Home security systems offer peace of mind whether you’re home or on the go.
Today’s packages include technology designed to give you more control over what gets monitored, the type of alerts you receive, who has permission to access your home, and how emergencies are handled.
What should you look for in modern home protection? If you’re already using smart devices, you’ll want a setup with integration options. It also pays to look for systems with comprehensive safety coverage for disasters like fires and floods. Customizable alerts and security camera networks with remote monitoring keep you informed about activities in the house no matter where you are.
Not every home needs an extensive system, and some features can come with hefty price tags. Check out these five top-rated systems to see which has the best combination of options for you.
Named one of the Editors’ Choice picks by PCMag, ADT Pulse combines a range of home security and monitoring features with smart home integration to create a full range of options for any home. You’ll pay around $49 to get set up with a basic system, and professional monitoring starts at $28.99 per month.
Systems from ADT Pulse integrate with other smart home devices, including the Amazon Echo, to provide control over just about every aspect of your home. The setup includes a main control panel with the choice of an interactive touchscreen, a keyfob control, video monitoring cameras, and the option to purchase and link up additional smart home accessories. The professionals at ADT can put together a customized package to let you control exactly what you want to monitor inside and outside your home.
Security features include:
- Custom alerts and notifications.
- Remote arming and disarming.
- Remote door locking and unlocking.
- Remote video monitoring.
- Video doorbell.
- Voice control.
The main drawback of ADT’s system is the requirement to sign up for a three-year monitoring contract. Be prepared for high fees if you have to break the contract before the full term is up.
Vivint Smart Home
If you’re looking for a professionally installed custom home security system backed by 24/7 monitoring, Vivint Smart Home may be the right option for you. Vivint combines security monitoring with smart home accessories in one comprehensive network, and it has been ranked number one in home security satisfaction by J.D. Power and given the Best Buy Award by Consumers Digest.
At $549, getting started with Vivint Smart Home costs a bit more than some other options, but you have several choices in the way your system is customized. Indoor and outdoor monitoring with security cameras gives you a complete view of all that goes on around the house, and video is recorded in case footage needs to be reviewed. You can add a doorbell camera with the option for a video doorbell system, smart lock installation, and a smart thermostat, like Nest or Element, hook up. Indoor cameras allow for calling in and out so that you and your family can quickly get in touch in an emergency.
Vivint offers professional monitoring starting at $39.99 per month, but you also have to pay for the remote access many other systems include as part of their packages.
SimpliSafe Home Security System
Intruders can get around traditional home security by cutting the phone wires on which the system relies, but SimpliSafe eliminates this possibility with systems depending entirely on built-in cellular technology. For around $230 to set up a starter system and an additional $14.99 per month to cover the cost of professional security monitoring, you can protect you home and family with a scalable security solution.
Every SimpliSafe system comes with a keypad control panel featuring home and away settings for the alarm, and the option to add up to 41 sensors in and around your home. Sensor types include:
- Carbon monoxide.
- Glass break.
With mobile monitoring, you can get alerts from anywhere and keep an eye on family activities to ensure only the right people enter your home. Sensors are pet-friendly so your furry friends don’t accidentally trip the alarm and trigger an alert.
Putting together a comprehensive network of sensors and adding accessories like a keychain remote and panic button can get expensive, but SimpliSafe offers a 60-day money back guarantee and a 100 percent satisfaction guarantee to ensure you’re happy with the setup. Despite a lack of integration with smart home accessories, the system comes highly recommended by the New York Times, Good Housekeeping, Fortune Magazine, and others.
Frontpoint Home Security System
Do you prefer to set up your own security system? Get started with a DIY option from Frontpoint for around $99.99.
The basic Protection plan provides a control panel with or without a touchscreen along with sensors to detect motion and broken glass, monitor garage door activity, and check for heat, smoke, and carbon monoxide. Upgrading to the Interactive or Ultimate option allows you to add additional sensors for light, install smart locks, and set up a network of video cameras.
A monthly contract, starting at $34.99, is required to use Frontpoint, and video monitoring is only available through the Ultimate plan. This makes Frontpoint a more expensive option than some other home systems, but the option to start small and scale up only as needed may make it more accessible if you’re on a budget. SafeHome.org and ASecureLife.com both give a number one ranking to this system.
With its combination of professional security monitoring, wireless control, and access and an automatic hourly self-check to diagnose potential system problems, Frontpoint offers a solid security solution for the DIY enthusiast.
GetSafe Home Security
The GetSafe “starter kit” sets you up with a Smart Hub, a door and window sensor, a motion detector, and an alarm siren to provide basic home security coverage for $249. Setup is entirely DIY, so you’ll have to look elsewhere if you prefer to have someone else to install your system or want a setup customized by professionals.
However, if you’re comfortable putting together your own security network, GetSafe offers a variety of additional accessories, including:
- Flood sensors.
- Garage door opener.
- Glass break sensors.
- Key fob remote.
- Security camera.
- Smoke detector.
With a 30-day money back guarantee and glowing recommendations from Consumer Affairs and TrustPilot, GetSafe can be considered a reliable DIY home security option. The package lacks a control pane,l but provides a mobile app and supports integration with Z-Wave home automation accessories, ZigBee, IFTTT, Nest and Amazon Echo.
Month-to-month and contract options are available for the required professional monitoring coverage, and fees start at $35 per month.
These five systems represent some of the best options in modern home security. Review the features, accessories, and costs to determine which has the options best tailored to your needs. If you’re not sure, get in touch with the companies to learn more about personalized packages and how you can get the most out of an integrated security setup. Keep your budget in mind as you make inquires, and choose wisely to give yourself the assurance of knowing someone is always watching over your home.