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!
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 20 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.
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 Packages||Price||Equipment Quantity||Perks|
|The Haven||$391||14 Pieces||Equipped to monitor for unexpected water damage and fires|
|The Knox||$359||13 Pieces||Great for large homes with 4+ bedrooms|
|The Hearth||$299||9 Pieces||Equipped with an extra 105dB siren|
|The Essentials||$207||6 Pieces||Most affordable price for all the essentials of home security|
|The Foundation||$183||4 Pieces||Perfect 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.
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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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! 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 Equipment||Equipment Type||Cost|
|SimpliCam (Indoor camera)||Camera||$99.00|
|Carbon Monoxide Sensor||Sensor||$49.99|
|105 dB Siren||Control||$59.99|
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’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 Plans||Monthly Cost||Features|
|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.
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.
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’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 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.
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