SimpliSafe is one of our favorite home security systems. It’s affordable, easy to install, and simple to use. That said, it’s not perfect. SimpliSafe cameras are less than stellar, the system doesn’t have smart home automation features, and you have to pay up front for your equipment.
Alternatives to SimpliSafe
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Best alternatives to SimpliSafe
- : Best for financing
- : Best for smart homes
- : Best for cameras
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|Best for basics||$17.99/mo.||$229.00||Amazon, Google||View Packages||Read review|
|Best for financing||$29.99/mo.||$599.00||Amazon, Google, Z-Wave||View Packages||Read review|
|Best for smart homes||$21.99/mo.||$279.00||Amazon, Apple, Google, Z-Wave, Zigbee||View Packages||Read review|
|Best for cameras||$20.00/mo.||$199.99||Amazon, Google, Z-Wave||View on Amazon||Read review|
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Best alternative to SimpliSafe
1. Vivint: Best for financing
We picked Vivint as an alternative to SimpliSafe because it’s a quality security system that offers something SimpliSafe doesn’t: financing. Vivint lets you pay zero down on your home security system instead of paying up front. The only catch is you’re stuck in a contract that can last from three to five years (learn more in our Vivint contract guide).
Another perk that Vivint has over SimpliSafe is it works with more smart home devices, and you can control all of the smart devices with the Vivint app. You can get access to the app with the entry-level plan, but you’ll need to upgrade to get smart home control.
2. Abode: Best for smart homes
Abode is considered the champ of smart home security. If smart home automation is on the top of your list for security system must-haves, then this smart security system is the best SimpliSafe alternative. It’s compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple Homekit, Z-Wave, and Zigbee. This means you can connect your security system to just about any third-party device you have around your home. And, unlike SimpliSafe, it has smart plugs to make your dumb appliances and lamps smart.
Otherwise, SimpliSafe and Abode are almost identical. Both are DIY security systems with no contracts or financing options. The equipment and monitoring prices are similar too. One Abode downside: there’s a $35 cancellation fee if you've paid the annual price for monitoring, whereas it's always free to cancel SimpliSafe.
3. Ring Alarm: Best for cameras
Ring isn’t famous for its security systems, but it’s well known as a pioneer in video surveillance. It came out with the first video doorbell camera, and these tiny cameras are still industry leaders. Beyond video doorbells, Ring Alarm has a better lineup of cameras than almost any other security system (including SimpliSafe).
There are three different types of Ring cameras (other than the handful of Ring doorbell cameras) to choose from:
- Spotlight Cam Battery: an outdoor camera that features a spotlight and a 110-dB siren
- Ring Stick Up Cam Battery: a tiny little indoor camera that can be hidden almost anywhere
- Ring Floodlight Cam: an outdoor video camera with two huge motion lights to brighten dark areas of your yard or driveway
The selection is nice, but Ring security also loaded these cameras with top-notch features too:
- Clear video footage
- Night vision
- Motion-sensitivity options
- Privacy settings
- An app that can connect you with your neighbors
- Sirens (on outdoor cameras)
- Spotlights (on outdoor cameras)
SimpliSafe cameras lack footage clarity, and they don’t offer sensitivity or privacy settings. The SimpliSafe app is a little more basic too. There’s no way to connect with your neighbors to find a lost pet or organize a neighborhood watch.
The only downside is the Ring cameras are sold separately from the system packages.
3 things to consider as you shop around
So you know that a SimpliSafe system isn’t the right security system for you. That’s okay. Here are some things to keep in mind while you’re finding a better fit.
1. Financing and contracts
We get it. Sometimes you can’t afford to pay for a security system up front. Depending on how many devices you need, your new security system could add up to a chunky bit of change. That’s where contracts come in handy. Security companies that offer contracts let you finance your equipment. Breaking the system cost down into monthly payments can be smart if you don’t have funds saved up.
While contracts stick you with a home security system for the length of your contract, these companies don’t charge interest on your payments. Financially, it’s a better option than charging a system to your credit card.
Just be warned: breaking your contract can lead to cancellation fees, and you may need to pay off the remaining balance.
2. Smart home integration
Each security company on this list is compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. You can use these digital assistants to arm your security system and check the status of your system. It’s pretty cool, but if you’re building a home automation system, that’s not going to cut it.
Systems that work with multiple smart devices through Z-Wave and Zigbee give you much more flexibility in customizing your automation experience. With these, you can set up automations for helpful tasks. One idea is an automation to turn off your outdoor lights and start the coffee pot when you disarm your security system in the morning.
Also, be sure to look for home security systems with smart devices already in their product lineup. These devices work well with your system and take the research out of finding compatible devices. There are a few standard smart devices that most security systems include either in their packages or à la carte:
- Indoor and outdoor security cameras
- Doorbell cameras
- Smart locks
- Smoke detectors
3. Camera quality
One major bummer with security systems is that their cameras are typically less than stellar. But they can’t be overlooked. Quality cameras can catch a thief, check your porch for packages, and even keep an eye on the human or fur babies in your life as they play in the yard.
When you’re shopping for an alarm system, check to see if the cameras meet these standards:
- Motion sensitivity settings: See if you can find a sweet spot where you aren’t getting constant motion alerts from the camera.
- Video quality: The industry standard is at least 1080p.
- Field of view: The industry standard is at least 130°.
- Night vision: If it can’t film at night, the camera’s lost the ability to help protect your home at one of its most vulnerable times.
While we think SimpliSafe is a great security system, it has its shortcomings. Vivint, Abode, and Ring are solid alternatives to cover specific areas where SimpliSafe isn’t the strongest.
It still sounds an alarm without a subscription, but that’s useless if you're not at home to hear it.
There are several downsides to SimpliSafe:
- Lackluster cameras
- Limited smart home compatibility
- Basic equipment with few features
While every system is different, there are a variety of security devices you can get for your home:
- Smoke alarm
- Panic button
- Doorbell camera
- Door sensor/entry sensor
- Motion sensor
- Smart lock
- Smart plug
- Security camera
- Key fob
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How we reviewed alternatives to SimpliSafe
We used our years of knowledge and hands-on testing to determine the best home security alternatives to SimpliSafe. We also considered hundreds of user reviews and reviews from other security professionals.
To put the cherry on top of this multi-layered research cake, we spoke one-on-one with brand representatives to learn everything we could about the security systems.
For more on how we review services and products, take a look at our Safewise methodology page.
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