Assortment of SimpliSafe home security equipment.

(SimpliSafe)

SimpliSafe home security siren.

Simplisafe Siren

Best for:

  • Homeowners who want to self-monitor their home’s security

  • Budget-conscious buyers looking to avoid long-term monitoring contracts

  • DIYers looking for a system they can install themselves

Not Recommended for:

  • Those looking for Z-wave compatibility

  • Integration with smart thermostats

How Does Simplisafe Work?

SimpliSafe is an affordable DIY option with numerous security system packages to choose from to fit various sized homes. Similar to other DIY security systems, SimpliSafe also lets you build your system from the ground up with its selection of sensors, security cameras, and detectors. At the core of the SimpliSafe system is its base station, which is a freestanding unit designed to sit on a desk or countertop. If a sensor detects activity, it sends a signal to the base station, which in turn alerts you or a monitoring service (for those who choose to subscribe to one). A separate control panel turns the system off and on.

Monitoring

SimpliSafe offers three monitoring plans – a self-monitoring plan that gives you access to camera recordings; a standard monitoring plan that includes emergency services dispatches; and a higher-end plan that provides video verification, unlimited recording for 10 cameras, and a limited number of smart home integrations. SimpliSafe’s video verification allows the monitoring service to view up to 30 seconds of live footage, access that lets them verify if it’s a real break-in and provide confirmation to police, speeding up response times. SimpliSafe provides alerts via text, email, and push notification for those who subscribe to its 24/7 Interactive Monitoring plan or its Self Monitoring plan.

You can also choose SimpliSafe’s no-monthly fee option, which is unmonitored and simply allows you to arm and disarm the system and receive alarm and camera alerts. It ultimately comes down to whether or not you want the perks and extra expenses that come along with professional monitoring services.

Professional reviewers appreciate the fact that SimpliSafe does not have contracts for either of its monitoring services and the fact that the company offers a 60-day trial period on its hardware.

Hardware Compatibility

SimpliSafe is compatible with virtual assistants, including Google Assistant and Alexa, as well as August locks and Apple Watch for users who subscribe to its Self-monitoring or Interactive Monitoring plans.

SimpliSafe’s wireless hardware can be self-installed without tools. Sensors and motion detectors use peel and stick adhesive for simple installation. The company does offer professional installation starting at $99 for those who need help.

SimpliSafe home security keypad.

