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Smart home devices are designed to make our lives more convenient, but there are some smart home devices that can also keep us safe. Today we will be taking a look at a particular type of smart life safety device; smoke detectors.

This year has been one of the hottest summers on record. Around the United States the number of fires is starting to increase due the heat wave we are experiencing. This can be a scary thought for homeowners, but there is something you can do to help keep your family safe from fire danger. You can purchase a smart home fire detector to help protect your family from this increasing danger, and there are several really great smart smoke detectors out on the market today.

Smoke detectors are extremely important to have around your home to protect you and your family from the dangers of fire. Smoke detectors of the past were very simplistic in nature. You would put in a 9-V battery and install a couple of them around your home. The basic fundamentals of smoke detectors have not changed much but some of their features have. Smart home smoke detectors of today are more energy efficient and can be used with home or security automation systems.

Nest Protect Smoke Detector

One of the top smart smoke detectors of 2019 is the Nest Protect. The Nest Protect is not only a smart home smoke detector, it also is smart home CO2 detector. This sensor has two versions; a battery-operated version or a wired version, that can be directly wired into a 120V power source. Both versions work by connecting to your home’s WIFI network.

Design

The Nest Protect has a compact design, only measuring 5.3 x 1.5 x 5.3 inches which makes it easy to place. The smoke sensor itself is an industrial-grade sensor that easily detects smoke or CO2 gas. It uses a LED ring light indicator that will change colors based on the status of the device, and it will change color during a smoke or CO2 alert. The indicator light will also come on when motion has been detected around the Nest Protect.

Alerts

The Nest Protect also has an audible alarm for when smoke or CO2 gas has been detected. When an event has been triggered an alert will be sent to your phone through the Nest app which is free to download and works for smart phone devices. The Nest Protect will work with the Nest security system as well so you will able to control everything from one place.

Price

You can purchase a Nest Protect for around $119. We really like the Nest Protect. We have always thought highly of Nest products due to their consistent high user ratings. We like the fact that the Nest Protect is a combination of smoke and CO2 detector. Most other companies who make this type of equipment make their smoke and CO2 detectors separate. The only downside to the Nest Protect is its price. It is a little expensive compared to other smart home smoke detectors.

Abode Smoke Alarm Monitor

Another top smoke detector for 2019 is the Abode Smoke Alarm Monitor. Abode, in recent years, has expanded their market to include the design and manufacturing of home automation, life safety, security, and video surveillance devices.

How it works

The Abode Smoke Alarm Monitor is a great device to use to convert your existing smoke detectors to smart smoke detectors. It is a battery operated device that listens for the sounds of your existing smoke detectors. When a smoke alarm is heard the Abode Smoke Alarm Monitor will make an audible alert letting you know that smoke has been detected.

Abode Security System Compatibility

The Abode Smoke Alarm Monitor works really well with the Abode security system, and you will need at least an Abode Gateway to use the Adobe Smoke Alarm Monitor. The Adobe Smoke Alarm Monitor works by connecting to your Adobe Gateway which is a hub that connects your Abode devices together and to your home’s WIFI network.

Alerts

You will receive instant notifications sent to your smartphone through the Abode app any time that your Abode Smoke Alarm Monitor triggers an event. The Adobe app is free to download, and you will also be able to use your other Adobe devices with the app. You can purchase an Abode Smoke Alarm Monitor for around $54.

The Adobe Smoke Alarm Monitor is a great purchase especially if you already have an Abode Gateway. We really like the fact that this device listens to your existing smoke detectors. Replacing your existing smoke detectors can become very expensive so this is great way to save money, although we don’t really like the fact that you will need an Adobe Gateway to use the Adobe Smoke Alarm Monitor.

The last smart smoke detector we will be taking a look at is the Onelink Safe & Sound by First Alert. This another wireless and battery-operated smart smoke detector. The design for the Onelink Safe & Sound is very similar to the Nest Protect.

Features

The Onelink Safe & Sound is another smoke and CO2 combination smart life safety detector. One really standout feature about the Onelink Safe & Sound is that it has Amazon’s Alexa built in. This will allow you to use voice commands to control this device. You can also stream music through the speakers on the Onelink Safe & Sound with Alexa. It also works really well with Apple Home Kit and the Apple Home app. When smoke or CO2 gas is detected by the Onelink Safe & Sound, you will receive an audible alert along with an instant alert that is sent to you through the Onelink Home app for smartphones. You can purchase a Onelink Safe & Sound for around $225.

The Onelink Safe & Sound is a really cool smoke detector. We love the fact that it has Amazon’s Alexa built-in which allows you to use lots of features that other smart home smoke detectors do not have. We also like the fact it works with Apple Home Kit and the Apple Home app. The one downside is the pricing. This is one of the most expensive smart home smoke detectors out on the market right now.

Leeo Smart Alert Smoke/CO2 Remote Alarm Monitor

Not all smart smoke detectors are meant to detect smoke. This may surprise you, but there are smart smoke detectors out on the market today that are meant to listen to the sounds of your existing smoke detectors like the Leeo Smart Alert Smoke/CO2 Remote Alarm Monitor. The Leeo Smart Alert Smoke/CO2 Remote Alarm Monitor is a device that listens for the alarm sounds of your existing smoke and C02 detectors which gives you the ability to convert your existing Smoke and CO2 detectors to smart detectors.

