Smoke alarms

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

Smoke alarm on ceiling

Jobmate

MT588H-LB

recommended

80

Avg price

$20

Member Reviews

    Test results

    • 65
      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

      Good

    Model

    • Avg price

      $20

    • Alarm type

      Photoelectric

    • Noise (dBA)

      91

    • 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

      Mitre10 only.

    Member reviews

    6 Member reviews

    Do not buy

    Pros

    Look good and sound good with 10 year battery but see cons

    Cons

    Randomly goes off and you can’t turn it off ... my husband ended up smashing it at 2am to turn the alarm off!! Don’t buy they go off frequently!

    Recommend it?

    No, this product has too many drawbacks.

    Alison H.

    Used 1 month or less

    Don’t use!!!!! See cons!!!!!!!!

    Pros

    None!

    Cons

    We have bought 20-30 of theses for rentals. They fail randomly. They go off when too cold. Mitre 10 no longer sell this or the warrior brand. I’ve taken them back and they have been fab! At refund and replace. Also the 10 year date can’t be seen until u open it. Some were 2026! So u only get 8 yrs!

    Recommend it?

    No, this product has too many drawbacks.

    Gael L.

    Used 6 months or more

    Unreliable

    Pros

    Reasonable price easy to install and 10year guarantee

    Cons

    Have installed in 4 houses and have had 2 failures where alarms keep going off and reset 3 times before cutting the power supply to deactivate as battery built in.

    Recommend it?

    Maybe, it depends on what you're after.

    John R.

    Used 6 months or more

    Smoke Alarm

    Pros

    No pros.

    Cons

    Alarm failed after 2 1/2 years. Was beeping intermittently. Did not keep receipt or would have returned. Expiry date was 2026. Would not purchase the brand again.

    Recommend it?

    No, this product has too many drawbacks.

    Sharon B.

    Used 6 months or more

    Reliable

    Pros

    I have installed these in 6 properties. I installed as new alarm and as a replacement for another 10 year brand that kept giving false alarms. I haven't had any issues at all with false alarms and all are still installed and tested regularly over last 1-3 years.

    Cons

    Alarm would be better if it were louder. Expiry date hard to read

    Recommend it?

    Yes, I recommend this product.

    Joanna S.

    Used 6 months or more

    Purchaser reviews on Mitre 10 website suggest this is a lemon

    Pros

    nil

    Cons

    2 user reviews at Mitre 10 online report problems with this model - goes off randomly from installation (so unlikely to be due to dust etc)

    Recommend it?

    No, this product has too many drawbacks.

    Fiona L.

    Used