SimpliSafe Pricing Plans and Package Costs

SimpliSafe Alarm Equipment and Monitoring Options

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  • SimpliSafe equipment and monitoring are among the lowest in the market. Get a SimpliSafe security system for as low as $99.
  • Professional monitoring is optional. Self-monitor SimpliSafe for free, or get professional monitoring starting at $30.00 monthly.
  • Take advantage of special offers to slash the price even more. Learn how to get up to 60-percent off with SimpliSafe deals.

If you’re looking for affordable protection that offers reliability and high-end equipment, you may want to look at DIY security systems. These security systems don’t require an installation fee, and most of them have affordable packages.

SimpliSafe stands out specifically as the best self-monitored security and DIY option because of its feature-rich hardware and affordable pricing. SimpliSafe also recently released their Fast Protect system. Packaged with a new Smart Alarm Wireless Indoor Security Camera ($139.99), you can have round-the-clock professional monitoring and near instant access to authorities in the event of an emergency.

Pro Tip: Like a lot of home security systems, SimpliSafe is currently on sale for the holidays. All of their security systems are 60 percent off. Often these sales last through Christmas and into the new year, but you can never be sure, so you’ll want to verify pricing for yourself.

Another reason SimpliSafe stands out for us is that they took the long-term contracts required by traditional security providers like ADT and put them directly in the trash can. Rather than making you sign up for years at a time, SimpliSafe offers month-to-month subscriptions that you can cancel at any time.

That isn’t to say SimpliSafe isn’t without its drawbacks, though. There are a few caveats that we’re going to get into here; but before we dig in further, here are few quick stats on SimpliSafe:

SimpliSafe Features

Best For DIY Installation
Difficulty Level Very Easy
No. of Packages 7
Price $99+
Days Tested 15
Customizable? Yes

And now, let’s get to the bottom line: How much is this all going to cost?

We’ll break down everything you need to know about SimpliSafe’s equipment and pricing here. We’ll discuss monitoring costs, associated fees, and how you can save on SimpliSafe. Also, keep in mind SimpliSafe recently dropped some new pieces of security technology — namely a new indoor camera and a two-in-one smoke and CO sensor. For more on that, check out our SimpliSafe review.

Pro Tip: Adding professional security monitoring will take your home security to new heights. Read our ADT review and see why it has the best security monitoring service, even better than SimpliSafe’s 24/7 monitoring.

SimpliSafe Keypad

SafeHome.org Editor Andrew Garcia evaluating the SimpliSafe keypad

Key Features

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

Consumer Survey

Safehome recently surveyed 20 SimpliSafe users in 10 different categories to get a sense of how they liked using these products in their day-to-day lives. Here’s what we found:

Customer Service & Support:
3.9 out of 5
Monitoring:
4.0 out of 5
Installation Experience:
4.2 out of 5
Equipment & Technology:
3.8 out of 5
Reliability:
4.0 out of 5
Home Automation:
4.2 out of 5
Cameras:
4.4 out of 5
Mobile App:
4.1 out of 5
Ease of Use:
4.5 out of 5
Overall Satisfaction:
4.0 out of 5

SimpliSafe Pricing

There are two main ways to build out a SimpliSafe system. You can start with one of their pre-built kits, or you can customize a kit yourself. Either way, you’ll have options to tweak your equipment to your liking.

Live in a small apartment? The four-piece Foundation kit is $249.96. Need a more robust system? SimpliSafe has a system for you too. At $519.86, the Haven’s 14 pieces can cover even the largest homes. Want ultimate security with indoor and outdoor cameras included in your kit? Take a look at the Beacon or the Lighthouse for $709.90 and $469.93, respectively.

Those are regular prices. Part of what makes SimpliSafe affordable is its affinity for offering discounts, sometimes up to 60-percent. With that kind of markdown, you can get a basic security system for less than $100. Definitely worth it if you ask us.

