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Between these two security systems, our favorite is SimpliSafe.

SecureScore™: 8.5/10

Honeywell and SimpliSafe have become well-known names when it comes to home security systems. Each company offers devices that are of the highest quality by industry standards. While Honeywell may be more digitally advanced, that extra technology definitely comes with a price. SimpliSafe, on the other hand, offers effective home security options that are extremely affordable and that don't require a lot of involvement by the company for set up and installation.

Overview: Honeywell vs SimpliSafe

Honeywell and SimpliSafe offer effective home security systems that provide many of the same features. With both systems offering at least partial home automation, they are designed to be easy to use and offer effective well-rounded security coverage.

  • Honeywell offers both DIY or professional installation
  • Professional monitoring is available for both companies
  • Both companies offer video surveillance
  • Both work with Alexa and other smart home platforms

Similarities: SimpliSafe vs Honeywell

Both Honeywell and SimpliSafe use state of the art equipment and offer key fob for remote access as long as it is within the specified range. Each of the systems is capable of alerting emergency response teams in the event of an alert. Honeywell and SimpliSafe offer multiple packages that allow homeowners to add devices “a la carte” if they choose.

  • Both offer multiple packages
  • Indoor cameras are an option for either company
  • Entry sensors that work for both doors and windows
  • Motion sensors are used in both company's systems
  • Upfront costs are associated with both company's offerings

Differences: SimpliSafe vs Honeywell

There are two main differences between Honeywell and SimpliSafe home security systems. The biggest difference has to do with installation. SimpliSafe offers do it yourself installation as your only option. Honeywell, on the other hand offers a DIY option, but the installation process can take several hours to complete. Many Honeywell users opt to hire a local dealer install their system because it is hardwired into your home's electrical and telephone wiring.

  • SimpliSafe offers 100% wireless devices
  • Honeywell's system is hardwired into your home's wiring
  • SimpliSafe offers do-it-yourself monitoring
  • Honeywell is more expensive in terms of kits
  • Honeywell does not require cellular service

Features

Honeywell's home security systems offer cameras with built-in Alexa and face recognition capabilities. The camera includes 1080p for high-resolution images. The system is hard-wired into your electrical system and doesn't require a cellular network to send emergency alerts. Entry sensors are available for both doors and windows. They also offer motion sensors. Home automation with Alexa and other platforms is included.

SimpliSafe's home security systems include motion detectors, window/door sensors, and video surveillance cameras. SimpliSafe is compatible with home automation platforms like Alexa and Nest. SimpliSafe also offers environmental sensors and mobile access through an app or the key fob.

Contracts

Neither company requires an upfront contract or service agreement.

Pricing

The upfront cost to purchase Honeywell's starter kit ranges between $350 and $450, depending on where you buy the system. You can opt to “self-monitor” your system for $10 per month or purchase professional monitoring for $15 per month. You can also opt for a $5 monthly fee to store video clips.

SimpliSafe's equipment costs start at $230 for the Basic package and increases to almost $500 for the more advanced package options. The monthly fees are $14.99 for the most basic coverage and $24.99 for the more advanced option. The more expensive option includes home automation options and interactive features.

Equipment

Honeywell's base unit and camera are enabled with both the Alexa platform and face recognition. They also include door/window sensors and motion detectors.

SimpliSafe's equipment includes a base unit, motion detectors, indoor video surveillance cameras, and window/door entry sensors.

Installation

Honeywell offers both do-it-yourself and professional installation options. The installation process is not as simple as it other systems. Although it can be completed by the homeowner, most will contact a local dealer to install the system professionally.

SimpliSafe is easy to install and does not require calling a professional technician.

Emergency Connections

Honeywell home security system requires professional third-party monitoring if you expect to be able to contact emergency services through the system.

SimpliSafe's professional monitoring system will alert local authorities as well as the homeowner's contact numbers in the event of an emergency.

Summary: Honeywell vs SimpliSafe

Honeywell is a great choice for homeowners who want an advanced system and are willing to pay for face recognition technology.

SimpliSafe is an affordable system for both homeowners and renters who want effective home security without the hassle.

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