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.
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.
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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