SimpliSafe Review: Pricing, Features

SimpliSafe’s user-friendly equipment and competitive pricing make it our top pick for a home security system.
Dalia Ramirez
By Dalia Ramirez 
Edited by Tina Orem
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SimpliSafe Security System
SimpliSafe Security System

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Equipment cost
$249.96
Base kit includes one base station, one keypad, one entry sensor, one motion sensor. Sometimes you can get one free Smart Alarm wireless indoor security camera and a free trial of professional monitoring if they're running a promotion.

Professional monitoring monthly cost
$29.99
Self-monitoring available for $9.99 per month. You can also access basic features with no plan.

Hazard detection
Add-on smoke/CO detector, water and temperature sensor.
Haven plan includes hazard sensors, alarm system, siren and panic button for for $520.
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SimpliSafe is a home security provider that offers self-installed wireless security alarm systems and cameras. The company stands out for its comprehensive packages at affordable prices.

SimpliSafe offers both self- and pro-monitoring subscriptions, meaning you can respond to the alarm and camera alerts yourself, or you can have a company representative monitor your system for you and contact you if something happens. Its systems are smart-home compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant.

Because of SimpliSafe’s user-friendly equipment and competitive pricing, it’s NerdWallet’s top pick for a home security system.

Deciding factors

One-time costs

$249.96 for basic equipment.

Monthly fees

None.

Installation

DIY. Professional setup starts at $124.99.

Video monitoring

  • $0 to self-monitor without advanced features.

  • $9.99 per month for self-monitoring with camera recordings.

  • $29.99 per month for professional monitoring.

Contract

None.

How does SimpliSafe work?

To purchase a SimpliSafe system, you visit the company’s website and select a package, or you can build your own. The company will mail your equipment.

From there, you use the SimpliSafe app to walk through the setup process, or you can pay for professional installation.

All SimpliSafe products are wireless and don’t require any drilling or tools to install. The products also come with built-in Wi-Fi connection and backup battery in case of power or service failure.

SimpliSafe cameras can zoom in, have night vision, a wide field of vision (at least 120 degrees), two-way audio and have intelligent detection abilities, meaning they can learn the difference between an intruder and the cat.

How much does SimpliSafe cost?

SimpliSafe offers seven home security system packages. The company often runs promotions offering free trials of professional monitoring, free indoor cameras and up to 50% off packages. The prices below are list prices.

Package

Price

What you get

Foundation

$249.96

Base station, keypad, entry sensor and motion sensor.

Essentials

$279.95

Everything in Foundation package plus 2 more entry sensors (3 total).

Hearth

$399.91

Everything in Essentials package plus a key fob, siren and smoke detector.

Knox

$479.87

Everything in Hearth package plus three more entry sensors (6 total) and one more motion sensor (2 total).

Haven

$519.86

Everything in Hearth package plus one more entry sensor (4 total), one more motion sensor (2 total), a water sensor and a temperature sensor.

Lighthouse

$469.93

Everything in Essentials package plus a wireless outdoor camera.

Beacon

$709.90

Everything in Lighthouse package plus one more entry sensor (4 total), one more motion sensor (2 total), and one more outdoor camera (2 total).

You can also customize your own system or add specific items to an existing package. For example, you can add a smoke detector to a basic package for $34.99 or a video doorbell for $169.

Benefits of SimpliSafe

  • Offers several packages at affordable prices compared to other providers. SimpliSafe's base package costs is on the lower end compared to competitors. Plus, the variety of package choices can speed up the shopping process and make it a little easier to get started.

  • No record of security breaches or other issues from the company. Your security system knows a lot about you and your home, so a company's track record for protecting that information is important.

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