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Nest Smoke Alarm: A Better Mousetrap? UPDATED

IMPORTANT SAFETY UPDATE: You might wanna hold off on buying a Nest.  CLICK FOR INFO HERE.

Have I ever mentioned that I ♥ Technology?  Well, I do!

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Technology makes me giddy, like this new product: Nest Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm

nest-smoke-alarmimage source: Amazon


So what does this bad boy do, other than cost about $129?!  ~coughWHAT?!cough~  This part of technology, the expensive, early adapter part, I’m not fond of.

Let’s check out the features and see if the Nest is worth the cost (the smoke alarm product is from the same company that makes the Nest Thermostat)

The Good:

* It doesn’t beep, it HOWLS.  But, before going into HOWLER-MONKEY-mode the Nest talks to you, in a human voice, that tells you where the problem is originating and gives you the opportunity, like a civilized person, to right the wrong. If you have more than one Nest detector, they work together.

* You can silence the alarm with a WAVE of your hand.

* It will talk, er, send messages, to your smartphone/tablets. Yep, it connects to Wi-Fi.

* Can be wired (120v).

* Has a sensor that detects motion to serve as a nightlight.

The center ring changes colors, serving to alert you of status. Red, of course, = DANGER, WILL ROBINSON!

* Works with your Nest Thermostat.

* Detects carbon monoxide.

The Bad:

* Each Nest alarm costs $129 and to get the most use of the technology, you would need 3-4 of the.  $129 x 3-4 = $387-$517

* No info on shelf life of product.  Typical smoke detector units sold now are built for 10-years of use.  Current carbon monoxide units are built for 5ish.  A serious consideration.

* The sexiness of it may be clouding my vision.  Hello, luva!

Video recap:

The cost is something to be considered, but when I think of my house burning at night (studies have shown many folks, especially children, sleep through regular fire alarms) or of the convenience of the Nest telling me where my issue is, my thoughts turn to this being a good investment.

I’m totally jonesing to change out all of my old smoke detectors.

What do you guys think?  Am I just a sucker for technology or is this a #winner?




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Sunday 12th of January 2014

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Thursday 31st of October 2013

It definitely looks interesting! I love technology too!

Mrs. Tucker

Thursday 31st of October 2013

I still haven't decided, but definitely thinking about it.


Thursday 24th of October 2013

Wow. This does look like a great product, but the cost is definitely the issue - and like you said, it's the shelf-life part that would concern me!

Mrs. Tucker

Thursday 24th of October 2013

I want those sexy badboys, but....the cost...the shelf life...

Taylor @ Pink Heels Pink Truck

Tuesday 22nd of October 2013

My SIL has the Nest Thermostat. I didn't know they made a Carbon Monoxide/Smoke Detector. That's awesome. I would definitely consider these items when we build.

Mrs. Tucker

Tuesday 22nd of October 2013

Everyone I know who has the thermostat, loves it. We are def thinking about putting the smoke detectors throughout our house. I'll keep you posted.

Kelsey @ Tomorrow Is Another DIY

Tuesday 22nd of October 2013

Please let us know if you do try it out! I have and love the thermostat, and I'm so ready to have a smoke detector that goes off whenever something spills in the bottom of the oven! One wave of my hand seems so much more civilized...

Mrs. Tucker

Tuesday 22nd of October 2013

Yes, the civilized wave. Grandmama likey! I will def let y'all know if I decide to go all in with teh zexy!

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