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Phillips Avent Dect SCD730/86 Review

Impressive monitor with loads of features for fun and a better range
phillips avent dect scd730/86 sound monitor review
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Price:   $190 List | $189.99 at Amazon
Pros:  Great range, lots of features, longer battery life, battery backup on the baby unit
Cons:  Expensive, battery backup on the baby unit is not rechargeable
Manufacturer:   Phillips Avent
By Wendy Schmitz ⋅ Senior Review Editor  ⋅  Nov 21, 2022
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  • Sound Clarity - 30% 8.0
  • Ease of Use - 25% 8.0
  • Range - 20% 9.0
  • Battery life - 15% 9.0
  • Features - 10% 10.0

The Skinny

There is much to love about the Philips Avent Dect SCD30/86, and it became a tester favorite in short order. This fun and easy-to-use sound monitor has loads of features and better than average range, with some of the best test results for range at over 170 ft and through 7 walls. We love the sound activation and the sound clarity on this unit. It is quiet when it should be and provides clear crying and other important sounds when they arise. It has all kinds of fun and useful features like projection, a nightlight, lullabies, temperature sensors, and more. If you want it, this bad boy probably has it. This monitor offers a somewhat unique feature with a battery back in the baby unit. However, the battery is not rechargeable, but given that you should only be using it when the power goes out, it shouldn't require frequent changes. This is also an expensive monitor, more so than even a lot of the video competition, which could be a dealbreaker, depending on your budget. If you can afford this monitor and want an excellent sound option with loads of features, we can't think of a better option and would definitely recommend this one to friends.

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Pros Great range, lots of features, longer battery life, battery backup on the baby unitExcellent sound clarity, lots of features, long battery life, priceMultiple functions, app-enabled, better range, easy to use for the tech-savvyWallet-friendly, easy to use, longer rangeEasy to use, nice range, inexpensive
Cons Expensive, battery backup on the baby unit is not rechargeableHarder to use, shorter rangeShorter battery life, not the best sound quality, few features for soundSub-par sound, the battery in parent unit is not rechargeableLimited features, short battery life
Bottom Line Impressive monitor with loads of features for fun and a better rangeAn inexpensive, yet great sounding, monitor with loads of features that is an excellent choice for most familiesAn app-enabled, multi-purpose monitor that is easy to use, but it has a shorter battery life and sub-par soundAverage monitor with no stand-out features and disappointing sound compared to similarly priced optionsAn affordable monitor set that gets the job done without any fuss
Rating Categories Phillips Avent Dect... VTech DM221 Hatch Rest+ HelloBaby HB180 VTech DM111
Sound Clarity (30%)
8.0
10.0
6.0
5.0
7.0
Ease of Use (25%)
8.0
6.0
9.0
8.0
9.0
Range (20%)
9.0
6.0
9.0
9.0
7.0
Battery life (15%)
9.0
10.0
3.0
3.0
3.0
Features (10%)
10.0
9.0
6.0
8.0
3.0
Specs Phillips Avent Dect... VTech DM221 Hatch Rest+ HelloBaby HB180 VTech DM111
Indoor Range Test (walls & feet) 7 walls
170+ Feet
5 Walls
90 Feet
8 Walls
169 Feet (WiFi)
7 walls
170+ Feet
7 Walls
98 Feet
Open Field Range Test 2000+ Feet 1325 Feet 155 Feet (WiFi) 2000+ Feet 1350 Feet
Manufacturer's Claimed Range (*buyer beware!) 1082 Feet 1000 Feet NA 1000 Feet Not Listed
Communication Technology DECT 6.0 Digital Technology DECT 6.0 Digital Technology WiFi DECT 6.0 Digital Technology DECT 6.0 Digital Technology
Sound Activation Yes Yes No Yes No
Adjustable Mic Sensitivity Yes Yes No No No
Sound Filtering Test Results Excellent Excellent Very Good Very Poor Very Poor
Talk-to-Baby Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Max Sound 88.6 db 103.4 db 96.3 db 87.5 db 103.6 db
Temperature Yes No No Yes No
Battery Life 40 hrs 46 hrs 13 hrs 13 hrs 13 hrs
Nursery Unit Battery Backup Yes No Yes No No
EMF @ 6 Feet Nursery Unit 0.95 V/m 3.11 V/m 0.43 V/m 0.43 V/m 2.63 V/m
Night Light Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Lullaby Music Yes No Yes Yes No
Out Of Range Alert N/A Yes No N/A Yes
Vibrate Alert Yes Yes No No No
Warranty 2 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year 1 Year

Our Analysis and Test Results

Philips is a Netherlands company that focuses on health technology. Started by

a father and son team, they were late joined by the remaining son and became the leading producer of lightbulbs. Incandescent lamps and small electrical appliances were the first Philips products in 1891. Since then, they've branched out to other electronics.

