Phillips Avent Dect SCD730/86 Review
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
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|Pros||Great range, lots of features, longer battery life, battery backup on the baby unit||Excellent sound clarity, lots of features, long battery life, price||Multiple functions, app-enabled, better range, easy to use for the tech-savvy||Wallet-friendly, easy to use, longer range||Easy to use, nice range, inexpensive|
|Cons||Expensive, battery backup on the baby unit is not rechargeable||Harder to use, shorter range||Shorter battery life, not the best sound quality, few features for sound||Sub-par sound, the battery in parent unit is not rechargeable||Limited features, short battery life|
|Bottom Line||Impressive monitor with loads of features for fun and a better range||An inexpensive, yet great sounding, monitor with loads of features that is an excellent choice for most families||An app-enabled, multi-purpose monitor that is easy to use, but it has a shorter battery life and sub-par sound||Average monitor with no stand-out features and disappointing sound compared to similarly priced options||An 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%)|
|Ease of Use (25%)|
|Battery life (15%)|
|Specs||Phillips Avent Dect...||VTech DM221||Hatch Rest+||HelloBaby HB180||VTech DM111|
|Indoor Range Test (walls & feet)||7 walls
169 Feet (WiFi)
|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|
|Adjustable Mic Sensitivity||Yes||Yes||No||No||No|
|Sound Filtering Test Results||Excellent||Excellent||Very Good||Very Poor||Very Poor|
|Max Sound||88.6 db||103.4 db||96.3 db||87.5 db||103.6 db|
|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|
|Out Of Range Alert||N/A||Yes||No||N/A||Yes|
|Warranty||2 Year||1 Year||1 Year||1 Year||1 Year|
Our Analysis and Test Results
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
It comes with a recharging station that holds the unit and is easy to operate, no plug-in necessary.
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.
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
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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