One of the main goals of creating and running a connected smart home is to make everyday life easier and more efficient.
Arguably of equal importance though, is how the smart devices that make up your home contribute to helping keep you and your family safer and more secure.
Welcome to the age of the smart smoke detector.
From a growing range of smart lock solutions to connected security cameras, the variety of devices available to help protect what you care about means there is now more choice than ever when it comes to smart security.
However, another area where intelligent devices are redefining home safety is in the field of smart smoke and air quality detectors.
We’ve taken a look at 6 of the best smart smoke detectors and compared the major features of each, rounding up some of the top options that monitor the quality of the air in your home and let you know when something’s up, wherever you are.
Smart home leader Nest are well established in the field of intelligent devices with revolutionary products such as the Learning Thermostat changing the way we interact with our homes, and the Nest Protect is no exception.
The Protect monitors the air in your home for signs of both smoke and carbon monoxide, letting you know (via a voice rather than an alarm) exactly what the problem is and where in the house it’s happening.
If you’re out and about, the companion Nest app lets you know as soon as there’s a problem as well as providing a rundown of detections over the last ten days so you can have a complete overview of your home air quality.
Learn more about Nest Protect here
If you’re a current (or prospective) owner of a Z-Wave smart hub such as the SmartThings from Samsung, then the First Alert 2-in-1 represents a great choice for a smart smoke detector with out of the box compatibility.
Upon detection of either carbon monoxide or smoke, the First Alert sounds an alarm on the unit itself while simultaneously sending an alert to your smartphone letting you know there’s a problem.
For times when you’re on vacation or away, the First Alert can also be set up to contact any other number of your choice in your absence.
Learn more about the First Alert 2-in-1 here
The smoke and carbon monoxide alarm from Leeo offers instant alerts to your smartphone as soon as an anomaly is detected 24 hours a day.
With the option to also contact friends and family if you don’t respond to the alarm as well as local emergency services, the Leeo Smart Alert has got you covered in the event of an emergency.
An in-built nightlight offers the ability to choose from over 16 million colours which can be controlled remotely via a companion app to illuminate whichever area of your home in which the device is located.
Learn more about the Leeo Smart Alert here
Birdi combines the usual smart features of a dual smoke and carbon monoxide detector alongside a comprehensive air quality monitor to give you a full picture of the air quality of your home.
By monitoring dust, soot, pollen, temperature and humidity, the Birdi Smart Detector aims to provide information on the environment both outside as well within your home, providing warnings on interior air quality issues as well as weather warnings.
The feather in the cap of the Birdi is the ability to not only alert you through your smartphone of a problem (at which point you can disable the alarm remotely), but also to contact other landline numbers if required.
While clearly not a smart smoke detector in its own right, the Roost Smart Battery makes our cut of the best due to the fact that it lets you transform your existing smoke or carbon monoxide detector into one with simple smart features.
If your detector picks up a problem the battery will let you know via an alert on your smartphone. Roost will also let you know on the app when it’s nearly time to replace the battery so no more intermittent beeps from the alarm when it’s time to switch.
With a life of up to 5 years, the lower price point of the Roost, as opposed to a dedicated smart detector, may make economic sense if you’re happy with your existing devices but are looking to bring them into line with your interconnected home.
Learn more about the Roost Smart Battery here
When the Halo detects either smoke or carbon monoxide, it will let you know by lighting up the device while a voice tells you that the device has detected something. Simultaneously, the Halo Smoke Alarm will send an alert to your phone so you’ll know if there’s an issue, wherever you happen to be.
With a battery life of up to 10 years, the Halo represents an excellent choice for a traditional-meets-smart smoke and CO detector that will serve as a reliable alarm and air monitor for years to come.
With the devices in our homes becoming smarter and more interconnected by the day, the latest smart smoke, carbon monoxide, and air quality monitors are looking to blend the basics of everyday safety with integrated convenience like never before.