SimpliSafe Pricing: Home Security Packages
SimpliSafe offers a wide range of plans with both self and professional monitoring options, and it let us pay one month at a time.
- Monthly subscription plans
- Fast and easy DIY installation
- Reliable professional monitoring
- Professional monitoring costs $14.99 or $24.99 a month
- Camera recording costs as little as $4.99 a month
- Packages range from $230 to $490
This page gives you a ton of objective information about the SimpliSafe brand itself, including equipment and monitoring prices, packages, and overall value. We also compare SimpliSafe’s pricing and package information to other top home security companies in the industry.
|Package and components||Price|
|The Haven (base station, keypad, key fob, four entry sensors, two motion sensors, auxiliary siren, panic button, freeze sensor, smoke detector, water sensor)||$342|
|The Knox (base station, keypad, key fob, six entry sensors, two motion sensors, auxiliary siren, smoke detector)||$314|
|The Hearth (base station, keypad, key fob, three entry sensors, motion sensor, auxiliary siren, smoke detector)||$262|
|The Essentials (base station, keypad, three entry sensors, motion sensor)||$181|
|The Foundation (base station, keypad, an entry sensor, motion sensor)||$160|
|Refurbished system (base station, keypad, two entry sensors, two motion sensors)||$207|
How Much Does SimpliSafe Cost?
We cover SimpliSafe’s equipment, monitoring, and storage costs below.
Although you can create a customized system from SimpliSafe, they offer a number of packages that range from around $160 all the way up to $342. In addition, you can create a custom system from SimpliSafe. If you’re looking for an apartment security system or a system for a small house, for instance, it may make sense to purchase just a base station, entry sensor, and motion sensor.
The SimpliSafe packages include savings though, so we’d recommend checking them out first, especially SimpliSafe Prime Day deals and SimpliSafe Black Friday deals. We’ll let you in on a limited-time deal right now: SimpliSafe is offering 40-percent off any new system plus a free SimpliCam indoor camera as part of their fall sale. That means, for example, that you can purchase SimpliSafe’s Foundation package, originally priced at $230 for just $138. Whatever you choose, we like that SimpliSafe gives its customers so many options. Learn more in our SimpliSafe FAQs.
FYI: If you live in an especially cold climate, we recommend looking elsewhere for an outdoor camera, as SimpliSafe’s outdoor camera is only rated for temperatures of above 20 degrees Fahrenheit.
The Haven— $342
Components: Base station, keypad, key fob, four entry sensors, two motion sensors, auxiliary siren, panic button, freeze sensor, smoke detector, water sensor
The Knox— $314
Components: Base station, keypad, key fob, six entry sensors, two motion sensors, auxiliary siren, smoke detector
The Hearth— $262
Components: Base station, keypad, key fob, three entry sensors, motion sensor, auxiliary siren, smoke detector
The Essentials— $181
Components: Base station, keypad, three entry sensors, motion sensor
The Foundation— $160
Components: Base station, keypad, an entry sensor, motion sensor
Refurbished System— $207
Components: Base station, keypad, two entry sensors, two motion sensors
If you want to create your own system from scratch, here are the prices:
SimpliSafe Equipment List
|Base station||Included free in all packages||View Product|
|Entry sensor||$14.99||View Product|
|Temperature sensor||$29.99||View Product|
|Glass break sensor||$34.99||View Product|
|Key fob||$24.99||View Product|
|Motion sensor||$29.99||View Product|
|Panic button||$19.99||View Product|
|SimpliCam (indoor camera)||$99.00||View Product|
|Wireless outdoor security camera||$169.99||View Product|
|Smart lock||$99||View Product|
|SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro||$169||View Product|
|Outdoor kit||$19.99||View Product|
|Extra outdoor camera battery pack||$29.99||View Product|
|Outdoor camera solar panel||$79.99||View Product|
|Outdoor camera charging cable||$49.99||View Product|
|Carbon monoxide sensor||$49.99||View Product|
|Adhesive tape for 6 sensors||$3.99||View Product|
|Adhesive tape for 4 entry magnets||$1.99||View Product|
|5 window decals||$4.99||View Product|
|Yard sign||$3.99||View Product|
|Smoke detector||$29.99||View Product|
|Water sensor||$19.99||View Product|
|Extra entry magnet||$4.99||View Product|
|Panasonic CR123A battery||$4.99||View Product|
|CR123A lithium battery||$4.99||View Product|
|4 AA batteries||$3.99||View Product|
|CR2032 lithium battery||$3.99||View Product|
To see exactly what we thought of SimpliSafe’s components in practice, read our full SimpliSafe security system review.
