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Between these two security systems, our favorite is SimpliSafe.

Overall Score: 8.1/10

Brinks and SimpliSafe home security companies offer similar products and features at prices that are comparable to other systems on the market. Both offer DIY installation but differ in terms of contracts and length of trial periods.

Overview: Brinks vs SimpliSafe

Brinks and SimpliSafe are competitively priced, offer most of the same features and are both backed by reputable 24/7 monitoring centers. Both offer do-it-yourself installation with all of the benefits of a professionally managed system.

  • All of SimpliSafe's products are manufactured by SimpliSafe
  • Brink's requires a 3-year contract
  • SimpliSafe doesn't offer home automation at this time
  • Both companies offer remote connectivity through mobile apps

Similarities: SimpliSafe vs Brinks

Brinks and SimpliSafe both offer wireless equipment and services that are backed by reputable brands. Each company offers remote access to their systems through apps that can be downloaded to a smartphone or tablet. Each system can be moved or relocated with you so you don't have to worry about losing your service.

  • Money back guarantees (Brinks 30-days, SimpliSafe 60-days)
  • Wireless equipment
  • Easy do-it-yourself installation and setup
  • Cellular connectivity
  • Competitive pricing

Differences: SimpliSafe vs Brinks

Contract requirements and cost are two of the main differences between Brinks and SimpliSafe home security systems. SimpliSafe's monitoring is also based on a month to month plan. Upfront costs and equipment fees are also different for each company.

  • SimpliSafe does not offer home automation
  • Brinks requires a 3-year contract
  • SimpliSafe manufactures all of its own equipment
  • Brinks offers a 30-day money back guarantee while SimpliSafe has a 60-day trial
  • Brinks only offers “door” sensors but they can be used for windows as well

Features

All of the Brinks equipment is wireless and operates using either Wi-Fi or cellular connectivity. Brinks includes home automation in its more advanced packages. The Brinks system can be managed remotely through the use of a mobile app that is compatible with both smartphones and tablets. The Brinks system can also be used in conjunction with Nest products.

SimpliSafe offers a variety of features that include environmental protection, a keychain remote, video security, and entry sensors. SimpliSafe also offers glass break sensors that will notify you immediately if a window or door is broken into.

Contracts

Brinks requires a 3-year contract. They also offer a 90-day money back guarantee if you are not fully satisfied with their system.

SimpliSafe does not require a lengthy contract. Monitoring is paid on a month to month basis for as long as you choose to use the service.

Pricing

Brinks has two plans to choose from. The first plan is $29 per month while the more advanced plan is $39 per month. Neither require any type of activation fee.

With SimpliSafe you must purchase the equipment outright. The basic package starts at $230. The Ultimate package costs $540. A $244 startup fee is required for each package. The standard monitoring package costs $15 per month. The Interactive package costs $25 for each month of service.

Equipment

Brinks basic package includes a control panel, three entry sensors, and a motion detector. The advanced package includes the control panel, three entry sensors, a motion detector, doorbell camera, and one indoor camera.

SimpliSafe offers a Foundation package that includes a wireless keypad, base station, entry sensor, motion sensor, and a keychain remote. Additional pieces of equipment can be included with the basic package allowing customers to create their own personalized home security system.

Installation

Brinks offers do-it-yourself installation on its simpler package. If you opt to purchase one of the more expensive packages, you can choose to have the system professionally installed. Each system is configured to the customer's needs while it is still at the factory. Both installation and setup take less than 30 minutes.

SimpliSafe is one of the easiest DIY systems on the market. Installation and setup take less than 15 to 30 minutes.

Emergency Connections

Brinks offers emergency connectivity through both Wi-Fi and cellular service, while SimpliSafe only offers the cellular option. Both companies will alert local authorities in the event of an emergency in addition to sending text or email alerts to the numbers on the contact list.

Summary: Brinks vs SimpliSafe

Brinks is a great choice for homeowners or renters who don't mind being locked into a long-term contract. With their home automation and state of the art services, Brinks offers a well-rounded home security system with a proven track record.

SimpliSafe is ideal for both homeowners and renters who want the simplicity of a do-it-yourself system and no long-term contract. The system is easy to set up and can be relocated if the customer moves without any worry of cancellation fees or having to wait on a technician to move the system.

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