Parents who don't mind paying a little bit more for a quality, feature-packed audio monitor will want to check out the Philips Avent SCD560/10 Baby Monitor (Est. $80). The successor to the well-received SCD510, the SCD560/10 gets raves from parents for clear sound, impressive range, solid battery life and no interference. The monitor also has a lot of extras, including a night-light, temperature sensor, lullabies and an intercom that lets parents talk to their baby. Aside from price, quibbles are minor: Some reviewers wish the monitor was available with two parent units, and others say the display can be hard to read.
If you balk at paying so much for an audio monitor and can live without all the bells and whistles on the Philips Avent SCD560/10, reviewers say the Safety 1st High Def Digital Monitor (Est. $45) is worth a look. Parents praise the monitor's clear sound, effective sound-indicator lights and sleek, modern look. A pager helps you find the parent unit if you misplace it. Range is good, though not as long as that of the Philips Avent monitor. Parents complain that the nursery unit flashes and beeps if it loses its connection with the parent unit, potentially waking a sleeping baby. Others wish for longer battery life and the ability to buy a second receiver.
The VTech Safe & Sound Digital Audio Monitor (Est. $31) is another compelling option at an even better price than the Safety 1st High Def. Range is just as good as the High Def's, and parents rave about ease of use and clarity. The monitor also has a night-light, intercom and vibration alerts -- nice extras at a low price point. The major drawback? Several reviewers complain of dropped connections between the nursery and parent unit, which worries some parents. Others say the battery life is poor and the display fades over time. A model is available with two parent units as well (Est. $42).
With a price-point under $100 and all the features one could possibly wish for in an audio monitor, the Philips Avent SCD560/10 is a top choice in this category.