Construction and Design
User safety, durable construction, and ease of maintenance are top priorities in the bug zapper world. A high-quality bug zapper should protect users from accidental contact, but it should still be enticing for all varieties of flying insects. Some bug zappers are designed for either outdoor or indoor use exclusively; others can handle both environments. We compare all five of our top contenders and discuss their similarities and differences in terms of construction and design.
A rule of thumb when shopping for bug zappers: buy only as much killing power as you need. Some of our top contenders have effective "ranges of protection" that are measured in acres. Others are measured in square feet. We encourage potential buyers to measure their preferred coverage area and shop accordingly. The addition of insect attractants or repellents can also impact a bug zapper's range of protection. Another consideration is the number and wattage of light bulbs required by the appliance.
Some top bug zappers include chemical attractants and/or repellents. Others provide the means to install these chemicals after purchase. Still others feature a timer unit for "set it and forget it" simplicity. Consumers tend to appreciate quiet bug zappers that are easy to maintain. Included installation hardware is another plus. In this section of our ratings, we point out notable "additional" features offered by our contenders.
The retail price points of our top bug zappers vary significantly, but each product delivers on one essential promise: insect control. Generally speaking, more expensive electronic bug killers offer more extensive coverage zones and utilize more types of attractant and/or repellent. Lower-end bug zappers, by contrast, tend to use the same "charged-grid" technology. All of our shortlist contenders are effective products, but in this section of our ratings, we discuss each zapper's quality as it relates to price.