In this post, I have provided a detailed analysis of Vava Baby Monitor vs Infant Optics DXR 8 and Vava Baby Monitor vs Eufy Spaceview baby Monitor.
In summary, Vava excels better than Infant Optics and Eufy Spaceview when you consider the videos, images, battery life, transmission range, and warranty.
Let’s start with Vava Vs Infant Optics:
Vava Baby Monitor Vs Infant Optics DXR 8 Vs DXR 8 Pro
Vava and Infant Optics DXR 8 use superior hack-proof FHSS technology that does not rely on Wifi connections. Vava, however, has a more superior IPS display screen that is comparatively better than the 3.5-inch screen of the older DXR 8 and better than the 5-inch LCD screen in the latest Infant Optics DXR 8 Pro.
Vava is also far much better when battery capacity and storage are considered. Vava, Infant Optics DXR 8 and Infant Optics DXR 8 Pro use rechargeable batteries and Vava has the longest battery life of almost double that of Infant Optics. Vava’s battery storage capacity is very large 4,500 mAh which lasts for up to 24 hours on eco-mode. This is in comparison to 12 hours you can expect from the latest Infant Optics DXR 8 Pro and 6 hours you can expect in the older Infant Optics DXR 8.
Considering range, both Vava and Infant Optics DXR 8 Pro have a range of 480 ft. to 900 ft which is longer than the 700 ft. range of Infant Optics DXR 8. Vava also has superior zoom settings of 2x and 4x while Infant Optics DXR 8 has only a 2x zoom option.
The table below has more details on Vava Vs. Infant Optics DXR 8 vs Infant Optics DXR 8 Pro:
|Vava Baby Monitor||Infant Optics DXR 8||Infant Optics DXR 8 Pro|
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|It relays videos in 720p HD resolution||It relays videos in low quality 480 VGA format||Large 5” 720P handheld display|
|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||Does not rely on Wifi and uses FHSS technology to transmit audio and video signals|
|480ft – 900ft. Range||700 ft. range||480ft – 900ft 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.||A good battery life that can last up to 12 hours|
|It is not sound-activated (VOX)||It is not sound-activated (VOX)||It is a Voice-activated unlike Vava|
|Large 5-inch screen||A smaller screen measuring 3.5 inches||5-inch large 720p screen|
|2X, 4X zoom||2X zoom||Zoom up to 6x with optical and digital zoom used together|
|Pan: 270° Tilt：108° without an extra $7 wide-angle lens. Check lens price today here.||Pan: 270° Tilt：120° with an extra $12 wide-angle lens||Pan: 270° Tilt：108° without an extra $14 wide-angle lens. C|
|Released to the market in April 2019||Released to the market in 2013 with an upgraded version released in Jan 2015.||Released to the market in August 2020|
|Currently the 8th best-selling baby monitor on Amazon||Currently the third best-selling baby monitor on Amazon||It is the 48th best-selling baby monitor|
|Rated 4.7/5 on Amazon by over 6,000 parents who have reviewed it on Amazon||Rated 4.4/5 on Amazon by more than 41,000 parents||Rated 4.9/5 by over 390 parents who rated it 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.||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||Can support up to 4 additional cameras with each additional camera costing $100|
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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, more zoom options, superior night vision mode, and an accurate in-built thermostat. Considering these high-quality features, Vava’s cost of around $159 seems like a bargain.
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 does not have a replacement screen and you may have to purchase the whole baby monitor system if you break the screen and out of warranty.
Vava Baby Monitor Vs Eufy Spaceview Baby Monitor
Both Vava and Eufy Spaceview baby monitors are expandable baby monitors that come with large 5-inch screens and utilize high-quality 720p resolution. However, Vava baby monitor uses IPS display technology while Eufy uses inferior LCD display technology.
Another significant difference between Eufy and Vava is the transmission range. Eufy has a shorter transmission range of 460ft., which is shorter than Vava’s transmission range of 480 ft. to 900 ft. compared to Vava. Vava also has a longer battery life (up to 24 hours), thanks to its large-capacity storage of 4,500 mAh, which is significantly higher than Eufy Spaceview’s 2900mAh battery capacity which can only last for about 10 hours.
Vava is a great option for your family if you want a longer-battery option, super high-quality video resolutions, and longer transmission range. Read the table below for a further comparison between Vava and Eufy Spaceview baby monitor
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|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.|
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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.
I have also reviewed VAVA baby monitor, the highly-rated baby non-wifi baby monitor with a large 5-inch screen. Following our revision of top non-wifi baby monitors of 2021, 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 2021 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
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- 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, the 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 and Replacement
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!
When asked about the Vava baby monitor replacement, the Vava support team had the following to say:
Considering the most baby monitor may die after a year because 1000 mAh can’t last more than one year, VAVA adopts 4500 mAh, the longest battery life of baby monitor on the market so you can use VAVA baby monitor for up to 24hrs audio-only and also last for 2.5 years at least ( we have a 30-month warranty, if it can’t last 2.5 years, you can contact us to get a replacement).VAVA Tech Support
#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 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 a 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.
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VAVA baby monitor uses type C charger. You’ll get this charger when you purchase VAVA but in case you need a replacement for the 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 June 2021.
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
Check out this short video introducing Vava (it’s less than 2-minutes long)
When Vava first hit the market, its main challengers were the existing Infant Optics DXR 8 and Eufy Spaceview. Let’s explore the differences between these devices, including the latest model of Infant Optics, the DXR 8 Pro.
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.
Vava Split-screen Baby Monitor
VAVA Baby Monitor Split View, 5" 720P Video Baby Monitor with 2 Cameras, Audio and Visual Monitoring, Pan Tilt Zoom, 900ft Range, 4500mAh Battery, Infrared Night Vision and Thermal Monitor
- Care for 2 Babies at a Time: Split-screen feature displays the feed from both cameras to view 2 rooms or 2 babies side by side in real-time; large 5'' 720P IPS screen shows details in unmatched clarity
- Instantly Soothe from Afar: With audio and visual monitoring, you’re instantly alerted when baby is crying to console with your voice; auto switches voices between two screens every 15s to keep you updated on both
- Sleep Better: Automatic night vision mode with clear grayscale infrared images lets you see tiny movements even at night, stop repeatedly waking up to check in person and enjoy a peaceful night’s sleep
- See More Up Close: Get a cute cheek, nose, or face close-up, or check if the pacifier has fallen by remotely controlling the camera to zoom in 2X/4X and auto-pilot panoramic scan
- 24/7 Supervision: Captures every moment of your babies day and night with the 4500mAh rechargeable battery–lasts 18hrs in audio-only mode, 10hrs with audio and screen on for monitor (camera is powered by an AC adapter)
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 a 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 2021 here.
I am Ashley Davis, a mom of three kids and the editor here at 10BabyGear. I have been a parent since 2011 and have been doing full-time consulting as a baby sleep expert since 2019. When I am not researching or testing the next baby gear hitting the market, you’ll find me teaching my toddlers a trick or two – especially over the last few months with the lockdown. I hope you’ll find my guides and reviews helpful as you make your next purchase decision. If you have any questions, you can reach me at firstname.lastname@example.org.