SimpliSafe Home Security System

SimpliSafe Alarm Pricing, Monitoring Cost & Packages

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In a crowded home security market, SimpliSafe stands out. SimpliSafe puts a spin on home security pricing by eschewing long-term contracts and substituting an affordable month-by-month monitoring subscription. There’s a flip side (isn’t there always?): SimpliSafe’s monitoring only works with its systems, which you’ll have to pay for upfront. Figuring out whether that’s the right deal for you is the first of many things you should think about if you’re considering a SimpliSafe system. We’ll break down everything that you need to know — from product pricing and monitoring costs to services and contract requirements, and much more — to help you and your household make an educated decision. Check out our SimpliSafe review for our full expert opinion!

SimpliSafe Keypad

SafeHome.org Editor Andrew Garcia evaluating the SimpliSafe keypad

Key Features

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

SimpliSafe Pricing

With upfront equipment prices ranging from $183 for a 4-piece kit to $391 for a 14-piece kit, SimpliSafe has a pretty straightforward setup broken into five carefully thought-out equipment packages and just two monitoring plans: the Standard plan at $14.99 per month and the Interactive plan at $24.99 per month.

SimpliSafe PackagesPriceEquipment QuantityPerks
The Haven$39114 PiecesEquipped to monitor for unexpected water damage and fires
The Knox$35913 PiecesGreat for large homes with 4+ bedrooms
The Hearth$2999 PiecesEquipped with an extra 105dB siren
The Essentials$2076 PiecesMost affordable price for all the essentials of home security
The Foundation$1834 PiecesPerfect for small apartments and single-family homes

SimpliSafe’s lineup of equipment includes various sensors and other useful devices and features with each package. Unless you live in the Farnsworth House, you’ll probably want to start with one of their basic monitoring packages — a base bundle like The Foundation ($183) or The Essentials ($207) — and if you do live in the Farnsworth House,1 glass sensors are $34.99 each when purchased individually. You can still add on extras to these starter bundles, so don’t worry about things being an exact fit.

Did You Know: Some home security companies lower their device prices by keeping monthly subscription fees higher and enforcing long-term contracts. SimpliSafe’s bundles have higher upfront costs, but its subscriptions are cheap and don’t require any commitment.

SimpliSafe Packages

The Haven – $391

SimpliSafe The Haven Package

The Haven is best for customers who want comprehensive disaster protection. It may be on the pricier end of the spectrum, but that’s because The Haven monitors not only for break-ins and security breaches but for fires and water damage as well. It provides basic intrusion protection, plus a panic button that you can put in a convenient place so that you can summon help immediately in the event of a disaster or medical emergency.

Key Stats and Specs:

  • Contains Base Station, Keypad, 4 Entry Sensors, 2 Motion Sensors, 1 105dB Siren, 1 Smoke Detector, 1 Water Sensor, 1 Freeze Sensor, 1 Panic Button, and 1 Key Fob
  • Covers security and disaster monitoring
  • 24-7 alarm monitoring
  • No contracts

The Knox – $359

SimpliSafe The Knox Package

The Knox is designed to protect large homes with 4+ bedrooms. With twice as many entry and motion sensors as SimpliSafe’s next-largest bundle (The Hearth), you’ll receive six entry sensors to secure all the main entryways of a larger home and two motion sensors to cover hallways or large areas. Note, The Knox package actually has more entry sensors than The Haven, but it lacks some of the disaster detectors.

Key Stats and Specs:

  • Contains Base Station, Keypad, 6 Entry Sensors, 2 Motion Sensors, 1 105dB Siren, 1 Smoke Detector, and 1 Key Fob
  • Covers security and smoke detection
  • Best for homes with four or more bedrooms
  • 24-7 alarm monitoring
  • No contracts

The Hearth – $299

SimpliSafe The Hearth Package

Gathering around the hearth is nice, but it can be even nicer to let The Hearth package gather around your home with its three entry sensors, a single motion detector, a smoke detector, and an alarm. 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.

Key Stats and Specs:

  • Contains Base Station, Keypad, 3 Entry Sensors, 1 Motion Sensor, 1 105dB Siren, 1 Smoke Detector, and 1 Key Fob
  • Covers security and smoke detection
  • 24-7 alarm monitoring
  • No contracts

The Essentials – $207

SimpliSafe The Essentials Package

The Essentials package is perfect for those looking for all of the home security basics at an affordable price. Equipped with three entry sensors, a motion sensor, and 24-7 alarm monitoring, there’s a good reason why this is SimpliSafe’s most popular package.

