SimpliSafe is a home security system that truly lives up to the “simple” part of its name, with a plug and play security solution that does not look like anything else on the market. But is it possible that a security system is a bit too simple and runs the risk of staying behind?
Read on in my SimpliSafe home security system review to find out!
Price: $229.96 (as tested), $24.99 monthly 24/7 monitoring service
Summary: The SimpliSafe home security system doesn’t waste time trying to look good or run with fancy touchscreens, but still performs up to the task of keeping your place safe with a 100% detection rate.
What We Liked
- Foolproof setup process
- Nest integration is enabled
- Performance was solid during break-in scenarios
What We Didn’t
- Mobile app is missing functionality
- Design is somewhat dated
SimpliSafe Home Security System Specs
Hardware and Design
SimpliSafe doesn’t have the sleekest system we’ve seen so far, but that’s not always a bad thing
Our evaluation system for the SimpliSafe security system included a panel with a digital LCD screen, a window / front door sensor, a motion detector, a glass break detector, a GSM base station and a USB key. Your SimpliSafe can be customized in a variety of ways to include dozens of sensors, cameras and monitors ranging from $ 19.99 to $ 99 per device.
With regard to the SimpliSafe system design, many sensors and monitors are identical to those found with FrontPoint, LiveWatch and Link Interactive. The sensors are small, beige and unpretentious, which would allow you to hide them in a door embarrassment or in the corner of your front window without attracting the attention of a potential burglar.
If I were to call the aesthetics of the keyboard and the SimpliSafe base station, I would say they have a bit of Walgreens style, with two primary colors splashed against a clear beige exterior. The choice to go with what I can only call “Hospital Blue” for pimples only adds to the clinical feel of these devices, which could have been made for an operating theater in the 1990s instead to mix with today’s modern interior design.
Setup and Installation
From opening the box to the system being fully functional, it took about 20 minutes of armed and live system, which even beats the recent record holder at FrontPoint.
This is because each part of the system has already been pre-registered before opening the box, which means that it is enough to remove the tab of each battery, plug the USB keychain into the base station and to create your online connection.
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Because the keyboard operates on such a simple technology (not an Android touch screen as on other systems we have reviewed), all details need to be managed in advance because there is no option for change things after the fact. I like this approach because it streamlines the DIY aspect just about as far as you could reasonably expect.
Software and Integrations
Unfortunately, SimpliSafe is really starting to show its age in mobile and web applications. This is where you can remotely arm the system, watch the timeline of events, or check the images on your camera … but that’s about it.
The functionality of the software on this system is extremely cut and dry, with no real frills to talk about. A remarkable option we have not seen so far is the ability to integrate with a Nest Thermostat to connect the keyboard and your air conditioning system. So every time you arm your system, the Nest will reduce its energy consumption and bring it back to normal levels once it detects your return home.
With such a simple system, comes the simple (but effective) performance. In our standard run-in scenario, involving the cracking of the entrance door, the rise and fall of the corridor in front of the motion sensor, and the beat of the glass breakage sensor, the SimpliSafe system recorded a rate of detection of 100%.
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There was not a single thing we could do, and whenever we tried to dodge the motion detector or gently break the window near the window break detector, the alarm would pick it up in a timing perfect and send a corresponding alert to our phone.
As tested, our SimpliSafe system was $ 229.96, with a 24/7 monitoring service per month 24/7. It was for a system large enough to manage a one bedroom apartment, but right now, SimpliSafe offers better deals for packages that are made for bigger houses that take off a decent part of the budget burden.
You can also get cheaper equipment if you want by shopping through the “Refurbished” section, which would bring a system similar to the one we tested to only $ 188.96 in advance.
Although the SimpliSafe home security system is not the nicest or feature-rich, its solid performance and extremely easy configuration make it a good option for anyone who wants to secure their living space at low cost.
The web application and mobile application are very old, so if you are someone who wants an option to stand the test of time, I would say to wait for another software update but at such low prices , it is difficult to find a system of results as consistent and reliable as what we have seen in our tests.