Price is the top consideration for most shoppers. You can typically expect to pay two separate costs: the price of your equipment and monthly professional monitoring. Additional costs could include installation and or activation fees depending on the provider. Both of these costs tend to increase with security systems that feature security cameras, smart home devices, and home environmental monitoring devices.
Best Home Security Systems
- ADT Home Security Best for Industry Experience
- Vivint Smart Home Best for Smart Home Security Systems
- Frontpoint Home Security Best for Customer Service
- Protect America Home Security Best Entry-Level Pricing
- SimpliSafe Security Best for Easy Installation
- Guardian Protection Best Award-Winning Home Security Monitoring
- Brinks Home Security Best Combination of DIY & Professional
- Link Interactive Best Build Your Own Home Security Package
- Scout Alarm Best New Home Security Provider
- Abode Home Security Best for Self-Monitoring
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|Monitoring starting price||$35.99/mo.*||$38.99/mo.*||$44.99/mo.*||$19.99/mo.*||$14.99/mo.*||$45.99/mo.*||$29.99/mo.*||$30.99/mo.*||$30.99/mo.*||$16.66/mo.*|
|Equipment starting price||$99 for the Traditional Package||$650+ worth of equipment required||$255.96 for the Safe Home Starter package||Basic equipment included with contract||$259.95 for The Essentials Package||Basic equipment included with contract||$199 for basic package with contract||Basic equipment included with contract||$229 for 5-piece kit||$199 for essentials starter kit|
|Installation||Professional||Professional||DIY||DIY||DIY with professional option||Professional||DIY with professional option||DIY||DIY with professional option||DIY with professional option|
|Monitoring options||Professional||Professional||Professional||Professional||Professional & Self-monitoring||Professional||Pro for Brinks and Self-monitoring for Nest||Pro & Self-monitoring option available||Professional & Self-monitoring||Professional & Self-monitoring|
|Minimum contract length||36 months||42-60 mos. or pay for equipment in full**||Monthly subscription – no contract required||36 months||Monthly subscription – no contract required||3-5 years||36 mos. for Brinks & Monthly for Nest||1 year||Monthly subscription – no contract required||Monthly subscription – no contract required|
|Alexa & Google Home compatibility||Yes||Yes||Yes||Requires upgrade||Yes||Requires upgrade||Yes for Brinks and Google only with Nest||Requires upgrade||Yes||Yes|
|Other smart home compatibility||Z-wave||Z-wave||Z-wave||Z-wave with upgrade||none||Z-wave with upgrade||Z-wave for Brinks||Z-wave with upgrade||Z-wave and Zigbee||Z-wave and Zigbee|
|Guarantee||$500 Theft Protection||none||none||Low Price Guarantee||none||$500 Theft Protection||none||none||none|
|Warranty||Option to extend limited warranty||120-day equipment warranty||3-year limited equipment warranty||Lifetime equipment warranty||3-year limited equipment warranty||2-year limited equipment warranty||3-year limited equipment warranty||3-year limited equipment warranty||Unlimited equipment warranty with plan|
|Extended no-risk return period||6 Months||N/A||30 days||15 days||60 days||N/A||30 days||30 days||60 days||30 days|
|BBB rating||A+||D||A+||A||A+||A+||A+||A+||Not yet rated||C|
|Best for||Industry Experience||Smart Homes||Customer Service||Entry-Level Pricing||Easy Installation||Award-winning monitoring service||Combination of DIY & Professional Options||Building your own package||Best new company||Self-monitoring|
*Price shown is monthly price for entry-level professional monitoring service.
** Month-to-month monitoring plans are available if equipment is paid for in full up front.
*Information updated as of 11/1/2019.