The Summer Infant Best View Handheld Color Video Monitor has a large 2.5-inch digital screen. What sets this particular model apart from other expensive color video baby monitors is the ability it gives parents to remotely pan, tilt and zoom the nursery camera in order to truly obtain the best view of their baby. Professionals and user opinions concur that the Summer Infant Best View Handheld Color Video Monitor offers functionality that goes beyond most other video monitors -- but the larger question may be whether you really need a video baby monitor at all. Still, some parents find them comforting. On the downside, most parents find the 350-foot video range exaggerated and the color video quality to be only so-so most of the time.
While the Summer Infant Best View Handheld Color Video Monitor is well liked for its unique properties, it takes a back seat to the more popular Summer Infant Day & Night Handheld Color Video Monitor (*Est. $140). This more basic and significantly less costly monitor offers only a 1.8-inch digital screen and fewer features, but most parents find this sufficient for their video baby monitoring needs.
Parenting site Babble.com has chosen the Summer Infant Best View as one of their top picks for video baby monitors, which is based on their own professional testing. A short review is given but it is critical and helpful. About.com's Heather Corley rates the monitor as excellent in her review and gives a detailed and singular review of the monitor that clearly lists its pros and cons. A significant number of Target.com and Amazon.com users also rate this monitor, giving it above-average reviews. Walmart.com sells the Summer Infant Best View online and allows users to review the monitor, but there are not enough reviews here to be useful.
Kate Bayless is highly impressed with the Summer Infant Best View's "stellar" performance and clear digital and audio reception. The Best View camera functionality is said to work exactly as promised and be easy to use and set up. The only reason Babble.com did not give this monitor its top overall spot for video monitors is that the "volume control is a menu function instead of an external control, which isn't convenient for a sleep-deprived parent to maneuver."
Review: Best Picks for 2010 – Video Monitors, Kate Bayless, 2010
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Consumer and parental advocates Denise and Alan Fields personally test many of the products mentioned in this book, and parent interviews also factor heavily into the ratings. The book includes shopping tips, reviews of selected manufacturers along with letter grades and a section of their own personal picks. Summer's Best View Handheld Color Video Monitor is included in the discussion.
Review: Chapter 7: Around the House: Monitors, Diaper Pails, Safety and More, Denise Fields and Alan Fields, Ninth Edition, 2011
Corley gives an overall highly positive review of the Summer Infant Best View Handheld Color Video Baby Monitor, and it's clear from the language of the review that she has tried out the monitor herself. She clearly lists her opinion of the monitor's pros and cons and this is helpful. She says, "Having full control of the camera by remote is an outstanding feature of this monitor." (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Summer Infant Best View Handheld Color Video Baby Monitor Review, Heather Corley
More than 100 consumers weigh in about the Summer Infant Best View Handheld Color Video Baby Monitor on Target.com and give the monitor above-average to excellent ratings. Most users love the extensive remote functionality of the monitor, while some mention that the color video quality is not up to par. Still, the monitor earns an average 4 out of 5 stars -- a victory when it comes to video baby monitors.
Review: Summer Infant Best View Handheld Color Video Baby Monitor, Contributors to Target.com
Nearly 250 Amazon.com users review and rate the Summer Infant Best View Handheld Color Video Baby Monitor. Ratings on Amazon.com are nearly exactly on par with user reviews on Target.com, and cite similar complaints, but still give the monitor an overall above-average standing. Users say that while the clarity and sound are stellar, there are some issues with the monitor holding a charge. Several also note that the LED light is distractingly bright.
Review: Summer Infant Best View Handheld Color Video Baby Monitor, Contributors to Amazon.com
Walmart.com also sells the Summer Infant Best View Handheld Color Video Baby Monitor and allows users to rate the monitor. Nearly 50 Wal-Mart buyers weigh-in on this video baby monitor, with the majority giving the monitor 5 out of 5 stars. Reviewers say that this monitor is a stellar buy in general. Still, some complain that the picture is somewhat pixilated and the monitor does not hold a charge particularly well.
Review: Summer Infant Best View Handheld Color Video Baby Monitor, Contributors to Walmart.com