SimpliSafe (founded in 2006) and Vivint (founded in 1999) are relative newcomers to the home security world, but they are both leading service providers. Each company offers competitive features like modern equipment, 24/7 professional monitoring, and a variety of package options. While SimpliSafe is the more flexible option due to its do-it-yourself set up and month-to-month billing, Vivint’s advantages include professional installation and more robust home automation options.
Differences: SimpliSafe vs. Vivint
Monthly monitoring starting price
|No contract||42 - 60 mos. for financing equipment|
|60 days||3 days|
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Frequently Asked Questions about SimpliSafe and Vivint
Vivint provides professional installation for its security systems, but SimpliSafe allows you to self-install your security system. Vivint’s installation service is $199.
SimpliSafe’s services do not require a long-term contract. You’ll have to pay for your equipment up front and can opt to pay for professional monitoring on a monthly basis.
Vivint will require you to enter into either a 42-month or a 60-month contract if you choose to finance your security system. If, however, you pay for your equipment upfront, you will not have to enter into a contract with Vivint and will only be responsible for paying for your monthly monitoring.
SimpliSafe offers a number of equipment packages to choose from to include the basic, Foundation Package, Essentials Package, Haven Package and the Hearth Package. With the Foundation package, you’ll get the base station, keypad, an entry sensor and a motion sensor. Vivint does not have pre-set equipment packages. Instead, you pick and choose the devices that are right for your home and priorities. You pay for Vivint equipment up front and then a monhtly monitoring fee for the duration of your contract.
Professional monitoring for both providers varies depending on the package and service selected. SimpliSafe’s professional monitoring costs between $14.99- $24.99 monthly, while Vivint’s monitoring services start at $29.99/mo. If you add video surveillance to your Vivint plan, it costs an additional $5/mo. per camera.