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Hatch Rest+ Review

An app-enabled, multi-purpose monitor that is easy to use, but it has a shorter battery life and less than great sound
Hatch Rest+
Credit: Abriah Wofford
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Price:   $90 List | $89.99 at Amazon
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
Manufacturer:   Hatch
By Wendy Schmitz and the BabyGearLab Review Team  ⋅  Sep 29, 2021
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  • Sound Clarity - 30% 6
  • Ease of Use - 25% 9
  • Range - 20% 9
  • Battery life - 15% 3
  • Features - 10% 6

The Skinny

The Hatch Rest + is an interesting, app-enabled sound monitor that does a whole lot more. This unique offering also functions as a nightlight, sound machine, lullaby generator, and a time-to-wake clock for toddlers. This monitor works via remote control with the downloaded app and connects via WiFi for a more extended range than the competition. We like that it does multiple things and can be activated remotely, potentially calming a little one with sound or light without leaving your bed. Unfortunately, this option also has no sound activation or filtering, and the sound it offers is less than impressive (though not the worst). It also has a shorter battery life, but at 13 hours, it is plenty if you need it all night or during nap time. While the Hatch Rest+ doesn't have all the features we'd want, we love what it offers and believe it can meet the needs of some parents looking for a remote option that does more than just transmit sound.

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Pros Multiple functions, app-enabled, better range, easy to use for the tech-savvyExcellent sound clarity, lots of features, long battery life, priceGreat sound clarity, nice range, long battery lifeGood sound clarity, easy to use, budget-friendlyEasy to use, nice range, inexpensive
Cons Shorter battery life, not the best sound quality, few features for soundHarder to use, shorter rangeHarder to use, fewer featuresLimited features, average rangeLimited 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 soundAn inexpensive, yet great sounding, monitor with loads of features that is a great choice for most familiesOur 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 homesA great option for those who favor ease-of-use and good sound quality over excess features, at a relatively good price for what you getAn 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%)
6.0
10.0
10.0
8.0
7.0
Ease Of Use (25%)
9.0
6.0
7.0
10.0
9.0
Range (20%)
9.0
6.0
7.0
6.0
7.0
Battery Life (15%)
3.0
10.0
6.0
4.0
3.0
Features (10%)
6.0
9.0
9.0
4.0
3.0
Specs Hatch Rest+ Vtech DM221 Philips Avent DECT... Philips Avent DECT... Vtech DM111
Indoor Range Test (walls & feet) 8 Walls
169 Feet (WiFi)
5 Walls
90 Feet
6 Walls
95 Feet
5 Walls
90 Feet
7 Walls
98 Feet
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
Sound Activation No Yes Yes Yes No
Adjustable Mic Sensitivity No Yes Yes No No
Sound Filtering Test Results Very Good Excellent Excellent Poor Very Poor
Talk-to-Baby Yes Yes Yes No No
Max Sound 96.3 103.4 db 102 db 101 db 103.6 db
Temperature No No Yes No No
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
Night Light Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Lullaby Music Yes No Yes No No
Out Of Range Alert No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Vibrate Alert No Yes Yes No No
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.

Performance Comparison



The Hatch app has a simple user interface with only a few sound...
The Hatch app has a simple user interface with only a few sound related options to worry about.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Sound Clarity


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.

While the Hatch Rest + requires the use of an app, it is easy to...
While the Hatch Rest + requires the use of an app, it is easy to navigate for those familiar with smartphones and other apps.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

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.

You can operate the Hatch in your nursery through presets and...
You can operate the Hatch in your nursery through presets and touching the ring. This product uses WiFi for a longer range than most of the competition.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Range


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 is not designed for long-term battery use, but it did last...
The Hatch is not designed for long-term battery use, but it did last for 13 hours in our tests.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Battery Life


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.

Don't Let Your Battery Die
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 has an infinite number of color selections for the...
The Hatch has an infinite number of color selections for the nightlight feature.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Features


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 features for the Hatch can be accessed and programed in the app.
The features for the Hatch can be accessed and programed in the app.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The Hatch Rest+ also has the following features:
The Hatch also features a basic digital clock.
The Hatch also features a basic digital clock.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

  • Nightlight with infinite colors and brightness levels
  • Sound machine
  • Lullabies
  • Ok to wake clock for toddlers
  • Talk to baby
  • Clock
  • Remote capabilities
  • Alexa capable

EMF


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.

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Wendy Schmitz and the BabyGearLab Review Team