There’s only one monthly fee associated with SimpliSafe home security systems: the professional monitoring plan. The cost depends on which monitoring plan you choose.
The Self Monitoring plan is your DIY option. The Interactive Monitoring and Standard Monitoring packages use a cellular connection, so they work well for homes without a dedicated landline.
The Self Monitoring with Camera Recordings package for alarm systems is the least expensive at $9.90 per month. It includes 30 days of unlimited video storage for up to five cameras, advanced SMS alerts, and custom private phone notifications. Plus, you can arm the home security system using your phone.
The Standard Monitoring service is a little more expensive at $14.99 per month, and we think it is worth the splurge. It monitors water leaks and temperature changes. It also includes 24/7 professional monitoring, fire monitoring, and a cellular connection for homes that don’t have landlines.
This also means that you’ll always be able to call police or emergency services, even when traditional phone serves are interrupted. So if a tree falls on your phone line, or you forget to pay your bill, you’ll still be able to get help in an emergency.
The Interactive monitoring plan costs $24.99 per month. It includes all of the features of the other two plans combined. Plus, it will save the recordings from up to 10 cameras for 30 days. SimpliSafe also offers customers a free security camera when they sign up for this monitoring service package.
Our favorite part about this alarm system package is the convenience it offers. You can arm and disarm the whole system using the app. Forget to arm the system before you got into bed? No problem—just use the app and snuggle in. You can also use this package with your smart home devices.
If you don’t want to pay a monthly fee, you can use the home security system without a monitoring plan, but going it alone limits how well the system works. If you choose to self-monitor with your SimpliSafe system, you’ll lose access to these features:
- Call center access during an emergency
- Cloud storage for videos
- System arming/disarming with the app
We don’t recommend going without a monitoring plan. The siren will still work to scare off intruders and you can view live footage from the camera using the app, but that’s about it.
If the thought of setting up anything electronic makes you nervous, you can hire a professional. SimpliSafe’s professional installation fee is $75, no matter which package you choose.
Packages range from $229 to $489, and SimpliSafe doesn’t run a credit check—even with bigger packages. There are five main types of packages SimpliSafe likes to advertise, but they have a few more that are almost identical to the main five. Typically, the only difference is an added sensor or two. For simplicity, we’re comparing the main five.
Think of The Foundation like a starter pack. It comes with the basics you’ll need to create a home security system. If you have an apartment, this package is ideal since you probably won’t need more than one entry sensor.