SimpliSafe Packages Equipment Quantity Perks Regular Retail Price Sale Price
The Beacon 11 pieces Includes 2 wireless outdoor cameras and 1 indoor camera $709.90 $283.96
The Lighthouse 8 pieces Includes 1 wireless outdoor camera and 1 indoor camera $469.93 $187.97
The Haven 14 Pieces Equipped to monitor for unexpected water damage and fires $519.86 $207.94
The Knox 13 Pieces Great for large homes with 4+ bedrooms $479.87 $191.95
The Hearth 9 Pieces Equipped with an extra 105dB siren $399.91 $159.96
The Essentials 6 Pieces Most affordable price for all the essentials of home security $279.95 $111.98
The Foundation 4 Pieces Perfect for small apartments and single-family homes $249.96 $99.98

Discount Alert: It seems like SimpliSafe is always running sales on their security packages. Most of the time these are in the 30 percent range, but we’ve seen sales up to 60 percent off. Right now, if you’re interested in picking up one of these packages, you’ll get a free Wireless Indoor Camera if you sign up for their new Fast Protect monitoring service.

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 ($250) or The Essentials ($280) — and if you do live in the Farnsworth House,1 glass sensors are $39.99 each when purchased individually. You can still add on extras to these starter bundles, so don’t worry about things being an exact fit.

Expert Examined
From Rob Gabriele, Managing Editor & Home Security Expert
Rob Gabriele
“Simplisafe offers some great additional equipment packages for your home. One feature I’m a big fan of is the panic button. This button sends a silent audible alarm to the monitoring center alerting them of an emergency. Situationally, this is an outstanding feature that I would have installed under a nightstand or table.”

Learn more about Rob and our methodology →

SimpliSafe Packages

The Beacon

The Beacon is SimpliSafe’s most comprehensive security system, offering whole-home video monitoring plus the standard security and sensors like entry sensors and motion sensors. It doesn’t come cheap; the Beacon retails for $709.90 before discounts. That said, it’s definitely a well-rounded security system. It includes two battery-powered outdoor cameras ($169 each), an indoor camera ($119), and an eight-piece security system.

Key Stats and Specs:

  • Contains Base Station, Keypad, 4 Entry Sensors, 2 Motion Sensors, 2 wireless outdoor security cameras, 1 free indoor camera
  • Covers security inside and out
  • 24-7 alarm monitoring
  • No contracts

The Lighthouse

For those who want indoor and outdoor security cameras without the expense that comes with the Beacon, the Lighthouse is a system to consider. It offers one outdoor camera with 1080p HD video and a 140-degree field of view and one indoor camera with motion detection. Before discounts, the system costs $469.93.

Key Stats and Specs:

  • Contains Base Station, Keypad, 3 Entry Sensors, 1 Motion Sensor, 1 wireless outdoor security cameras, 1 free indoor camera
  • Covers security inside and out
  • 24/7 alarm monitoring
  • No contracts

The Haven

SimpliSafe The Haven Package

Retailing for $519.86, the Haven is best for customers that are looking for comprehensive protections for larger properties. It’s one of SimpliSafe’s more expensive security kits, but that’s because it monitors not only for break-ins and security breaches, but for environmental hazards like fires and water damage as well. Further increasing the security of Haven users is the panic button, which can be placed anywhere to summon help immediately in the event of an emergency or medical incident.

Key Stats and Specs:

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

The Knox

SimpliSafe The Knox Package

Offered at $479.87, 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 Key Fob, and 1 Free Indoor Camera
  • Covers security and smoke detection
  • Best for homes with four or more bedrooms
  • 24-7 alarm monitoring
  • No contracts

The Hearth

SimpliSafe The Hearth Package

SimpliSafe’s Hearth system is a great middle ground. It includes more pieces of equipment than the more basic systems, but it’s not too expensive either. At $399.91 without discounts, it’s certainly worth the price. The Hearth package includes three entry sensors. It also comes with a motion sensor, a siren, and a key fob.

Although the base station has a built-in siren, the auxiliary siren covers more ground. It has a rated loudness of 105 dB, which is about as loud as snowmobiles, so it’s plenty loud. The ear-piercing sound could easily scare away intruders, and if it doesn’t, it increases the likelihood of your neighbors noticing. Maybe they’ll call the cops for you if you aren’t home.

Key Stats and Specs:

  • Contains Base Station, Keypad, 3 Entry Sensors, 1 Motion Sensor, 1 105dB Siren, and 1 Key Fob, and 1 Free Indoor Camera
  • 24-7 alarm monitoring
  • No contracts

The Essentials

SimpliSafe The Essentials Package

Selling for only $279.95, 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

SimpliSafe The Foundation Package

The Foundation package is perfect for renters or owners of smaller homes. For about $249.96 before discounts, the Foundation comes with 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
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SimpliSafe Equipment

SimpliSafe Equipment

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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. If you’re curious about SimpliSafe’s 1080p HD camera, called the SimpliCam, check out our roundup of SimpliCam cameras. And you can read our hands-on experience with the device in our comprehensive SimpliCam review.

