Iris Home Security Review

"DIY Home Security From Lowe's"

Iris Home Security Equipment
Overall Score: 8.0/10
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8.0 Overall Score
Customer Service
7.8
Value
8.2
Equipment
8.0
Features & Technology
7.2
Ease Of Use
8.8

Iris Home Security Ratings

Iris by Lowe’s is the home improvement giant’s entry into the home security market. They offer an incredibly customizable DIY home security system that’s perfect for homeowners and renters alike. You have a lot of options for security and home automation equipment, along with optional plans for extended features.

PROS
  • Incredibly customizable
  • Affordable plans
  • Tons of third-party integration
  • Easy expansion
  • One-stop-shop device purchases
  • DIY installation
  • Wireless devices

CONS
  • Overwhelming amount of options
  • High upfront cost
  • Most kits don’t include the Smart Hub

Overview

Iris by Lowe’s does a great job at appealing to the typical customer that shops at this store already. It has a strong emphasis on DIY customization and installation, allowing you to create the perfect smart home and home security system for your needs. Since you can easily add-on to it, this also meets future needs as they come up.

You get exactly what you want, when you want it, rather than dealing with a bundle that has a lot of features you couldn’t care less about. You’re not required to buy a paid monthly plan to use your equipment, although you do get several value-added benefits when you do, such as professional monitoring. In addition to typical home security and smart home services, Iris can also help you monitor loved ones with medical concerns or those who need some assistance with living independently.

The installation process for some devices may get a bit complicated, and if you’re a renter, you may want to avoid any of the hardwired devices. You can start using your equipment right away for home security and home automation with the free plan, or choose one of the paid packages for additional features.

Features and Technology

Professional Monitoring

Iris by Lowe’s has an optional professional monitoring service that is UL certified. They get in touch with you when problems occur or send out the appropriate authorities.

Excellent Customization

You can pick and choose everything that you want for your smart home and security system.

Wireless

Everything is wireless so you can install devices in the places that they benefit you the most.

Video Streaming and Monitoring

You can check on your home with live video streaming or look through an event log that shows you recordings when the cameras get activated.

Home Protection

Fire, smoke, carbon monoxide and water leaks are a few of the things that this system can protect you against.

Medical Monitoring and Alerts

You can help your family members live independent lives while helping them stay safe with an alert device that can also let you know when they’re out of the house outside of their normal routine.

Extensive Third-Party Integration

The Iris Smart Hub works with:

  • Nest
  • Google Home
  • Yale Locks
  • Amazon Echo
  • Hue Philips
  • Springs Window Fashions
  • Leviton

Ease of Use

None of the installation process is particularly hard to handle, but you’re dealing with so many device manufacturers that some may be better than others at directions. Once you have everything set up and configured, control takes place through a well-designed, user-friendly app.

Customer Service

You have access to several hundred guides that walk you through every aspect of the service, from the hardware to the plans themselves. If you can’t find an answer with these self-service resources, you can post your question on the Iris community group, reach out via email or talk to them through social media.

Value

None of the plans include equipment, so you’re responsible for paying the full upfront costs You have a basic plan for free that supports self-monitoring your security system and the features you need for smart home automation. You have control over all devices connected to the system, allowing you to set rules, scenes, and schedules. Text and push alerts keep you updated on what’s going on, and a user-friendly mobile app for remote control.

The Premium plan is $9.99 per month, and you’re not locked into a long-term contract. In addition to the basic features, you can also send alerts to six people, get 3 GB of storage for your security video clips, and look through a 14-day view and visualization log for your home security history.

The Professional Monitoring plan is $14.95/month and includes all features of the previous two plans. You also get 24/7 professional monitoring of your home security system along with alerts for your smoke detectors, fire detectors, and carbon monoxide detectors.

A cellular backup plan is available with any of these plans for an additional $7.99 per month and a $109 Iris 4G modem.

Equipment

Since Lowe’s carries a wide range of smart home products, you have many major home automation manufacturers available with full compatibility with the Iris systems.

Iris Smart Hub $69.99

The Iris Smart Hub is your centralized home security and automation hub. All of the devices in your custom system connect to this piece of hardware wirelessly. You manage everything through an app, although it’s also compatible with Google Assistant if you want voice control.

Iris Security Pack $109

The good thing about Iris by Lowe’s is the sheer amount of devices you can add to your system. The bad thing is how overwhelming these choices can be. Thankfully this kit gives you the devices you need to set up your home security system. It comes with a motion detector, 2 door and window sensors, and a keypad. You do need to purchase the Iris Smart Hub separately.

Iris Pro Monitoring Kit $149

This kit is completely wireless and is compatible with self-monitoring and professional monitoring. It comes with one door and window sensor, the Smart Hub, and an Iris motion sensor. It’s also compatible with most of the third-party devices offered by Iris by Lowe’s.

Iris Automation Pack $129

This kit covers essential home automation equipment and includes a motion detector, 2 door and window sensors, a panic button, a range extender and a smart plug. You do need to purchase the Smart Hub separately.