Simplisafe Keypad

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The Keep

1 Base Station, 1 Keypad, 5 Entry Sensors, 2 Motion Sensors, 1 Keyfob, 1 Indoor Camera $458.90

The Hearth

1 Base Station, 1 Keypad, 3 Entry Sensors, 1 Motion Sensor, 1 Smoke Detector, 1 Keyfob, 1 Wireless Siren $389.91

The Fortress

1 Base Station, 2 Keypad, 6 Entry Sensors, 2 Motion Sensors, 1 Keyfob, 1 Wireless Siren, 1 Panic Button $524.86

The Oakstone

1 Base Station, 1 Keypad, 8 Entry Sensors, 1 Motion Sensors, 1 Keyfob $374.88

The Barrington

1 Base Station, 1 Keypad, 2 Entry Sensors, 1 Motion Sensors, 1 Keyfob, 1 Panic Button, 1 Indoor Camera $388.93

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The Keep

1 Base Station, 1 Keypad, 5 Entry Sensors, 2 Motion Sensors, 1 Keyfob, 1 Indoor Camera $458.90

The Hearth

1 Base Station, 1 Keypad, 3 Entry Sensors, 1 Motion Sensor, 1 Smoke Detector, 1 Keyfob, 1 Wireless Siren $389.91

The Fortress

1 Base Station, 2 Keypad, 6 Entry Sensors, 2 Motion Sensors, 1 Keyfob, 1 Wireless Siren, 1 Panic Button $524.86

The Oakstone

1 Base Station, 1 Keypad, 8 Entry Sensors, 1 Motion Sensors, 1 Keyfob $374.88

The Barrington

1 Base Station, 1 Keypad, 2 Entry Sensors, 1 Motion Sensors, 1 Keyfob, 1 Panic Button, 1 Indoor Camera $388.93

The Essentials

1 Base Station, 1 Keypad, 3 Entry Sensors, 1 Motion Sensor $274.95

The Nook

1 Base Station, 1 Keypad, 1 Entry Sensor, 1 Motion Sensor, 1 Keyfob $269.95

The Bedford

1 Base Station, 1 Keypad, 2 Entry Sensor, 2 Motion Sensor $289.94

The Homestead

1 Base Station, 1 Keypad, 3 Entry Sensor, 1 Motion Sensor, 1 Keyfob $299.93

The Sanctuary

1 Base Station, 1 Keypad, 6 Entry Sensor, 1 Motion Sensor $319.91

The Bunker

1 Base Station, 1 Keypad, 4 Entry Sensor, 2 Motion Sensor, 1 Keyfob $344.91

The Foundation

1 Base Station, 1 Keypad, 1 Entry Sensor, 1 Motion Sensor $244.96

Simplisafe offers its hardware both a la carte and in packages. Those who are looking to build their own system will find SimpliSafe’s motion sensors cost $29.99, a wireless outdoor camera costs $189.99, and its window and door entry sensors are among the more affordable in our rating at $14.99 each. In addition to these common pieces of hardware, the company also offers a temperature sensor ($29.99) and a water sensor ($19.99).

The company also sells its hardware in seven different package options, which is ideal for those who may feel overwhelmed with a ground-up option. Prices range from $244.96 for The Foundation and $699.90 for The Beacon.

SimpliSafe does not require its users to sign contracts, though it will discount the price of its hardware packages by 20 percent for customers who subscribe to its Interactive Monitoring service.

SimpliSafe offers three monitoring options – Self Monitoring with Camera Recording, Standard Monitoring, and its premium Interactive Monitoring.

  • Self Monitoring ($9.99 per month): SimpliSafe’s self-monitoring service allows you to view live camera footage and keep unlimited recordings for up to five cameras.
  • Standard Monitoring ($17.99 per month): SimpliSafe’s standard monitoring service provides live HD footage along with 24/7 emergency services dispatch and a 1-year warranty on hardware. However, the service does not include unlimited camera recordings
  • Interactive Monitoring ($27.99 per month): SimpliSafe’s top-tier monitoring service offers everything its two other monitoring services offer plus video verification, which gives SimpliSafe monitoring access to cameras to verify break-ins, unlimited camera recording for up to 10 cameras, flood and temperature monitoring, and a lifetime warranty on equipment. Interactive monitoring subscribers also get a 10 percent discount on future hardware purchases.

You may also choose to use SimpliSafe’s home security system without a monitoring plan for free. If you decide to go unmonitored with SimpliSafe, you will be able to remotely arm and disarm the system, configure your systems settings, receive push notifications, and get alerts (alarm, error, and camera).

SimpliSafe home security base.

The Simplisafe base station connects all the devices in each package.

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Indoor Camera $99.00
Wireless Outdoor Security Camera $169.99
Video Doorbell Pro $169.00
Sensors
Entry Sensor $14.99
Motion Sensor $29.99
Glass Break Sensor $34.99
Temperature Sensor $29.99
Water Sensor $19.99
Carbon Monoxide Detector $49.99
Smoke Detector $29.99
Locks
Smart Lock $99.00
Charging
Extra outdoor camera battery $29.99
Outdoor Camera Power Cable $49.99
Outdoor Camera Solar Panel $79.99
AA Batteries (4) $3.99
CR123A Lithium Battery $4.99
Panasonic CR123A Battery $4.99
Miscellaneous
Key Fob $24.99
105dB Siren $59.99
Panic Button $19.99
Keypad $69.99
Yard Sign $3.99
Window Decals (5) $4.99
Adhesive Tape for Entry Magnets (4) $1.99
Adhesive Tape for Seneors (6) $3.99
Extra Entry Magnet $4.99
Wi-Fi Extender $24.99

To buy a SimpliSafe Security system:

  1. Select hardware. SimpliSafe offers five different equipment packages priced from about $244.96 to $505.00. Alternatively, you can build your own alarm system by selecting equipment yourself.
  2. Choose a monitoring plan. Choose from two month-to-month professional monitoring plans: the Standard plan at $17.99 a month or the Interactive plan at $27.99 a month.You can also opt for a self-monitoring with camera recording plan, which offers limited features at a cheaper price.
  3. Add accessories. Before you checkout, you’ll be given a list of optional accessories, including camera mounts and chargers, that may complement your hardware selection.

