SimpliSafe vs. Vivint

Which home security system is a better choice for you? Compare SimpliSafe and Vivint side by side.
Updated May 4, 2021
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Jalesa Campbell | Safety and Security Reporter
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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.

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SimpliSafe and Vivint are award-winning home security providers with a range of solutions that help customers protect their homes. Read on to understand how each company stacks up in terms of price, flexibility, equipment and more.

  • Installation

    Winner: SimpliSafe

    Installation is a major point of differentiation between these two home security providers. Vivint requires professional installation – which typically costs $199 – while SimpliSafe systems are designed for do-it-yourself (DIY) installation and professional installation starting at $79. While DIY installation is great if you’re tech-savvy and looking to save a few dollars, professional installation ensures the system is set up properly. During the installation process, you have the opportunity to ask questions about your system. If you'd like the option of either SimpliSafe is the way to go.

  • Price

    Winner: SimpliSafe

    When planning home security expenses, look at the total costs of equipment, monitoring services and any applicable one-time installation or activation fees. SimpliSafe beats out Vivint in all areas. SimpliSafe’s entry-level equipment package starts around $183 while Vivint requires a minimum of $599.99 in equipment to begin service. From there, SimpliSafe monitoring fees start at $14.99/mo. and Vivint starts at $29.99/mo. And don’t forget that there’s a fee associated with Vivint’s professional installation.

  • Home Automation

    Winner: Vivint

    Vivint takes the prize when it comes to home automation features. Vivint systems can include or integrate with more smart home devices than SimpliSafe. While SimpliSafe does have offerings in this department (such as motion-detecting cameras and Amazon Alexa support) Vivint presents more opportunities to control your smart devices and security system from one mobile app and panel.

  • Trial Period

    Winner: SimpliSafe

    SimpliSafe has a no-questions-asked 60-Day Money-Back Guarantee. You can use your system for up to two months. If it doesn’t fulfill your expectations, you can simply return it for a full refund within that trial period (prepaid return label included). On the other hand, Vivint has a 3-day period in which you can return your equipment without penalty, and there have been some complaints to the Better Business Bureau about the difficulty of cancelling the service.

  • Professional Monitoring

    Tie: SimpliSafe and Vivint

    Both SimpliSafe and Vivint offer their customers 24/7 professional monitoring. This means a team of trained professionals are ready to respond around-the-clock in the event of an emergency. Both providers also some form of video verification as well. If your alarms are activated, professionals at the monitoring center can see if there's any suspicious activity detected on camera. SimpliSafe does allow you to buy their equipment without purchasing a monitoring plan, so you can use it as a self-monitored system if desired.

  • Security Cameras

    Tie: SimpliSafe and Vivint

    SimpliSafe and Vivint both have competitive security camera options. SimpliSafe only offers one indoor camera option, the SimpliCam, but it has several cutting-edge features such as night vision, HD resolution and two-way audio. It also has a pet-friendly motion detection feature capable of identifying the heat signatures of humans, so there aren’t false alarms every time your dog moves from the couch to the bed. Vivint offers a few more camera options: the Ping indoor camera, an intruder-sending outdoor camera and a video doorbell. Keep in mind that the cameras drive up equipment pricing for both providers.


Differences: SimpliSafe vs. Vivint

If you’ve narrowed down your home security choices to SimpliSafe and Vivint, your decision will likely come down to either price priorities or installation preferences. Compared to Vivint, SimpliSafe is the most cost-effective professionally monitored system with a flexible DIY model. However, Vivint will send a technician to your home to get everything in working order. Vivint also offers a more comprehensive smart home safety suite with several devices.

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Monthly monitoring starting price
Contract length
No contract42 - 60 mos. for financing equipment
Trial period
60 days3 days
BBB rating
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Jalesa Campbell

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