Baby monitors are an amazing, ultra-specialized case of ‘Consumers ask, the free market provides’. A simple contraption; basically a microphone hooked up to a speaker, the baby monitor nevertheless fulfills an extremely useful function—letting parents rest knowing what their little ones are doing, and around the clock at that.
If the battery lasts that long, that is, which brings us to the main problem with baby monitors. Since their inception in the 30s (!), they have changed. A lot. Nowadays, they feature anything from GPS to built-in screens, two-way mics, speakers, remotely adjustable cameras and more. Since it can and often will be hard to choose a good one out of this ginormous pool, especially if the price is of an additional concern.
Thankfully, we’ve assembled this list for you, featuring the best of the best baby monitors, made by one of the most trustworthy brands in the sector, VTech.
Vtech Baby Monitor Reviews
Here are the best baby audio/video monitors from Vtech.
|VTech DM221||Audio||1000 ft||18 hrs||View Price|
|VTech VM321||Audio & Video||1000 ft||2.8" LCD screen||View Price|
|VTech DM111||Audio||1000 ft||-||View Price|
1. VTech DM221 – Cheap Audio Monitor from VTech
The DM221 is VTech’s mid-range unit, designed to fit right into that sweet spot between price and performance. A fairly simple device, it is designed to be easily used, easily carried with you on the move, and used without hassle or lengthy setup.
It’s a walkie-talkie at its core, with up to two ‘parent units’ per ‘baby unit’—that means there can be up to two parents or guardians at the other end listening in at any point.
However, the DM221 is more than just a mic and a speaker. It features a sound meter, too, which notifies the ‘parent unit’ via a vibration alert when things are getting a little noisy in the nursery.
For calming your little one down with a few soothing words, but without having to rush their way, there’s “two-way communication”—both units have microphones and speakers each.
With a range of 1,000 feet under optimal conditions, the DM221 can be used without issue throughout the house—even if said house happens to be rather spacious.
But it’s the little things, too, that set it apart from the masses. Like the built-in illumination on the baby unit, or DECT 6.0 communication for zero background noise and great clarity. The price, as well, is very buyer-friendly, at just $40; a second parent unit is $10 more.
- Inexpensive, yet highly practical at the same time
- Up to two parent units for added safety
- Inter-communication between parent and child
- High range
- Cheap feel; low build quality
- Not very well-equipped compared to some others
2. VTech VM321 – Premium VTech Video Baby Monitor
Speaking of the high end: Here it is. The V321 might not be VTech’s most expensive model of them all, but it certainly occupies a very high spot in the price-performance hierarchy of their model line.
What sets this one apart from your average $30 monitor? Well, let’s start with the obvious first: Video capability. The baby units on the VM321—yes, plural; you get two out of the box—feature built-in cameras that transmit live footage of your child to the parent unit.
For this purpose, it sports a modern full-color LCD screen, measuring 2.8”. Gone is the grey-and-black monochrome screen from the cheaper models.
For use at night, this system supports IR night vision—much less intrusive than a light. Although based on the same DECT 6.0 tech and intercommunication system as the DM221, the VM321 expands the existing feature set by adding additional controls, such as preset soothing lullabies that can be played over the speakers.
The cameras, besides the integrated night vision, also offer the option to be wall-mounted. When more than one is active—the system is limited to four at any given time—the LCD screen on the parent unit enters split-screen mode, to let you view everything at a glance without having to press any buttons or navigate menus.
They also feature an internal thermometer, so you can remotely measure the room temperature, too. You can even set an audible or vibrating alarm based on temperature fluctuations or sound.
- High-end and feature-laden
- Bundled cameras with integrated night vision, thermometers, and microphones
- Full-color video on 2.8” LCD
- Split-screen viewing of camera footage
- Audible alarms based on temperature and/or noise
- High price, both for the system and additional cameras
- No improvement in signal clarity or range compared to the $40 DM221
- Camera angles not remotely adjustable
3. VTech DM111 – Budget Audio Baby Monitor
In an attempt to cram as much as possible into a tiny form factor and $20 price point—yes, you read that correctly—VTech went through insane efforts to make this one the highest-value baby monitor on the market.
Featuring no form of input or output besides audio, it is a very basic system. The parent unit includes nothing besides a power button, volume control, and noise meter.
Surprisingly, though, the core, and arguably the most important component of the DM111—the entire communication suite, from the chipset to the speakers and internal microphone—are the same that you will find on VTech’s most expensive models.
This makes it a great value proposition, and if you don’t require anything besides basic audio output, then you’re pretty much set to go with the DM111, no extras, accessories or high-end alternatives needed.
- Amazing value
- Toe-to-toe with much more expensive models in terms of range and signal strength
- Easy to use; simple design
- Extremely basic
- Low build quality overall
So, there you have it. For every kind of buyer, there is the perfect product; one just has to know where to look for. Whether you want the best in performance, the most jaw-dropping high-tech wow factor, or simply the best bang for your buck, the market’s got your back. Our top three may not even be ‘your’ top three, in fact—feel free to use this guide as just that, and shop around on your own, now that you’re aware of what differentiates a good baby monitor from a bad one. Good luck!