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77 reviews | 4.5 out of 5
Excellent Carbon monoxide detector for the money, it plugs in to a wall outlet(also has a cord for plug in) and a battery backup. Displays carbon monoxide level when it reaches unsafe level.
This model is recommended by Consumer Reports 2010, and Walmart has the least expensive price out there. Excellent Carbon monoxide detector for the money, it plugs into a wall outlet (also has a cord for plug in) and has a battery backup. This product couldn't be easier to use...Plug it in, test, and that's it. Very easy setup!
Pros: Pleasing design, compact, easy to read display (button has to be depressed). Uses three AA batteries for backup in case of power outage.
Cons: The display does not light up when the unit is in use and plugged into an AC outlet. In order to see the display the button has to be depressed.
Other thoughts: No means of calibrating the unit in order to confirm that it is operating as designed.
after installing AA batteries, door does not close. called company and they said uniit is now made with 9 volt battery. Walmart sold me an old model?
Consumer Reports claims this is the best CO detector of 2010, & Walmart had the best price:)
After extensive research I decided to purchase this unit and I’m glad I did. I wanted the following features in my CO Detector, and this unit meets those requirements. It must be AC powered with battery backup, have a digital display, use AA batteries, not the expensive 9 volt, have an AC power cord so the unit can be located away from the AC plug-in if necessary, have a long warranty (7 years) from an established company, and be competitively priced.
The only possible negative feature I can see is that the front battery cover is hinged on the bottom. The battery cover retaining latch seems to be rather flimsy, and if it were to break, the battery cover would flip open. The cover hinge should have been placed on the top of the unit or a better latch system used. Hopefully with careful use the latch will not break.
It should be noted that the unit has a built in “in-use” timer that will alert the user and disable the unit after 7 years of operation.
I researched this item before my purchase and found that it had excellent reviews. The price was very competitive. It arrived sooner then expected which was good.
We bought this to replace an old unit.
This is a very good unit.
Walmart had much better pricing than
Target or Meijer.
I really like the display and the green on light can be seen in the dark. Feel safer too.
It is well worth the cost for keeping my family safe, Everyone that has gas in there homes this is a must. If you love your family as I do mine please pick one up. Happy and safe holidays.
We have used this at home as well as on our boat to check the CO level and make sure that other units we have work correctly, especially on our boat an love the fact that is is power cord as well as battery backup.. Also it shows the CO level which is doesn't talk about when you purchase, but was very happy about!
After reading testing reviews from Consumer Reports I figured this to be a decent product.
The reason I'm disappointed with the First Alert Plug-In With Battery Backup (CO) Carbon Monoxide Detector With Digital Display is this.
I'm a smoker and a home inspector. I am aware that CO detection rates above 35 parts per million (ppm) are considered a health hazard for long term exposure.
I have advanced detection equipment for doing home inspections and as a smoker I'm aware that every puff of a cigarette emits about 40 ppm of CO.
My issue with the First Alert is that it detects CO from my cigarette smoke and indicates approximate accuracy on its digital display BUT DOES NOT produce an audible alarm.
As such I'm disappointed as to how practical it is and therefore give it 3 stars.
This product couldn't be easier to use...Plug it in and that's it.
Great product. I believe everyone should have at least one in their home. Ours is in the babies room and I plan on getting more. Do not put too close to kitchen appliances as they let off low emissions of carbon monoxide. Rather be safe than sorry! Best buy for your buck.
This model is recommended by Consumer Reports. And Walmart has the least expensive price out there.
This product was very easy to install and it's easy to use. Hopefully we will never have a need to see it work but I am confident it will warn us of any CO danger. Being able to plug it in and also have a battery backup is a real plus.
They look good and power up.
Good unit, like the versatility of power cable. Cheap plastic battery compartment door. Easily bent or broken if closed hard.
It did not work out of the box. The "bright" digital display was non-existent. The symbol for weak batteries showed up. The batteries I used came with the detector. When tested on a battery tester, they appeared to be fully charged so I assume the unit itself was defective.
The battery door that others complained about worked the first time opened and closed it but after that I left it open because I feared it would break if forced. All in all, I was disappointed in the product. I purchased it because it had good reviews but my experience was not satisfactory.
I tried new batteries and plugging the unit into several different outlets. I couldn't get this unit to work and will be returning it.