The 35 Best Smart Home Security Systems for 2016

by Caitlin McCormack | Last Updated Feb. 22nd, 2016

Home security has come a long way over the years, with today’s models featuring all the bells and whistles that allow for them to be fully integrated with home networking systems and smart devices. Of course you’ll want to ensure that whatever system you purchase is compatible with any mobile device you plan to use it with, but there are a few other things to consider before purchasing a smart home security system, including:

Alert System

Do you want motion-based or sound alerts or alerts for all activities? Email or push-based? They can also be set to provide audible notifications to help ensure you never miss an activity.

Camera Features

If your smart home security system comes with any camera(s) you’ll want to consider the features available on them. Our complete Outdoor Security Camera Buying Guide will help you find something that works for your needs.

Sensors

When looking at a smart home security system you’ll want to consider the included cameras, sensors, and alarms. Such considerations will depend on the size of your home and how much coverage you desire. There are window sensors, water leak sensors, those that detect smoke and carbon monoxide, and many more. Many systems will even include an audible alarm to deter intruders and alert anyone in the area to a break-in.

Installation

The best part of smart home security systems today is you can install most of the automated technology yourself, so you don’t need to shell out thousands to a security installation company or contractor. Consider whether you want a wired or wireless unit and if it requires drilling or an external power source.

With the above tips in mind, in no particular order here are 35 of the best smart home security systems for 2016.

1. Piper nv Smart Home Security System with Immersive Video Camera

Available in a choice of two color options, this home security system can help you track the goings-on around your home when you’re not at home. It boasts secure SSL encryption to provide live or recorded video, and can be expanded to a total of five units.

Key features:

  • No contracts or monthly fees
  • Two-way communication
  • Battery backup

Cost: *Est. $279

2. Cocoon Complete Home Security Device

Thanks to Subsound technology, this home security device can monitor activities in other rooms and even on other floors from where it’s placed. It contains an HD camera with night vision capabilities, a powerful microphone, and >90dB siren to alert you to trouble.

Key features:

  • iOS and Android compatible
  • Intuitive design minimizes false alarms
  • Automatically learns your schedule

Cost: *Est. $399

3. Zmodo KDC4-YARUZ4ZN-1T 4-Channel 960H DVR Security System

This home surveillance system comes complete with four weatherproof bullet-style cameras and a 1TB hard drive for hours of recording.

Key features:

  • iOS and Android compatible for remote viewing
  • 3.6mm lens
  • Up to 65 ft night vision range

Cost: *Est. $350

4. Amcrest 720P HD Over Analog (HDCVI) 8CH Video Security Systems

Available in a choice of configurations, this video security system features a plug-and-play setup that allows you to begin monitoring your home in less time. Thanks to a 2TB hard drive, you can record up to 360 hours of monitoring on all 8 channels.

Key features:

  • USB backup
  • Real time feed
  • 3.6mm lens with 75 degree viewing angle

Cost: *Est. $599.99

5. Trivision NC-335PW 3 Megapixel HD 1080P Waterproof Wireless Outdoor Home Security Camera System

With intuitive operation and quick setup, this wireless security camera supports remote viewing and captures clear images in both daytime and nighttime up to 30 feet away. Store up to 128GB on a microSD card.

Key features:

  • Choice of lens sizes
  • iOS and Android compatible for remote monitoring
  • 90 degree viewing angle

Cost: *Est. $179

6. Arlo Smart Home Security Camera System

Available in single or multipacks for all your home monitoring needs, this wireless security camera provides crystal clear HD video live or recorded to your smartphone, PC, or other device. Mounting hardware and batteries are included.

Key features:

  • Motion activated activity alerts
  • Weatherproof housing
  • Includes 1GB secure cloud storage

Cost: *Est. $324.99

7. Funlux® 8 CH Full 960H Security DVR System

This surveillance system comes complete with eight dome-style cameras to monitor your whole home. It features motion-based email alerts that let you know when something is happening around your property.

