SimpliSafe vs. ADT Self Setup

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SimpliSafe and ADT Self Setup comparison

SimpliSafe and ADT Self Setup systems are wireless and designed for easy DIY installation. SimpliSafe and ADT Self Setup customers can opt for self-monitoring instead of paying for professional monitoring service from the company. While SimpliSafe offers a professional installation option for its wireless equipment, ADT Self Setup is designed for DIY installation. Both companies offer free mobile apps with access to your home cameras.

Installation and cost

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Installation typePro or DIYDIY
Installation feeFreeNone
Upfront costBuild-your-own systems start at $135 with interactive monitoring$179.99 to $579.99
Trial period60-days; 100% satisfaction or return for full refund30 days of free monitoring
Contract termsNo-contract options availableNo-contract options
simplisafe logoPro or DIYFreeBuild-your-own systems start at $135 with interactive monitoring60-days; 100% satisfaction or return for full refundNo-contract options available
adt self setup logoDIYNone$179.99 to $579.9930 days of free monitoringNo-contract options

Monitoring plans and pricing

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Monitoring price range$10 to $25$24.99 to $34.99 per month
Monitoring optionsProfessional or self-monitoredProfessional
Self-monitoringFreeFree
Upgraded self-monitoringNot offeredNot offered
24/7 professional monitoring$15/month$24.99/month
Upgraded professional monitoring$30/monthNot offered
simplisafe logo$10 to $25Professional or self-monitoredFreeNot offered$15/month$30/month
adt self setup logo$24.99 to $34.99 per monthProfessionalFreeNot offered$24.99/monthNot offered

Security equipment

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Wired or wireless?WirelessBoth
Camera optionsIndoor and outdoor camerasIndoor and outdoor cameras
Video doorbell
Control panel
Motion sensor
Entry sensor
Glass break sensor
Keychain remote
Siren
Panic button
Yard sign
simplisafe logoWirelessIndoor and outdoor cameras
adt self setup logoBothIndoor and outdoor cameras

Smart-home features

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Smart locks
Smart lightsYes
Smart thermostatCompatible with Nest
Garage door control
Temperature sensor
Water sensor
Smoke detector
CO detector
simplisafe logo
adt self setup logoCompatible with Nest

Technology

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Mobile app
Mobile app monitoring
iOS rating4.84.4
Android rating4.34.2
Notification/alert optionsPush, text and emailPush notifications and email
Home automation capabilities
Voice integration
Amazon Alexa
Google Home
Other integrationsAmazon Alexa, Google Home, August LocksIFTTT
simplisafe logo4.84.3Push, text and emailAmazon Alexa, Google Home, August Locks
adt self setup logo4.44.2Push notifications and emailIFTTT

Reputation on ConsumerAffairs

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Overall star rating2.13.8
Verified customer reviewsSimpliSafe reviewsADT Self Setup reviews
simplisafe logo2.1SimpliSafe reviews
adt self setup logo3.8ADT Self Setup reviews

All information accurate as of publishing date.

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About SimpliSafe

SimpliSafe specializes in complete home security solutions that are wireless and easy to install. If you’re not interested in DIY installation, SimpliSafe does have an affordable pro installation option for $79. You can choose from a selection of packages or talk with a security expert to build a custom system.

Optional equipment includes life safety devices and smart locks, and SimpliSafe’s systems are compatible with Alexa, Google Assistant, August Locks and Apple Watch. Customers can opt for self-monitoring or pay for 24/7 professional monitoring. For an additional fee, add visual verification to your monitoring plan so dispatchers can verify if the alarm is real.

