SimpliSafe Home Security

Protecting over 3 million customers, SimpliSafe offers a range of wireless, DIY home security solutions.

SimpliSafe Home Security

SimpliSafe Home Security — Our Take

SimpliSafe Home Security — Our Take

If you’re a renter or homeowner looking for affordable, easy-to-install DIY home security, SimpliSafe’s got you covered. Choose from a range of plans that include intrusion protection, video surveillance, and home automation.

★ Recommended Plan: The Barrington 

The Barrington combines motion detection and video surveillance. You’ll also get SimpliSafe’s Panic Button which allows you to trigger your system’s alarm in the event of emergencies.

  • Equipment starts at $388.93
  • Professional monitoring starts at $14.99 per month
SimpliSafe Review

SimpliSafe Review

SimpliSafe Home Security protects over 3 million American homes and is well-known for its DIY security systems. Whether you rent or own, you’re likely to find a package that fits your needs. With a SimpliSafe home security system, you’ll have access to intrusion detection, video surveillance, home automation, and more. Equipment can be financed or purchased up-front, and SimpliSafe monitoring plans range from $14.99 per month to $24.90 per month. One of the biggest perks you’ll find with SimpliSafe is that there’s no contract to sign. These features make SimpliSafe a great choice for customers on a budget and renters. See how SimpliSafe stacks up as one of our best home security system providers.

Pros

  • Inexpensive professional monitoring
  • Wireless equipment
  • Video alarm verification with police dispatch

Cons

  • Alerts not available with basic monitoring plan
  • Video recording not available with basic monitoring plan
  • Only one smart device available for purchase

The Haven

The Foundation The Essentials The Hearth The Haven
Equipment starts at $229 $259.95 $254.95 $391
Pro. monitoring starts at $14.99/mo. $14.99/mo. $14.99/mo. $14.99/mo.
Motion detection Yes Yes Yes Yes
Home environmental monitoring No No Yes Yes
Security camera(s) No No No Yes
Mobile app access Yes Yes Yes Yes
Crash & smash protection Yes Yes Yes Yes
Home automation capabilities Yes with Interactive Plan Yes with Interactive Plan Yes with Interactive Plan Yes with Interactive Plan
SimpliSafe Costs

SimpliSafe Costs

Compared to other home security providers, SimpliSafe is affordable with equipment ranging from around $200 to upwards of $500. You’ll find over 10 packages on the provider’s website, and you can either purchase your equipment upfront or finance through PayPal Credit. Here’s a breakdown of SimpliSafe costs for monitoring and camera subscription.

SimpliSafe Monitoring Plans

Standard:  $14.99 per month

  • 24/7 alarm monitoring
  • 24/7 fire monitoring and dispatch
  • Cellular connection

Interactive:  $24.99 per month (Everything in the Standard Plan plus these below)

  • Unlimited video recording
  • Alarm verification by video
  • Activity notifications
  • Home hazard monitoring
  • Access to home insurance discounts
  • EMS response and dispatch

SimpliSafe Camera Subscription Costs

You must select the Interactive monitoring plan with your SimpliSafe security system to access camera recording features.

For standalone SimpliSafe cameras without the security system:

  • One camera:  $4.99 per month
  • Two or more cameras (up to 10):  $9.99 per month
SimpliSafe Installation

SimpliSafe Installation

SimpliSafe’s security system is designed to be self-installed either by setting on a level surface or a peel-and-stick backing. One benefit of self-installation is the ability to avoid any installation or activation fees. However, if you don’t feel comfortable installing your SimpliSafe security system, a technician can handle it for you for just $79.

Here’s a quick look at how to set up the base station and keypad:

How to Install SimpliSafe’s Base Station

  • Find a level surface in your home near a power outlet to set the base station
  • Plug in the base station

How to Install SimpliSafe’s Keypad

  • Set up your master PIN by following the instructions on the keypad
  • Remove the adhesive tape and press the keypad against a wall near your main entrance — hold in place for 30 seconds

Follow SimpliSafe’s manual or online guide for more information on setting up additional equipment for your system.

