Smoke alarms

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

Smoke alarm on ceiling

Orca

OM107H-LS

recommended

80

Avg price

$25

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

      $25

    • Alarm type

      Photoelectric

    • Noise (dBA)

      96

    • Battery type

      Sealed lithium

    • Size

      Standard

    Features

    • Battery life (years)

      10

    • Alarm life (years)

      10

    • Warranty (yrs)

      10

    • Hush period (min)

      9

    • Carbon monoxide alarm

    • Alarms can be linked

    • Voice alerts

    More info

    • Notes

      -

    • Availability

      -

    Member reviews

    3 Member reviews

    Low Battery beeping after 1 year

    Pros

    Nothing

    Cons

    Positioning checked by Fire Service following false alarms.
    Now experiencing low battery beeping after 1 year.

    Recommend it?

    No, this product has too many drawbacks.

    Murray S.

    Used 6 months or more

    Keeps beeping as for low battery indication

    Pros

    Never had a need to go off so I assume it would have worked.

    Cons

    Was meant to last 10 years. After only one year the smoke alarm keeps beeping as in for low battery indication even after inserting a new battery.

    Recommend it?

    No, this product has too many drawbacks.

    Claudia S.

    Used 6 months or more

    Model OM.588H-LL manufactured 10/07/2112

    Pros

    Easy to install. Responded very loudly on the two or three occasions we burnt toast so badly the smoke drifted through to the living area. Claimed ten year lithium battery life

    Cons

    Started chirping last evening (31/07/2018) Phoned distributor. They considered six years was quite a reasonable life & suggested I fit an alkaline battery! Not at all impressed, particularly when you consider I can buy Consumer recommended alternative brands for just $20.00

    Recommend it?

    No, this product has too many drawbacks.

    C T L.

    Used