BT Baby Monitor 250
Good for landfill
After 13 months we experienced the widely-reported LCD failure problem in the handset, meaning that you can no longer read the temperature properly.
After 16 months, the handset would no longer charge up owing to a fault in the base charger. Again, this is another widely reported problem with this monitor.
If you are looking to buy this as you think it is BT branded and therefore should be a high-quality item, you will be disappointed. It is poorly made and designed to only last as long as the 12 month warranty (with many apparently failing before then).
No item should have such obsolescence built in to it. Do not waste your money on this item which will only be good for landfill (not even charity or freecycling) after 12 months.
29 December 2013
The display on our first one failed within a few months. We returned for a refund (JL replaced without quibble as expected) and the second one did the exact same thing a few months later. I'm not bothering to return again as I'm sure it will do the same. Our friends have one with the same issue.
The battery life, as others have said, is awful. i thought it may be the batteries so replaced with decent rechargeables. We nearly never remove it from the base but I have done so tonight and the battery warning came on within 15 minutes, prompting me to finally write this review. As someone else has said, the temperature reads high so it's not reliable as a thermometer. All in all, fairly useless unless you just want a basic monitor, with good sound quality, that is permanently left plugged in
14 December 2013
Our little boy is 4 months now so we have been using this for a while.
The range on it is great and the sound quality is fantastic. We can hear him breathing through it and it's on the wall next to his cot.
The music options are good. We have found one that seems to settle him well so it's on repeat.
I would highly recommend this monitor. The reason I have given it a 4 star instead of 5 is because of the battery life. The battery hold is poor, you can have it on for a few hours before it needs charging. It's not a major problem because we just move the charge base to where we are in the house.
10 December 2013
Good while it lasts
We bought one of these before our baby was born and it worked wonderfully for a year. We almost always had the monitor on the charger base in our living room, so battery life was not a problem. I'm not sure what happened with the mute button for another reviewer, ours would beep and flash if there was any crying with the mute on.
However, after about a year this stopped working suddenly and completely. We didn't bother replacing it because we were all so tired we were going to bed at the same time anyway but I would have liked it to last long enough for a second baby, so I am quite frustrated with it's durability.
24 August 2013
Very poor battery life
We had the old version of this monitor for our first child, so when our second was born, we instinctively chose another BT product, but we've been really disappointed with this one.
It's a year old now and the battery life is terrible. Our cradle is in our bedroom, so the monitor isn't being charged during the day. Although I ensure i turn it off when it's not being used, the battery never lasts for my son's second nap: Something the previous BT model used to do easily. Surely a requirement of a monitor should be to last a day without additional charge ?! Cordless house phones can last days without being charged, why can't this ?
The torch is easily turned on by accident and the screen no longer has the full display.
It does seems to be all about looks and not the actual usage of the monitor.
Expected more. Will not buy a BT monitor again.
16 August 2013
We bought this as we trusted both the BT and John Lewis brands and were impressed by the features it had. However we have been completely disappointed and will be returning it for a refund shortly. There are some design elements that could be better, for example the mute button on the top can be switched on accidentally if wearing clipped on to belt and when this happened twice I didn't hear my baby crying. More seriously the temperature measure is out by 2 degrees and the battery life is poor. I'm surprised that JL sell it and would strongly urge parents to steer clear of this. I nearly didn't buy it when the woman in front of me in the queue was returning her 5th one due to battery life. I wish I had listened to her feedback.
11 February 2013
Very Good Product
This is the third baby monitor. The first two were motorola affairs and definitely not up to scratch. This one was recommended to us by my friend. We are very impressed with the sound quality, extremely clear and loud enough.
The extra features are great though we dont use them often. The most useful feature has to be the ability to talk to baby. The capability to carry it around is also very helpful.
The only downside is the charging. Im not sure how accurate the battery bars really are. Ours tends to stay on one bar but lasts all day.
I'd highly recommend this product even with the small quirk.
10 January 2013
Not as good as previous model BT 150
My BT 150 died after 3 years as batteries leaked - couldn't get a replacement so got this one instead. Disagree with some reviews saying the cradle topples - I find the base quite sturdy. The coloured light indicator is good too & the torch & lullaby tunes are much better (real classical music not synthesised!). Range seems good too -battery life isn't huge but I generally don't leave it on the cradel. The only thing is that if you have the volume up at full on the parent unit you hear a lot of interference so its necessary to turn it down which kind of defeats the purpose. Also if you have music playing in the nursery and your baby cries it is almost impossible to hear the crying over the music as it is so loud & it doesnt seem to distinguish the two. I might be wrong but I thought the older version cut the music off when it was interrupted by a cry. Anyway its reliable enough and a more ergonomic versions but I wish they hadn't messed with this version so much!
07 January 2013