Buying Guide for Home Security Door and Window Sensors
Best Door and Window Sensors Independent of Security Monitoring Services
These sensors can be installed without buying into expensive security monitoring services. Several do require the purchase of a hub, which allows higher functionality of the sensors such as sending alerts to your phone.
Magnetic and Vibration
|Source Of Power||Battery(included) - up to 5 years life||Hardwired or battery(included)||3V Lithium Battery(included)||Battery powered sensors, receivers plugged directly into outlets||3xAAA batteries||2xCR2 batteries(included)|
4/5 - > 350 reviews
4.5/5 - > 80 reviews
3.5/5 - > 300 reviews
4.5/5 - > 25 reviews
3.5/5 - > 30 reviews
3.5/5 - > 750 reviews
|App Support||Yes||No app support||Yes||No app support||No||Yes|
Works with most Z-wave home security hubs. Very long battery life.
Basic sensor that does not require a hub, can be combined with Frontpoint, GE, and several other security systems.
Get reminders if you left a door open, detects room temperature, detects vibration, can be expanded into a more complete security package with cameras and lights.
Does not require an expensive hub, easy to install, very good bang for the buck
120dB alarm, keypad door alarm activation, 3 alarm settings - off, chime(for guests and children when home), and alarm
Able to easily set alarm/chime settings and delay timers through the app, notifications sent to your phone or through email.
Can have initial connectivity issues with the hub of your choosing.
App support if paired with a system that provides it.
Very high initial cost due to needing the hub.
No app support
Alarm mode is very loud if you want it on while home
Initial cost is much higher due to needing the hub.
Households that already have a Z-wave compatible hub, and want to add sensors to their home security.
Homes with established security systems can easily add more sensors to their doors and windows with this item.
Techies and small businesses, especially if you already have samsung products. You can easily add more sensors at home and at your place of business, and control them all from the same app.
Homes that does want in house alerts of doors or windows being opened, and do not need to be notified through an app.
Families with children, the chime setting is not too loud and lets you know when they are coming and going.
Techies and small businesses. You can easily add more sensors at home and at your place of business, and control them all from the same app.
There are more and more options in home security sensors each year, filtering out the low performing, unreliable ones is a must to be sure you’re actually protected. Using our guides above brings the options down to just the proven sensors on the market today, ensuring that you’ll have one of the best sensors available installed in your home.