Scout Alarm is arguably the best security system for folks who prefer self-monitoring. This is thanks to a cellular backup that works without requiring a professional monitoring plan, which would be otherwise exclusive to pro monitoring on other systems. Still, there's a $10 monthly fee to maintain the cellular connection. The system doesn't work without a subscription—unlike other self-monitored systems.
Although Scout offers professional monitoring for $20 a month, it's hardly the steal it was a few years ago—before the advent of the $5 and $10 monthly fees from Wyze and Ring, respectively. Overall, we think Scout is a great security system with appealing self-monitoring features.