Hatch Rest+ Review
Pros: Multiple functions, app-enabled, better range, easy to use for the tech-savvy
Cons: Shorter battery life, not the best sound quality, few features for sound
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|Pros||Multiple functions, app-enabled, better range, easy to use for the tech-savvy||Excellent sound clarity, lots of features, long battery life, price||Great sound clarity, nice range, long battery life||Good sound clarity, easy to use, budget-friendly||Easy to use, nice range, inexpensive|
|Cons||Shorter battery life, not the best sound quality, few features for sound||Harder to use, shorter range||Harder to use, fewer features||Limited features, average range||Limited features, short battery life|
|Bottom Line||An app-enabled, multi-purpose monitor that is easy to use, but it has a shorter battery life and less than great sound||An inexpensive, yet great sounding, monitor with loads of features that is a great choice for most families||Our favorite monitor if the price is not a barrier, that offers a longer range and great sound quality, making it a great choice for larger homes||A great option for those who favor ease-of-use and good sound quality over excess features, at a relatively good price for what you get||An affordable monitor set that includes two parent units and gets the job done without any fuss|
|Rating Categories||Hatch Rest+||Vtech DM221||Philips Avent DECT...||Philips Avent DECT...||Vtech DM111|
|Sound Clarity (30%)|
|Ease Of Use (25%)|
|Battery Life (15%)|
|Specs||Hatch Rest+||Vtech DM221||Philips Avent DECT...||Philips Avent DECT...||Vtech DM111|
|Indoor Range Test (walls & feet)||8 Walls
169 Feet (WiFi)
|Open Field Range Test||155 Feet (WiFi)||1325 Feet||1350 Feet||1320 Feet||1350 Feet|
|Manufacturer's Claimed Range (*buyer beware!)||NA||1000 Feet||1083 Feet||984 Feet||Not Listed|
|Communication Technology||WiFi||DECT 6.0 Digital Technology||DECT technology||DECT Technology||DECT 6.0 Digital Technology|
|Adjustable Mic Sensitivity||No||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|Sound Filtering Test Results||Very Good||Excellent||Excellent||Poor||Very Poor|
|Max Sound||96.3||103.4 db||102 db||101 db||103.6 db|
|Battery Life||13 Hours Hrs||46 Hours Hrs||31 Hours Hrs||19 Hours Hrs||13 Hours Hrs|
|Nursery Unit Battery Backup||Yes||No||Yes||No||No|
|EMF @ 6 Feet Nursery Unit||0.43 V/m||3.11 V/m||0.72 V/m||0.95 V/m||2.63 V/m|
|Out Of Range Alert||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Warranty||1 Year||1 Year||2 Years||2 Years||1 Year|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Ann Weiss and her husband Dave believe technology can improve lives. As entrepreneurs at heart, their passion for helping people led them to create Hatch, starting with products specifically for babies before branching out to adults. Their experience with their first baby and insomnia, in general, inspired them to create Rest and Rest+. Since being featured on "Shark Tank" in 2016, the company has grown into a leader in restorative sleep products.
The Hatch Rest+ isn't super impressive for a sound monitor, but it manages to get the job done despite lacking sound-specific features. This product does not have sound activation or microphone sensitivity adjustment but still manages relatively impressive sound filtering technology keeping a quiet monitor quiet unless your baby is crying.
However, for sound quality, this product isn't the best or the worst in the group, with a score that manages to be just below average. The Hatch Rest+ has a maximum dB output of 96.3 in our tests which is better than most of the competition. Unfortunately, the sound it emits isn't impressive at higher volumes. It wasn't until the sounds dropped below 75dB that we could decipher what was said in the nursery. You will be able to hear your baby crying, but if the noises are more subtle or super loud, the details could be lost. This monitor is never totally quiet, but the features let you turn it down low enough for most parents to sleep. Of course, if you use the sound machine or lullaby features, you will hear those through your device as well.
Ease of Use
The Hatch Rest+ is one of the easier options to use, which is surprising given the more involved setup and app-enabled user interface. While we doubt your average grandparent will love this unit, we think most tech-savvy parents accustomed to utilizing their smartphones will have no trouble with this setup or application.
This monitor automatically connects to your phone as soon as you open the Hatch sleep app, as long as you are in range and the product is on. This is far superior to products that require linking or syncing to start. If it doesn't connect, you can manually sync the Hatch to your phone after setting up an account. The app also automatically registers your Hatch, which is a nice feature should you have problems.
The app itself is intuitive and straightforward if you are familiar with smartphone apps. We were able to set up programs and nightlight/sound schedules easily. The touch ring on the top of the Hatch allows you to toggle through your pre-programmed settings, and there are buttons on the bottom for volume and brightness control. One of the best advantages is that all features can be operated from the parent device and outside the nursery.
The Hatch Rest+ is a WiFi option that requires this technology to work. The upside is this typically extends range past where most dedicated monitors can go.
The Hatch Rest+ has a better than the average range in our tests but will depend entirely on your WiFi range in your home. It should work wherever you have a WiFi connection.
The Hatch Rest+ battery life is long enough, with 13 hours in our tests. While this is plenty to make it through the night should the electricity go out, it isn't on par with some of the competition.
Depending on your use of this option, your battery life will be affected. Using the sound machine and nightlight will decrease your overall battery life overusing it as a monitor alone. The manufacturer writes that the battery is not intended for frequent or all-night use and is designed as a backup or for shorter nap times.
If the battery on the Hatch dies, you'll have to start the setup process over again. We highly recommend not letting the battery die to avoid this annoyance.
The Hatch Rest+ has some fun features for little ones, but none are helpful for a sound monitor. So depending on your goals, the available features may be exciting or disappointing. While we'd like to see a sound activation or microphone sensitivity adjustment, it didn't offer either, instead choosing to focus on soothing features for little ones like sound and light.
The Hatch Rest+ also has the following features:
- Nightlight with infinite colors and brightness levels
- Sound machine
- Ok to wake clock for toddlers
- Talk to baby
- Remote capabilities
- Alexa capable
The Hatch offers one of the lowest EMF readings in the group, with a reading of 0.43 V/m at a distance of 6 ft. This result is even more impressive than it might be with an ordinary monitor because it uses WiFi, which often increases the production of EMF.
If you want even lower levels near your little one, we recommend placing the Hatch as far from the crib as possible for it to still be effective. Given that it is also a nightlight and sound machine, this might not be as far as some of the competition as you'll want your little one to be able to see and hear everything the Hatch has to offer for soothing.
— Wendy Schmitz and the BabyGearLab Review Team