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Price: $30 list | Available for $18 from Amazon
Pros: Inexpensive, 2 parent version available for low-price, easy to use
Cons: Nearly the worst range and sound clarity of monitors we tested
Bottom line: You can do better for your dollar
The Safety 1st Crystal Clear monitor is one of the least expensive monitors we tested. It is available with 1 parent unit for street price less than $30, or 2 parent units for about $35. It is very simple to use. Unfortunately, it also suffered from nearly the worst range and sound clarity of any of the monitors we tested. More susceptible to static than most monitors we tested, this monitor may cost you lost sleep for the benefit of low purchase price. We advise caution. There are better monitors out there for reasonable prices.
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BabyGearLab Editors' Hands-on Review
Before you buy this monitor you need to consider the cost of losing sleep due to range or static interference issues. While the price is tempting, the downside is real.
A bargain price. Could not be easier to use.
Nearly the worst range and sound clarity of any of the monitors we tested. More susceptible to static interference from electronic devices or other monitors than most monitors in our tests.
No rechargeable batteries, no sound activation feature.
There are better monitors out there for the similar price or not much more. Think of your monitor as a key investment in your ability to sleep over the next few years. Consider stepping up in price a bit to get the Sony BabyCall, winner of our Best Value Award, or for better even range, the Angelcare Sound monitor.
— RJ Spurrier
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Most recent user review: April 4, 2012
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