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Between these two security systems, our favorite is SimpliSafe.

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While SimpliSafe offers a much more effective home security package, Iris offers both monitoring and simple home automation. SimpliSafe offers several packages to choose from, unlike Iris that focuses on a more “a la carte” system in terms of choosing what devices are used.

Overview: SimpliSafe vs Iris

Neither SimpliSafe nor Iris requires contracts and both seem to be relatively affordable for what they offer, but SimpliSafe offers the highest level of technology and service. Iris is manufactured by Lowe's so there is a personal component in terms of branding and nearby customer service if a problem arises.

  • No contracts
  • DIY installation
  • Mobile apps
  • Fair customer service from both companies
  • 24/7 monitoring (Iris is DIY)

Similarities: Iris vs SimpliSafe

Neither company requires a long-term contract or professional installation. Both companies offer professional monitoring for an affordable price when compared to other, higher priced companies that require a lengthy contract. Both companies offer a variety of features and equipment to choose from to start service.

  • Mobile apps for remote access
  • Wireless equipment
  • Environmental protection
  • Indoor/outdoor cameras
  • Affordable prices for equipment and monitoring

Differences: Iris vs SimpliSafe

SimpliSafe offers several packages to choose from and charges an upfront fee for each. It also offers a 60-day, money-back guarantee. Installation and set-up for the SimpliSafe system are extremely easy requiring less than an hour for both, in most cases.

Iris has several features that allow for a modest home automation system to be put in place. A smart thermostat and smart plug allow for remote access to lights and other appliances throughout the home. The main difference between Iris and SimpliSafe is how the system is offered. Where SimpliSafe offers multiple package options, Iris customers choose the equipment they want aside from the hub and keypad which are required.

  • Iris offers no warranty or guarantee at all
  • SimpliSafe does not offer home automation
  • Iris is manufactured by Lowe's
  • The installation process for Iris is difficult and takes an excessive amount of time
  • SimpliSafe offers cellular monitoring through a third-party, while Iris only offers DIY monitoring

Features

SimpliSafe prides itself on both its video security as well as its emergency monitoring system through C.O.P.S. The keychain remote and environmental protection sensors provide additional security options. SimpliSafe is extremely easy to use and installation is a snap.

Iris users can mix and match the different pieces of equipment they want to include in their home security system. Most pieces of equipment are compatible with both Z Wave and Zigbee home automation systems. Email notifications are available but are often delayed.

Contracts

Neither company requires a long-term contract.

Pricing

SimpliSafe packages range from $230 for the Starter package to $540 for the Ultimate package. The 24/7 monitoring costs approximately $15 a month for the Standard package and $25 a month for the Interactive package. Both packages require a $244 start-up fee.

The Iris hub costs $60 when purchased separately. The Iris Security pack starts at $99.99, while the Automation pack is $129.99. Although there is no professional monitoring available, if you want more than one person to be able to operate the Iris system, you will have to pay $9.99 a month to make the system available.

Equipment

The basic SimpliSafe Foundation package comes with the base station, a wireless keypad, keychain remote, motion sensor, and one entry sensor. Other pieces of equipment can be added to create a customized home security system or you can choose from one of the other packages offered by SimpliSafe.

The only piece of equipment required for the Iris home security system is the main Hub. The basic Security pack includes the hub, a keypad, motion sensor, and two entry sensors. All other devices are purchased separately and range in price from $25 for the keychain remote to $150 for the wireless outdoor camera.

Installation

Both companies offer do-it-yourself installation, although SimpliSafe is said to be the easiest by far in terms of both time and difficulty.

Emergency Connections

SimpliSafe offers emergency connectivity through a cellular connection, while Iris runs off of a broadband connection. There have been several complaints about the Iris system dropping signal and email notifications being delayed.

Summary: SimpliSafe vs Iris

SimpliSafe offers a more complete and effective home security system, even without the home automation. It's a great choice for both homeowners and renters who want the convenience of a do-it-yourself system with the security of professional monitoring.

Iris offers the benefits associated with a strong brand name but it lacks the additional security offered by a professionally monitored system. It's a good choice for those (renters and homeowners alike) who want an affordable system that they can monitor on their own.

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