SimpliSafe Pricing: Home Security Packages

SimpliSafe offers a wide range of plans with both self and professional monitoring options, and it let us pay one month at a time.

  • Monthly subscription plans
  • Fast and easy DIY installation
  • Reliable professional monitoring
  • Professional monitoring costs $17.99 or $27.99 a month
  • Camera recording on five cameras costs as little as $9.99 a month
  • Packages range from $230 to $490
SimpliSafe Home Security System

This page gives you a ton of objective information about the SimpliSafe brand itself, including equipment and monitoring prices, packages, and overall value. We also compare SimpliSafe’s pricing and package information to other top home security companies in the industry.

Package Price
The Haven $252.43
The Knox $232.43
The Hearth $194.95
The Essentials $137.47
The Foundation $122.48
Refurbished system Starts at $207

How Much Does SimpliSafe Cost?

We cover SimpliSafe’s equipment, monitoring, and storage costs below.

Equipment Packages

Although you can create a customized system from SimpliSafe, they offer a number of packages that range from around $160 all the way up to $342. In addition, you can create a custom system from SimpliSafe. If you’re looking for an apartment security system or a system for a small house, for instance, it may make sense to purchase just a base station, entry sensor, and motion sensor.

The SimpliSafe packages include savings though, so we’d recommend checking them out first, especially SimpliSafe Prime Day deals and SimpliSafe Black Friday deals. We’ll let you in on a limited-time deal right now: SimpliSafe is offering 25-percent off any new system plus a free SimpliCam outdoor camera. That means, for example, that you can purchase SimpliSafe’s Foundation package, originally priced at $245 for $183.75. Learn more in our SimpliSafe FAQs.

SimpliSafe Smart Lock
SimpliSafe Smart Lock

FYI: If you live in an especially cold climate, we recommend looking elsewhere for an outdoor camera, as SimpliSafe’s outdoor camera is only rated for temperatures of above 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

The Haven— $378.64
Components: Base station, keypad, key fob, four entry sensors, two motion sensors, auxiliary siren, panic button, freeze sensor, smoke detector, water sensor

The Knox— $348.65
Components: Base station, keypad, key fob, six entry sensors, two motion sensors, auxiliary siren, smoke detector

The Hearth— $292.43
Components: Base station, keypad, key fob, three entry sensors, motion sensor, auxiliary siren, smoke detector

The Essentials— $206.21
Components: Base station, keypad, three entry sensors, motion sensor

The Foundation— $183.72
Components: Base station, keypad, an entry sensor, motion sensor

Refurbished System— $206.20
Components: Base station, keypad, two entry sensors, two motion sensors

If you want to create your own system from scratch, here are the prices:

SimpliSafe Equipment List

Device Cost
Base station Included free in all packages
Entry sensor $14.99
Temperature sensor $29.99
Glass break sensor $34.99
Key fob $24.99
Keypad $69.99
Motion sensor $29.99
Panic button $19.99
SimpliCam (indoor camera) $99.00
Wireless outdoor security camera $169.99
Smart lock $99
SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro $169
Outdoor kit $19.99
Extra outdoor camera battery pack $29.99
Outdoor camera solar panel $79.99
Outdoor camera charging cable $49.99
Siren $59.99
Carbon monoxide sensor $49.99
Adhesive tape for 6 sensors $3.99
Adhesive tape for 4 entry magnets $1.99
5 window decals $4.99
Yard sign $3.99
Smoke detector $29.99
Water sensor $19.99
Extra entry magnet $4.99
Panasonic CR123A battery $4.99
CR123A lithium battery $4.99
4 AA batteries $3.99
CR2032 lithium battery $3.99

To see exactly what we thought of SimpliSafe’s components in practice, read our full SimpliSafe security system review.

Monitoring Options and Pricing

Now we know what you’re thinking. After paying nearly $300 for equipment, how much is SimpliSafe going to cost you per month?

Well, the short answer is, you don’t have to pay any monthly fees with SimpliSafe, and still you can live-stream footage from your home. As a bonus, you also get alerts and smart home integrations. For some people, this may be sufficient, as you can contact the police if you see a break-in happening in real-time. Trouble is, you won’t be able to show any footage to the police, as the free plan doesn’t come with video storage.