SimpliSafe Equipment

SimpliSafe Equipment

SimpliSafe offers premier security hardware with a sleek and modern design. SimpliSafe’s equipment comes pre-configured and ready to use out of the box so you can begin protecting your home easily and quickly.

  • SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro – See who’s stopping by with SimpliSafe’s Video Doorbell Pro. With dual-sensors, you’ll only get notifications for those things that matter, such as when someone visitors but not when a vehicle pulls into your yard, With two-way audio and video, you won’t have to leave your location, allowing you to see and speak with visitors through SimpliSafe’s doorbell camera. Price: $169
  • SimpliSafe Base Station – The SimpliSafe Base Station is the hub of your home security system. This device supports both Wi-Fi and cellular connections, helping to ensure that you’re always connected. In the event of a power outage, a back-up battery helps to ensure protection for an additional 24 hours. Price: $114.99
  • SimpliSafe Keypad –The SimpliSafe Keypad allows you to change your system’s status and enter your PIN code. It awakens by touch and goes dark when not actively in use. SimpliSafe’s Keypad also has SmashSafe protection, alerting the authorities even when tampered with by intruders. Price: $114.99
  • SimpliCam Indoor Camera – Keep an eye on what’s happening in your home with the SimpliCam indoor camera. This camera has a 120-degree diagonal field of vision and features smart detection, recognizing human heat signatures. Whenever activity is detected in your home, you can also get notifications with either the Interactive or Pro Superior monitoring plans. Price: $99
  • SimpliSafe Smart Lock – No keys? No problem. Use your smartphone, voice assistant or the SimpliSafe key fob to unlock your door. You can also use the lock’s built-in keypad. It automatically locks after arming your SimpliSafe system in case you forget. Home monitoring is made easy with SimpliSafe’s automated mobile alerts when your lock is unlocked. It comes in three finishes to match your door and is easy to install without wires or drilling over your existing lock. Price: $99
  • SimpliSafe Motion Sensor – The SimpliSafe motion sensor detects activity up to 30 feet away and has a 90-degree field of vision. You can set it on a shelf or mount it to a wall. This device is also pet-friendly. Pets under 50 pounds won’t trigger false alarms on the SimpliSafe motion sensor. Price: $29.99
  • SimpliSafe Water Sensor – SimpliSafe’s water sensor detects and alerts you of water leaks before to prevent costly damage and floods. If there’s a water leak, you’ll automatically be notified via mobile app. It comes ready to set up with batteries and adhesive. Place it near water pipes or other leak-prone areas to prevent water damage and costly insurance claims. Price: $19.99
  • SimpliSafe Temperature Sensor – SimpliSafe’s temperature sensor will automatically alert you if your home is too hot or cold for your safety. The sensor will sound an alarm if the temperature is out of a certain range. It comes ready to set up with batteries and adhesive for easy installation. This is the perfect home safety and security device to keep pets safe during the winter and summer months. Price: $35
  • SimpliSafe Siren – The SimpliSafe siren sounds a 105 high-decibel alarm in the case of an emergency. It’s easy to mount or set up using your SimpliSafe Keypad, batteries and adhesive. It’s designed to work indoors and sheltered outdoor areas such as sheds or garages. Price: $59.99
  • SimpliSafe Key Fob – The key fob makes it easy to arm and disarm your SimpliSafe system with one button. The fob includes a built-in panic button to signal for emergency help with SimpliSafe’s professional monitoring. Price $30
Using SimpliSafe

Using SimpliSafe

SimpliSafe monitoring allows you extra peace of mind about your home’s protection. If your system is triggered, the siren will sound, and the Base Station will contact the monitoring center to report the disturbance. The operator at SimpliSafe’s monitoring center will then contact you and any others you’ve submitted as contacts. If you do not cancel the alarm, an operator will send the authorities to your home.

