SimpliSafe Pricing and Package Costs

SimpliSafe offers a wide range of equipment packages, with flexible self monitoring and professional monitoring options that don't require contracts.

  • Monthly subscription plans
  • Fast and easy DIY installation
  • Reliable professional monitoring
  • Professional monitoring costs $17.99 or $27.99 a month
  • Camera recording on five cameras costs as little as $9.99 a month
  • Packages range from $200 to $500
SimpliSafe Home Security System

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. One thing to note is that while SimpliSafe is already affordable, its packages frequently go on sale. Right now, to celebrate Independence Day, you can buy a SimpliSafe package at 40-percent off its original price, and they’ll even throw in a free security camera to sweeten the deal. So far, that’s the biggest discount we’ve seen this year.

Package Price
The Haven $302.92
The Knox $278.92
The Hearth $233.95
The Essentials $164.97
The Foundation $146.98
Refurbished system Starts at $207

How Much Does SimpliSafe Cost?

We cover SimpliSafe’s equipment, monitoring, and video storage costs below.

Equipment Packages

One thing you should know about SimpliSafe is that its equipment prices change all the time. That’s not a bad thing, though. The price changes are usually due to deals and discounts. The regular price of SimpliSafe packages hover around $200 to $500, but often, you’ll find deals that will give you 20- all the way to 60-percent off. As mentioned, there’s a 40-percent Memorial Day discount waiting for new customers. This discount brings the package prices down to about $150 for the most basic and $300 for a 14-piece kit.

Aside from packages, you can also customize a SimpliSafe system. 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, a few entry sensors, and a motion sensor. That set will cost you only $184, saving you about $20 compared to the regular price of the cheapest bundle, The Essential kit. By customizing a system, you can get exactly what you need — nothing more, nothing less — to avoid unnecessary spending.

We’d recommend checking out SimpliSafe deals before customizing though, especially SimpliSafe Black Friday deals and SimpliSafe Prime Day deals. Like we said, SimpliSafe loves throwing deals, and you might just be able to score better prices if you buy around shopping holidays. For now, check out SimpliSafe’s packages and their pricing with the current deals being offered.

SimpliSafe Smart Lock
SimpliSafe Smart Lock

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— $302.92
Components: Base station, keypad, key fob, four entry sensors, two motion sensors, auxiliary siren, panic button, freeze sensor, smoke detector, water sensor

The Knox— $278.92
Components: Base station, keypad, key fob, six entry sensors, two motion sensors, auxiliary siren, smoke detector

The Hearth— $233.95
Components: Base station, keypad, key fob, three entry sensors, motion sensor, auxiliary siren, smoke detector

The Essentials— $164.97
Components: Base station, keypad, three entry sensors, motion sensor

The Foundation— $146.98
Components: Base station, keypad, an entry sensor, motion sensor

Refurbished System— Starts at $206.20
Components: Base station, keypad, two entry sensors, two motion sensors

SimpliSafe Equipment List

Device Cost
Base station Included free in all packages
Entry sensor $14.99
Temperature sensor $29.99
Glass break sensor $34.99
Key fob $24.99
Keypad $69.99
Motion sensor $29.99
Panic button $19.99
SimpliCam (indoor camera) $99.00
Wireless outdoor security camera $169.99
Smart lock $99
SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro $169
Outdoor kit $19.99
Extra outdoor camera battery pack $29.99
Outdoor camera solar panel $79.99
Outdoor camera charging cable $49.99
Siren $59.99
Carbon monoxide sensor $49.99
Adhesive tape for 6 sensors $3.99
Adhesive tape for 4 entry magnets $1.99
5 window decals $4.99
Yard sign $3.99
Smoke detector $29.99
Water sensor $19.99
Extra entry magnet $4.99
Panasonic CR123A battery $4.99
CR123A lithium battery $4.99
4 AA batteries $3.99
CR2032 lithium battery $3.99

To see exactly what we thought of SimpliSafe’s components in practice, read our full SimpliSafe security system review or check out our SimpliSafe FAQs.

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 and receive alerts about your home security. 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. 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 $27.99 a month. That plan, the Interactive Plan, also comes with 24/7 professional monitoring, environmental alerts, and cellular backup, plus perks like a limited lifetime warranty on equipment.

SimpliSafe Motion Sensor 2
SimpliSafe Motion Sensor 2

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 recording only, five cameras Standard Plan Interactive Plan
Livestreaming Yes Yes Yes Yes
24/7 Professional monitoring No No Yes Yes
Cellular connection No No Yes Yes
Environmental monitoring No No Yes Yes
Remote control Yes Yes Yes Yes
Notifications Yes Yes Yes Yes
Secret alarms No Yes No Yes
Video verified alarms No No No Yes
Unlimited cloud storage None 5 cameras None 10 cameras
Smart home integrations No Yes No Yes
Monthly price Free $9.99 $17.99 $27.99

As you might have noticed, there are two professional monitoring plans: Standard and Interactive. The Standard plan, being the less expensive option, lacks some features that the Interactive plan has. Nonetheless, it offers cellular monitoring and professional monitoring, so it’s a viable option.

Is the Interactive plan worth it? Well, that depends on how important its extra features are for you, namely, secret alarms, video verification, cloud storage, and home automation integrations.

Secret alarms notify only certain people when the system detects a problem; the base station’s siren doesn’t go off. This is useful in case of home invasions, when you don’t want the intruders to know that you have an alarm system that can call the cops.

Next, video verified alarms provide you and the monitoring center with a video clip along with your notification. Because they’ve verified that there’s a crime in progress, police response can be sped up.

Cloud storage, as we discussed earlier, allows up to 10 cameras to record to the cloud. If you want cameras included in your security monitoring, this is a solid feature that you’ll surely need.

Lastly, home automation integrations allow you to pair up SimpliSafe with smart home brands and ecosystems, such as Alexa, Google Assistant, and August Locks.

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 $28 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 the 20-percent discount on new systems that we mentioned above. But if you don’t catch the deal, don’t despair; SimpliSafe has deals all year round, sometimes going as high as 60-percent.

SimpliSafe Base Station
SimpliSafe Base Station

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 $28 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 $200to $400: 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.

Home Automation

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.

Alexa

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:

Away Mode

  • 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

Home Mode

  • 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.

Check Status

  • 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.

Google Assistant

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 thermostats and August smart locks2 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 Sign
Gabe Holding the SimpliSafe Sign

Overall Value

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 goes to ecobee Smart Security, which has a $10 per month professional monitoring plan).

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.

FAQ

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 $200 to $400 after discounts 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 $27.99 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 Free plan
    Livestreaming Yes Yes Yes Yes
    24/7 professional monitoring Yes Yes No No
    Cellular connection Yes Yes No No
    Environmental monitoring Yes Yes No No
    Remote control Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Notifications Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Secret alarms Yes No No No
    Video verified alarms Yes No No No
    Unlimited cloud storage 10 cameras No 5 cameras None
    Smart home integrations Yes No Yes No
    Monthly price $27.99 $17.99 $9.99 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.

Editors Rating:
9.2 /10
Citations
  1. SimpliSafe. (2021). SimpliSafe Alarm Monitoring Page.
    simplisafe.com/features-alarm-monitoring

  2. August. (2020). August Home Integrates with Simplisafe.
    august.com/pages/simplisafe