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  • Reviews of Top 10 Baby Monitors - Get Peace of Mind
Reviews of Top 10 Baby Monitors - Get Peace of Mind
Reviews of Top 10 Baby Monitors - Get Peace of Mind
Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Easy to setup and use
  • Sound and motion detection with Under-the-Mattress movement sensor pad
  • Operates on power or batteries
  • Portable and rechargeable parent unit
  • Low battery and out of range indicator
  • Room temperature indicator with full color digital display
  • Loud and clear alarm when baby stops breathing for short period

    Cons

  • Sensor pad is small
  • Some static and interference
  • Poor battery life
Where to Buy
Review Summary

The AngelCare Baby Movement and Sound Monitor offers both sound and movement monitoring with a range of up to 820 feet, easy to read 2” LCD screen, eight channels to minimize interference, continuous or voice-activated sound transmission, and most importantly sounds alarm on no heartbeat or movement detection of the baby for 20 seconds. The monitor uses a sensor pad that can be securely placed underneath most standard crib mattresses, and the sensitivity level can be adjusted with a dial on the back of the nursery unit as needed. It features a unique ‘tic indicator’, which flashes green and makes a tic sound whenever movement is detected and in off mode only the green light will flash when movement is detected.

The monitor uses AC adapter or can run on 4 AAA batteries (not included) whereas the parent unit uses 4 NiMH rechargeable batteries (included) and can be recharged on its stand. In case of power failure both units will automatically switch on battery power. Handy low-battery indicator informs the time to charge or replace the batteries.

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Easy to use
  • Alarms when baby stops breathing
  • Vibrates to wake up baby when no motion is detected
  • Works with cloth diaper also
  • Three different alarm settings to deal with baby's breathing
  • Long battery life and water resistant body
  • Provides peace of mind

    Cons

  • Time setting of 15-20 seconds is quite long
  • Alarm is too low for some users
  • Likely false alarms when incorrectly fastened to the diaper
Review Summary

Snuza Halo is a mobile and easy-to-use baby monitor which clips onto baby's diaper to ensure that baby is breathing normally while sleeping. There are no wires or cords that could potentially harm the baby. The Snuza is made with hypo-allergenic, medical grade plastics and importantly does not send or receive any radio frequency signals making it completely safe to use. The Halo baby movement monitor has 3 light settingsgreen light when the unit is on; yellow light when the unit fails to sense any movement for longer than 15 seconds, at this stage it sends out vigorous vibrations near the baby’s diaphragm to rouse the baby and finally, the red light turns on when it senses no breathing for longer than 20 seconds, and emits a very loud beeping alarm to seek parents attention. Backed with long battery life the Halo earns praises for its relatively small size which provides unobstructed sleep. It is recommended that the unit’s tip must touch the baby’s navel as it is the ideal spot for the monitor to stimulate breathing.

However, apart from the small concern like the unit triggers many false alarms, alarm sound is low; one major concern is that the time settings of 15-20 seconds is quite long, a shorter delay will be a good suggestion to increase its effectiveness.

Overall, the Snuza Halo Baby Movement Monitor offers peace of mind in a simple and portable device which is packed with features and exemplifies unsurpassed technology combined with finely tuned precision monitoring with mobility and ergonomics.

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Easy to use and operate
  • Talk back intercom for 2-way communication
  • Loud and clear with visual vibrating alert
  • Eliminates white noise static interference
  • LED lights indicates sound level
  • Long lasting battery life
  • Reasonable price

    Cons

  • Range is not 1000 feet as claimed
  • Sometimes hard to hear in household noises
  • Baby unit is not battery operated
Review Summary

The VTech – Safe and Sound Baby Monitor includes a 1,000 feet operating range, DECT digital technology for interference free audio, an encrypted connection and visual vibrating alerts. The lightweight, battery operated parent unit functions up to 18 hours on a single charge and has a built-in belt clip to move freely in and around the house. The back-lit display is easy to read even in the dark. The DECT 6.0 Digital technology ensures crystal clear sound transmission without any white noise static interference. It also includes a talk-back intercom and soft night-light to help comfort your infant during the night. The LED lights indicate the level of sound which can be visually monitored with muted sound on receiver and also has a vibration mode which gently vibrates when baby is fussing.

