Best Home Alarm Systems in the UK 2020

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  • Best Overall
    4 out of 5 overall
  • Best Self-Monitored
    4 out of 5 overall
  • Best Home Automation
    4 out of 5 overall
  • Best All-in-One
    3 out of 5 overall
  • Best Camera System
    3.5 out of 5 overall

Maybe you just moved into a new house or recently heard about a break-in. Or maybe you just feel like it’s finally time to think seriously about protecting your property. In any case, alarm systems can make your life a little easier and give you peace of mind.

We’ve rounded up the best home alarm systems available in the UK that can keep both your family and your things safe. Whether you want to keep an extra eye on your house or you want to deck out your property with all the latest smart home tech, we have an alarm system for you.

Best home alarm systems in the UK packages, prices and details
CompanyStarter package priceMonitoring typeSmart home integrationsSee details
SimpliSafe£279ProfessionalLimitedView System
Yale Sync£229DIYYesView on Amazon
Samsung SmartThings£199.99DIYYesView on Amazon
Canary£159DIYNoView on Amazon
Blink XT£79.99DIYLimitedView on Amazon

Data effective 22/7/19. Offers subject to change.

1. SimpliSafe: Best overall

SimpliSafe is an easy-to-install system that gives you 24/7 peace of mind, but not a lot of smart home options.

Source: SimpliSafe

Pros

  • Affordable prices
  • Easy installation
  • Professional monitoring

Cons

  • Limited smart home integrations
  • No self-monitoring

Why we chose SimpliSafe

SimpliSafe was one of the first companies to make home security way simpler than it used to be.

Rather than make you sign a long contract and pay to have your system professionally installed, SimpliSafe lets you do it all yourself—and you can cancel service any time you want.

SimpliSafe monitoring plan prices and details
PlansPriceMobile controlPolice dispatchLearn more
Pro£12.99/mo.NoNoView System
Pro Premium£19.99/mo.YesYesView System

Data effective 22/7/19. Offers subject to change.

Affordable prices

You won’t break the bank buying a SimpliSafe system. Don’t get us wrong, even a starter kit is still going to cost you a couple hundred pounds. But compared to a lot of other home security companies, SimpliSafe keeps its prices pretty low.

Keep in mind that without a monthly monitoring plan, SimpliSafe functions only as a local alarm. That means if someone triggers your alarm, the siren will go off and make a loud noise, but, uh . . . that’s about it.

Easy installation

SimpliSafe is so easy to set up your toddler could do it. Okay, maybe not a toddler, but we feel like a clever 10-year-old could definitely handle it.

If you can plug in the base station and follow the directions on the keypad, then you can set up your SimpliSafe system. Even the sensors are super easy to install—they come with sticky tape you can attach just about anywhere.

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Good news
If you need to adjust a SimplISafe sensor after you already stuck it on, don’t worry about the paint on your walls. When we tested the sensors, they didn’t damage any paint when we pulled them off and stuck them back on.

The downside: Limited smart home options

SimpliSafe isn’t here to help the robots take over. It has a few smart home integrations, like Amazon Alexa. But for the most part, SimpliSafe keeps it simple and steers away from a lot of smart home stuff.

We’d love the ability to add in Z-Wave or Zigbee devices on to our SimpliSafe system. Fingers crossed that SimpliSafe eventually adds on this functionality.

Want to learn more? Check out our SimpliSafe review.

2. Yale Sync Smart Home: Best self-monitored

Yale has a bunch of different home security package options, but the Sync Smart Home system is the best for technophiles.

Source: Yale

Pros

  • No monthly subscriptions or fees
  • Geo-location services
  • Affordable equipment

Cons

  • No professional monitoring option
  • Package options can be confusing

Why we chose Yale

Yale makes a statement with its bright yellow siren that affixes to the outside of your home. Potential intruders will definitely know you have a security system in place and (hopefully) steer clear of your house entirely.

Aside from its siren colour choices, Yale also offers affordable equipment and lets you self-monitor your system for free. But don’t plan on adding in a bunch of third-party devices.