Performance Comparison



phillips avent dect scd730/86 sound monitor review - unlike much of the sound competition, the dect scd730/86 sound...
Unlike much of the sound competition, the Dect SCD730/86 sound clarity and features are good with useful sound activation and mic sensitivity adjustment.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Sound Clarity


The one thing a sound monitor should do well is relay quality sound. The Philips offers better sound than most of the sound monitors we've tested, and it is definitely good enough to give you the information you need. There is no distortion, and while it doesn't have full tonal range, it doesn't need it to do the job.


This unit has clear, true-to-life sound and features for a quiet monitor, like mic sensitivity and sound actuation. In our tests, the features designed to keep the monitor quiet while the baby sleeps worked well. We didn't experience static or chronic white noise using this monitor.

phillips avent dect scd730/86 sound monitor review - despite a general lack of buttons on the parent unit, the dect...
Despite a general lack of buttons on the parent unit, the Dect SCD730/86 remains easy to use, with most of the commonly used features having buttons on the front.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


Most of the time, a lot of features translate to a harder-to-use monitor with menus and sub menus and only a single button. But the Philips manages to pull together a unit with lots of features and a manageable amount of buttons and still scores fairly high for ease of use.


The parent and baby unit come paired, and all you need to do is plug them in and turn them on. You can add batteries to the baby unit for backup, but it isn't necessary. The user interface is intuitive, with buttons clearly marked, and the most common features have a button on the front of the unit, so there is less reason to menu dive.

phillips avent dect scd730/86 sound monitor review - the dect scd730/86 offers an impressive range that rivals most of...
The Dect SCD730/86 offers an impressive range that rivals most of the sound competition.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Range


This monitor has one of the longest indoor ranges in the group. With a range of 7+ walls and 170 ft, it is likely useful in most standard-size homes. If this unit doesn't work in your home, you'll likely need a WiFi monitor.


The manufacturer indoor claimed range is 164 ft, which is refreshingly very similar to our own findings. We had similar findings in our outdoor open field test, where our results were better than the manufacturer, which rarely happens.

The manufacturer claims 1082 ft, and our results were closer to 2000 ft, and we ran out of space with the connection still going strong.

The baby unit on the Philips has AA battery backup for power...
The baby unit on the Philips has AA battery backup for power failures. This is not intended as an all-night solution.
The parent unit on the SCD730/86 includes a rechargeable battery...
The parent unit on the SCD730/86 includes a rechargeable battery, making it simple and convenient to stay charged.

Battery Life


The Philips has a longer battery life than most, with the added perk of battery backup in the baby unit (nice but not common).

The manufacturer has an 18-hour run time claim before recharging is needed. In our tests, this monitor lasted about 40 hours before it died.


phillips avent dect scd730/86 sound monitor review - the philips has a charging station instead of a plug; this style of...
The Philips has a charging station instead of a plug; this style of recharging can be easier to operate on a daily basis.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

It comes with a recharging station that holds the unit and is easy to operate, no plug-in necessary.

phillips avent dect scd730/86 sound monitor review - this philips avent contains features useful for parents and babies...
This Philips Avent contains features useful for parents and babies, like sound activation and night light.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Features


It is hard to find a metric where the Philips didn't impress, and features is no different. With more features than a standard sound monitor, there is something here for everyone.


phillips avent dect scd730/86 sound monitor review - while the ceiling projection on the philips isn't spectacular, we...
While the ceiling projection on the Philips isn't spectacular, we suspect babes will still find it interesting or soothing.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

This monitor includes the following features:

  • Sound activation
  • Adjustable mic sensitivity
  • Two-way talk to baby
  • Ceiling projection
  • Remote or local night light activation
  • Remote Lullaby activation
  • Temperature sensor
  • Vibrate alert
  • Battery backup in the baby unit
  • Low battery indicator

EMF


Many parents have concerns about exposing their growing child to EMF. While the jury might still be out on how harmful chronic EMF might be, we think it is best to err on the side of caution whenever possible. Choosing a product with lower EMF readings and keeping the monitor turned off when no tin user are some useful things you can do to limit exposure. Placing the monitor as far from where your baby sleeps where it can still be useful is also a good practice. In our tests, this monitor had an average of 0.95 v/M at a 6 ft distance from the baby unit.


Should You Buy the SCD30/86?


Yes. If your budget allows and you want a cool, feature-filled sound monitor, then this is a great choice. While it might be on the expensive side, we think you get what you pay for with this model and that there is something here for parents and babies. With functional sound activation and fun projections and sounds, we think most families will be happy with this monitor no matter what the monitoring goals are.

What Other Sound Monitor Should You Consider?


If your budget doesn't align with the higher price of this unit or you don't think you'll use all the features, then either VTech option (Vtech DM111 or the Vtech DM221) is a great potential choice. Both work well, have some level of sound filtering, and have a low price most families can afford.

Wendy Schmitz
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