Key features:

  • Lifetime technical support
  • Up to 65 ft night vision range
  • 2-year warranty

Cost: *Est. $169.99

8. TriVision NC-336PW HD 1080P Wireless Outdoor Home Security Camera System

Available in a choice of two different lens sizes, this bullet-style surveillance system provides high definition 1080P video to your Android, iOS, or PC device. It can be used wirelessly or hardwired and features a microSD slot for onboard recording.

Key features:

  • Up to 50 ft night vision range
  • Email notifications
  • 3MP, 4mm lens

Cost: *Est. $300

This smart home security system allows users to expand their system with up to 100 different sensors to provide a complete home monitoring solution and can easily be armed or disarmed via the mobile app.

Key features:

  • iOS and Android compatible
  • No monthly fees
  • Easy to install

Cost: *Est. $99.99

10. Amcrest WLD895US 720P 4CH 7-Inch Wireless Video Surveillance System

This wireless video surveillance system features a bullet-style camera and monitor and can be expanded to include up to three additional cameras for a whole home monitoring solution. It boasts 720p real time video streaming along with audio, so you can hear what’s happening around your home.

Key features:

  • Motion-activated feature
  • Up to 32 ft night vision range
  • iOS and Android compatible for remote monitoring

Cost: *Est. $179.99

11. Canary All-in-One Home Security Device

This all-in-one smart home security device boasts a 1080P HD camera that streams high quality video directly to your mobile device. It also features a built-in >90dB alarm siren and motion-activated recording, and is available in a two-pack for those with larger areas to protect.

Key features:

  • Available in a choice of colors
  • Includes free, secure cloud-based storage
  • Monitors your home’s air quality, temperature, and humidity

Cost: *Est. $179

12. Netatmo Welcome, Home Security Camera with Face Recognition

This smart home security system features a 1080P HD camera that boasts facial recognition software to help detect which family members are home and alert you to potential intruders. You can access the video feed directly on your smartphone or computer from wherever you are.

Key features:

  • microSD card included
  • Night vision, with 130-degree field of vision
  • No monthly monitoring fees

Cost: *Est. $169

13. SmartThings Smart Home Monitoring Kit

Keep your home and family secure with this complete smart home monitoring kit. Automate your home’s electronics, lights and keep track of who’s coming and going with setup that takes as little as 15 minutes.

Key features:

  • Secure your home without the monthly monitoring costs of a traditional home security system
  • Notifications let you know who’s coming and going
  • Monitors smoke and carbon monoxide levels to help keep your family safe

Cost: *Est. $249

14. Panasonic KX-HN6002W Home Monitoring System DIY Surveillance Camera Kit

Suitable for use both indoors and outdoors, this smart home security kit comes complete with two cameras, a hub unit, and a 4GB microSD card to record your footage. You can remotely arm and disarm the system via your smartphone and push alerts to notify you of potential problems.

Key features:

  • Easily syncs in just one touch
  • System can be expanded with other cameras and smart plugs
  • DECT technology for a secure, long-range signal

Cost: *Est. $219.99

15. iSmartAlarm iSA3 Preferred Package Home Security System

Available in a selection of different configurations to suit most any home’s needs, this smart home security system sends alerts to your phone when something is amiss thanks to real-time monitoring. This kit comes with one CubeOne hub, two window/door sensors, one motion sensor, two remote tags, and two sensor stickers.

Key features:

  • iOS and Android compatible
  • No monthly monitoring fees
  • Unlimited expandability

Cost: *Est. $188

16. Simplisafe2 Wireless Home Security System 8-piece Plus Package

This wireless home security system features units that are UL certified and fully equipped 24/7 thanks to a built-in cellular connection, giving you peace of mind your home is always protected. This system easily installs in as little as 15 minutes.

