Pros / The vibrate mode lets you know when baby needs you without making too much sound.

Cons / The audio quality is poor and prone to interference.

 Verdict / The VTech is good for busy parents who can't keep a close eye on video feed of their baby, but it has poor video and audio quality as well as connectivity.

The VTech Safe & Sound is a simple video baby monitor with settings that alert you only when your baby needs you. Its power-saving feature keeps the battery running for over seven hours and defaults the monitor to sleep mode. This makes it great when you need to get work done around the house or catch up on some shuteye of your own. You can also set the VTech to the vibrate mode when you want extra quiet. All this makes the VTech a good monitor for busy parents, but the audio and video quality fall well short of the best baby video monitors.

The camera on the VTech has a low frame rate of 22 fps but a high resolution for its small 2.8-inch screen. You can pan, tilt and zoom remotely from the parent unit, but you'll notice a delay and motion trails as the camera moves. The picture improves slightly when you leave the camera positioned in one place, but the image is still fuzzy. Because of this, the Safe & Sound earned only a 60 percent score for video quality.

Its audio quality also scored below average in our tests. We noticed audible pops and crackles that made the VTech sound more like a portable two-way radio than a baby monitor. We could still understand voices coming through the parent and baby monitor, but the sound quality in other models we reviewed was closer to a phone call than a walkie-talkie.

This VTech baby monitor presented some difficulties to our testers. Because of the camera's fixed position, you can only pan and tilt while it's in zoom mode. Zooming doesn't improve the picture quality, though, and makes it tricky to see where you're aiming the camera. Additionally, the antenna on the parent monitor was impossible to open without a screwdriver or prying tool. This may sound like a nitpicky issue, but the antenna is a necessity with the VTech's low connectivity.

The VTech doesn't function well between walls and other structures that interfere with radio signals. This video baby monitor's rocky audio quality deteriorated further when we tested it between walls and other barriers. One solution to this problem is expanding the VTech system. You can connect up to four cameras around your home. This method keeps you within range of a camera and lets you keep an eye on the busiest rooms in your home, which is useful if you have several children.

In case you have questions or issues with the VTech Safe & Sound, there are several means of support online. You can access the FAQs page on the VTech website for common problems and contact a support rep through phone or email. In case of malfunction, this video baby monitor is under warranty for one year.

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  • Video Quality
  • Audio Quality
  • Ease of Use
  • Battery Life
  • Connection Quality
  1. How well each monitor displayed the image on the parent unit or cell phone that we tested.
    Higher is Better
  2. 10  VTech Safe & Sound
    60.0 %
  3. 100.0 %
  4. 80.0 %
  5. 80.0 %
  6. Category Average
    70.5 %

Summary

This is a great baby monitor for busy parents who can't watch constant video and audio feed. It gives you the flexibility to get work done around the house and only attend to your baby when they cry. However, the VTech Safe & Sound has its share of flaws. The audio and video quality is poor, and you may experience interference issues between walls or floors.

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