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Canary is a lesser known home security company that could provide a number of benefits to some property owners. It isn’t as advanced as other companies, but it does offer some idea features that make it a good option when you want affordability and a simplistic design. It’s a product that is newer to the market with fewer features than others.

Canary offers a variety of benefits including HD cameras, a built-in 90-decibel siren, environmental protections for humidity, temperature, and air quality. Canary has a number of great features, but it lacks professional monitoring service. That can be a significant drawback of this system compared to others on the market.  However, it remains competitively priced, if not one of the most affordable options. It’s also an excellent choice for those looking for easy setup and management. Here’s a look at how well it stacks up against some of the leaders in the home security industry.

1. SimpliSafe

One of the key ways Canary and SimpliSafe are the same is in their ease of use. Both systems are designed to be simple to use as well as easy to install. SimpliSafe is a do-it-yourself system, just like Canary is. Most often, it takes about 30 minutes to install either model with no worries about drilling holes. SimpliSafe and Canary offer quality indoor video cameras, motion detectors, and environmental sensors. Both systems are good quality.

There are a few key differences in these, though. For example, SimpliSafe provides professional monitoring services, whereas Canary does not. In terms of costs, SimpliSafe’s pricing starts at $230 and can be as high as $540 for a package, depending on what you choose, with at least a $15 per month cost. Canary’s pricing starts at $147 for a two-camera setup, and a $9.99 per month cost.

In terms of equipment, both companies offer quality systems. Canary’s options are limited though in comparison. SimpliSafe offers a wide range of options include entry sensors, motion sensors, keypads, glass break sensors, and much more. A big difference in the lack of monitoring service. Canary doesn’t offer this – which means you need to call the police yourself if a sensor alarms.

2. Frontpoint

Frontpoint is a full-service smart home security company. The company has been around for years, making it a reliable option for those seeking a trusted name brand. Frontpoint is also an excellent solution for those seeking an easy-to-install home security system. Canary is also a DIY system.

Key differences in equipment come into play here. For example, Canary doesn’t offer door or entryway sensors, which Frontpoint does. Canary doesn’t offer doorbell cameras. Rather, Canary puts its security on just video access.

Canary does not require a contract for homeowners. Frontpoint, on the other hand, has a 36-month contract. That can be limiting to some consumers. However, with Canary, you can obtain a free indoor camera with a two-year membership. Memberships are one way the company reduces costs. For example, you can get free equipment if you secure a one or two year contract with the company. If you don’t want to get locked into a contract, you can just pay up front for the equipment costs. With Canary, costs are set based on the type of equipment you purchase – which gives you the flexibility to choose what you need specifically. Frontpoint doesn’t offer these flexibilities.

3. Brinks

Brinks is one of the leading and most well-known for all security companies. Though it has modernized over the years, it is also one of the businesses that have provided security for years before home automation was even considered.  Brinks and Canary are different in this way since Canary is a newer company with a less proven background. Both companies offer DIY installation though. Both offer surveillance cameras.

There are numerous differences beyond this. For example, Brinks offers far more options in terms of equipment. Choose from numerous package options that include video as well as multiple camera setups. Brinks also offers a wide range of options for smart home connectivity – that’s something Canary doesn’t specialize in as much. Brinks offers Nest connectivity, too.

In terms of costs, Canary’s pricing is lower due to the limited equipment options and features. With Brinks, you’ll choose between numerous plans with upfront costs ranging from $399 up to $499. Monthly monitoring – for the professional monitoring available through Brinks – ranges from $29 to $39 per month. Remember, Canary doesn’t offer this. Brinks does have a contract requirement as well, which Canary does not.