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Best Baby Monitor For The Money  
Everything You Need to Know to Get a Great Baby Monitor at a Great Price
Top Five for the Money (Based on our Frugal5 Formula)
How do we pick these products? We spend many hours doing unbiased research to only give you the highest rated products at the best price. We first come up with a list of features, which you can see below, that we feel the majority of people will need. We then look for the highest quality products with these features and only show you the top five with the best value. Our mission is to provide you with the best five options based only on the facts. Don't see the product you were thinking about getting? Click here to calculate it's frugal score.
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VTech Communications Safe & SoundVTech Communications Safe & Sound w Two Parent UnitsSafety 1st High-DefMotorola Digital AudioAngelcare Baby Sound Monitor
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Features Needed
Cordless Parent Unit
- 1 Unit
- 2 Units
- 1 Unit
- 1 Unit
- 1 Unit
Decent Range for Your Living Situation
- 1,000 Feet
- 1,000 Feet
- 1,000 Feet
- 950 Feet
- 820 Feet
DECT
Rechargeable Battery
Sound Level Indicator Lights
Features Not Needed
Night Light
Temperature, Movement & Humidity Sensors
Two-Way Communication
Video Monitor
What You Need To Know In 5 Minutes

A baby monitor can help parents sleep better at night knowing they can hear the little one should she cry in the night. Today’s baby monitors feature digital technology that runs on a bandwidth less likely to interfere with other devices like cordless phones. It’s an improvement that overcomes a common gripe of parents using the old analog style monitor, but it drives up the cost. 

Analog style baby monitors consistently receive poor reviews from consumers because they pick up too much static and interference. If you want a device that you’ll be satisfied with, it’s best to spend the little extra on a digital device featuring Digital Enhanced Cordless Technology (DECT). This gives a clearer signal and allows the parent to go mobile from room to room. Sound level indicator lights are also important. 

Sound Level Indicator Lights

Sometimes, parents have to use baby monitors in rooms with background noise that could make it hard to hear the baby. For this reason, monitors should have noise level indicator lights so parents can see the noise level in the baby’s room even in a noisy room.

Cordless Parent’s Unit

Parents sometimes need to wander into the yard or outside of the living room while the baby is sleeping. Cordless units let parents make short trips without worrying. Most units today make the parent’s unit rechargeable. The unit may have a permanently installed rechargeable battery like your cordless phone or it could work with rechargeable batteries you buy at the store. Some simply use batteries. The difference in price between these options is small, so the ability to recharge the base should not affect your buying decision.

Choosing Range

When it comes to the right range, it depends on your living conditions. If you live on a large property and have to walk down a long driveway to check the mail, you might choose an extra-long range model. If you only expect to walk 100’ to check the mail, you can settle on one with less range. 

Range Indicator

Range indicators might make some parents feel more secure, but they aren't really necessary. Simply listening for the baby’s breathing or looking at the sound-level indicator lights will tell you if the monitor is working. 

In addition, range indicators can cause problems. They can be oversensitive, emitting annoying beeps at the slightest interference. If you choose a model with a range indicator, be careful to read customer reviews to make sure the unit isn't too sensitive to signal disturbances. 

Video, Temperature, Movement and Humidity Sensors

Unless you are an exceptionally anxious parent, extra sensors for temperature, humidity and baby’s movement shouldn't be high on your priority list for a monitor. You’ll be able to hear the baby moving from the monitor and the baby’s room is probably close to the same temperature and humidity as the rest of the house. Many new models also come with video, but parents have gotten by safely without this feature for decades. These features are not worth the extra money.  

Features You Need
Cordless Parent Unit, Decent Range for Your Living Situation, DECT, Rechargeable Battery, Sound Level Indicator Lights
Features You Don't Need
Night Light, Temperature, Movement & Humidity Sensors, Two-Way Communication, Video Monitor
What You Should Pay
Between $30.00 - $52.00
Top Of The Line Price
Over $300.00