The Leeo Smart Alert Smoke/CO2 Remote Alarm Monitor can save you quite a bit of money because with this sensor you will not have to replace your existing smoke/CO2 detectors. The Leeo Smart Alert Smoke/CO2 Remote Alarm Monitor is powered through an AC power source, and works by connecting to your home’s WIFI network. You can download the free a Leeo app for smartphones so that you can receive instant alerts any time your Leeo Smart Alert Smoke/CO2 Remote Alarm Monitor detects smoke or a rise in CO2 gas. The Leeo Smart Alert Smoke/CO2 Remote Alarm Monitor also work really great with a variety of home automation and security hubs and systems. You can purchase the Leeo Smart Alert Smoke/CO2 Remote Alarm Monitor for around $195.

We think that the Leeo Smart Alert Smoke/CO2 Remote Alarm Monitor is a really great money saving device. We really like the fact that it monitors your existing smoke and CO2 detectors so that you do not have to replace your existing ones to make them smart. We also really like the fact that the Leeo Smart Alert Smoke/CO2 Remote Alarm Monitor can be used with a variety of different home automation and security hubs. The one thing we didn’t like about the Leeo Smart Alert Smoke/CO2 Remote Alarm Monitor is the price. It is a little bit more expensive than other devices that are similar.

First Alert 2-in-1 Z-Wave Smoke Detector and Carbon Monoxide Alarm

The next smart smoke detector we will be going over is the First Alert 2-in-1 Z-Wave Smoke Detector and Carbon Monoxide Alarm. The First Alert 2-in-1 Z-Wave Smoke Detector and Carbon Monoxide Alarm is battery operated and uses Z-wave technology to connect to your other security and home automation devices. Because the First Alert 2-in-1 Z-Wave Smoke Detector and Carbon Monoxide Alarm uses Z-wave technology, WIFI is not required.

The First Alert 2-in-1 Z-Wave Smoke Detector and Carbon Monoxide Alarm uses photoelectric smoke-sensing technology to quickly detect smoke. It also boards an electro-chemical carbon monoxide sensor so that it can detect the slightest rises in CO2 gas in your home.

The Z-Wave protocol included in the First Alert 2-in-1 Z-Wave Smoke Detector and Carbon Monoxide Alarm allows you to use it with many other brands of security and home automation devices. You can download the free First Alert app for smartphone to receive instant alerts for when your First Alert 2-in-1 Z-Wave Smoke Detector and Carbon Monoxide Alarm has detected smoke or CO2 gas. You can purchase a First Alert 2-in-1 Z-Wave Smoke Detector and Carbon Monoxide Alarm for around $45.00 USD.

The First Alert 2-in-1 Z-Wave Smoke Detector and Carbon Monoxide Alarm is a great combination sensor. We really like the fact that it can detect both smoke and CO2 gas which saves you money in not having to buy a separate sensor to detect these. We also really like the advanced sensors that allow this detector to easily detect even the slightest rise in CO2 gas or smoke. The pricing is another really great feature of the First Alert 2-in-1 Z-Wave Smoke Detector and Carbon Monoxide Alarm due to the fact it is cheaper than many other devices that are similar to it.

The last smart smoke detector we will be taking a look at is the First Alert Onelink WIFI Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm.

The First Alert Onelink WIFI Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm is a battery-operated combination detector that can detect rises is smoke and CO2 gas. It works by connecting to your home’s WIFI network, but also includes Bluetooth technology that allows you to connect multiple First Alert Onelink WIFI Smoke + Carbon Monoxide detectors together. The Bluetooth technology also allows you to use it with other home automation and security devices that use Bluetooth. The First Alert Onelink WIFI Smoke + Carbon Monoxide includes advanced smoke and CO2 sensors that easily detects rises in smoke and CO2 gases.

You can download the First Alert app to receive instant alerts for when the First Alert Onelink WIFI Smoke + Carbon Monoxide is triggered. You can purchase a First Alert Onelink WIFI Smoke + Carbon Monoxide for around $165.

The First Alert Onelink WIFI Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm made the bottom of our list of top smoke detectors, but we still think it is a great smoke and CO2 detector. We really like the built-in bluetooth feature, and the ability it gives you to use it with bluetooth enabled home security and automation devices. We also really like the fact that this is another combination sensor which can save you money. We didn’t care too much for the price seeing that it is a little more expensive than other sensors that have similar features. Also, users of the First Alert Onelink WIFI Smoke + Carbon Monoxide Alarm seem to have connectivity issues, and it seems that it frequently disconnects from WIFI.

Alarm.com Smoke Detectors

It is always a good idea to have some sort of smoke detector in your home so that you have protection against fire damage. Smart home detectors are really great devices to add to your home due to their features, and the fact that they will work with many home automation and security systems. You can find a variety of smart smoke detectors that will fit your specific budget. If you are looking for a great smart smoke detector then any of the brands we went over today will be good choices. However, we highly encourage you to take a look at our smoke detectors, built for the Alarm.com platform.