This post is a detailed review of the VAVA baby monitor and its comparison with other highly-rated baby monitors, specifically Infant Optics and Eufy Spaceview S. Following our revision of top non-wifi baby monitors of 2020, Vava baby monitor edged out Infant Optics DXR 8 and other traditional baby monitors such as Hellobaby, Babysense, Eufy Spaceview, UU Infant and Motorola baby monitors, among others.
Vava baby monitor, also called Vavababy is currently the 4th best-selling baby monitor on Amazon, behind Infant Optics DXR 8, VTech’s DM111, and DM221 on this list of top 100 monitors.
Vava which was released on April 9th, 2019 is a wide-angle non-wifi baby monitor with a field of view of 270 degrees and more than 1,500 parents have rated it 4.8/5 on Amazon.
Vava baby monitor is a non-wifi baby monitor and does not rely on wifi and neither does it have a smartphone app. Following our 2020 update, it is now at the top of the list of best non-wifi baby monitors you can find in the market, thanks to a few features that make it stand out. This monitor has a large capacity storage battery with 4500 mAh which enables it to last for up to 24 hours.
Vava baby monitor weighs about 522 grams although the package itself weighs 1,066 grams. When you buy the Vava baby monitor, you’ll get the following in the package:
- Baby Monitor & Camera (Model: VA-IH006)
- Monitor Adapter with USB-C Charging Cable
- Camera Adapter
- Micro-USB Charging Cable
- Quick Start Guide
- User Guide
Similar to Eufy Spaceview S baby monitor and Infant Optics DXR 8, Vava baby monitor has an antenna at the back that improves reception and connectivity between the camera and the parent unit of the Vava baby monitor.
Only a few other baby monitors such as Eufy Spaceview S have such a high rating and we decided to do an in-depth review to assist anyone wondering how this monitor stacks up does when compared to other video baby monitors such as Infant Optics.
About VAVA Company
VAVA baby monitor is a brand that is part of Sunvalley Group, a Chinese electronics manufacturer with offices in San Jose, California, USA. It was founded on May 18th, 2007 and manufacturers a range of devices including Bluetooth headphones, speakers and LED lamps.
While Vava is designed and retailed by Vava Company, Vava baby monitor is manufactured by a Chinese company called Shenzhen Express Technology Development Co., Ltd. It is also distributed in Europe by ZBT International Trading GmbH and in North America by SunvalleyTek International Inc.
The New York Times mentioned VAVA and Wyze as companies that heavily rely on Amazon to move significant volumes. According to the same New York Times piece, VAVA exceeded $300 M in sales in 2017 with 90% of those coming from Amazon.
The picture below shows some of the products by SunValley Group
Vava baby monitor sells for a price of Eufy Spaceview S and Infant Optics DXR 8 but with an Amazon coupon of $30, you can get it for about $140, a good discount for this incredible non-wifi baby monitor.
Features of VAVA baby monitor
- 480 ft to 900 ft operating range that you can rely on
- 8 levels of volume control that can be adjusted on the parent unit
- 8 levels of brightness control that can be adjusted on the screen/parent unit
- 90-degree rotatable antenna
- 4x zoom which is significantly better than most 2X zoom cameras
- 2-way talkback
- Auto circulating view of the whole room
- Up to 4 cameras pair with 1 monitor
- Pan and tilt feature that can cover up to 270 degrees pan and 108 degrees tilt.
- Optional wide-angle lense
- Black and white automatic night vision
Reception of VAVA Baby Monitor
Vava’s sales have been rising since its introduction to the market in April 2019. According to data by Helium, VAVA is shipping about 3,641 units of VAVA baby monitors per month raking in over $500,000 in revenues. The rising sales chart below shows that parents have been impressed with this video baby monitor, shipping about 121 units per day on Amazon.
Why It’s In the Top 10 Best-Seller List (Pros)
Over 500 parents have reviewed this baby monitor on various retail sites and what you notice are stellar 5-star reviews that praise it for various reasons. Here are what stood out as we researched what’s great about Vava video baby monitor:
#1. High Definition IPS Display
Vava baby monitor displays in a large 5-inch screen that uses IPS monitor technology best suited for color-critical professional applications
Unlike several non-wifi baby monitors that use LCD display, Viva displays in high definition IPS monitor. In our reviews here at 10BabyGear, only Eufy Spaceview has a similar large LCD screen that displays 720p HD videos. Most of the other non-wifi monitors such as Anmeate, Campark baby monitor, UU Infant and Hellobaby display in Video Graph Array (VGA), a technology developed by IBM in 1987 and with a resolution of 640 by 480 pixels.
