SimpliSafe Home Security System

Affordable modern home security with ultra-fast DIY setup

Last Updated On: October 16, 2019
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What Is SimpliSafe?

Founded in 2006 by two Harvard Business School students looking for a home security company that caters to renters, SimpliSafe builds home monitoring systems meant to be easy to set up independently and without the use of contracts. In recent years, it’s been listed as one of the fastest-growing companies in Boston, and by 2015 had grown to 250 employees serving 300,000 customers.

SimpliSafe has been described by the Independent Central Station Alarm Association as providing some of the best monitoring in the industry. You can either choose a prepackaged kit of equipment or pick your gear a la carte. Either way, setup typically takes about 15 minutes, with equipment using a paint-safe adhesive to simply stick in place so you don’t have to drill holes—another popular point among renters.

Key Features

  • Wireless & Cellular
  • DIY Installation
  • Intrusion Protection
  • Environmental Protection
  • Remote Control

What Sets SimpliSafe Apart

To avoid big markups, SimpliSafe builds its own security equipment, and both its equipment and monitoring costs are some of the most competitive around. Boasting systems that are wireless, cellular, and designed for easy DIY installation, SimpliSafe also offers a 60-day trial and, because there are no contracts, gives you the flexibility to change your type of monitoring from one month to the next in the event that your budget, or needs, change.

Features of SimpliSafe

Unlike the main control panel employed by most home security systems, the heart of SimpliSafe’s set-up is a main console called the base station. It still has a keypad, but that simply controls power to your system; the base station simply comes out of the box, plugs into the wall, and stays lit around its base while communicating with any linked sensors and devices. Put it on a high shelf or countertop and you’re good to go.

Speaking of communication, SimpliSafe uses both cellular and Wi-Fi connections. This means that if one goes down (i.e. you lose a cell signal or your Internet connection), your system doesn’t stop or even lag. Even the base station is backed up by 24 hours of battery juice in the event of a power loss.

Another increasingly popular feature is what SimpliSafe calls “SmashSafe,” meaning that if your keypad or base station are destroyed, an alarm still goes out to the monitoring center.

SimpliSafe also offers a mobile app for home automation. You have to subscribe to the most expensive monthly monitoring plan to get it, but it gives you much-needed control to remotely arm and disarm your system, view any live camera feeds, monitor environmental sensors, and receive alerts when people (like a child or babysitter) come and go. If you don’t want to upgrade your monitoring plan, you can opt for a keychain remote, but you’ll have less control and it only works within a close range.

Mobile Alerts

SimpliSafe's mobile app puts the power of home security in the palm of your hand. Stay connected with alerts from motion sensors as well as flood sensors, carbon monoxide detectors and smoke/heat detectors.

24/7 Monitoring

SimpliSafe alarm systems can be monitored 24 hours/day to provide award-winning speedy service in case of emergency.

Wireless Equipment

SimpliSafe entryway sensors, video cameras and other security equipment is wireless. Installation leaves no permanent marks and the equipment can easily be moved to a new home.

Surveillance Cameras

The SimpliCam indoor video camera lets you save recordings and stream live video to mobile phones, tablets and computers.

DIY Installation

Maintain your privacy. With SimpliSafe no technician will visit your home. You can install the equipment yourself in about 15 minutes.

Disaster Protection

For all-around protection SimpliSafe can provide environmental sensors in addition to intrusion sensors. Get alerts in case of threat from water, carbon monoxide, smoke and fire.

Remote Control

Extra safety and control come with keychain remotes. A free keychain remote works for arming/disarming and has a button for emergency calls.

SimpliSafe Cost

SimpliSafe’s upfront equipment prices range from $229.96 for a 4-piece kit, to $509.86 for a 14-piece kit. And the straightforward monitoring plans will only set you back $14.99 or $24.99 per month.

Compared to other home security companies, SimpliSafe has a pretty straightforward set-up broken into six carefully thought-out equipment packages and just two monitoring plans. Outside of that, you can order equipment a la carte through the “build my system” option and, thanks to the lack of contracts, even avoid monthly monitoring altogether if for whatever reason you want to rely on your equipment alone.

SimpliSafe Price and Packages

While you have the freedom to custom build your own security package, SimpliSafe has put together multiple tiers of equipment protection, and if you choose one of those, but prefer to tweak your coverage slightly, you can still add gear to each package.

SimpliSafe equipment bundles start with a 4-piece “Foundation” set-up for just $229.96 and ends at the 14-piece “Fortress” package for $509.