Key features:

  • Frustration-free packaging
  • Expandable with unlimited sensors
  • Monthly fee of $14.99 per month

Cost: *Est. $259.95

17. Scout Alarm Wireless Home Security System

The Scout home security system offers a wireless design that is easy to install with no wiring or drilling required. A notification is sent to your phone based on your setup when unexpected activity is detected.

Key features:

  • Optional month-to-month monitoring, no long-term commitment required
  • Amazon Echo compatible
  • Choice of colors

Cost: *Est. $319.99

18. Iris Home Automation Smart Kit

This smart home security kit offers the choice of paid monitoring or no-cost self-monitoring and is easily controlled remotely via your smartphone or computer. With easy installation and setup, you can begin monitoring your home in under an hour.

Key features:

  • Kit includes keypad, thermostat, smart plug, contact sensors, motion sensor, range extender, and wireless hub
  • Can expand system with other Iris-compatible devices
  • iOS and Android compatible

Cost: *Est. $199

19. Mother and 4 Motion Cookies Versatile Sensors

No one knows the importance of staying connected with your family more than moms, and this kit lets you do that and more. Keep track of the comings and goings in your home, motivate your family to do healthier activities, and any other task you can think of. Sensors can alert you to break-ins, serve as medication or activity reminders, and let you know when the kids come home.

Key features:

  • Keep track of who’s in your home with Cookies
  • Batteries last up to one year
  • Compatible with Windows, iOS and Android devices

Cost: *Est. $124.73

20. Smarthome SELECT SecureLinc 2 Wireless Home Security System

This home security system boasts a self-contained, wireless design that is sleek and stylish but also easy to install. It can run off an internal or external power supply for coverage in all sorts of conditions.

Key features:

  • Can be expanded with additional sensors
  • Up to 72 hours battery backup
  • SMS, email, a mobile alerts

Cost: *Est. $299.99

21. Skylink SK-200 SkylinkNet Connected Home Alarm System Starter Kit

This smart home security system allows users to expand their system with up to 100 different sensors to provide a complete home monitoring solution and can easily be armed or disarmed via the mobile app. Mobile alerts are sent whenever new activity occurs.

Key features:

  • iOS and Android compatible
  • No monthly fees
  • Easy to install

Cost: *Est. $141.39

22. Myfox BU0201 Smart Home Alarm Proactive Wireless Security System

This smart home alarm system features a wireless design that’s easy to install and helps to prevent break-ins before they happen thanks to vibration detection that triggers a 110 dB alarm when disturbances are detected on your windows or doors.

Key features:

  • iOS and Android compatible
  • Easily installs in just 15 minutes
  • Compatible with Nest devices

Cost: *Est. $249

23. WeR@Home. Security, Safety and Home Management

This smart home security system includes a photo detector, door/window sensor, PIR motion detector, siren, and key fob to help get your home monitored straight out of the box. All components are wireless for ease of placement and installation.

Key features:

  • Battery operated
  • Supports expansion of up to 64 sensors
  • Real time alerts sent to your mobile device

Cost: *Est. $651.10

24. Oplink Security TripleShield Wireless Security System

Get peace of mind your home and belongings are secure with this affordable home security system. Get real-time alerts and notifications for multiple locations no matter where life takes you.

Key features:

  • Quick and simple plug-and-play installation
  • Records before and after an event trigger
  • Expand with unlimited sensors and up to 8 cameras

Cost: *Est. $399.99

This smart home security system allows users to expand their system with up to 100 different sensors to provide a complete home monitoring solution and can easily be armed or disarmed via the mobile app. Mobile alerts are sent whenever new activity occurs.

Key features:

  • iOS and Android compatible
  • No monthly fees
  • Easy to install

Cost: *Est. $199.99

26. Amcrest 960H Video Security System

Available in a choice of configurations, this surveillance system comes complete with four weatherproof bullet-style cameras and a 500GB hard drive that can be expanded up to 3TB to provide up to 6 days of continuous high resolution recording.

