The Best Smart Smoke Alarm

The Best Smart Smoke Alarm

Our pick

Google Nest Protect

Google Nest Protect

The best smart smoke alarm for most people

Google Nest Protect’s sensitivity to slow- and fast-burning fires, ability to self-test, sleek design, and straightforward app make it the best smart fire-safety device.

Buying Options

$120 from Amazon
$120 from Bed Bath & Beyond

The Google Nest Protect has all the features we recommend in a smart smoke alarm. It can detect both slow- and fast-burning fires and wirelessly interconnects with other Protects. The Protect uses voice alerts to warn you before it triggers the siren, and when the siren triggers, the Protect tells you which room the danger is in. It’s the easiest alarm to silence, through the polished and friendly Nest app or by pressing its mute button. And the Protect is the only model that tests itself—which cuts down on annoying low-battery chirps in favor of useful smartphone notifications when something is wrong. The Protect is available in both hardwired and battery-powered versions, and so it should work in any home.

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Budget pick

Roost Smart Battery (Second Generation)

Roost Smart Battery (Second Generation)

Essential smarts in a battery

The Roost Smart Battery boosts the IQ of most any smoke detector by sending mobile phone alerts to you—or a custom call list—when an alarm sounds.

Buying Options

$35 from Roost

If you just want to receive notifications on your phone when your smoke alarm goes off, and you don’t want to invest in an expensive new alarm, the Wi-Fi–enabled Roost Smart Battery (Second Generation) does that on the cheap-ish. For $35 you get a 9-volt battery that installs in many existing smoke detectors (wired or battery-powered) and lasts from three to five years. Like Nest Protect, the Roost Smart Battery sends an alert to your phone telling you which alarm has been triggered, and you can “snooze” alarms from your phone (if you’re home), although it takes a good 20 seconds to kick in. Roost can also notify someone else about the alarm, if you like, but it can’t self-test or do voice alerts like the Protect, and there’s no wireless interconnectivity between devices. If your smoke alarm doesn’t accept 9 V batteries, then the Roost won’t work for you.

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Our pick

Google Nest Protect

Google Nest Protect

The best smart smoke alarm for most people

Google Nest Protect’s sensitivity to slow- and fast-burning fires, ability to self-test, sleek design, and straightforward app make it the best smart fire-safety device.

Buying Options

$120 from Amazon
$120 from Bed Bath & Beyond

Budget pick

Roost Smart Battery (Second Generation)

Roost Smart Battery (Second Generation)

Essential smarts in a battery

The Roost Smart Battery boosts the IQ of most any smoke detector by sending mobile phone alerts to you—or a custom call list—when an alarm sounds.

Buying Options

$35 from Roost

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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