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. This High Def is a no frills audio monitor that reliably transmits crystal clear sound from the nursery to the parent unit with a good range of 1000+ feet. Quibbles with this monitor are few; reviewers say it's the best monitor in its price range.
Transmits every sound in the nursery. The Safety 1st High Def Digital Monitor uses DECT (Digitally Enhanced Cordless Technology) for an interference-free, digitally secure connection from the nursery to the parent monitor. Parents say the High Def Monitor is sensitive enough to pick up the subtlest sounds in the nursery and transmit them clearly. Some parents say that they choose to turn the monitor down so that they don't hear every move the baby makes. Parents also say that the sound signal lights effectively transmit sound levels from the nursery. Users say that the High Def monitor works well in multilevel homes and in homes with lots of competing electronics signals, and there are no complaints about range.
Lights and sound indicators on all units. Expert reviewers and users agree that the Safety 1st High Def Digital Monitor is simple to set up and use. The monitor has a full complement of indicators for when battery power is low, if the power is on or off, and if you go out of range. While parents like these alerts on the parent unit, there are multiple complaints about flashing lights and beeping alerts on the nursery unit when power fails or connection is lost that can arouse a baby.
Parents do like the pager feature that allows them to locate a misplaced parent unit by pressing a button on the nursery unit.
The High Def comes with a rechargeable AA battery pack that many users say is an added convenience and saves money. However, other parents say battery life isn't very good and even new rechargeable batteries fail to hold charge over time.
Gets the job done. While the High Def monitor lacks major bells and whistles, it offers high end technology at a relatively affordable price. The monitor does not include multiple parent units -- which can be a drawback -- but the handy page feature helps keep track of the one you have. Parents and 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.
Confusing website. The Safety 1st High Def Monitor carries a one-year manufacturer's warranty. Safety 1st is a member of the massive Dorel Juvenile Group that includes Cosco, Maxi-Cosi and more. The website is difficult to navigate, making it a challenge to get basic product support. Parents say that Safety 1st is unhelpful and/or unresponsive when contacted on quality control issues.
Review Credibility: Very Good The Safety 1st High Def Digital Monitor is Babble.com's pick for best midrange digital monitor in their 2012 best baby monitor roundup. Babble says the monitor's DECT technology successfully keeps transmissions clear and private. They also like the sounds lights, pager button, automatic channel scanning and indicators for active connection, out of range and low battery. Finally, they say the monitor is easy to use, with a sleek design.
Review: Babble Best 2012 -- Baby Monitors Best Mid Range Digital, Michelle Horton
Review Credibility: Very Good The Safety 1st High Def Digital Monitor receives an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars in more than 145 owner reviews. Most parents say that the monitor is crystal clear, has good volume control and works as promised. There are some complaints about battery life being short, and some parents only use the monitor when it's plugged in. Parents also wish that the nursery unit didn't have alerts that beep and flash when the parent unit is disconnected. There are isolated complaints about product failure.
Review: Safety 1st High-Def Digital Monitor, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of December 2012
Review Credibility: Very Good The Safety 1st High Def Digital Monitor receives an impressive rating of 100 out of 100 points, but there are only a handful of reviews posted. 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 December 2012
Review Credibility: Good Heather Corley, About.com contributor and child safety expert, makes the Safety 1st High Def Digital Monitor baby monitor her number two pick in this roundup of five top monitors. She says it's one of the best baby monitors available for less than $50, with the same interference-free DECT technology as more expensive units. 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
Review Credibility: Fair TheBump.com names the Safety 1st High Def Digital Monitor the best high-definition monitor. The brief but thorough review states that the High Def provides sound clarity and reduced interference with money saving rechargeable batteries.
Review: The High-Definition Baby Monitor , Editors of TheBump.com