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Home Security Systems Cost Comparison

You’ve got a lot to think about when settling on a home security system—equipment options, monitoring service, industry experience, contract length, etc.—but none of that matters unless you can afford the system.

Maybe there’s room in your budget to splurge on all the bells and whistles or maybe you need something that covers only the basics. A budget-friendly system will still help keep your family safe, but you might need to sacrifice some convenience. Below we’ll help you compare security system costs below to help you match your security needs to your budget.

Compare home security systems and prices

Star rating4.543.93.673.67
Lowest monitoring cost$29.99/mo.$34.99/mo.$27.99/mo.$14.99/mo.$30.99/mo.
Monitoring price range$29.99 to $49.99/mo.$34.99 to $49.99/mo.$27.99 to $59.99/mo.$14.99 to $24.99/mo. $30.99 to $44.99/mo.
Installation and activation fees$99.00None$99.00NoneNone
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4.5 4 3.9 3.67 3.67
$29.99/mo. $34.99/mo. $27.99/mo. $14.99/mo. $30.99/mo.
$29.99 to $49.99/mo. $34.99 to $49.99/mo. $27.99 to $59.99/mo. $14.99 to $24.99/mo. $30.99 to $44.99/mo.
$99.00 None $99.00 None None
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Data current as of 12/19/2018. Pricing and packages are subject to change. 

More security systems to compare

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Star rating3.583.583.53.53.33
Lowest monitoring cost$19.99/mo.$19.00/mo.$19.00/mo.$19.99/mo.$8 for 3 days
Monitoring price range$19.99 to $54.99/mo.$29.00 to $39.00/mo.$19.00 to $29.00/mo.$19.99/mo.$8 for 3 days, $15 for 7 days, $30.00/mo.
Installation and activation feesNoneNoneNoneNoneNone
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3.58 3.58 3.5 3.5 3.33
$19.99/mo. $19.00/mo. $19.00/mo. $19.99/mo. $8 for 3 days
$19.99 to $54.99/mo. $29.00 to $39.00/mo. $19.00 to $29.00/mo. $19.99/mo. $8 for 3 days, $15 for 7 days, $30.00/mo.
None None None None None
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Data current as of 12/19/2018. Pricing and packages are subject to change. 

How much does a security system cost?

Home security comes with three main costs: equipment costs, monitoring charges, and installation/activation fees.

These costs vary quite a bit depending on what a company offers. For example, Vivint gives you high-end home automation integration, but you’ll pay more for Vivint’s proprietary equipment. On the other end of the spectrum, SimpliSafe offers fewer features but its equipment is much more pared down and affordably priced, making SimpliSafe a solid budget choice.

We won’t break down all the costs here, but if you’d like to read more about what each company charges, head to our individual reviews.

Our recommendation

ASL Insider Tip

All the companies we recommend are right for someone. The best option for you depends on your lifestyle, budget, and security needs. If you can afford to pay a bit more for equipment, we recommend choosing Vivint because you get tons of features at a reasonable monthly price.

If you need a more budget-friendly system, read our post about the best home security systems to explore your options.

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