An update of the popular SCD510, the Philips Avent SCD560/10 Baby Monitor is everything a parent could want in a sound-only baby monitor: clear sound, interference-free technology and lots of extra features. The monitor has a long range, solid battery life and bonuses such as lullabies, a temperature sensor and an intercom. But some parents may find that it's more monitor than they need for more than they want to pay. It also has only one parent unit.
Impressive sound and range. The Philips Avent SCD560/10 Baby Monitor uses DECT technology to ward off any interference with Wi-Fi or other devices, and reviewers say it does so effectively. The monitor has a relatively long 164-foot range indoors and a range of more than 1,080 feet outdoors, which reviewers appreciate. Sound is clear and there are few reports of the parent and nursery units becoming unlinked. Parents are happy with the monitor's adjustable sound sensitivity and sound-activated LED lights, which register noise even if the parent unit is on mute.
Good battery life. Reviewers say it's quick and easy to set up the Philips Avent SCD560/10 Baby Monitor, and they praise the clear directions and intuitive controls. The parent unit must be plugged in for 10 hours before it's fully charged, however. Most reviewers are happy with battery life -- up to 18 hours before needing to be recharged -- and they appreciate being able to power the nursery unit with four AA batteries in case of a power outage. A few reviewers complain the monitor's display can be hard to read. There are indicators for power, connectivity, noise level, temperature and battery level.
Lots of bells and whistles. The Philips Avent SCD560/10 Baby Monitor packs a punch when it comes to extras: There's a night-light, five lullabies and an intercom that lets parents talk to baby. A temperature sensor allows parents to receive alerts when it gets too hot or cold in baby's room. There's even a feeding timer that lets parents track how long it's been since baby's last meal. The parent unit has a lanyard for better portability. On the downside, only one parent unit is available. Units are wired, and parents should be careful to place wires out of baby's reach to reduce strangulation hazards.
The Philips Avent SCD560/10 DECT baby monitor receives 4.4 out of 5 stars in more than 70 customer reviews. Owners love the variety of features, clear audio and lack of interference. Some reviewers received faulty units, and a few say the display could be brighter.
Review: Philips Avent DECT Baby Monitor with Temperature Sensor, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2014
2. Baby Bargains
"Baby Bargains" covers all manufacturers of baby monitors in depth. Authors Denise and Alan Fields consider performance, ease of use and the brand's track record to come up with their overall rating for each brand. They then pick a few specific best-bet models. Reviews are comparative, thorough and unbiased.
Review: Around the House: Monitors, Diaper Pails, Safety & More, Denise and Alan Fields, Tenth Edition, 2013
3. New York Family
This short review praises the Philips Avent SCD560/10 DECT for its long battery life, clear sound, sound-indicator lights and long range. The blurb does not note any cons or compare the monitor to others.
Review: Quick Guide to the Best Baby Monitors on the Market, Stacey Gawronski, Nov. 5, 2013