Smoke alarms

We tested 20 models to see which respond fastest to smoke.

Smoke alarm on ceiling

Family Shield

FS-588HLL

worth considering

70

Avg price

$17

Member Reviews

    Test results

    • 60
      Ease of use

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    How we test

    Overall score is based on smouldering and flaming fire sensitivity.

    Good” or “OK” meant the alarm sounded quickly enough to alert you to danger.
    Poor” meant the alarm took significantly longer to sound.
    Extreme” sensitivity meant the alarm sounded so quickly they are more likely to issue false alarms.

    Ease of use includes instructions and ease of installation.

    See "About our test" for more information.

    Noise is measured in a quiet room 3m from the alarm.

    Price is from a March 2018 price survey.

    More test results

    • Smouldering fire sensitivity

      Good

    • Flaming fire sensitivity

      OK

    Model

    • Avg price

      $17

    • Alarm type

      Photoelectric

    • Noise (dBA)

      97

    • Battery type

      Sealed lithium

    • Size

      Standard

    Features

    • Battery life (years)

      10

    • Alarm life (years)

      10

    • Warranty (yrs)

      10

    • Hush period (min)

      10

    • Carbon monoxide alarm

    • Alarms can be linked

    • Voice alerts

    More info

    • Notes

      -

    • Availability

      -

    Member reviews

    6 Member reviews

    False alarm and couldn't hush it

    Pros

    We were attracted to the 10 year life and bought a two pack from Bunnings.

    Cons

    A few months after installing, it went off at 2am. We could only hush it for 60 seconds and then it started up again. We couldn't open it to remove the battery - because it's made to be closed. In a now funny story, husband and son had to get tools and pry it open and cut wires as if they were defusing a bomb. It was the only way to stop it and, of course, completely ruined it. We had lost the receipt but wanted Bunnings to know about it so my husband emailed them to ask them to tell the manufacturer. He received no response from Bunnings. We will dump the other one - a crying shame.

    Recommend it?

    No, this product has too many drawbacks.

    Andrew S.

    Used 1 - 3 months

    Absolute rubbish - false alarms

    Pros

    Nothing

    Cons

    Bought five of these from Bunnings in June 2019. By May 2020, we have replaced one because the battery went flat, and are about to replace another because it is giving us multiple false alarms. These should never have passed NZS/AS in my opinion.

    Recommend it?

    No, this product has too many drawbacks.

    Chris F

    Used 6 months or more

    Too many false alarms

    Pros

    Nothing

    Cons

    We have some false alarms in the middle of the night; then today I got a phone call to say there were fire engines at my house.... another false alarm that a neighbour called in!

    Recommend it?

    No, this product has too many drawbacks.

    Karolyn D.

    Used 1 - 3 months

    too many false alarms

    Pros

    I was attracted by the 10 year battery life

    Cons

    Multiple false alarms, especially on colder mornings. Possibly caused by condensation / bathroom moisture? Im taking it back to Bunnings despite no longer having the receipt, just so they know.

    Recommend it?

    No, this product has too many drawbacks.

    Bill E.

    Used 6 months or more

    faulty alarms

    Pros

    I don't like it

    Cons

    I have 3 and 2 have gone off for no reason

    Recommend it?

    No, this product has too many drawbacks.

    Monty A.

    Used 1 - 3 months

    Beware

    Pros

    Nothing

    Cons

    I bought 2 "Family Shield" (from Bunnings) alarms with the model number SD-588H-LL in 2015. The model was SD-588H-LL and the packaging referred to harco.co.nz. I realise this is a slightly different model, but the 588HLL identifier has to be a worry. Both started giving false alarms within a few months. Nothing wrong with the batteries. I took one alarm back and got it exchanged, but the new started giving false alarms a few months later. Gave up and binned them. Distributors & retailers shouldn't be allowed to sell substandard safety product.

    Recommend it?

    No, this product has too many drawbacks.

    John B.

    Used 1 - 3 months