SimpliSafe packages

  • Build Your Own System ($184+) includes a base station and wireless keypad. You can then add other equipment separately.
  • The Foundation ($229) includes a base station, a keypad, an entry sensor and a motion sensor.
  • The Essentials ($259) comes with a base station, a keypad, three entry sensors, a motion sensor and a free HD camera.
  • The Hearth ($374) comes with a base station, a keypad, a key fob, three entry sensors, one motion sensor, a siren and a smoke detector.
  • The Knox ($449) comes with a base station, a keypad, a key fob, six entry sensors, two motion sensors, a siren and a smoke detector.
  • The Haven ($489) includes a base station, a base station, a keypad, a key fob, four entry sensors, two motion sensors, a siren, a panic button, a temperature sensor, a water sensor, a smoke detector and a free HD camera. The system costs $489.

SimpliSafe also offers three monitoring plans.

SimpliSafe monitoring plans

  • Self Monitoring with Video Recording (33 cents a day) lets you monitor the system yourself with the mobile app, but you must pay for video recording. This plan does not include 24/7 professional monitoring.
  • Standard Monitoring (50 cents a day) comes with 24/7 professional monitoring, cellular connection and 24/7 police and fire monitoring and dispatch.
  • Interactive Monitoring (99 cents a day) includes 24/7 cellular-based monitoring with fire and police dispatch. It provides unlimited camera recording, evidence capture and 30-day video storage for up to ten cameras. You can arm the system with Alexa or Google Assistant. SimpliSafe does not require a contract for this plan.

What SimpliSafe customers say

Customers who left positive reviews for SimpliSafe describe an affordable product that is easy to use and install. Unsatisfied reviewers expressed frustration with some equipment issues, including false alarms or equipment failure. While reviews are mixed, many customers say they like being able to monitor their system remotely through the mobile app.

System is very easy to set up, hasn't given me any false alarms and did capture video and audio of an intruder which was very helpful to the police. Very glad I had the system in place."

Ron of Los Angeles, CA

About ADT Self Setup

ADT Self Setup is the DIY option from well-known home security company ADT. The company’s systems are wireless and designed for DIY installation. You can choose free self-monitoring with the mobile app or professional 24/7 monitoring for $24.99 or $34.99 per month. Video storage is additional.

ADT Self Setup systems use Wi-Fi home security equipment, including cameras and sensors. The systems come with a mobile app and are compatible with Google Nest Mini.

ADT Self Setup plans

  • The Starter System ($479.99) comes with a smart-home hub and integrated keypad, two door/window sensors, a yard sign and window decals, the mobile app and one month of free monitoring.
  • The Premium System ($579.99) includes the smart-home hub with an integrated keypad, four door/window sensors, two motion sensors, a yard sign, window decals, the mobile app and one month of free monitoring.
  • Build Your Own System ($179.99) options include the hub with an integrated keypad and the mobile app. Door/window sensors are $14.99, and motion sensors are $24.99. Wireless indoor or outdoor cameras are $179.99, and wired indoor cameras are $99.99. The doorbell camera is $179.99.

Professional 24/7 monitoring from ADT Self Setup costs $24.99 or $34.99 per month. No contract is required.

What ADT Self Setup customers say

ADT Self Setup customers mention the company’s knowledgeable staff and competitive prices. They also note the monitoring service has quick notifications. Some customers say they had issues with equipment failure, but overall, customers on ConsumerAffairs say they would recommend the ADT Self Setup service.

[Technical] support staff [is] very knowledgeable. Great turnaround time with scheduling services and really good prices on security systems. I have had other systems but ADT is by far the best I had so far."

Paula of Phenix City, AL

Bottom Line: SimpliSafe or ADT Self Setup?

SimpliSafe offers a wider selection of wireless home security equipment, including life safety devices and smart locks, with DIY or pro installation. ADT Self Setup has a basic selection of wireless equipment and does not offer professional installation.

Systems from SimpliSafe include more components and cost more than systems from ADT Self Setup, but both companies make it easier to add additional cameras and sensors if you want to expand your system.

  • SimpliSafe is best for customers who want a wireless home security system that works with smart locks and prefer to have it professionally installed.
  • ADT Self Setup is best for customers who are confident in installing a wireless home security system and prefer to not be locked in to a long-term contract.
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