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Last updated: 19 July 2021
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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 watch and pendant models to help you find the best personal alarm for an emergency for yourself or a relative.

Note: We are no longer recommending any models regardless of score. This is due to safety and product reliability concerns following feedback from our members. We also do not test 24/7 monitoring services or back to base alarms due to the complexities involved in the test, which would not allow for an unbiased assessment. A full explanation for each point is available in our personal alarm buying guide.

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Products that connect to mobile networks must be compliant with the Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) requirements for suppliers. To be compliant, the seller or their agent must be registered as a responsible supplier in the National Equipment Registration System (NERS) database. Without this registration, there's no way to confirm that the seller's products are safe.

If the supplier (or an appropriate agent) can't provide their responsible supplier certification, or if we can't find it in the NERS database, then the personal alarm gets a CHOICE Expert rating of 0%. We have included the original expert ratings in our comparison table to show how the products perform on their own, but we don't recommend buying one that doesn't have ACMA certification.

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 geofencing.

Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which brands are the best performers and which carry through on their claims.

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List of brands we tested in this review.

    Price

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    Price at time of purchase.

    enter value/s in increments of 1 between 66 and 599

    Type

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

      Responsible supplier certification

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      Products that connect to mobile phone networks must be complaint with Australian Communications and Media Authority (ACMA) requirements. The supplier must be registered. Products without this certification may not be safe to use. "Not found" means the supplier did not provide us with proof of certification when asked, or we couldn't find them in the National Equipment Registration System (NERS) database.

        Included in this review

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        • Overall score
        • Original overall score
        • Ease of use score
        • Reception and tracking score
        • Voice call score
        • Geofence score
        • Active standby, hours
        • Active standby hours measured
        • Good points
        • Bad points
        • Price
        • Brand
        • Model
        • Availability
        • Type
        • Responsible supplier certification
        • Geofence
        • 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 tested on
        • Optus
        • Telstra
        • Vodafone
        • User maintainable phonebook
        • SIM size
        • Dimensions, mm (H x W x D)
        • Weight, g
        • User replaceable SIM
        • Name of responsible supplier
        • Origin
        • Contact
        • SOS voice calling process
        • Contact voicemail handling

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