Smoke alarm on ceiling.
Product review
Updated April 2021

Smoke alarms

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

April 2018

Nest

Protect A13

Price
$199
Score
80
Good
Recommended

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Test results

  • 75
    Ease of use

More test results

  • Smouldering fire sensitivity

    Good

  • Flaming fire sensitivity

    Good

Model

  • Avg price

    $199

  • Alarm type

    Photoelectric

  • Noise

    85dBA

  • Battery type

    6x AA (lithium)

  • Size

    Standard

Features

  • Battery life

    Not stated

  • Alarm life

    10 years

  • Warranty

    2 years

  • Hush period

    Not stated

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

More info

  • Notes

    -

  • Availability

    -

Member reviews

5 Member reviews

Has a known problem

Pros

A fantastic item when it is working.

Cons

There is a "known problem".

For example:

"...A quick internet search shows many owners reporting the problem, with the issue first widely propagating in August. Some users, incredibly, have had to deal with "low battery" chirping only a few days after putting new ones in.

Google has yet to release a working solution to the issue. It has instead put out boiler-plate suggestions that have long been verified by Nest Protect owners as not resolving the issue.

Google Australia did not respond to Yahoo Finance's request for comment..."

via https://au.finance.yahoo.com/news/google-smoke-alarms-fa

Recommend it?

No, this product has too many drawbacks.

Donald M.

Used 6 months or more

Excellent Device

Pros

Well built , operates well. Your life may depend on a smoke detector doing its job properly - pay up and have peace of mind. Also avoid annoying false alarms and malfunctions.

Cons

Price.I have experienced some problems in high humidity. One of three failed automatic checks and eventually refunded by supplier - ( for some reason I received a refund instead of a replacement that I asked for ) Another had a problem with automatic checking of microphone but it seemed to come right after removal and replacement of batteries.

Recommend it?

Yes, I recommend this product.

David & Rosie H.

Used 6 months or more

Very Competent Kit

Pros

Not just a smoke alarm, but carbon monoxide detector, and motion sensitive night light - it’s most useful feature is that it lights the way when moving around the house in the dark! Warnings are spoken and remind you when a alarm is about to be activated. Self test and remote warnings brilliant.

Cons

When we initially purchased the batteries lasted only a few months, however these were replaced with new by the retailer at no cost and have now lasted well over a year.

Recommend it?

Yes, I recommend this product.

Jeffrey L.

Used 6 months or more

Excellent Device

Pros

Well built , operates well. Your life may depend on a smoke detector doing its job properly - pay up and have peace of mind. Also avoid annoying false alarms and malfunctions.

Cons

Price

Recommend it?

Yes, I recommend this product.

David & Rosie H.

Used 6 months or more

Brilliant but expensive

Pros

I first purchased one of these when the Nest Protect 2 was first released in 2015 (imported from the U.S). I was very impressed with the complete lack of false alarms and the fact it give you a "Heads up" warning if it detects anything. Great for the Kitchen. The batteries supplied with this device are very high quality and after 2+ years the original batteries are still fine. I have since purchased a second device.

Cons

The main downside is the cost - very expensive but recommended for the Kitchen at least.
Needs the App and Wifi to set up.

Recommend it?

Yes, I recommend this product.

Richard & Terresa B.

Used 6 months or more

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