The Philips Avent SCD510 DECT Baby Monitor with data encryption technology (DECT) transmission offers the best range, clarity and resistance to interference of any remote monitor, reviews say. DECT technology ensures that your monitor won't be broadcast to the neighborhood. It's costlier than other monitors, but experts and users agree that Philips Avent DECT monitors are your best bet for interference-free reliability.
Interference free performance is guaranteed. With DECT technology and 120 channels, the Philips AventSCD510 DECT Baby Monitor and other Philips Avent DECT monitors guarantee consistent, interference free performance in any environment. One product tester described the SCD510 as bullet-proof after it continued to function surrounded by other active monitors, wireless phones, cell phones and wireless routers.
Parents and experts agree that the SCD510 monitor offers excellent clarity with static only occurring when the monitor is at its boundaries - - more than 1500 feet, according to testers. However, many parents wish the volume on the parent unit was louder. In addition to sound alerts, the SCD510 has an LED light display on the parent unit that users and experts say is accurate. Reviewers like the adjustable sensitivity on the monitor, which means that the monitor can be set to ignore ambient noise in the nursery and only signal when the volume reaches a critical level.
Simple and straightforward monitoring. Owners and experts say the Philips AventSCD510 DECT Baby Monitor is easy to operate and understand. One popular feature: The monitor finds a clear channel automatically, so parents don't have to search for one. It also features an out of range alert that users say is clear and obvious, as well as a low battery alert. The monitor's talk to baby feature can be employed by simply touching the talk button on the parent unit. The SCD510 monitor comes with rechargeable batteries as well as AC wall adapters. The parent unit can be plugged in or used with batteries. While Philips Avent states that the battery should remain charged for 24 hours, independent testers find that the actual charge time is closer to 13 hours, and some user complain about a short battery life. The SCD510 comes with a belt clip that reviewers like for hands-free monitoring.
The basics are covered plus some. While the Philips AventSCD510 DECT Baby Monitor is essentially a basic audio monitor, its range and clarity place it in a class of its own. Also distinguishing the SCD510 from other monitors is data encryption that prevents accidental or predatory listening. The SCD510 includes a talk back to the baby intercom feature and a soft glow nightlight on the nursery unit.
If you are looking for more bells and whistles with the same stellar clarity, the Philips Avent SCD525 (*Est. $150) features an energy saving ECO mode, a remote activated nightlight and lullabies, and an LED screen that displays the temperature. The Philips AventSCD535 (*Est. $190) adds the ability to monitor humidity in the baby's room and has a three-hour versus eight-hour battery charge time.
Better warranty coverage than most. The Philips AventSCD510 DECT Baby Monitor is guaranteed to provide an interference-free performance by the manufacturer. The monitor also carries a longer than average two-year warranty against defects in materials and workmanship.
1. Baby Bargains
Review Credibility: Excellent The Baby Bargains book and website offer buyer's guides and ratings on a comprehensive selection of baby gear. The authors say they conduct hands-on testing and interviews with parents, manufacturers and retailers before reaching conclusions. Parents posting to Amazon.com say this is the best baby-gear book available, with plenty of current info and lots of attitude, including sections aimed at steering consumers away from unnecessary features. Baby Bargains offers a roundup of top audio and video based baby monitors and provides coverage of both specific baby monitors and overall brand performance.
Review: Chapter 7, Monitors, Denise and Alan Fields, Version 9.1, 2012
Review Credibility: Excellent In this report, the editors at ConsumerReports.org compare nine audio monitors and three audio/video monitors, and they summarize their findings. Monitors were tested for interference, ease of use, battery life and range. The Philips Avent SDC510 DECT Digital Monitor is one of the tested models.
Review: Ratings: Baby Monitors, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not dated
3. Which? magazine
Review Credibility: Excellent Which? magazine -- the U.K. equivalent of ConsumerReports.org -- tests and rates 14 baby monitors for range, durability, sound quality and ease of use, including the Philips Avent SDC510 DECT Baby Monitor. Which? editors offer thorough reviews, full specifications and comparisons to other products.
Review: Baby Monitors: Best Buys, Editors of Which? magazine, March 2, 2011
Review Credibility: Excellent The Philips Avent DECT Baby Monitor receives the Baby Gear Lab's Top Pick Award because of its top scores across their battery of independent tests. They say the monitor performed exceptionally well on sound clarity, ease-of-use, range and ability to avoid interference with other electronics and monitors. The only downside they find is the higher price tag.
Review: Philips Avent Dect Baby Monitor Review, RJ Spurrier Review Editor, April 9, 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good The Philips Avent DECT Baby Monitor is Babble.com's top audio monitor in their 2012 roundup. They say that the monitor's use of 1.9 GHz DECT technology ensures an interference free performance, and they commend its static free and secure, digitally encrypted connection. They also say it is loaded with features that will satisfy anyone's needs.
Review: Babble Best 2012 -- Baby Monitors, Michelle Horton, Not dated
Review Credibility: Very Good The Philips Avent SCD510 DECT Digital Baby Monitor receives an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars based on more than 385 reviews. Users comment on the clear, interference free signal, battery backup system in case of power loss, long range and adjustable sensitivity. Users also like the two-way talk back feature on the monitor and that they can monitor sound with a light display or sound. Owners say the parent unit is easy to carry and assemble. A few parents say the monitor's lights are too bright and that the sound level on the parent unit is too low.
Review: Philips Avent Basic Baby Monitor with DECT Technology, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2012
7. Babies 'R' Us
Review Credibility: Very Good In more than 80 reviews, the Philips Avent SCD510 DECT Baby Monitor receives an overall rating of 4.1 out of 5 stars. Users comment on the clear, good range and the user-friendly interface. A few report that the monitor can be unreliable and shuts off unexpectedly, and that it has a poor battery life.
Review: Philips Avent DECT Baby Monitor, Contributors to BabyRUs.com, As of December 2012
Review Credibility: Good The Philips Avent DECT SCD510 baby monitor is the top recommendation of About.com contributor and child safety expert, Heather Corley. She commends the monitor for its interference free DECT technology, talk back feature and long battery life. It is not an extensive review, and there is no mention of actual testing. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Top 5 Baby Monitors, Heather Corley, Not dated
Review Credibility: Fair TheBump.com selects the Philips Avent SCD510 DECT Baby Monitor as the best on-the-go monitor. The brief review commends the monitor's range and the belt clip that makes it easy to carry around while doing chores. TheBump.com also mentions the monitor's favorable rating on ConsumerReports.com.
Review: The On-the-Go Baby Monitor, Editors of TheBump.com, Not dated
10. Parents Magazine
Review Credibility: Fair Parents.com selects seven baby monitors in this online roundup. The reviewer simply notes the best features of each model. It is unclear whether these models were thoroughly tested. The Philips Avent DECT 520 model is commended for its humidity sensor and ability to play lullabies.
Review: Untitled, Jessica Hartshorn, Not Dated
Review Credibility: Fair The Bestcovery.com reviewer is a mom of two who says she's dedicated hours of research into products geared toward children and parents. She does not indicate what methodology she has based her reviews on, but it seems to be research rather than real-world use. She commends the Philips Avent DECT monitor for its clear connection, talk back features and privacy that DECT technology ensures.
Review: Baby Monitors, Natasha Puryear, As of December 2012