Yale Sync Smart Home starter package price and details
PackageStarter package priceMobile controlEnvironmental sensorsLearn more
Yale Sync Smart Home Alarm Starter Kit£229YesNoView on Amazon

Data effective 22/7/19. Offers subject to change.

Free self-monitoring

Some security companies make you pay a monthly subscription fee, even if you want to monitor your system yourself. But Yale does not.

Once you’ve purchased your Yale equipment, you have full access to the mobile app and can control your system from anywhere with just your smartphone. Yale also has a decent array of accessories for you to choose from.

Yale Sync Smart Home devices

  • Door/window sensor
  • Motion detector
  • Pet-friendly motion detector
  • Keypad
  • Key fob
  • Panic button
  • Heat/smoke alarm
  • Smart plug

Geo-location function

The Yale Sync system makes it super easy to arm and disarm your system—you don’t even have to touch your smartphone or pull out your key fob.

As long as you have your phone with you, the Yale system knows when you leave home or arrive back after work. It can arm and disarm your system based on your location so you never even have to think about using your security system.

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Bonus
Yale’s geo-location service can really help cut down on false alarms. If your system knows when you’re home and away, you’re less likely to accidentally trigger an alarm yourself.

The downside: No professional monitoring option

Even though Yale’s great for the DIY types out there, we would appreciate if it at least offered an option for professional monitoring. We like having options.

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Speaking of options . . .
Yale does have some other security kits available, such as its Intruder Alarms kits and its EF-Series Alarms kits. If you’re not sure what the difference is, you’re not alone. The different names can make it very confusing to know which one to choose.

3. Samsung SmartThings: Best home automation

Samsung SmartThings gives you virtually endless home automation options.

Pros

  • Many different smart home integrations
  • Ability to create ‘routines’
  • Highly customizable system

Cons

  • No professional monitoring option
  • No SmartThings camera in the UK

Why we chose Samsung SmartThings

If you want to build your own smart home from the ground up, perfectly customized to suit your exact needs, then Samsung SmartThings is the system for you.

The SmartThings line itself is relatively limited (especially in the UK, sadly), but the number of third-party add-ons you can get is truly stunning. And you can make them all work together to fit your life like a glove.

Samsung SmartThings equipment prices
PlansPrice
Hub£79
Multipurpose sensor£24
SmartThings button£24
Motion sensor£24
Water leak sensor£24
Learn MoreView on Amazon

Data effective 22/7/19. Offers subject to change.

Highly customizable components

SmartThings works with all the big-name smart home devices on the market. Philips Hue lights, Yale locks, Arlo cameras, Bose speakers and the list goes on and on.

If you like one brand’s smart outlets and another brand’s smart light switches, then SmartThings is the system that lets you put them all together—and control them all in a single app.

Ability to create ‘routines’

Samsung SmartThings ties all your smart devices together so you can customize them to suit your daily life. If you want the bathroom light to turn on and your morning news show to start playing at precisely 8 a.m. each weekday morning, then SmartThings can make it happen.

Each custom chain of events you create is called a ‘routine’, and you can set them up for just about anything. Tell your Amazon Alexa goodnight and watch SmartThings dim all your lights and lock all your doors. Magic.

The downside: No SmartThings camera (in the UK)

SmartThings has an indoor camera available to its US customers, but Brits aren’t so lucky. That said, you can still add third-party indoor and outdoor cameras on to your SmartThings system—and in our opinion, they’ll be better models anyway.

(Arlo has several that we think are some of the best home security cameras around.)

4. Canary Pro: Best all-in-one

The Canary Pro gives you a single device that comes with a bunch of different home security features.

Source: Canary

Pros

  • High-definition video
  • Innovative security features
  • Relatively affordable

Cons

  • Requires subscription plan for best features

Why we chose Canary Pro

Canary is a high-end camera wrapped in a design that can also measure your air quality and sound a siren if it spots an intruder. Not bad for a single device that’s only 15 cm tall.

The Canary Pro can’t do everything a regular security system can, but if you don’t want to deal with a bunch of sensors and you just need an extra (digital) eye on your front door, then the Canary Pro might fit your needs.

