How to Choose the Best AED for You: Tips and Advice

Are you looking to buy an AED but feeling overwhelmed by the options available and want to know, “What is the best AED to buy”? Here are some tips to help you choose the best AED for your needs:

All AEDs save lives

First and foremost, it's good to know that all AEDs are designed to save lives. Regardless of the brand or type, each AED should be able to guide you through the resuscitation process by providing clear voice prompts, analysing the heart rhythm, and delivering a shock if needed.

Important rules that apply to all AEDs include:

  • All AEDs provide clear voice prompts to assist during resuscitation.
  • Once switched on, the AED provides voice instructions.
  • Regular replacement of batteries and electrodes is required for all AEDs.
  • All AEDs adhere to official resuscitation guidelines and are proven to be safe and effective.

Fully Automatic vs Semi-Automatic

One of the biggest differences between AEDs is whether they are fully automatic or semi-automatic. With a fully automatic AED, the device will determine if a shock is necessary and deliver it without human intervention. With a semi-automatic AED, the device will indicate if a shock is needed and require the rescuer to push the shock button. Both types of AEDs are effective and can save lives.

Which AED should I buy?

When choosing an AED, it's important to consider your specific needs. For example, if you're looking for an AED for home use, you may want to consider a smaller, user-friendly device. On the other hand, if you're looking for an AED for a sports club or public location, you may want a device with higher durability and weather resistance.

Check the Specifications

Look at the specifications of each AED you're considering. Some factors to consider are the device's IP rating (for dust and weather resistance), multilingualism, CPR feedback, and ECG display for professionals. You can find detailed specifications for each AED on our website.

Our Selection of AEDs

To help simplify your decision-making process, we've categorised our AEDs into user groups based on their specific applications. Find AEDs for home use, community settings, public access, sports clubs, swimming pools, professionals, housing associations, companies and organisations, schools, on-the-road, and dental practices on our webshop.


Need help choosing the right AED for your situation?

If you're still having trouble deciding which AED is right for you, don't hesitate to contact our specialists for personalised advice. Our team is brand independent, meaning we'll recommend the best AED for your specific needs. You can contact us by chat (in the lower right corner of the screen), email [email protected], or phone 0818 000127.