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Best Pool Alarms
Welcome to our Best Pool Alarms Review.
In this review, we look at several different types of pool alarms that will help prevent accidents in a swimming pool. Some alarms will alert you if something goes into a pool. Some alarms are door alarms that will alert you if someone approaches a pool area. We have also included a wrist worn alarm that will alert you if a child or pet goes into the water.
Pool alarms can be an important part of your pool safety precautions. However, they should not be thought of as a replacement for adult supervision. Think of pool alarms as your extra pair of eyes. Not as a guarantee of pool safety.
Before we go into or pool alarm reviews, here’s a guide to the types of pool alarms that are available. That’s followed by a brief guide on what to consider when buying a pool alarm. We hope you find our best pool alarms review helpful.
The pool alarm pictured in the header image is the Lifebuoy Pool Alarm System.
What Types of pool Alarms Are Available?
There are several different types of pool alarms. Some are that are more suited to above ground pools. Some are better suited to in-ground pools. There are four main types of pool alarms:
Floating Pool Alarms
Floating pool alarms float on the surface of the water. Sensors in the alarm detect when the water in the pool is disturbed. For example, when a child or a pet falls into the pool.
When the sensors detect water displacement, an alarm will sound. The alarm siren may be in the device itself, and there may also be an alarm a remote receiver in the home.
Floating Pool Alarms are suitable for both above ground pools and in-ground pools.
Deck Mounted Pool Alarms
Deck mounted pool alarms fit onto the side of the pool. They usually detect changes in water pressure under the surface of the pool.
Deck mounted pool alarms are best suited to in-ground pools. They can be used for above ground pools, though, if there is a deck around any part of the pool.
Wearable Pool Alarms
There are also alarms that kids can wear on their wrists. These alarms will go off if the device gets wet. You can also buy similar wearable pool alarms for pets.
Pool Gate Alarms
If you have a fence around your pool, which is recommended, then there are alarms that you can fit onto the gate. These arms will sound if the gate to your pool opens.
This type of alarm can also be fitted to doors that lead out to the pool area.
Things to Consider When Choosing a Pool Alarm
There are lots of different brands of pool alarms, and several different types. The type of pool alarm that will best for you will depend on the type of pool you have.
You should also be aware that some states have laws regarding pool safety and pool alarms. So, check the pool safety regulations in your area before you buy an alarm for your pool.
Here are the main things to consider when you are buying a swimming pool alarm:
Make Sure the Alarm is Suitable for Your Pool
Check the specifications of pool alarms carefully. Some alarms are only suitable for certain types of pools. Also, look for the manufacturers recommended pool size for the alarm. Some alarms are not suitable for large pools.
Check the Range
If the alarm you are buying has a remote receiver, check the range of the wireless connection. If your pool is a long way from your home, some alarms may not have enough range.
Look at How Loud the Alarm Is
Think about how loud the alarm will need to be for you to hear it. Most pool alarms are 85 decibels or more. Anything less than that may not be loud enough.
If your pool is a long way from your home, a pool alarm with a receiver inside your home would be the best option.
Look at the Pool Alarm Reviews
Read the customer reviews and see what other people have to say but the device. Is it reliable? Is it prone to false alarms? Do people think that customer service good? Other people’s real-life experiences are the best way to judge any product.
Best Pool Alarm Reviews
Below, you will find our selection of eight of the best pool alarms. We have chosen a variety of different types of alarms to give you good idea of what’s available.
1. Lifebuoy Pool Alarm System – Pool Motion Sensor
The swimming pool alarm is a floating alarm. So, it’s suitable for both in-ground and above ground pools.
The alarm consists of the floating pool alarm and an in-house receiver.
The Lifebuoy Pool Alarm System is much more advanced than most pool alarms. From the app, you control how long the alarm will sound for, and the sensitivity of the device. You can also turn the alarm on and off from the app.
This Alarm System is suitable for use when a pool cover is in use as well. The floating unit is small and flat. The system can be activated and deactivated using the app, the floating alarm, or the in-house unit.
The Lifebuoy Pool Alarm System is a very well-designed swimming pool alarm. The only potential drawback is that the alarm can be deactivated easily. That’s a potential risk if kids want to sneak into the pool without you knowing.
2. Poolguard PGRM-2 In-Ground Pool Alarm
The Poolguard PGRM-2 In-Ground Pool Alarm consists a unit that sits on the edge of the pool and an in-house receiver.
The in-house receiver has a range of 200 feet.
The alarm will sound in the house and at the poolside if the water in the pool is disturbed.
The alarm has safeguards against tampering. It will sound if it is removed from the pool or someone tries to switch it off.
