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.
Compare the Best Home Security Systems for 2020
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|Monitoring starting price||$35.99/mo.*||$38.99/mo.*||$19.99/mo.*||$44.99/mo.*||$14.99/mo.*||Not provided||$14.99/mo.*||$45.99/mo.*||$29.99/mo.*||$30.99/mo.*|
|Equipment starting price||$99 for the Traditional Package||$650+ worth of equipment required||Basic equipment included with contract||$255.96 for the Safe Home Starter package||$259.95 for The Essentials Package||Not provided||Varies based on payment plan chosen||Basic equipment included with contract||$199 for basic package with contract||Basic equipment included with contract|
|Installation||Professional||Professional||DIY||DIY||DIY with professional option||DIY with professional option||DIY||Professional||DIY with professional option||DIY|
|Monitoring options||Professional||Professional||Professional||Professional||Professional & Self-monitoring||Professional||Professional & Self-monitoring||Professional||Pro for Brinks and Self-monitoring for Nest||Pro & Self-monitoring option available|
|Minimum contract length||36 months||42-60 mos. or pay for equipment in full**||36 months||Monthly subscription – no contract required||Monthly subscription – no contract required||5 years||No contract required||3-5 years||36 mos. for Brinks & Monthly for Nest||1 year|
|Alexa & Google Home compatibility||Yes||Yes||Requires upgrade||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Requires upgrade||Yes for Brinks and Google only with Nest||Requires upgrade|
|Other smart home compatibility||Z-wave||Z-wave||Z-wave with upgrade||Z-wave||none||none||none||Z-wave with upgrade||Z-wave for Brinks||Z-wave with upgrade|
|Guarantee||$500 Theft Protection||none||Low Price Guarantee||none||none||Price Lock Guarantee||none||$500 Theft Protection||none||none|
|Warranty||Option to extend limited warranty||120-day equipment warranty||Lifetime equipment warranty||3-year limited equipment warranty||3-year limited equipment warranty||From 1 year to lifetime depending on monitoring plan||2-year limited equipment warranty||3-year limited equipment warranty|
|Extended no-risk return period||6 Months||N/A||15 days||30 days||60 days||30 days||60 days||N/A||30 days||30 days|
|Best for||Industry Experience||Smart Homes||Entry-Level Pricing||Customer Service||Easy Installation||Basic Security||Instant Text Alerts||Award-winning monitoring service||Combination of DIY & Professional Options||Building your own package|
*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.