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 per month
- Camera recording on five cameras costs as little as $9.99 per month
- Packages range from $250 to $700
With SimpliSafe’s latest limited-time deal, now is a great time to buy a SimpliSafe security system and enjoy savings. All new security systems are up to 40-percent off, and if you add Interactive monitoring, you’ll get a free indoor camera that usually sells for $99. With this new deal, you can get a security system starting at $146.98.
We all have different perspectives and preferences when it comes to security system installation, features, and monitoring, but we all want a security system that doesn’t break the bank. In that regard, there’s one option that stands out: SimpliSafe.
Despite being one of the most affordable security systems, SimpliSafe manages to stay within the top three on our list of the best home security systems. How affordable is it exactly? How does it stay on top? To answer those questions, we’ll take a closeup look at its pricing, features, monitoring contract, and equipment quality.
Let’s start with an overview of SimpliSafe’s security system packages and pricing:
|Package||Regular Price||Learn More|
|The Beacon||$699.90||See Package|
|The Lighthouse||$464.93||See Package|
|The Haven||$504.86||See Package|
|The Knox||$464.87||See Package|
|The Hearth||$389.91||See Package|
|The Essentials||$274.95||See Package|
|The Foundation||$195.97||See Package|
|Refurbished system||Starts at $207||See Package|
How Much Does SimpliSafe Cost?
When discussing security system costs, there are three things usually involved: The equipment cost, monitoring cost, and installation cost.
The equipment cost is necessary. You need SimpliSafe hardware to protect your home with a SimpliSafe security system. The monitoring and installation costs, however, are optional.
Let’s dive a bit deeper.
First and foremost, you should know that SimpliSafe’s equipment prices change all the time, but not in a bad way. The changes are due to deals and discounts, which usually range between 20- to 60-percent. Not bad at all.
Normally, home security packages from SimpliSafe cost $250 to $700. However, with discounts, the price can fall down to as low as about $150. Besides the discounts, SimpliSafe usually offers security camera freebies, whether a SimpliCam indoor camera, a SimpliSafe Outdoor Camera Pro, or a SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro. These freebies are usually included in SimpliSafe’s pre-customized packages.
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 way, you’re buying just what you need — nothing more and nothing less.
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 regular pricing.
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 Beacon— $699.90
Components: Base station, keypad, four entry sensors, two motion sensors, two outdoor cameras
The Lighthouse— $464.93
Components: Base station, keypad, three entry sensors, motion sensor, outdoor camera
The Haven— $509.86
Components: Base station, keypad, key fob, four entry sensors, two motion sensors, auxiliary siren, panic button, freeze sensor, smoke detector, water sensor
The Knox— $469.87
Components: Base station, keypad, key fob, six entry sensors, two motion sensors, auxiliary siren, smoke detector
The Hearth— $394.91
Components: Base station, keypad, key fob, three entry sensors, motion sensor, auxiliary siren, smoke detector
The Essentials— $274.95
Components: Base station, keypad, three entry sensors, motion sensor
The Foundation— $244.96
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
Whether you plan to buy a package or customize your own, you’ll have the option to buy additional components as you see fit for your home security. Below is the regular pricing of SimpliSafe’s add-on equipment.
|Base station||Included free in all packages|
|Glass break sensor||$34.99|
|SimpliCam (indoor camera)||$99.00|
|Wireless outdoor security camera||$169.99|
|SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro||$169|
|Extra outdoor camera battery pack||$29.99|
|Outdoor camera solar panel||$79.99|
|Outdoor camera charging cable||$49.99|
|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|
|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.
Pro Tip: If spending hundreds of dollars up-front on security equipment isn’t feasible, SimpliSafe has partnered with Affirm to offer zero-percent APR financing on orders over $150. You can choose to pay in installments for three, six, or 12 months, starting at about $20 per month for the smallest package.
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 zero dollars. You don’t have to pay anything per month to use SimpliSafe. The tradeoff, however, is that you’ll be responsible for monitoring your own system. That means if there’s a break-in, you’ll be the one calling the cops, and if you miss the alert, you risk not getting help on time.
You also won’t be able to playback camera recordings because SimpliSafe cameras simply don’t record without a monthly fee. You’ll be able to stream videos live and receive alerts, but that’s all.
If you are willing to pay a monthly fee to enjoy additional security features, there are optional subscriptions you can sign up for. For camera recording, you can pay $9.99 per month to store unlimited recordings from up to five cameras. For camera recording and professional monitoring, you can pay $27.99 per month. This, the Interactive plan, gives you unlimited cloud storage for 10 cameras, professional monitoring, cellular backup, and lots of premium features.
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.
Another perk of the Interactive plan is cellular backup. SimpliSafe uses your home Wi-Fi network to communicate and generate alerts, but as we all know, internet networks are not always reliable. With cellular backup, though, SimpliSafe powers up its built-in cellular chip to be able to use cellular signals to send alerts, no different than sending text messages from the base station. This is a valuable backup measure that ensures your system is always connected and ready to transmit alerts.
SimpliSafe Monitoring Breakdown
|Features||Free plan||Camera recording only, five cameras||Standard Plan||Interactive Plan|
|24/7 Professional monitoring||No||No||Yes||Yes|
|Video verified alarms||No||No||No||Yes|
|Unlimited cloud storage||None||5 cameras||None||10 cameras|
|Smart home integrations||No||Yes||No||Yes|
SimpliSafe offers two professionally monitored plans, namely, Standard and Interactive. Being the cheaper of the two, the Standard plan is a pretty barebones monitoring plan. It includes cellular backup (continuous monitoring in case your internet goes down) and professional monitoring itself, but nothing else. You won’t be able to integrate smart home devices, create secret alarms, or get video-verified alarm responses. Those features are reserved for the slightly more expensive Interactive plan.
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. This feature is also called Fast Protect™, and where things are headed, it seems that SimpliSafe is adding extra perks to this feature. For example, users can now receive text alerts and verify or cancel alarms by replying to the text, making the process a lot more streamlined.
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.
SimpliSafe is a DIY security system, so there are no required installation fees. SimpliSafe will ship you a box containing your home security system and it will be up to you to set it up. But don’t worry, it only takes about 30 minutes to set up everything.
That said, if you want a more professional touch, you can get your security system installed by a third-party SimpliSafe partner called OnTech. The service starts at $79.
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
SimpliSafe. (2021). SimpliSafe Alarm Monitoring Page.
August. (2020). August Home Integrates with Simplisafe.