In the run-up to the test, we defined practical requirements and the following test criteria:
- Functional scope
In order to evaluate these criteria, we have defined several tests for the alarm system sets. First, the scope of delivery and functions are checked. Before the practical tests, the devices are put into operation as recommended by the manufacturer and, if available, the required app is downloaded. The devices are then "tuned in" using an app or remote control. Furthermore, the additional functions that are available to the devices are tested. In addition, the maximum distance between the base and the individual components of each set is checked.
The motion detectors of all sets are tested in the further test sequences. For this purpose, a test person tries to pass the detection angle unnoticed. Furthermore, the window/door contacts of the alarm system set are attached and tested. If the alarm of the devices is released, its effectiveness is judged and the volume is measured from a meter distance. During these test phases, the user-friendliness and handling of the devices are always checked. Finally, further safety measures such as emergency power, sabotage protection and the like are assessed.
In order to rule out mistakes and to ensure that the test is not exposed to everyday use, each test is carried out in several rounds.
The test criteria receive percentages depending on their importance. The final score is then objectively calculated from the test criteria using an algorithm.
Our product selection is based on an observation of the current market. In addition to popular branded products, we also include insider tips in our selection. Criteria such as price and range of functions are an important factor for us. The test field is also determined by analysis and evaluation of customer reviews and external tests (e.g. Stiftung Warentest).
The devices are purchased anonymously or lent to us by the manufacturer. Dealers and manufacturers have no influence on the tests and our evaluation.
As soon as new relevant products come onto the market, our test field is extended by these. The new products go through the same test as the already tested devices.