Of all the appliances and devices in your home, smoke detectors are among the most important. Reliability is essential when choosing smoke alarms. We researched actual customer reviews and ratings to create our smoke detector buying guide.
Highest rated smoke detectors based on Amazon reviews
Looking at what Amazon customers had to say, we gave the highest rating to two smoke detectors from Kidde. A model from Nest follows. Smoke alarms from Kidde and First Alert take the next two spots on our Amazon ranking. Models from X-Sense, First Alert and Kidde make up the remainder of the list.
Best rated smoke alarms available at Wal-mart
Analyzing the customer reviews and ratings at Wal-Mart, we gave the highest rating to a smoke alarm from Kidde. Another Kidde model follows, after which are two First Alert smoke detectors. After that is another unit from Kidde, and another First Alert model. The second half of the list from Wal-Mart includes several other models from Kidde and First Alert.
Overall, the smoke detectors that we gave the highest rankings to were from Kidde. However, there were many units from that manufacturer that did not fare as well. The same is true for other brands including First Alert. We recommend looking closely at the specifications for the smoke alarms you are considering. Make sure they have the features you need, and read some of the comments from buyers to see if there are any recurring issues.
Sources: Amazon.com, Walmart.com, Lowes.com, Homedepot.com