SimpliSafe Security Camera System

Last updated date: October 25, 2019

DWYM Score
8.6

SimpliSafe Security Camera System

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 98 expert reviews, the SimpliSafe SimpliSafe Security Camera System placed 9th when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note January 15, 2020:
Checkout The Best Home Security Camera System for a detailed review of all the top home security camera systems.

Expert Summarized Score
8.7
6 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.4
94 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The neat feature that comes with the Interactive plan is the ability to set up Secret Alerts. You can set up certain sensors in an Alert Only mode, without triggering alarms.
- PC Magazine
April 26, 2019 | Full review
SimpliSafe is one of the most affordable monitored security services you can buy, and it's also one of the easiest to set up and use. The variety of sensors all performed well in our tests, and the redesigned hardware looks better than ever at no additional cost.
- CNET
March 28, 2018 | Full review
The SimpliSafe remote controller lets you arm/disarm your security system with the push of a button. It also has a panic button to instantly call for emergency help.
- SafeHome
October 16, 2019 | Full review
This all-in-one security system offers the best combination of style and performance. With high-quality sensors and excellent monitoring solutions, it hits all the right marks in comprehensive 24/7 home protection. It also works with Amazon Alexa which allows for convenient hands-free operation.
- Digital Trends
July 15, 2019 | Full review
This camera has voice prompts and support for Google Assistant as well as Amazon Alexa. It also has add-ons such as a video camera, a doorbell camera, smoke alarms, and additional sensors.
- New York Times Wirecutter
September 11, 2019 | Full review
One of the biggest advantages that SimpliSafe has to offer is the fact that they don’t require long-term contracts. You’ll pay for professional monitoring on a month to month basis, and can cancel at any time. There’s even the option to self-monitor by using the system’s alarm to call attention to crime, but the lack of mobile control and instant access to authorities does make this a slightly less attractive option.
- Just Click Appliances
October 4, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
However, it has an underwhelming camera options.
- PC Magazine
April 26, 2019 | Full review
SimpliSafe isn't the best option if you want a security system that will sync up with a larger smart home platform, and the $99 SimpliCam is far from our favorite smart security camera. Also, we could only get the glass break sensor to work with the sensitivity dialed all the way up.
- CNET
March 28, 2018 | Full review
However, you can’t add any non-SimpliSafe devices, and live customer service is available only from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. Eastern.
- New York Times Wirecutter
September 11, 2019 | Full review
Although the equipment costs are significantly less than competitors like Vivint and ADT, you’ll have to pay for the entire equipment setup up front with no option for financing. This expense can be significant if you’d like to offer comprehensive protection for larger homes, so it’s an important factor to keep in mind when deciding whether or not to buy.
- Just Click Appliances
October 4, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

The new York times wirecutter calls SimpliSafe “The best home security. ” and it’s won the editors’ Choice at CNET and PC magazine too. SimpliSafe was built to protect with sensors for every window, door and room. It’s also remarkably intuitive, thoughtfully designed so you can blanket your home with protection and never notice. With 24/7 professional monitoring named the industry’s best, SimpliSafe is always ready to alert the authorities when you need help. It’s just 14. 99/month with no contracts.

Overall Product Rankings

Arlo Home Security System with Siren
1. Arlo Home Security System with Siren
Overall Score: 9.5
Expert Reviews: 8
YI 1080p Home Camera
2. YI 1080p Home Camera
Overall Score: 9.1
Expert Reviews: 15
Reolink 8CH Home Security Camera System
3. Reolink 8CH Home Security Camera System
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 0
Hiseeu Wireless Home Security Camera System
5. Hiseeu Wireless Home Security Camera System
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 7
ZOSI Security Camera System
6. ZOSI Security Camera System
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 4
SMONET Outdoor Security Camera System
7. SMONET Outdoor Security Camera System
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 5
Wyze Labs Indoor Smart Camera with Night Vision
8. Wyze Labs Indoor Smart Camera with Night Vision
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 31
SimpliSafe Security Camera System
9. SimpliSafe Security Camera System
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 6
M Morvelli Home Security Camera Pan
10. M Morvelli Home Security Camera Pan
Overall Score: 8.6
Expert Reviews: 1

An Overview On Home Security Camera Systems

Home security cameras are currently more affordable than they ever have been and they are becoming a fixture in many homes where they are helping to thwart home invasions or thefts, as well as generally helping the homeowner feel safe and comfortable when it comes to the security of their home.

Security cameras can be a single stand-alone product, perhaps pointed to the front door or porch area, where it can capture things like your mailman or solicitors as they approach your door. Other systems involve many cameras that you place strategically around your property to capture any entry points to your home or even interior areas of your home where important and valuable items are stored.

The difficulty in setting up a camera system can vary from extremely easy, with wireless and battery-powered options, to more involved installations where you will find yourself drilling holes to run solid wires for power or communication, making a more bulletproof security system. The right system for you will be determined by your specific needs and if you find a few differentiating qualities of the current security camera systems that make them the right product for you, you can narrow your selection down to a product that will be ideal.

