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Snuza Hero SE Review

Reliable clip-style wearable with a unique vibration stimulus
Snuza Hero SE
The Snuza products are some of the easiest to use with limited features and settings.
Credit: Abriah Wofford
Editors' Choice Award
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Price:   $130 List | $129.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Portable, simple, vibration stimulus, no EMF
Cons:  No parent unit, difficult to attach, short battery life
Manufacturer:   Snuza
By Juliet Spurrier, MD and BabyGearLab Review Team  ⋅  Mar 25, 2022
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  • Reliability - 40% 5.0
  • Ease of Use - 30% 7.0
  • EMF - 20% 9.0
  • Portability - 10% 10.0

The Skinny

The Snuza Hero SE is a small, portable movement monitor that attaches to the baby's diaper and senses movement via a sensor that contacts the abdomen. It is the same size, similar to competitors, and functions similarly. Still, it has a cool vibration stimulus designed to rouse the baby from deep sleep to encourage movement without the need for a loud in-nursery alarm. In addition to the vibration feature, the monitor will alarm if it doesn't detect motion after a set amount of time. The Hero may not be the best choice for parents who want additional information provided by an app-enabled monitor or a parent unit. It is also more expensive than similar options that lack the vibration feature. However, for the price and the convenience of portability, we think the Hero is a great choice for the vibration feature alone and think most parents will agree.

To ensure you stay connected to your little one and will hear the alarm of the Snuza should it go off, consider pairing this monitor with a great sound monitor or video monitor option.

Editor's Note: We performed an update on this review on March 25, 2022, with new information designed to help you in your buying decision.

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Pros Portable, simple, vibration stimulus, no EMFPortable, wearable, fewer false alarmsVideo and audio, wireless sensor padAlarm and lights, 2 sensor pads, no cordsApp-enabled, comfortable button, budget-friendly
Cons No parent unit, difficult to attach, short battery lifePrice, nursery only alarm, potentially scary for babyHigher EMF than wired, high price, requires hardboard under the mattressNursery alarm, no parent unit, no sensitivity adjustmentEasily lose or wash buttons, potential connectivity issues, less reliable
Bottom Line Reliable clip-style wearable with a unique vibration stimulusPortable simplicity make it interesting but the higher price and loud alarm should be consideredPotential all-around solution for every monitoring need from movement to sound and videoStraightforward option with two sensor pads but no parent device or adjustable sensor sensitivityInteresting idea but the high EMF and lower reliability score gives us pause
Rating Categories Snuza Hero SE Levana Oma Sense Angelcare AC327 Babysense 7 Monbaby Smart Button
Reliability (40%)
5.0
6.0
7.0
3.0
2.0
Ease of Use (30%)
7.0
8.0
4.0
7.0
5.0
EMF (20%)
9.0
9.0
6.0
9.0
2.0
Portability (10%)
10.0
10.0
5.0
4.0
7.0
Specs Snuza Hero SE Levana Oma Sense Angelcare AC327 Babysense 7 Monbaby Smart Button
Sensor Type Wearable Wearable Sensor Pad Sensor Pad Wearable
Parent Unit No No Yes, Dedicated No Smartphone
Monitoring Type Movement Movement Movement, Sound, Video Movement Movement, Position, Activity
EMF (at baby) 0.4 V/m 0.4 V/m .9 V/m 0.4 V/m 2.3 V/m
Recommended Age Not Listed 0-6mo Sensor Pad: 0-24mo
Audio & Video: 0mo+
0-12mo 0-18mo
Adjustable Sensitivity No No Yes No No
Wireless Mobility Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

Our Analysis and Test Results

Snuza has been creating baby movement monitors since 2007, using bio-sensory technology. The Snuza brand monitors aim to alert parents of incidents where the movement has stopped indicating breathing has also likely stopped. They are the first baby tech operation to market a truly portable movement style monitor and a portable infant breathing monitor. Snuza is comprised of individuals to create products that can speak for babies when they are alone in their crib and unable to breathe. Snuza monitors are manufactured by Biosentronics cc., based in South Africa, and is currently the largest selling mobile baby movement monitor globally.