Vava uses IPS display with IPS standing for an “In-plane switching” screen that has crystals aligned in parallel to ensure it produces rich colored colors. One of the major advantages of Vava’s IPS monitor is its outstanding accuracy and color consistency in all available viewing angles.
Below is an image of the Vava baby monitor displaying on its large IPS screen.
Unlike LCD display or Liquid Display Panels which embraces a thin layer of liquid crystals between layers and electrodes, IPS ensures uniform pixelation of images virtually eliminating color contrasts.
#2. Wider Field of View
Unlike other high-rated baby monitors such as Infant Optics that require an extra lens to cover a wider area, Vava baby monitor can cover up to 270 degrees pan and up to 110 degrees tilt. This is very wide and considerably better than what you can find in the market for less than $200.
#3. Hack-Proof Technology
Vava baby monitor uses FHSS transmission technology that operates in the 2.4GHz frequency. The FHSS stands for Frequency Hopping Spread Spectrum and it was invented in 1941 by Americans. During the Second World War, FHSS powered secret communication the Allied Forces and it was not until 1990s that the technology was used to power devices such as baby monitors. FHSS transmission assures 100% privacy as the signal hops from one sub-frequency to another from a selection of over 70 sub-frequencies that Vava baby monitor uses as it transmits audio and visual signals. You can rest assured that your baby is safe when using this baby monitor. Like all other hack-proof baby monitors we’ve reviewed, Vava baby monitor has limited interference and minimal jamming.
#4. Long Battery Life:
In our reviews, only a few other baby monitors such as Willcare surpass 20 hours of battery life. I was very impressed to learn that Vava actually lives up to the claim they’ve made in the marketing materials that its battery life can last for up to 24 hours on standby mode! Stand-by mode is when it only transmits sound. It uses a large-capacity storage battery with 4500mAh.
Some parents have seen it go for 15 to 18 hours on standby mode. That’s almost a full day of monitoring. A few parents actually commented that they’ve seen it do two days!
#5. Long Warranty Period of Up to 30 Months
In addition to the $30 coupon that you get if you purchase Vava baby monitor on Amazon, this baby monitor also has 12 months free warranty an additional 18 months standard warranty. This brings the total warranty period to 30 months, that’s more than 2 years. I was very impressed to learn this given that a typical baby monitor has a durability of 2 years.
Compare Vava with other baby monitors such as VTech that offer as little as 3 months warranty and you get to appreciate that Vava is very confident of this baby monitor. The biggest issue with most baby monitors and what ultimately reduces their durability is the night vision mode that deteriorates over time. With a warranty period of up to 30 months, you can get to replace your Vava baby monitor if you Vava baby monitor night vision stops working by contacting email@example.com
#6. Ease of Use and Variety of Features
Vava is among the easiest baby monitor you can find in the market and over half of the reviews we aggregated as we did our research pointed out to how easy it was to use this baby monitor. The screen unit, which is among the largest, is very intuitive with icons showing several helpful shortcuts for features and functionalities such as temperature, night-vision mode, time, battery bar, alarm, mute feature, 2-way talk feature, zoom levels.
The alarm function allows you to set reminders in 2, 4 or 6 hours and I personally used it mostly when my baby was taking short afternoon naps. My baby usually sleeps from around 3 to 5 pm and If I have to leave the house I make sure that I set the 2-hour alarm so I am back before the little one wakes up. When it starts ringing, it beeps for 30 seconds and goes quiet for another minute if I don’t press any key. It does this three times and can start being annoying if you’re not a fan of alarms.
The fact that the screen is bigger than the screen of my iPhone makes it very easy for me and even my parents to use it when they’re visiting.
Vava Baby Monitor Cons
#1. Night vision:
Similar to most non-wifi baby monitors, the night vision mode can at times fail to switch from low-light condition to a full-light condition, making it display only black and white images. The reason is that Vava baby monitor has a sensor that automatically turns on night vision mode. This feature is great but make sure you follow all night vision guidelines to ensure that it’s working correctly. Vava baby monitor has 12 high-intensity infrared LEDs, more than Infant Optics’ 8 infrared LEDs and it should work correctly if used well. It, however, has a shorter night vision range of 6.5 feet, less than Infant Optics 15 ft night vision range.
#2. Volume Not Loud Enough:
Some parents complained that the noise is not loud enough and one parent specifically mentioned that it fails to wake her up. Make sure you crank up the volume using the button on the parent unit.
If you placed within proximity with another device that uses 2.4Ghz frequency such as the router, it can lose connection easily due to interference.
