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Between these two security systems, our favorite is Arlo.

SecureScore™: 8.0/10

Arlo and Cleverloop are camera-based security systems. Both offer comparable night vision, except that Arlo's cameras are slightly more advanced. Arlo is completely wireless where Cleverloop relies on both Wi-Fi and Ethernet connectivity. Both offer at least partial home automation with no contracts, no professional installation, and no monthly fees.

Overview: Arlo vs Cleverloop

Arlo and Cleverloop seem to have a lot of similarities in terms of features. Arlo, on the other hand, offers a wide selection of cameras at both ends of the pricing spectrum. Cleverloop requires a hub and does not need to send video clips to the cloud for storage. Cleverloop prides itself on being a system that can be used in a home or a business.

  • Cleverloop stores 7 days of clips without having to use the cloud
  • Arlo offers cloud storage subscriptions
  • Both are designed to be self-monitoring
  • Both are self-monitoring
  • Each has comparable night vision capabilities

Similarities: Cleverloop vs Arlo

Arlo and Cleverloop offer well-manufactured cameras that offer night vision, two-way voice communication, and mobile alerts through a convenient mobile app that is downloaded directly to your smartphone or tablet. Both systems offer some degree of home automation but do not connect directly to a third-party monitoring service. Works well for both renters and homeowners.

  • Self-monitoring system sends alerts directly to the subscriber's smartphone
  • Does not require a cellular connection
  • No third-party monitoring required
  • No contracts or service agreements
  • Easy to install and operate

Differences: Cleverloop vs Arlo

The main differences between Arlo and Cleverloop have to do with the selection of cameras Arlo offers and the fact that Cleverloop's base unit requires an Ethernet connection for it to work properly. Even though both systems support multiple cameras, Arlo can support up to 60 while Cleverloop is limited to 4 per base unit.

  • Arlo is completely wireless
  • Cleverloop's outdoor cameras are waterproof
  • Arlo offers a baby monitor
  • Cleverloop does not need cloud storage
  • Arlo offers several different cameras ranging in price from $120 to $400


Arlo's cameras offer night vision, cloud storage options, a mobile app for remote access, mobile alerts, two-way voice communication, and compatibility with smart home devices like Alexa. Motion detection sensors are built into the cameras and trigger alerts when most types of movement are detected.

Cleverloop offers local storage capabilities for 7 days worth of video, a mobile app for immediate alerts, night vision, two-way communication, and an offline alarm that notifies you if an alert is triggered. The system also offers geo-fencing and scheduling capabilities that allow you to program inactive periods.


Neither company requires a contract or subscription service. Long-term service agreements are also not required.


Arlo's cameras range in price from $120 to almost $400 for the most advanced cameras and the ones that require a cellular connection. Additional base units can be purchased for less than $80. Monthly plans start at $9.99 a month/$99.99 per year (10 cameras/30 days worth of video) for the Premier and $14.99 a month/$149.99 a year (15 cameras/60 days worth of video) for the Elite plan.

Cleverloop's cameras can be found for about $480. This includes 4 indoor cameras and a base unit.


Arlo offers several different cameras including their most popular Arlo Pro and Arlo Pro 2. The Arlo Go is one of the most expensive partly because it requires a cellular connection which is included in the price. Most cameras have 1080p resolution with infrared night vision and a 130-degree field of view.

With Cleverloop, you can purchase two indoor and two outdoor cameras with a base unit or four indoor cameras with a base unit. Cameras come with night vision, two-way communication, 720p and a 115-degree field of view.


Installation and set up are designed to be easy and hassle-free for both systems.

Emergency Connections

Neither system requires a cellular connection. Both systems run off of Wi-Fi, but Cleverloop's base station requires an Ethernet connection. Both systems send alerts to their mobile apps requiring the homeowner to notify EMS if an emergency situation is indicated.

Summary: Arlo vs Cleverloop

Arlo is an easy to use home security system that is designed for the homeowner or renter who wants maximum control and numerous camera options.

Cleverloop is ideal for homeowners and renters who want an affordable system that doesn't require a lot of professional intervention or the need for a cloud subscription.

Read our full review of Arlo