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Between these two security systems, our favorite is SimpliSafe.

Overall Score: 8.1/10

SimpliSafe and CPI Security provide customers with effective and reliable home security services. While SimpliSafe offers homeowners to be more hands-on, CPI Security requires professional installation and a long-term contract. SimpliSafe also offers nationwide service while CPI's service area is limited to states in the southeastern portion of the country.

Overview: SimpliSafe vs CPI Security

Both companies offer similar features and provide customers with state of the art equipment designed to protect and secure their home from outside forces. While they differ in their respective service areas and contract obligations, both companies allow customers to purchase their equipment and choose from multiple package options.

  • SimpliSafe designs and manufactures all of its own devices
  • CPI Security has a limited service area that is confined to the southeastern United States
  • CPI's 5-year contract automatically renews for an additional five years
  • SimpliSafe does not offer home automation
  • CPI Security offers a Smart Flex pay option so you don't have to purchase the equipment upfront

Differences: CPI Security vs SimpliSafe

The differences between SimpliSafe and CPI Security basically revolve around the level of professional service that is required, contract obligations, and overall service area. CPI Security limits its service area to the southeastern United States which includes the Carolinas, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and some parts of Tennessee.

  • CPI Security offers outdoor video surveillance
  • SimpliSafe manufactures all of its own equipment
  • SimpliSafe does not require any type of contractors
  • CPI's contract term is 5-years with automatic renewal at the time of expiration
  • SimpliSafe does not offer home automation

Features

SimpliSafe offers easy to use equipment that is both reliable and extremely effective. They offer 24/7 monitoring through C.O.P.S. with multiple package options. In addition to their indoor surveillance options, you also have access to motion sensors, entry sensors, environmental hazard protection, and a keychain remote.

CPI Security offers home automation along with their home security devices. This includes indoor/outdoor video cameras, motion sensors, entry sensors, and environmental hazard detection. You also have the option between wireless or hardwired connectivity.

Contracts

There are no contracts with SimpliSafe. They do, however, offer a 60-day money back guarantee.

CPI Security requires a 5-year contract that will automatically renew when the old contract expires. If you move outside of their limited service area while your contract is in effect, there will be cancellation fees you will have to pay.

Pricing

SimpliSafe requires that you purchase your package upfront. Equipment packages start at around $230 and can go as high as $540. The basic 24/7 monitoring package costs approximately $14.99 per month, while the more advanced Interactive package runs approximately $24.99 per month. A $244 startup fee is charged with both packages.

CPI's pricing begins with their basic package starting at $40 per month. The advanced packages go as high as $65 per month. The upfront cost for their equipment ranges from $99 to $299 depending on which system you buy.

Equipment

SimpliSafe designs and makes all of the equipment it offers to its customers. This includes the keychain remote, the keypad, base station, entry and motion sensors, and the indoor video surveillance cameras. Other pieces of equipment can be purchased separately and added to the system as desired.

CPI Security offers entry sensors, motion sensors, control panel, indoor/outdoor cameras, environmental sensors, and home automation.CPI Security also allows customers to purchase their equipment and offers a Smart Flex finance option for those who don't want to pay upfront.

Installation

SimpliSafe is designed so the customer can install the system on their own without assistance from the company.

CPI Security requires professional installation.

Emergency Connections

SimpliSafe uses the C.O.P.S. professional monitoring service. Their system is 100% wireless and operates using a cellular-driven platform. When an alert is received, you and your contacts are notified immediately. Local authorities are also alerted and EMS teams are dispatched as quickly as possible.

CPI Security offers both wireless and hardwired connectivity. When alerts are received, the monitoring service immediately notifies both you and the local authorities. They will also notify numbers you have on your contact list. EMS teams are promptly dispatched as well.

Summary: SimpliSafe vs CPI Security

SimpliSafe is an affordable option for customers who want a home security system that is easy to use and doesn't require any type of service agreement or contract.

CPI Security is a good choice if you live in the southeastern United States and don't mind the long-term commitment. The service is effective and offers all-around quality in terms of service and equipment.

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