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Between these two security systems, our favorite is SimpliSafe.

SecureScore™: 9.4/10

Both SimpliSafe and iSmartAlarm home security systems are extremely effective and simple to use. Each one offers a variety of features that can be paired with other devices. This allows for almost remote operation and wireless connectivity on several levels.

Overview: iSmartAlarm vs SimpliSafe

The SimpliSafe and iSmartAlarm systems were designed to offer the most effective home security at an affordable price. They both include sensors and cameras that allow the homeowner or renter the ability to observe their home and receive emergency notifications in real time if something would happen to go wrong.

  1. SimpliSafe was designed by students at Harvard Business School
  2. iSmartAlarm's remote technology works with both iPhone and Android systems
  3. iSmartAlarm doesn't offer 24/7 monitoring through an outside service
  4. Neither company requires a long-term contract
  5. Both systems work well for renters

Similarities: SimpliSafe vs iSmartAlarm

For the most part, SimpliSafe and iSmartAlarm home security systems are very similar. The systems are ideal for do-it-yourselfers who prefer to have as much control as possible over their home security. Both systems are designed to be affordable, while at the same time providing top of the line security features that are comparable to more expensive systems.

  • No long-term contracts
  • DIY installation
  • Multiple packages to fit a variety of needs
  • Real-time notifications via phone, text, and email
  • Remote operation that allows you to arm or disarm your system from anywhere

Differences: SimpliSafe vs iSmartAlarm

With all of their similarities, SimpliSafe and iSmartAlarm have differences that set them apart from one another. The biggest difference comes in the way the systems handle a breach. iSmartAlarm doesn't offer live monitoring and won't alert the authorities. You will be notified and are required to make the call.

  • SimpliSafe manufactures all of its own equipment
  • iSmartAlarm offers unlimited expandability
  • SimpliSafe offers month-to-month monitoring as an option but not a requirement
  • iSrmartAlarm is 100% wireless and doesn't require any type of wiring
  • SimpliSafe doesn't offer home automation
  • SimpliSafe includes a 60-day trial


SimpliSafe offers a variety of devices and sensors that detect intruders, glass breaking, environmental hazards, and video security. When a device is triggered, it will set off either a silent or audible alarm that is set to the owner's preference.

iSmartAlarm features include door and window sensors, motion detectors, remote control apps for both iPhone or Android systems, and video surveillance cameras. The system also includes a Smart Switch that allows you to operate appliances or lights while you're away from home.


Neither company requires an expensive, long-term contract. SimpliSafe does offer a month-to-month monitoring option, but it isn't required for the system to function efficiently.

iSmartAlarm does not support live monitoring. Instead, it notifies the homeowner of the breach through texts, emails, or by phone. It's up to them to notify the proper authorities of the problem.


SimpliSafe offers packages that start at $230 for the Basic package and go as high as $499 for the Ultimate package. The starter package includes five devices, while the Ultimate package includes 16 devices. SimpliSafe occasionally offers the Ultimate package for $399.

The iSmartAlarm system offers three main packages. The Starter Package costs $130, the Preferred Package is $180, and the Deluxe Package at $200. The owner can add as many devices to their system as they want as each can be purchased individually from the company website.


The SimpliSafe Starter package includes a base station, wireless keypad, keychain remote, one motion sensor, and one entry sensor. Additional devices can be purchased separately and added to the system at the owner's discretion.

The iSmartAlarm system includes the hub, one motion sensor, one motion detector, and a keychain that allows you to operate your system at home or when you're away. There is no limit to the number of devices that can be added to the system once it's been installed.


Each system provides detailed instructions for do-it-yourself installation and system setup. There are no wires to deal with and each system offers full wireless capabilities.

Emergency Connections

SimpliSafe offers 24/7 monitoring for a month-to-month fee that allows for full communication between the system and the authorities.

Because iSmartAlarm does not support live monitoring, all notifications are sent to the owner and it is their responsibility to contact the proper authorities.

Summary: iSmartAlarm vs SimpliSafe

SimpliSafe is great for homeowners and renters who want the highest level security with state of the art equipment for an affordable price. The equipment and service you receive through SimpliSafe are comparable to more expensive home security systems.

The iSmartAlarm home security system also offers multiple features for an affordable mid-range price. It is a 100% wireless set up and can be moved easily from one place to another. iSmartAlarm is an ideal choice for anyone who is looking for a simple but effective home security system.

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