Best Audio Baby Monitor 2017

As I said in my post about what is the best baby monitor, a baby monitor is basically a baby alarm. And in the very first time baby monitor was launched in the market, it just only recorded and transmitted sounds without any video footage. This type of traditional baby monitor is the very first invented type for baby monitor industry. And, the type of baby monitor which start for this very useful device development called audio baby monitor. So, today I will spend sometimes to talk about best audio baby monitor for you to make it easy in purchasing a suitable one.

Although the strong development of technology brings us various types of baby monitor with advanced features, the audio baby monitor still remain its advantages. And it will be suitable for your family in some cases. Therefore, in this post, I will list 5 remarkable products and write some reviews about them. Then I draw out some reasons and situation that you should choose audio baby monitor instead of modern and expensive video or wifi baby monitor like many other parents.

First of all, I would like to have a comparison table as below to help you have quick look about five models of best audio baby monitor. In this table I point out some important criteria, that people concern most, such as warranty, special features or review points.

Comparison table for best audio baby monitor

VTech DM111 VTech DM221 VTech DM221-2 Philips Avent DECT Summer Infant Baby Wave Deluxe
Images  VTech DM111  VTech DM221  VTech DM221-2  Philip Avent Dect  best audio baby monitor
Brand Vtech Vtech Vtech Philip Summer Infant
Warranty 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year 1 year
Special future
  • 5-level sound indicator
  • Belt clip
  • Can be set to beep (out of range, low battery)
  • Secure transmission
  • Volume control
  • AAA battery use
  • 5-level indicator
  • Belt clip
  • Talk back intercom system
  • Rechargeable battery or AAA battery use
  • Night light
  • Vibrating sound alert
  • Secure transmission
  • Two parent units
  • Secure transmission
  • Two way communication
  • Rechargeable battery or AAA battery use
  • 5-level indicator
  • Vibrating sound alert
  • Set beep for out of range or low battery
  • Temperature monitoring
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Handheld and portable with belt clip
  • Talk back function
  • Automatic channel selection & private connection
  • Lullabies and night lights
  • Temperature monitoring and remotely controlling
  • Two way communication
  • Sound lights
  • Night light
  • Rechargeable battery
  • Out of range and low battery indicator
  • Belt clip
My review point 9/10 9.25/10 9.25/10 9.5/10 9.5/10
Read full reviews below

Why should you buy audio baby monitor?

Have you ever wondered that which types of baby monitor you should buy? Video baby monitor for watching your baby or wifi one to monitor your baby from office? So how about the simple one – audio baby monitor? These are reasons and situations for you to choose an audio baby monitor, not video or Wi Fi one.

  • When you want to save money or have low-income

Most of audio baby monitor in the market has lower price than video or Wi Fi baby monitor. So when you don’t want to have bankrupt due to investment on baby monitor, an audio one is great idea. You know that, you have to pay for many things when you have children. So, minimize some cost will help your parenting become easier.

  • When you are often at home and need an easy-to-use baby monitor

Audio baby monitor provides very basic features and functions. So it is very easy to use, just need plug and play. Sometimes, modern device comes with bunch of technology problem that not everyone can solve. Therefore, an audio baby monitor will works well in that case. Even person who is not good at technology can easily use this device.

Nowadays, many models of best audio baby monitor are equipped with advanced features like: two way communication, room temperature indication or out of range and low battery indicator. While brings you further comfort, audio baby monitor still remain its simple and basic function.

Detail reviews for best audio baby monitor

VTech DM111

VTech DM111

VTech is famous brand in baby care products. They manufacture audio, video and Wi Fi baby monitors with various choices for you. DM111 is one featured audio baby monitor of this brand.

When open the box, I see simple parts like it should be: a baby unit with power cord, a parent unit with power cord and a user’s manual. The base unit cannot be used with battery and you have to plug it into an outlet. But the parent unit can be used with AAA batteries or plugged into an outlet.

Now, I list out some pros and cons of this VTech DM111


  • Attractive price

Some people say that when you want to try an audio baby monitor, they may choose DM111 because of its attractive price. For a basic function audio baby monitor like this model, VTech really offers an amazing price. So if you want to save money but still ensure safe and sound of your baby, this one should be definitely your choice.

  • Perform well

In this attractive price range, around 20$, VTech DM111 really works well. The range is good (around 1000ft) and clear sound. I can hear clear what is going on even when I am in down-stair and I place the base unit in up stair.

Moreover, when the surrounding is noise, I can increase the volume to clearly hear the sounds, and decrease again if I want. Another remarkable point I really appreciate is that LED sound indicator with 5 levels. When I have to mute the monitor unit, this function is really helpful. I can visually monitor the level of sound in baby room.

  • Compact and portable

This best audio baby monitor is very compact with only 1 pound in weight. Moreover, I really like the belt clip which lets me easily move around home.


  • Not very long lasting battery

The only one thing I don’t like about this is not very long lasting battery. Manufacturer says that battery life can be up to 20 hours but in actual, it just last around 13 hours. However, AAA battery is cheap and easy to buy so you don’t need to worry about this. Moreover, you can plug it into outlet, so there is nothing terrible with battery issue.

In conclusion, when talking about this VTech DM111, I just use three words: compact, affordable and work well to describe about it. With how many I have pay for it and what I receive from it make me so amazing.

