How Much Does SimpliSafe Cost?

Here’s how much you’ll pay for SimpliSafe monitoring, security system packages, equipment, and installation.

How much does SimpliSafe cost?

SimpliSafe alarm system packages range from $229 to $489, or you can build a customized package. You can also choose from three different monitoring packages ranging from $9.99 to $24.99 per month, or you can opt for no monitoring package at all.

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Then, there’s the choice of installing the system yourself or taking advantage of the flat-rate $75 SimpliSafe professional installation.

SimpliSafe also offers discounts when you add the Interactive Monitoring package to your purchase. This discount can knock up to $100 off the price. Also, the home security company often offers a free HD security camera with the purchase of a package.

We like that SimpliSafe alarm systems offer a wide range of choices so you can get the system and services best suited for your home, whether you live in a tiny apartment or a sprawling, multi-level home.

SimpliSafe monthly fee

There’s only one monthly fee associated with SimpliSafe home security systems: the professional monitoring plan. The cost depends on which monitoring plan you choose.

The Self Monitoring plan is your DIY option. The Interactive Monitoring and Standard Monitoring packages use a cellular connection, so they work well for homes without a dedicated landline.

Interactive Monitoring Standard MonitoringSelf Monitoring
Monthly price
Professional monitoring
Icon Yes  LightYes
Icon Yes  LightYes
Icon No  LightNo
Cellular connection
Icon Yes  LightYes
Icon Yes  LightYes
Icon No  LightNo
Fire, water, temp. monitoring
Icon Yes  LightYes
Icon Yes  LightYes
Icon No  LightNo
Visual verification
Icon Yes  LightYes
Icon No  LightNo
Icon No  LightNo
SMS phone alerts
Icon Yes  LightYes
Icon No  LightNo
Icon Yes  LightYes
Private notifications
Icon Yes  LightYes
Icon No  LightNo
Icon Yes  LightYes
Arms with SimpliSafe app
Icon Yes  LightYes
Icon No  LightNo
Icon Yes  LightYes
Insurance discounts
Icon Yes  LightYes
Icon Yes  LightYes
Icon No  LightNo

Info current as of 03/25/2021. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

The Self Monitoring with Camera Recordings package for alarm systems is the least expensive at $9.90 per month. It includes 30 days of unlimited video storage for up to five cameras, advanced SMS alerts, and custom private phone notifications. Plus, you can arm the home security system using your phone.

The Standard Monitoring service is a little more expensive at $14.99 per month, and we think it is worth the splurge. It monitors water leaks and temperature changes. It also includes 24/7 professional monitoring, fire monitoring, and a cellular connection for homes that don’t have landlines.

This also means that you’ll always be able to call police or emergency services, even when traditional phone serves are interrupted. So if a tree falls on your phone line, or you forget to pay your bill, you’ll still be able to get help in an emergency.

The Interactive monitoring plan costs $24.99 per month. It includes all of the features of the other two plans combined. Plus, it will save the recordings from up to 10 cameras for 30 days. SimpliSafe also offers customers a free security camera when they sign up for this monitoring service package.

Our favorite part about this alarm system package is the convenience it offers. You can arm and disarm the whole system using the app. Forget to arm the system before you got into bed? No problem—just use the app and snuggle in. You can also use this package with your smart home devices.

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SimpliSafe home automation

Our favorite smart home integration is setting the August Lock to lock/unlock when you arm/disarm your SimpliSafe home security system.

SimpliSafe monthly storage

Interactive Monitoring
Standard Monitoring
Self Monitoring
Price
$24.99/month
$14.99/month
$9.99/month
Unlimited recording
Icon Yes  LightYes
Icon No  LightNo
Icon Yes  LightYes
30-day storage
Icon Yes  LightYes, for up to 10 cameras
Icon No  LightNo
Icon Yes  LightYes, for up to 5 cameras

Info current as of 03/25/2021. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

If you don’t want to pay a monthly fee, you can use the home security system without a monitoring plan, but going it alone limits how well the system works. If you choose to self-monitor with your SimpliSafe system, you’ll lose access to these features:

  • Call center access during an emergency
  • Cloud storage for videos
  • System arming/disarming with the app

We don’t recommend going without a monitoring plan. The siren will still work to scare off intruders and you can view live footage from the camera using the app, but that’s about it.

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Truly DIY

SimpliSafe is a home security system that can be easily installed by just about anyone (here are some installation tips).