If you want to use SimpliSafe’s mobile app for arming, disarming, and checking notifications, you can download it for free through Google Play and the App Store. If you have a SimpliSafe camera-enabled device, you can check in to view live video with the Interactive monitoring plan.

In the event something goes wrong with your equipment, SimpliSafe provides a 3-year warranty for its equipment. SimpliSafe also has a 60-day money-back guarantee if you’re unhappy with their service.

SimpliSafe Packages and Costs

SimpliSafe Packages and Costs

SimpliSafe security systems feature the basic equipment you need for monitoring activity inside your home. You’ll also find packages that include a smoke detector for home environmental monitoring as well as a handy key fob for easy arming and disarming. You can add on additional devices like the SimpliCam, an extra siren, smart lock, and more. Here’s a look at several products you’ll find with SimpliSafe.

    The Foundation

    Starting at $14.99/mo

    Our take

    Got a small home or apartment that you want to secure? The Foundation package gives you the essentials to protect your home and entryway without needing professional installation. Just attach your entry sensor to a wall, mount your motion sensor to a wall and sit your base station on a shelf, then you’ll be set to go. The Foundation Package costs $183.

    Package Features

    • 1 SimpliSafe base station
    • 1 SimpliSafe keypad
    • 1 entry sensor
    • 1 motion sensor

    The Essentials

    Starting at $14.99/mo

    Our take

    If you’re only looking for the basics to secure your home, choose The Essentials package. The motion sensor can cover areas of 30 feet and can be mounted on a wall or set on a shelf. The entry sensors will chime to let you know when a door or window is opened. The Essentials Package retails for $259.

    Package Devices Include:

    • 1 SimpliSafe base station
    • 1 SimpliSafe keypad
    • 3 entry sensors
    • 1 motion sensor

    The Hearth

    Starting at $14.99/mo

    Our take

    Get smoke detection and a loud 105dB siren (that’s about as loud as a table saw!) with The Hearth package. With this additional alarm, intruders aren’t likely to continue with their plans. A smoke detector adds essential life safety measures, and with built-in photoelectric sensors, this device is designed to react faster in the event of a fire. You can purchase The Hearth package at retail price for $299.

    Package Devices Include:

    • 1 SimpliSafe base station
    • 1 SimpliSafe keypad
    • 3 entry sensors
    • 1 motion sensor
    • 1 key fob
    • 1 smoke detector
    • 1 siren

    The Knox

    Starting at $14.99/mo

    Our take

    The Knox package is great for larger homes that need extra security and environmental monitoring. It’s a 13-piece system that covers multiple entryways and levels of the home. This package also helps protect your family from smoke and fire danger with a smoke detector included. No matter how many pieces are included, the Knox package is still easy to install without needing any professional help. The Knox package costs $388. 

    Package Features

    • 1 SimpliSafe base station
    • 1 SimpliSafe keypad
    • 6 entry sensors
    • 2 motion sensors
    • 1 smoke detector
    • 1 siren
    • 1 key fob

    The Barrington

    Starting at $14.99/mo

    Our take

    Add video surveillance to your home with The Barrington package. This package comes with a SimpliCam indoor camera, key fob, panic button and the essentials for security. The SimpliCam features HD video and night vision, so you’ll receive alerts whenever activity is detected in your home, day or night. You can purchase The Barrington package at retail price for $388.

    Package Devices Include:

    • 1 SimpliSafe base station
    • 1 SimpliSafe keypad
    • 2 entry sensors
    • 1 motion sensor
    • 1 key fob
    • 1 panic button
    • 1 siren
    • 1 SimpliCam indoor camera

    The Haven

    Starting at $14.99/mo

    Our take

    The Haven package gives you everything you need for home security and environmental monitoring. It’s a 14-piece system that covers all of your home safety needs that may go unnoticed including pipe leaks with a water sensor, smoke or fires with a smoke detector and freezing temperatures with a temperature sensor. You’ll still get all of the basics to protect your home. The Haven package is great for larger homes that want a mix of both safety and security together.  

