SimpliSafe vs. Blue by ADT

We researched and tried both SimpliSafe and Blue by ADT and found SimpliSafe had more security options.
Winner
SimpliSafe
SimpliSafe
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
Starts at
$17.99
/mo
  • pro
    Low monthly cost
  • pro
    Pro install and easy DIY install
  • con
    Basic cameras
Runner up
Blue by ADT
Blue by ADT
3.8 out of 5 stars
3.75
Starts at
$19.99
  • pro
    Low monthly cost
  • pro
    Easy DIY install
  • con
    Expensive cameras

Info current as of publish date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

When you compare Blue by ADT vs. SimpliSafe, SimpliSafe takes the prize. While we found both home security systems easy to use and affordable, SimpliSafe offered, well, more. It features a bevy of helpful security equipment options, the versatility of pro or DIY installation, and a better return policy than Blue.

Here’s how everything shook out after we tested and compared these two systems.

In the UK? Check out our SimpliSafe UK Review.


SimpliSafe vs. Blue by ADT at a glance


SimpliSafe pros and cons

pro
Pros
pro No contract required
pro Low monthly cost
pro Large device selection
pro Affordable equipment
pro 60-day money-back guarantee
con
Cons
con Not compatible with Z-Wave
con Basic cameras

SimpliSafe is best for people who want great connectivity

If you need a bunch of devices that all work well together, SimpliSafe is a good choice. It has a device for just about everything. From smoke detection to intruder detection, SimpliSafe has you covered.

And its security cameras are affordable, so you can get multiple cameras for your home. This can be particularly helpful if you have a large yard or home that needs a bunch of cameras for full coverage.

Blue by ADT pros and cons

pro
Pros
pro No contract required
pro Low monthly cost
pro Compatible with Z-Wave
pro Highly trusted company
pro 60-day money-back guarantee
con
Cons
con Expensive cameras
con No professional installation

Blue by ADT is best for those that need a trusted name

Blue by ADT is for people who want a little extra reassurance that everything is going to work. It’s a highly trusted company with decades of experience. ADT has been around for more than 140 years.

Though the Blue version of ADT has only been around a few years, it’s still backed by ADT and its nine monitoring centers. These centers have generators and redundancy plans to ensure its customers never go without service. 

Plus, Blue by ADT has a lower entry price, making it easier to get started if you’re on a budget.

(If you're not sure how Blue differs from ADT, check out our comparison of ADT vs. Blue by ADT.)

SimpliSafe and Blue by ADT top features

Lowest monitoring price
Mobile app included w/ base plan
Smart home compatibility
Equipment options
Learn more
Icon Yes  LightYes
Alexa, Google, August Smart Lock
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Alexa, Google, IFTTT, Z-Wave

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Similarities

We love that both of these companies seem to look out for the customer. Both have no contract and offer inexpensive packages and monitoring.

No contract

Unlike some other big names in the industry (we’re looking at you ADT), neither SimpliSafe nor Blue make you sign a contract. While this means that you need to pay for your equipment up front, you won’t be locked into an agreement or pay a penalty if you decide to try a different security system company.

Base kit price
Highest kit price
Build your own
Number of kits
Base kit includes
Learn more
5Base station, Keypad, Entry sensor, Motion sensor
3Hub with built-in keypad, Door/window sensors (2), Yard sign, Window stickers

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Cost

There isn’t much difference in price. Blue by ADT is slightly cheaper, but SimpliSafe offers more packages to choose from.

SimpliSafe has five home security system packages that range from about $245 to $500 You can DIY yourself a customized package too. Customized packages start around $200.

Blue by ADT has three packages that range from about $180 to $450. Custom packages start around $180.

Differences

While Blue has more pricey professional monitoring, it has the edge overall. SimpliSafe provides the knockout in the equipment, installation, and return policy categories, though.

Professional monitoring

Both SimpliSafe and Blue offer low monthly monitoring-plan fees. What you get for the price is where the brands differ. Let’s take a look at SimpliSafe’s most affordable package and Blue by ADT’s only package. As you can see, you get what you pay for.

Cost
Mobile app access
Video storage
Smart home integration
Learn more
Icon Yes  LightYes
Icon No  LightNo
Icon No  LightNo
Icon Yes  LightYes
Icon Yes  LightYes
Icon Yes  LightYes

Info current as of publish date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

To get all of the features that the Blue by ADT plan offers, you’ll need to upgrade to SimpliSafe’s Interactive Plan for $27.99 per month. Since the premium package is less than $10 more, SimpliSafe and Blue by ADT are on even footing. We just want to make sure you don’t get fooled into thinking SimpliSafe is a bargain by looking at its lowest monthly package rate.

Both also allow you to go without a monitoring package, which we don’t recommend. Without monitoring, you lose too many features that make a security system useful.

You can learn more in our SimpliSafe monitoring packages guide.

Equipment

When it comes to equipment, SimpliSafe is the clear winner. SimpliSafe security systems offer you more ways to keep your home safe by offering a wider range of devices. Blue doesn’t have glass-break sensors, carbon monoxide detectors, smoke detectors, panic buttons, or key fobs. Blue doesn’t have a smart lock like SimpliSafe does.

