Skip to content   Skip to footer navigation 
What's behind
the score?
Watch the video
Last updated: 21 September 2018

Personal alarms are safety devices that, when triggered, send an alert to a pre-set number of mobile phone numbers or a 24-hour monitoring service. We lab test and review the latest models, including watches and pendants, to help you find the best personal alarm for an emergency.

Read more

Our test covers both watch and pendant-style personal alarms.

Our expert testers give every personal alarm a thorough workout to help find the models that:

  • are best at keeping their charge
  • are the easiest to set up, use in an emergency and recharge
  • have good tracking and geo-fencing.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which brands are the best performers and which carry through on their claims. Our Recommended list will help you quickly see which models come out on top.

Show less

Filters

Narrow your results

Your filters

Clear all filters

Brand

Expand to view more details.

List of brands we tested in this review.

Price

Expand to view more details.

Price at time of purchase.

enter value/s in increments of 1 between 80 and 709

Top filters

Recommended products

Remove product

Member only

This test score is for members only. Join now to unlock our expert results.

Join now

Already a member?

Type

Expand to view more details.

All personal alarms we tested came in either a watch (worn around the wrist) or pendant (worn around the neck) design.

Features

Charging cradle

Expand to view more details.

A charging cradle is useful because it makes it obvious the device needs to be plugged in.

Accept incoming call

Expand to view more details.

Does the device accept incoming calls?

Auto-answer from call to device

Expand to view more details.

Will the device auto-accept an incoming call? This would be useful if the user has fallen or is unable to move but able to speak.

Fall detection

Expand to view more details.

Activates if the device falls rapidly – which then triggers an alarm to a contact.

Non-movement alarm

Expand to view more details.

Sends an alarm to a contact if the device doesn't move for a specified amount of time.

Relocation alarm

Expand to view more details.

This is where you can set the device to tell you whether it has moved. Sort of the opposite of the non-movement alarm.

Speed alarm

Expand to view more details.

If the device starts moving rapidly, say by the wearer getting into a car or train, it creates an alarm to send to a contact with this information. 

Test results

Ease of use score

Expand to view more details.

We assess the user manual, email and telephone support and SIM insertion, where necessary. We also assess configuring, activating an SOS, recharging, using the buttons, the shape of the device and whether it is easy to grip and carry.

enter value/s in increments of 1 between 0 and 0

Reception and tracking score

Expand to view more details.

We test their mobile network reception, GPS accessibility, and battery life to find which ones perform the best.

enter value/s in increments of 1 between 0 and 0

Voice call score

Expand to view more details.

We call to and from the device, to test whether the voice quality was clear and loud enough to hear.

enter value/s in increments of 1 between 0 and 0

Specifications

GeoFence type

Expand to view more details.

Geo-fencing allows you to set up a virtual fence and alarm for when it is crossed.

Related products

Availability

Included in this review

Members-only access
  • Overall score
  • Recommended
  • Ease of use score
  • Voice call score
  • Reception and tracking score
  • Geofence score
  • GeoFence type
  • Active standby hours (claimed)
  • Active standby hours (measured)
  • Good points
  • Bad points
  • SOS voice calling process
  • Contact voicemail handling
  • Price
  • Brand
  • Model
  • Availability
  • Type
  • Charging cradle
  • Low battery warning
  • Water resistant
  • Accept incoming call
  • Auto-answer from call to device
  • Alarm clock
  • Fall detection
  • Non-movement alarm
  • Relocation alarm
  • Speed alarm
  • Dedicated emergency call button
  • Dedicated emergency SMS button
  • Configuration mechanism
  • Maximum number of contacts
  • Telco we tested on
  • Optus
  • Telstra
  • Vodafone
  • User maintainable phonebook
  • SIM size
  • Dimensions (mm, HxWxD)
  • Weight (g)
  • User-replaceable SIM
  • Origin
  • Contact
Show all
Compare all products All the details,
side by side

Results

Back to filters

Product selected for a detailed comparison

Clear all
Join 160 000 members using our independent test results to avoid costly mistakes. Get full access to all our tests and reviews. OR unlock this review now for $10