Vivint  »

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Best Professionally Installed Home Security System of 2023

Offer: use code USDEAL for free pro install + 1 month free monitoring

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$599.99

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$29.99 and Up

Plan Lock
60 Month Contract

Installation
Professional

SimpliSafe vs. Vivint Smart Home

Vivint and SimpliSafe take very different approaches to pricing. Vivint requires a contract for its home security systems unless you pay for your equipment upfront. If you pay for your system upfront, you may qualify for month-to-month pricing for the required monitoring services that start at $19.99 per month. However, it’s important to note that you must purchase a minimum of $599.99 worth of equipment to use Vivint. And Vivint does not publish pricing for its home security systems on its website.

On the other hand, SimpliSafe publishes prices for each of its packages and equipment, if you choose to purchase hardware a la carte. The company also offers a self-monitoring option and lists the price of its monitoring services on its website.

These differences make SimpliSafe the better choice for those looking for an affordable security system without long-term contracts, and those who don’t mind installing the hardware themselves. Vivint may be the better option for those willing to pay more for professional installation and advanced security features, such as vehicle disturbance notifications and garage door controls.

SimpliSafe vs. Frontpoint

SimpliSafe and Frontpoint are both DIY services, but they vary considerably. SimpliSafe offers hardware that’s affordably priced with entry sensors that cost $14.99 and a $29.99 motion sensor. Frontpoint’s hardware costs more with door and window sensors priced at $23.09 and motion sensors going for $45.49. However, Frontpoint’s outdoor camera is cheaper than SimpliSafe at $139.99 versus $169.99.

Frontpoint’s hardware packages range from $392.40 to $797.88, which are higher than SimpliSafe packages, which range from $244.96 to $524.86. Though some may prefer Frontpoint’s equipment options, such as its touchscreen hub, an outdoor smart plug, and garage door tilt sensor.

Frontpoint also supports more home integration technologies, including Z-Wave technology, whereas SimpliSafe is designed to work primarily with its own smart devices. While that price places it among the more expensive monitoring plans in our Best Home Security Systems of 2023 rating, it does include smart home control and access to its mobile app. In comparison, SimpliSafe’s most expensive monitoring service is $27.99 per month.

SimpliSafe’s lower price points make it a good option for those looking for an affordable home security service.

Cove  »

Easy-to-Install DIY System with Professional Monitoring

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$249.00 and Up

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$17.99 and Up

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No Contract

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SimpliSafe vs. Cove

SimpliSafe and Cove both offer DIY Security systems. While both companies offer very similar pricing, they differ in the features and monitoring options they offer. Both SimpliSafe and Cove charge about $15 for door and window sensors. SimpliSafe’s outdoor camera ($169.99) is a little more affordable than Cove’s camera ($199.00). While Cove only offers a la carte systems, requiring its users to choose pieces of equipment following a series of questions about their home, SimpliSafe allows you to either build your system from the ground up or choose from one of 16 equipment packages that range in price from $244.96 to $524.86.

Cove does frequently mark down the prices of its equipment, while SimpliSafe offers a 20% discount on its packaged services if users choose to subscribe to its premium monitoring service. When it comes to smart devices, Cove does not offer smart hardware, while SimpliSafe does offer its own smart lock.

As for monitoring, SimpliSafe offers video verification with its professional monitoring, which it says improves response times, while Cove offers RapidSOS monitoring. Both offer month-to-month monitoring plans without a contract. However, only SimpliSafe allows users to self-monitor without a monthly fee, though video recording isn’t included. Users can access Simplisafe via smartphone controls with its basic plan, while users must purchase Cove’s premium plan to control the system via its app.

