The Bottom Line
The Summer Infant BestView Video Baby Monitor is a great choice for the price. This video baby monitor comes in at under $200, and offers a few features that some other video baby monitors don't - namely a bigger screen on the parent unit and the ability to remotely pan, tilt and zoom the camera from the parent unit. You could pay a lot more for a video baby monitor that does less.
- The screen on the parent unit is bigger than many handheld video baby monitors.
- You can tilt, scan and zoom the camera remotely, from the handheld unit.
- The handheld unit lets you move around instead of sitting and watching a TV-sized screen.
- The color video is a nice feature in the right conditions.
- The color video option may not work well if baby's nursery isn't well lit.
- The long-range reception isn't great. It's best for under 100'.
- The night vision lights on the monitor unit flash, which some parents find annoying.
- Handheld color video baby monitor with listed 350' range (may be less depending on household interference).
- Digital audio, 2.4Ghz video.
- 2.5" video screen on handheld parent unit.
- Requires 3 AA batteries.
- MSRP $199.99.
Guide Review - Summer Infant Best View Handheld Color Video Baby Monitor Review
The Summer Infant Best View Handheld Color Video baby monitor offers a reasonably small handheld parent unit with a 2.5" screen. Most other video baby monitors with a handheld unit have screens smaller than 2", so you should get a bigger, better picture with this monitor, while still having the freedom to roam a bit. The video feed shows in color during the day or when the room is well-lit. At night, it switches to black and white night vision. If your baby's nursery is always darkened a bit, you may never see the color video. Luckily, the black and white video feed is sufficient to see what baby is up to.
The digital audio reception is excellent. You'll get clear sound with no static and the assurance of privacy. The video portion operates on the 2.4 Ghz frequency, so there is potential for interference with other household products that use the same one - a router is a likely suspect. Try separating the problem products if this is an issue.
The range is listed at 350' for the Summer Infant Best View Handheld Color Video Baby Monitor, which I think is a bit of a stretch. The reception is great under 100'. You may still have good reception beyond that, depending on interference, but it's probably best not to consider this a super-long-range baby monitor.
If you'd like to spend a little more for even better features, Summer Infant also makes the Baby Touch Wifi monitor that offers an even bigger screen plus the ability to use your smartphone or tablet as an additional parent unit.