SimpliSafe Package# of PiecesPackage CostMonthly Plan CostMore Details
The Foundation4$229.96$0 – $24.99See More
The Nook5$254.95$0 – $24.99See More
The Essentials6$259.95$0 – $24.99See More
The Bedford6$274.94$0 – $24.99See More
The Homestead7$284.93$0 – $24.99See More
The Sanctuary9$304.91$0 – $24.99See More
The Bunker9$329.91$0 – $24.99See More
The Oakstone12$359.88$0 – $24.99See More
The Hearth9$374.91$0 – $24.99See More
The Barrington8$388.93$0 – $24.99See More
The Stronghold13$424.87$0 – $24.99See More
The Keep11$443.90$0 – $24.99See More
The Knox13$449.87$0 – $24.99See More
The Stonefort16$484.84$0 – $24.99See More
The Haven14$489.86$0 – $24.99See More
The Fortress14$509.86$0 – $24.99See More

The Foundation

SimpliSafe The Foundation Package

The Foundation package is perfect for renters or owners of smaller homes. For $229.96, you get a base station and siren, one keypad, one motion sensor, and one entry sensor. The base station emits a pale blue light around its base and alerts SimpliSafe’s professional monitoring center in the event of a security breach. It also sounds an ear-piercing 95 dB siren. The wireless keypad can be placed anywhere, and it doesn’t require power. It lights up when it is dark outside—you just touch the pad to wake it up. Everything is wireless, so you don’t need a landline to run this.

Included Equipment:

  • Base Station
  • 1 Wireless Keypad
  • 1 Motion Sensor
  • 1 Entry Sensor

The Essentials

SimpliSafe The Essentials Package

The Essentials is SimpliSafe’s most popular package. It offers excellent protection for most homes and retails for just $259.95. It has all the Foundation’s equipment but with three entry sensors instead of one. Like all of SimpliSafe’s other systems, it comes with 24/7 monitoring.

Included Equipment:

  • Base Station
  • 1 Wireless Keypad
  • 3 Entry Sensors
  • 1 Motion Sensor

The Hearth

SimpliSafe The Hearth Package

The Hearth includes all of the components that come with the Essentials package plus a smart smoke detector and a key fob. The siren has also been upgraded to 105dB. It’s like being in the front row of an AC/DC concert and will surely make intruders run for the door.

Included Equipment:

  • Base Station
  • 1 Wireless Keypad
  • 3 Entry Sensors
  • 1 Key Fob
  • 1 Smoke Detector
  • 1 Motion Sensor
  • 1 105 db Siren

The Knox

SimpliSafe The Knox Package

The Knox is ideal for larger homes with 4-plus bedrooms. Instead of three entry sensors, you get six to cover all the main entryways of a larger home. There are also two motion sensors instead of one, which can cover two hallways or large areas. The Knox runs $449.87.

Included Equipment:

  • Base Station
  • 1 Wireless Keypad
  • 6 Entry Sensors
  • 2 Motion Sensors
  • 1 Smoke Detector
  • 1 105 db Siren

The Haven

SimpliSafe The Haven Package

The Haven is geared toward customers who want comprehensive disaster protection. It provides basic intrusion protection plus a panic button that can be placed in a convenient place so that you can summon help in the event of a disaster or medical emergency. The Haven also comes with a freeze sensor that will send an instant alert to your smartphone if indoor temps drop below 41 degrees Fahrenheit, which helps prevent your pipes from freezing.

Included Equipment:

  • Base Station
  • 1 Wireless Keypad
  • 1 Panic Button
  • 1 Freeze Sensor
  • 1 Water Sensor
  • 1 Key Fob
  • 2 Motion Sensors
  • 4 Entry Sensors
  • 1 105 db Siren

SimpliSafe Original Packages

SimpliSafe Original Package

If you are looking to save some money, another option is to purchase a SimpliSafe Original package. You get a similar level of security as current SimpliSafe packages, but at a discounted rate with SimpliSafe’s original (and award-winning) equipment. And you can still try it for 60 days and return for a full refund if you are not completely satisfied. The following are the four packages currently offered containing SimpliSafe Original equipment:

SimpliSafe Original Package# of PiecesPackage CostMonthly Plan CostMore Details
The Starter6$244$0 – $24.99See More
The Standard9$304$0 – $24.99See More
The Elite11$334$0 – $24.99See More
The Beacon13$519$0 – $24.99See More

SimpliSafe Monitoring Plan Monthly Costs

SimpliSafe offers just two different monitoring plans to choose from. The Standard is a mere $14.99 a month, one of the least expensive on the market, and it’ll get you 24/7 live monitoring with a cellular connection to emergency responders. Want to step it up and include home automation and you’ll pay $24.99 a month for the Interactive plan, which is still one of the least expensive monthly monitoring plans around. Btw, 24/7 professional monitoring is optional, giving you the freedom to forego monthly monitoring altogether if you want only your equipment in play.

