We created this home security systems comparison table to give you a way to compare the costs, equipment, and features that are important to you simply by eyeballing a table rather than digging through a million websites, sitting through in-home consults, or enduring sales calls. We hope this takes the stress out of choosing a security system and gives you the confidence to know that you made the best home security decision for you and your family.
This table is a companion resource to our Home Alarm Reviews article that compares and ranks the most popular home security companies. Please note that all pricing and package details are used for example purposes only to help you narrow your search. Be sure to ask a lot of questions of the companies you are considering to make sure they have customized your home-specific system to best fit your needs and budget — today and in the future.
If there’s anything you’re not finding here or if you have any feedback on how we might improve this table, comment below.
While this page is designed to help you choose based on specific budget ranges, it’s still worth mentioning that our best customer service winner is Frontpoint. For the past nine years, they have come out as our #1 pick. You can review our full ranking of security companies to find out why they are far and away your best place to get started with a free quote and 30-day money back trial.
This tier features the lowest rates for home security monitoring. Don’t expect all the bells and whistles at this level; these will be very basic monitoring packages with basic equipment.
Although Protect America is our #2 overall winner, they were beat out by LiveWatch at this tier because LiveWatch offers cellular monitoring at the same price Protect America offers landline monitoring. For the most secure option at this level, we think LiveWatch’s Cellular package is the clear winner. Although it will cost you around $120 out of pocket to get started, it is only $19.95 a month for cellular monitoring.
Scout took SimpliSafe’s spot this year. Although both require an upfront purchase of equipment, Scout offers two monitoring plans under $20 a month and gives you a 10% discount on top of that if you pay for a year of monitoring in advance.
This tier features the second-lowest prices for monthly home alarm monitoring. With a few companies, you can even get the more reliable cellular communication option and perhaps even a backup if a communication path were to fail. There’s also a little more equipment at this price level in addition to some other bonuses.
Although LiveWatch comes in $5 cheaper per month and only requires a 1-year commitment, we’ve decided to stick with Frontpoint as our number-one pick at this price level due to their high levels of customer service. This was a tough call to make, but ultimately we feel more confident that you’ll have a great experience with Frontpoint.
The competition gets really tight in this price range. Cellular monitoring (the safest communication method) is standard and the price plans are very similar. So it’s the little things that align best with your unique needs that will likely tip the favor of one home alarm company over another. The one distinct advantage Frontpoint has at this level is the two wireless light controls, as well as the option to upgrade your thermostat so you can control it from anywhere. Protect America has no equipment costs at this level, so as far as a bang for your buck, they lead the pack here. Although all of these options are attractive, Protect America wins this round.
At this price level, you are paying for and getting the highest-end security and home automation system. Expect video cameras and monitoring, light and thermostat automation, and other perks. Without question, this is the bells and whistles level.
This tier features the high-end offerings from each provider. Homeowners who are shopping at this price range are looking for home automation and video monitoring, something that all the providers, except Vivint, offer at this level. In order to get these features with Vivint, you will have to seek out their Smart Protect and Control package ($59.00/month) or Smart Complete package ($69.00/month). ADT Pulse is highly touted (and advertised), but it is frustrating that we are unable to secure equipment pricing (i.e., they won’t tell us, maybe because pricing varies by region). It’s also worth noting that none of the home automation or video features are included in the sign-up price of the Pulse package. Frontpoint has everything you could ask for when it comes to home automation, but there is a $200 initial equipment fee. At the end of the day, their free light controls and industry-leading customer support earn them the first spot in this tier.
Companies that do not compete at the top tier pricing: AlarmForce, Link Interactive, LiveWatch & SimpliSafe
Customer Experience Home Security Systems Ranking
Customer service is important in any industry, but more so with home security, since the safety of your loved ones and the security of your possessions are at stake. If your home security systems fails in any way, you want to be assured that it will be fixed as quickly as possible. Therefore, it’s important that these companies earn your trust. From what we’ve seen in our industry experience (which dates back to 2008), Frontpoint’s customer reviews have been the most consistent over the years. They seem to really care about their customers and when you pair that service with their top-notch equipment and monitoring, it is easy to see why they won the gold medal for Best Home Security System in 2016. Frontpoint Security wins this tier, hands down.
LiveWatch (formally known as SafeMart) has a pretty solid history of really positive customer reviews, although there was some confusion and frustration during the transition from SafeMart to LiveWatch. Their 1-year contract is a great bonus for users.
Link Interactive is sold through Costco. We have been watching this company closely and were initially concerned about growing pains with the Costco relationship, but it seems like customer service has not suffered.
Scout is still relatively new to the space, so we’re watching their reviews especially closely, but they’re a company founded on the idea of fixing common pain points of home security (like contracts, fees, and outdated equipment) so we’re optimistic!
Home Security Services Not Included On This Page
First Alert: Pricing varies, accounts managed by local authorized dealers
Monitronics: Pricing varies, accounts managed by local authorized dealers
Pinnacle: Multiple attempts every year have been made to secure pricing information without success
Protection 1: Pricing varies; accounts managed by local authorized dealers
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David comes to ASecureLife.com with several years of experience in the security industry. He's installed, troubleshooted, and reviewed security equipment and technology, and is passionate about sharing his research.