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Between these two security systems, our favorite is SimpliSafe.

SecureScore™: 9.4/10

SimpliSafe and Alarm Grid are do-it-yourself home security companies with a professional twist. Both offer state of the art equipment but allow you to choose whether or not you want professional monitoring. Each company offers competitive pricing on both equipment and monitoring services without locking you into a long term contract. You can customize your system to meet your needs depending on the level of security you want.

Overview: SimpliSafe vs Alarm Grid

SimpliSafe and Alarm Grid are self-install systems. Both offer do-it-yourself monitoring with the option for professional monitoring if the customer so chooses. Each company offers a variety of devices including entry sensors, video cameras, environmental hazard protection, and remotes/apps that allow you to access your system at any time.

  • SimpliSafe manufactures all of its own equipment in-house
  • Alarm Grid uses Honeywell equipment
  • Alarm Grid offers both wired and wireless devices
  • No contracts or service agreements are required
  • Equipment is purchased upfront

Similarities: Alarm Grid vs SimpliSafe

Both SimpliSafe and Alarm Grid are reliable and effective home security systems. All devices are UL-listed and designed to be easy to use. The installation process for each system is quick and easy to understand. Installation and set-up take less than 30 minutes. Both companies offer the option for professional monitoring or systems can be monitored by the owner. Because there are no contracts, all of the equipment must be purchased upfront.

  • Systems can be personalized to the needs of the user
  • Multiple package options are available
  • Both offer wireless devices
  • Each company offers at least partial home automation
  • Competitive pricing for both packages and equipment

Differences: Alarm Grid vs SimpliSafe

Although SimpliSafe and Alarm Grid share many similarities, they also have significant differences. SimpliSafe designs and manufactures all of its own equipment, while Alarm Grid uses Honeywell equipment. When it comes to home automation, SimpliSafe can pair with certain devices but falls short when it comes to full automation. Alarm Grid offers full home automation with the use of Z-Wave technology.

  • Alarm Grid offers multiple packages for both personal and professional monitoring
  • SimpliSafe is a good option for renters
  • Alarm Grid offers both hardwired and wireless equipment options
  • SimpliSafe only offers two professional monitoring packages
  • Alarm Grid offers more options in terms of home automation


SimpliSafe is one of the most effective and easy to use home security systems. A few of its most popular features include motion sensors, video surveillance, entry sensors, and remote connectivity through the use of a smartphone app and a key fob. SimpliSafe offers several sensors that are designed to detect changes in the environment. There is also the option for at least partial home automation.

Alarm Grid uses Honeywell equipment and offers a wide selection of devices so that homeowners can customize their own system. Features include video surveillance cameras, glass break sensors, motion detectors, entry sensors, and full home automation with Z-Wave connectivity. Key fobs and apps allow for immediate connectivity and allow you to check on your home at any time from anywhere. Alarm Grid also offers child safety monitoring.


Neither company requires a contract to purchase their equipment. All monitoring services are paid for on a month-to-month basis.


Customers have several options when it comes to SimpliSafe equipment packages. Packages start at $230 and can cost as much as $500. The company offers two monitoring options. The basic package starts at $15 per month. The more advanced package that includes the remote app and additional features costs $25 a month.

Alarm Grid equipment packages start at $215 and can cost as much as $535. There are two monitoring options. Do-it-yourself monitoring packages range in price starting at $10 a month for the Self Bronze and going up to $35 for the Self Platinum. Professional monitoring options start at $15 for the Bronze package and increase to $45 for the Platinum package.


SimpliSafe equipment is designed and manufactured by the Harvard students who created the company. The devices include the keypad, a wide variety of sensors, motion detectors, video surveillance, alarms, and a key fob that allow you to disarm or arm the system when you get within the system's range.

Alarm Grid uses Honeywell equipment. They provide customers with many different devices that can be used to secure their home. This includes video surveillance cameras, sirens, sensors, and the Z-wave technology that supports their home automation offerings.


Both SimpliSafe and Alarm Grid are designed to be installed by the user. Alarm Grid offers several videos to aid in the installation process.

Emergency Connections

SimpliSafe and Alarm Grid offer both self-monitoring options and professional monitoring. With self-monitoring, the homeowner will receive alerts and it is up to them to notify emergency response personnel. With professional monitoring, emergency teams are notified as well as the owner and numbers on the owner's contact list.

Summary: SimpliSafe vs Alarm Grid

SimpliSafe is a great choice if you want an easy to use system that can be customized to your specifications as a homeowner or renter.

Alarm Grid is a good choice for homeowners who want the reliability of a hard-wired system and the convenience of home automation for an affordable price.

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