Smoke Detector Reviews

by Tested_to_Destruction

A smoke detector is an important home or work health and safety accessory. The five best smoke detectors reviewed and compared.

A smoke detector is a small yet important aspect of both home and working environments. They are usually either photoelectric (detect optically) or ionization (detect physically) - or a combination of both. Smoke alarms are highly recommended for anyone that wishes to minimize risk and maximize safety.

Of late there are models available that besides detecting smoke in a given area, they're also capable of detecting whether or not there is a dangerous level of carbon monoxide in the air - thus offering a dual functioning alarm system.

The five best smoke detectors are featured below. They're best selling products in their category, meet with safety standards and are highly rated by those that have already purchased them. Make sure your home or work places is protected with a good quality, affordable smoke detecting solution.

Kidde KN-COSM-B Battery-Operated Combination Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Alarm with Talking Alarm

This is the best smoke detector - and it also performs as a carbon Monoxide alarm. It's battery operated and will verbally warn you of which hazard is presenting an issue. It dual unit like this reduces the need to install two separate units and each function works as well as the other.

It will also inform you if the batteries are running out of charge - and operates using three AA batteries. It comes with a test and reset button, which allows you to ensure that it's working correctly, plus it has an on-board battery safe guard feature that prevents you from installing it unless the batteries have been inserted. A nice compact unit, two for the price of one and well worth the purchase price.

Kidde KN-COSM-B Battery-Operated Combination Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Alarm with Talking Alarm

The Kidde KN-COSM-B Battery-Operated Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Alarm combines two important safety devices into a single unit. This alarm includes a voice warning system that ...

Only $19.99

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First Alert SA720CN Smoke Alarm Photoelectric Sensor with Escape Light

This is the best selling single function smoke detector and it works using the photoelectric method. It works using a 9 volt battery, which is included, and further warns you if the battery is beginning to run down.

There's also an additional and very handy feature - if danger is present it emits a beam of light along with the alarm as a means of illuminating a potential escape route. The alarm is set at 85 decibels, which is plenty loud and the battery is inserted by way of a side-opening drawer, which makes loading it up a breeze. Responsive, effective and a well made unit all round - and currently set at a great discount.

First Alert SA720CN Smoke Alarm Photoelectric Sensor with Escape Light

Featuring state-of-the-art technology that provides you and your family with an early warning of household fire, the First Alert SA720CN Photoelectric Sensor Smoke Alarm with ...

Only $29.99

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Kidde i4618 Firex Hardwire Ionization Smoke Detector with Battery Backup

This is the best selling ionization smoke detector that's also hard-wired - though it does feature a back up switch to battery power in the event of a power outage. Due the fact that it's hardwired into your home electrical system, you can connect it with the same model around your home - thus creating an even safer network of wired smoke detectors.

The battery is front loading, making changing batteries a simple task and the ionization method is as accurate at smoke detection as the photoelectric system. It will connect to and work with a range of other units - Kidde, Livesaver, Nighthawke and Firex - allowing you plenty of choice re smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. A solid little unit, reliable and includes all you'll need to install it anywhere in your home.

Kidde i4618 Firex Hardwire Ionization Smoke Detector with Battery Backup

The 120 volt Firex 4618 Pro Basic smoke detector has an ionization Sensor, quick connect power harness, is multi-station interconnectable, has a 5 year warranty, and is not ...

$19.74  $7.69

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First Alert SA305CN Smoke Alarm with Long Life Lithium Battery

Another best selling smoke detector, this time a single unit that's battery operated. It works using a long lasting Lithium battery, which is included in the purchase price, and there's also a separate alarm that will alert you as and when it requires a replacement.

It's a side loading battery alarm and it includes a test and reset button, a power light an an alarm sound that's set at 85 decibels. You can also turn the detector into a tamper-proof unit by way of a pin that locks it into position and it's good to use in the home or RVs. Well made, does the job and great if you want a wireless smoke detector.

First Alert SA305CN Smoke Alarm with Long Life Lithium Battery

Working smoke alarms cut the risk of dying in a home fire by 50%, and that's important because a home fire starts every 83 seconds! The faster you know about a fire, the ...

$17.11  $6.60

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First Alert SA521CN ONELINK Hardwire Wireless Smoke Alarm with Battery Backup

This is the best selling wireless smoke detector that will connect with other similar units. Most models that form a network of alarms require the need to be hardwired into the system - this one works using a 120b battery (and a pair of AA batteries for back-up) as a means of reaching out and detecting any other units placed within it's vicinity.

For many, the expense of this one is enough to put them off but - if you live in a large home or require one for an office or any other working environment then the safety aspect outweighs the price. Also - not everyone wants to go to the trouble of installing hardwired smoke detectors and for those two reasons, this detector is well worth the price tag.

First Alert SA521CN ONELINK Hardwire Wireless Smoke Alarm with Battery Backup

In the event of a fire every second counts. If a fire were to begin in your basement and the alarm there sounded, you may not hear it right away if you're sound asleep two ...

$38.89  $35.00

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Updated: 03/01/2012, Tested_to_Destruction
 
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