Alarm Grid Vs. SimpliSafe

Note: SimpliSafe now offers self-monitoring. 

Alarm Grid and SimpliSafe have a lot in common in their security system offerings. Both have DIY installation and depart from the industry-standard 36-month contract option with month-to-month offerings. They require upfront equipment costs, but eschew activation fees.

Key differences lie in equipment quality and offerings, and mobile and home automation capabilities. Alarm Grid uses excellent Honeywell products and has available cameras and home automation. SimpliSafe has functional but old-fashioned equipment and no available camera options.

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SimpliSafe has easy DIY installation, great customer support, and flexible monthly contracting. 

Key Similarities:

  • No activation fees
  • Upfront equipment costs
  • Available month-to-month monitoring contracts
  • DIY installation

Key Differences:

  • Only Alarm Grid offers home automation
  • Alarm Grid offers more extensive mobile management
  • Alarm Grid has more equipment options including cameras

Winner and Loser Categories

Packages, Equipment and Pricing

Winner: Alarm Grid

Neither Alarm Grid nor SimpliSafe offers traditional combined equipment and monitoring packages. Both require upfront equipment purchases with separate monitoring costs.

Alarm Grid uses top-of-the-line Honeywell products and has month-to-month or self-monitoring options. There are 25 equipment packages ranging from under $200 to more than $600, with monitoring plans ranging from $10 to $45 a month. Cameras and specialty sensor offerings are available.

SimpliSafe offers equipment packages at a one-time cost ranging from $230 to $540, and then separate month-to-month monitoring contracts ranging from $15 to $25. SimpliSafe does offer specialty sensors, but the company’s equipment is not state-of-the-art, and no camera options are available. Those looking for the newest and most modern security technology will not be satisfied.


Winner: Alarm Grid

Alarm Grid offers users flexible month-to-month or self-monitoring contract options.

SimpliSafe offers similarly flexible month-to-month contracts, but does not have Alarm Grid’s extensive self-monitoring capabilities.


Winner: Tie

Both Alarm Grid and SimpliSafe offer DIY installation.

Home Automation

Winner: Alarm Grid

Only Alarm Grid offers home automation options.

Mobile App

Winner: Alarm Grid

Alarm Grid offers self-monitoring options through mobile apps included in their featured packages.

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.

Activation Fees

Winner: Tie

Neither Alarm Grid nor SimpliSafe has activation fees.

Who Alarm Grid Is Better For:

  • Users seeking top-of-the-line Honeywell equipment
  • Users who want cameras as part of their home security systems
  • Users interested in home automation

Full Alarm Grid review

Who SimpliSafe Is Better For:

  • Users seeking a basic system with no cameras
  • Users not interested in home automation
  • Users not prioritizing mobile management

Full SimpliSafe review

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SimpliSafe Security System

SimpliSafe has easy DIY installation, great customer support, and flexible monthly contracting. 

Users interested in a DIY system with month-to-month monitoring and no activation fees will be happy with either Alarm Grid or SimpliSafe. Consumers prioritizing mobile management and self-monitoring, or who are interested in camera options and home automation should opt for Alarm Grid. Those looking to keep their security system simple with no cameras or home automation needs will be fine with SimpliSafe.

Related: The Best Security Systems of 2019

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner is an attorney and journalist with a passion for home tech and secure, efficient living. Since graduating from NYU Law, he has maintained a paradoxical existence of trying to live life adventurously while remaining staunchly risk-averse. He is torn by the dual desires of wanting to only be in Brooklyn writing about housing policy and smart home tech and aspiring to visit his friends scattered across the globe. Gabe believes that stable, safe communities are the cornerstone to a vibrant and healthy society, and it is this passion that brought him to contribute to Security Baron.

2 thoughts on “Alarm Grid Vs. SimpliSafe”

  1. Gabe, I have a SimpliSafe system installed with a wide variety of sensors – including 8 cameras. I also ordered and received the doorbell cam, but since we do not have a wired doorbell I did not install that one. This morning I was testing the water sensor under the dishwasher. I was quite surprised when, within 10 seconds of the alarm sounding and a message appearing on my phone, the monitoring center called and a very pleasant lady informed me that they received two water leak notifications! I have been quite satisfied with the SimpliSafe system since it was installed in early November. To be fair, I think you should update your system comparison reviews between SimpliSafe and other providers. Thanks.

    • Awesome! Thanks for sharing your experience. I have many comparisons involving SimpliSafe and will also be updating my SimpliSafe review for 2020.

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