10Rate Announces its Top 10 Baby Monitors for 2012 | Motorola and Angelcare Win Best Quality and Best Value Awards

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10Rate.com editors and reviewers rate and review the 2012 best baby monitors on a scale of 1 to 10.


The Levana BABYVIEW20 earned an 8.5 on 10rate's Top 10 Baby Monitors list.

For a no-frills baby monitor, this Safety 1st model provides remarkably clear audio from your infant’s room. With a belt clip, you can easily carry around the unit as you go about your business; it allows for a range of up to 400 feet.

10Rate reviewers and staff selected 10 of the best baby monitors for 2012, assigning each a numerical rating as well as awarding three models that stood out for quality, value, and budget. Testing and consideration for this Baby Monitors Top 10 list were given based on the following set of nine criteria:

1. Wide range
2. Secure, interference-free channels
3. Clear reception
4. Low battery/out of range indicators
5. Ample battery life
6. Minimal static
7. Two-way audio communication
8. Adjustable volume and sensitivity
9. Bonuses like nightlight, camera, or lullabies

The annual Best Baby Monitor 2012 awards list was headed by the Motorola MBP33, winning the Best Quality spot and a near flawless 9.5 out of 10 rating. The review noted several strengths of the digital video baby monitor as follows: “The model offers three screen sizes; the medium one, at 2.8 inches, runs at $169.90, and is large and clear enough to give you a good view of your infant. The monitor offers a crisp picture resolution, even in the dark with infrared night vision. Other perks include digital camera functionality, room temperature monitoring, adjustable volume, and 5 built-in lullabies. For a wireless monitor, we were impressed with how well it worked, with no interference from other wireless devices in the home.”

10rate's editors also gave the Best Value Baby Monitor award to the Angelcare AC2012P. With a rating of 9 out of 10, the review boasted, “The pad rests under the baby and sounds an alarm if it detects no movement for more than 20 seconds. Additionally, the sound monitor offers a clear connection and has a great range. You’ll appreciate being able to ‘see’ the baby’s noise level even if you can’t hear it over a vacuum cleaner or dishwasher. It’s handy having two parents’ units, also, so both mom and dad can rest assured that their child is safe. For all that the set offers, the $95.29 price tag seems very reasonable.”

Additionally, the Best Budget award from the Top 10 Best Baby Monitors list went to the Safety 1st 8026 Crystal Clear Monitor, for which 10rate noted, “For a no-frills baby monitor, this Safety 1st model provides remarkably clear audio from your infant’s room. With a belt clip, you can easily carry around the unit as you go about your business; it allows for a range of up to 400 feet. The battery life is ample, too. An indicator light lets you know when the juice is running low so you can charge it with the included AC adapter. While there’s a faint static sound, it’s not enough to hamper its basic functionality. It may not be the fanciest model available, but it more than serves its purpose and costs only $26.16.”

Angelcare was the only brand featured for multiple models in 10rate's Baby Monitor Reviews. While only featured for one model, the Philips Avent SCD510 review had this to say of earning second place in overall rating: “A sleek baby monitor from Philips, this Avent device lets you hear the slightest cooing and breathing from your infant. If you prefer, you can turn down the volume and still detect noises from the nursery thanks to the LED light indicator. With DECT technology, the sound is crystal clear and highly sensitive; with over 100 channels, you won’t have to worry about interference from cell phones or other wireless devices, and your baby monitor’s channel will be private and secure.”

10rate.com conducts reviews in various product and services categories and publishes “Expert Top 10 Lists for Everything in your life.” The company's web site strives to “Make it Easy” to select from the hundreds of choices there are in the product and service market place. All products and services are thoroughly researched by the company’s expert editors prior to receiving a rating on a 1-10 scale. In addition to product reviews the company’s editors write guidelines, buying guides and articles on various topics surrounding each product or service category covered to help educate the consumer.

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