The Best Breathalyzers On The Market

Published by Michael Hoban on

Unfortunately, every Halloween people decide to drink and drive. Despite the consequences and what it might do to your auto insurance, people still try to get behind the wheel with dangerous BAC levels. You can easily avoid being one of those people by purchasing a breathalyzer. 

Business Insider, BI, recently put together a list of breathalyzers on the market. Some options are very affordable, while others are pricey but accurate. Either way, you go, each one provides fairly accurate readings and can help you or a friend determine if driving is the right move.  Before getting into the list, remember that buying or carrying a breathalyzer is not shameful or embarrassing. In fact, it shows how responsible you are and that you care for your life and the lives of others. Below a list, BI published along with additional information about the products.

Best Accuracy

If you are looking for accuracy, BI recommends the S80 Professional Breathalyzer. At $130, this breathalyzer may seem outrageously expensive, but you get what you pay for. In this case, you get near police level readings according to reviews. Along with extreme accuracy, this breathalyzer is lightweight, displays up to six digits for BAC readings, and comes with interchangeable mouthpieces. Along with the price tag, the only other thing holding this breathalyzer back is the need to recalibrate it every 6-12 months.

Never Needs Recalibration

For some breathalyzers, in order to get accurate readings, you need to recalibrate it. But if you purchase the AlcoMate Premium AL7000 Professional Breathalyzer, you won’t need to send it back to the manufacturer for recalibration. At $118, this device has pieces available for purchase, so you can do the job yourself. It displays four digits, is battery operated however, it comes with a car adapter just in case the battery runs out. Unfortunately, this device is not as accurate as some others in this list and may result in false-positives for diabetics. 

Mobile Friendly

For those who live their technology,  the Mobile Smartphone Breathalyzer may be the right option. Unlike other devices, this one gives you an estimate for when your BAC will reach 0.00%. Additionally, this breathalyzer connects to your phone via an app and lets you post your reading on social media. It is a lightweight and a bit smaller than others, which reviews liked along with the accuracy. However, many of the top reviewing sites did not appreciate the way the social media aspect, since it has encouraged people to drink competitively.

Most Affordable

Most of the other devices on this list are not exactly budget-friendly. However, an affordable option according to BI is the AlcoHAWK Ultra Slim Digital Breathalyzer. It costs about $25 and runs on AA batteries. It displays only two digits, but the reviews have praised it for accuracy. While being slim, lightweight and inexpensive, it takes about a minute to warm-up before use.

Best In Show

According to BI, the best device overall is the BACtrack Trace Professional Breathalyzer. At $100, this device is a bit cheaper than some of the above options, while maintaining accurate readings and is easy to use. This one uses AAA batteries, produces almost no false-positives, and is highly accurate. Reviewers like it because it is light-weight, accurate, and easy to read and stores previous results. The only negative comments about this device are due to recalibration needs.