A one-camera security setup is often used as a smart-doorbell system. The camera can sense motion and alert you when something triggers it. The alerts will go directly to your phone through an app and you can immediately see who is at your door. Some cameras allow you to talk through the camera as well. This feature can be handy if your neighbor or a friend drop by while you are out and you can simply tell them you’re out of the house, but it can also allow you to scare off a would-be thief who might be eyeballing a package that was delivered to your front stoop.

For a more robust home security system that covers a larger area of your property, you will want to look at multi-camera system, says our home expert Vicki Liston, writer and producer of the award-winning home improvement show, “On The Fly…DIY.”

“Since a system includes cameras at multiple heights, angles, and locations around (and/or inside) your home, you’ll need to consider how they are powered, how many you’ll need, and how they store video footage,” Liston says.

These factors and considerations can seem daunting or complex, but they don’t have to be. The camera system, Arlo Home Security System with Siren, is a good example of an easy-to-setup camera system. The cameras don’t need wiring run to them, as they are powered by batteries and use your home’s wireless network to upload their footage to the provided smart-base. The biggest effort you will face in mounting these is having to maybe climb a ladder to install them up at the best vantage point for each area.  The system offers two-way audio so you can communicate through the camera with whomever it has captured, but it also has a high-decibel siren that can scare off intruders. Combine these features with a useful app that allows you to operate the camera’s features with your smartphone and you have a fully functioning, weatherproof security system ready to help keep you protected with only minimal setup effort.

If your camera happens to capture a criminal activity like a thief attempting to break into your home or steal a package from your front porch, you will be relying on the footage from this camera as your main source of identification of the perpetrator. This is when having a 1080p camera becomes a huge benefit to you. A security camera that records in 1080p, like the Wyze Labs Indoor Smart Camera with Night Vision, can be the difference between having a blurry image of this criminal activity versus a clear image. If the image is clear enough, which is much more likely in a 1080p camera, it can be the most crucial clue in actually tracking down the person captured in the image. Saving a little money by using a lower-quality camera can actually end up being a big waste of money if the footage is never crisp enough to be usable.

“It makes no sense to spend considerable time and effort setting up a system if the picture quality is only ‘fair’ to ‘good,’” says Liston. “1080p quality will give you a great picture, even when recording in night vision mode (and night vision should be a given with any security camera system).”

Some security cameras are best used in an indoor setting where you hope to monitor something of value inside your house. Often times the most valuable thing in your home could be your sleeping baby and it is common to want to be able to keep a set of eyes in this particular room to ease your mind and help you ensure the safety of the child. A camera like the YI 1080p Home Camera really shines through for this use as a nanny-cam. The camera is programmed to hear the sound of a crying baby and immediately notify you through the app interface on your smartphone. This function lets you see what is going on in the baby’s room when they are crying, but there is also a live camera function on the app that lets you view the activities in the room at any point in time. This adds a level of comfort and ease in the mind of the users as they know they can remotely check in on their young child at any time of day, also a useful feature when you have a new babysitter at home as well and you would like to make sure they are giving the best treatment to your child.

Whether it’s monitoring your pets or children inside your home while you step out for an errand, or keeping tabs on your deliveries to make sure the packages are handled with care, there is likely a good security system suitable for your needs. Think of how much coverage you want from your cameras and how you plan to store your security footage and you can narrow down the field of products to a handful of contenders. From there, find one that has a handy app that you can use through your smartphone or one that can satisfy your need for two-way audio. The right product for you will be revealed once you really determine your priorities and choose the best options for you.

DWYM Fun Fact

Having any type of home security system visible to a potential intruder is often enough to stop them from trying. A study at UNC Charlotte shows that over 80% of burglars look for home security systems before trying to enter a home and 60% admitted they would not attempt breaking in simply due to the presence of a security system. That means most of our security systems may work even when we don’t see them doing so, as they naturally ward off these intruders by their very presence. 

The Home Security Camera System Buying Guide

  • In a day where hackers can access many of your wireless cameras and devices, it is more important than ever to make sure you aren’t giving them easy access to footage of a camera that is recording the activities inside your home. Liston’s biggest tip regarding a new security system is to be sure you have a dual authentication setup for interior cameras.

“If you are monitoring any interior locations, it is absolutely necessary to have layers of security in the login process,” Liston says. “Don’t simply use a username and password alone as any skilled hacker will eventually be able to crack this. Use a password and a one-time code sent to your phone or created via an authentication app. Either way, you are making it extremely hard for a hacker to obtain access and monitor the camera feeds…and your day (and night) life.”

  • Think of how you plan to power your camera. A wireless camera that runs on batteries is ideal for an apartment or a rental unit where you aren’t allowed to drill holes in the wall. A wired camera, though, will never need to be charged or have batteries replaced, so the act of setting it up permanently will make the lifetime maintenance of the cameras practically nothing.
  • Security cameras can either save footage to a memory card that is stored locally at your home, or to a cloud service that will host the footage for you. Many of the memory card options can be set up to delete old footage while recording new footage in its place, which is a convenient way to save on storage while still having access to recent footage when you need it.
  • Some camera systems give you the option of adding cameras in the future. This means you can start with one or two cameras that are aimed toward the areas that you think are the most vulnerable and you can add more cameras over time if you find that there are still certain areas lacking in coverage. This modularity will provide a good value to your security system so you won’t have to worry about replacing every camera each time you want to upgrade.