When you want to use the pool, the alarm is put to sleep with a magnetic key. It automatically reactivates when you put the alarm back in the pool.
The Poolguard PGRM-2 In-Ground Pool Alarm has advanced technology to prevent false alarms. It should be OK in storms and heavy rain, for example.
The only negative about this alarm is the need to use the magnetic key to disarm it. The key means kids can’t turn it off. But you must remember to take the key with you when you go for a swim.
3. PoolGuard PGRM-SB Safety Buoy Above ground Pool Alarm
The PoolGuard PGRM-SB Safety Buoy has alarm in the floating unit. And, it has an alarm in an in-house remote receiver.
Once in the pool, the The PoolGuard PGRM-SB Safety Buoy cannot be tampered with or switched off. To deactivate the alarm, you need to use a magnetic key. If someone removes the device from the pool without using the key, the alarm will sound.
The alarm, according the manufacturer, is the only NSF certified pool alarm. It is NSF Certified to the ASTM Standard F2208.
The PoolGuard PGRM-SB Safety Buoy gets generally good reviews. However, there are some comments about this pool alarm being too sensitive. Some people say that strong winds set the alarm off. That might be because it sits upright in the water.
4. Safety Turtle 2.0 Child Immersion Pool/Water Alarm Kit
The alarm unit itself is like a wristwatch. You kids wear it on their arm. There is also a safety Turtle for pets. If the wrist device is immersed in water, the remote receiver will sound an alarm. The receiver unit has a range of up to 200 feet.
You can monitor an unlimited number of Safety Turtle wristbands from one receiver.
That’s great if you have lots of kids. The device is also portable, so you can take it on vacation or around to a friend’s house.
The Safety Turtle 2.0 Child Immersion Alarm is a neat device that will alert you if your child has entered the water. It could be useful if you have a pond in your yard as well as if you have a pool.
So long as your kids are going to wear the device, the Safety Turtle 2.0 Child Immersion Pool would make a good addition to your pool safety precautions.
5. Pool Patrol PA-30 Pool Alarm
This alarm is suitable for both in-ground pools and above ground pools.
The alarm system consists a blue disk that floats on the surface of the water and a remote receiver for inside the home. The receiver has a range of 200 feet.
The Pool Patrol PA-30 Pool Alarm will alert you if children or pets fall into the pool. It picks up the waves created by a body entering the water.
The sensitivity of the alarm is adjustable, so you can set it to only pick up object the size of a child or pet. However, there are some reviews that suggest that this device is overly sensitive.
6. Techko S187D Safe Pool Alarm
The device Meets UL standards for child pool safety law. It is a legal requirement in some regions to have an alarm like this if you have a swimming pool.
The Techko S187D Safe Pool Alarm works the same way as door and window intruder alarms do. When a door or gate opens, the magnetic sensors trigger the alarm. The alarm will continue to sound until someone presses the reset button.
The alarm is battery operated. The sensors connect to the main unit via wires. Installation is easy, but you do have the wires to contend with.
The alarm is weather resistant. So, it can be installed outside on pool gates, as well as on patio doors leading to the pool.
7. Poolguard DAPT-2 Water Hazard Pool Door Alarm
The alarm triggers when a door or gate opens.
The Poolguard DAPT-2 Water Hazard Pool Door alarm is UL listed under UL 2017 for water hazard entrance alarm equipment.
The way that the Poolguard DAPT-2 works is the same as the Techko S187D Safe Pool Alarm. You install the alarm on doors leading to the pool or on the gate to the pool.
Install the alarm high enough, and an adult can press the pass button to get through. The alarm will then reset itself. If a child attempts to pass through the door, the alarm will sound until it is reset.
8. SafeFamilyLife by SafetyTech Pool Alarm
The device comes with a receiver for installing in the home. If anything enters your pool, and alarm will sound in device and in the remote receiver. The receiver has a range of up to 200 feet.
The SafeFamilyLife Pool Alarm will sound if someone removes it from the water or tampers with it. The alarm can be deactivated, but you’d need to know how to do that or you would set the alarm off.
As it is a deck mounted pool alarm, the SafeFamilyLife by SafetyTech Pool Alarm is only suitable for in-ground pools. Or, above ground pools that have a deck surrounding them.
Overall, the SafetyTech Pool Alarm has positive reviews from customers. It should be noted, though, that there are some negative comments about false alarms and the sensitivity of this device.
Many thanks for reading our Best Pool Alarms Review. We hope that it helps you decide on the best pool alarm for you. If you have a home pool and you have kids, you may also find our reviews of kids swim aids useful.
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