In this guide we’ll take a look at the best smoke alarms for the UK market.
We’ve compared battery life, alarm volume and type, ability to detect carbon monoxide, and cost
to give you our top recommendations.
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Kidde 10SCO Combination Carbon Monoxide and Smoke Alarm Review
Another big name in the fire safety industry, Kidde are pioneers of smoke and fire detection devices. Kidde make the best smoke alarm for kitchen, hallway or boiler room placement that we have reviewed in a long time.
Having two alarms in one doubles your chances of detecting smoke or carbon monoxide, but also means you can save space on your wall. We really liked the simple single-button design of this Kidde smoke alarm, and think it has to be one of the best combination smoke and carbon monoxide alarms available right now.
Our favourite feature has to be the voice alarm though. When it detects smoke, the Kidde smoke alarm will state “Fire, Fire!” and when it detects CO, the unit will state “Warning, carbon monoxide!”, reducing the chance of false readings and allowing you to act appropriately.
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First Alert SCO5 Combination Optical Smoke Alarm & Carbon Monoxide Detector Review
Based in Illinois, USA, First Alert created the first residential smoke alarm back in 1958, and have continued to help keep homes safe with some of the best smoke and carbon monoxide alarm products on the UK market available today.
Although the battery doesn’t last quite as long as some of the competition, seven years of battery life is still impressive. As a combination optical smoke and carbon monoxide alarm, this First Alert smoke alarm detects smoke from smouldering fires as well as monitors the levels of carbon monoxide in the air.
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Sendowtek Fire Alarm for Home - Smoke Detector & Smoke Alarm Review
Making a wide variety of quality electronic devices, the Sendowtek brand can be found on products from power banks to smart watches, so we were interested to take a closer look at their smoke detector.
With a Japanese-made photoelectric sensor chip reserved for the best optical smoke alarms, the Sendowtek home smoke detector can detect smouldering fires without being set off by a toaster or cigarette smoke, which should protect against false alarms.
Our favourite feature of the Sendowtek smoke alarm has to be the oversized “hush” button. Anyone who has fumbled with a beeping smoke alarm will appreciate how easy the button is to find, and can be pressed with a long stick if the alarm is mounted somewhere high up.
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Fireangel ST-622Q Thermally Enhanced Optical Smoke Alarm Review
This FireAngel ST622Q optical smoke alarm is toast proof and fitted with FireAngel’s advanced Thermoptek sensing technology that can read low smouldering fires and rapid temperature increases as well as smoke.
Our favourite feature of this heat detector has to be the easy-sleep function. We really like the fact that you can silence the low battery chirp noise for up to eight hours, to avoid disturbed sleep while hunting for a new battery.
Smoke Alarm Buyer’s Guide
According to research carried out by the UK Home Office, 157,156 fires were attended by the fire rescue services in 2019 alone. An early warning system in the shape of the best home smoke alarm you can buy is an essential part of your home security and safety system.
The best place to site a smoke alarm
It might go against where you think is the best place to put a smoke alarm, but you shouldn’t put them directly in a kitchen. Smoke alarm sensors can be weakened by the steam created by cooking over long periods of time, so it makes sense to site your smoke alarm just outside the room itself.
The National Fire Prevention Association recommends that you place a smoke alarm on every level of your home, inside each bedroom and outside of every sleeping area. They recommend a linked system of smoke alarms, which is one of the reasons that we chose the FireAngel WHT-630Q Radio-Interlink Heat Alarm as our outright winner for best smoke alarm for the UK market.
When it comes to the best smoke alarm review, we wouldn’t choose any smoke alarm that we wouldn’t put in our own home, so you can rest assured that any one of the smoke alarms on our list will become an asset in your own home.
Smoke and carbon monoxide alarms are essential pieces of safety equipment in the home, or just about anywhere where you burn fuel for heat and light. We knew that we had to pick a winner from our five best smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detectors, and the top place has to go to the excellent FireAngel WHT-630Q Radio-Interlink Heat Alarm. The ability to link it up with multiple alarms to create a fire detection network sets it aside from the competition.