SimpliSafe and Smith Thompson are two home security providers offering great equipment and services without long-term contracts. SimpliSafe requires buying its equipment upfront, whereas Smith Thompson can service your Texas home or business with the equipment you have. SimpliSafe costs less, but Smith Thompson sells smart home devices, two-way talk cameras, touchscreen control panels and other equipment SimpliSafe doesn’t offer.
You can access your SimpliSafe system remotely through the app or control it with verbal commands using Google Assistant or Amazon’s Alexa. Whereas SimpliSafe doesn’t pair with smart devices, Smith Thompson offers smart locks, smart thermostats and smart lighting devices. If you already have smart home devices, you can control them all from Smith Thompson’s app and set up home automation tasks.
Both providers offer competitive prices, but SimpliSafe’s equipment and professional monitoring are cheaper. Its equipment packages start at $259.95, and its home monitoring starts at $14.99 per month. Smith Thompson’s equipment packages start at $299 and require an additional $89 for installation. However, if you already have compatible equipment, you can save money by subscribing to professional monitoring only, starting at $16.95 per month.
Winner: Smith Thompson
Both Smith Thompson and SimpliSafe allow you to customize your home security system based on the equipment you need. You can purchase home environmental monitoring from either provider, as well as outdoor cameras and doorbell cameras. However, Smith Thompson offers a more extensive line of equipment, including smart home automation devices and touch screen control panels. Both companies have indoor cameras with night vision that capture video in HD that can live-stream the feed to your mobile device. However, only Smith Thompson’s indoor cameras have a two-way talk feature.
SimpliSafe has award-winning home monitoring services provided from six different monitoring centers. If your alarm system goes off, SimpliSafe verifies it’s a real threat to speed up police dispatch time. Professional monitoring is optional with SimpliSafe, whereas Smith Thompson requires it. While SimpliSafe only monitors homes with SimpliSafe equipment, Smith Thompson monitors homes and businesses even if they have existing equipment from any of the major brands, such as Honeywell, ADT, and DSC.
SimpliSafe’s DIY-friendly equipment requires no professional installation, but you have the option for professional installation for an additional cost. Some of Smith Thompson’s packages require professional installation with technician fees. Other packages have professional installation included without the fee, but DIY installation isn’t an option.
Warranties & Guarantees
There’s no free trial or money-back guarantee when you get started with a Smith Thompson home security system. SimpliSafe doesn’t offer a free trial either, but it does grant you a 60-day money-back guarantee. Smith Thompson has a strict return policy, giving you just three days to send back your purchase for a refund. SimpliSafe equipment comes with a three-year limited warranty, whereas Smith Thompson equipment has a one-year warranty for parts and labor.
Summary: SimpliSafe vs. Smith Thompson
If you live in Texas and are deciding whether to go with SimpliSafe or Smith Thompson, SimpliSafe is probably your best bet. The pricing is better, you get a three-year warranty and can try it risk-free for 60 days. On the other hand, if you’re going for the full home automation experience, then Smith Thompson is for you.
Frequently Asked Questions About SimpliSafe & Smith Thompson
What kind of equipment packages do SimpliSafe and Smith Thompson offer?
SimpliSafe has three packages and the option to build your own system or include add-on equipment items to a package. None of Smith Thompson’s three packages include video surveillance, but you can customize your system with any compatible equipment.
What kind of monitoring plans do SimpliSafe and Smith Thompson offer?
Both SimpliSafe and Smith Thompson offer month-to-month, 24/7 professional security and fire monitoring, starting at $14.99 and $16.95, respectively.
Do either SimpliSafe or Smith Thompson offer the ability to self-monitor your own security system, or is professional monitoring required?
SimpliSafe gives you the option to self-monitor, but Smith Thompson requires you to get set up with its monitoring service in Texas.
Are either SimpliSafe or Smith Thompson a good choice for renters?
Both providers supply wireless systems that are suitable for renters because they’re easy to install and uninstall.
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