Rated 3.7 out of 5Â by 26
Rated 3 out of 5Â by wxray I like the voice, but not the mounting base
The mounting base on this is very strange. It is about the size of a USA 50 cent piece. I don't like this, and I had some issues with it on a popcorn ceiling. You have to give it a good twist to activate the unit, and it feels like I'm going to rip it right off the ceiling. (See attached photo.)
OK, so they tried something different by having two different ways to mount it, one with traditional screws and anchors, and the other with a central drywall anchor screw. Neither gives me much confidence.
Mounting issues aside, the unit has a pleasant voice announcing "fire" in a direct tone. This is good for someone who may have issues, such as dementia. It makes it clear what is happening.
I've only had it up a few weeks. We'll see how long it lasts and I'm hoping for the best in longevity.
July 6, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5Â by bones252100 Good Smoke Alarm
Don't get too excited about the voice alert. It sounds like a woman whispering "Fire. Fire." A man screaming "Fire! Fire!" would be better. The usual loud beep would wake you if it is installed in the bedroom. Our old alarm (with the 9-volt battery that has to be replaced every 6 mos) screams throughout the house. It will remain in place in the hall. This one will be installed in the bedroom. The only advantage in this alarm is that the battery will never require replacement. After 10 years, replace the entire alarm. You've already got your cost back in saving the 20 battery replacement cost.
October 18, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5Â by madatthewaste Lasts one year max, MADEINCHINAJUNK
I bought 6 of these to cover all the rooms in my house. Within exactly one year, all six of them starting peeping and chirping to indicate a low battery, all within one month of each other. There is no way to stop the chirping (pressing hush does not work). There are no batteries you can change. I had to throw them all out. A total waste of 150 dollars. I will never buy a Kidde product again. It is junk.
September 3, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by SJMFOX Truly Worry Free
I don't know if this product will last ten years or not, but I am very pleased with it so far. We like the voice alert, and this alarm is very easy to attach anywhere. We live off the grid and so never use our wired smoke alarms, and we hated the other battery-operated one because of that annoying low-battery beep (in spite of changing the battery twice per year). Sealed lithium-ion batteries are well-known for their lasting power, and we have personally experienced this with other products, so we are confident that this alarm will last about as long as it says. So far, we love it!
August 23, 2014
Rated 1 out of 5Â by Tdizzy Did not work at all
This device is suppose to have a 10 year battery life. The battery was dead when I opened the package.
July 22, 2014