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How to Choose the Best Airbnb Smoke Detector

Among the many important aspects of being an Airbnb host, it is your responsibility to keep your guests safe while they are staying in your home. Making guests feel safe and ensuring their protection is critical for long term operation of your bnb, which is why installing a smoke detector is one of the most important things you can do. In this article, we will unpack the decision process in deciding what is the best smoke detector for your Airbnb property and recommend a few smoke detectors/smoke alarms that may be right for your property.

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1. Why Do You Need a Smoke Detector in Your Airbnb Property?

Before diving into the different types of smoke detectors available, it is important to understand the importance of having a smoke detector in your Airbnb property.

Protect Your Guests

The primary reason for installing a smoke detector in your Airbnb property is to protect your guests. In case of a fire, the smoke detector will alert your guests, giving them time to evacuate the property and call the fire department.

Comply with Local Laws

In many countries, it is a legal requirement to have smoke detectors installed in properties. As a host, it is your responsibility to ensure that your Airbnb property complies with the local laws and regulations.

2. Types of Smoke Detectors

There are two types of smoke detectors available in the market:

Ionization Smoke Detectors

Ionization smoke detectors are best at detecting fast-burning fires. They contain a small amount of radioactive material that ionizes the air inside the detector. When smoke enters the detector, it disrupts the ionization process, triggering the alarm.

Photoelectric Smoke Detectors

Photoelectric smoke detectors are best at detecting smoldering fires. They work by shining a light inside the detector. When smoke enters the detector, it reflects the light, triggering the alarm.

3. Factors to Consider When Choosing a Smoke Detector

When choosing a smoke detector for your Airbnb property, you should consider the following factors:

Power Source

There are essentially three ways smoke detectors can be powered : by battery, by your home electricty, or a combination of both. While battery-powered smoke detectors are easier to install, the batteries need to be checked and replaced regularly. Electric smoke detectors are the more reliable option, but they require professional installation. If you have multiple properties and want to reduce long term maintenance, electric may be the best option for you.


Interconnected smoke detectors are linked together on a grid. This allows one smoke detector to set off other detectors in the home when smoke is detected. This is less necessary for studios and one-bedroom apartments but becomes more useful for larger properties or ones with multiple floors.

Smart Features

‘Smart’ smoke detectors are ones that can be connected to your home’s Wi-Fi network and can send alerts to your smartphone if smoke is detected. Some of these smart detectors can also differentiate between smoke and steam, which reduces the number of false alarms. This is especially helpful if your airbnb is out of the city or in a situation where you expect your guests will be using the kitchen often.


The cost of a smoke detector can vary depending on its features and quality. It is important to invest in a high-quality smoke detector to ensure that it will work correctly in case of a fire.


Smoke detectors should be installed on every level of the property and outside every sleeping area. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for installation, and test the detector after installation to ensure that it is working correctly.


Smoke detectors should be tested once a month and have their batteries replaced twice a year. It is also important to clean the detectors regularly to prevent dust buildup.

4. Recommendations for Best Smoke Detectors

Taking these factors into consideration, here are some of the top smoke detector options based on our online-research.

The best ‘smart’ option with sensors for smoke and carbon monoxide. This detector pairs with your phone to give you early warnings, emergency, and low-battery alerts.

One of the most accurate & responsive options. The Kidde also features sensors for smoke and carbon monoxide detection and a 10-year battery life.

A dependable option with both, smoke and carbon monoxide sensors. This detector is great for a one-bedroom bnb but it becomes even more affordable if you need multiple detectors for larger properties. It doesn’t have smart features like the nest but has a 10-year battery life and interconnectivity between devices so an alarm can be heard throughout the property.

*An Important Note for Airbnb Hosts: Airbnb has announced a Free CO/Smoke Alarm Program. If you are a host who has already listed your property on Airbnb, you can apply to receive a free smoke detector from Airbnb. Please note that this program is only available in certain geographic areas and for specific listings. It is recommended that you check if you are eligible for this offer, especially if you do not have a detector installed in your listing.


Installing a smoke detector in your Airbnb property is essential to ensure the safety of your guests. When choosing a smoke detector, consider the power source, interconnectivity, smart features, and cost. After installation, test and maintain the detector regularly to ensure that it is working correctly.

For more general safety airbnb tips, check out our recent post 6 Airbnb Safety Tips Every Host Should Know.


Do I need to have a smoke detector in my Airbnb property?

Yes, it is a legal requirement in many countries to have smoke detectors installed in properties.

What type of smoke detector is best for my Airbnb property

Can I install a smoke detector myself?

How often should I replace the batteries in my smoke detector?

Can I use a smart smoke detector in my Airbnb property?

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