Note that SimpliSafe’s 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 Equipment Equipment Type Cost
Base Station Control $5.42 per month
Keypad Control $2.92 per month
Entry Sensor Sensor $14.99
Motion Sensor Sensor $34.99
SimpliCam (Indoor camera) Camera $99.00
Indoor Wireless Camera Camera $139.00
SimpliSafe (Outdoor camera) Camera $189.99
Video Doorbell Pro Camera $169.99
Glassbreak Sensor Sensor $39.99
Panic Button Remote $19.99
Smoke Detector Sensor $34.99
Temperature Sensor Sensor $29.99
Water Sensor Sensor $19.99
Key Fob Remote $24.99
105 dB Siren Control $59.99
Yard sign Display $3.99

Now most security systems will require that you purchase a monitoring plan or pay a monthly fee — not so with SimpliSafe. Although you’ll certainly get more out of your system if you opt in to their Fast Protect monitoring service, the system runs perfectly fine if you choose to self monitor.

SimpliSafe - Camera and Base Station

SimpliSafe – Camera and Base Station

SimpliSafe Monitoring Plans

SimpliSafe’s 24-7 professional monitoring plans are where they really shine. They offer two such plans — the Standard Plan ($19.99 per month) and the Interactive Plan ($29.99 per month) — that you can sign up for and cancel at any time. There are no long-term contracts or installation fees to worry about.

Monitoring Plans Monthly Cost Features
Standard $19.99
  • 24-7 live monitoring
  • Advanced remote alerts (SMS, email, etc.)
  • Remote arm and disarm
Fast Protect $29.99
  • 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.

Fast Protect – $29.99 per month

For just $0.99 per day, SimpliSafe’s Interactive plan — Now called Fast Protect — 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 home automation options, which lets you control smart home devices connected to your system from anywhere with your smartphone. You’ll also receive security alerts via email or text message, as well as friends and family alerts.

Expert Examined
From Rob Gabriele, Managing Editor & Home Security Expert
Rob Gabriele
“SimpliSafe’s Interactive plan unlocks all the essential features I like to see in a home security system. A standout feature for me is the visual alarm verification which instantly notifies you and the monitoring center with a live video feed when an alarm is triggered. Law enforcement can appreciate this feature because it can provide live updates of the criminal’s whereabouts and activity inside a home.”

We recommend going with the Fast Protect plan, and if you happen to own a business, this is definitely the plan you’ll want to choose. The thing is that when you’re away, you need eyes on your property, and you need those instant mobile alerts to let you know if someone is trying to break in. And if you own a business, you’re probably away from it every single night. To find out more, read our in-depth guide on SimpliSafe for Business.

Standard – $19.99 per month

SimpliSafe’s Standard plan will cover your monitoring needs 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for just $0.66 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.

Camera Recording Plan – $9.99

If you’re not up for paying the monthly fee for professional monitoring, you can always monitor your property yourself. To help you do that, you can opt for one of SimpliSafe’s camera recording plans. With one of these plans, your SimpliCam, SimpliSafe Outdoor Camera, or SimpliSafe Video Doorbell will record, store, and save motion clips to the cloud, allowing you to review footage of break-ins after the fact and to forward those clips on to the authorities.

SimpliSafe used to offer the flexibility of several different cloud recording plans. The company now offers just one, for $9.99 a month. The good news, though, is that this plan comes with unlimited recording for five cameras. That means whether you have one camera or five, you’ll pay the same low price. Of course, you don’t get police, fire, or medical dispatch with this plan. For that, you’ll need the Standard or Interactive plans. Still, this cloud recording ensures you’ll have crystal-clear evidence to hand over to the police should anyone every try to break in.

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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/

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

Rob Gabriele
Written By
Rob Gabriele
Managing Editor & Home Security Expert

As a home security expert and Managing Editor for SafeHome.org, Rob Gabriele has written and edited over 1,000 articles related to home security. His expertise is in smart 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 Indianapolis, IN.