Although they are made for different types of users, they offer the same service with very similar features.
So what is the best option for you? Let’s find out.
All about SimpliSafe
SimpliSafe is an easy-to-install home security system that is easy to install and requires no commitments or contracts.
With SimpliSafe, you can avoid the hassles of wiring and drilling machines. All parts come with removable adhesive pads on them.
You can drag and stick it where you see fit. For the connection, you have to pair all your devices to their base station and connect the base station to Wi-Fi.
If you are still not sure about the installation process, you can install it professionally for a fee.
Before we dive into the tools you can get from SimpliSafe, let’s move on to the plans they offer.
SimpliSafe offers two plans: self-monitoring and interactive monitoring.
If you select the self-monitoring feature, you get unlimited camera recording, a one-year warranty, and alerts for each sensor.
Our 24/7 interactive monitoring plan gives you top priority for police, medical, and firefighting. Additionally, you get temperature and flood monitoring, video checking, and unlimited camera recording. The interactive plan also features a lifetime warranty on all parts of the system.
Now that we’ve covered the services, let’s move on to the systems, products, and devices you can buy at SimpliSafe.
To understand SimpliSafe security systems and the options available, you must know everything that is on the table. This means that we must recognize all devices.
- base station: It’s the brain of your entire security system and probably the only device you have to plug in. The Base Station has a built-in battery for backup in case of a power outage. It is included in all security systems offered by SimpliSafe.
- Wireless keyboard: The keyboard is included in all SimpliSafe security systems. It helps you to set passwords for different family members, arm and disarm the system, and trigger the alarm when necessary.
- temperature sensor: It alerts you when the temperature drops below 41 degrees in your home.
- Panic button: T.The panic button triggers the alarm and alerts the monitoring center.
- glass break sensor It is designed to ignore the sound of any plate breaking.
SimpliSafe also offers a large number of optional sensors, detectors, and outdoor and indoor wireless cameras.
We know the hardware and tools SimpliSafe has to offer, we know the plans, and now let’s talk about the complete security systems available.
SimpliSafe offers five different systems.
Haven has a total of 10 sets of appliances, leaving no need for add-ons if you live in an apartment or bungalow.
You get a base station, a keypad, four entry sensors, two motion sensors, a panic button, a smoke detector, a temperature sensor, a water sensor, a keychain and a wireless siren.
Knox offers seven sets of devices that include a base station, a keypad, six entry sensors, two motion sensors, a smoke detector, a keychain, and a wireless siren.
If there aren’t a lot of areas you need to cover, you can try Hearth. It also offers seven groups of devices.
With Hearth, you get a base station, a keyboard, three entry sensors, a motion sensor, a smoke detector, a keychain, and a wireless siren.
4. The basics
The Essentials is one of the cheaper packages, and as the name suggests, it provides the basics you’ll need to keep an eye on your home.
It comes with a base station, keyboard, three entry sensors and a motion sensor.
The institution offers you the minimum you will need to monitor your place. It will work well if you are an individual who lives in a small apartment. It may also work well if it is only a part of your home that you need to inspect.
The foundation comes with a base station, keypad, entry sensor, and motion sensor.
There are two other items that SimpliSafe has to offer and they are:
- Video doorbell: Video doorbell alerts you when someone is at the door even if they don’t ring the bell. You can also monitor all the activities at your doorstep and in front of your house.
- Smart lock: A The smart lock locks your door when you arm your system and notifies you when someone opens it.
You can also learn more about how SimpliSafe compares to Ring, another major smart home security system.
All about ADT
When it comes to pricing, packages, and prerequisites, ADT is designed for an entirely different market.
Not only does it require a contract of up to three years, but also none of its systems can be installed by the customers themselves. ADT sends a technician to professionally install the system in your home for a fee.
On the plus side, it offers a 6-month money-back guarantee.
Features and Pricing
ADT does not sell its gear and hardware separately, unlike SimpliSafe. You get the packages that make up your system, and you can choose to pay in advance or monthly for each.
ADT offers three packages and prices can vary depending on the size and features of your property. All packages include professional and environmental monitoring that sends assistance when an emergency is confirmed.
1. Safe home
Secure Home focuses entirely on monitoring and security. So if that’s the issue you’re dealing with, here’s what you’ll get in this package:
- digital board
- Entrance touch sensors
- keychain remote
- motion detector
- Yard Banners
- window decals
If you choose to pay up front, it can cost you between $599 and $899 regardless of monitoring and installation fees. Monthly payments can cost between $55.97 and $60.97 per month plus monitoring fees.
2. Smart home
A smart home provides more control over the home. You can remotely control the security system, the environment and the aesthetics of your home.
The Smart Home package includes everything from a Secure Home along with a few extras like customizable alerts, remote arming and disarming, a smart thermostat, a smart light bulb, and a garage console.
3. Video and smart home
The Video and Smart Home package brings everything ADT has to offer on the table. It allows you to control the security of your home and appliances, as well as remotely monitor the areas around your home.
In addition to the features included in the previous two packages, the Video and Smart Home package offers indoor and outdoor cameras, doorbell cameras, customizable alerts, a live video feed, and the option to record and save clips.
Not including installation costs, the Video and Smart Home package starts at $1,049 and can go up to $1,449.
SimpliSafe vs. ADT
SimpliSafe and ADT both work well with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. But on that plane, ADT is ahead of SimpliSafe as it partners with more and more companies to expand its functionality across various brands and devices.
However, for people with confidence issues, it’s a different game. Do you trust a company enough to let their employees into your home and plant all the monitoring devices?
Or would you like to rely on a company that is more of a newcomer when compared to another but encourages you to set up your own systems using DIY methods?
And before you make your decision, take a look at our list of home security mistakes that you really need to avoid making.
If your budget is limited, your options are clear. You will do well with SimpliSafe. If you love the independence of doing everything yourself, once again, SimpliSafe is the right choice for you.
However, if you have some extra cash, and want more options or complete control of your home including your appliances, ADT would be the best option for you.