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Safety 1st offers three audio baby monitors, including the a Sure Glow, Sound Moments and Crystal Clear monitors. All are affordable priced with mostly basic features.

Example: the Crystal Clear (pictured), a bare bones 49 MHz model with no sound and light display for $18. The monitor also comes in pink or blue as well as a two receiver model (Crystal Clear Monitor 2, $36)

Safety 1st Sound Moments audio monitor

Sound Moments comes with a headphone jack and belt clip to carry it wherever you need to wander around your house.

Sound Moments is another 49 mhz monitor in the line. It features a quick mute button, sound and lights, power and low battery indicators, belt clip, and an audio jack for headphones. The Sure Glow ($20 for single version, $36 for double) is similar to Sound Moments but has only the sound and lights and audio jack.

The above models are analog monitors; Safety 1st’s sole entry in the digital monitor category is the High Def Monitor. This simple monitor features DECT technology, sound/light display, rechargeable battery, out of range and low battery indicators. This monitor sells for about $34—one of the more affordable digital monitors on the market. FYI: This monitor no longer appears on Safety 1st’s web site although it is still for sale online.

So, how’s the quality for Safety 1st’s monitors? Bad, readers tell us. The analog models are often criticized for static and generally poor sound quality. Yes, some of the interference issues are thanks to all the modern tech folks have in their homes. But when you call a model the Crystal Clear, you’d think the sound would be, well, crystal clear? Not so much, say parents who’ve suffered with these monitors.

Quality issues also dog Safety 1st’s digital offering. Reviews for the High Def have been mixed (but better than the analog reviews), with quite a few complaints of poor sound quality, static and other woes.

Bottom line: yes, these models are cheap but they aren’t worth it—unless you have a high tolerance for static and other glitches. Audio monitors from competitors like Philips Avent and VTech score much better than Safety 1st’s monitors.

Rating: D