One of the harsh truths in life is the fact that it’s remarkably easy for a fire to start/spread.
When a fire starts, it can get out of control in a matter of moments. That’s why you need a state-of-the-art smoke detector so that you can be aware of a problem before that problem becomes a disaster.
Here are ten smoke detectors we recommend looking into so that you can assure your home is safe from a cataclysmic fire.
First Alert BRK 3120B
Compared to other products on this list, it’s not the “smartest.” The functionality and features are fairly traditional. However, this model is still frequently cited as one of the best for homeowners. The 3120B can hook up to as many as 18 other systems within your home. It also comes with dual sensors so that it can detect a fire before it even starts. Sometimes you don’t need the “smartest” when the “safest” will suffice. You can buy it here and get more details on this product.
Kidde is the biggest manufacturer of fire safety products in America, and as such is considered one of the more reliable brands. The KN-COSM-BA lives up to Kidde’s reputation. This model serves dual purpose as a smoke detector *and* a carbon monoxide detector. It may not be able to be hooked up to other devices around your home, but for the price, this is an exceptional model. For buying details you can follow this link.
If you want a system that can communicate effectively with other systems around your home, it’s hard to find much better than the USI Electric. This model can be connected to as many as 24 other systems. Some models can’t even be connected to one. And it’s not only a smoke detector; the USI Electric can detect natural gas and carbon monoxide as well. It may come with only a seven year warranty–most detectors offer ten–but that fact seems insignificant compared to the great features this model offers. You can buy it here and get more details on this product.
First Alert SA30CN
Once again, First Alert stands out. With the SA30CN, First Alert created a detector with dual sensors that can identify fast burning fires and potential fires. It is also wireless, which is not as common as you might think. While it may not be able to be connected to other First Alert systems within your home, there’s no question that owners of this model say it lives up to First Alert’s vaulted stature. For buying details you can follow this link.
Need a system that connects to others within your home? The PI2010 can connect to 24 other systems. What about a system with dual sensors to detect any kind of potential fire? Look no further. And the PI2010 also comes with a ten year warranty, and is reasonably priced. As always, it’s hard to beat Kidde products. You can get it here.
First Alert Onelink
Yet another First Alert entry on this list, which should indicate to you that they have a sterling reputation. The Onelink serves dual function as a smoke *and* a carbon monoxide detector. It’s also compatible with Apple’s HomeKit, meaning alarms can go through your phone if you so choose. It also performs over 400 safety checks on itself per day. Overall, this is one of the “smartest” options on the market. For buying details you can follow this link.
Many within the home safety apparatus would agree that Nest Protect is ahead of the curve. It is compatible with any brand of smartphone. It comes with a safety light feature that will illuminate a safe path should you be at home during a fire. It has none of the chirping sounds that drives many a homeowner berserk. It may be one of the more costly options, but the effectiveness justifies the cost for those who have purchased it. You can buy it here and get more details on this product.
BRK 7020B Photoelectric
So your detector has alerted you to the potential of a house fire. If you’re in the house, now what? The BRK 7020B Photoelectric comes with a safety light feature. When it goes off, it can also effectively illuminate a path of safety for you and your family. As this model comes with only a photoelectric sensor, it is better at detecting slow burning fires as opposed to quick ones. The safety light feature, however, is rare and invaluable. You can buy it here and get more details on this product.
Surprisingly enough in 2017, there aren’t that many wireless smoke detectors. Kidde, however, made sure to carve out this piece of the market. The RF-SM-DC is a wireless detector that can be connected to other similar devices in your home. The most notable downside of this model is the fact it may only effectively detect fast-burning fires, not smoldering ones. The RF-SM-DC comes with an ionization sensor only. Buy this product here and get more details about it.
Unfortunately, many detectors don’t catch slow burning and fast burning fire hazards with equal effectiveness. The Kidde PI9010, however, has dual sensors that can monitor fire hazards that spread at any rate. It doesn’t have many features beyond the fundamentals, but at least it gets the fundamentals right. You can buy the Kidde PI9010 here.