#3. Too Bright Night Vision LED
The night vision green infrared LED light is visible to the baby and may make keep your baby up at night. Night vision cameras use infrared light to illuminate on your baby and most cameras are required to have the infrared to be invisible. Unfortunately, some cameras including Vava’s do not have a completely invisible infrared LED light
#4. Vava Baby Monitor Split Screen:
Vava baby monitor does not support split-screen viewings like Moonybaby video baby monitor and the recent Babysense monitor with split-screen viewing. Vava baby monitor, however, supports full-screen viewing but it scans multiple cameras automatically every 15 seconds. It supports up to 4 cameras which can be connected to the monitor/screen at the same time.
#5. No VOX Mode
Despite being advertised as a voice-activated baby monitor, Vava does not have a VOX mode. The screen is not activated based on sound. The sound is always on. There is a light indicator if the baby cries but the screen doesn’t turn on.
If you are looking for a split-screen baby monitor, check out our list of 10 best split-screen baby monitors here.
Vava Baby Monitor Extra Camera and Charger
Vava baby monitor extra camera is available for sale on Amazon for $95.99. It is currently the 87th best-selling accessory on Amazon category of baby monitors and has been rated 5/5. It weighs 1.25 pounds and it is powered by AC power.
This second VAVA baby monitor camera’s price is comparable to most additional cameras of top-rated non-wifi baby monitors such as Eufy Spaceview Baby monitor and Infant Optics DXR 8.
VAVA baby monitor uses type C charger. You’ll get this charger when you purchase VAVA but in case you need a replacement for VAVA adapter, you can get any type C charger like this one on Amazon.
Vava Baby Monitor Coupon
Following the release of the Vava baby monitor on Amazon, they offered a coupon that users could apply using this link. There was a $30 VAVA baby monitor coupon but is no longer available as of August 2020.
Vava Baby Monitor User Guide
Vava Baby Monitor Parent Unit
Vava has a 5-inch LCD screen that displays in color during the day and turns to black and white mode at night. Below is a picture of the layout of the front and the back of the Vava baby monitor screen unit.
Vava Baby Monitor Camera and Extra Camera
Vava baby monitor comes with a camera that uses rechargeable batteries and can be plugged into AC power. While Vava baby monitor comes with one camera, you can buy an additional camera for about $96. This baby monitor supports up to 4 cameras.
Below is a pictorial representation of Vava baby monitor camera.
Video Intro of Vava Baby Monitor
Vava Baby Monitor Vs Infant Optics DXR 8
Vava and Infant Optics DXR 8 use superior hack-proof FHSS technology and both do not rely on wifi. However, Vava has superior features including a 5-inch IPS screen, and its battery storage capacity is very large 4,500 mAh which lasts for up to 24 hours on eco-mode. On the other hand, Infant Optics DXR 8 has a poor VGA display with poor resolution and its battery life does not last longer than 6 hours.
The table below has more details on Vava Vs. Infant Optics:
|Vava Baby Monitor||Infant Optics DXR 8|
|It relays videos in 720p HD resolution||It relays videos in low quality 480 VGA format|
|Does not rely on Wifi and uses FHSS technology to transmit audio and video signals||Does not rely on Wifi and uses FHSS technology to transmit audio and video signals|
|480ft – 900ft. Range||700 ft. range|
|It uses 4500mAh batteries that last longer which can last for 24 hours||It uses 2 AA alkaline batteries (equivalent to 2500 mAh in power storage) and lasts for 6 to 8 hours.|
|It costs $159||Costs $165|
|It is not sound-activated (VOX)||It is not sound-activated (VOX)|
|Large 5-inch screen||A smaller screen measuring 3.5 inches|
|2X, 4X zoom||2X zoom|
|Pan: 270° Tilt：108° without an extra $7 wide-angle lens. Check len’s price today here.||Pan: 270° Tilt：120° with an extra $12 wide-angle lens|
|Released to the market in April 2019||Released to the market in 2013 with an upgraded version released in Jan 2015.|
|Currently the 4th best-selling baby monitor on Amazon||Currently the 2nd best-selling baby monitor on Amazon|
|Rated 4.8/5 on Amazon||Rated 4.4/5 on Amazon|
|A product of Vava, a company incorporated in 2015 and won the Red Dot award in 2016 for excellence in home living products||A product of Infant Optics which is a subsidiary of Genexus LLC, a brand that has pioneered interchangeable lens tech in baby monitors.|
|Can support up to 4 additional cameras with each additional camera costing $96||Can support up to 4 additional cameras with each additional camera costing $100|
|Check Price||Check Price|
Conclusion: Vava baby monitor will give you superior images and video feed of your baby with its IPS display. In addition, Vava has a longer battery life, longer range, and higher zoom level, superior night vision mode, and accurate in-built thermostat. It is also significantly cheaper if you apply this coupon of $30. On the other hand, Infant Optics DXR 8 has been around for some time and has gained a reputation as a reliable brand with an interchangeable lens and the monitor has several accessory parts available in case you need a part replaced. You can get a replacement monitor if you break the screen and can also get replacement cords and can rely on their great customer support.