Key Stats and Specs:

  • Contains Base Station, Keypad, 3 Entry Sensors, and 1 Motion Sensor
  • Home security basics for an affordable price
  • 24-7 alarm monitoring
  • No contracts

The Foundation – $183

SimpliSafe The Foundation Package

The Foundation package is perfect for renters or owners of smaller homes. For $183, you get a base station and siren, one keypad, one motion sensor, and one entry sensor. For those with more than one door or window to worry about, The Foundation package is an affordable way to get the must-have base station and keypad before tacking on extras ahead of checkout.

Key Stats and Specs:

  • Contains Base Station, Keypad, 1 Entry Sensor, and 1 Motion Sensor
  • Great for apartments or as a starting point for custom systems
  • 24-7 alarm monitoring
  • No contracts

SimpliSafe Equipment

SimpliSafe Equipment

Our full SimpliSafe equipment selection prior to testing

With SimpliSafe, you have the option to upgrade, add on, or customize your home security system. All in all, the costs of their device lineup is more or less the same as the industry average — give or take $5 to $10.

Pro Tip: Keep your base station near the center of your home, so crooks can’t reach it without tripping a sensor first. The base station is responsible for alerting the monitoring center!2

Other than a couple of power cables, SimpliSafe’s entire home security system is free of wired connections, including their cameras! The wireless gear is designed to make installation and setup easy — which is a good thing because of SimpliSafe tasks customers with setting up their own gear.3 Below is a pricing summary of SimpliSafe’s wireless equipment and devices:

SimpliSafe EquipmentEquipment TypeCost
Base StationControlN/A
KeypadControl$69.99
Entry SensorSensor$14.99
Motion SensorSensor$29.99
SimpliCam (Indoor camera)Camera$99.00
Glassbreak SensorSensor$34.99
Panic ButtonRemote$19.99
Smoke DetectorSensor$29.99
Carbon Monoxide SensorSensor$49.99
Temperature SensorSensor$29.99
Water SensorSensor$19.99
Key FobRemote$24.99
105 dB SirenControl$59.99
Yard signDisplay$3.99

SimpliSafe devices still work without a 24-7 monitoring plan in place. Unmonitored systems can still detect intrusions and sound an alarm on your property, but they won’t send an alert out to a monitoring service. For SimpliSafe’s monitoring partners to detect the issue and dispatch the authorities, you’ll need to sign up for a monitoring subscription plan. For more on that, let’s head on to the next section.

SimpliSafe Monitoring Plans

SimpliSafe’s 24-7 professional monitoring plans are where they really shine. They offer two such plans — the Standard Plan ($14.99 per month or $0.50 per day) and the Interactive Plan ($24.99 per month or $0.83 per day) — that you can sign up for and cancel at any time. There are no long-term contracts or installation fees to worry about.

Monitoring PlansMonthly CostFeatures
Standard$14.99– 24-7 live monitoring
Interactive$24.99– 24-7 live monitoring
– Fast response for police, emergency medical, and fire department dispatch
– Unlimited video recording
– 24-7 monitoring for water, fire, and dangerous temperature detection
– Advanced remote alerts (SMS, email, etc.)
– Remote arm and disarm

SimpliSafe outsources its monitoring services to COPS,4 a company that focuses solely on monitoring. Some security companies do monitor their own systems, but SimpliSafe’s approach is not unusual either.

Interactive – $24.99 per month

For just $0.83 per day, SimpliSafe’s Interactive plan monitors and protects your home from burglars, unexpected water damage, and fire outbreaks. It also equips you with rapid response and dispatch to police, paramedics, or fire department personnel if a hazard occurs. It’s quite cheap (and sometimes even cheaper!) by home security monitoring standards.

SimpliSafe App

SimpliSafe App

As you’d expect, this monitoring plan will keep your home monitored around the clock. It also includes some key perks. Opting for the Interactive subscription unlocks SimpliSafe’s app,5 which allows you to control your system, including some home automation options, from anywhere with a click of a button from your phone. You’ll also receive security alerts via email or text message, as well as friends and family alerts.

