Appliance Surge Protector – How to Choose One and Our Best Picks
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Most people are at a loss when it comes to shopping for surge protector for their prized electrical appliances at home. Only a selected handful actually knows what they need.
In this modern world that we live in, power surges and transients are all over. Transients are previously stored energy when we switched off electrical appliances at home.
The next time when we turn those electrical appliances on, high voltage transients are released. Chances are, our precious electrical devices along the same power line may get ‘hit’.
This is where choosing the right types of appliance surge protector comes into good use. In this post you will learn about the surge protection devices for various types of household appliances. In addition, we will also provide a list of our best picks of surge protectors too.
Okay, we know most people will not want to wait for the list of our best picks. We have listed them out in a comparison table, followed by a brief review of each of them.
Comparison Table of Our Best Picks of Appliance Surge Protectors
Review of Our 10 Best Picks
#1. Exceline Voltage & Electronic Surge Protector
If you are looking for a specialized surge protection device for your washing machine at home, this surge protector from Exceline could be what you need. We are truly impressed with both the High and Low Voltage detection feature.
When the detected voltage is higher than 135 V-, the High Voltage indicator light will turn on and the connected appliance will be switch off. Similarly, when the detected voltage is lower than 90 V-, the Low Voltage indicator light will turn on and connected appliance will be switch off.
It also comes with protection against Blackouts. It has a failure detection time of 0.5 seconds which is pretty good in our opinion.
- Voltage Monitor
- 30s Time Delay to ensure voltage is back to normal before power “comes back on”
- Compact and portable
- Surge Suppression
- Auto disconnection upon detection of voltage abnormalities
- Protection against Blackouts
- Indicator lights for Normal, High, Low voltages and Time Delay
- Have to buy a separate model for protection against other appliances like refrigerators and TVs.
- Takes up 2 plug space due to its wide footprint
This voltage and electronic surge protector from Exceline is your best bet if you want dedicated surge protection for your precious kitchen and household appliances. It may be costly to some people since you can only protect one appliance at a time. But when you really think about the cost vs the long term benefits, it is a small price to pay to protect appliances that are worth thousands.
#2. Tripp Lite 1 Outlet SPIKECUBE
Just by looking at the reviews, we know this portable 1 outlet surge protector from Tripp Lite has what it takes to protect things like treadmills and small electrical devices. What amazes us is the fact that this compact surge protect has the capability to protect treadmills against power surges. We love direct plug-in surge protector as they are highly suitable for traveling light.
- NEMA 5-15R (commercial grade receptacle) AC Outlet
- Lightweight and portable
- Direct Plug-in design
- EMI/RFI noise filtering
- High Impact Housing
- Conforms to UL 1449 Safety Standards
- Suitable for protecting treadmills against surges
- At 660 joules, the surge protection rating does not seem impressive
For just $10 bucks, this single outlet surge protection device is definitely more suitable for people on the move. Especially great for students and businessmen. And obviously if you have treadmills at home, this could the more affordable alternative for you compared to other more expensive ones.
#3. Belkin 12 Outlet Pivot Plug Surge Protector – BP112230-08
Belkin BP112230-08 is the best candidate for people with everyday household and kitchen appliances, especially home theater systems. With it, large adapter plugs taking up the space of unused sockets on your surge protection device will be a thing of the past. Besides have 4 stationary sockets, this appliance surge protector from Belkin has 8 rotating outlets that caters for large adapters.
Equipped with 4320 joule-energy rating and 8 foot long power cord, you can be sure all your home entertainment systems and appliances are in good hands. Not to mention the lifetime warranty and $300k connected equipment warranty that comes with it.
- High Joule Rating of 4320
- 8 Rotational outlets
- 8 foot (2.4m) long power cord
- Coaxial protection /1-in, 2-out RJ11 telephone/fax protection
- Protected and Grounded LED Indicator lights
- Space-saving design
- Damage Resistant Housing
- EMI/RFI noise filtering up to 50dB (150k Hz to 100MHz)
- Most ideal for protection of Home theater system, Computers and Kitchen Appliances
- Lack of USB charging ports
If you do not need (or wish to add) USB charging ports into the mix of all your home entertainment and audio systems, this Belkin surge protector should be listed on the top of your shopping list. It’s EMI/RFI power filtration feature ensures quiet operation and ambience while you are watching movies at home with your loved ones.
