Learn More About SimpliSafe

Between these two security systems, our favorite is SimpliSafe.

3.8

Both SimpliSafe and Blink offer effective home security at different levels. SimpliSafe is more comprehensive, while Blink offers adequate protection on a much smaller scale. Each system is affordable for the level of security it offers

Overview: Blink vs SimpliSafe

SimpliSafe and Blink offer contract-free home security at different levels. Both have security camera systems that provide effective video and still capture capabilities. Their affordability and versatility make each system a quality choice for home security based on the level of need.

  1. Blink offers the choice of two different cameras the Blink and the Blink XT
  2. SimpliSafe's alarm does not need a monitoring service to work
  3. Blink is compatible with the Alexa platform
  4. SimpliSafe offers different plans for different levels of security
  5. Blink offers a video doorbell (no-two way communication)

Similarities: SimpliSafe vs Blink

The biggest similarity between the SimpliSafe and Blink systems is the advanced technology behind their camera systems. Both offer indoor/outdoor cameras with video and surveillance options. Each system is competitively priced for the level of protection they offer.

  • No contracts
  • Wireless equipment and system
  • Do it yourself installation and setup
  • Indoor/outdoor camera
  • Mobile app capabilities

Differences: SimpliSafe vs Blink

While Blink offers a camera-based system and two different cameras to choose from, SimpliSafe offers a wide range of devices that are capable of providing a higher level of security that includes motion detection and environmental hazard protection.

  • Blink offers indoor/outdoor capabilities
  • SimpliSafe offers various sensors to detect environmental hazards
  • The Blink hub has a port for an ethernet cord for Wi-Fi connectivity
  • SimpliSafe offers glass break sensors
  • Blink has a video doorbell viewer (no 2-way communication)
  • Blink cameras off LED (Blink) and Infrared night vision (Blink XT)
  • SimpliSafe offers five separate packages to choose from and additional equipment that can be purchased separately

Features

SimpliSafe can be added to your home security system at any time. This includes entry sensors, keychain remote, glass break sensors, and environmental protection sensors for fire, water, ice, and high levels of CO.

Blink offers a choice of two cameras, the Blink basic and Blink XT. The Blink basic offers LED lighting for nighttime, while Blink XT has infrared night vision capabilities. Up to 10 cameras can be synced to a single hub with a range of 100 feet in any direction.

Contracts

Neither company requires a contract to purchase the system or to operate it. SimpliSafe does require connection to a cellular carrier for emergency connectivity which will result in monthly charges. The SimpliSafe system can be financed for $40 – $60 per month, depending on which package you choose.

Pricing

SimpliSafe packages start at $230 and go up to $500. With each package increase, you receive more devices that work together to offer a broader range of protection. There are five packages ranging from the Starter kit to the Ultimate. 24/7 monitoring costs start at $15 per month.

You can buy a Blink XT camera system (1 camera and 1 hub) from Amazon for $129.99. They often have discounts that can drop the cost to around $104. A two-camera system can be purchased for $184. If you choose to have cellular service for emergency connectivity, the monthly fee will be determined by the provider you choose.

Equipment

The SimpliSafe starter package includes 1 base, 1 wireless keypad, 1 keychain for remote operation, 1 motion sensor and 1 entry sensor. The company offers a set of seven entry sensors for $260.

The Blink system comes with either an indoor Blink camera and a hub or a weatherproof, exterior Blink XT camera and a hub. Video doorbell viewers are sold separately.

Installation

Both companies offer do-it-yourself installation with easy to follow instructions. Total installation and setup for both systems is under an hour.

Emergency Connections

SimpliSafe requires a cellular connection to enable emergency connectivity with local authorities. Blink systems offer both cellular connectivity in addition to optional Wi-Fi connectivity.

Summary: Blink vs SimpliSafe

SimpliSafe offers a comprehensive home security package at an affordable cost. It's ideal for homeowners who want an effective home security system without the hassle of a contract.

Blink offers effective home security with minimal equipment. This camera-based system is ideal for renters or homeowners who don't want to have to deal with a lot of extras they really don't need.

Read our full review of SimpliSafe

Read our full review of Blink