How Does SimpliSafe Work?

SimpliSafe offers affordable home security that’s low-hassle and easy to install yourself.

What is SimpliSafe?

SimpliSafe is a no-contract, self-installed alarm system that offers affordable professional monitoring plans so someone is always keeping an eye on your system.

SimpliSafe is a total home care alarm system, meaning you can add on equipment and customize your system to cover more than just break-ins. If you have a pipe about to burst, or a flood in your basement, SimpliSafe can detect that and notify you.

SimpliSafe’s network uses a secure connection: alarm systems work on landline, broadband, or cellular network connections, with cellular connections being the fastest and most reliable. SimpliSafe works on a cellular network—although its cameras work via Wi-Fi.

How does SimpliSafe monitoring work?

SimpliSafe is a professionally monitored system, so you have someone who’s whole job it is to continually monitor your system, Jake-from-State-Farm style. (Okay, it’s not the same person all the time, but it’s always someone.) The monitoring service can dispatch emergency services if a break-in or incident happens.

SimpliSafe has two monitoring plans on offer:

  • The Standard plan for $14.99 per month
  • The Interactive plan for $24.99 per month.

For the extra 10 bucks a month, you get mobile control (meaning you can check on the alarm from your phone).

What security equipment does SimpliSafe have?

SimpliSafe has minimalistic equipment that will still look good in your house. You won’t find touchscreen control panels or fancy sensors here, but SimpliSafe covers the basics quite well.

SimpliSafe’s alarm system kit control center consists of the main control center, or central brain of the system, called the base station. You’ll also get a compact wireless keypad you’ll use to arm and disarm your system.

SimpliSafe packages, which include various sensors and add-ons to the control center, run anywhere from a couple hundred bucks to over $500 and can include four pieces or 200. You can also build your own system and add sensors à la carte, as you see fit.

SimpliSafe equipment:

  • Wireless keypad
  • Base station (with a 24-hour backup battery)
  • Entry sensor
  • Motion sensor
  • Glass break sensor
  • Water sensor
  • Freeze sensor (alarm sounds if the temperature in your home falls below 41°)
  • Keychain remote
  • Siren
  • Panic button
  • Smoke detector
  • CO detector
  • SimpliCam
  • Smart lock

Unlike other home security systems, which can accidentally go off, one of SimpliSafe’s “smart” features is a glassbreak sensor that knows the difference between a window breaking and a toddler shattering your favorite Pottery Barn plate.

Also, SimpliSafe’s $99 Wi-Fi connected SimpliCam is the company’s first foray into the world of video—but we have mixed emotions about it. The camera is fine but it doesn’t have the best features we’ve seen. Still, for the price, it’s not a bad deal. Just know you’ll need to pay an extra $4.99 per month if you want to do things like download video clips.

In line with SimpliSafe’s efforts to become more high-tech, the new SimpliSafe hardware comes with Alexa integration, which allows you to arm your system by speaking to it, or you can check its status on any Amazon Echo device.

How does SimpliSafe’s self-installation work?

Setup is extremely simple—SimpliSafe literally has a video of a ten-year-old doing it on the website. All you have to do is turn on the base station and work through a step-by-step tutorial in the SimpliSafe app on your phone (or in the setup guide).

Plus, you don’t have to pull out the toolbox. SimpliSafe’s home security sensors have adhesive on the back that allows you to stick the sensors wherever your heart desires—whether that be your basement stairs or bedroom window.

Is there a free trial period for SimpliSafe?

There’s not a free trial period per se, but if you’re unhappy with it, there’s a 60-day money-back guarantee with free returns.

Want to know more? Check out our full SimpliSafe review or compare all of your other options on our Best Home Security Systems review.

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