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Easy to understand and use
  • Great quality images and sound
  • Amazing wireless night vision
  • Remotely operate pan, tilt and zoom features
  • Non-visible IR LEDs for safe night time monitoring
  • Built-in microphone and speaker for two way talking
  • Good battery backup

    Cons

  • Little expensive
  • Disturbing loud music when unit is turned on
  • Lacks room temperature sensor
Where to Buy

$229.00

eBay

$229.97

Walmart

$229.99

Amazon

$229.99

Target
Review Summary

The Samsung SEW-3037W is an easy to use wireless baby monitoring system consisting of a high resolution 3.5" LCD monitor and wireless night vision camera with non-visible IR LEDs to ensure safe night time monitoring. The camera unit features a long range transmission up to 900 feet and VGA (640x480) resolution to provide crisp and clear image and built-in microphone and speaker of the camera allows two-way talking feature where you can talk to and hear the baby. The camera’s night vision capability for low or no light conditions additionally supports the baby monitor with a remotely activated night light on the camera. The unit totally supports the pan, tilt and 2x zoom functions remotely or with the press of a button on the parent unit. The unit is expandable with up to 4 additional cameras for added safety and monitoring of different areas. 

The only concern expressed by reviewers is the annoying loud music played while turning on the camera.

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Easy to setup and use, wireless operation
  • Crystal clear sound and picture quality
  • Amazing built-in night vision feature
  • Handy two-way talking intercom
  • Nursery room temperature monitor
  • Great battery life, 8-12 hours
  • Built-in 5 lullabies

    Cons

  • Grainy images if looked closely
Review Summary

The Levana Jena Digital Baby Video Monitor gives the freedom of knowing that the baby is safe with a private and secure digital wireless, interference-free signal with an optimal range of 150 feet and a maximum transmission range of up to 500 feet. Built-in night vision automatically adjusts the camera to capture the clear images even in complete darkness from up to 15 feet away. The two way talk to baby intercom feature comes in very handy to either comfort or calm the baby or call for a helping hand, giving peace of mind to both babies and parents. Jena includes a temperature monitor for the nursery room.  

The night light on the camera is another good feature that can easily be accessed from the parent unit whenever needed to either sneak in and out of the nursery or using it as a night lamp in room. Jena includes a rechargeable lithium ion battery that can operate up to 8 hours with the video screen on and over 12 hours in PEEP (Power-on/off Energy Efficient Picture) mode without stopping to recharge.

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Easy to setup and operate
  • Awesome picture and sound quality
  • Excellent night vision mode
  • Static noise reduction with automute mode
  • No interferences from other wireless device
  • Compact, lightweight and easily portable
  • Great price for quality features

    Cons

  • Low quality plastic body
  • Camera cord is short
Where to Buy

$99.99

Amazon

$115.00

eBay

$133.89

Diapers
Review Summary

The Infant Optics DXR-5 is a compact video baby monitor and is designed with portability in mind. Its slim and lightweight body frame makes it easy to monitor your baby even with an active lifestyle. Equipped with a 2.4 GHz digital wireless FHSS communication link, the DXR-5 is 100% secure and provides superior sound and video clarity. This video monitor features a 2.4 inch super bright TFT screen, which is powered by a rechargeable battery for hours of portable usage. It allows seeing up to 10 feet in complete darkness using invisible infrared light. This useful feature toggles on and off for use when needed. The baby monitor boasts a wireless transmission covering a distance of up to 800 feet in open and 150 feet in enclosed areas.

