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

    3 Member reviews

    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