Performance Comparison



Snuza Hero SE movement monitor - the hero is not as reliable as the mattress sensor pads as it can...
The Hero is not as reliable as the mattress sensor pads as it can shift away from baby's abdomen making it unable to sense the bay's movement.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Reliability


In general, the diaper attachment monitors are more reliable than the mattress sensor pads. The Hero is slightly less reliable than other clip-style options. Still, we think the vibration features help negate any downside, as gently stimulating a baby to move feels more peaceful to us than a loud alarm going off for no reason. False alarms were minimal with children under six months of age. Still, the incidents increase markedly once babies start moving and rolling over as the sensor becomes removed from the abdomen causing false alarms as it can no longer sense the baby's movement. A one-piece sleeper with the sensor in direct contact with the abdomen can reduce false alarms, making the monitor more difficult to turn on or off, covering the indicator lights, and muffling the alarm sound. The Hero does over an audible "tick" with every movement, which is designed to provide peace of mind to parents (if you can't see the indicator light). Still, it also seems to be disruptive to sleeping babies, making it a poorly designed feature for light sleepers.

Snuza Hero SE movement monitor - the snuza hero attached to the diaper under a one-piece sleeper...
The Snuza Hero attached to the diaper under a one-piece sleeper. While this helps it stay in place, it muffles the sound, hides the alert lights and makes turning it off and on more difficult.
Credit: Curtis Smith

Unlike similar options, the Hero has a vibration stimulus feature that emits a gentle vibration when a 15 second period without movement is detected. The vibration is designed to stimulate little ones out of deeper sleep and encourage movement/breathing without fully awakening them or causing crying from a loud in-nursery alarm. If the monitor detects movement following the vibration, the alarm will not sound. If three vibration stimulus incidents occur, a "rouse warning" (one beep every 2 seconds) will sound to alert the parent. The rouse warning only works in its preset programmed mode, but you can turn it off, so it functions similarly to its simpler brother. It does not have the ability to be programmed to alert at different time intervals like the Snuza Go. All other features and functions are the same on the two monitors.

Snuza Hero SE movement monitor - the hero has a clip on the back for attaching to baby's diaper.
The Hero has a clip on the back for attaching to baby's diaper.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


This monitor comes ready for use with the battery installed, though many remark that the batteries were dead on arrival in the new monitors they purchased. The monitor has no setup required and works simply by turning it on and attaching it to your baby's diaper. Thanks to the vibration stimulus feature, it has a more complicated interface than competitors. Still, it isn't as challenging as the mattress sensor pad monitor or those with a parent unit. We experienced that it is nearly impossible to attach the monitor without waking your baby if they are already asleep, so you'll need to make it part of your routine clipping it on before the baby falls asleep.

Snuza Hero SE movement monitor - the snuza hero comes with a hard carry case that makes it ready for...
The Snuza Hero comes with a hard carry case that makes it ready for travel with no other components necessary.
Credit: Micah James

Portability


The Hero is small enough to be stashed in the diaper bag and comes with a hard case to protect the sensor. You can use it in any stationary location where it is safe for the baby to nap with no modification necessary, making it a great choice for parents who travel or babies who spend a significant amount of time away from home.

Snuza Hero SE movement monitor
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Electro Magnetic Field (EMF)


The Hero didn't emit any EMF (Volts/meter) over the ambient room EMF in our tests. This makes it a preferable wearable monitor to much of the other wearable competition, some of which have excessive EMF readings (in our opinion).

Should You Buy the Snuza Hero?


The Hero is a great portable option and earned an award because of the unique vibration feature that helps stimulate little ones into moving before the audible alarm sounds. We love this feature as it can help prevent unnecessarily upsetting little ones deep in sleep with a loud alarm. If you want to avoid loud false alarms, this option might be the right one for you. Pair it with a video or sound monitor to see and hear more of the in-nursery action.

What Other Movement Monitor Should You Consider?


The Snuz Go scored higher in testing, but it lacks the vibration feature. However, if that is less of a concern for you, it will save you money to get the lower-priced Go. Alternatively, if portability is less of a concern and you want a longer lifespan, the Babysense 7 mattress pad sensors could be a good fit.

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Juliet Spurrier, MD and BabyGearLab Review Team

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