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SimpliSafe vs. Guardian Protection

Compare SimpliSafe and Guardian and decide which home security system will work for you.
Updated Jun 10, 2020
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Safety Team | Home Security Experts
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SimpliSafe and Guardian Protection are two very different companies. Guardian has been in home protection since 1950 and SimpliSafe is a newcomer, starting in 2006. As the more traditional company, Guardian comes with a long contract and a much higher monthly fee, while SimpliSafe emphasizes flexibility and affordability. They come from different eras, but they both offer a quality service.

Compare SimpliSafe vs. Guardian

  • Price

    Winner: SimpliSafe

    Over time, SimpliSafe’s monitoring service is a huge bargain compared to Guardian. SimpliSafe monitoring will cost you $14.99/mo. and Guardian will cost you a whopping $45.99/mo. Guardian’s basic package starts at $99.00 for equipment with its contract, while Simplisafe's Foundation Package costs $183. In the long run, we’d recommend SimpliSafe for price.

  • Contract

    Winner: SimpliSafe

    SimpliSafe wins this round simply because it requires no contract for its monitoring service. Its month-to-month plan is great for anyone who isn't sure how long they want to continue. Guardian, on the other hand, has contract lengths of three to five years, which is definitely the old way of doing things. 

  • Trial Period

    Winner: SimpliSafe

    Put another check in the win column for SimpliSafe. SimpliSafe offers a generous 60 days to make up your mind, with a full money-back guarantee. Guardian Protection offers no trial period. Couple that with locking you in for three to five years, and Guardian simply doesn’t compete in this area. 

  • Installation

    Winner: SimpliSafe

    When it comes to installation, SimpliSafe wins again. Its systems are simple enough to allow do-it-yourself installation, but if you’re not into doing the work, you can opt for a professional install. Guardian only offers professional installation.

  • Warranty & Guarantees

    Winner: Guardian

    One area where Guardian does outshine SimpliSafe is in its guarantee. The company will pay up to $500 toward your insurance deductible if your home is burglarized while being monitored. SimpliSafe has no such guarantee.  

  • Availability

    Winner: SimpliSafe

    It’s worth noting that Guardian may not even be an option where you live. The service is only available in certain states. SimpliSafe, on the other hand, is available to anyone. If you don’t live in one of the states Guardian services, the decision has already been made for you. 

Our Pick: SimpliSafe Security

While Guardian Protection has been in business for much longer and does have an award-winning monitoring service alongside a generous guarantee, it simply doesn't match up to SimpliSafe on price, convenience, commitment, or availability. Since Guardian may not even be available to you, the comparison could be moot. Unless you live in one of Guardian’s states and your primary concern is a proven track record, SimpliSafe is probably the better choice.

SimpliSafe Security


Guardian Protection

Monthly monitoring starting price
$14.99/mo.$45.99/mo.
Minimum contract length
No contract3-5 years
Trial Period
60 daysNone
Installation
DIY & Professional Professional
Guarantees and Refunds
None$500 Theft Protection
BBB Rating
A+A+

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