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Similarities: SimpliSafe vs. Frontpoint
What Do SimpliSafe and Frontpoint Have in Common?
Despite vastly different packaging, these two home alarm systems have more in common than you might think. Both offer professional monitoring services, remote access and control, and hazard detection along with burglar deterrents. Here’s a rundown of other important similarities:
Easy DIY installation
Secure cellular monitoring
No-risk trial period
Free mobile app
Differences: Frontpoint vs. SimpliSafe
What Makes SimpliSafe and Frontpoint Different?
It’s nice to know what these security companies have in common, but what usually helps me make a decision is where they deviate.
The differences are where you get a better picture about which security company may be a better fit for your specific needs. Take a look at the main points where these two security companies diverge:
Monthly costs and fees
Home automation capabilities
Frontpoint vs. SimpliSafe: Equipment
Starter equipment price
Basic equipment package
Mobile app access
Mobile app ratings
Base station Keypad Window/door sensor (1) Motion sensor (1)
SimpliSafe set out to do home security differently than everyone else. That’s why you won’t run into any high-pressure salespeople or tricky, long-term contracts.
SimpliSafe equipment is contemporary and appeals to people who aren’t willing to sacrifice style for security.
SimpliSafe’s stripped-down packages make it easy for people living in apartments, dorms, or roommate situations to add security. But it can be harder to use a SimpliSafe security system for larger homes and properties—especially without any outdoor security cameras available.
We like this practical, low-cost approach to home security and appreciate that you can take or leave monthly monitoring. But SimpliSafe’s main weakness is its constant evolution.
When the company released an updated version of the whole system, the new components didn’t work with older versions. This leaves long-time customers in the dust because they’ll have to purchase an entirely new SimpliSafe security system when they’re ready to upgrade.
Frontpoint has been one of our favorite home security companies for a while now. We like that it’s the customers (and not just the company) that tout the easy DIY installation process.
In fact, customers can’t stop talking about Frontpoint’s service and customer care—from technical assistance to general questions, customers get the help they need in a fast, friendly manner.
“I called tech services for help with an app, and the person I spoke to was extremely helpful and patient. . . . I would recommend Frontpoint to anyone looking for a reliable security system with excellent customer and technical service.”
Carol T. from Plainfield, NJ | March 2018
This home alarm company offers five packages with equipment that you bring wherever you move. Monitoring from Frontpoint is pricey—it starts at $44.99 per month, but it’s contract-free and $0 down if you opt for financing.
If you’re looking for a full-service home security system that you can integrate with home automation components, Frontpoint delivers—especially for renters and frequent movers.
Rebecca is the lead safety reporter and in-house expert for SafeWise.com. She has been a journalist and blogger for over 25 years, with a focus on home and community safety for the past six. Rebecca spends dozens of hours every month testing and evaluating security products and strategies. Her safety expertise is sought after by publications, broadcast journalists, non-profit organizations, podcasts, and more. You can find her work and contributions in places like TechCrunch, The Washington Post, The Chicago Tribune, HGTV, MSN, and an ever-growing library of radio and TV clips. Learn more