The Best Home Security System

The Best Home Security System

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Our pick

SimpliSafe Essentials

SimpliSafe Essentials

The best DIY security system

The latest SimpliSafe kit is the most affordable and easiest to install and use security system, and works with some Alexa and Google voice commands.

Buying Options

$260 from SimpliSafe
(Essentials kit)

35% off + free camera

SimpliSafe is an easy-to-use DIY security system, with add-ons such as an indoor video camera, a doorbell camera, a smart lock, and smoke and other sensors. The 24/7 live-monitoring fees are competitive with those of other DIY systems. It also works with voice-control systems Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa (but not Apple HomeKit). Unfortunately, SimpliSafe does not offer any outdoor cameras or self-monitoring options (without a subscription, the system will only work locally); and outside of smart speakers, the only non-SimpliSafe devices it’s compatible with are August locks. Still, for anyone wanting a reliable system that’s easy to use, with a good selection of add-ons, we think the SimpliSafe setup is the best option.

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Runner-up

Abode Smart Security Kit

Abode Smart Security Kit

The best security system for smart-home enthusiasts

Abode offers more smart-home integration than any other security system we tested, with support for Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, IFTTT, Z-Wave, and Zigbee.

Buying Options

$190 from Amazon

Abode is for the person who wants a security system that can integrate with smart lighting, thermostats, voice control, and other smart-home devices—and doesn’t mind going through the steps to create that system. Abode supports both Z-Wave and Zigbee-enabled devices, as well as Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, and IFTTT (If This Then That). We found Abode starter packages and most accessories to be more expensive than our main pick, but we like that it can function as a self-monitored system if you don’t want to pay for monitoring all the time.

Budget pick

Ring Alarm (2nd Generation)

Ring Alarm (2nd Generation)

The cheapest no-contract security system

The Ring setup doesn’t have as many add-ons as our main picks, but it provides peace of mind at a steep discount.

Buying Options

$200 from Amazon
$200 from Lowe’s

We moved the second-generation Ring Alarm from main pick to budget pick. We still think it’s an easy-to-use DIY security system with the least expensive live-monitoring plan ($10 per month). However, we currently don’t recommend Ring cameras, which means we no longer consider it to be the most comprehensive. We are reviewing recent changes to the Ring app, however, and will revisit and update this guide, as needed. Still, if you’re looking for simple, inexpensive security for doors, windows, and entryways, this system is hard to beat.

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Source: The NY Times
Keyword: The Best Home Security System

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