Nest Protect Smoke and Carbon Monoxide Alarm — 2nd Generation (Battery): Nest Protect reliably detects and alerts you to the presence of smoke or carbon monoxide in your home. The alarm speaks to you in a calm, clear, human voice, telling you the location of the danger. It also provides smartphone alerts and battery status updates to help protect your home while you're away.
Nest Protect Does Exactly What It Says!
Posted by: psychostud from: Van Nuys on
This is my 5th Nest Protect (located in my home office) and it saved my house from a potential catastrophe. I left the gas burner on while sterilizing baby bottles and went to work. The water boiled out and the alarm activated saying there was smoke in the hallway. Since no one was home, I was receiving alerts on my phone initially from the detector in the hallway; that is until all smoke detectors ultimately started alerting me. I immediately sent a relative to the home to find the gas burner on with all bottles melted. The situation could have become worse if I wasn't notified via alerts on my phone. Since I setup the alarm to notify other relatives, they were calling me as well to see if I was ok. Thank you Nest Protect!
14 out of 14 found this review helpful.
The wait for gen 2 has paid off!
Posted by: Vdub from: on
I was always very interested in the original Nest Protect. I always loved the idea, but didn't feel the cost was justified given the negative reviews and early issues. Although they have been able to gradually improve the Nest Protect through software updates, I figured if I was patient enough, I could wait until they released a whole new hardware refresh. I'm glad I waited!
Compared to the Nest Protect 1st gen, this one has an improved smoke chamber (fewer false alarms), smaller physical footprint, App Silence feature (silence alarm through app via Bluetooth), and other hardware improvements that extend the stated lifespan to ten years (up from seven)! All very good improvements.
But does it work? Well, my house hasn't done the ultimate test of becoming engulfed in flames yet, but I did do some basic false alarm testing. Steam from a nearby bathroom, and light smoke from a candle, both failed to trip the alarm. So it seems their claims of fewer false alarms are true thus far.
Getting this set up was very easy. You can really tell they put a lot of work into the presentation and setup. The box is easy to open, and very welcoming with its simplistic and well-designed instructions. Everything in the manual is accompanied by very good pictures to help you along the way.
Basically, the steps are:
1) Download app (Android and iOS compatible) and create a free account
2) Open Nest Protect box and remove hardware
3) With app ready to pair device, pull plastic tab from Nest Protect unit to power it on
4) Unit goes through some brief testing where you will be left with absolutely no doubt the alarm works (LOUD!)
5) Unit will pair with your phone so you can enter in wifi network info, after which it will connect to wifi
6) Remove old smoke detector and mounting plate
7) Disconnect old smoke detector wires and reconnect new wires included with Nest Protect
8) Screw in Newst Protect mounting plate and snap in other end of new wires to unit
9) Twist in unit to new mounting plate
10) Finish with another test and make final configuration changes via app. Done!
This was the first time I had ever replaced a smoke detector, and I found it very easy.
The app is very well-designed and works well on both my phone and tablet. It also integrates with a ton of other home automation gadgets, which is really cool (Nest Thermostat obviously, Philips Hue bulbs, Skydrop sprinkler controller, and many others). Here's some of the things you can do from the app:
- Change mode between Home and Away (not really relevant to CO detector, but good for other devices)
- Iniitiate Nest Protect sound test, checkup
- Silence alarm
- Change Protect location (family room, bedroom, etc, for accurate communication)
- Adjust Nest Sense:
- - Toggle Pathlight to light your way when you are under Protect at night
- - Nightly Promise (Unit self-tests and gives green "OK" light each night)
- - Steam Check (reduce false alarms on steam, good for units near bathrooms)
- - Heads Up (less loud & annoying pre-alarm warning when rising CO levels detected)
- Adjust unit LED brightness (low, medium, high)
- Change language (English, English (UK), Spanish, French, French (CA), Netherlands)
- View unit status (model, serial, software version, battery status, replace date, last update time, wifi MAC/IP addresses)
- Add/remove devices to your account
- What To Do (advice on preparing for CO/fire alerts)
- Device History (logs on alarms and updates)
So overall, the Nest Protect is an expertly-designed device and I love it so far. It has everything I could expect from a smoke/CO detector. Although it would be awesome if it could double as a wireless access point or security camera! I will definitely update this as I get more time with my Nest Protect 2nd gen units, especially if I get false positives, or actual positives. But so far I am loving my Nest Protect.
9 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Drains Batteries (expensive) Quickly
Posted by: StlFan5 from: Iowa on
This is a great product if it wouldn't be so expensive to feed it batteries. I really wanted to love the Nest smoke/CO detector as I always felt this was a great concept. I had plans for buying at least three of these to have an inconnected house as my house does not have wired smoke detectors. The first set of batteries failed within a week or so. Nest customer support was great and promptly sent me new batteries - this was November. Just 5 ½ months later the replacement lithium batteries are failing again, and the Nest detector is beeping consistenly until I replace the batteries. Nest recommends Energizer Ultimate Lithium batteries, which run approximately $26 for the 6 the unit needs. At this rate, it's just not worth the convienience of this technology. I'm glad I didn't buy two more Nest detectors at $100 each, and $26 every five months for batteries. Too bad as I really was looking forward to other Nest products. I haven't read much about battery issues so this suprisies me.
14 out of 20 found this review helpful.
Best smoke/CO2 detector
Posted by: ddmoore from: on
The Nest Protect is easy to install and setup. You use your phone/tablet to setup the device before installing it. You use the Nest app to scan a QR code on the back of the Nest Protect to begin setup. If you have multiple Nest Protect's then you use one of the previously installed Nest Protect's to setup the new Nest Protect. One tip, you must clear the app cache for the Android Nest app before installing subsequent Nest Protects. Otherwise, setup will fail to setup the wifi connection and the error the Nest app gives is cryptic and infers a problem with your router. After setup, you can see the status of each Nest Protect and when it was last tested. Each Nest Protect will give you the status of all other Nest Protect's in your house. The wired and wireless devices are setup and function exactly the same.
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Great Smoke Detector
Posted by: Bikingisgreat from: on
Our second Nest Protect. Easy to install. Had one alert when burgers on the kitchen stove got a little well done. Nest calmly told us to check that area of the house. I was a floor away and heard the same alert on another Nest. My wife had the burgers turned down by the time I got to the kitchen. This system really works!
4 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Pgso300 from: on
I went simply looking to upgrade to a "smart" smoke detector and ended up beginning my connected home experience. Great product with tons of potential.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Essential for the connected home.
Posted by: jasenp from: on
Early software versions aside, this has been a dependable and smart addition to my home. I have 3 and plan on adding one more. By far the heads-up warning is my favorite feature. Before an ear-screeching alarm goes off alerting you to how bad a cook you are, the Nest Protect alerts you in a pleasant voice that it has detected smoke and the alarm is about to go off if you don't cancel it.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Posted by: upinthenight from: on
I have been using the Nest Protect for over a month. I did have a problem getting it to connect to my wifi but one call to tech support fixed that. I love the way it senses movement and gives you a nice gentle light to see by. We haven't had any false alarms, it seems to be working just fine.
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
works as intended
Posted by: RayJ from: on
I installed the product a few weeks ago and and have been happy with it thus far. I kept my traditional alarms up for a while, but recently removed him. I hope that it never has to work, but it works perfectly during my "tests"
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
awesome tech 4 a smoke detector
Posted by: Ilovetech from: on
I have the Nest thermostat, so I had to add the protect and the install was easy and quick.