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Between these two security systems, our favorite is Arlo.

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SecureScore™: 8.0/10

Arlo and Arlo Pro are part of a camera-based home security system that is both effective and reliable. Both cameras offer a variety of features that are designed to allow the homeowner to monitor their home and communicate with those within range of the camera. The Arlo and Arlo Pro cameras are designed to provide efficient home security without the need for additional devices. Arlo Pro picks up where Arlo leaves off in terms of technology and compatibility.

Overview: Arlo vs Arlo Pro

Arlo and Arlo Pro cameras offer high-resolution images and video as well as two-way communication. Both cameras need to be accompanied by a base station that allows them to connect to your home's Wi-Fi network. Both cameras can be operated through a downloadable app that allows you to connect with them remotely. Both cameras also offer multiple options so you can choose how you are notified if the camera triggers an alert.

  • Built-in motion sensors
  • Seven days worth of free storage
  • Indoor/outdoor cameras
  • Easily installed by the homeowner
  • No service agreements or contracts

Similarities: Arlo vs Arlo Pro

Arlo and Arlo Pro offer many of the same features but Arlo Pro takes the company's offerings a step further. Both cameras offer high-quality video and the ability to control the camera through a remote app. Arlo claims that the cameras they offer have all of the features you need to carefully and efficiently monitor your home. Both Arlo and Arlo Pro give you the option of self-monitoring or professional monitoring through a paid service. They also offer free cloud storage for seven days.

  • Wi-Fi connectivity when paired with the hub
  • A mobile app that can be downloaded to a smartphone or tablet
  • Option to purchase more cloud storage space
  • Extended battery life
  • Pairs with Alexa Skill

Differences: Arlo vs Arlo Pro

While Arlo offers many useful features, Arlo Pro adds on to those features improving the system's efficiency and making your home more secure. Some of Arlo Pro's features can only be accessed if the camera is hard-wired into place. The biggest differences between the two cameras is the overall quality and detail that can be found in the Pro's video and captured images.

  • Arlo Pro offers a CVR option that allows for non-stop recording
  • Arlo Pro offers improved visual clarity
  • Arlo basic does not offer “Activity Zones” that allows for better visibility in larger rooms
  • Arlo Pro offers a three-second buffering mechanism
  • Arlo offers 720p resolution while Arlo Pro offers 1080p


Arlo's features include the ability to connect with SmartThings and other home automation devices including Alexa Skill. The 720p resolution allows for quality images and clear video. Arlo offers two-way communication and motion sensors that trigger the camera to turn on. Clips can be stored for up to seven days for free or longer if a cloud storage plan is purchased.

Arlo Pro offers the same features as the Arlo basic camera with the biggest difference being the 1080p resolution. The Pro also allows for both CVR and the use of Activity Zones. Activity Zones allow you to target certain high traffic areas within one location. Arlo Pro also has the Look Back feature that offers three-seconds of buffering.


The Arlo basic and its hub cost between $210 and $250, depending on where it is purchased. For $420, you can purchase a package that includes multiple cameras. Separately, an Arlo camera will cost close to $200. The Premier plan costs $9.99 a month or $99 per year with 30 days of video and support for up to 10 cameras. The Elite plan costs $14.99 per month or $149 per year and offers 60 days of video storage and supports 15 cameras.

The Arlo Pro sells individually for approximately $180 (depending on where you purchase it). If you purchase the package, it will cost you anywhere from $369 to $480. The cloud storage subscription plans are the same as for the Arlo basic.


The packages for both the Arlo and Arlo Pro systems include two cameras and a base unit. You also receive mounting equipment and accessories. Additional cameras can be added as desired.

Summary: Arlo vs Arlo Pro

The Arlo basic camera is a good choice if you want an easy to use, self-monitored system that provides quality video.

If you prefer to have higher resolution and additional features over and above the basic offerings, the Arlo Pro will be the better choice.

Our Pick
Our pick is Arlo
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SecureScore™: 8.0 / 10 This rating is derived from our editorial team's research, hands-on product testing, and customer surveys.
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