Top 10 Best Pepper Sprays In 2017 Reviews

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Though regularly regarded as small, ASP Key Defender’s strength is actually in its compact design. Its size makes it hard for your attacker to note it while still being comfortable in your handle. Its camouflaging design is then accentuated by its keychain which makes it look like a key flail which is actually what it is. This makes it quite hard for your attackers to realize what the hell awaits them in case they insisted on attacking you.

This sprayer comes in 6 impressive colors; black, textured, red, blue, gold, and pewter. It has been precisely machined from aerospace-grade aluminum, which explains its slightly higher price. Its metallic construction means that you can use it as a mini-baton defender too. ASP Key Defender measures 5.75 inches and weighs less than a pound. This size plus its non-slip grip makes it convenient and reliable to wield against your attacker. ASP Pepper also boasts several other models. In case you need a smaller baton, Palm Defender is available for you. For those who feel safer with something a little bit bigger, you should consider Street Defender.

It also has a solid brass actuator used to lock and unlock the spraying operation. This is a handy mechanism that prevents accidental deployment, which could be quite painful and irritating. Again, ASP Key Defender Spray has also been designed in a way that you’ll never spray yourself not unless you force it. If you need some hand protection, check the best hand gloves.

Notably, the lock mechanism is easy to undo just in time in case things get crazy. You just need to flip the safety release feature, depress the rear button, and then faithfully send your assailants on their knees. ASP Key Defender features 10% of OC formulation. It releases police strength sprays in one-half second bursts. These burst dispersions are considered more effective than thin line streams since you require almost no accuracy provided you aim at the potential assailant’s face.

A common tool with the FBI and the Military, ASP Key Defender, offers you real protection by causing a running nose, sneezing, and eye and skin irritation to anyone that the spray lands on. This top- notch sprayer will again last you a long time. Each canister holds up to 6 bursts and has 3 years of shelf-life. Even better, the canister is dated to show you when you need to replace it. Notably, since this aerosol is classified as hazardous, it can only be shipped by road not air. Again, it can’t be shipped to Alaska, Mass, New York, and Hawaii.


Flaunting police strength intensity, this red pepper spray is another non-lethal weapon highly recommended for runners and home keepers. It’s also a common weapon with the NYPD, Chicago PD, Los Angeles County Sheriffs, the US Marshalls. This USA-based manufacturer is reputed for its high-quality sprays that are easy to use and safe for the user. Sabre is known across the globe not only for its civilian self-defense sprays but also for its stun guns, animal deterrent, police aerosol projectors, and personal alarms. Even better, this company has been known to be in the front line in educating the public on how to lead the safest life possible.

Several features make this spray unique from others. Firstly, it’s amongst the cheapest. Costing way less than 10 bucks, you can have a can on you and one for your family’s safety. Though inexpensive, it’s quite unbelievable that this blinding aerosol also has amongst the hottest aerosols. In fact, the manufacturer claims that it’s 67x hotter than your kitchen’s hot sauce. This means that it’s deadlier than other brands with high-flying prices. Again, Sabre guarantees you that these stopping canisters have gone through a series of tests to alleviate the 30% heat failure associated with other brands.

It’s also worth noting that this Sabre Red Pepper Spray has a higher amount of blinding content than other brands. Each 1.8 Oz/54 ml guarantees you up to 20 bursts, which is doubtlessly 3-5 times greater than the brands we’ve reviewed before. Consequently, this spray is an ideal choice if you live in a neighborhood with multiple attack threats. Even better, it delivers its contents, not in stream lines but bursts. This translates to higher facial coverage. Resultantly, your to-be attacker experiences intensive eye, skin, and throat irritation, uncontrollable coughing and sneezing, and immediate disabling. Without forgetting, Sabre Red Pepper Spray dispenses its liquid to a distance of up to 10ft, which is quite higher for its size. .

Again, this spray guarantees you that your assailant won’t follow you again. Its spray is mixed with UV marking dye, which helps the law enforcers in identifying the culprit. For your safety, Sabre has taken all measures to protect you from ever coming into contact with this spray’s wrath. Its safely locking top prevents accidental dispensation. However, it’s made easy to unlock whenever you need to use on bad guys.