Key features:

  • Remote viewing iOS and Android compatible
  • USB backup
  • Up to 65 ft night vision range

Cost: *Est. $234

27. Wireless Touch Keypad TFT Color Display Gsm+pstn Home Security System Alarm Kits Siren for Smart Android App Kr-8218g

This smart home security system comes complete with a number of different sensors to monitor your home’s windows, doors and more, plus a GSM/telephone line control unit that is wireless and touch-based for ease of use and installation.

Key features:

  • iOS and Android compatible
  • Supports up to 99 wireless and 2 wired zones
  • Can program up to four sets of arm/disarm functions

Cost: *Est. $179.97

28. Eray All-in-One WIFI Camera Security Alarm System

This system offers a unique 4-in-1 solution that allows users to make video calls, record video, use as a network alarm, or an IP camera. It even allows you to remotely control your home’s appliances thanks to compatible smart plugs.

Key features:

  • iOS and Android compatible
  • 110 dB siren helps deter intruders
  • Alerts sent to your smartphone, tablet and PC

Cost: *Est. $159.99

29. Honeywell Lynx Touch L7000 Wireless Residential/Commercial Security Alarm Kit with Wifi and Zwave Module

This smart home security system comes complete with a color touchscreen, motion detector, three door/window sensors, Zwave and WiFi modules, panel backup battery, power supply and key fob for an all-in-one home monitoring solution.

Key features:

  • Connect and view up to four cameras at once
  • Can control other smart home devices
  • iOS and Android compatible

Cost: *Est. $374.95

30. Sentri All-In-One Home Monitoring

This all-in-one system allows you to begin monitoring your home in just seconds and features a wireless design that’s easy to install without the need for any cables or cords. Real-time alerts sent to your mobile device alert you to any potential problems. It is compatible with both iOS and Android devices.

Key features:

  • Automatic updates
  • Wide 120-degree camera viewing angle
  • Integrated thermometer, humidity sensor, and air quality monitor

Cost: *Est. $299

31. Night Owl Security 8 Channel Smart HD Video Security System

This home security system comes complete with four bullet-style security cameras and a 1TB hard drive to provide your home with complete visual coverage. A wide viewing angle and 100 ft night vision range ensures nothing escapes your sights.

Key features:

  • Backwards compatible
  • Footage can be viewed on your mobile device
  • Cameras are weather-resistant for outdoor use

Cost: *Est. $385.08

32. NETGEAR VueZone Wire-free Video Monitoring System

Your time is valuable, so get your home’s video monitoring up and running in minutes. Easily change the camera’s location thanks to peel and stick magnetic mounting.

Key features:

  • Wire-free installation
  • Motion-driven alerts sent to your smartphone
  • Nominal monthly monitoring fee

Cost: *Est. $99

33. Lorex LW2732 Live LCD SD Recording Monitor with Two Wireless Cameras

This kit offers a plug-and-play home monitoring solution that’s ideal for commercial and residential uses and can be viewed directly on the included tablet or remotely via your smartphone or computer.

Key features:

  • Two-way audio functionality
  • Picture-in-picture
  • Heat and motion sensor-activated

Cost: *Est. $279

34. Zmodo KDB8-CARZBZ4N 8CH Home Video Security System

This advanced home security system comes complete with four high-resolution cameras that can mount almost anywhere and can be controlled via your PC, tablet or smartphone.

Key features:

  • Night vision cameras
  • Motion-activated notifications sent right to your phone
  • Single power supply

Cost: *Est. $151.61

35. Coolcam HD P2P Wireless Wifi Security IP Camera Home Alarm System

This smart little camera offers a home protection system that features real-time video streaming to your mobile device as well as an integrated alarm and two-way audio. Motion detected alerts are sent directly to your smartphone.

Key features:

  • iOS and Android compatible
  • microSD card slot
  • One-year warranty

Cost: *Est. $69.99

 
 
   
 
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