Smoke Detectors Buying Guide
What to Look for in Smoke Alarms
Believe it or not, fires take place everyday even when we don’t see it. Having smoke alarms properly installed in your home will give you a better chance of getting out safely and also helping your family members and pets out in time as well. When shopping for a smoke alarm, there are several things to look out for. A few things to consider include the following:
Halo Smart Smoke and CO Alarm
Leeo Smart Alert
Roost Smart Battery
First Alert Onelink
First Alert BRK SC7010B
Photoelectric and Ionization
Listens for your already installed smoke detectors to alert you via the phone app
Not a smoke detector. Battery that adds smart functionality to your traditional smoke detector.
Split-Spectrum Sensor - uses two wavelengths of light(Photoelectric and LED) to detect fast and slow burning fires
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Carbon Monoxide Detector, night light
Carbon Monoxide detector, soft night light triggered by walking underneath,
Carbon Monoxide Detector, Night light
Carbon Monoxide Detector
Carbon Monoxide Detector, low frequency horn that is easier for elderly with age related hearing loss to hear.
App Support - sends alerts when danger is detected and can contact first responders. Silence alarms via the app.
App support, sends alert to your phone whenever a smoke detector goes off and provides the number to the nearby first responders. If you do not respond, then the app will call friends and neighbors that you have entered in as emergency contacts.
A battery with a built in WiFi chip that adds app support to your smoke detector. Notifies you before battery runs out, no more chirping sounds. Sends alarms to your phone.
App support. Heads up warning from things like burning toast. Can turn off alarm with the app. Ability to sync with other nest alarms and tell you where the problem is when one is set off. Performs 400 safety checks per day to ensure functionality.
App Support - can tell you where the danger is located and sync with other First Alert alarms. Ability to receive danger notifications through the app, and can silence alarms from the app. Compatible with Siri.
Verbal warnings of "Fire!" or "Warning - carbon monoxide"
Uses a red ring of light to visually alert residents. 10 year battery life, excellent smoke, fire, and carbon monoxide sensors.
Possibly a cheaper way to add smart functionality to your home's smoke detector system, rather than replacing all the detectors you already have.
Can be an easy and cost efficient way to upgrade your smoke detectors.
An impressive list of smart features and easy to set up and connect to other Nest products.
Multifunctional and can silence alarms by talking to Siri.
Very cheap, meets the basic needs of a smoke detector
Reliably and easy to set up. Traditional alarm sound and low battery chirping sound.
Not released out, expected to start shipping December 2017
This is NOT a smoke or CO detector. May not be cost efficient if you only need/have 1-3 detectors in your home.
If you have lots of alarms, it could be cheaper to try LEEO Smart Alert that will listen for multiple alarms, rather than needing this battery for each and every alarm to have smart functionality.
The price is very high.
High price tag, reports of false alarms and unreliable app connectivity. iPhone only app.
No app support, no advanced features
No advanced features, more costly than other basic smoke detectors.
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3/5 - > 200 reviews
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4.5/5 - > 250 reviews
New homes that have not had any alarms installed yet, and plans to have a fully automated home.
Homes with several non-smart detectors already installed.
Homes with 1-3 non-smart smoke detectors already installed.
Families and techies wanting a high performing smoke detector.
Single family homes that'd want a network of smart smoke detectors throughout the house.
Budget conscious individuals wanting smoke detectors that verbally alert the household of danger.
Elderly due to the alarm using a lower frequency, making it easier to hear.
Additional Fire Safety Tips
Know where to install smoke alarms
Smoke alarms should be installed on every level of your house, in every bedroom, and outside every sleeping area. Most fire alarms have an effective range of 35ft. Fire alarms should be mounted on the ceiling or high on the walls, where smoke will collect and can effectively set off the alarm in the event of a real danger issue.
Test your smoke alarms regularly
Smoke alarms won’t work if the batteries are dead. Be sure to check the battery levels of your smoke detectors frequently to avoid alarm failures.
Practice Fire Drills
In the event of a fire, you’ll want everyone in your household to be on the same page and know what to do. Create a fire escape plan and practice it a couple times a year, going over safety precautions such as low crawling to avoid heavy smoke inhalation.
There are so many smoke detectors out there with a plethora of features and options — it can be overwhelming to select the right one for your budget and lifestyle. Having any smoke alarm is better than having none, but it’s also nice to know that there are different ones out there for you to choose from.
Before buying any smoke detector, it’s smart to be informed of the different variables and weigh out the pros and cons between various devices so that you can feel confident that your purchase will serve its purpose and protect your family, pets, and home during any potential fires.