Canary Pro plan prices and details
PlansPriceVideo historyUnlimited video downloadsLearn more
Camera + Basic Service£1591 dayNoView on Amazon
Camera + 1 Year Premium Service£15930 daysYesView on Amazon
Camera + 2 Years Premium Service£19830 daysYesView on Amazon

Data effective 22/7/19. Offers subject to change.

HD video

The Canary camera isn’t skimping on quality. It records in 1080p, also known as full HD. You’ll get crisp images in all your video clips, and you’ll be able to see everything clearly when you pull up the live feed.

This little device also comes with a bunch of other top-notch camera features, including night vision and motion detection.

Canary Pro camera features:

  • 1080p resolution
  • 147º field of view
  • Automatic night vision
  • Two-way talk

Innovative security features

The Canary Pro goes beyond just a camera. You also get an air quality sensor that can detect heat and humidity and monitor air quality. Keep in mind that doesn’t replace your regular smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, but it’s a nice little backup.

Canary also throws in a loud 90dB siren that you can set off with your phone.

The downside: Subscription required for all the good stuff

If you want basically any of the best features on the Canary, you’ll have to sign on for an annual subscription.

It’s bonkers the kind of things Canary wraps into its subscription services. We’re used to seeing most of them for free, including two-way talk and access to your camera’s live feed. We’d like to see Canary ditch the subscription requirement for such basic stuff.

Want to learn more? Check out our Canary review.

5. Blink: Best camera system

Blink is a truly wire-free camera that lets you keep a few extra eyes inside your house.

Source: Blink

Pros

  • Two-year battery life
  • Wire-free design
  • Some free cloud storage

Cons

  • No Google Assistant integration
  • Unpredictable availability

Why we chose Blink

Blink takes a lot of the problems with other home security cameras and tosses them right out the window. It’s easy to set up, (you can put it practically anywhere), it works with Amazon Alexa and its battery life lasts forever. (Okay, not literally forever. But a long time.)

Blink camera packages and prices
PlansPriceLearn more
1-camera system£79.99View on Amazon
2-camera system£139.99View on Amazon
3-camera system£199.99View on Amazon
5-camera system£289.99View on Amazon

Data effective 22/7/19. Offers subject to change.

Easy installation

The Blink camera is truly wire-free. There’s nothing to plug in or attach, which makes set-up super quick and easy. You can stick this little cam just about anywhere you need it.

Plus, the Blink has a super long two-year battery life. (That’s just an estimate, and you might find the actual battery life varies.)

Another battery perk is that the Blink uses regular AA batteries you can buy at any grocery store. No looking for some weird silver disc in a specialty battery store.

Affordable pricing

Blink’s price for a single camera is pretty impressive. Any camera under £100 that still provides this level of features is a good deal in our book.

The low price is especially great if you want to set up multiple cameras around your house. You can get five Blink cameras going for less than you’d pay for one of Arlo’s fancier cameras.

The downside: No Google Assistant integration

Blink is an Amazon company, and Amazon products don’t often integrate with Google products. That means you won’t be able to control your Blink cameras through your Google Home any time soon.

That said, you can set up a connection between Blink and Google through the IFTTT app. It’s just a more complicated process.

Want to learn more? Check out our Blink cameras review.

Recap

Alarm systems can help make your home smarter or just help you keep your most valuable items under lock and key. Choose the best system for your home and get a little peace of mind.

SimpliSafe—Best overall: SimpliSafe gives you affordable equipment and offers professional monitoring at a pretty low price. Plus, we like that it’s easy to install.

Yale—Best self-monitored: Yale Sync’s Smart Home range lets you add on various accessories to both protect your home and make it a little smarter.

Samsung SmartThings—Best home automation: If you want the latest smart home tech and you want all of it to work together, then Samsung SmartThings is for you. It’ll help with home security, but its main attraction is how many smart devices it supports.

Canary—Best all-in-one: Canary is a single device that gives you a camera, an air quality monitor and a siren all in one package. Just be aware that you’ll have to pay for a monthly subscription service to get the best features.

Blink—Best camera system: Blink is an affordable little indoor camera with a wire-free design and a long battery life. If you want multiple cameras set up in your home, then Blink is an excellent choice.

Do you currently use a home alarm system? Which system did you choose? What’s your experience been with it so far? Let us know in the comments!