Monitoring Options and Pricing
Now we know what you’re thinking. After paying nearly $300 for equipment, how much is SimpliSafe going to cost you per month?
Well, the short answer is, you don’t have to pay any monthly fees with SimpliSafe, and still you can live-stream footage from your home. As a bonus, you also get alerts and smart home integrations. For some people, this may be sufficient, as you can contact the police if you see a break-in happening in real-time. Trouble is, you won’t be able to show any footage to the police, as the free plan doesn’t come with video storage.
For those of us who want video storage, SimpliSafe offers paid plans. The cheapest plan provides unlimited cloud storage for just $4.99 a month. You can get unlimited storage on up to five cameras for $9.99 a month. Or, you can get storage on up to 10 cameras for $24.99 a month. That plan, the Interactive Plan, also comes with 24/7 professional monitoring, environmental alerts, and cellular backup.
Unlike self-monitoring, where you are responsible for your home’s security, 24/7 professional monitoring means that a team of people is available at all times to check in if any of your alarms go off and verify if an emergency is happening. If that’s the case, they can contact the proper emergency services for you, be it the police, the fire department, or even your local hospital.
Cellular backup, on the other hand, ensures that your system will stay on even in the event of a power outage. So while we appreciate that SimpliSafe gives you options, your best bet is to get 24/7 monitoring and cellular backup. Let’s talk a little bit more about each option.
SimpliSafe Monitoring Breakdown
|Features||Free plan||Camera recordings only, one camera||Camera recording only, five cameras||Standard Plan||Interactive Plan|
|Learn More||View Plan||View Plan||View Plan||View Plan||View Plan|
|24/7 Professional monitoring||No||No||No||Yes||Yes|
|Video verified alarms||No||No||No||Yes||Yes|
|Unlimited cloud storage||None||1 camera||5 cameras||None||10 cameras|
|Smart home integrations||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||Yes|
Secret alarms notify only certain people when the system detects a problem; the base station’s siren doesn’t go off. Video verified alarms provide you with a video clip along with your notification if motion or a person is detected. Finally, though, you get the assurance that comes with 24/7 professional monitoring.
All of SimpliSafe’s plans are month-to-month, so you won’t have to commit to a long-term contract. This isn’t the case with older security companies like ADT and Vivint, so this is a huge advantage of SimpliSafe.
Did You Know: With cellular backup, you don’t have to worry if your Wi-Fi network goes down. Your base station will switch to a cellular connection and continue working.
How Does It Compare?
In terms of equipment and monitoring costs, SimpliSafe is at the lower end of the pricing spectrum with professional monitoring and cellular backup costing around $25 a month. We’ve seen some more traditional brands range from $40 to $60 a month. Many of them require long-term contracts as well, with some contracts as long as five years.
In terms of both cost and term length, SimpliSafe is affordable and flexible. While its monitoring costs aren’t the absolute lowest on the market (we’ve also seen monitoring for as little as $10 a month), SimpliSafe is still very affordable. The brand also runs several specials and sales throughout the year, including a limited-time 30% off all new systems plus a free (refurbished) SimpliCam.
Our Favorite Features
- DIY or professional installation through an authorized third-party: SimpliSafe is easy to install, even if you’re not a security expert like us. Most of the system is wireless, so sensors are as easy as peel-and-stick. However, we like that professional installation is also an option, through a third-party installer, for just $79.
- 24/7 professional monitoring and cellular backup available: Around $25 a month gets you professional monitoring, cellular backup, unlimited cloud storage on 10 cameras, secret alarms, environmental monitoring, and more.
- Integrations with Alexa and Google Assistant: Those in the Amazon and Google smart home ecosystems can command their SimpliSafe system using their voices alone. One note: Alexa has a lot more capabilities than Google Assistant.
- Packages range from about $160 to $342: You can also create a customized system as well, but we recommend buying a package to access savings. As far as pricing goes, SimpliSafe is one of the more affordable companies around in terms of both equipment and monitoring costs.