For those of us who want video storage, SimpliSafe offers paid plans. You can get unlimited storage on up to five cameras for $9.99 a month. Or, you can get storage on up to 10 cameras for $27.99 a month. That plan, the Interactive Plan, also comes with 24/7 professional monitoring, environmental alerts, and cellular backup, plus perks like a limited lifetime warranty on equipment.

SimpliSafe Motion Sensor 2
SimpliSafe Motion Sensor 2

Unlike self-monitoring, where you are responsible for your home’s security, 24/7 professional monitoring means that a team of people is available at all times to check in if any of your alarms go off and verify if an emergency is happening. If that’s the case, they can contact the proper emergency services for you, be it the police, the fire department, or even your local hospital.

Cellular backup, on the other hand, ensures that your system will stay on even in the event of a power outage. So while we appreciate that SimpliSafe gives you options, your best bet is to get 24/7 monitoring and cellular backup. Let’s talk a little bit more about each option.

SimpliSafe Monitoring Breakdown

Features Free plan Camera recording only, five cameras Standard Plan Interactive Plan
Livestreaming Yes Yes Yes Yes
24/7 Professional monitoring No No Yes Yes
Cellular connection No No Yes Yes
Environmental monitoring No No Yes Yes
Remote control Yes Yes Yes Yes
Notifications Yes Yes Yes Yes
Secret alarms No No Yes Yes
Video verified alarms No No Yes Yes
Unlimited cloud storage None 5 cameras None 10 cameras
Smart home integrations Yes Yes No Yes
Monthly price Free $9.99 $17.99 $27.99

Secret alarms notify only certain people when the system detects a problem; the base station’s siren doesn’t go off. Video verified alarms provide you with a video clip along with your notification if motion or a person is detected. Finally, though, you get the assurance that comes with 24/7 professional monitoring.

All of SimpliSafe’s plans are month-to-month, so you won’t have to commit to a long-term contract. This isn’t the case with older security companies like ADT and Vivint, so this is a huge advantage of SimpliSafe.

Did You Know: With cellular backup, you don’t have to worry if your Wi-Fi network goes down. Your base station will switch to a cellular connection and continue working.

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How Does It Compare?

In terms of equipment and monitoring costs, SimpliSafe is at the lower end of the pricing spectrum with professional monitoring and cellular backup costing around $28 a month. We’ve seen some more traditional brands range from $40 to $60 a month. Many of them require long-term contracts as well, with some contracts as long as five years.

In terms of both cost and term length, SimpliSafe is affordable and flexible. While its monitoring costs aren’t the absolute lowest on the market (we’ve also seen monitoring for as little as $10 a month), SimpliSafe is still very affordable. The brand also runs several specials and sales throughout the year, including the 50-percent discount on new systems that we mentioned above. But if you don’t catch the 50-percent off deal, don’t despair; SimpliSafe has deals all year round.

SimpliSafe Base Station
SimpliSafe Base Station

Our Favorite Features

  • DIY or professional installation through an authorized third-party: SimpliSafe is easy to install, even if you’re not a security expert like us. Most of the system is wireless, so sensors are as easy as peel-and-stick. However, we like that professional installation is also an option, through a third-party installer, for just $79.
  • 24/7 professional monitoring and cellular backup available: Around $28 a month gets you professional monitoring, cellular backup, unlimited cloud storage on 10 cameras, secret alarms, environmental monitoring, and more.
  • Integrations with Alexa and Google Assistant: Those in the Amazon and Google smart home ecosystems can command their SimpliSafe system using their voices alone. One note: Alexa has a lot more capabilities than Google Assistant.
  • Packages range from about $160 to $342: You can also create a customized system as well, but we recommend buying a package to access savings. As far as pricing goes, SimpliSafe is one of the more affordable companies around in terms of both equipment and monitoring costs.
  • Works with Nest thermostats and August smart locks: Users can connect their SimpliSafe components with smart thermostats and locks from Nest and August, respectively, automating their smart homes.

Home Automation

SimpliSafe works with Alexa and Google Assistant, the two most popular voice assistants from Amazon and Google, respectively. Here’s exactly what users can do with each.

Alexa

Using Alexa, users can arm their security system in either home or away mode, or check the status of their security system. Here are the commands for each:

Away Mode

  • Alexa, ask SimpliSafe to arm my system in away mode
  • Alexa, tell SimpliSafe I’m going out
  • Alexa, tell SimpliSafe I’m leaving
  • Alexa, tell SimpliSafe to turn on

Home Mode

  • Alexa, ask SimpliSafe to arm my system in home mode.
  • Alexa, tell SimpliSafe to lock up.
  • Alexa, tell SimpliSafe good night.
  • Alexa, tell SimpliSafe I’m going to bed.

