Rated 3.8 out of 5 by 19
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by beachmom Stop working after 6-7 years
This smoke alarm is suppose to have a 10 year life span. I bought 4 at the same time with 3 manufactured 4/2007 and 1 in 4/2008. It's 4/2015 now and none of them work anymore. Changed batteries but all are dead and I don't know how long they've been dead. I admit I don't check them regularly as you are suppose to but my guess is they died within the last 6 months when I changed the batteries during the end of daylight savings time. I'm replacing with dual sensor First Alerts.
April 24, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by DzrtRat A inexpensive remedy
This alarm was an easy install. Placed it in our common room with cathedral ceilings. Searched forever to find a photo and ion fire alarm. Wasn't until after I ordered this that I discovered it was a BATTERY operated NOT WIRE IN.
Otherwise, the inexpensive price is safe assurance that it will go off for either detection. One thing I don't like about it, the alarm has to be removed from the fixture for the battery to be replaced. Not an easy task with our ceilings. Otherwise a good product, quick simple install, and easy testing.
November 26, 2009
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by TiredHomeOwner Like nuisance alarms at 2AM? Buy this one!
Purchased about 1 yr ago wanting the best for my family. NOT with this product..... Just a whisp of smoke from your cooking coil?,BAM alarm goes off. A LITTLE bit of unforeseen steam out of your bathroom OR just regular cooking on your stove, AGAIN there goes the alarm. This doesn't include the MANY times of false alarms going off at all hrs of the night!!
Maintenance was continually done on these to try to prevent false alarms (new batteries every 6 months, blowing out the unit with canned air every other month, just in case of dust collection), to no avail.
THEN the last straw, false alarm at 2AM and could NOT get the unit to hush. Ended up pulling it. Needless to say, after a year, I'm done this this brand. Am buying the least expensive with NO photoelectric eye in it!!
April 5, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Oldkite Good Detector
What's to say about a smoke detector. It sits on the ceiling, flashes to let you know it's alive and hopefully will shriek loudly, should we have a fire. If it fails to do so, then I'll have something to say. It would be nice if it blinked a little more frequently to let you know it's working. Looking up, for a senior, can be painful, especially for a full minute.
January 6, 2015
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Rach great features
The product works well. It is loud, and somewhat sensitive, but does have a "hush" button - say, if someone forgot the cookies in the oven, and the smoke lingers even if you already opened the window.
February 16, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by MusicLover67 This is the type you need - Phtoelectric AND Ionization
I've had this unit for three years now. It sometimes goes off when I'm lighting a fire in the fireplace, but that's what you expect, right? Otherwise, no "false" alarms. The battery is easy to replace.
For exactly why you need a dual-sensor smoke alarm, see the video at Dateline - NBC News online. (Sorry, I can't post a URL.) Warning: Starts with heartbreaking story.
February 28, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by thisguy not for basements
placed two in basement. CONSTANT false alarms (due to humidity perhaps).
August 18, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by PrinceDunlop All smoke detectors should be this good.
It is a darn shame that the smoke detector industry does not manufacture all smoke detectors to detect both slow AND fast moving fires, using both the ionization and PHOTOELECTRIC technologies. I don't buy anything else, I've bought many of these models. They make a great gift for family and office and it is very important to detect the slow, smoldering fires. These should last for years. Who wouldn't want to spend the equivalent of $4 extra per year for this protection?
December 5, 2012