Notably, this canister can’t be fitted on your keychain. However, it’s still small enough and fits in most women’s purse and men’s coats. In case you need easier access, you can opt to purchase a 2-ounce holster. Moreover, its size makes it legal in almost any state that allows its citizens to carry spray weapons on them. The only slight hitch that several users have complained about is its safety lock, which feels rather flimsy. However, no accidental spray-on has been reported. In case you’ve not used these self-defense sprays before, this package comes with several links to Sabre’s blog with several free training blogs.

Cons

  • Flimsy safety lock
  • Can’t be put on keychain

Deriving its name from the way it dispenses its fiery contents, Fox Labs Stream Pepper Spray is another efficient way of stopping assailants in their tracks. Fox Labs comes in a small 2-ounce container measuring 4 inches (H) and 1 3/8 inches (D). It’s, therefore, comfortable in your hands and easy to conceal.

Law enforcement officers and security agencies have a reason to swear by this pepper spray’s incredible stopping power. It derives its maximum strength from its 5,300,000 SHU rating. Assuming that you’re new to this term, Scoville Scale is used to determine how hot chili is. It measures in Scoville Heat Units (SHU). This can be utilized alongside the OC percentage. Ideally, always opt for sprays with a minimum SHU rating of at least 500,000.

This spray secured a slot in our list because of its manner of spray deployment. It edges out the competition by ejecting sprays in a greater volume than its competitors in a bid to make sure that you land the deadly solution right where you need it most in the first attempt. This is made possible by its large nozzle opening that lets out maximum amounts of burst in half seconds. Secondly, Fox Labs forces out powerful discharges in thick streams with no risk of it being blown back your way.

Again, this self-defense weapon projects its blinding formula to a range of between 17-20 feet. This makes it easy and safe for you to disable your assailants without being within their striking distance. Most importantly, this canister holds enough spray for up to 18 bursts. It also has a 3-year expiration date stamped on the can and on the top too. It’s also worth noting that Fox has a green dye in its formula. This makes it easy for you and the security personnel to easily identify the attacker. This weapon has also been able to top several lists because of its flip top. This prevents accidental discharges.

The only setback with this Fox Stream Pepper Spray is in its 3-year shelf life. This is way shorter than most of its competitors that range between 4 to 5 years. However, whether you’ve used your canister on someone or not, Fox Labs stresses on the importance of replacing your spray to make sure that your weapon stays highly effective and reliable. Be informed that this spray can’t be shipped to NY, AK, MA or HI. Also, it’s not shipped outside the USA.

Cons

  • Shorter shelf life

Featuring 10% OC pepper formula, Mace Brand Key Guard Spray is what any would-be attacker would prefer to call Satan’s piss. This spray comes in small cans measuring approximately 3’’ long and weighing less than a pound. It’s also available in black and pink colored canisters. The pink pepper spray is an ideal choice for women who want to protect themselves from sexual assault and any other kind of attack that may come their way. The color makes it discreet and difficult to identify as a weapon in disguise.

Its keychain again allows you to attach it to your home, car, or office keys. If you’re looking for a small protective tool, you need to consider this one. As some of its reviewers point out, it’s so small you’ll forget that you have it until when you are under constant attack. However, its small size also limits its bursts to 6.

This spray’s greatest advantage and what secured it a slot on our list is its hinged safety top that covers the actuator button. We were also impressed by its orientation tab that assures that you’re aiming in the right direction. This has been a problem with several sprayers where the users accidentally spray their way making them even more vulnerable. This is made even worse if the user hasn’t used a self-defense sprayer before.

Mace Brand Key Guard has a spraying range of up to 5ft. This is way less than that of most of its competitors. However, this is compensated by its high blinding concentration. In fact, its short but powerful throwing range is a potential advantage in that you’ll be more than sure that the solution will land squarely on the face.

Upon coming into contact with your assailant, this potent mixture causes immediate nausea, choking, and intense burning sensation that result to temporary blindness that won’t lessen before at least 45 minutes. The manufacturer also advises thoroughly rinsing the sprayer after every use to wash off any remaining pepper residue. The only issue with this sprayer is in its short powering range. However, its compact design that doesn’t make your keys look clumsy makes it worth considering.

