SimpliSafe is a do-it-yourself security provider that offers basic security features, including burglary alarms, fire detectors, carbon monoxide sensors, freeze sensors, and flood sensors. SimpliSafe equipment can be ordered online and is customer-owned after purchase, with packages ranging from $229 to $489. SimpliSafe offers one of the lowest monthly monitoring fees in the industry, with monthly fees starting at $14.99 per month. The company uses cellular signal monitoring through COPS Monitoring Service, a CSAA-certified central monitoring station. SimpliSafe is one of the only home security providers that does not attach a contract to any of its equipment.

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The Good

  • Low Monthly Fees
  • Industry Innovations
  • No Contract or Moving Fees
  • 60-Day Money-Back Guarantee
  • "Brain" and Keypad are Separate Devices
  • 100% Wireless Equipment
  • Free and Easy Installation Process
  • Purchase Online

Low Monthly Fees

SimpliSafe's low monthly fees and absence of a contract are clear standouts in the security industry. The company's highest monitoring package ("Interactive") only comes in at $24.99, far below most professional security providers' most affordable option. The most typical monitoring package is priced at $14.99 per month.

Industry Innovations

Recently, more home security companies are hopping on the wagon of do-it-yourself systems, but SimpliSafe has been doing it for years. Recently, SimpliSafe has also redesigned its system to look more sleek and attractive. Sensors including motion detectors, window sensors, door sensors, security cameras, and even the wireless keypad control panel have gotten a makeover. You can also arm and disarm your alarm system through the SimpliSafe app on your mobile phone, along with view Simplisafe camera footage.

No Contract or Moving Fees

Something truly remarkable about SimpliSafe's price structure is that it does not attach contracts to its equipment; all customers pay on a month-to-month basis and can cancel at any time without penalty. Basically, no long-term contracts, unlike most home security companies. Moving your alarm system is simple and easy.

60-Day Money-Back Guarantee

In addition, SimpliSafe customers have 60 days to try out equipment and if unsatisfied, can return it to SimpliSafe for a full refund plus return shipping costs. As 30 days is considered a great guarantee in this industry, a 60-day guarantee truly stands out.

"Brain" and Keypad are Separate Devices

For an added layer of safety, the "brain" of SimpliSafe's system is located in a device separate from the keypad. If burglars destroy the beeping keypad, the brain will quietly alert the monitoring center.

100% Wireless Equipment

Because the SimpliSafe system is 100 percent wireless, no hard wiring or drilling is required. This is an appealing feature for renters and apartment owners, and also contributes to the aforementioned lack of moving fees. Equipment is as follows:

  • Wireless keypad
  • Motion sensors
  • Carbon monoxide detectors
  • WiFi enabled security cameras
  • Door sensors
  • Window sensors
  • Panic button
  • Freeze sensors

Free and Easy Installation Process

The free and easy installation process can also be completed without assistance and, in most cases, takes less than 15 minutes. Once the system and sensors are in a place, an alarm will sound whenever the control panel is armed and sensors detect burglars breaking in.

Purchase Online

SimpliSafe's equipment and monitoring services can be purchased on its website, eliminating the need to interact with often-pushy security salesmen.

The Bad

  • Upfront Equipment Costs
  • Basic Security Equipment
  • Three-Year Warranty

Upfront Equipment Costs

As with most do-it-yourself solutions, SimpliSafe requires consumers to buy equipment upfront. This can cost anywhere from $229 to $489. Fortunately, SimpliSafe offers five package options to fit a variety of budgets and needs. Also important to note: you own this equipment forever after purchasing. Regardless, this price amounts to years of monitoring service from other top-rated alarm companies.

Basic Security Equipment

SimpliSafe equipment is extremely basic in both looks and functionality. The company doesn't offer touchscreen equipment or basic home automation services such as remote door locks, smart lighting/appliances, smart temperature control, and so on. However, video surveillance is available but requires a WiFi connection. Despite SimpliSafe's sleek new design and mobile app interface, the company needs to catch up to home automation trends, not just freeze sensors and motion detectors.

Three-Year Warranty

With SimpliSafe, you're getting basic, no-bells-and-whistles security equipment. And it's all covered with a three-year warranty, as opposed to the lifetime warranty many other providers offer. Most security systems from other companies will offer a lifetime warranty, so it's unfortunate to see SimpliSafe limiting their security systems to only three years.

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The Bottom Line

If you're looking for a basic do-it-yourself security option for a reasonable price, SimpliSafe is a viable option. And if you're a renter who doesn't want to hardwire a security system or pay a fee each time you move, SimpliSafe is a solid solution. But if you're looking for cutting-edge technology and want to turn your house into a "smart home," SimpliSafe is not the answer. There are plenty of other alarm companies who offer those services but expect them with higher prices and strict long-term contracts. Read Simplisafe reviews below before making your final decision.

