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Tomy TF500 review

Our rating 
4.5 out of 5 star rating 4.5
User rating
£36.99 RRP
Ease of use
4.5 out of 5 rating 4.5
Sound and/or picture quality
4.5 out of 5 rating 4.5
Signal range
4.5 out of 5 rating 4.5
4.5 out of 5 rating 4.5
4.5 out of 5 rating 4.5
Worth the money
4.5 out of 5 rating 4.5
Pros: Digital DECT technology, 350m range, 120 channels, sound level light, display remote controlled nightlight, adjustable nightlight brightness, independent nightlight (for extended use after monitoring), low battery and out of range alarm, sound activation mode, belt clip, pager, rechargeable Parent Unit
Cons: No fancy features like some of its rivals
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Tested with sons four-week-old Archie and 19-month-old Dylan.

What we loved


The Tomy Digital TF500 baby monitor comes in two parts, a round unit that goes in baby’s room which picks up the sounds and has an optional nightlight and the parent unit which can be plugged into mains or used portably with an included chargeable battery. The monitor is incredibly simple to use and does exactly what it says on the box.

The nightlight feature is great as it makes it easy for checking on the baby or nightfeeds without turning on a main light. It would also be great with a slightly older child who needs the comfort of a small light.

Unlike other monitors we have used, this one had a very quiet background noise, even with the volume turned on to full. The volume control was easy to use and with the sounds being accompanied by lights in means you can turn the volume right down for an older child and still be alerted when they are awake and making noise.

I found the monitor picked up noise well and I felt comfortable leaving my young son in another room with it turned on as I could hear everything. It is attractive looking, functional and at a reasonable price.

What to watch out for 

As I said, the monitor does exactly what it says on the box.  It has no fancy features, like reading the temperature or sensing movement but it does let you listen in on your baby.

MadeForMums verdict


Easy to use, compact and portable this is a great basic monitor and nightlight. I would recommend to my friends and family.

Product Specifications


Brand Tomy
Model TF500
Price £36.99
Signal type Digital


Video screen No
Movement sensor pad No
Range indoors 350m
Range outdoors 350m
Number of channels 120
Sound level indicator lights Yes
Two-way talkback No
Night light Yes
Room temperature display No
Soothing lullabies No
Power supply Battery and mains
Power supply Battery and mains
  • Digital DECT technology
  • 350m range
  • 120 channels
  • Sound level light
  • Display remote controlled nightlight
  • Adjustable nightlight brightness
  • Independent nightlight (for extended use after monitoring)
  • Low battery and out of range alarm
  • Sound activation mode
  • Belt clip
  • Pager
  • Rechargeable Parent Unit