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Good picture and sound quality
  • Large 3.5 inches color LCD display
  • Remote pan, tilt and zoom functions
  • High-sensitivity two way talking microphone
  • Infrared night vision and beep free camera
  • Sound-activated LED light alert
  • Out of range baby monitor alert

    Cons

  • Expensive
  • Poor/short battery life
  • Poor picture quality
  • Nonstandard size power cord
Where to Buy

$189.95

eBay

$239.97

Walmart

$239.99

Amazon

$239.99

Target
Review Summary

Motorola's MBP36 Digital Audio Baby Monitor is equipped with 2.4GHz FHSS technology for sound clarity, a 3.5" LCD color display for sound and video monitoring, with infrared night vision and built-in data encryption for added security. The video baby monitor comes with a range of 590 feet and an out of range warning indicator. Some other features include infrared night vision; remote pan, tilt and zoom function; two-way communication with high sensitivity microphone; volume control; 5 pre-recorded lullabies; room temperature thermometer; adjustable multi-angle camera to scan the entire room; sound-activated 5 LED lights alert; automatic channel selection and can be expanded by adding up to 4 baby units. The parent unit is portable and runs on a rechargeable NiMH battery pack and the baby unit runs with an AC adapter only.

However, this baby monitor has a very short/poor battery life and takes very long time to charge. The day/night picture quality is not very sharp and clear as claimed and stalls frequently.

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Easy to setup, on stand or wall mountable
  • Simple and user friendly
  • 2.5 inches LCD screen with good picture quality
  • Clear signal and good range
  • Remote control pan, scan and zoom feature
  • Automatic black and white night vision
  • LED lights for sound and battery indication

    Cons

  • Battery stops holding charge after some time
  • Little expensive
Review Summary

The Summer Infant Best View Color Video Monitor features a range of up to 400 feet with 100% digital transmission for security. The monitor’s compact design features a 2.5” color LCD screen which displays clear, crisp images and is ideal to carry in house or outside. The monitor allows a remote pan, tilt or zoom feature to completely monitor the baby. The automatic infrared night vision provides a quality black & white picture in dark rooms. The unit also displays battery life and signal indicators along with LED lights for monitoring the sounds without turning on the volume.

The camera can be placed on a table top or securely mounted to the wall with anchors and security clips.

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • High resolution picture and video quality
  • Easy to use and position camera
  • Compact, lightweight and portable
  • Infrared night vision with round the clock monitoring
  • Automatic channel selection for security
  • Automatic screen activation with volume control
  • Soothing lullabies and night light

    Cons

  • Sound is detected only when it is loud
  • Parent unit is bulky
  • Can disrupt Wi-Fi connection at home
Where to Buy
Review Summary

Philips Avent Digital Video Baby Monitor features an operating range of about 150 m/490 feet, a high-resolution 2.4 inch color screen digital quality providing clear images and clear infrared night vision with round the clock monitoring. It plays 3 soothing lullabies to sooth and calm down the little ones to sleep. When the Digital Video Monitor detects a noise in baby's room, the parent unit's screen automatically activates and its lights indicate the level of noise. 

The Avent baby monitor has an easy to position camera for best viewing and the parent’s unit works on rechargeable batteries for easy mobility. The ball-style camera swivels up, down, left, and right for the best shot of your child. Operating on a frequency band of 2.4 gigahertz, the Digital Video Monitor automatically searches for the most secure connection with the least interference. You can rest assured that your monitor transmissions are 100% private, and that you're the only one who can hear and see your baby.

However, many reviewers say that the parent unit is bulky and the monitor lacks adjustable noise sensitivity.

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Pros & Cons

    Pros

  • Easy to use features
  • Dual receiver or single receiver option with rechargeable batteries
  • Vibration alert feature works well
  • Low battery alarm indicator
  • Good battery backup
  • Light and easily portable
  • Loud and clear sound quality

    Cons

  • Range is not 2000 feet as claimed
  • Picks up even static
Review Summary

The Graco Secure Coverage Digital Baby Monitor has an expansive 2000 feet range for complete household coverage, to always stay in touch with the baby. With digital clarity and performance, hear and feel the baby with the unique added vibration alert feature. This baby monitor provides good clarity, performance and privacy and works on 900 MHz frequency which means no interference from phones and electronics. There is a low battery alarm indicator to remind charging the parent unit. A belt clip gives active parents wear-it-anywhere convenience and easy portability. There is a battery backup in child unit for added peace of mind

Many reviewers say that the range is not 2000 feet as claimed by the manufacturers. Though majority of the users mentioned good battery life, sometimes it was noticed that the battery dies rather quickly when it operates off-base.

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