Not everyone is comfortable with firearms and pepper sprays are an excellent alternative for self-defense. They are affordable, easy to carry and just as easy to use. Options are many – flashlight/pepper spray combos, key chains, bracelets and gun models. It might be hard for you to decide which is best for you. That’s where we come in.
Our professional team has put together this top 10 list of pepper sprays to make your purchasing choice easier. We’ve provided descriptions along with pros and cons for each one so you’ll be better informed. There are pepper sprays in every price range so you’ll easily be able to find self-defense that is affordable.
The Pepper Sprays – What’s Good and What’s Bad
10. Salt Supply Pepper Spray Gun Self Defense Kit
This is a long-range pepper spray gun and included in this kit is 1 pepper spray gun, 10 pepper spray rounds, 10 practice rounds, 1 magazine (7-round), 2 co2 cylinders, 1 lockable case (lock not included) and an easy to follow user manual. This gun is capable of shooting 150+ feet. It is a military-grade pepper spray with a 5-year shelf life.
This one doesn’t have to make direct contact to work as it’s designed to create a cloud that hangs in the air, however; being hit with a round does cause pain. It’s quite and doesn’t give any force-back when shot. It’s surprisingly lightweight.
It is expensive and is the most expensive pepper spray on our list. Additional practice and live round are also expensive.
9. Pepper Spray for Runners – Men and Women’s Safety Bracelet
Perfect for runners, anyone who exercises outdoors or someone who likes the idea of a convenient pepper spray bracelet. This is a unisex product but there are color options: pink/black and black/orange. It is lightweight and reflective. The edging holds the pepper spray bottle. It shoots up to 10 ft. and has a safety twist lock top. It also has a built-in ID card and money holder.
It’s easy to use and effective. The strap fits securely as does the spray bottle. It’s comfortable to wear.
Some men might find the bracelet a bit too tight.
8. Mace Brand Pepper Spray
This is combination pepper spray/tear gas/UV Dye. It sprays in a stream up to 12 ft. Number of sprays is approximately 20. There is a flip-top feature to prevent accidental spraying and for easy aim, it has a finger grip dispenser. It also has a built-in belt clip and key ring to make it easy to carry.
Easy to use in high-stress situations. Effective pepper spray. It is well-built and affordable with a comfortable feel.
It’s possible that over-time the trigger may be difficult to use without extra force.
7. SABRE Red Pepper Spray – Police Strength – Compact, Case & Quick Release Key Ring
The manufacturer guarantees a shelf-life of four years of this police strength pepper spray. They also offer weekly videos on reducing risks and safety blogs. It comes with a free how-to video, compact case and quick-release key ring. It has a spray range of up to 10 ft. and will spray approximately 25 times.
It has a compact design, is easy to carry and to conceal. It is well-built and durable.
There could be a problem with the lock coming undone too easily.
6. Mace Brand Pepper Spray Pepper Gun
Available in both pink and silver, this is a combination of both OC pepper and UV dye. It has a power stream of up to 25 ft. and sprays approximately 7 times. The manufacturer states this is one of the most accurate spray guns available. The cartridges are replaceable. Each gun comes with a 28 gram OC cartridge, a water practice cartridge, and batteries for LED light operation.
Easy to aim and easy to use. It is well constructed and durable. Has an effective spray.
This is relatively small but still a bit harder to conceal than other options.
5. Mace Brand Pepper Spray Police Strength
This is a combination of OC pepper and UV dye. It has a range of up to 10 ft. and the number of sprays is approximately 15. It has a stream spray pattern and it is a 10% pocket spray. This one also features a flip and grip design and has a key chain attachment.
It’s built well and good quality. The spray is effective. It has a safety feature to prevent accidental spraying.
Some customers have complained the product did not come with instructions.
4. SABRE 3-IN-1 Pepper Spray – Advanced Police Strength
With a convenient clip attachment, this pepper spray could easily clip on a belt loop or pocket. It is a combination of pepper spray, CS military tear gas & UV marking dye. It has a 10 ft. spray range and sprays approximately 35 times. The manufacturer offers a free video on how to improve your safety and a 4-year guarantee on this product. You also have the option of buying multi-packs of 2 or 3.
It is a sturdy, well-made product with an effective spray. The attached clip is metal and sturdy.
There have been a few reports of conflicting expiration dates so check labels carefully.
3. SABRE RED Pepper Gel – Police Strength
This is a gel formula with an 18 ft. stream. The good thing about a gel is it is less affected by weather conditions and it is safe to use indoors. The type of gel technology also reduces the possibility of cross contamination. With this, you’ll also receive a belt holster. The manufacturer guarantees a 4-year shelf life and they also offer a free video how to video. You have the option of buying just one or a multi-pack of 2.
The gel works well at keep blowback to a minimum. It is small, compact and easy to carry.
There are advertising/labeling discrepancies. The advertising says it has a spray range of 18 ft. and the label on the product says 10 ft. Also, the holster could be better quality.
2. Kimber Pepper Blaster
In 1/10th of a second, the spray from this blaster will travel up to 13 ft. The manufacturer claims there is no blowback or loss of pressure. The company also will not ship these to certain states so you’ll need to check and see if your state is on their list. The grip is ergonomic and it has front and rear sights. It is not reusable. There is a holster but it’s an additional purchase.
It has an accurate aim. Easy to use. It’s also well-made.
If you leave this in your vehicle, make sure it isn’t in direct sunlight or it may leak inside your car.
1. Pepper Spray Bracelet – INSTANT Pepper Spray for Women & Men
This bracelet is unisex and comes in 5 color options: black, pink, yellow, green and pink/black. It does not restrict wrist movement and it’s easy to wear. It has a 3 ft. range and contains 3-6 sprays.
Very discreet and not really possible to tell it’s pepper spray. The bracelet is comfortable and lightweight. The spray is effective.
It is a bit easy to spray by accident so be careful.
What Are Pepper Sprays?
The latest pepper sprays are made with oleoresin capsicum which is, believe it or not, a product of cayenne peppers. The oleoresin capsicum is an inflammatory agent that causes irritation and swelling of mucus membranes in eyes, nose, throat and lungs. Symptoms appear instantly and will cause breathing difficulty and temporary blindness. The effects can last up to an hour and a half. They are not fatal.
Keep this in mind. The heat of these peppers is determined by the amount of capsicum and that is measured in units. When we eat one of these peppers, we’re ingesting around 5,000 units of capsicum. Peppers sprays contains anywhere from 2,000,000 to 5,000,000 units. Think about that. Although temporary, that’ll do some damage.
Advantages of Using Pepper Sprays
There are quite a few advantages to using pepper sprays:
- They are inexpensive although you’ll find the gun models do cost a bit more than other models
- Permits are not required although some cities/states do have regulations so you’ll want to check your local laws
- Easy to carry and/or conceal
- Can be used against animal attacks as well as humans
What makes this efficient self-defense is as stated before, they work instantly and will immediately disable an attacker giving you time to flee and get help.
Whether you live alone, travel alone, exercise outdoors or have reasons to be in a rather unpleasant neighborhood, peppers sprays are an effective and reliable means of self-defense. Please remember to practice using the pepper sprays and make sure you are familiar with how they work and the proper way to carry them. Word of caution: do NOT test these or practice with them indoors! We want you to stay safe! We also hope our top 10 list of pepper sprays has helped you make an informed decision about your safety.