VTech DM221 Audio Baby Monitor Product Review

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The VTech DM221 Audio Baby Monitor is a one parent unit (monitor) and one baby unit (audio monitor).  It has DECT 6.0 that provides clear transmission.  No more dealing with the annoying white noise that you hear from analog monitors. Because it has a 5-level sound indicator-graphic bars on the parent unit, it will indicate the level of sound in your baby's room.  That way you can visually monitor the noise level with the unit muted.  This monitor is ideal for the parent and baby who just need to hear the sound of each other's voices to be comforted.  This monitor is set up for 2-way-talk-back.

The unit is run by rechargeable batteries which means you have up to 18 hours of monitoring time on a single charge.  Or you can use two AAA batteries (not included) to run this monitor.

A nifty little belt clip is on the parent unit.  Consequently, this makes carrying the unit around much easier because you can have your hands free.  The operating range of the parent unit is up to 1,000 feet outdoors or 160 feet indoors.  The parent unit can be set to beep if the link between the parent unit and baby unit is lost or if the rechargeable battery is low.  The language for this unit is set to English, but can also be switched to French or Spanish for all of the screen displays.

The loop on the baby unit doubles as a soothing night light for your little one.  Because of the vibrating sound-alert on the adult unit, parents felt peace of mind knowing where there was a sound in their baby's room.

The dimensions of this monitor is 7.4 x 2.4 x 8.2 inches.  The weight is one pound.

Best Features of The Product 

  • Price
  • Clarity Of Sound
  • Range
VTech DM221 Audio Baby Monitor with up to 1,000 ft of Range, Vibrating Sound-Alert, Talk Back Intercom & Night Light Loop
  • Follow the user manual for a better understanding of use.
  • This configuration includes one parent unit (monitor) and one baby unit (audio monitor)
  • DECT 6.0 provides crystal clear transmission, eliminating the annoying white noise you hear from analog monitors

As of this writing there were 4955 customer reviews and 413 answered questions left on Amazon.  Because this is a very popular unit, there is a lot of feedback.  The high number of feedback left gives us a good picture of this monitor and what people who bought and used it, thought about it.  I've went through the comments and questions and found the hot topics and then condensed the results here. I hope that this makes your shopping experience a bit easier.


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This monitor appears to be very durable.  There were comments about how it had survived many mishaps.  Here is just one of the many positive durability comments,

"Very useful. Very adaptable. Durable too, I dropped it more than a few times!"


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The biggest feature on this monitor is the audio feature.  Because this is not a visual monitor, you will not see your child on a screen.  People who use it for their baby really liked this feature.  It gave them comfort and peace of mind to be able to hear their baby at all times.  The parents who used this monitor, left comments that were overwhelmingly positive.  I was surprised by the large number of comments from adult children who successfully used this monitor for elderly parents.

For the Elderly

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Here is one comment from an adult child, 

"I actually purchased this monitor for my parents. After my dad's second fall outside and my mother not hearing him yell for her while she was inside, I thought this might be a good solution. I read the reviews on several different devices and ultimately went with this one. We are very very pleased with this monitor! They keep one outside on the back porch and one inside. The sound quality is fantastic and very clear! I cannot believe how much and how far away you can hear with this. We did several tests to make sure this would work for their needs and with over an acre of land, while standing as far back on the property as we could, the sounds of yelling for help were loud and clear!"


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This unit seems to be way more reliable than the visual kind that uses WiFi. With WiFi, you can lose connections easily, but this unit does not run on WiFi and therefore keeps the connection.  Here is one of the many positive comments on the connection reliability,

"Good range (I can walk around the outside of the entire house without losing connection)."


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The dimensions of the monitor are 7.4 x 2.4 x 8.2 inches with a weight of one pound.  Customers overall seemed pleased with the size.


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Parents liked that the connection was not lost with the VTech DM221 Audio Baby Monitor.  Because they could hear and communicate with their baby at all times, they felt peace of mind.


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I think the mass popularity of this unit has a lot to do with the low price.  Because it is very affordable and priced to sell,  a lot of people have bought this baby monitor.

Ease of Set Up

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When a monitor is hard to set up, people will comment on that.  However, there were mostly just positive comments for the set up of this monitor. Here is one parent's perspective,

"Set up was very easy and units automatically synced."  

My Conclusion 

If you are looking for a bare bones inexpensive audio monitor, I say you can't go wrong with the VTech DM221 Audio Baby Monitor.  Because it is clear, keeps the signal, and works for up to 1,000 feet outside and 160 feet inside, people like this baby monitor.  In summary, the price is low and customers were happy with what they received.  This is not a visual monitor where you can see your baby. It is strictly a monitor where you can communicate with your baby by using your voices. I hope that my review helps you as you look towards purchasing the perfect baby monitor for your child. 

For more information, check out our article The Top Ten Baby Monitors Of 2018.


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