SimpliSafe PlanMonthly CostMore Details
Standard$14.99See More
Interactive$24.99See More

SimpliSafe Equipment Costs and Price List

If you’d rather put together your own package or add equipment, below is a chart of all of SimpliSafe’s most up-to-date gear by cost.

SimpliSafe EquipmentEquipment TypeCostMore Details
Base StationControl$114.99See More
KeypadControl$69.99See More
SirenAlarm$59.99See More
Entry SensorSensor$14.99See More
Motion SensorSensor$29.99See More
Glassbreak SensorSensor$34.99See More
Smoke DetectorSensor$29.99See More
Freeze SensorSensor$29.99See More
Water SensorSensor$19.99See More
Key FobRemote$24.99See More
Panic ButtonRemote$19.99See More
SimpliCamCamera$99.00See More

Current Deal

SimpliSafe almost always offers steep discounts on its refurbished home security systems, as well as deals for military families and even seasonal and holiday sales. To see all of SimpliSafe’s current deals, promotions, and sales, check out our SimpliSafe deals page here.

How to Order

When ordering your security system, first determine which equipment and coverage you want, then sort out which package best applies to you (or if you’d prefer to order piece by piece), and then select the monitoring plan that best suits your needs (basically, determine whether you want home automation). It’s that simple.

More About SimpliSafe

Today, SimpliSafe is still headquartered near the Harvard University area in Boston, Mass. The company builds its own equipment and meets high standards for product quality. Its emergency monitoring service is top-rank, but above all, SimpliSafe has built a reputation among renters. Its system setup takes just 15 minutes without the need for a professional, holes in the wall, or installation fees, and by not requiring contracts, you have the flexibility to pay for only the equipment or up to $24.99 a month for full-access 24/7 monitoring with home automation.

See our full review of SimpliSafe here and our SimpliSafe FAQs here.

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  1. Avatar Charles Chapman says:

    Do you ever put the individual components on sale? if so, when? I have a SimpliSafe system installed and I be interested in enlarging it if the price weren’t so ridiculous.

    1. Avatar says:

      Hi Charles, I would recommend checking in with SimpliSafe periodically for promotions.

  2. Avatar Jerry says:

    I have a separate garage. How would I cover that using your system?

    1. Avatar Editor says:

      Hi Jerry,
      SimpliSafe’s sensors have a range of 800 feet, so unless your garage is more than 800 feet away, you can probably get coverage out there.

  3. Avatar James Meier says:

    Are the cameras wireless? Do the cameras act as motion sensors and set of the alarm as well alert us? Can we just observe the cameras from a laptop with out the alarms going off? If all of this is so I think I will need the control tower, the key pad and four cameras. Am I interpreting this correctly?

    Thanks, Jim

    1. Avatar Editor says:

      Hi Jim,
      The cameras are wireless. The motion sensors are separate pieces of equipment. You can watch video and audio from your smartphone, tablet, or computer. We don’t sell the products, so we’d recommend contacting SimpliSafe directly to ask about your home’s specific equipment needs.

  4. Avatar Ron says:

    I have your $14.99 monthly monitoring am i able to activate and deactivate my alarm from my iphone?

    1. Avatar Editor says:

      Hi Ron,
      No. The app that allows you to arm and disarm from your phone is only available with Simplisafe’s $24.99 Interactive Plan.

  5. Avatar David says:

    Will SimpliSafe work with AT&T cell service?

    1. Avatar Safe Home says:

      Hi David,
      Yes, it should work if you have AT&T. SimpliSafe uses Verizon and T-Mobile’s cellular network coverage, but that doesn’t mean you need to be a Verizon or T-Mobile customer. But if you’re worried, you can check your coverage on SimpliSafe’s website.

  6. Avatar Paul Fangmeier says:

    Looking for an inexpensive starter unit can be original equipment heard on radio was 15% off and free camera

    1. Avatar Safe Home says:

      Hi Paul,
      For specific price quotes, you’d need to call SimpliSafe directly or visit its website.

      1. Avatar Raymond Gannon says:

        when do you answer the phone????

        1. Avatar Safe Home says:

          Hi Raymond,
          Sorry you’re having trouble reaching them, but we’re not Simplisafe or any other security company.

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