#4. APC 8 Outlet Surge Arrest P8VT3
What immediately caught our attention is the 180 degree rotating cord that comes attached to APC P8VT3. This useful feature offers flexibility in positioning and also in routing the power cord.
Yet we are still most impress with its Fail-safe mode feature -when surge protection is no longer available, AC power are no longer let in. This feature alone could potentially save you hundreds if not thousands of dollar in electrical appliance replacement cost.
- High 2770 joule Rating
- Ideal protection for LCD/LED/Plasma TVs and Computer
- EMI/RFI line noise attenuation
- Resettable circuit breaker (allows fast overload recovery)
- Protection Working Indicator
- Building Wiring Fault Indicator
- Receptacle Safety Shutters
- Right-Angle Plug
- 4 x Transformer Block spacing outlets
- lack of USB charging ports
We have to admit it was rather challenging to find fault with this surge protector from APC. Despite being without USB charging ports yet at its current price point, it is completely reasonable. Hence it does not surprising to see this model having such great reviews at Amazon.
If you need surge protection for LCD, LED or plasma TVs and computers, we highly recommend this model.
And do note that this model does not comes with surge protection for your network cables. If you need that, you will need to check out this model.
Disclaimers: California residents please take note of the California Proposition 65.
#5. Appliance Shield Surge Protector
This dedicated appliance surge protector is most ideal for appliances like Refrigerators, Freezers and Dryers. It offers 5 levels of protection (check out the PRO section for more info) ensuring that your appliances are safe from power spikes and surges. We really love about this surge protection device is that when stabilized power and voltage are detected, it will auto reconnect power for appliances.
Refrigmatic WS-36300 is another dedicated surge protector for refrigerator that you should consider. It protects your fridge against damaging nightmares like voltage fluctuation, power spikes, brownout and power failure. In addition to that, it also provides high voltage (135VAC) and low voltage (90VAC) shutoff.
It is recommended for fridge up to 27 cu. It also supports air-conditioners up to 5000 BTU. It also features a 3 minutes time delay to allow voltage stabilization during voltage fluctuation.
- Low Voltage Protection
- High Voltage Protection
- Lightning Protection
- Power Back Surge Protection
- Spike/Surge Protection
- Auto Disconnect of Power to Appliance when Unstable power is detected
- Auto Reconnect of Power to Appliance when Stable power is detected
- Only 1 appliance is protected with each Appliance Shield Surge Protector
Just like the Exceline surge protector we listed above, it is definitely worth the money to get dedicated surge protection for all your pricey household and kitchen appliances. The price of this appliance surge protector is a small price to pay when you think about new appliance replacement cost. 🙂
#6. Supco APP120 Surge Protector
One look at this Supco APP120 surge protector, I am sure you can easily tell it is designed for space-saving. Having the power outlet by the side, you can easily push back appliances like fridge or washing machines as far back as it allows. Another excellent feature is the fact it has the ability to protect air-conditioner. If you have done some research in places like Amazon, you will notice there is not many surge protector that suitable for protection of air-conditioner.
- Space-saving side outlet plugin design
- 3 Indicator lights – Protection/Ground/Delay
- 4 minutes delay for voltage stability detection
- Protect against damages from Blackouts (power spikes when power returns after a blackout), False start and Low voltage
- Does not protect against electrical frequency variation
- Foot print is big, will occupy the space of 2 AC sockets
Despite being able to protect many small appliances like small air-conditioner, washing machines from power surge, there are not a whole lots of great features. There are also not many great reviews from Amazon on this surge protector. I would give this a miss if you are using this to protect mission critical appliances.
