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Between these two security systems, our favorite is SimpliSafe.

Overall Score: 8.1/10

SimpliSafe and Piper home security systems are designed for the do-it-yourselfer. Where SimpliSafe excels in terms of the number of devices they offer, Piper prides itself on offering an all-in-one system that offers a variety of features in one technologically advanced device.

Overview: SimpliSafe vs Piper

SimpliSafe and Piper offer advanced monitoring. SimpliSafe's system is monitored by C.O.P.S., while Piper is a self-monitored system that puts responsibility directly in the hands of the owner. Piper's “all-in-one” system is efficient for what it offers, but SimpliSafe allows for more versatility in terms of location and what type of events are monitored.

  • Piper offers home automation
  • SimpliSafe manufacturers all of its own equipment
  • No contracts are required
  • Both companies require an upfront fee
  • Customers own all of the equipment that comes with their system

Similarities: Piper vs SimpliSafe

Neither SimpliSafe nor Piper requires service agreements, contracts, or long-term commitments of any kind. Both companies offer do-it-yourself installation and will work well for both homeowners and renters alike. While SimpliSafe does offer 24/7 monitoring through C.O.P.S., it does offer a self-monitoring option.

  • Motion detectors
  • Indoor video surveillance
  • Two-way communication
  • Remote access
  • Intrusion protection

Differences: Piper vs SimpliSafe

The main differences between SimpliSafe and Piper revolve around the 24/7 professional monitoring and the number of devices offered that allow for similar home security features. Another difference is that SimpliSafe designs and manufactures all of its own equipment. Another difference is in terms of pricing since Piper is completely self-monitored, there are no monthly fees.

  • Piper offers home automation
  • SimpliSafe offers a variety of sensors, cameras, environmental detection sensors, and other devices
  • Piper has no monthly fee
  • SimpliSafe offers two basic package options for professional monitoring
  • Piper's cameras offer a night vision option

Features

SimpliSafe offers a variety of features that provide for effective home security on a few different levels. In addition to their video surveillance, they also offer glass break sensors, environmental hazard sensors, entry sensors, and a keychain remote for easy access.

Piper's features are also effective. They include home automation that uses Z-wave technology, remote control access, mobile alerts, surveillance cameras, two-way communication, and night vision cameras. Their equipment is 100% wireless and can be used by both renters and homeowners.

Contracts

There are no service agreements or contracts required by either SimpliSafe or Piper.

Pricing

The purchase price for SimpliSafe's equipment starts around $230 and can go as high as $500 or more depending on the number of devices you buy. The Standard or Basic monthly package starts at $14.99 while the more advanced Interactive package will cost you $24.99 a month. To start your service, you will need to pay an initial fee of $244.

With Piper, there are no monthly monitoring fees. The Piper Classic has an upfront cost of $199, while the Piper NV has a startup cost of $269.

Equipment

SimpliSafe's equipment includes the basic hub and keypad as well as an entry sensor, motion sensor, and keychain remote. You can also add glass break sensors, video cameras, and a wide selection of environmental hazard sensors.

The Piper and Piper NV packages have one piece of equipment that performs all of the functions needed, including the home automation. Although the camera isn't designed for outside use, it can effectively monitor any space indoors. It is a wireless, high-definition camera with a 180-degree pan radius. The Piper NV also offers night vision capabilities.

Installation

Neither company requires professional installation. Devices are easy to install and the entire system can be set up within 30 minutes.

Emergency Connections

SimpliSafe's professional monitoring is through C.O.P.S. and is available 24/7. The system operates using cellular service and has the capability of notifying you, the numbers on your contact list, and the local authorities if an alarm is triggered. As soon as texts are sent to you and your contracts, local authorities are dispatched to the area.

Piper's system uses 3G cellular service and Wi-Fi connectivity to alert you if an alarm is triggered. It is up to you to notify the local authorities if you believe an alert has been triggered.

Summary: SimpliSafe vs Piper

SimpliSafe offers the convenience of 24/7 professional monitoring for an affordable monthly price. It's a good choice if you want to have the option of choosing the devices you want to use.

Piper is a good choice for the homeowner or renter who isn't interested in having a number of devices. It's an effective option for those who don't really want to deal with a lot of the extras.

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