If it’s down to Brinks or SimpliSafe for your new home security system, here are some things you should know. Both services provide 24/7 monitoring, DIY installation, and compatibility with Alexa and Google Home. There are a few important differences between the two providers, which we’ll go over below.
Video Recap: SimpliSafe vs. Brinks
Summary: SimpliSafe vs. Brinks
Brinks Home Security
Monthy monitoring starting price
Minimum contract length
|No contract||36 mos. for Brinks & Monthly for Nest|
|60 days||30 days|
|DIY & Professional||DIY & Professional|
Guarantees & Refunds
|60-day Money-Back Guarantee||30-day trial period|
Frequently Asked Questions About SimpliSafe & Brinks
SimpliSafe has a number of packages, including the basic Foundation Package, Essentials Package, Haven Package, and the Hearth Package. The basic package starts with the base station, keypad, an entry sensor, and a motion sensor. Brinks also offers several levels, including the Home Complete, Home Complete With Video, and the Nest Secure packages. The basic package includes a Nest Guard keypad, two Nest Detect motion sensors, two Nest Tags, and yard signs and stickers.
Brinks offers a $29.99/mo. monitoring plan with a 36-month contract. SimpliSafe’s monitoring plan is $14.99/mo. with no long-term contract.
Brinks has the ability for customers to self-monitor their own equipment if the equipment is purchased from Brinks or its partner, Nest. SimpliSafe also has self-monitoring options, but the company doesn’t emphasize this on its website.
Brinks is a great choice for renters. Its newest system is wireless, meaning renters don’t need to attach anything permanently to walls. That makes it excellent for apartments and condos. SimpliSafe also has wireless systems that are well suited for renters without requiring a contract, which may be a better situation if you’re not settled in permanently.