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Between these two security systems, our favorite is SimpliSafe.

SecureScore™: 9.4/10

SimpliSafe and SmartThings home security systems have solid reputations within the industry and are backed by powerful brands. SimpliSafe was founded by a group of Harvard University students and continues to manufacture all of its own equipment. SmartThings is backed by ADT and offers many of the same devices and features, making it an affordable option that is backed up by the ADT brand and monitored by their state of the art monitoring center.

Overview: SimpliSafe vs SmartThings

SimpliSafe and SmartThings home security systems offer effective home security systems for an affordable price. While both offer state of the art devices that use cutting edge technology, they are also ideal for homeowners who prefer a more hands-on approach. Both systems can be installed and monitored by the homeowner. Each one also offers professional monitoring if that is what the homeowner or renter prefers.

  • No long-term contracts
  • Upfront cost to purchase equipment
  • SmartThings uses Samsung devices and ADT services
  • SimpliSafe's devices are designed by Harvard University students and manufactured by the company
  • DIY installation and monitoring are available options

Similarities: SmartThings vs SimpliSafe

SimpliSafe and SmartThings include many of the same features and devices, including indoor video cameras, video doorbells, downloadable apps, and entry sensors. Home automation and low monthly fees are also common between the two companies. Both companies also use wireless devices that function on a cellular platform and Wi-Fi service.

  • Easy to install and set up
  • Low month to month payment options
  • Wireless devices and a mobile app for remote access
  • Packages can be personalized to meet the needs of the consumer
  • Ideal for homeowners or renters

Differences: SmartThings vs SimpliSafe

The initial upfront cost for SimpliSafe and SmartThings' basic equipment is one of the biggest differences. SimpliSafe has two monitoring plans, but several equipment packages that can be purchased. SmartThings also offers two monitoring plans, but they allow you to build your own system instead of choosing a package with specific devices. This allows the homeowner to purchase only additional devices they need to complete their home security package.

  • SmartThings offers affordable monitoring plans but the top tier is more expensive than SimpliSafe
  • SimpliSafe offers a large selection of equipment packages
  • SmartThings offers an a la carte option for choosing additional devices
  • SmartThings uses ADT professional monitoring services
  • SimpliSafe's alarms work with or without professional monitoring


SimpliSafe offers several of the most popular features including keychain remotes, indoor video cameras, glass break sensors, entry sensors for doors/windows, home automation, and environmental hazard detectors to keep your family safe. C.O.P.S. Monitoring is the award-winning company that provides monitoring services for SimpliSafe customers.

SmartThings offers features such as home automation, environmental hazard detection, intrusion protection, video surveillance options, and a mobile app that allows you to connect with your system at any time and from anywhere. The system can be self-monitored or professionally monitored by ADT's monitoring centers.


Neither SimpliSafe nor SmartThings requires a long-term contract or service agreement. Instead, each one offers month to month monitoring packages that can be terminated at any time.


SimpliSafe's basic equipment package costs $229.96 while their most expensive equipment package can cost as much as $500. They offer two monitoring packages. The Standard package includes 24/7 monitoring and costs $14.99 a month. The second package, the Interactive, starts at $24.99 a month and includes 24/7 monitoring plus text messages and email alerts.

With SmartThings, the starter kit costs just under $550. Their three packages include at least some type of environmental hazard detection. The ADT Home & Life Safety Monitoring package starts at $14.99. The ADT Home Security Monitoring package starts at $24.99. The most expensive package, the ADT Total Security Bundle, starts at $34.99 per month.


SimpliSafe's equipment offerings include the keypad, base station, motion sensors, entry sensors, environmental hazard sensors, and security cameras. They also offer keychain remotes and additional sirens that can be added to your system.

With SmartThings, the offerings include the ADT security hub, entry sensors, motion sensors, environmental sensors, video cameras, and the mobile app that can be used to monitor your system while you are away.


Both SimpliSafe and SmartThings are easy to install and set up. In most cases, the entire process takes less than 30 minutes to complete.

Emergency Connections

SimpliSafe and SmartThings use a cellular platform to connect their home security systems to their respective monitoring centers. When alerts are received, the homeowner/renter and their list of contacts will receive a text or email and local authorities will be notified. Both systems can also be monitored by the homeowner/renter.

Summary: SimpliSafe vs SmartThings

SimpliSafe is designed for simplicity and is affordable in terms of packages and plans. It's a great choice for homeowners or renters who want to choose between self-monitoring and professional monitoring.

SmartThings is the best choice for homeowners who want options in terms of devices and monitoring. It's also a bonus that the system is backed by ADT and offers affordable monitoring options.