The winner: Tie. Cove has a fancier control panel, but SimpliSafe offers a smart door lock.
Cove and SimpliSafe have similar equipment offerings. The biggest difference is that Cove uses a touchscreen control panel, whereas SimpliSafe uses a more basic, button-style keypad.
If you need an extra keypad to put by a back door, then SimpliSafe will let you buy an extra one for cheaper. Cove doesn’t have a simpler backup keypad for extra doors. That said, we like the touchscreen panel overall. It’s a fancier experience.
Other than keypads/control panels, Cove and SimpliSafe offer almost exactly the same security sensors. SimpliSafe has separate smoke detectors and carbon monoxide alarms, whereas Cove has a combo model. SimpliSafe also offers a temperature sensor, which Cove does not. And thankfully, both Cove and SimpliSafe offer yard signs for proactive theif deterrence.
The biggest differentiator is that SimpliSafe offers a smart lock. Cove doesn’t have a smart lock, and it doesn’t integrate with any third-party models. So if you want to smartify your door lock, go with SimpliSafe.