SimpliSafe App Notification

SimpliSafe App Notification

Standard – $14.99 per month

SimpliSafe’s Standard plan will cover your monitoring needs 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for just $0.50 a day. It’s really all you’ll need in terms of security coverage, but it lacks some of the more advanced monitoring capabilities that its pricier sibling boasts. Overall, it’s a solid monitoring plan that meets the basic requirements. If your system detects a problem, you’ll get a call from SimpliSafe’s monitoring partners. You can call off the alert with a verbal passcode. If you don’t, the monitoring team will dispatch the authorities.

SimpliSafe Customer Survey & Reviews

Our staff is great at researching and testing systems and comparing it to similar security options, but we wanted to see what SimpliSafe customers have to say about the product and the service they receive over time. As of May 2020, we’ve surveyed 98 SimpliSafe customers and asked them to rate SimpliSafe in 10 different areas, including their overall satisfaction with the system. Below is a summary of their ratings.

Customer Service & Support:
3.92 out of 5
Monitoring:
4.09 out of 5
Installation Experience:
4.29 out of 5
Equipment & Technology:
3.83 out of 5
Reliability:
4.04 out of 5
Home Automation:
4.25 out of 5
Cameras:
4.40 out of 5
Mobile App:
4.18 out of 5
Ease of Use:
4.54 out of 5
Overall Satisfaction:
4.08 out of 5

Overall Value of SimpliSafe

SimpliSafe does not require long-term contracts, which differs from the approach of other home security companies like ADT. If you’d rather invest in your equipment upfront, avoid long-term contracts, and opt for affordable professional monitoring plans, then SimpliSafe is a great option for you. You can sign up for SimpliSafe’s monitoring services on a monthly basis and cancel whenever you want. On the flip side, SimpliSafe does not use long-term commitments to spread out the cost of hardware and installation. However, their DIY installation and seamless wireless devices can make up for the upfront costs for many customers. SimpliSafe’s value is most obvious to renters and people who might be moving within a few months.

Citations
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  1. Farnsworth House. (2020, April 4). Wikipedia. Retrieved April 6, 2020.
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Farnsworth_House

  2. SimpliSafe. (2020). What does Professional Monitoring protect against? What happens during an alarm?
    https://support.simplisafe.com/hc/en-us/articles/360036466511-What-does-Professional-Monitoring-protect-against-What-happens-during-an-alarm-

  3. SimpliSafe. (2020). Installation Help for the All-New SimpliSafe.
    https://support.simplisafe.com/hc/en-us/articles/360029871372-Installation-Help-for-the-All-New-SimpliSafe

  4. COPS. (2020). World-Class Professional Monitoring Services.
    https://www.copsmonitoring.com/monitoring-services/

  5. SimpliSafe Home Security Systems. (2020, March 30). SimpliSafe Home Security App. Google.
    https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.simplisafe.mobile&hl=en_US

Reviewed By
Travis Goodreau
Safety and Security Advisor
Travis is a retired Burglary Detective, having tallied 5,000+ burglary and theft cases throughout his career. He also served as an Arson Investigator, where he cracked the case of a serial arsonist, and made the arrest and prosecuted the would-be bomber of ABC-7 Studio in LA. We couldn’t be happier to have him as a Safety and Security Advisor. Learn more about Travis here
Written By
Andrew Garcia
Lead Security Editor
As Lead Security Editor, Andrew strategically guides SafeHome and the resources we publish. He holds a BA in business, and has 10+ years of experience in content development. Today, Andrew edits and publishes articles, guides, and other resources to meet our rigorous standards. Learn more about Andrew here

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17 Comments

  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.

  2. Avatar Jerry says:

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

    1. Andrew Garcia Andrew Garcia 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. Andrew Garcia Andrew Garcia 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. Andrew Garcia Andrew Garcia 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. Andrew Garcia Andrew Garcia 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. Andrew Garcia Andrew Garcia 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. Andrew Garcia Andrew Garcia says:

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

  7. Avatar David Metcalf says:

    Is it ok to use the camera in an outdoor location that is covered, like a carport?

    1. Andrew Garcia Andrew Garcia says:

      Hi David,
      It’s designed primarily for indoor use, but you can use it outdoors. However, SimpliSafe recommends using its outdoor kit that protects the camera from the elements.

  8. Avatar Bruce says:

    I have a charge of 4.99 per month added to my 24.99. What is the extra charge for?

    1. Avatar Andrew Garcia says:

      Hi Bruce,
      For specific questions about billing, you’ll have to call SimpliSafe and ask.

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