanced motion detection
  • Up to 65 ft night vision range

Cost: *Est. $189.97