    Package Features

    • 1 SimpliSafe base station
    • 1 SimpliSafe keypad
    • 4 entry sensors
    • 2 motion sensors
    • 1 smoke detector
    • 1 siren
    • 1 key fob
    • 1 panic button
    • 1 temperature sensor
    • 1 water sensor

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SimpliSafe Home Automation

SimpliSafe Home Automation

SimpliSafe works with a few of your favorite smart home brands for easy smart security. Here’s a list of the smart home integrations you’ll find:

  • Amazon Alexa
  • Google Assistant
  • Apple Watch
  • August Home

In order to access home automation features with SimpliSafe, you’ll have to choose the Interactive monitoring plan. This plan will allow you to use voice control with Alexa or Google Assistant. With Apple Watch, you can easily arm or disarm your system. And if you have an August smart lock, you can automatically lock your front door.

Home automation combined with security provides convenience and additional safety features without any hassle.

SimpliSafe Home Security Methodology

SimpliSafe Home Security Methodology

Each of our home security providers is evaluated on a number of factors that help families determine their home security needs.

Cost — We evaluate all costs included in your home security service including monitoring, video storage, equipment and one-time fees. Home security is an investment, but we look for affordable home security that’s reasonably priced upfront and monthly.

Equipment and Features — Our team looks for easy-to-use equipment that gives customers better security and control of their home’s safety. We also look for smart home features, mobile app control and other standout features to make managing home security simple.

Service — We consider customer services including installation, technical support, consultations and other available services to keep your system up and running without worry.

Warranties, Trial Periods and Guarantees — Most providers offer warranties and guarantees to ensure your customer satisfaction with their equipment and services. Some also offer trial periods for a risk-free test run. Consumers should feel confident in their home security choice with enough time to try the equipment and service and feel satisfied months later with their decision.

Installation — We believe that setup should be seamless – whether DIY or professionally installed. Home security installation should be easy and support should always be available to help you whether you’re starting with a new system, expanding or troubleshooting.

SimpliSafe Customer Service Information

SimpliSafe Customer Service Information

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SimpliSafe Security FAQs

SimpliSafe Security FAQs

Does SimpliSafe require a contract?

No, you do not have to sign a contract for SimpliSafe’s services. You can purchase your equipment upfront or elect for financing through PayPal Credit. If you add on SimpliSafe monitoring to your package, you can opt out whenever you choose.

Can a professional help me install my SimpliSafe security system?

Yes, if you don’t feel comfortable installing your SimpliSafe security system, you can have a professional install it for you for $79.00.

Is there a SimpliSafe installation fee?

No, there is no fee for SimplISafe installation.

How much does SimpliSafe professional monitoring cost?

SimpliSafe professional monitoring ranges from $14.99 per month to $24.90 per month.

Can SimpliSafe work with Amazon Alexa?

Yes, SimpliSafe works with Amazon Alexa.

Can SimpliSafe work with Google Assistant?

Yes, SimpliSafe works with Google Assistant.

Can SimpliSafe work with Apple Watch?

Yes, SimpiSafe works with Apple Watch.

Do SimpliSafe security systems feature battery backup in case my power goes out?

Yes, SimpliSafe security systems feature battery backup for up to 24 hours in the event your power goes out. SimpliSafe systems also come with a cellular connection for double the security in the event of power outages.

What is SimpliSafe’s return policy?

SimpliSafe has a 60-Day Money Back Guarantee if you’re not satisfied with your system. The provider will cover the cost of shipping on your return as well. Give SimpliSafe a call at 1-(800)-297-1605 to have someone assist you with your return.


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