Frontpoint vs. Simplisafe Security Review

Frontpoint has better smart home features than SimpliSafe, but you’ll pay a lot more per month.
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If you have your house decked out in smart lights, with smart plugs in every outlet and a smart opener on your garage door, then SimpliSafe is not the system for you. You’d be better off choosing Frontpoint, which has a ton of different smart home integrations that will support your ever-evolving robot house.

That said, SimpliSafe is super affordable, while Frontpoint is a bit expensive. So for the budget-minded, non-robot-house-havers among you, SimpliSafe is a solid choice.

Frontpoint and SimpliSafe comparison
CompanyFrontpointSimpliSafe
Monitoring price range$44.99–$49.99/mo.$14.99–$24.99/mo.
Installation typeDIYDIY
Contract lengthNo contractNo contract
Smart home integrationsZ-Wave, Amazon Alexa, Google AssistantAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant
Starter kit price$319.95*$229
Mobile app controlYesYes
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Data effective 2/6/2020. Offers subject to change.
* Frontpoint routinely offers deals that discount its starter kit.
** Mobile app control not available with all monitoring plans.

What we like about Frontpoint

Frontpoint security equipment in a group

Frontpoint is super easy everything. It’s super easy to order, super easy to set up, and super easy to get support for through Frontpoint’s stellar customer service team. Frontpoint doesn’t make you sign a contract, and it regularly offers discounts on its equipment so you can get a screaming deal on a starter kit.

We also like that Frontpoint offers a wide range of equipment, including smart home devices. You can get all the standard home security sensors (door and window sensors, motion sensors, etc.) while also getting environmental sensors (think smoke detectors and flood sensors), and things like smart lightbulbs.

Plus, Frontpoint’s touchscreen control panel lets you manage everything through a tablet-like screen instead of an analog keypad. (But you can get an analog keypad instead if you want to.)

What we like about SimpliSafe

Simplisafe hub and sensors

SimpliSafe is the original cheap home security system, and it still holds its budget status. SimpliSafe has both affordable equipment and low-priced professional monitoring plans. (Can we find another way to say “affordable?”) You’ll pay less for SimpliSafe’s base monitoring plan than you do for your Premium Netflix subscription.

We like that SimpliSafe (like Frontpoint) offers environmental sensors and a few smart home devices alongside its security stuff. SimpliSafe offers things like standard carbon monoxide detectors alongside a smart lock and a doorbell camera—and they’ll all work together.

Frontpoint vs. SimpliSafe pros comparison
Frontpoint pros:SimpliSafe pros:
DIY installationDIY installation
Affordable equipment packagesLow-priced monitoring plans
Excellent customer serviceDecent range of equipment
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What we don’t like about Frontpoint

Frontpoint’s starter equipment packages might be cheap, but its monitoring plans will set you back a bit. Frontpoint monitoring starts at $44.99 per month, while the average price for professional monitoring is more like $40. For comparison, Vivint’s most expensive monitoring plan costs the same as Frontpoint’s cheapest.

That said, Frontpoint saves you so much money on equipment that your monthly cost might still come out cheaper than the likes of Link Interactive or even Google Nest Secure.

What we don’t like about SimpliSafe

SimpliSafe’s great if you care about your bottom line, but if you want to build a lot of smart home devices into your house, then there are better options out there.

Even though SimpliSafe sells a couple smart devices of its own (namely a smart lock), it doesn’t support any sort of third-party smart home protocol. It doesn’t have Z-Wave, Zigbee, or Thread, and it doesn’t have many third-party integrations that let you add in extra devices.

SimpliSafe does work with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, so you at least have some voice control. As smart stuff goes, that’s about it.

Frontpoint vs. SimpliSafe cons comparison
Frontpoint cons:SimpliSafe cons:
Pricey monitoring plans Limited smart home support
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Which one should you choose?

If you want to secure your house for as little money as possible, then SimpliSafe is an easy choice. You’ll get affordable equipment and cheap monthly monitoring for a system that still looks and works quite well.

If you’d rather get higher-end equipment and you want to add some smart home devices, then Frontpoint’s for you. Just know you’ll be paying a higher price for your monthly monitoring service.

  • Brad T.

    This article states that it was published on 2/21/18, but is referencing SimpliSafe’s old system. They released a majorly revamped line in January that addressed a lot of critiques.

    I actually found this article using Google’s search tools for only pages posted within the last month. I was hoping to find an article that compared the new system and was misled.

    • Maria Millett

      Hi Brad! Yes, we made an edit to the page so it shows as it was just written. We are working on a full review of their new system.

      • Jess L

        Hey Maria, can you let us know when that article is available? Thanks!!

        • Maria Millett

          Hi Jess! What article are you referring to? Feel free to email me at maria@reviews.org. Thanks!

  • http://glenbarrington.blogspot.com/ Glen Barrington

    I have had the Simplisafe 3 system, since late Feb 2018, and I’ve been pretty happy with it overall. I had a little trouble getting my motion sensors set up so our cat wouldn’t trip the alarm. But they were relatively easy to adjust I think. I think the key fobs are a bit of a pain, I found it way too easy to accidentally arm the alarm system with the fob in my pocket. And since the smartphone software can also do the same thing as the fobs, they’ve become kind of redundant in my eyes. I’m looking forward to installing the SS video doorbell and the exterior cameras when they become available this year (I hope!)