LifeShield and SimpliSafe are both relatively young companies that offer wireless home security systems. Lifeshield offers excellent proprietary equipment, DIY or professional installation, and long-term package and monitoring options. SimpliSafe offers basic packages with fewer equipment options, but more flexible month-to-month monitoring contracts.
Just weeks ago, it was announced that LifeShield is changing ownership. Therefore, details of its services could potentially soon change.
LifeShield takes the lead in most categories and is our overall winner.
- Easy self-installation
- No home automation options
- LifeShield offers one-of-a-kind fire safety sensor
- LifeShield offers camera add-on options
- LifeShield offers a standard 36-month contract. SimpliSafe offers a month-to-month contract.
- LifeShield packages come with a well-rated mobile app. SimpliSafe offers a low-rated mobile app only with the most expensive monitoring package.
- Lifeshield has excellent proprietary equipment. SimpliSafe offers basic non-proprietary equipment.
- Lifeshield offers DIY installation or professional installation.
Winner and Loser Categories
SimpliSafe offers month-to-month contracts, which allow users to test out the home security experience without a big commitment.
LifeShield offers the industry standard 36-month contract.
Packaging and Contents
Because of their differences in monitoring options, LifeShield and SimpliSafe offer fundamentally different packages.
LifeShield offers 3 packages which include equipment and monitoring services. All packages come with high-quality essential equipment, smartphone control, and an advanced fire safety sensor, but will likely require add-ons.
In contrast, SimpliSafe only offers equipment packages at one-time cost, and then separate month-to-month monitoring contract options. SimpliSafe equipment packages include only basic technology.
Prices between LifeShield and SimpliSafe are difficult to compare due to their vastly different package options.
Lifeshield packages range in monthly cost from $30-$50 and include equipment and monitoring, but you will likely also have additional fees for equipment add-ons.
With SimpliSafe, you aren’t paying an all encompassing monthly fee for equipment and monitoring. Instead, SimpliSafe equipment packages range in one-time cost from $229.96 to $539.85. Then you can opt for month-to-month monitoring contracts that range from $14.99-$24.99.
SimpliSafe’s month-to-month contract offers flexibility, but if you decide not to continue forward with the service, you’ll have already footed high upfront equipment costs.
LifeShield uses top-of-the-line proprietary equipment with great industry and customer reviews. They also offer wireless cameras that can be added to packages.
SimpliSafe’s equipment is functional, but basic and old-fashioned. They also do not offer any camera options. Those looking for the most modern security technology will not be satisfied.
LifeShield offers both a DIY and professional installation option. DIY consumers report the system is easy to install. Professional services are available for $99.
SimpliSafe only offers a DIY installation, but customers and reviewers report it is extremely quick and user-friendly.
Though many of their competitors offer mobile control of smart appliances, neither LifeShield nor SimpliSafe provide this feature.
LifeShield has a very well-reviewed mobile app that comes with all three of its packages: Security Essentials, Security Advantage, and Security Professional.
SimpliSafe has a mobile app that only works for users who buy the most expensive monitoring contract. The app has received low ratings for user-friendliness and functionality.
Who LifeShield Is Better For:
- Users looking for excellent equipment
- Users seeking advanced fire safety technology
- Users requiring professional installation
- Users looking for combined equipment and monitoring package options
- Users willing to take a chance on a changing company
Who SimpliSafe Is Better For:
- Users fine with DIY installation
- Users interested in a low-commitment contract
- Users who don’t want cameras as part of home security system
- Users looking for basic equipment