Reviewers say the VTech Safe & Sound Digital Audio Monitor offers more bang for your buck than most monitors. Just over $30 gets you interference-free DECT technology, impressive range and several extras including a night-light and an intercom. A vibration-alert option also wows parents. But some owners caution they've had trouble with dropped connections, and others wish for longer battery life.
No interference, but connection problems are possible. The VTech Safe & Sound Digital Audio Monitor uses interference-free DECT technology, and parents say it lives up to that billing even in homes full of wireless gadgets. It has a 150-foot indoor range and 1,000-foot outdoor range. Most reviewers are happy with the range, but several say the monitor falls short of what's advertised. Many say the units lose their connection too frequently. Others note it can be tricky to get sound sensitivity right if there is white noise in the baby's room. Five small lights measure noise intensity even if the volume is off, a feature parents appreciate.
Setup is a cinch, but batteries could be better. Reviewers say the VTech Safe & Sound Digital Audio Monitor has clear operating instructions and is easy to set up. The parent unit must be plugged in for 11 hours before it's fully charged, which some owners find annoying. Battery life is among the most frequent complaints about this monitor, with parents saying the rechargeable batteries simply don't last as long as they should. Many reviewers say the LCD display fades after several months. The monitor indicates when it is out of range, is not linked or is low on battery.
Has some nice extras. The VTech Safe & Sound Digital Audio Monitor offers a lot of features for the price, reviewers say. The nursery monitor's handle doubles as a night-light, and parents love having an intercom that lets them talk to baby. Parents can also set the monitor to vibrate when it detects noise -- nice for those who may not want to be jolted awake at night. The Safe & Sound is available with one or two parent units (Est. $42 for the two-parent unit). Units are wired, and parents should be careful to place wires out of baby's reach to reduce strangulation hazards.
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"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. They then 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
The VTech Safe & Sound Digital Audio Monitor receives 4 out of 5 stars in more than 900 reviews. Most say it is sturdy and quiet with a long range. But some complain of short battery life, fading displays and lost connections. Others say sound sensitivity is poor.
Review: VTech Communications Safe & Sound Digital Audio Monitor, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of March 2014
The VTech Safe & Sound Digital Audio Monitor receives 4.4 out of 5 stars in more than 180 reviews. Owners praise the value, intercom, range and quiet operation. But several report connectivity problems and say the battery won't last.
Review: VTech – Safe and Sound 1.9 GHz Digital Baby Audio Monitor, DM221, Contributors to Walmart.com, As of March 2014
The VTech Safe & Sound Digital Audio Monitor earns praise for its clarity, long range, talk-back intercom and value. The reviewer also likes the belt clip and night-light, but does not note any cons or compare the monitor to others.
Review: VTech Communications Safe & Sound Digital Audio Monitor, "Jamie C.", Aug. 21, 2013
The VTech Safe & Sound Digital Audio Monitor is a good value with a long range, visual and vibrating alerts and talk-back intercom, the reviewer says. But she cautions that the monitor can drop its connection and has a short battery life.
Review: Top 5 Best Baby Monitors, Tamara Warta, Not dated