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Simplisafe is young, but has gained popularity, funding, and rave reviews in its short life. Founded in 2006 by Chad Laurans, a college student at the time who had watched friends go through repeated burglaries, the company was specifically designed to prevent people from having to be tied into lengthy, expensive contracts. In 2014 the fledgling firm received $57 million in funding from Sequoia Capital, a prominent venture firm.

The basic yet effective system has been met with positive ratings from entities such as CNET, Fortune Magazine, and the New York Post, among many others. Weigh the pros and cons and decide for yourself whether this little powerhouse company is worth giving a try.

Pros:

  • Fast and simple DIY wireless installation
  • Optional professional or local monitoring, with professional being much less expensive than competitors
  • Just the basics – straight-forward home protection without frills
  • Cellular monitoring (considered the most reliable method)
  • Portable – move anywhere and take the system with you
  • Free shipping of equipment
  • Three-year equipment warranty
  • 60-day money back guarantee (industry leader)

Cons:

  • No home automation (which could be considered a pro for those who simply want burglary and fire protection without paying for fancy extras)
  • Local monitoring amounts to a noise-maker to scare away intruders, and unless you subscribe to a plan, you cannot control the system remotely through the mobile app
  • Although the company has been promising the imminent arrival of video monitoring, this has not happened yet
  • Newer company with just a decade of experience behind them

Packages and Services

SimpliSafe offers a variety of equipment packages, or you can build your own custom order.  In addition to the equipment, each package also includes batteries (5-year-life Lithiums), a yard sign and window decals, adhesive strips, and screws in case you prefer screw-in mounting).

FeaturesStarterClassicMasterUltimate
Price$259.99$349.99$449.87$539.85
24/7 MonitoringYesYesYesYes
Motion Sensors1122
Entry Sensors1364
Cellular ConnectionYesYesYesYes
Wireless SystemYesYesYesYes
Base StationYesYesYesYes
Wireless KeypadYesYesYesYes
Smoke DetectorYesYesYes
Keychain RemoteIncludedIncludedIncludedIncluded
Extra SirenYesYesYes
Panic ButtonIncluded
Water SensorIncluded
CO2 DetectorIncluded
Freeze SensorIncluded

Simplisafe Equipment Options for Customized Packages

All systems need to have the first three components. The rest can be added a la carte, depending upon the level of coverage you need for your specific house.

  • Base station – $114.99 (sale price – normally $399)
  • Wireless Keypad – $69.99
  • Master keychain remote (normally $24.99 – included free)
  • Entry sensor – $14.99
  • Motion sensor – $29.99
  • Glassbreak sensor – $34.99
  • Panic button (this portable button allows you to activate your alarm up to 400 feet away from the base station) – $19.99
  • Smoke detector – $29.99
  • CO sensor – $49.99
  • Wireless freeze sensor (alerts you when your home reaches temps below 41 degrees Fahrenheit so you can take action to prevent burst pipes) – $29.99
  • Wireless water sensor (alerts you to undetected leaks or floods) – $19.99
  • Extra wireless keypad (may be placed up to 100 feet from the base) – $69.99
  • Extra keychain remote – $24.99
  • Extra 105dB siren – $59.99
  • Extra yard sign – $3.99

Monitoring Plans

You have three choices when it comes to your home protection with the SimpliSafe system – one of two monitoring plans, or a local monitoring only.

Standard

Monthly service fee: $14.99

  • 24/7 live alarm monitoring
  • Cellular connection

Interactive

Monthly service fee: $24.99

  • 24/7 live alarm monitoring
  • Email/text alerts
  • Remote control
  • Secret alerts – allows you to be notified if certain areas are opened, such as liquor cabinets or jewelry closets
  • Cellular connection

No Monitoring

This option is cost-free except for the equipment, and allows you to use the sensors to trigger the siren as a local alarm. A monitoring subscription is recommended for maximum effectiveness, however you can add service later if you change your mind.

In a Nutshell

Overall, SimpliSafe is an effective, affordable option that allows consumers to protect their homes from burglary and fire without the expense of a long-term contract or installation. The overwhelming consensus is that the self-install is simple and fast, and that even with the equipment cost, the system is an overall much better value than most competitors in the DIY home security system market.

Some are disgruntled at the delay in adding video monitoring capability, as well as the lack of ability to remotely control the system when using it as a local alarm, without a monitoring plan. But even with a subscription the cost is ridiculously affordable. SimpliSafe is great solution for those who want the technology that maximizes home protection without the complex, pricey added features that they don’t want or need.

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