Why SimpliSafe Is Not Fully Endorsed By Home Security Reporter

This review first appeared on CNET

The Good For such a multifunctional system, SimpliSafe is incredibly easy to set up and use. Their contract-free packages are highly customizable and thoughtfully designed for better, smarter home security.

The Bad SimpliSafe packages don’t include video cameras, and you won’t be able to connect with locks, lights, or other home automation devices over Z-Wave, Zigbee, or any other wireless network. The devices also look a little dated.

The Bottom Line Home security options are evolving rapidly, but SimpliSafe is one of our current favorites. If you want a comprehensive, easy-to-use system that features live monitoring, you’ll have a hard time finding a better option at a better price.



Key Features

  • 24/7 Professional Monitoring
  • No Long-Term Contract
  • Money-Back Guarantee
  • Free Mobile App
  • Arm & Disarm Instantly With The Push Of A Button
  • Cancel Anytime
  • See the status of Burglar, Fire, Carbon Monoxide, and Flood alarms whenever you want


SimpliSafe isn’t likely to win you over on looks alone. Its array of sensors all have a dated, plasticky appearance that seems downright ugly when compared with the sleek, modern designs of iSmartAlarm and Viper Home. The effect is even more stark when you compare SimpliSafe to an all-in-one security device like Piper — you’ll swear the two were designed twenty years apart.


It couldn’t get any easier to install than this. Just plugged in the base unit. Mounted the keypad, siren, motion detectors, with screws and tape. We mounted the entry/window sensors with the sticky tape. The system works flawlessly!!! I highly recommend it!

Steven Roy – Amazon verified purchase

I’ve had this alarm set up for a week and I’m very pleased with it. Very easy to install. Completely customizable. Affordable to set up and only $15 a month for optional level 1 monitoring. I highly recommend this system.

Karen Melo – Amazon verified purchase