Check Status

  • Alexa, ask SimpliSafe if my house is secure
  • Alexa, ask SimpliSafe if I am protected
  • Alexa, ask SimpliSafe for my current status
  • Alexa, ask SimpliSafe what’s shakin’

These skills only work with the latest version of SimpliSafe and users must pay for the professional monitoring plan to use it.

Google Assistant

Those in the Google smart home ecosystem can have the Google Assistant arm their SimpliSafe security system in either home or away mode, the same as Alexa. You can say either “arm security” or “set security to arm”. Again, this integration is only available with the 24/7 professional monitoring plan1.

Note: Although SimpliSafe works with Alexa and Google Assistant, the Alexa integration is much more robust in terms of capabilities.

Aside from voice assistants, SimpliSafe works with Nest thermostats2 and August smart locks3 as well, allowing you to automate actions. For example, you can turn your Nest thermostat down automatically or have your locks close automatically when you put the system into away mode.

SimpliSafe Sign
Gabe Holding the SimpliSafe Sign

Overall Value

SimpliSafe is one of the more affordable smart home security brands on the market today, but its prices for professional monitoring aren’t the cheapest we’ve seen (that honor would go to Ring Alarm, which has plans for as little as $10 a month).

In terms of both equipment and monitoring, SimpliSafe doesn’t break the bank. You can do quite a lot for no money at all, in fact. As for those that want 24/7 professional monitoring, SimpliSafe is reasonably priced.

FAQ

With so many security system offerings, we understand if you have more questions about SimpliSafe's pricing. Here, we answer some of the frequently asked questions about SimpliSafe.

  • How much does a SimpliSafe home security system cost?

    A SimpliSafe home security system costs $123 to $253 after discounts if you buy a pre-built package. However, you can also build your own system by adding individual components to a free base station and keypad.

    Component Price
    Base station Included free in all packages
    Carbon monoxide sensor $49.99
    Entry sensor $14.99
    Glass break sensor $34.99
    Key fob $24.99
    Keypad Included free in all packages
    Motion sensor $29.99
    Panic button $19.99
    SimpliCam (indoor camera) $99.00
    Siren $60
    Smoke detector $30
    Temperature sensor $29.99
    Water sensor $19.99
    Wireless outdoor security camera $169.99
    Yard sign $3.99
  • Which SimpliSafe plan is the best?

    The best SimpliSafe plan is the 24/7 professional monitoring plan, which costs $27.99 a month. For that price, you get all the best features of SimpliSafe, such as professional monitoring, cellular backup, smartphone access, integrations with Alexa and Google Assistant, and video monitoring with cloud storage for up to 10 cameras. View plans below.

    Features Interactive Plan Standard plan Camera recording only, 5 cameras Free plan
    Livestreaming Yes Yes Yes Yes
    24/7 professional monitoring Yes Yes No No
    Cellular connection Yes Yes No No
    Environmental monitoring Yes Yes No No
    Remote control Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Notifications Yes Yes Yes Yes
    Secret alarms Yes Yes No No
    Video verified alarms Yes Yes No No
    Unlimited cloud storage Yes No 5 cameras None
    Smart home integrations Yes No Yes Yes
    Monthly price $27.99 $17.99 $9.99 Free
  • Does SimpliSafe require a monitoring service?

    SimpliSafe does not require a monitoring service. With a free plan, you can view live footage from your cameras. However, the system doesn’t provide alerts unless you purchase the camera monitoring or 24/7 professional monitoring plans.

  • Where can you buy a SimpliSafe home security system?

    You can buy a SimpliSafe home security system directly from SimpliSafe’s website or on Amazon.

Editors Rating:
9.8 /10
Citations
  1. SimpliSafe. (2021). SimpliSafe Alarm Monitoring Page.
    simplisafe.com/features-alarm-monitoring

  2. SimpliSafe. (2020). SimpliSafe Now Works With Nest.
    simplisafe.com/simplisafe-now-works-with-nest

  3. August. (2020). August Home Integrates with Simplisafe.
    august.com/pages/simplisafe