Part of the joy of turning 21 in the U.S. is being able to partake in the American pastime of responsibly drinking alcohol. Beer, wine, and liquor are widely sold throughout the country, and it is a cherished rite of passage to be able to enjoy each of these. However, that privilege comes with important responsibility as well. One person is injured in a drunk driving accident every two minutes, according to MADD. These injuries are tragic, devastating, and also preventable.
This is by no means a condemnation of alcohol. Bars are as much an American tradition as is baseball. However, it is important to do so in a way that does not cause anyone to be injured and/or arrested. To that end, we have spent some time researching and consolidating data about the personal breathalyzers on the market.
The market for personal breathalyzers covers a vast range of needs and uses, from small budget keychain breathalyzers to Department of Transportation approved ones for commercial or professional use (e.g. bar bouncers). In order to better help you drink responsibly, we have assembled our research into lists based on cost, smartphone compatibility, and accuracy that can help you find the best breathalyzer for your use. Don’t become a statistic. Invest in the best breathalyzer for you.
First, we looked at the breathalyzers with the highest customer ratings on Amazon. We found that the AlcoMate Revo TS200 was the most popular device on the online store, garnering the most positive online reviews. While expensive, it is DOT-approved. Here are the other customer favorites:
Next, we wanted to see which breathalyzers were the most effective, had the best features, but also wouldn’t break the bank. Starting as low as $39.99, these five offer decent value for the individual consumer who is looking for a personal breathalyzer device:
For the tech savvy among us, there are breathalyzers that act as an add-on to your run of the mill smartphone. Just attach the device to your phone and you can test your blood alcohol level on the spot. Here are the three best breathalyzers with smartphone compatibility:
Next up — which devices are government-approved? These five breathalyzers are officially sanctioned by the Department of Transportation:
Finally, we categorized the different devices by placing them into either the lowest budget range (less than $100), mid-tier range ($100-$200), or most expensive range ($200+). You’ll notice that the most expensive breathalyzer, the Lifeguard Personal Breathlyzer, costs more than $250 and doesn’t even rank as one of the more popular devices. Check out the gif below to see the affordability breakdown!