Smoke alarms

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

Smoke alarm on ceiling

Universal

MI3050S

don't buy

40

Avg price

$57

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

      Poor

    • Flaming fire sensitivity

      Extreme

    Model

    • Avg price

      $57

    • Alarm type

      Modified ionisation

    • Noise (dBA)

      88

    • Battery type

      Sealed

    • Size

      Standard

    Features

    • Battery life (years)

      10

    • Alarm life (years)

      10

    • Warranty (yrs)

      10

    • Hush period (min)

      Not stated

    • Carbon monoxide alarm

    • Alarms can be linked

    • Voice alerts

    More info

    • Notes

      -

    • Availability

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