Cove is a great option for those who like having the added security of RapidSOS with monitoring, while SimpliSafe is a good choice for those who prefer to self monitor.

Similar Home Security Systems

Simplisafe offers a DIY home security system at a lower cost than many others in our rating without sacrificing standard security features. Professional monitoring plans start at $17.99 monthly and include 24/7 police, fire, medical dispatch, video verification, and unlimited camera recording. Interactive monitoring goes up to $27.99 a month and includes standard features as well as text and email notifications, activity alerts, and smart home integration capabilities. Monthly plans are month to month and don’t require a contract. You can also choose to self-monitor for free.

For more information on the price of a home security system, check out our How Much Does a Home Security System cost? guide.

Rated No. 1 in our Best DIY Home Security Systems, SimpliSafe offers a relatively simple self-directed installation. The base station easily pairs with all of the sensors and devices. To begin, all you have to do is plug in the base station and then activate and adhere any extra devices, buttons, or sensors to the walls. SimpliSafe smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors will require permanent mounting, but all necessary screws and wall anchors are provided.

If you want extra help to ensure your cameras and sensors are mounted and angled properly, you can add professional installation services starting at $99.

SimpliSafe uses your home broadband connection for monitoring, with backup connections via cellular on the Verizon or T-Mobile networks depending on location.

Although self-monitoring is free, there are three big reasons to consider a professionally monitored home security system:

1. 24/7 security: A third-party monitoring service is always watching to ensure authorities are notified as quickly as possible.

2. Possibility for a faster police response: Because false alarms are becoming more common, emergency services are more likely to respond to an alarm when a reputable professional monitoring service reports it.

3. Safer when you’re away: Professional monitoring services can alert authorities if you’re not home, asleep, or otherwise unreachable.

Self Monitoring and Interactive plan subscribers can get notifications by email, text, and the smartphone app. You can customize notifications for specific activities such as opening a medicine drawer or a child’s use of a pin code. Customers who self-monitor don’t get these notifications. Standard Plan subscribers will get a phone call from the monitoring center when an alarm is triggered, but not the customized notifications.

Pets weighing less than 30 pounds won’t trigger the SimpliSafe motion sensors as long as the devices are placed at least 5 feet off the ground. The company says you can adjust the sensitivity to ignore pets up to 50 pounds.

SimpliSafe allows customers to create a distress code to silently alert the monitoring center if there is an intruder.

You can trigger the panic alert from a stand-alone button, the system keypad, or an optional keychain remote. It can set off the siren or remain silent, and it can notify the monitoring service if you have a monthly plan. You can also program it to immediately dispatch emergency services or call you first.

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SimpliSafe does work with Amazon Alexa and Google Home voice controls, but not with Apple HomeKit at the moment.

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SimpliSafe’s proprietary system doesn’t use Z-Wave or Zigbee protocols, which are the standard for many smart home devices, so some of your existing equipment like smart thermostats or lighting systems may not be compatible. The company’s website says it can integrate “a number of smart home devices” for those subscribing to the Interactive Plan. The August Smart Lock is compatible.

SimpliSafe doesn’t integrate with smart thermostats.

All SimpliSafe hardware has a 1-year limited warranty. Customers who sign up for the service’s Interactive Professional Monitoring receive a limited lifetime warranty on hardware, while those who sign up for standard or self-monitoring receive a 3-year warranty.

SimpliSafe customer service is available from 8 a.m. to midnight Eastern Standard Time by phone. It also has an online Help Center that answers frequently asked questions.

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Our Home Security Contributors

A journalist and editor with over 20 years of experience, Jennifer Pattison Tuohy covers home and design, the smart home, and consumer technology. Born in New York, she grew up in London, England, and now lives in Charleston, South Carolina.

Rob Lever is a veteran journalist based in Washington, D.C. who has written extensively about technology and tech policy. He spent nearly 10 years as the technology and media correspondent for Agence-France Presse, covering digital lifestyles, consumer electronics, Big Tech, cybersecurity, privacy, social media, and misinformation.

Anthony Carrick has written about numerous topics of interest to consumers, including technology-related subjects.

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