2020’s Best Glass Break Sensors
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Best for connecting to a security system: SimpliSafe Glassbreak Sensor
- Detects unique sound of glass breaking
- Pair with a security system for ultimate protection
- Sensitivity settings to prevent false alarms
We like SimpliSafe’s glass break detector because you can use it as a standalone device or pair it with professional monitoring, depending on what is best for your lifestyle and budget.
Why we recommend it: This sensor isn’t the cheapest on the market, but it’s definitely one of the least expensive glass break detectors offered by a security monitoring company. You’d pay almost double for a glass break sensor from Vivint or Frontpoint.
SimpliSafe’s sensor has good range, so you can place it where you like. It also has sensitivity settings that make it easier to avoid false alarms from other sounds. Plus, SimpliSafe is one of the most affordable security systems on the market.
Best long-range sensor: Honeywell 5853 Wireless Glassbreak Detector
- More attractive design
- 10-year battery life
- 4 sensitivity settings available
Glass break sensors aren’t known for their aesthetics, but Honeywell’s sensor is one of the best-looking sensors on the market. So if you’re looking for something a little more stylish, this is the one to pick.
Why we recommend it: It also has greater range than our other recommendations, a 10-year battery life, and sensitivity settings for tailoring it to your environment. Plus, its sophisticated sensor has special tech to process sound quickly and minimize false alarms.
Best inexpensive glass break sensor: Sabre Window Glass Alarm
- 115 decibel alarm audible up to 300 ft.
- Requires 2 CR2032 batteries (included)
- Customizable sensitivity setting to prevent false alarms
Looking to send a clear message? Mount these inexpensive Sabre alarms straight to your window for would-be intruders to see. Unlike the other glass break detectors we recommend, this one has a shock sensor that picks up vibrations.
Why we recommend it: It’s not the prettiest solution, but it is a good way to let people know your windows and glass doors are protected. Plus, since it doesn’t use audio, you don’t have to worry as much about false alarms.
Glass break detectors with a security system
Glass break sensors are more effective if someone actually notices them go off, which is why we recommend getting sensors with a professionally monitored security system.
Here are some of our favorite security companies that offer high-quality glass break sensors.
Frontpoint glass break sensor
Vivint glass break sensor
ADT glass break sensor
How do glass break sensors work?
Most glass break detectors use an acoustic sensor that picks up certain audio frequencies when glass breaks. These detectors can be placed multiple places in your home as long as they have the range to hear sound from a glass door or window.
Other glass break detectors use a vibration sensor that attaches directly to the window or door. These sensors pick up on the physical shock from glass breaking.
Read more about how glass break detectors work.
How do you protect your home?
Glass break sensors are a great start, but there are lots of other tools that can help you protect your house from danger. If you need help finding other security products, check out our favorite security cameras or our reviews of the best security companies.
What do you do to protect your house? Share your tips in the comment section below!