Smoke alarms

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

Smoke alarm on ceiling

Quell

Q1400

recommended

80

Avg price

$29

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

      $29

    • Alarm type

      Photoelectric

    • Noise (dBA)

      89

    • 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

      -

    Member reviews

    1 Member review

    Cannot recommend

    Pros

    Nothing comes to mind

    Cons

    We purchased four of these alarms last year in May 2018 and they were installed by staff of local fire station. Today 4 Feb 2019 two of them have been sounding off constantly for no apparent reason so firemen came in uninstalled faulty ones and put in replacements (a different brand) with 10 year life span - hopefully.

    Recommend it?

    No, this product has too many drawbacks.

    K S & Shirley C C.

    Used 6 months or more