Ring has cheaper remote access and more cameras than SimpliSafe. You can also self-monitor with Ring.
The Ring alarm system app is free to access, even remotely, so you can self-monitor as needed at no additional cost. Ring’s also known for its sweet security cameras for both indoor and outdoor use.
Ring’s basic package is about $30 cheaper than SimpliSafe’s, so you’ll save a bit of money up front.
Like we’ve said, Ring’s alarm system can be self-monitored for free. But if you want professional eyes on your home, you can get professional monitoring service for just $10 a month or $100 a year. That’s unheard of in the home security industry.
A basic Ring package comes with one more piece of equipment than a basic SimpliSafe package does. You pay less, but you get more.
Ring’s equipment selection is a bit limited, although it’s expanding all the time. And while Ring’s compatibility is pretty minimal, it does work with Z-Wave, so you’ll have some third-party options.
Before tackling whole security systems, Ring was a camera-only brand. Previously, the company sold a variety of doorbell cameras and stick-on cameras for indoor and outdoor use. In summer 2019, Ring released several new Ring cameras, including a doorbell camera designed for renters and a selection of motion-activated floodlight cameras. These additions make Ring’s security camera offerings extremely competitive.
ASecureLife’s recommendation: Unlike SimpliSafe, Ring doesn’t cost very much, lets you self-monitor, and has a bunch of security cameras for you to choose from.
>>Learn more: Read our full Ring alarm system review or our Ring video doorbell review.