If the thought of setting up anything electronic makes you nervous, you can hire a professional. SimpliSafe’s professional installation fee is $75, no matter which package you choose.  

SimpliSafe equipment packages

Packages range from $229 to $489, and SimpliSafe doesn’t run a credit check—even with bigger packages. There are five main types of packages SimpliSafe likes to advertise, but they have a few more that are almost identical to the main five. Typically, the only difference is an added sensor or two. For simplicity, we’re comparing the main five.

The Foundation The EssentialsThe HearthThe KnoxThe Haven
Package price
Included equipment1 base station, 1 keypad, 1 entry sensor, 1 motion sensor 1 base station, 1 keypad, 3 entry sensor, 1 motion sensor 1 base station, 1 keypad, 1 key fob, 3 entry sensors, 1 motion sensor, 1 105 dB siren, 1 smoke detector 1 base station, 1 keypad, 1 key fob, 6 entry sensors, 2 motion sensors, 1 105 dB siren, 1 smoke detector 1 base station, 1 keypad, 1 key fob, 4 entry sensors, 2 motion sensors, 1 105 dB siren, 1 panic button, 1 temperature sensor, 1 water sensor, 1 smoke detector

Info current as of 03/25/2021. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

The Foundation

Think of The Foundation like a starter pack. It comes with the basics you’ll need to create a home security system. If you have an apartment, this package is ideal since you probably won’t need more than one entry sensor.

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The Essentials

The Essentials package offers two more entry sensors—a good choice if your home only has one door and a couple of windows you would like to monitor.

The Hearth

The first two packages come with a 95 dB siren. With The Hearth package, the siren gets bumped up to 105 dB. The big difference? The first siren is about as loud as a motorcycle, while the second siren is as loud as a rock concert.1 The more piercing the siren, the more likely it is to wake you up and scare an intruder.

This package also includes a smoke detector. While you might not think “fire safety” when planning home security, smoke detectors are essential to home safety.

The Knox

The Knox is for a larger home. It includes six entry sensors to use on doors and windows and two motion sensors. Like The Hearth home security system, it also comes with a 105 dB siren and a smoke detector.

The Haven

The Haven offers full-home coverage. Not only does it include the louder siren and a smoke detector, it also features a panic button, a water sensor to detect floods and leaks, and a temperature sensor.

SimpliSafe equipment costs

Extra equipment costs anywhere from $3.99 to $169. If you have a bigger home or special needs, you may find that SimpliSafe’s premade packages don’t work for you. Luckily, you can customize your package by adding items à la carte, or you can build your own package.

Here are equipment costs:

  • Entry sensor: $14.99
  • SimpliSafe Smart Lock: $99.00
  • Motion sensor: $29.99
  • Extra keypad: $69.99
  • Key fob: $24.99
  • Water sensor: $19.99
  • SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro: $169
  • Smoke detector: $29.99
  • Panic button: $19.99
  • Glass-break sensor: $34.99
  • Temperature sensor: $29.99
  • 105 dB siren: $59.99
  • Yard sign: $3.99
  • SimpliCam: $99 (This is an indoor camera, but you can purchase an outdoor kit for $19.99 that allows the SimpliCam to work outside in the elements and temperatures of -4 to 114ºF.)

SimpliSafe shipping costs

Shipping is free for packages, but if you opt for individual items, there’s a fee. The shipping costs vary depending on where you live.

SimpliSafe cancellation fees, returns, and warranty

SimpliSafe doesn’t make customers sign a contract (major score for you), so there are no cancelation fees. Even better than the freedom that comes from being contract-free is the fact you can return SimpliSafe products for free.

SimpliSafe has a 60-day satisfaction guarantee for all equipment. If you don’t like it, you can return it. The company will pay for shipping and then return your money in a few days. You just need to contact their customer service.

If you decide to keep your SimpliSafe products, the warranty covers the equipment for three years from the original order date. They’ll send you a free shipping label to return the equipment and then will replace the item.

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  1. CDC, “What Noises Cause Hearing Loss?,” October 7, 2019. Accessed March 22, 2021.
Alina Bradford
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Alina Bradford
Alina has been reviewing the latest tech for more than a decade and has contributed her insights to CNET, CBS, Digital Trends, MTV, Top Ten Reviews, and many others. She specializes in smart home and security technology, working to make gadgets less mystifying one article at a time. In the early 2000s, Alina worked as a volunteer firefighter, earning her first responder certification. 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.