Medical Alert Reviews

Medical Alert Reviews, comparison testing, evaluation

In our research on medical alert systems we have looked at over 50 different systems, and tested many of the products that look most useful. In our review database we have reviews of most of the medical alert products we have actually tested, and summaries of the ones we have studied online but not actually tested.

Each medical alert system review explains what we tested, and walks you through the results of our comparison testing.

Each review has a link to the website of the manufacturer where you can learn more, get current pricing information, and purchase the medical alert products if you wish.

Below are the individual medical alert reviews for many of the products that are on the market.

If you want to make an actual selection of a specific product with features that match your needs, you will find our Selection Tool for Medical Alerts very helpful.

We recommend you start your journey of choosing a medical alert system here. Or you can jump straight to the compilation of our research into medical alerts: Medical Alert Systems: Selection Guide.

 

 

Featred Medical Alert Reviews

Reviews (In-depth)

 

SOS Smartwatch medical alert

Bay Alarm, SOS Smartwatch

The SOS Smartwatch is one of the "easiest to use" products in the "medical alert watch" category. It functions quite well as a medical alert, looks quite stylish, and has the key smartwatch attributes of telling the time, and step counting.


 

 

WellBe medical Alert Plus

HandsFree Health, WellBe Medical Alert Plus

The WellBe Medical Alert PLUS incorporates the key features of a conventional medical alert into the format of a watch — and includes several smartwatch features as well.


 

 

LifeFone Medical Alert

LifeFone, At-Home & On-the-Go GPS, Voice-In-Pendant

This is a go anywhere mobile alert with fall detection. This is a rebranded version of the Belle+ made by wholesaler Freeus. It has a couple of noteworthy features, in addition to those typical for products in this class.


 

 

Philips Lifeline GoSafe 2

Philips Lifeline, GoSafe 2

"Go anywhere" medical alert product. GoSafe 2 is a stand alone mobile medical alert. Philips Lifeline is a leader in the medical alert system space, with a large number of users. Includes fall detection, 2 way voice through pendant, and waterproof.


 

 

Apple Watch as Medical Alert

Apple Watch as Medical Alert

The Apple Watch is one of several products we compared in a piece of research called "Smartwatch as Medical Alert". This review is about using the Apple Watch with only its native emergency alert software (called Emergency SOS).


 

 

FallCall Lite Medical Alert

FallCall Lite + Apple Watch

The FallCall Lite App (+ Apple Watch) is one of several products we compared in a piece of research called "Smartwatch as Medical Alert". To use this product you start with an Apple watch, and then download an App called FallCall Lite. The App adds the medical alert functionality. Because all the functionality of the Apple watch is still there too, you get the full capability of a smartwatch, plus medical alert capability.


 

 

Lively Mobile Plus Medical Alert pendant

GreatCall, Lively Mobile Plus

The Lively Mobile Plus Medical Alert is one of our top picks in the mobile alert category. It includes fall detection and GPS location capability, and has a number of pluses in addition (see below).


 

 

LifeFone, At-home & On-the-Go: Review

LifeFone, At-home & On-the-Go GPS

The product works both at home and on the go. It does so by having two separate "base stations". One base station stays at home (connects via the cellular connection to the monitoring service), and one is small-ish and can be carried with you (for example in a purse). The mobile base station can...


 

 

Jitterbug Flip2

Lively, Jitterbug Flip2

This is an interestingly different approach to a medical alert. This product is a "senior friendly" cell phone, but it has a button which lets you call the medical alert monitoring service (called 5 star) which is provided by the manufacturer (Lively — previously called GreatCall).


 

 

Medical Guardian Active Guardian

Medical Guardian, Active Guardian

This is a go anywhere mobile alert with fall detection. It is one of the products we reviewed in our comparative evaluation of mobile medical alerts. This is a rebranded version of the Belle+ made by wholesaler Freeus. It has a couple of noteworthy features, in addition to those typical for products in this class.


 

 

Medical Guardian, Mini Guardian

Medical Guardian, Mini Guardian

This is a go anywhere mobile alert with fall detection. It is included in our comparative evaluation of mobile medical alerts. This product was a new entrant to the field in 2020. It is quite similar to its "companion product", the Medical Guardian, Active Guardian in terms of the basic features. However it is smaller and lighter.


 

 

MobileHelp Duo

MobileHelp, Duo

The "MobileHelp Duo" allows for out and about operation using a second mobile base station, but still has small, light pendants with long battery life. 

This product was part of our testing of the best "go anywhere" class of emergency response systems, and is one of our...


 

 

Kanega Watch

UnaliWear, Kanega Watch

The UnaliWear Kanega Watch incorporates the key features of a conventional medical alert into the format of a watch — and tells the time. Unusually for a medical alert watch, it also includes a fall detection algorithm.


 

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Last Updated: November 18, 2021.