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Summer Infant Baby Touch Digital Color Video Monitor

Est. $220
Reviewed
March 2014
by ConsumerSearch
Summer Infant BabyTouch Digital Video Monitor

Pros
  • Remote pan, tilt and zoom
  • Large screen with quality image
  • Touch screen is easy to use
  • Can accommodate four cameras
Cons
  • No voice-activation feature
  • Short battery life

Bottom line

The Summer Infant Baby Touch Digital Color Video Monitor has a large 3.5-inch touch screen that allows you to pan, tilt and zoom the camera from the parent unit. The Baby Touch delivers bright, clear day and night images with interference-free digital technology. Parents love the intercom, sound quality and ease of use, but wish for voice activation and better battery life.

Clarity

Digitally secure connection. The Summer Infant Baby Touch Digital Color Video Monitor uses digital technology for a secure connection that is relatively interference-free. Experts say the range is good, with reliable performance up to 400 feet away, but there are better performers. Reviewers say the Baby Touch offers a clear image day and night. Parents also say sound quality is good and the intercom is clear. However, some say the monitor momentarily drops its connection when being moved between rooms. Several reviewers say the monitor isn't durable and broke quickly under normal usage.

Ease of use

A bright, intuitive touch screen. The Summer Infant Baby Touch Digital Color Video Monitor's most celebrated feature is its 3.5-inch LCD screen that lets you pan, tilt and zoom. Reviewers also say the camera moves silently and won't disturb the baby. Controls are easy to find and use -- no need to study the user manual. The monitor has LED lights that show volume level. Some parents wish for voice activation, which allows the monitor to transmit sound only when the baby cries. The Baby Touch includes rechargeable batteries and a magnetic charging base for the parent unit. However, users complain battery life is poor. They also wish for a low-battery indicator.

Lifestyle features

It's all about the image. The Summer Infant Baby Touch Digital Color Video Monitor isn't loaded with extras such as lullabies or a night-light, but it offers some of the most comprehensive video coverage available. You can add three additional cameras, making it an ideal choice for households with more than one child. Parents also love being able to talk to baby through an intercom. All units are wired. In February 2011, Summer Infant voluntarily recalled all corded baby monitors to provide new product labels and instructions after seven reported cases of strangulation due to baby monitor cords, two of which involved Summer Infant monitors.

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Our Sources

1. 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. Then they 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

2. BabyGearLab

The Summer Infant Baby Touch Digital Color Video Monitor is a solid performer in a range of tests and fares well for ease of use. Features like talk-to-baby and tilt and pan capabilities earn praise. The lack of a sound activation feature is disappointing, the review notes.

Review: Summer Infant Baby Touch Video Monitor Review, RJ Spurrier, March 28, 2012

3. Amazon.com

The Summer Infant Baby Touch Digital Color Video Monitor receives 3.7 out of 5 stars in more than 560 reviews. Users say it has a great picture with good reception. They also like the sound quality and talk-back feature. Some say battery life is poor and report battery malfunctions. They also wish for a low-battery indicator.

Review: Summer Infant Baby Touch Digital Color Video Monitor, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2014

4. Target.com

The Summer Infant Baby Touch Digital Color Video Monitor gets 4 out of 5 stars based on nearly 60 reviews. Parents like the large picture, clear image and good sound quality. While parents like that they can tilt, zoom and pan, some say these features don't operate as well as they would hope.

Review: Summer Infant Baby Touch Digital Color Video Monitor, Contributors to Target.com, As of March 2014

5. Bestcovery.com

The Summer Infant Baby Touch Digital Color Video Monitor earns praise for its easy-to-use touch screen, which lets users pan, tilt and zoom. The talk-back feature and ability to scan between cameras are also listed as pros. The short review does not note any cons, however.

Review: Summer Infant Baby Touch Color Video Monitor, "Jamie C.", Aug. 21, 2013

6. InventorSpot.com

The Summer Infant Baby Touch Digital Color Video Monitor earns praise for its range, talk-back feature, intuitive touch controls and magnetic docking station. But the battery life isn't as good as advertised, and picture quality could be better, the review notes.

Review: Top 5 Best Baby Monitors, Tamara Warta, Not dated

7. TheBump.com

The Bump loves the Summer Infant Baby Touch Digital Color Video Monitor's touch-screen technology and ability to pan, scan and zoom. Editors describe it as a perfect surveillance tool for "moms who want all the details." But they do not note any cons or compare it to other monitors.

Review: Best Baby Monitors, Editors of The Bump, Not Dated

8. Parents.com

Parents.com touts the Summer Infant Baby Touch Digital Color Video Monitor for its smartphone-like usability. It is not clear, however, if the monitors are ranked or simply randomly listed. It also is unclear whether they were tested. No cons are listed in these very short blurbs.

Review: 7 Baby Monitors, Jessica Hartshorn, Not dated

9. Consumer Product Safety Commission

This Consumer Product Safety Commission page describes the Summer Infant monitor recall, detailing strangulation deaths, affected models, retailers and recommended actions for consumers who own the monitors.

Review: Two Strangulation Deaths Prompt Summer Infant to Recall Video Baby Monitors with Cords; Firm to Provide New On-Product Label & Instructions, Consumer Product Safety Commission, Feb. 11, 2011

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