#7. Bestek 10 Outlet Surge Protector
With 4000 joule rating worth of surge protection power and 2 USB 4.2A SMART IC fast charging outlets to satisfy all your modern day electronic device charging needs, we have to give this Bestek surge protector with a sleek design a big thumbs up.
In addition to that, those 10 outlets are integrated with high quality phosphor bronze material to ensure durability of up 20000 times of insertion and extraction of plugs.
Besides that, the phosphor bronze material also helps with improvement of electrical conductivity and better power conversion.
Get ready for lots of built-in features in the PRO section below.
- Overload, Over-current ad Short-circuit Protection
- Integrated phosphor bronze material
- 4000 joule rating
- 2 Indicator lights
- 15A Overload Protection Circuit Breaker Switch
- 90 degree flat plug keeps cord close to the wall
- High Temperature Resistant (up to 750°C)
- 2 x Widely space out sockets
- 2 x Smart IC fast charging USB ports
- Safety shutters to protect curious little fingers at home
- Cable Box/Satelite Connection protection
- 1-in, 2-out RJ11 telephone/fax protection
- Oversized metal oxide varistors (MOVs) absorb excess electricity for increased protection
- UL Certified Heavy Duty Power Cord (6 ft)
- Flame-Retardant Material
- Power cord a little short at 6 foot (yeah, we are trying to find fault 🙂 )
At its current pricing point, this 10 outlets surge protector from Bestek is really one hell of a good buy. If you need reliable and robust surge protection for your computers, TV and household appliances, this Bestek model is the one for you.
#8. JACKYLED 14 Outlets Surge Protector
Do you have lots of electrical appliances around your working area or near your home entertainment systems? If so, you should probably give this 14 outlets surge protector from JACKYLED a shot. With 4 USB ports totally at 5V/2.1A, charging 2 mobile phones is not an issue, not to mention digital cameras, ipad and tablets etc.
If you are a safety paranoia, you will find its certification for RoHS, CE and FCC great news for you. We really like the widely spaced out vertical tower design. You will also love the adjustable (can extend and retract at will) 6.5 foot power cord.
- Built with Fireproof ABS plastic material
- Retractable 6.5 foot power cord
- 4 x USB fast charging ports
- Overload Protection Smart Protection
- RoHS/FCC/CE certificates
- Space-saving Vertical tower design
- 780 Joules overload protection seems too low for our liking
- Sockets are tight
In our opinion, this surge protector from JACKYLED is most suitable for electronic appliances like mobile phones, digital cameras, speakers, tablets and so on. If you have lots of USB devices that need charging up at the end of the day, this 4 USB outlets surge protection device should be on your shopping list.
How to Choose the Appliance Surge Protector That Suits Your Needs?
Always be open-minded when choosing for an appliance surge protector. This is because not all surge protection devices are created equal and some may not be the right fit for the appliance you are using it for.
For example, if you are looking for a dedicated surge protector for your washing machine, you should not be buying surge protector with more than 1 outlet. And most homeowners neglect about getting a surge protector for their garage door opener which can be disastrous when a huge power spike comes about.
Likewise, if you are looking to protect most of your electrical possessions from power spikes and surges, you would not want to buy many units of single outlet surge protection units. You will want to get a 8 or 10 outlet surge protector power strip.
For large appliances like washing machines, fridge, dryer and so on, we highly recommend that you get a dedicated single outlet surge protector.
Especially those which has the capability to detect different level of power voltages and adjust the power to your appliances accordingly.
Nothing Beats Having Whole House Surge Protection
Type 1 or 2 surge protection devices are usually used for surge protection for the entire household and are setup at the circuit panel. They are unlike Type 3 which are point of use surge protectors. The 8 listed above are all Type 3 surge protectors.
We have written reviews of various brands of whole house surge protectors and they are listed below for your reference.
Whole house surge protection may be more expensive but are actually cheaper when you consider how many appliance surge protectors you have to buy for your entire house. It is definitely more worthwhile to get a certified electrician. to help hard-wire it into the circuit panel of your home.