Best Home Security Systems of 2021

Backed by retired burglary detective Travis Goodreau, our team has tallied over 5,000 hours of research and hands-on testing to help our readers choose the best home security products to safeguard their homes, assets, and families.

1100+research hours
1800+customers interviewed
33systems reviewed
12experts consulted
10systems recommended

Best DIY Pick

SecureScore™: 9.3/10

SimpliSafe is a low-cost home security system with DIY setup. Their systems can be installed in minutes with no tools or drilling. Also, SimpliSafe has flexible monitoring plans. Self-monitor or choose SimpliSafe’s award-winning 24/7 monitoring. SimpliSafe is a great pick for those who value ease and affordability.

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Smart Security Pick

Vivint Smart Home
SecureScore™: 9.2/10

Vivint is a high-end wireless system that offers same day professional installation. They have indoor, outdoor, and doorbell camera options and advanced smart home capabilities. Their highly-rated mobile app gives you ultimate control of your property. Vivint’s a great option if you want all the bells and whistles.

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Most Trusted Name

ADT Home Security Systems
SecureScore™: 9.1/10

ADT is a highly-customizable system that offers wireless and hardwired systems. They have indoor, outdoor and doorbell camera options with basic smart home capabilities. We consider them the pioneers of home security and the most popular provider amongst homeowners.

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Written By
Rob Gabriele
Managing Editor & Home Security Expert

As Managing Editor for, Rob Gabriele has written and edited over 1,000 articles in home security. His expertise is in smart home automation and home protection with thousands of hours of testing and research under his belt. Formerly a reporter and producer for the USAToday network, Rob has been a writer and editor for over 10 years. He holds a Master’s of Science with an emphasis on writing from the University of Montana, and he currently lives in the Reno/Tahoe area of Nevada.

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