Iris Lighting Pack $94.99

Two smart outlets and a range extender give you the devices you need to start scheduling and remotely controlling the lights around your home.

Iris Contact Sensor $24.99

If a window or door opens or closes, you get a notification.

Iris Motion Sensor $29.99

Motion detection alerts you about intruders when you’re using it for security, and can set your automation scenes and schedules when you use it for home automation.

Iris Smart Keypad $42.99

This keypad supports personalized codes for each person that has access to your home. You receive alerts through your smartphone when your family comes home and leaves. It tracks temperature and has a tone when people leave and enter the house.

Iris Indoor Wireless Video Camera $89

You have the option of going wired or wireless with this security camera, which streams and records in 720p quality. It has night vision, so you have 24/7 coverage. If an alarm goes off or it senses motion, it will start recording. You can watch the feed via your mobile devices or computer, and all data is encrypted.

GoControl Programmable Thermostat $79.99

Stay comfortable and save money while you do it with this energy efficient addition to your smart home ecosystem.

Honeywell 7-Day Touch Screen Programmable Thermostat $159.99

You can program a full weekly schedule with this smart thermostat, so you always have the right HVAC settings going.

Honeywell Touchscreen Programmable Thermostat $229

This top-of-the-line programmable thermostat is an excellent option for controlling your home’s climate.

Nest Learning Thermostat with Built-in Wi-Fi $249

This Nest smart thermostat not only learns your routine so it can save you money, but it also acts as a Wi-Fi extender.

Sylvania LIGHTIFY 4 ft LED 18 W Full Color RGB Tape Lights $34.99

Set the perfect mood in each room with these customizable smart lights.

Garden Spot Lights $34.99

Illuminate your walkways and other paths around your yard with these smart lights.

Care Pendant $29.99

In the event of a medical emergency, this pendant can act as a way to send an alert. It also allows family members to receive notifications if the person with the pendant leaves home or comes home. This product is excellent for seniors looking for some help with their independent living situation.

Indoor and Outdoor Camera $135

You can set this wireless camera up anywhere you choose. You get up to 60 feet of night vision, motion and audio detection and 720P video. Whenever it comes on when there’s an alert, you automatically get a recording of what’s going on.

Smart Button $19.99

This versatile device can send alerts, set off alarms or control your smart devices.

Motion Sensors $29.99

Get more motion sensors to set up in your home.

Iris Smart Plug $37.99

Add smart controls to anything plugged into this device.

Iris Smart Fob 24.99

Set up automated and one button controls for your home security and automation system.

Wi-Fi Smart Switch No Hub Required $39.99

Control your devices remotely without the Iris Smart Hub.

Iris Leak Detector $38.99

Stay on top of any water leaks or floods.

More Third-Party Devices Supported by Iris

  • First Alert Smoke Detector $39.97
  • Halo Smoke / CO Detector (Hardwired) $99.99
  • Utilitech Glass Break Sensor $39.97
  • Iris Garage Door Controller $74.99
  • GE Z-Wave Plus White/Grey Remote Control Lamp Module $39.99
  • GE ZigBee Plug-in On/Off Module $49.99
  • GE ZigBee Plug-in Smart Dimmer Switch $54.99
  • GE Z-Wave Plus 15-AMP 120-Volt Wireless White Recessed Indoor Decorator Wall Tamper Resistant Outlet $39.99
  • GE Z-Wave Indoor Outdoor Push Light Switch $169.99
  • GE 15A Blk Single Outlet 500S $42.99
  • Kwikset SmartCode Smartkey starts at $179
  • NYCE Hinge Sensor $39.99
  • LeakSmart Water Shut-off Valve $209
  • Orbit Iris Hose Faucet Water Timer $39.97
  • Whirlpool 46000-Grain Wi-Fi Enabled Water Softener $797
  • EnergySmart Electric Water Heater Controller $39.99
  • Google Home Mini $49
  • Yale Locks starts at $329
  • Utilitech Water Leak Detector Indoor flood sensor $29.99
  • LeakSmart Leak Detector 68
  • LeakSmart Water Shut-off Valve $159
  • Orbit Iris 12-Station Sprinkler Controller $123
  • Google Home $129
  • Nyce Indoor Door and Window Sensor $39.99
  • Schlage Aged Bronze Electronic Entry Door Deadbolt with Keypad starts at $199
  • NYCE Control Garage Door Tilt Sensor $34.99
  • Halo+ Smoke/CO Detector and Weather Alert Radio Hardwired $135
  • Utilitech 85-Decibels Indoor Siren $34.99
  • Sylvania Lights starts at 17.99
  • Duraflame Infrared Heater $159

Summary

Iris by Lowe’s is a dream come true if you enjoy customizing your own home security and automation system, and you don’t mind doing the installation yourself. The paid plans are handy if you want the extra features, but you don’t need them to feel like you’ve gotten your money’s worth with the equipment.

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