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Between these two security systems, our favorite is SimpliSafe.

SecureScore™: 9.4/10

SimpliSafe and Protection One are equally effective and offer many of the same features and services, especially when it comes to 24/7 professional monitoring. They do have differences, however, most of which lie in the areas of self-service and professional offerings.

Overview: SimpliSafe vs Protection One

SimpliSafe is a more basic, customer oriented system, while Protection One offers a higher level of professional service and interaction on a few different levels. Both are effective and have equipment that is technologically advanced and capable of offering many different types of protection.

  • SimpliSafe does not home automation
  • Both offer environmental hazard detection
  • Protection One requires a 3-year contract
  • SimpliSafe manufactures all of their own equipment
  • Both offer 100% wireless systems

Similarities: Protection One vs SimpliSafe

Both companies offer a wide range of services at affordable prices. In addition to offering many of the same devices, the 24/7 professional monitoring services are also comparable. The systems are easy to operate and include environmental detection protection that includes CO2 monitoring and smoke alarms.

  • Motion sensors
  • Environmental detection protection
  • Indoor video surveillance
  • Remote access through key fobs and apps
  • Additional equipment can be added to packages

Differences: Protection One vs SimpliSafe

While both companies have similarities, they also have differences. SimpliSafe is a more hands-on system. Customers own their equipment outright and are expected to install it themselves. The system can also be self-monitored. Protection One requires professional installation and all of the equipment is leased from the company.

  • SimpliSafe offers a landline option
  • Protection One offers at least partial home automation
  • SimpliSafe customers own their equipment
  • Protection One requires professional installation
  • SimpliSafe is a good choice for renters


SimpliSafe offers entry sensors, indoor surveillance cameras, environmental protection, glass break sensors, and award-winning monitoring service. They also include a keychain remote that allows for remote access without tripping the alarm. All of the SimpliSafe equipment is designed and manufactured by the company.

Protection One offers indoor surveillance cameras, motion sensors, environmental protection devices, entry sensors, and home automation using 100% wireless devices. Their 24/7 professional monitoring service is staffed by highly trained technicians who are available any time of the day or night.


SimpliSafe does not require a contract or service agreement of any kind. They do, however, offer a month-to-month option for their monitoring service.

Protection One requires a three-year contract that includes the leasing of their equipment.


All of SimpliSafe's equipment is designed and manufactured by the company. The basic package includes entry sensors, motion sensors, a base station, and a wireless keypad. Other types of equipment such as glass break sensors, video cameras, and environmental detection devices can also be included.

Protection One's equipment includes entry sensors, key fob, indoor video cameras, and motion sensors. You can also include light control devices, a smart thermostat, and energy automation that allows for home automation and a reduction in your overall energy costs. They also offer environmental detection devices as well.


SimpliSafe is owned by the consumer and installed by the consumer.

Protection One requires professional installation along with a $99 installation fee.

Emergency Connections

SimpliSafe offers both cellular connectivity and a landline connection. With their 24/7 monitoring, when an alarm is triggered you and the numbers on your contact list will receive either text or email notifications. Local authorities will also be dispatched to your home. If you choose to self-monitor your equipment, you will be required to notify the authorities in the event of an emergency.

Protection One provides cellular-based service and will notify both you and the local authorities if an emergency arises. Numbers on your contact list will also be notified.

Summary: SimpliSafe vs Protection One

For being a customer-oriented security system, SimpliSafe offers the convenience of professional monitoring without the hassle of a contract. It's a good option for those who would rather be more hands-on with their system.

Protection One is a more professional service and is a good choice for a homeowner who doesn't want to mess with the installation. It's a little more expensive but worth the cost when you take into consideration the convenience of having everything done for you.

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