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Between these two security systems, our favorite is SimpliSafe.

SecureScore™: 9.3/10

SimpliSafe and Vivint both are home security systems with 24/7 offsite monitoring. Aside from offering the latest technology in home security, there are few similarities between the two companies. Both offer motions sensors, indoor/outdoor cameras, and a variety of other features designed to protect your home from intruders, environmental hazards, and the inconvenience of damage to your property. They also offer self-monitoring through the use of mobile apps that can be downloaded to most smart devices.

Overview: Vivint vs SimpliSafe

Vivint and SimpliSafe offer wireless security systems that use indoor/outdoor cameras, motion sensors, keypads/touchscreen, and a base unit. Once they are properly installed, they allow for 24/7 offsite monitoring and self-monitoring. Each offers environmental sensors capable of detecting smoke, CO, fire, freeze, and flood. Both systems allow you to manage your home security system through the use of mobile apps.

  1. Vivint is a technologically advanced system
  2. SimpliSafe is more affordable
  3. Vivint requires professional installation
  4. SimpliSafe offers DIY installation
  5. SimpliSafe equipment is owned by the homeowner/renter
  6. Vivint equipment remains the property of the company unless the homeowner qualifies for the financing to purchase it

Similarities: SimpliSafe vs Vivint

Some of the similarities that these two home security companies have include:

  • Wireless and cellular connections.
  • Environmental protection.
  • Remote access via mobile apps for smart devices.
  • 24/7 offsite monitoring service available for both.
  • Both systems offer indoor/outdoor cameras for full video surveillance.
  • Both include motion detectors and window/door sensors.
  • Alarm systems offer emergency connections to the proper authorities.

Differences: SimpliSafe vs Vivint

While both SimpliSafe and Vivint have many similarities, their differences are much more extensive. Both are highly rated for their individual level of sophistication and are worth the price.

The Vivint system offers several more devices than the SimpliSafe brand. In SimpliSafe's defense, they manufacture each device that bears their own logo.

  • Vivint requires professional installation.
  • SimpliSafe offers DIY installation.
  • Vivint offers voice recognition.
  • Instead of a basic keypad, Vivint uses a 7″ touchscreen.
  • Vivint retains ownership of all equipment unless the homeowner chooses to finance the system (to be eligible for financing, the homeowner must have a credit score of at least 600).
  • SimpliSafe is more affordable and does not require a yearly contract.
  • Vivint is capable of interacting with the Nest thermostat and other Nest products.


Wireless, cellular and landline connections are used by both systems and offer state of the art technology to manage the alarms and emergency connection features.

Vivint has a video doorbell viewer with two-way communication. All of Vivint's products carry a Lifetime Warranty.  It also offers a higher level of sophistication and convenience when compared to the SimpliSafe system.


SimpliSafe does not require a yearly contract but offers month to month service. Vivint offers a short free trial period, but once that ends, the homeowner is required to commit to a long-term contract. The contract covers not only the leasing of the equipment, but also the 24/7 offsite monitoring.


SimpliSafe packages start at $230 and go up to $540 with a monthly fee for SimpliSafe Basic of $14.99 per month. SimpliSafe's Interactive plan runs $24.99 per month.

Vivint offers two monitoring plan price points; $29.99 and $39.99.


SimpliSafe equipment is purchased outright and owned by the homeowner. SimpliSafe manufacturers all of its own equipment in an attempt to keep prices affordable for those who want to purchase it.

Vivint subscribers must pay for both the service as well as a monthly installment for the lease of the equipment. They can sign a purchase agreement to finance the equipment, but must have a credit score of at least 600 to qualify for the finance option.


Vivint systems must be professionally installed.

SimpliSafe offers DIY installation for homeowners who want to maintain their privacy. It takes approximately 15 minutes to install the system in an average size home.

Emergency Connections

Both systems offer emergency connections to local authorities and emergency management personnel. Alarm systems are connected to freeze and flood detectors, smoke and fire alarms, CO detectors, motion detectors, and indoor/outdoor cameras.

Both systems run off of wireless technology, but have the capability for both landline and cellular connections to maintain constant connectivity with the authorities.

Summary Comparison: Vivint vs SimpliSafe

Both Vivint and SimpliSafe are quality systems, but fall at different ends of the spectrum in terms of price and sophistication. Each one works extremely well for its intended purpose. Both are easy to operate from within the home and away using the respective mobile app. For DIYers, SimpliSafe is an ideal option that will meet or exceed their expectations. For those who want additional convenience, the Vivint system is the best choice.

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