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Security

Choosing the right security system for your home is not a decision you take lightly. We've spent hundreds of hours researching security systems, talking to security experts, and testing some of the most popular (and not so popular) lockboxes, safes, and home-security products to find the best security equipment, so you can have peace of mind knowing that your home and belongings are protected.

The Best Basic Smoke Alarm First Alert SA511CN2-3ST Smoke Alarm with Voice Location
After more than 65 hours researching fire safety and interviewing experts, we recommend the First Alert SA511CN2-3ST Smoke Alarm with Voice Location as the primary alarm in a comprehensive whole-home fire-protection system.   Read More >
The Best Fire Extinguisher First Alert PRO5
The First Alert PRO5 is available, affordable, and UL-certified—and it’s one of many similar extinguishers that can also get the job done.   Read More >
The Best Fireproof Document Safe First Alert 2030F
We burned safes at up to 1,300°F in a professionally built burn room and found that the easy-to-lock-and-open First Alert 2030F kept valuables dry and cool.   Read More >
The Best Fire Escape Ladder X-It 2-Story Emergency Escape Ladder
The X-It 2-Story Emergency Escape Ladder is simpler to set up, easier to climb, and more convenient for storage and practice use than any other ladder we tested.   Read More >
The Best Lockbox Kidde AccessPoint KeySafe
After scouting newer options this year, and cracking lockboxes with a locksmith two years prior, we found that the Kidde AccessPoint KeySafe is still the best lockbox. It's the only wall-mounted box with a sturdy, zinc alloy exterior, a combination dial, and unique sloping sides that deflect prying and striking; no other lockbox offers a better mix of security features and value.   Read More >