Smoke alarm on ceiling.
Product review
Updated April 2021

Smoke alarms

We tested 12 models to see which respond fastest to smoke.

April 2018

Goldair

GS-526

Price
$29
Score
80
Good
Recommended

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Test results

  • 60
    Ease of use

More test results

  • Smouldering fire sensitivity

    Good

  • Flaming fire sensitivity

    Good

Model

  • Avg price

    $29

  • Alarm type

    Photoelectric

  • Noise

    93dBA

  • Battery type

    Sealed lithium

  • Size

    Standard

Features

  • Battery life

    10 years

  • Alarm life

    10 years

  • Warranty

    1 year

  • Hush period

    10min

  • Carbon monoxide alarm
  • Alarms can be linked
  • Voice alerts

More info

  • Notes

    -

  • Availability

    -

Member reviews

6 Member reviews

Good at first, but with a fatal design flaw

Pros

10 year lifetime, allegedly.

Cons

After approximately 2 years, both units I purchased started sounding intermittently for no apparent reason.

One just failed so badly -- the alarm sounds the moment the hush period (5 minutes) expires until I press the hush button again -- I've had to pry the cover off and sever the link to the battery to shut the thing up.

Given a number of other people are reporting the same fault, and I've had a similar issue in two identical units, I suspect this is a design fault that shows up after a couple of years.

Recommend it?

No, this product has too many drawbacks.

Jonathan C.

Used 6 months or more

Goldair GS-526

Pros

None.

Cons

After 2 years the alarm started going off intermittently in the middle of the night. Had to get the ladder out, remove the alarm and disconnect the battery at 4.00am.

Recommend it?

No, this product has too many drawbacks.

Tim M.

Used 6 months or more

Goldair Gs-526

Pros

Bought 3 a month ago

Cons

The two screws supplied for fixing are not really fit for purpose.
they are a smaller screw 5 or 6 to enable them to fit the smaller space
in the mounting bracket. It is not possible to use larger screws.
The supplied screws will break when screwed into moderately to hard timber.
However the same size screws bought from a hardware store do not.

Recommend it?

Yes, I recommend this product.

Richard C.

Used 1 month or less

Alarm going off for no reason

Pros

Bought 5 a year ago, 4 seem fine so far.

Cons

One of the five alarms has started going off for no reason. Can turn it off, but then it starts again. And gap between going off is getting shorter each time, from a week or two, to days and now minutes. Difficult to know what to do with it. Cant see how to disable it!

Recommend it?

No, this product has too many drawbacks.

Robert B.

Used 6 months or more

Alarm won't stop

Pros

Nothing

Cons

The alarm keeps activating for no reason and at this stage I am unable to deactivate it. I don't have this issue with other photoelectric alarms in the house and will be replacing it with another brand. As it appears there is no way to stop the alarm I'm going to have to dump it with the alarm going. I'm not going to be able to return it to the retailer - it is too far to drive with an alarm continuously going.

Recommend it?

No, this product has too many drawbacks.

Jean M.

Used 1 - 3 months

Good buy from the supermarket

Pros

Easy to get hold of - bought at our local Countdown supermarket. Looking forward to 10 years battery life.

Cons

Because of the location ours is installed I needed to use a longer screw than the one supplied. The longer screw had a thicker head and as result a the install was more difficult than I expected (initially it wouldn't lock onto the base properly).

Recommend it?

Yes, I recommend this product.

Damon C.

Used 1 - 3 months