DIY Installation, Poor Quality App


Overall Score

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Rating: 5.9 / 10 (Average)

Founded in 2006, SimpliSafe is a “do it yourself” home security system company based out of Boston, Massachusetts.

SimpliSafe offers dirt-cheap, wireless, no-contract home security systems for a wide range of consumers. They offer basic security features, and your ability to upgrade to more advanced functionality is limited.

SimpliSafe’s equipment looks stylish and subtle to the point where it almost blends in. However, ever since the equipment was discovered to contain a number of security holes back in 2015, consumers remain wary of buying into a security system that isn’t as secure as promised.


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How is SimpliSafe Rated?

Contract & Price
Technology Integration
Overall Rating: 5.9 / 10 (Average)

SimpliSafe offers wireless home security solutions with 24/7 monitoring by their certified call centers. SimpliSafe equipment can be ordered online through their e-commerce platform in a straightforward user-friendly process. The main benefit of SimpliSafe is that their monthly fees are low.

  • No Long-term Contracts
  • Monthly Fee Starts at $14.99
  • Good Home Security Option for Renters
  • 60-Day Trial Period
  • Customizable Systems
  • Monitoring outsourced
  • Equipment Can Be Hacked or Jammed
  • Proprietary Equipment
  • No Professional Installation Options


Equipment - 4 / 10

Simplisafe equipment has been redesigned to be sleek and attractive. Each package includes a base station with a variety of products that can be customizable to fit various budgets and needs.

Simplisafe offers a mobile app for smartphones which acts as a control panel “on the go,” giving customers continuous access to Simplisafe monitoring. From the app, customers can arm and disarm the alarm system, view camera footage, and receive alarm notifications.

All SimpliSafe equipment comes with a 3-year product warranty. If anything goes wrong with the system, SimpliSafe will replace the part for free.

SimpliSafe’s equipment is wireless, which means that no intrusive hardwiring is required. Additionally, the base station and system are portable, so it can easily be moved if the customer needs to relocate.

As reported by Forbes in February 2016, SimpliSafe hardware is vulnerable to hackers, which could compromise the security of the home.

SimpliSafe customers express frequent concerns with technical problems with the equipment, long customer service and monitoring center wait times, and issues with receiving the wrong hardware. Complaints about the equipment include motion detectors, window sensors, and the mobile app not functioning correctly.

Installation Self-Install (DIY)
Equipment Manufacturer SimpliSafe
Ability to Reallocate System
Wireless Sensors
Control Panel
Event Triggered Siren/ Alarm

Security Monitors, Sensors, & Devices

  • Intrusion Protection
  • Door & Window Sensors
  • Garage Door Sensors
  • Glass Break Protection
  • Motion Sensors
  • Recessed Door Sensors
  • Crash & Smash Protection
  • Surveillance
  • Indoor Cameras
  • Outdoor Cameras
  • Live Surveillance
  • Event-triggered Surveillance
  • Environmental Protection
  • Carbon Monoxide
  • Flood
  • Temperature Change
  • Smoke
  • Life Safety
  • Panic Button
  • Medical Alert


Monitoring - 5 / 10

SimpliSafe outsources their 24/7 professional monitoring to COPS, a national security monitoring company with headquarters in New Jersey and regional offices throughout the country. Only COPS can monitor the equipment, so if you’re unhappy, you can cancel but you’ll have to buy an entirely new system with your new provider.

They offer two different monitoring plans: Standard and Interactive. Both monitoring plans feature cellular connections to the monitoring center. The “Interactive” monitoring plan includes everything from the “Standard” plan with the addition of mobile app control of your system with alerts from text, email, and push notifications to your app from anywhere in the world. The COPS central station is U.L.-Listed, F.M. Approved, and Five Diamond-Certified.

Monitoring Options Professional Monitoring
Self Monitoring
Monitoring Technology Cellular
Number of Monitoring Centers 6
Monitoring Center Type Outsourced
Professional Monitoring Services 24/7 Professional Monitoring
Police Dispatch
Fire Department Dispatch

How much does SimpliSafe cost?

Contract & Price - 8 / 10

Although many SimpliSafe customers will still save money in the long run due to the company’s low monthly monitoring prices, there is an upfront equipment fee that ranges from $200 to more than $500. Packages range from $14.99/month for the Standard monitoring plan to $24.99 for the Interactive plan. Both offer 24/7 alarm monitoring from a professional monitoring center and a cellular connection to emergency services, covering all motion sensors and detection devices. The more expensive Interactive plan allows users to receive SMS/email alerts and the ability to arm or disarm from anywhere.

Monthly Fee (min) $14.99
Monthly Fee (max) $24.99
Number of Available Packages 6
Installation/ Activation Fee $0.00
Equipment Starting Cost $230.00
Contract Required
Minimum Contract Length 0 months
Cancellation Policy 60-day money-back guarantee: If you're still not satisfied, return your system within 60 days for a full refund. We'll even send you a postage pre-paid return label, making SimpliSafe security truly a risk-free purchase. Once we receive your returned system, we'll issue you your full refund.
Warranty THREE YEARS: All SimpliSafe Home Security Systems and accessories are warranted to be free of defects for 3 years from the time of purchase.


Technology Integration - 6 / 10

SimpliSafe offers iPhone and Android apps, email and text alerts as part of their basic package. They can also offer mobile app control of the security system, with remote arming/disarming power, and secret alerts whenever private rooms, drawers, and safes are accessed. These advanced features are only available to those subscribing to the “Interactive” monthly monitoring subscription. SimpliSafe has also recently added basic support for control by Alexa, Nest, and the Apple Watch.

  • Mobile Access & Alerts
  • iPhone App
  • Android App
  • Email & Text Alerts
  • Live Surveillance Feed
  • Remote Arm/Disarm
  • Home Automation
  • Thermostat Control
  • Event-triggered Automation
  • Unique User Codes

SimpliSafe reputation

Reputation - 4.5 / 10

SimpliSafe customers express frequent concerns about technical problems with the equipment, long customer service and monitoring center wait times, and receiving the wrong hardware. Those complaints about the equipment include motion detectors, window sensors, and the mobile app not functioning correctly.

Only a few years ago, a video of users hacking into a SimpliSafe system was uploaded on YouTube, revealing a flaw in the system’s design that enabled unauthorized parties to disable the alarm. SimpliSafe claims to have fixed this security hole since then.

Trust Pilot Rating 5.2 out of 10
BBB Rating A+
Number of BBB Positive Reviews 8
Number of BBB Neutral Reviews 5
Number of BBB Negative Reviews 57
Date Collected 2018-07-23
Year Founded 2006
  • Certifications & Associations
  • Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA)
  • Underwriter’s Laboratory (UL)
Top Rated

Overall Score

  • Excellent reputation for customer service
  • Security camera & mobile app options
  • 100-day free trial, risk-free, money-back guarantee
  • Home automation devices available