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Wirecutter's Favorite Home Security System

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We spent two months and over 40 hours researching and testing 12 monitored home security systems. We think SimpliSafe is the best self-installed option for most people. It doesn't require a long-term contract and it offers the benefits of a security system that's monitored 24/7. SimpliSafe is reliable, easy to install, and it works with some Alexa voice commands. Our runner-up pick, the Abode, supports many smart-home devices via Nest, Alexa, Google Home, IFTTT, Zigbee, and Z-Wave--all of which are managed through the Abode Web portal.

The best home security system


For this article, we considered only self-installed wireless security systems with continuous professional monitoring via a cellular connection. Professional monitoring means that someone is always available to respond to an alarm and can contact local emergency services for you if necessary. Most home insurance companies offer premium discounts for monitored alarm systems, but not for unmonitored ones. A cellular connection means the system can't be disabled by cutting your landline or cable connection. The control panel also needs a battery backup, so the system still works if your power goes out.

Best home security systems of 2019


The one crime statistic that is falling across the US year-on-year is burglary, and that's because homeowners are turning to home-based security systems that can help prevent crime. It's not just about trying to deter opportunists, but also making sure that even determined burglars will have difficulty forcing their way into your home without being caught. Yet there's such a wide array of home security options available to the homeowner, from CCTV and security cameras, to monitoring solutions, it can all seem overwhelming. Luckily, there are an increasing number of all-in-one solutions that use the latest technology to bring together different aspects of surveillance, monitoring, and prevention, to help homeowners feel safer. What's even better is that you no longer need a complicated setup of monitoring cameras, as most modern security systems are unobtrusive, easy to install and use, and even stylish.

Ring's Alarm System makes home security easy and affordable

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The self-installed system comes with door and window sensors and motion detectors that work reliably, as well as a convenient keypad that's easy to hang by your front door. It's quick and smart, sending straightforward notifications that include upfront details like the date, time, and name of the triggered sensor. It also supports Alexa voice control to arm/disarm your system and Alexa Guard. Ring's alarm system offers one of the easiest DIY installations of any home security kit. Ring alarm systems are sold in a variety of sizes including 5-, 8-, 10-, and 14-piece kits.

SimpliSafe Essentials review: Fundamental, hassle-free home security


Such is the promise on the packaging of SimpliSafe, and though the reality is there are 21 pages of setup manual you might want to refer to, for the most part SimpliSafe comes through on that promise. A big part of that reason is that SimpliSafe is entirely self-contained. There is no app to install, because the system doesn't support one unless you sign up for a monitoring service. And while you can (and should) connect the system to Wi-Fi, you don't have to, as SimpliSafe includes a built-in cellular radio. There are pros and cons to this concept.