Smoke Detectors: Ratings of Sources
Total of 8 Sources
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Smoke Alarm Ratings
by Editors of ConsumerReports.org
Our AssessmentConsumerReports.org tests one dual-sensor smoke alarm, six ionization smoke detectors and five photoelectric models. Responses are gauged for both smoldering and flaming fires, and the top-scoring smoke alarm in each category is recommended. The dual-sensor model scores higher than any of the photoelectric or ionization smoke alarms tested.
by Editors of Consumer magazine
Our AssessmentNew Zealand's Consumer magazine tests 18 smoke detectors in a mock hallway situation, evaluating them for accuracy in high-flaming and smoky/smoldering fires. Editors test both ionization and photoelectric sensors and display the results in an easy-to-read rankings chart. Testing methodology is also clearly explained. Although several of the models covered here are not available in the U.S., many are, including the top overall pick.
Smoke Alarms Reviews
by Editors of Choice magazine
Our AssessmentAustralian publication Choice magazine tests 15 different smoke alarms in a series of detailed tests. They conduct the testing in a fire laboratory with the alarms on the ceiling of an adjacent room. Both flaming and smoldering fires are started to determine how each model performs. They grade the models on a scale of 1 to 100, and ultimately recommend three models. Only a numerical score is given; specific descriptions and reviews of the models are not provided.
Best Smoke Detector
by Mariette Mifflin
Our AssessmentBestcovery.com features reviews on consumer products from experts and enthusiasts in various categories. Appliance expert Mariette Mifflin rates her top five choices for smoke alarms, all of which have a combination of hardwire and battery backup for the best overall protection. She gives a short description of why each of her five picks is the best but doesn't disclose her methodology or which other models were tested.
by Contributors to Amazon.com
Our AssessmentAmazon.com user reviews are a good place to gain insight on nagging problems that annoy owners. For example, the otherwise highly rated First Alert SA320CN is sometimes criticized because its test function can be triggered randomly by TV remote controls. Several models earn high average ratings in more than 100 owner-written reviews, including smoke alarms by Kidde and First Alert.
by Contributors to HomeDepot.com
Our AssessmentHomeDepot.com doesn't have the same volume of smoke alarm reviews as Amazon, but several units have accumulated a few dozen reviews. The Kidde Hardwire Interconnectable 120 Volt Smoke Alarm with Battery Backup maintains an average rating of 4.8 stars out of 5 in more than 25 reviews. The Kidde RF-SM-DC also maintains a high average rating in just over 15 owner-written reviews.
by Contributors to Lowes.com
Our AssessmentMost smoke alarms sold at Lowes.com have accumulated just a handful of reviews, but the site is worth a visit for additional feedback once you've narrowed your search to a few models. The highest-rated stand-alone smoke detector is the First Alert AC Hardwired 120-Volt Smoke Alarm with Silence Feature with Battery Back-Up, sold in a pack of six, which earns an average of 4.4 stars out of 5 in nearly 20 reviews.
Best Smoke Alarms
by Editors of Pikimal.com
Our AssessmentEditors of Pikimal.com rank smoke alarms based on reliability, digital display, size, performance and visible sensor. Each recommended model receives an in-depth review, outlining features and naming pros and cons. The Gentex AC Hardwired Ceiling Mount Photoelectric Smoke Alarm with Hearing Impaired (ADA) Strobe Light earns the top spot in this roundup, with an overall score of 95 out of a possible 100. It's not clear whether each model has been tested or how the ratings are determined, however.