The Best Home Security System for 2021

The Best Home Security System for 2021

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Our pick

SimpliSafe

SimpliSafe

The latest SimpliSafe kit is affordable and easy to install and use. It also supports Alexa and Google Assistant, although functionality is limited.

Compatible with: Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, August Smart Locks

SimpliSafe is an easy-to-use DIY security system, with add-ons such as an indoor video camera, a doorbell camera, a smart lock, and smoke and other sensors. The 24/7 live-monitoring fees are competitive with those of other DIY systems. It also has a self-monitoring option and works with voice-control systems Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa (but not Apple HomeKit). Unfortunately, SimpliSafe does not offer any outdoor cameras and outside of smart speakers, the only non-SimpliSafe devices it’s compatible with are August locks. Still, for anyone wanting a reliable system that’s easy to use, with a good selection of add-ons, we think the SimpliSafe setup is the best option.

Runner-up

Abode Smart Security Kit

Abode Smart Security Kit

Abode offers more smart-home integration than any other security system we tested, which means you can tie it into smart-home devices from different manufacturers.

Compatible with: Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, IFTTT, Z-Wave, Zigbee

Abode is for the person who wants a security system that can integrate with smart lighting, thermostats, voice control, and other smart-home devices—and doesn’t mind going through the steps to create that system. Abode supports both Z-Wave and Zigbee-enabled devices, as well as Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, and IFTTT (If This Then That). That type of support comes at a price: We found Abode starter packages and most accessories to be more expensive than our main pick.

Budget pick

Ring Alarm (2nd Generation)

Ring Alarm (2nd Generation)

The Ring setup doesn’t have as many add-ons as our main picks, but it provides peace of mind at a steep discount.

Compatible with: Amazon Alexa, Works with Ring

Our top pick has a more established reputation when it comes to security, but Ring Alarm is still an excellent budget pick. It’s an easy-to-use DIY security system with the least expensive live-monitoring plan ($10 per month) and the option to self-monitor for no extra cost. It doesn’t have a dedicated glass-break sensor, and doesn’t have as much smart-home support as our other two picks. However, Ring does offer more video add-ons than any other pick, including the Ring Video Doorbell Wired (our budget smart video doorbell pick).

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