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Gary E Ruppert

July 23rd, 2017

Easy to install. Low monthly fees. Get an extra touch panel because the key fobs don't show you if the alarm system is set. We keep one in the console of the vehicle. Sometimes the key fob did not set or turn off the alarm. With the extra panel you KNOW!


Thomas White

July 22nd, 2017

SimpliSafe is a great system. no contract low cost no hassle


Callooh Media Company

July 16th, 2017

Simply Amazing, easy to use, great apps and it works just as good or better than the big guys systems! I can't say enough to I have it at home and office and love it!


Michael Scott

July 9th, 2017

We have a full SS system and it works great! There IS a camera and there ARE features that let you program things that may not not be immediately apparent. Works EXACTLY as advertised and it works great!



July 4th, 2017 Odessa, MO

We purchased for our home in Fl. We live most of year in Mo. Love cost, install, we were broken into, they contacted us fast but took the police an hour to show up. It did what it was to do. It got them out!!! I recently see they now have an interior camera which I will be adding. I would love to see outside wireless camera. My only complaint is our home is outside city, wifi service is not as good as city. Our system only works near the front door. I have my keypad right on the half wall at the front door, with everythg else. Which it would be easy for theif to take the system with them, fortunaetly they took the tv, never explored the rest of the house. I want an outside camera, may have to add from another company.


Dr. & Mrs. D. Troy Pruitt

June 30th, 2017 Lincoln, IL

Quick delivery and easy install. Shadows through windows set of motion detectors but adjusted units and operates great!! 2 false alarms, but service was quick to contact us. Recommended to family and friends as a great value and effective coverage. Cats do not set off alarm.


Douglas Long

June 23rd, 2017 Naugatuck, CT

Wonderful product, works as advertised. I have had this system in service for almost 1 year with absolutely no problems.


Robert Moredock

June 10th, 2017 Las Vegas, NV

The product is 100% wireless; a big plus. Customer service is beyond awesome. Have had a remote keyfob become intermitttent when it was 2 years old. It was replaced free--instantly & with no questions. Base communicates with alarm svc by means of cell phone svc. Local cell provider took down a nearby cell and the system was losing cell signal and the base notified us of that. Siomply safe sent me a new module to switch to Verizon cell service, which solved the problem 100%. When alarm is triggered, I get phone call response in 8-10 seconds and email and sms alerts in about 15 to 18 seconds, sometimes sooner.


Joseph Zavalia

June 3rd, 2017 Rockland, MA

Extremely easy to install, .easy to use The sensors allow small pets to roam freely without setting the alarm off. Customer service is top notch.


Richard Wachowicz

May 28th, 2017

The Simply Safe system gives so you many options from a very simple system, to a highly optioned system to meet your specifications. Their support team will help you through answering all of your questions. The cost of 24 hour monitoring s half the price of the other companies. You are able to completely configure response times, and add or delete components of your system very easily. I highly recommend their home security product.


Dave Carpenter

May 28th, 2017 Germantown, MD

We have had this system for a couple of years now. It works perfectly for our needs. Like that we can put it on HOME when we leave and leave the dogs there and the doors and windows are protected against entry, but the dogs can move around inside without setting off the alarm. It has always come through. Very quick response. We did add cameras from another source to supplement. The only problem we have had was my husband had the key fob in his pocket. He turned it on without being aware of it. We were out and driving, so he did not answer the call figuring we would see who called once we were parked. So...the company called our house. We had a dog sitter who did not answer our phone. Alarm continued to howl, police came..scared our poor sitter to dealth. All was ok..but we do not carry the fob with us anymore!



May 12th, 2017 Huntsville, AL

We have been very happy with the system. It was easy to install and works great. The only reason that I gave a 9 instead of a 10 is that I wish the camera had a battery option (but I suspect battery life would be an issue). There are some additional perks with the more expensive (but still cheaper than ADT) monitoring option, but the basic $14.95 works great for us.


Morris Hanley

May 6th, 2017 Colorado Springs, CO

Had ADT for five years was the worst thing I ever did went to these guys and it is like night and day they are spot on, good equipment and great monitoring, every time I test my equipment I get a call in less than 30 seconds it took ADT three minutes one time to call. Best thing I ever did getting rid of ADT and going with these guys.


Lavonna kennedy

May 4th, 2017 Sacramento, CA

The best company after being with adt this is by far a better co. They call before the police arrive so you don't get charged by the police for false alarm. Adt does not do this .


mait stewart

May 3rd, 2017

love frills but very easy to use. does what i expected...can't beat $14.99/month!


