Frontpoint Security Systems
Frontpoint is one of our experts' favorite security companies. Here's everything you need to know about their pricing and how they fit into your smart home.
- Fast and easy DIY installation
- Smart home features and integrations
- Industry’s best customer service
It’s hard to find a more consistently well-liked security system than Frontpoint. It works well, integrates with Alexa and Google Assistant, and lets users save money by offering DIY installation. Whether you live in a mansion or a studio apartment, Frontpoint lets you customize your home’s security, but how much harm will it do to your wallet? Here, we’re breaking down all of Frontpoint’s pricing, from the equipment itself to the monitoring costs and everything in between.
How Much Do Frontpoint’s Packages Cost?
If you buy a package from Frontpoint, the cost ranges from about $320 all the way up to $600.
|Package Name||Safe Home Starter||Safe Home Everyday||Safe Home Plus||Safe Home Select||Safe Home Preferred|
|Learn More||View Package||View Package||View Package||View Package||View Package|
|Glass Break Sensor||x||x||2||1||1|
|Smoke and Heat Sensor||x||x||x||1||1|
However, you can also buy Frontpoint’s equipment individually to really customize it to your needs.
Frontpoint’s Equipment Prices
|Device||Price||Starting Monthly Price with Affirm|
|Hub and Keypad||$249.98||$21|
|Glass Break Sensor||$29.99||n/a|
|Carbon Monoxide Sensor||$49.99||$12|
|Wireless Light Control||$49.99||n/a|
This is where you can get creative. Got a small apartment? You might be able to get away with having only a motion and entry sensor for a total cost of about $65. Or, if you want to pack on cameras, Frontpoint’s prices are actually at or below market averages. As you can see, even though Frontpoint is one of the better-known security companies, their equipment pricing is pretty reasonable. Plus, with financing through Affirm, you don’t have to have the money upfront; rather, you can pay in small monthly installments, a newer feature for Frontpoint.
FYI: Can’t afford Frontpoint upfront? One of your options is to finance your equipment through Affirm.
Some more good news? Frontpoint’s prices are as low as they’ve been in years, and the company even issued a price lock guarantee last November. Even better, the company no longer does credit checks, and is now open to renters, making Frontpoint available to more customers than ever before.
Monthly Fees with Frontpoint
Okay, so you’ve picked out your Frontpoint equipment. Now, how much is this going to cost you monthly?
All Frontpoint customers will get 24/7 professional monitoring and cellular backup, which will make sure their systems stay on in a blackout. The pricing is pretty straightforward, as there are only two plans available, Interactive for $44.99 a month and Ultimate for $49.99 a month.
Equipment Fees Breakdown for Frontpoint
|Price||$44.99 per month||$49.99 per month|
|24/7 Professional Monitoring||✓||✓|
|100% Wireless & Cellular||✓||✓|
|Automated System Check||✓||✓|
|Expandable and Portable||✓||✓|
|Unique User Codes||✓||✓|
|Crash and Smash Protection||✓||✓|
|Mobile Alert & Notifications via Email and Text||✓||✓|
|Remote Access and Control||✓||✓|
|Live Video Streaming||x||✓|
|Video and Image History||x||✓|
|Motion Triggered Alerts||x||✓|
|Night Vision Enabled||x||✓|
|Smart Lock Control||x||✓|
Given it’s only a $5 difference, we recommend doing the Ultimate plan, which lets you livestream footage, get motion alerts, and other features that we consider to be essential.
All of Frontpoint’s plans are monthly, so you won’t need to make a long-term commitment, another recent update as of this year. You can’t really do much better than absolutely no cancellation fees! Do you have more questions about Frontpoint’s fees or possibly other things? If so, check out our Frontpoint FAQ page to get your questions answered.
Frontpoint’s Pricing vs. The Competition
Frontpoint isn’t on an island by itself; these days, there are dozens of smart home security companies to consider, so how does Frontpoint compare? When matched with other traditional security companies, Frontpoint’s costs are very reasonable, especially for its equipment. We’ve seen outdoor cameras sold for $400, entry sensors sold for $50 each, and video doorbells sold for around $250, so they’re really under the rest of the market when it comes to the devices themselves. While the monthly prices are a bit high compared to some recent disruptors like Ring Alarm (see our Ring Alarm vs Frontpoint comparison page) and SimpliSafe, they are certainly not the highest we’ve seen, which is about $60 per month. Plus, Frontpoint is one of the few companies to offer to finance, making it a good option for someone who doesn’t have all the money to spend at once. Especially since Frontpoint’s changes in 2020, we think their home security offerings are affordable for a wide range of people.
Home Automation with Frontpoint
One of the benefits of having a WiFi-connected security system is that it works with other connected devices in your home. As you saw in the equipment section, Frontpoint offers several smart home products that aren’t directly related to security, but work with your security system, like:
- Yale smart lock: Users will be able to lock and unlock their doors remotely as well as provide entry codes to let people in when they’re not home.
- Wireless light control: Smart lights have become an increasingly popular IoT product, allowing users to control their lighting remotely. Not only does the wireless light control work with smart bulbs, but it also works with smart appliances, allowing users to control them remotely for the Frontpoint app.
- Smart bulb: This LED, dimmable bulb can be set to schedules or connected with other IoT devices to automate actions. An example would be to have the lights turn off when the front door is locked, meaning someone left their house. Plus, good news for your wallet, LED bulbs to help reduce energy usage by anywhere from 70% to 90% compared to regular old incandescent bulbs.1 Same light, less money and energy used? Sounds good to me!
Did You Know: Yale smart lock’s are easy to integrate with your Frontpoint security system and add that extra layer of security.
Just how did we automate actions with Frontpoint? Well, we have our front door lock as soon as our system is armed so no one can get inside. At the exact same time, our lights in the dining room go on to make it seem like someone is home, while the upstairs light shut off to save electricity. Not only does this save us from having to run around adjusting the lights all the time, but it also is a simple way to boost our home’s security.
Frontpoint works with Alexa, Amazon’s voice assistant, as well as Google Assistant, Google’s version. We could have Alexa arm and disarm our security system, unlock our door, change the thermostat, turn lights on and off, and have the camera record or pan.
Now, with Google Assistant, things worked a little differently. In order to connect Frontpoint to Google Assistant, we needed to download the Alarm.com action and log in using our Frontpoint username and password. From there, we were able to have Google arm our security system, control lighting, thermostats and door locks.
Overall, we were really impressed with how seamlessly Frontpoint added to and integrated with our existing smart home. And as Alexa and Google Assistant are the two most commonly-used voice assistants, we’re not alone. So get used to it, voice assistant usage went up 9.5% in 2018 alone, and by 2019, 33.8% of the population used a trusted voice assistant.2
Recap: So Is Frontpoint A Good Buy?
Short answer? Yes, Frontpoint is definitely a good buy! Not only are its prices affordable, but the company has really gone out of its way to make it affordable for a larger group of people, due to the lack of credit checks and the financing through Affirm. This way, more people can enjoy Frontpoint’s security system and home automation products, while having their homes protected by 24/7 professional monitors. Read our review of Frontpoint to learn more about the system itself.
EnergyStar. Certified Light Bulbs. energystar.gov/products/lighting_fans/light_bulbs
eMarketer. (2019). US Voice Assistant Users 2019. emarketer.com/content/us-voice-assistant-users-2019