Cons

  • Has less throwing distance

If you’re looking forward to protecting your home or apartment from unwelcome intruders, this pepper gel demands your attention. This is another reliable model by Sabre, a company that has been ‘Making Grown Men Cry since 1975.’ This brand commands great respect from several law enforcement departments and homeowners for its sheer ability to pack real heal in a can. Its products are highly regarded by several police departments in the USA including NYPD and LA County Sheriffs. Notably, the US Customs and Border Protection agency also relies on it in its day to day protection of the USA borders.

One of its impressive features that stole our attention is its police strength. A non-lethal weapon that launches an attack to an intruder 30 feet away demands some respect. Again, this brand comes with an exclusive performance guarantee. Most of Sabre’s self-defense sprays are passed through vigorous tests to eliminate the 30% failure rate associated with other brands.

Let’s face it. No one wants to try this solution on his or her face or friends. As such, unless you sprayed it on yourself by accident, you’ll never know whether it’s hot enough to bring your assailants to their knees or not. As such, getting a brand that promises 100% performance guarantees you peace of mind like none other before. Like other models from this brand, this Sabre Red Pepper Gel has also been passed through HPLC (High-Performance Liquid Chromatography) labs to ensure that all batches that are released for the market will never fail.

Sabre Red Pepper Gel comes in a 13 Oz/ 390ml can weighing 0.81 pounds and measuring 7.5x 2.5 x 2.5 inches. It also holds 32 bursts that come out in continuous powerful streams enough to fill an entire doorway. Uniquely, these streams won’t stop until you release the lever.

This durable size is also ideal choice for people who want to protect their home and businesses. This ‘can of hell’ is also easily accessible and safe for your family. The package comes with a wall mount bracket with which you can position it beyond your children’s reach. The bracket also allows you to place it in areas where you can reach for it easily and retaliate to attack. Most women find this spray ideal than a gun which would cause more panic than the intrusion itself.

Unlike other models that we’ve reviewed thus far, this Sabre Red Pepper for home and business use has gel in its solution. This gel holds the hellish contents against the wind preventing them from being flown back to you. This also ensures that much of the content lands on the intruder’s face thereby unleashing its full effect.

Most importantly, this version won’t atomize the air around you if used indoors. Notably, it also makes it easy for you to clean your floors. The solution also features UV marking dyes to help in identifying the intruder. In case you’re wondering, this can has a shelf life of 4 years. The package also comes with links to ‘how to use’ videos. Sabre is also working closely with the law enforcement department to educate the public on how to escape potential attacks safely.

Cons

  • Too big to carry on you

Sabre has yet another great tool specially designed for women. This weapon’s strength is in its lipstick-like design. This incredibly discrete model can be flashed in and out of the handbag or purse confidently without the potential attacker having the slightest idea of the wrath held therein. In fact, its compact design allows you to carry it by hand without it betraying its purpose.

Like most of the other products from this widely respected brand, this small yet powerful lipstick offers exclusive High-Performance Liquid Chromatography guarantee. Simply put, this is an assurance that every canister has been tested for reliability regarding heat consistency. What makes this model top most ladies’ self-defense gear lists is its incredible ease of use. This ‘lipstick’ has a protective cap that prevents accidental discharges. Uniquely, this cap can be flipped off easily and quietly in the bag to allow you deliver the best cold surprise ever. In case you’re wondering, this cap won’t come off accidentally not unless manually forced to.

Most of its happy users can’t easily believe the amount of power held in this small weapon. Lipstick Pepper Spray measures 3.9 x 1 x 0.8 inches. Despite its compact design, it contains enough spray to offer 10 intensive bursts. These bursts are doubtlessly enough to help you hold your ground even when attacked by several attackers. Again, its contents are held in high pressure that ensures powerful deployments that prevent wind blow-back.

