The name says it all: SimpliSafe is an affordable DIY home security system that doesn’t require any contracts.

This system is the best option if you’re on the hunt for low-cost professional home security monitoring without a contract. You can set it up in a breeze, and you don’t need a fancy tool kit to do it, either. The entire SimpliSafe system can be set up in under 1 hour, and works immediately upon completion. 

In this article, we will cover the various features of SimpliSafe and SimpliSafe 2, what you can expect from a DIY home security system, cost of equipment, and how SimpliSafe 2 works for you. 


Who is SimpliSafe?

As we mentioned before, SimpliSafe is a company that sells DIY home security systems and monitoring packages. The entire process is a cakewalk, from shopping online for the right level of protection to meet your needs, to setting up your new SimpliSafe equipment, anyone can do it.


Monitoring and Packages

One of the greatest appeals to using SimpliSafe, is the ability to create a custom security system with whatever sensors fit your space. You can even choose to purchase more than one equipment package – if you feel the need. 

For the base station and keypad, you can expect to pay around $185 upfront. This may seem like a lot, but compared to other DIY security companies, this is cheap. Especially when you compare it to professional home security costs. 

All of their packages are reasonably priced. Even at the highest-end, a package named “the Fortress”, comes in just under $500, and gets you 14 professional monitoring components. Plus, their system is capable of monitoring up to 4 SimpliCams, SimpliSafe’s most sought after piece of equipment. Needless to say, SimpliSafe is an affordable option for anyone looking to invest in DIY home security.


SimpliSafe Plans 

The Standard SimpliSafe plan will cost you $229.96 upfront. The monthly cost associated with the Standard package will run about $14.99/mo. However, their monitoring service is in operation 24/7, so you have constant security blanketing your home. 

The Interactive SimpliSafe plan starts at $229.96, with a monthly price of $24.99. This includes 24/7 monitoring (like the Standard plan), SMS/Email alerts, and remote arm/disarm capabilities. 

Below, we’ve listed the most popular packages, in order of cheapest to most expensive:

  • The Foundation – $229.96
  • The Nook – $254.95
  • The Essentials – $259.95
  • The Bedford – $274.94
  • The Homestead – $284.93
  • The Sanctuary – $304.91
  • The Bunker – $329.91
  • The Oakstone – $359.88
  • The Hearth – $374.91
  • The Barrington – $388.93
  • The Stronghold – $424.87
  • The Keep – $443.90
  • The Knox – $449.87
  • The Stonefort – $484.84
  • The Haven – $489.86
  • The Fortress – $509.86

The Foundation package costs about $230 online, and includes five pieces of equipment:

  • 1 Base Station
  • 1 Wireless Keypad
  • 1 Motion Sensor
  • 1 Entry Sensor

The Essentials package sells for about $260 online, and includes the following seven pieces of equipment:

  • 1 Base Station
  • 1 Wireless Keypad
  • 1 Motion Sensor
  • 3 Entry Sensors

The Hearth package is priced online at $380, and comes with nine pieces of equipment:

  • 1 Base Station
  • 1 Wireless Keypad
  • 1 Keychain Remote
  • 1 Motion Sensor
  • 1 Smoke Detector
  • 1 Extra Siren
  • 3 Entry Sensor

The Knox package costs $450 online and includes 14 pieces of security equipment:

  • 1 Base Station
  • 1 Wireless Keypad
  • 1 Keychain Remote
  • 2 Motion Sensor
  • 1 Smoke Detector
  • 1 Extra Siren
  • 6 Entry Sensor

This gives you a general idea of what comes in packages of different levels. If you want to purchase additional pieces of equipment to go along with your package of choice, you can add them on at little cost. For example, each entry sensor costs $14.99, motion sensors cost $29.99, panic buttons cost just $19.99 each, and glass break sensors are only $34.99. This gives SimpliSafe customers so many options to choose from.

With SimpliSafe 2, customers can choose from 2 different monitoring options. The Standard Monitoring Plan costs $14.99/mo. It gives you the basic 24/7 alarm monitoring features over a cellular network. The next option, the Interactive Monitoring Plan, runs about $24.99/mo. This monitoring package gives you added control to your system, like SMS notifications, remote control capabilities, special alerts, and private files.

Technically speaking, you do have a third option – to opt out of monitoring all together. Yes, you heard that correct. SimpliSafe allows customers to purchase their security equipment and monitor their homes activity themselves, without monthly monitoring fees. 


List of Features

SimpliSafe offers a plethora of features, all with advanced technology and user-friendliness. Check out some of the features SimpliSafe customers rave about:

  • Professional Monitoring: SimpliSafe offers optional emergency monitoring through C.O.P.S. Monitoring, which earned the “Best Monitoring in the Industry” award from the Central Station Alarm Association. So, if you choose to include emergency monitoring in your SimpliSafe package, you can expect quick dispatching in case of an emergency.
  • Video Surveillance Security: SimpliCam in an HD, wide-angle view security camera with a motion sensor and night vision. You’re able to view video footage online through your SimpliSafe online account.
  • Glass Break Sensor Technology: SimpliSafe developed glass break sensors that detect the audio waves generated by breaking glass. 
  • Keychain Remote: This little gadget is small enough to fit onto your keychain. It’s a remote that allows you to turn on, or turn off, your alarm system at any time. It also includes an emergency button you can use to instantly call for help if needed.
  • Entry Sensor Capabilities: These sensors stick to doors and windows with removable adhesive. Your entry sensor can trigger either an audible alert, or a silent one.
  • Aids in Environmental Protection: By monitoring smoke detectors, freeze sensors, carbon monoxide detectors, and water leaks, SimpliSafe can help you minimize environmental damages to your home.

In addition to these, SimpliSafe has some other high-tech features, such as: SimpliSafe representatives provide clients with a phone call when their alarm is tripped. They do so in order to check on you, and make sure that you’re okay. They also offer the ability to set up custom alarm notifications. For example, if you want an alarm to go off instantly when tripped, you can set it up that way. Or, you can opt for your alarm to provide a delayed response, having the system trigger the alarm sound after a 1 minute period. The choice is yours, and each one of your sensors can be set differently. Customers enjoy this feature, because they can fine-tune it as they get used to their SimpliSafe security system. You can also integrate your SimpliSafe equipment with Amazon Alexa or Google Home, and communicate commands through those devices as well.