While owners love the Philips DECT SCD 590, giving it near perfect scores across the board, some experts say it's just too expensive. Although the Philips baby monitors easily get the best reviews overall, the high price makes them more appropriate as a last resort for those who've experienced interference and eavesdropping with cheaper baby monitors. The Philips SCD 590 and similar SCD 589 baby monitor work on a little used frequency to eliminate interference from other electronics, and they are digital, so the voice signal is scrambled. This means that it's unlikely your baby monitor will be picked up by a neighbor's cordless phone or similar baby monitor.
The best professional review of the Philips SCD 590 baby monitor comes from the book "Baby Bargains" by Denise and Alan Fields. Although the authors don't conduct extensive hands-on tests for their reviews, they do base their ratings on extensive product research along with feedback from their many readers. The best sources of owner-written reviews on the Philips SCD 590 are Amazon.com, which includes enough posts to be useful. Consumer Reports has not tested this particular model, but it has tested a similar Philips baby monitor.
1. Baby Bargains
Consumer advocates Denise and Alan Fields include Philips baby monitors along with other brands in their detailed and thorough section on monitors. The authors say that the SCD 590 has had some positive initial feedback from readers but it's criticized for its high price and Philips' customer service history.
Review: Baby Monitors, Denise Fields and Alan Fields, 7th Edition, 2007
Sixty owners posting to Amazon.com give the Philips SCD 590 baby monitor excellent ratings for clarity and range with a large majority giving this monitor perfect scores overall. Some of the reviews here are just a sentence or two, but many are extremely thorough.
Review: Philips Avent Digital Two-Parent Baby Monitor, Contributors to Amazon.com
ToysRUs.com has nearly 60 reviews of the Philips SCD 590 baby monitor, and several are quite long and detailed. Almost all the owners posting here give the SCD 590 perfect ratings and excellent feedback on its signal clarity, reliability, range and ease of use.
Review: Philips Baby Monitor with DECT Technology Reviews, Contributors to ToysRUs.com