Cove vs. SimpliSafe

Compare Cove and SimpliSafe to find the best DIY security solution for your home.

As relatively inexpensive DIY home security providers, both Cove and SimpliSafe offer the essentials for protecting your home. While Cove doesn’t feature preset packages to choose from, you’re bound to appreciate a $5/mo. credit towards purchasing new equipment and Cove’s instant text messaging alerts. SimpliSafe, on the other hand, offers a plethora of preset packages to choose from, a smart lock, and video doorbell. See how these two providers stack up with our Cove vs. SimpliSafe review.

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Full Customization

Winner: Cove

With Cove, you can build your security system from scratch through a simple online setup. With this setup, no pressure to choose from a list of packages and also compare them. With Cove, you’ll be able to purchase as many sensors, security cameras, and other devices you may need. While you can fully customize your package with SimpliSafe, the provider has a large range of preset packages you can choose from, which may be a plus for those wanting to sort through options. We believe Cove’s online setup is simple and easy to walk through.

Home Automation

Winner: SimpliSafe

If you’re interested in purchasing a smart home device, SimpliSafe has a Smart Lock that you can purchase. SimpliSafe does not offer any more smart devices currently, but you’ll find home automation integrations with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Apple Watch, and August Lock. Cove currently doesn’t offer any smart home devices you can purchase, but the provider also has home automation integrations with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.


Winner: Cove

One unique feature you won’t easily find with other providers is a monthly credit that can be used towards future equipment purchases. Cove has this perk, giving customers a $5/mo. credit. SimpliSafe doesn’t have a bonus like this for customers.

Security Cameras

Winner: SimpliSafe

You can monitor both the interior of your home and front door with SimpliSafe’s security cameras. The provider has an indoor camera, the SimpliCam, and the provider has a video doorbell camera, the Video Doorbell Pro. Cove only offers an indoor security camera, the Yi Indoor Camera, which is good to have if you’re only wanting to monitor indoors.

Monitoring Cost

Tie: Cove and SimpliSafe

Cove and SimpliSafe offer professional monitoring for the same inexpensive price: $14.99/mo. Compared to other DIY providers like Frontpoint and Protect America, you’re getting a deal with access to cellular monitoring, mobile app control, smart home integrations, and more. Average starting price points for professional monitoring range anywhere from $29.00/mo. – $36.00/mo.

No Contracts

Tie: Cove and SimpliSafe

As one of the best perks between Cove and SimpliSafe, you won’t be required to enter into a contract. With SimpliSafe, there are no long-term contracts you can enter into for service–monitoring is provided and paid for on a monthly basis. With Cove, however, you will have to enter into a 36-month agreement if you elect to pay nothing upfront for your equipment. Cancelling before the end of this agreement will require you to pay the remaining balance on your system. You can, however, pay for your system upfront to avoid the 36-month agreement.

Differences: Cove vs. SimpliSafe

Both Cove and SimpliSafe are inexpensive DIY security providers. If you’re looking for an inexpensive security system and monitoring, you’ve found two good providers for a start. Cove Security is better if you want access to instant text messages regarding activity in your home and easy, full customization of your system without having to compare preset packages. SimpliSafe is better if you want to be able to choose from a variety of preset package options, access to smart door locking, and indoor/outdoor security cameras.

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Monitoring costs starting at $14.99/mo.
Installation DIY
Trial Period 60 days
BBB Rating A
Total Safety Score 8.8
Price 6
Standout Features 10
Equipment 10
Installation 8

Frequently Asked Questions about Cove and SimpliSafe

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Can a professional install my Cove or SimpliSafe security system?

Cove does not offer professional as an option for customers currently. SimpliSafe does offer professional installation as an option, costing you $79 on the day of your appointment.

Can I get professional monitoring with Cove and SimpliSafe?

Yes, both Cove and SimpliSafe offer professional monitoring. This is optional for both providers.

Can I self-monitor a Cove or SimpliSafe security system?

Yes, you can self-monitor Cove and SimpliSafe’s security systems.

Do Cove and SimpliSafe have mobile app functionality?

Yes, both Cove and SImpliSafe have mobile apps that you can use for remote arming, disarming, and alerts.

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