If you're looking for a secure connection at a reasonable price, the Safety 1st High Def Digital Monitor with interference-free DECT technology is a good bet. The High Def is a no-frills audio monitor that reliably transmits clear sound from the nursery with a range of 1000+ feet. Quibbles with this monitor are minor, with reviewers saying it's the best monitor in its price range.
Transmits every sound in the nursery. The Safety 1st High Def Digital Monitor uses DECT technology for an interference-free, digitally secure connection. It has a range of more than 1,000 feet outdoors. Parents say the monitor is sensitive enough to pick up subtle sounds and transmit them clearly, and some even turn down the monitor so they don't hear every move the baby makes. Parents also say that the sound-signal lights effectively transmit sound levels from the nursery. The High Def monitor reportedly works well in multi-level homes and homes with a lot of competing electronic signals.
Lights and sound indicators on all units. Reviewers say the Safety 1st High Def Digital Monitor is simple to set up and use. Indicators tell you when battery power is low, whether power is on or off and signal if you go out of range. While parents like these features, there are multiple complaints about flashing lights and beeps on the nursery unit when power fails or connection is lost, since they can wake the baby. The High Def comes with a rechargeable AA battery pack that many users say is an added convenience. However, others say that the battery life still isn't good and the batteries fail to hold a charge over time.
Gets the job done. While the High Def monitor lacks bells and whistles such as an intercom, night-light, temperature monitor or music, reviewers praise its high-end technology that comes at a relatively affordable price point. It does not include multiple parent units, a drawback for some, but a pager feature helps keep track of the one you have. Reviewers also like the High Def's sleek looks. But one user comments that the included belt clip does not hold the parent unit effectively. The nursery unit is not wireless, which may concern some, and a few reviewers complain that the parent unit does not have a charging cradle.
The Safety 1st High Def Digital Monitor is Babble's pick for best mid-range digital monitor. Horton says the monitor is clear, sleek and easy to use. She also likes the range of features, including sounds lights and paging. It can flash too brightly in baby's room when the parent unit is off, she notes.
Review: Babble Best Picks: Audio Monitors, Michelle Horton, Not dated
The Safety 1st High Def Digital Monitor receives 3.7 out of 5 stars in more than 180 reviews. Most say the monitor's sound is clear and it works as promised. There are some complaints about battery life and product failure. Parents wish the nursery unit didn't beep and flash when the parent unit is disconnected.
Review: Safety 1st High-Def Digital Monitor, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2014
This review praises the Safety 1st High Def Digital Monitor's simplicity, clear reception, modern appearance and resistance to interference. The monitor is durable and the range is also impressive, the review notes. No cons are reported, and the review is not comparative.
Review: Safety 1st High-Def Digital Monitor, "Jamie C.", Aug. 21, 2013
The Safety 1st High Def Digital Monitor receives an impressive 99 out of 100 points in 10 reviews. Users love the monitor's crystal-clear sound, long range and immunity to interference.
Review: Safety 1st High Def Digital Audio Baby Monitor Reviews, Contributors to Viewpoints.com, As of November 2012
Corley says the Safety 1st High Def Digital Monitor is one of the best baby monitors available for less than $50, with the same interference-free DECT technology that more expensive units have. It is not an extensive review, and there is no mention of actual testing.
Review: Top 5 Baby Monitors, Heather Corley, Not dated
The Bump names the Safety 1st High Def Digital Monitor the best high-definition monitor. The brief but thorough review praises the monitor's sound clarity and reduced interference. It also notes it has money-saving rechargeable batteries.
Review: Best Baby Monitors, Editors of The Bump, Not dated