This model VTech DM111 has another style called DM111-2. This offers two separate parent units. This style will be helpful when your partner also wants to have his/her own device to “double” monitor your baby.

VTech DM221

VTech DM221

Another model comes from VTech is DM221. This model seems like a upgraded of model DM111. There is no big change in design, still compact and simple with parent unit and base unit. So, are there any things special in this DM221? Let’s find out some advantages and disadvantages:


  • Attractive price

Like most of other audio baby monitor, DM221 also has affordable price that many parents can afford for it, even when they have low income or do not want to pay much for this.

  • Work well

VTech DM221 is added with many advanced features in comparison with previous model DM111. One of that, DECT 6.0 technology is very helpful in reducing interference sounds in baby room. So parent will hear baby’s sound clearly. Moreover, 1000 ft range is really impressive. You can walk around home, and still hear your baby.

  • Convenient

One more thing brings further comfort and convenience to me is two-way communication function of this DM221 while DM111 doesn’t have. When I hear my baby is in touch time by DM111, I have to go to baby room but for DM221, I can talk back to my child to calm his down.

5-level sound indicator also helps me much in monitor sounds in baby’s room, especially when I put parent unit in mute.

  • Portable

Manufacturer says that parent unit can last for about 19 hours with battery using but in fact it can last about 15 hours in constantly using. However, this battery can be rechargeable or can be replaced by AAA batteries so you should store some AAA batteries.

One more thing, this DM221 is also equipped with belt clip which allows people to bring it around; and nightlight which help people to realize the monitor when the lights go out.


  • Battery needs charged all day to have full battery life
  • You cannot turn of the nightlight when you want

Sometimes, I find this nightlight disturb. But I cannot turn it off. However, I think it is not big problem because this light from it is light.

VTech DM221-2

VTech DM221-2

VTech DM221-2 is upgraded version of DM221 by adding one more parent unit. If your wife or husband wants to have her/his own device to monitor your baby, you can buy this one to share with each other.

Some pros and cons of this model:


  • Excellent features

DM221-2 is also equipped with DECT 6.0 to reduce interference sounds which helps you very much in listen to your baby.

Like DM221, DM221-2 also has 5-level sound indicator. Moreover, another nice thing that I like is vibrating sound alert function. Together with LED indicator, this vibrating function will support you in realizing the sounds from baby when you are putting parent unit in silent. 

  • Convenient

Talk back function still brings further convenient to parent

  • Compact and portable

Besides being added with many nice functions above, this best audio baby monitor VTech DM221-2 still remain the compact and simple design and portability with belt clip which helps you easily in holding and bringing it around home.

You also do not need constantly plug into an outlet with long lasting battery (up to 18 hours). And, you can recharge this battery or use AAA alternatively if you cannot charge it or near any outlet power source.


  • Long time of recharging battery
  • Cannot turn off the nightlight

If you want to find more about this brand’s baby monitor, lets read our VTech baby monitor reviews.

Philips Avent DECT

Philip Avent Dect

This is a baby care product from Philips – a leading brand in technology products.


  • Clear sound and volume controllable

This audio baby monitor is also equipped with DECT technology. On my own evaluation, this Philips Avent audio baby monitor has clearer sound in comparison with VTech DM111 or DM221.

  • Advanced technology

Unlike DM111 or DM221 which is so basic and simple, the Philips Avent Audio baby monitor is equipped with some high technology features: temperature sensor which helps you to monitor baby’s room temperature and make sure that it’s not too hot or too cold.

Moreover, talk back function is also equipped.

In addition, another feature that I think it’s like in high-end baby monitor is lullabies which calm down baby or soothe him.

This baby monitor has good range up to 900 ft, sound activated alert and rechargeable wireless parent unit which are also plus points for it.


  • High price comparing with other audio baby monitor.

Compare with other audio baby monitor, this one has higher price but I think it is not expensive at all because it bring further comfort, convenient and peace of mind for you. What it brings to you is so worthwhile in this price range.

Overall, I am satisfied with this audio baby monitor. And, highly appreciate this one. Until now, I have no problem with it.

Summer Infant Baby Wave Deluxe

Summer Infant Duluxe

Summer Infant Baby Wave Deluxe is a two way audio baby monitor. In affordable price, it brings nice features.


  • Affordable price
  • Clear sound

During testing, I feel this audio baby monitor work so well in filter background, ambient noises.

  • Compact and portable

Light weight and belt clip will help you very much in hand go and use in baby monitor. Its battery is also rechargeable.

  • Convenient with nice features

One of the most remarkable things that I like is remote control function.  You can monitor baby’s room temperature or turn on/off nightlight even when you are sitting in living room, while your baby is in nursery room.


  • Not very good range (about 650 ft)
  • Short battery life ( about 6 hours)

These above are my reviews about some best audio baby monitor models coming from some famous brand. Each has its own strong and weak points but suitable for certain situation. If you follow my posts, you will see that, I don’t choose the most high-end and expensive one as the best one. But I choose the most worthwhile one and suitable for each family demand. If you want to find further information and comparison about some type of baby monitor, find it in our compare baby monitors. I have some ideas for you, who are looking for best cheap baby monitors, let’s read our topic Motorola baby monitor. This brand is very famous in baby monitor products with high quality in suitble price. Moreover, Angelcare AC401 review is not a bad option.

Hope that you can find the most suitable one for you. Nice davy, all!


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