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On April 3rd, 2014, Nest announced a voluntary recall of all Nest Protect units after the company found that it was possible to accidentally activate the Nest Wave feature, and thereby cause the protector to report a fire later than it would otherwise. In light of this, we can no longer recommend this product. We have withdrawn our Engadget Score until the problems are resolved.

Critic reviews

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8.0
Engadget Dec 20, 2013

The gesture-based hush can save your eardrums and the smartphone alerts may well save some lives. For most, however, standard smoke detectors will likely still do the trick.

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9.0
CNET Nov 19, 2013

Nest brings crisp design and smart features -- connected and otherwise -- to the humble smoke detector. You don't absolutely need the Nest Protect, but it's fine to admit you want one.

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9.0
Gizmodo Jan 16, 2014

If you live in a smaller place and only need to buy a few units, I'd wholeheartedly recommend it. It might serve the same basic safety function as the alarm you have right now—waking you up when there's a fire or a leak—but it also serves another: It makes you feel safer.

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9.0
PC Mag Jan 17, 2014

Sure, there are plenty of good smoke/CO detectors out there for a fraction of the cost, but none of them offer all of the safety and monitoring features that you get with the Nest Protect.

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9.0
AllThingsD Jan 22, 2014

At its price, Nest Protect will be a luxury item for most people. But its interconnected system, notifications and soothing voice will make you more relaxed as you manage your home’s safety.

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8.0
Pocket-Lint Dec 27, 2013

There is no doubting the Nest Protect is a very clever device that works as prescribed and achieves what it sets out to do. It looks good, can communicate with other Nest devices, and thanks to the app you can even detect a fire when not in the home.

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9.0
TrustedReviews Dec 26, 2013

The Nest Protect is a stylishly made, beautifully thought out product that is simple to setup and works brilliantly. The downside is this smart smoke alarm is many, many times more expensive than the dumb devices it hopes to replace.

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8.0
ChipChick Jan 14, 2014

Overall, the Nest Protect is a well-designed, innovative smart appliance for your home. If you can afford the $129 price tag, we recommend it.

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8.0
Forbes Dec 12, 2013

So the Nest Protect looks great, works well and has a number of clever touches beyond just being another device with ‘an app for that’. Still the big question remains: is it worth £109? In many ways the answer is yes.

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8.0
iLounge Dec 3, 2013

Overall, Nest Protect is a somewhat appealing new product — not quite as cool or frequently useful as Nest’s Learning Thermostat, but intriguing nonetheless.

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7.0
The Verge Jan 17, 2014

It's more convenient and certainly more attractive, but it's still a smoke detector, a utility that doesn't warrant much attention from most homeowners beyond periodically checking the batteries.

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Engadget Oct 8, 2013

In addition to being a proper smoke and carbon monoxide detector, the Protect also acts as a night light of sorts: it has a motion sensor that allows it to glow briefly when you pass by in the middle of the night.

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TechCrunch Oct 8, 2013

Nest says that in 2014 the Nest Protect will integrate with wired security systems. This is not just a hardware play, though: this also sets up Nest as the single app that can act as a hub to run all your connected home devices.

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CNET Oct 8, 2013

For $129 for each unit, you'd expect this smoke detector to make you a cup of coffee while protecting your family. It doesn't, and there are other wireless, networked combination smoke-and-carbon monoxide detectors on the market for as little as $65.

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GigaOM Oct 8, 2013

From the startup the reimagined the thermostat, comes a reinvented . . . smoke detector. And of course design, smart sensors, innovative UI and wireless connections are behind the new Nest device.

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AllThingsD Oct 8, 2013

Among its other attributes, the smoke alarm will be connected to the thermostat, part of an effort by Nest to create a series of home products that are aware in the home and adapt to the environment and its users and controlled by smartphones or tablets.

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Time Oct 8, 2013

If a Protect does mistakenly get agitated over something harmless like burnt vegetables, you won’t need to billow linens to shut it up: It’s got a motion detector which is designed to react to a gentle wave of your arm.

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ABC News Oct 8, 2013

It's the connectivity inside the Protect that further sets it apart from the other detectors on shelves at Home Depot. Inside each Protect is a wireless radio that allows the detectors to talk to your phone and the other Protects in the home.

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Pocket-Lint Oct 8, 2013

Realising that nobody does the monthly check you are supposed to do with smoke detectors, the Nest Protect will also automatically check itself, every 10 minutes, so you don't have to and that let you know that everything is okay once a day ... by shining a green light.

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VentureBeat Oct 8, 2013

Think of an annoying aspect of your smoke alarm and Nest has likely solved it with Nest Protect. Instead of harsh beeps, it actually speaks to you so you know what’s happening (it will let you know when smoke is detected, or carbon monoxide is detected).

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Huffington Post Oct 8, 2013

Nest Protect is chattier than the typical smoke detector. Multiple units can communicate wirelessly across a home; the alarms can send alerts to homeowners' mobile phones; and they have a motherly voice they use to communicate, in addition to the typical beeps.

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