Snuza Hero SE review: The Snuza Hero wants to rescue sleeping infants

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MSRP: $120.00

The Good The Snuza Hero SE is more affordable than the competition, and it features an active response if it registers that the child has stopped breathing.

The Bad The lack of app connectivity means you don't get any of the data collection of other wearable monitors like MonBaby or Owlet. Plus, it's kind of bulky.

The Bottom Line Snuza is definitely worth checking out. While it feels a little pricey, it's affordable for the market -- and it features solid basic functionality.

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7.5 Overall
  • Features 5
  • Usability 9
  • Design 8
  • Performance 9

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There is no publicly available statistical evidence that wearable baby monitors protect young infants from health concerns like Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). And yet many companies are selling them for as much as $250 -- what seems to many an absurd price for a device without proven effects.

And yet, between anecdotal evidence online and simple logical reasoning, many parents have made the decision to shell out for wearable monitors. It makes sense: a monitor that alerts you if your child stops breathing should at least improve your response time during a potential crisis.

The Snuza Hero SE is another in the long line of wearables. Like those before it, Snuza is not an FDA-approved medical device, and for legal reasons it won't claim to prevent SIDS or infant asphyxiation. But it's a device that reliably tracks your infant's breathing, alerts you if it stops and attempts to rouse the child with vibrations in case of emergency. And for $120, those simple features make it one of my favorite gadgets in this market.

The Snuza Hero SE strips the wearable monitor concept to its core, and nearly perfects it. Here's how it works: you take Snuza out of the box, flip on the switch and clip it to your baby's diaper. That's it. It literally takes 20 seconds to set up, and it's ready to go.

Essentially, the rubber sensor of the device rests on your baby's belly, registering their breathing. If the sensor doesn't detect any movement for 15 seconds, it vibrates to rouse the baby (this is important, since SIDS often occurs when natural arousal processes fail). If Snuza has to rouse the baby in this way three times, it will start beeping. And if the child doesn't move for more than 20 seconds, it will set off a loud alarm.