This lipstick model again sprays an attacker while 10ft away. It causes intensive coughing and is very unfriendly to the skin due to its burning sensation. Landing the stream right into your attackers’ eyes is even deadlier since it causes sudden inflammation of the capillaries, which causes the eyes to slam shut. Only the most notorious assailants would be able to walk away let alone running with the sudden amounts of pain in their eyes. Even if they did, this pepper spray has UV marking dye, which makes it possible to identify the attacker.

In case you’re planning to purchase lady-ish self-defense non-lethal weapon, this is a model you need to consider. In fact, it’s available in packs of 2 and 3 ‘lipsticks’ in case you need more than one tool. Without forgetting, this lipstick has a longer shelf life of up to 4 years. Again, in case you’ve not used these tools before, Sabre some links to free training videos alongside the weapon. This manufacturer also has lots of useful information on self-defense training that’s available to the public on their blogs.

Cons

  • A little bit bigger than lipstick

Are you looking forward to purchasing a non-lethal self-defense tool for your entire family? Police has pepper spray canisters in packs of 2 and 4 at an unbeatable price. This model’s manufacturer hopes that you never get to use it on someone. Even when in so much pressure to use it, its authoritative design with a police shield cleverly printed on it will trigger a second thought in your to-be attacker’s mind on whether to scamper for safety or go ahead and test the waters.

This pepper spray contains a solution of oleoresin capsicum (OC). It’s similar to those used in most police departments. Notably, its concentrations are not as high as of other brands that we’ve reviewed earlier. However, be assured that no assailant wants the spray to come their way. While this could be a deal breaker to some, it’s ideal to those who are still human and don’t want to be the one to bring hell to their attackers.

Designed for those who love bikes rides or having evening walks around the park, Police Magnum comes in an easy to carry design. It arrives in a 0.5-ounce canister and a key ring that you can use to attach it to your home or car keys. This pepper spray also comes in handy as you walk your dog in a neighborhood with loose dogs. This spray has been designed to offer easy usage. To spray, you just need to twist its red safety latch then press the actuator. This twisting mechanism makes this sprayer safe on you since it’s hard for the safety lock to get twisted accidentally. Like other pepper sprays, Police Magnum leaves an orange dye on the attacker’s face making it easy to identify them later.

Besides attaching it to your keys, this canister’s small size and safety latch allows you to have it in your purse, handbag, or pants pocket. This model also comes in different sizes and different prices. Needless to say, you get a quality bang for your buck with the bigger sizes. Large sizes also dispense more amount of the spray. Police also has some canisters that can be refilled. This is quite economical since it alleviates the need to purchase the whole unit after expiry or utilization.

Police Magnum is less irritant than most of its competitors. It’s, however, an ideal option if you want a sprayer that will protect you from potential attackers without subjecting them to intensive suffering. Another way of enhancing your security is by getting a spotlight. Read about the best spotlights on the market.

Cons

  • It’s less irritating

This red pepper sprayer by Sabre is amongst the most sought-after model in the self-defense market. You should never lack it on you if you enjoy morning jogs in areas with a bad reputation of attacks on athletes. Luckily, it has been specially designed with runners in mind.

You can also add it to your self-defense arsenal alongside your best protective helmet for skateboarding or when on your best hoverboard. This model comes in black and pink. Its compact design is meant to fit comfortably in your hands for easy deployment when need be.

It’s fitted with an adjustable strap with strong Velcro that helps it stay put. Even better, the canister is also fitted with an elastic strap that offers you a comfortable hold that makes you feel safer. Designed for use while on the run, Sabre Red Pepper Sprayer contains gel in its formulation. This helps in preventing the solution from blowing back to you. The gel also adds onto the solution’s flying speed and also allows you to land the pepper contents on your assailants’ face.

Since its Sabre, this model has been thoroughly tested in Sabre’s HPLC Labs to eliminate the probability of any of its models failing when they are highly needed. Sabre initiated this move after Utah University’s study that proved that 30% of the self-defense weapon tools fail. In fact, this is what makes Sabre a highly recommended brand. It’s the most used around the globe by the police, military, and civilians too.

This self-defense weapon offers 35 sprays per canister –which is extremely high for its size- and a projection of up to 10ft. It also has 4 years of shelf life and comes with free tips on how to use it.

Cons

  • Not shippable to all states

Rating: 8 out of 10

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