Vava Baby Monitor Vs Eufy
Both Vava and Eufy baby monitors have large screens measuring 5-inches. In addition, both monitors are among the top-rated non-wifi baby monitors that support up to 4 cameras.
The biggest difference between Eufy and Vava is the transmission range. Eufy has a lower transmission range compared to Vava. Vava also has a longer battery life (up to 24 hours), thanks to its large-capacity storage batteries with 4,500 mAh. On the other hand, the 2900mAh battery capacity of Eufy lasts for less than 10 hours.
Another significant difference lies in the nature of their screen displays. Vava baby monitor uses the IPS display while Eufy uses an LCD screen.
The table below has more details of Vava vs Eufy:
|VAVA Baby Monitor||Eufy Baby Monitor|
|Vava’s transmission range is 480-900ft, a bit higher than Eufy’s.||Eufy’s transmission range is 460ft.|
|Rated 4.8/5 by over 1,500 customers on Amazon as of March 2020. Read these helpful 5-star reviews by satisfied parents. 5-star reviews make up 88% of all reviews but there are also these few negative (2%) reviews.||Rated 4.3/5 by over 650 customers on Amazon as of March 2020. Read these helpful 5-star reviews. 5-star reviews make up 69% of all reviews but there are also these few negative reviews.|
|It can support up to 4 cameras. An additional camera is a bit cheaper than Eufy’s.||It supports up to 4 cameras. Check the price of Eufy’s add-on camera.|
|If you use multiple cameras, Vava scans multiple cameras automatically every 15 seconds||If you choose multiple cameras, you can choose from 5, 10 or 30 seconds|
|Uses IPS display which is better than LCD or VGA display||Uses a lower-quality LCD display|
|Uses 5-inch IPS screen||Uses 5-inch LCD screen|
|It uses 4500mAh batteries that last longer which can last for 24 hours||Uses 2900mAh capacity which can last up to 8 hours.|
|Allow you to Pan the lens to 270° and tilt it to 110°.||It allows you to pan the lens 330° to see corner-to-corner and tilt 110° to see floor to ceiling.|
|As of March 8, 2020, Vava is selling for $159 but you can apply for a $30 coupon on check out and get it for $129. Check Price price and coupon here||Check Price of Eufy on Amazon here|
Bottom Line: If you are looking for a reliable non-wifi monitor with a superior IPS display, Vava baby monitor might be the best option for you. I also prefer Vava to Eufy because of its ease of mounting it. Vava comes with a mounting hole that allows you to easily mount it on a wall or on a flat surface. On the other hand, Eufy does not come with a mounting kit. If you want a mounting kit, you’d need to go for Eufy Spaceview S which comes with a mounting kit but costs almost $30 more. You can check the price of the mount-ready Eufy video monitor here.
Vava Baby Monitor Manual
You can download the Vava baby monitor manual (link to PDF document).
The manual has basic instructions including five basic steps you need to take to set up your Vava baby monitor or to mount your Vava baby monitor in your baby’s nursery. Below are the main processes you need to follow:
- Power the screen unit of your Vava baby monitor by charging it fully using AC power. You can unplug it once it’s fully charged and you’ll notice its fully charged when the power indicator is turned off. Press the power button to power the screen and the camera units.
- Power the camera using the micro-USB. Vava baby monitor camera is powered by AC and requires to be plugged in.
- The third step requires you to pair both the camera and the parent unit by pressing the pair button at the bottom of your camera.
- Following the recommendations of FCC, place the Vava camera 1.5-2m / 4.9-6.6ft away from your baby.
- Mount your camera on the wall using screws which you can obtain from your local Home Depot store. The screws are not included.
FAQs on Vava Baby Monitor
Vava baby monitor does not have a split-screen viewing feature. The feed from cameras switches from one to another. You can read more about the Vava monitor on the features section above.
If your Vava baby monitor has poor connection or experiencing interference make sure you are not out of 480 – 900 ft and that your monitor is not close to a wifi router. Since VAVA uses 2.4GHz frequency, it can get interference from other devices that use the same frequency.
Check out the entire list of best non-wifi baby monitors in 2020 here.