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Baby Monitor Reviews
Baby Monitors Performance
While baby monitor reviews from users and experts are good indicators, baby monitor performance varies widely based on the number, types, and locations of electronic devices in your home. Your home's layout can also play a role in determining which baby monitor works best for you, since some homes simply have more walls between the transmitter and receiver, which can interfere with the signal.
Baby Monitors General Performance.Overall, our picks receive high marks in baby monitor reviews. On Amazon, users praise the sensitive transmitter on the Sony BabyCall Nursery Monitor NTM-910, which eliminates extraneous noise while picking up sounds as soft as the baby's breathing. The Fisher-Price Remote Control Musical Audio Monitor is also very popular, although users posting baby monitor reviews on Buzzillions seem just as impressed by the music and light features as they are by the reception. Many baby monitor reviews say this is an exceptional monitor, especially if you keep it plugged in instead of relying on battery power.
The Graco iMonitor Vibe boasts by far the best baby monitor range of all the models on our list, at 2,000 feet, and is a favorite among users posting baby monitor reviews at Buzzillions for its clear signal and ease of use. In baby monitor reviews at Walmart, customers give the Summer Infant Secure Sounds 2.4 GHz Digital Monitor high marks for its sensitivity, even when the monitor is set at a low volume.
It's common practice for parents to return monitors that don't work well in their homes. Just make sure you know the store's return policy before you buy. If you receive a monitor as a gift, try to find out where it was purchased. Many retailers will let you return it for a refund or exchange, but only for a limited time. Refund requirements vary greatly from store to store, a common complaint among parents. In general, Amazon receives the highest praise in baby monitor reviews for quick and easy refunds.
Baby Monitors Battery Life.The limited battery life of most baby monitors is a huge source of parent complaints in baby monitor reviews. Monitors with rechargeable batteries and AC adapters help you avoid spending as much on batteries as you do on the monitor itself, but even those monitors face criticism from users. Reviewers at ToysRUs don't like having to plug the Fisher-Price Remote Control Musical Audio Monitor in to keep it charged during the night. Limited battery life is also a downside of the Graco iMonitor Vibe. A parent reports in a baby monitor review on Amazon that a charge lasts only 10 to 15 minutes. One user posting a baby monitor review on Amazon says the rechargeable function on the Sony BabyCall is one of its main draws. A parent who bought the Graco UltraClear Analog Baby Monitor on Amazon was surprised to learn that the monitor takes AAA batteries, although the product description mentions rechargeable batteries as a power source. A baby monitor review at TopTenReviews says batteries don't last long in the Safety 1st Sound View Monitor. This monitor also lacks rechargeable batteries, so according to the experts at TopTenReviews, you'll have to replace the 9-volt batteries every few days if you rely too much on battery power, which will multiply the cost of this cheap baby monitor.
Don't Bother Cheap Baby Monitors
Graco UltraClear Analog Baby Monitor
Graco, a leader in childcare products, simply misses the boat with the UltraClear Analog Baby Monitor. Despite the name, users complain about horrible static. This baby monitor also lacks an out-of-range indicator and doesn't take rechargeable batteries, which means buying batteries adds to the overall cost. Read more »
Safety 1st Sound View Monitor
At first glance, this basic baby monitor seems like a good budget buy. Take a second look, however, and you'll find that the Sound View isn't just basic; it's lacking. No out-of-range indicator and no rechargeable batteries make the difference between a reliable monitor and one that isn't very portable or cost-efficient. Read more »
Graco UltraClear Analog Baby Monitor Review
Safety 1st Sound View Monitor Review
Graco iMonitor Vibe Review
Summer Infant Secure Sounds Digital Monitor Review
Sony BabyCall NTM-910 Review
Fisher-Price Remote Control Musical Audio Monitor Review
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