Steve Barlow

April 19th, 2017

Best system I have ever had. Easy instructions easy install easy testing works great now. No worries



April 19th, 2017 Omaha, NE

Easy to install but did not work. First customer service advised me the tower was not in the right place as they kept losing connection. Moved it several times and reset each time but to no avail. They finally sent me out a new chip to install in the tower. Once that was taken care of the alarm would not go off when we opened the door or when we opened the door and the alarm did go off we did not receive a call advising us the alarm had sounded. I received two touch pads for my home. One would say the alarm was set the other would say it was not set. Customer service had me take both touch pads off the wall and set them next to each other and reset. Put them back on the wall and again they would not read the same. After multiple resets I advised them we were sending all back as my 60 days was about up and they would not extend. If someone breaks into your home and they break the tower withing 60 seconds ( that is called a smash and grab by the way) Simpli-Safe will ignore it as they did when we set our alarm off accidentally. Reason being it stopped within 60 seconds. And your tower is the alarm so it leads someone right to itself.


Kathryn Miller

April 13th, 2017

This was extremely easy to install and so" simpli" easy to turn on and off. I like the fact that if we move we can take the system with us. It is a no frills system, but it serves its purpose and the price of the equipment and monthly monitoring fee are reasonable. This is our first home security monitoring service and I like that they have an initial 3 day "break in". It does take getting use to. Very happy with the purchase.


Howard Summerford

April 7th, 2017

System in use for almost 4 years. Easy to install, reasonable equipment cost, high quality components, everything works as advertised, batteries (except for key pad) last more than 3.5 years. Great customer service. No false alarms. Full monitoring and control from your smart phone option only $25 per month (basic $15).



April 6th, 2017 Crossville, TN

System working great. Easy to use. Suggestion: letters to small for senor citizens. Need reading glasses or Big Eye magnifying glass. Key chain unit to large for men to carry in their pockets. Need smaller size. I would re-buy and also recommend to family and others.


Faye Curren

April 6th, 2017

System arrived on time and was very easy to set up.


Al Diggs

April 6th, 2017 Westerville, OH

I have had this system installed in my Condo for three months ,no problem ,good customer service , also there is a security camera available , that works with my smartphone .good value for the cost $14.95 p/m


Daniel Ward

April 5th, 2017

Installation is a breeze, all sensors and items for security are preprogramaned for use upon arrival. 3 day practice, then alarmed for use. C.O.P.S. is rated as 1 of the best if not the best monitoring companies that is used by numerous companies.


Craig Dyer

April 4th, 2017 Zephyrhills, FL

I have had the simply safe system for 2 years now. It was easy to install and setup. It has worked without any problems. I have left home for up to 2 weeks at a time and the system has kept my home safe. I highly recommend. (My friend has ADT and had to sign a 3 year contract and pays $49.95 per month. I pay $14.99 per month.


Philip Jones

March 31st, 2017 Kingsland, GA

Simple to install and easy to program. I bought refurb packages for both homes. Thinking about a third system for our RV. Best value for the money. I like the flexibility in activation and monitoring. I.E. I can activate monitoring on the RV when I am on the road with it or suspend monitoring on any property at any time. Monitored security systems on 3 properties for $45 a month with no long term contract cannot be beat. Customer service has been superb!


Robert Wilson

March 28th, 2017 Amherst, NH

Excellent engineering. Very easy install. Sketchy instruction manual - needs work. Excellent Email/Blog response. Don't know about phone - didn't try that. No regrets purchasing.



March 22nd, 2017 New Haven, CT

Easy to install. Everything worked right out of the box.


Stacy Britt

March 21st, 2017

Having had security systems in our church for the last 16 years, SimpliSafe is by far the easiest to use and the most reliable. We get twice the protection at half the price. Installation was a snap, even with 7 doors, 3 motion detectors, 2 key pads, a siren, a glass breakage detector, and a smoke alarm, I had no trouble at all installing them. And I am thoroughly amazed at the response time from the monitoring company. I just can't say enough about it. This is so much better than our old company. Even through our power outage last week, it worked flawlessly. And the key chain remotes! They make using the system so much easier. All my trustees love the new system.


Mark Tomlinson

March 21st, 2017 Kensett, IA

I use this product for my home and home based business. The cameras that you can now add are super. I like that it is wireless and uses cell service to contact the monitoring service. It is very modular and can be customized to your needs.


Alexander Beal

March 21st, 2017 Maineville, OH

Useless if you lose power even for a second. Phone app give false confirmation of alarm status. Demands you manually check the system weekly to see if it is still working. Really just the perception of security.


j. brandt

March 19th, 2017

When I had a problem with the master station Simplisafe replaced it without an hassle. I set the alarm off at 3am after driving 1000 miles and they called my cell within 30 seconds to tell me I had a alarm. Great service. I will be installing a second system in my second home soon. Jb


Paul Jordan

March 19th, 2017

Easy installation with or without cameras. Add as many or as little parts as you feel comfortable with. Great response to alarm situation when my wife left a dog in the house and the motion sensor was set off.


James Graczykk

March 18th, 2017 NY

I've had this service for 2 years now and it's the best security system I've ever owned. (had adt and power trust previously) Accurate, no false reads and lightning quick response when triggered. (Burglary, fire and carbon monoxide) My only problem would be with their customer service response time, hence, the 9* rating. Other than that, absolutely fantastic!