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Between these two security systems, our favorite is SimpliSafe.

Overall Score: 8.1/10

SimpliSafe and Canary home security systems are simple and easy to use. Both are effective and affordable without the restrictions often associated with a long-term contract. Canary is the simplest of the two systems offering an all-in-one camera and no professional monitoring.

Overview: SimpliSafe vs Canary

SimpliSafe and Canary home security systems offer many of the same basic features without all of the professional interaction. While Canary is a camera-based, stand-alone system, SimpliSafe offers a variety of devices to choose from that allows you to customize your home security system to include only the features you think are necessary.

  • Canary offers an air quality monitor that is one of the best in the industry
  • SimpliSafe was started by students at Harvard who continue to design and manage the company's equipment
  • Canary does not offer professional monitoring
  • Canary requires a hard-wired connection and runs off of Wi-Fi service

Similarities: Canary vs SimpliSafe

Although SimpliSafe offers 24/7 professional monitoring, it can also be self-monitored like the Canary system. Both offer effective indoor video surveillance and environmental hazard detection. Canary's all-in-one camera also includes a motion detector. Both systems are easy to install and even easier to use.

  • Indoor video surveillance
  • Motion detectors
  • Environmental/air quality sensors
  • Do-it-yourself monitoring (optional with SimpliSafe
  • No professional installation

Differences: Canary vs SimpliSafe

SimpliSafe and Canary are both extremely effective but have many differences that set them apart from one another. SimpliSafe offers a higher level of professional service with their association with C.O.P.S. monitoring.

  • SimpliSafe offers 24/7 professional monitoring
  • SimpliSafe offers multiple devices so your home security package can be customized to your home
  • Canary offers extensive air quality monitoring and can test for multiple contaminants
  • Canary's camera offers night vision, pan/tilt features, and a 140-degree viewing angle
  • SimpliSafe produces all of its own equipment

Features

SimpliSafe is well-known for the number of features it offers. In addition to 24/7 monitoring, it also offers remote connectivity through the keychain, intrusion protection with glass break and entry sensors, motion sensors, and indoor video surveillance. There are also environmental hazard protection sensors as well.

Canary offers indoor video surveillance with pan/tilt and night vision features, as well as a motion sensor. They also offer extensive air quality monitoring that can detect several different contaminants. The all-in-one camera also has a built-in motion detector. The system is also set up for two-way audio communication.

Contracts

Neither SimpliSafe nor Canary requires a long-term commitment/contract for service.

Pricing

SimpliSafe's equipment packages start around $230 and can go as high as $540 depending on the number of devices you select. The Standard package starts at approximately $15 per month. The Interactive is considered their premium offering and will run you approximately $25 per month. There is also a start-up fee of $244 with each package.

Canary offers two cameras. The Canary Flex costs $147 depending on where you buy it. The Canary All-In-One camera costs approximately $155 depending on where you shop. You can purchase a subscription to Canary's services for $9.99 a month or $99 per year. They offer desktop streaming, 30-day video history, two-walk communication, and unlimited video downloads.

Equipment

SimpliSafe offers a wide selection of devices to choose from including the base, keypad, entry sensor, motion sensor, indoor video camera, environmental hazard sensor, glass break sensor, and a keychain remote.

Canary offers two cameras, The Canary Flex and the Canary All-In-One.

Installation

Neither company requires professional installation. Both systems come with easy to follow instructions that allow for complete set up in less than 30 minutes.

Emergency Connections

SimpliSafe offers efficient emergency connectivity through a cellular-based network. If an alert is triggered texts or emails will be sent to both you and contacts on your list. Local authorities will also be dispatched to your home.

Canary does not offer a monitoring service, so you will have to call 9-1-1 if an alert is triggered. The system operates using a Wi-Fi connection and may not always be reliable.

Summary: SimpliSafe vs Canary

SimpliSafe is an affordable package for homeowners and renters who want a basic service with a few additional perks, such as 24/7 monitoring.

Canary works best for individuals who want a self-monitoring system with no strings attached. It's also a good choice for individuals who want to monitor the air quality in their home.

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