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Compare Home Security Providers

Have a provider in mind for your home but not sure how it stacks up against the competition? Let our 1-v-1 provider comparisons help you make a more informed choice. Find the equipment, features, and services you need for protecting your home.
Updated Apr 7, 2021
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Mar 11, 2021

SimpliSafe vs. Ring

Winner: SimpliSafe

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Home Security Features to Consider

  • Price & Contracts

    Are you looking to pay for your equipment upfront or finance over a period of time? You’ll also need to decide whether you want to commit to a contract or have the freedom to cancel your provider’s service without penalty.

  • Equipment

    Most providers offer the basics like a control panel, sensors, and signage. Additional devices will cost extra and include smoke detectors, smart lights, smart locks, video doorbells, security cameras, and more.

  • Installation

    Want a professional to install your security system for you, or would you rather install it on your own? Most providers either require professional installation, DIY installation, or offer a choice of both.

  • Monitoring

    Choose between 24/7 professional monitoring or self monitoring. Both have its perks – with professional monitoring, a specialist is available around the clock to help, and with self monitoring, you’ll be in charge and can avoid a monthly fee.

  • Trial Period

    Need 30 days or as long as 6 months? Find a provider with the appropriate trial period length for you, giving you enough time to test out your security system and make sure it fits your needs.

  • Home Automation

    Put light, lock, thermostat, and garage door control at the touch of your finger tips with smart home devices. If voice control suits your fancy, look for security systems that are compatible with smart hubs.

Compare DIY Home Security Providers

SimpliSafe Security


Protect America


Cove Security


Frontpoint Security

Pro. monitoring starts at
$14.99/mo.$19.99/mo.$14.99/mo$44.99/mo.Not provided
Optional pro. installation
YesYesNoNoYes
Optional self-monitoring
NoYesYesNoNo
Contract length
No contract required36 monthsNo contract requiredNo contract required5 years
Guarantees/refunds
60 days15 days60 days30 days30 days
BBB rating
A+A+AA+B-

Compare Home Security Systems with Professional Installation

Protect America


Guardian Protection

Brinks Home Security


Pro. monitoring starts at
$35.99/mo.$38.99/mo.$19.99/mo.$45.99/mo.$19/mo.
Equipment starts at
$99.00$599.00No upfront cost$99.00$199.00
Optional DIY Installation
NoNoYesNoYes
Security camera(s)
YesYesYesYesYes
Smart home devices
YesYesYesYesYes

Compare Home Security Systems for Renters

SimpliSafe Security


Cove Security


Ring Home Security


Protect America


Frontpoint Security

Pro monitoring starts at
$14.99/mo.$14.99/mo.$10/mo.$19.99/mo.$44.99/mo.
Equipment starts at
$229Price varies$199No upfront cost$369.93
Installation
DIY or ProfessionalDIYDIYDIY or ProfessionalDIY
Contract
No contract requiredNo contract requiredNo contract required36 monthsNo contract required
Trial period
60 days60 days30 days15 days30 days

Compare Affordable Home Security Systems

SimpliSafe Security


Cove Security


Blue by ADT


Protect America


Ring Home Security


Pro. monitoring starts at
$14.99/mo.$14.99/mo.$19.99/mo. (first month is free)$19.99/mo.$10/mo.
Equipment starts at
$183Price varies$199.15No upfront cost$199
Installation
DIY or ProfessionalDIYDIYDIY or ProfessionalDIY
Contract
No contract requiredNo contract requiredNo contract required36 monthsNo contract required
Trial period
60 days 60 days7 days15 days30 days

Home Security Provider Comparisons

Our 1-v-1 security provider comparisons, take you through the top features for each and suggest a winner or who each provider is more suitable for. Check out our comparisons below listed in alphabetical order.

Abode Security

Ackerman Security Systems

ADT Home Security

Alder Security

Alert 360

Arlo

AT&T Digital Life

August Home

Bay Alarm

Blue by ADT

Brinks Home Security

Cove Security

Cox Homelife Security

CPI Security

Deep Sentinel

Frontpoint Home Security

Guardian Protection

Honeywell Home Security

Lorex

Nest

Protection 1

Protect America Home Security

Ring Home Security

SafeTouch

Schlage

SimpliSafe Home Security

Slomin's Shield Security

Smith Thompson

Swann Cameras

Vector Security

Vivint Home Security

Xfinity Home Security


Safety and Security Reporter

Jalesa Campbell

Jalesa is one of Safety.com's staff experts on home security, natural disasters, public safety, and family safety. She's been featured on Today.com and elsewhere.

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