SimpliSafe equipment

SimpliSafe base station, SimpliCam, key fob, entry sensor, keypad, and motion detector. Image: SafeWise

SimpliSafe equipment

  • Base station
  • Keypad
  • Entry sensor
  • Motion sensor
  • Water sensor
  • Glass-break sensor
  • Panic button
  • Smoke detector
  • Carbon monoxide sensor
  • Temperature sensor
  • Indoor camera
  • Outdoor camera
  • Key fob
  • Extra siren
  • Video doorbell
  • Smartlock

Learn more about SimpliSafe’s equipment and compatibility here, and learn how to connect SimpliSafe with Alexa if you want voice control.

Shows a line-up of sample equipment found in a Blue by ADT home security system: base station, keypad, video doorbell, contact sensor, smoke alarm, and four yard signs.

Blue by ADT equipment options. Image: ADT

Blue by ADT equipment

  • Blue by ADT Smart Home Hub
  • Keypad
  • Window sensor
  • Door sensor
  • Motion sensor
  • Flood and temperature sensor
  • Doorbell camera
  • Indoor camera
  • Outdoor camera
  • Google Nest Mini
  • Extender and chime
  • Wireless outdoor camera extra battery pack

Learn more about Blue by ADT’s equipment and compatibility here.

Cameras

SimpliSafe and Blue are more evenly matched now that SimpliSafe added an outdoor camera to its lineup. But we're happier with Blue's camera quality.

SimpliSafe has three cameras: the SimpliCam indoor camera, SimpliSafe outdoor camera, and the SimpliSafe Doorbell Pro

Blue by ADT also has three security camera options, including an outdoor camera, an indoor camera, and a doorbell camera. Each offers 1080p video quality, which is the industry standard.

We've found SimpliSafe's cameras to be fairly basic. They'll get the job done, but Blue’s cameras inch above in our rankings with features like two-way talk and a slightly wider field of view.

Okay, so we’ve really talked up the Blue cameras, but they have one big problem. The price. Both the Blue Outdoor Wireless Camera and the Blue Indoor Camera cost $199.99, while SimpliSafe's outdoor cam costs $30 less. And the indoor SimpliCam comes in at just $99 versus the twice-as-expensive Blue indoor camera. 

So how do the doorbell cameras stack up? They’re a little closer in price. The SimpliSafe Doorbell Pro is $169 and the Blue Doorbell Camera is $199.99. The features are similar too. Both have 1080p video, a wide field of view, two-way talk, and motion detection.

Installation

While both Blue by ADT and Simplisafe offer DIY installation, only SimpliSafe also offers professional installation. We like companies that give their customers choices. Some people like to dive in and install everything themselves, and others like to let someone with more experience tackle installing their home security system. 

SimpliSafe’s installation fee is $99, which may make you want to try and install the system yourself. Installation is simple with both home security systems, so we don’t think you’ll have a problem. This guide to installing SimpliSafe will get you up and running in no time.

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SimpliSafe Interactive monitoring perks

Interactive monitoring customers get a lifetime hardware warranty and a 10% discount on all equipment. We think that's a pretty good deal.

Money-back guarantee

What happens if you choose your new home security system and find out you don’t like it? Well, both of these systems give you a window to return your equipment and get your money back.

Blue by ADT gives you just 30 days to get your money back on equipment and services. SimpliSafe gives you a 60-day window, which can give you more time to settle in, work out any bugs, and really get a feel for the equipment.

Winner: SimpliSafe beats Blue by ADT

While SimpliSafe and Blue by ADT are both great security systems, we have to give this one to SimpliSafe. It offers more ways to protect your home with a wide range of devices. Plus, you have the option to choose DIY or professional installation and have more days to return equipment. We love options.

SimpliSafe:

  • DIY or professional installation
  • Wider selection of security equipment
  • More affordable cameras
  • Better return policy

Blue by ADT:

  • Better cameras
  • One full-featured monitoring package
  • Lower price for ugraded features

Still undecided? Read our full SimpliSafe and Blue by ADT reviews to learn more. Also, take a look at all our top security system picks, or SimpliSafe alternatives.

How we decided: Blue by ADT vs. SimpliSafe

When choosing the best home security system in our SimpliSafe vs. Blue by ADT review, we did hundreds of hours of research and hands-on testing. We combined that with decades of safety and security experience.

To learn more about how Safewise reviews products and services, check out our methodology page.

Alina Bradford
Written by
Alina Bradford
Alina is a safety and security expert that has contributed her insights to CNET, CBS, Digital Trends, MTV, Top Ten Reviews, and many others. Her goal is to make safety and security gadgets less mystifying one article at a time. In the early 2000s, Alina worked as a volunteer firefighter, earning her first responder certification and paving the way to her current career. Her activities aren’t nearly as dangerous today. Her hobbies include fixing up her 100-year-old house, doing artsy stuff, and going to the lake with her family.

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