If you're in the market for a baby monitor, an audio-only solution is an affordable, simple way to get the job done. After testing all the top models on the market, we highly recommend the VTech Safe & Sound DM221. It's available with either one or two parent units, the parent unit runs off either a wall outlet or rechargeable batteries, and it has the best combination of build quality, features, and range that we tested.
As a parent myself, I know just how crucial having some kind of baby monitor can be. Even with all of us on the same floor, it can be difficult to hear from room to room—especially at night with things like fans or air conditioners going. While I personally use and recommend a video monitor like the Samsung BrightView, even a half-decent one will run you at least $100.
Our top audio monitor costs less than $40 for a single parent unit, giving you peace of mind without breaking the bank. Here is how they all shake out.