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

4 Member reviews

Very happy with nest protect

Pros

- We've had two of these for a couple of years now - no problems at all. They communicate with each other (good for big houses) -i.e. the bedroom alarm will announce a heads up warning if small amounts of smoke are detected up in the kitchen.
- Very easy to install and setup
- Love the optional movement sensor that lights your path at night, great for the hallway
- Alerts me if the kids have burnt the toast even if I'm out of the house
- Nicely reasuirng the way the self check glows for a second each night when we turn our lights off

Cons

- No longer works with Hue (smart lights) - previously 'nest works with Hue' feature could be setup to automatically turn lights on if the alarm went off.
- Expensive, but worth it.

Recommend it?

Yes, I recommend this product.

Lynne J.

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