- Works with Nest thermostats and August smart locks: Users can connect their SimpliSafe components with smart thermostats and locks from Nest and August, respectively, automating their smart homes.
SimpliSafe works with Alexa and Google Assistant, the two most popular voice assistants from Amazon and Google, respectively. Here’s exactly what users can do with each.
Using Alexa, users can arm their security system in either home or away mode, or check the status of their security system. Here are the commands for each:
- Alexa, ask SimpliSafe to arm my system in away mode
- Alexa, tell SimpliSafe I’m going out
- Alexa, tell SimpliSafe I’m leaving
- Alexa, tell SimpliSafe to turn on
- Alexa, ask SimpliSafe to arm my system in home mode.
- Alexa, tell SimpliSafe to lock up.
- Alexa, tell SimpliSafe good night.
- Alexa, tell SimpliSafe I’m going to bed.
- Alexa, ask SimpliSafe if my house is secure
- Alexa, ask SimpliSafe if I am protected
- Alexa, ask SimpliSafe for my current status
- Alexa, ask SimpliSafe what’s shakin’
These skills only work with the latest version of SimpliSafe and users must pay for the professional monitoring plan to use it.
Those in the Google smart home ecosystem can have the Google Assistant arm their SimpliSafe security system in either home or away mode, the same as Alexa. You can say either “arm security” or “set security to arm”. Again, this integration is only available with the 24/7 professional monitoring plan1.
Note: Although SimpliSafe works with Alexa and Google Assistant, the Alexa integration is much more robust in terms of capabilities.
Aside from voice assistants, SimpliSafe works with Nest thermostats2 and August smart locks3 as well, allowing you to automate actions. For example, you can turn your Nest thermostat down automatically or have your locks close automatically when you put the system into away mode.
SimpliSafe is one of the more affordable smart home security brands on the market today, but its prices for professional monitoring aren’t the cheapest we’ve seen (that honor would go to Ring Alarm, which has plans for as little as $10 a month).
In terms of both equipment and monitoring, SimpliSafe doesn’t break the bank. You can do quite a lot for no money at all, in fact. As for those that want 24/7 professional monitoring, SimpliSafe is reasonably priced.
With so many security system offerings, we understand if you have more questions about SimpliSafe's pricing. Here, we answer some of the frequently asked questions about SimpliSafe.
How much does a SimpliSafe home security system cost?
A SimpliSafe home security system costs $137 to $293 if you buy a pre-built package. However, you can also build your own system by adding individual components to a free base station and keypad.
Component Price Base station Included free in all packages Carbon monoxide sensor $49.99 Entry sensor $14.99 Glass break sensor $34.99 Key fob $24.99 Keypad Included free in all packages Motion sensor $29.99 Panic button $19.99 SimpliCam (indoor camera) $99.00 Siren $60 Smoke detector $30 Temperature sensor $29.99 Water sensor $19.99 Wireless outdoor security camera $169.99 Yard sign $3.99
Which SimpliSafe plan is the best?
The best SimpliSafe plan is the 24/7 professional monitoring plan, which costs $24.99 a month. For that price, you get all the best features of SimpliSafe, such as professional monitoring, cellular backup, smartphone access, integrations with Alexa and Google Assistant, and video monitoring with cloud storage for up to 10 cameras. View plans below.
Features Interactive Plan Standard plan Camera recording only, 5 cameras Camera recordings only, 1 camera Free plan Livestreaming Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes 24/7 professional monitoring Yes Yes No No No Cellular connection Yes Yes No No No Environmental monitoring Yes Yes No No No Remote control Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Notifications Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Secret alarms Yes Yes No No No Video verified alarms Yes Yes No No No Unlimited cloud storage Yes No 5 cameras 1 camera None Smart home integrations Yes No Yes Yes Yes Monthly price Yes $14.99 $9.99 $4.99 Free
Does SimpliSafe require a monitoring service?
SimpliSafe does not require a monitoring service. With a free plan, you can view live footage from your cameras. However, the system doesn’t provide alerts unless you purchase the camera monitoring or 24/7 professional monitoring plans.
Where can you buy a SimpliSafe home security system?
You can buy a SimpliSafe home security system directly from SimpliSafe’s website or on Amazon.