The Best Home Security Systems of 2019

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New year, new me. That’s what I thought as I watched the ball drop this New Year’s. Take my word for it- it’s going to be a year of safety, serenity, and hopefully, sanity. I’m here to help you with the first part.

Let’s be honest: every home should have a security system, but it can be hard to choose which one. What features should you be looking out for? For example, do you need home automation? Which system is the most trusted, and is it truly worth the price? Not only am I going to tell you about all the security systems you need to know about, but I’m also going to tell you how I came to this conclusion. To learn more, read the “Methodology” section at the end of this review.

I’ve scoured the Internet and beyond to bring you the absolute best home security systems of 2019. I’ve even broken it down further into specific categories, with security systems for home-owners, apartment-renters, pet-owners, and more. Let’s jump in to this year’s best home security systems review!

Best Security System Overall
Frontpoint
Frontpoint
Frontpoint

We love the Frontpoint security system itself and its fantastic customer support doesn't hurt either. 

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Best Security System for Homeowners
ADT
ADT
ADT

ADT home security offers DIY installation, 24/7 professional monitoring and long-term contracts. 

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Best Security System for Seniors
Vivint
Vivint
Vivint

With free professional installation, Vivint makes it easy for the senior in your life to be secure. 

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Best Security System for Businesses
Protect America
Protect America
Protect America

We love how every Protect America system comes with 24/7 professional monitoring! 

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Best Wireless Security System
Link Interactive
Link Interactive
Link Interactive

With totally wireless components, you'll have no issue setting up Link Interactive, which offers cellular backup included plus optional 24/7 professional monitoring and home automation. 

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Best Security System for Apartment
Nest Secure
Nest Secure
Nest Secure

With a ton of amazing camera options, this system is great for anyone looking for the best video, audio and night vision to provide home security. 

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Most Affordable/ Best for the Money Security System
Minut
Minut
Minut

The Minut Point Smart Alarm is an entire security system in one component, making it one of our more affordable options for smart home security. 

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Best Security System Without Monthly Fees
abode Essentials Starter Kit
abode Essentials Starter Kit
abode Essentials Starter Kit

Not only does abode give you the option to self-monitor, but you also have on-demand professional monitoring, a unique feature of abode. 

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Best Security System with DIY Installation
SimpliSafe
SimpliSafe
SimpliSafe

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

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Best Security System Overall

Installing the Frontpoint Keypad

Frontpoint

Frontpoint is only a decade-old company, but from the start, they’ve been an industry leader. Their main strength? Customer support. Frontpoint has a 4.5 rating on Google, with people literally ranting about their experiences.

“Customer service has been professionally helpful each time that I have had questions. They won’t leave you hanging if you have an issue. All that and you get a peace of mind knowing that you have someone watching your back!”

wrote Jack Linamen in a five-star review recently. Aside from that, Frontpoint requires that you do professional monitoring, paid on a monthly contract. Fortunately for you, the Frontpoint app is highly-rated, with a 4.1 from the Google Play store and a 4.5 from the Apple store. All around, Frontpoint truly cares about its customers and it shows.

To learn more, read our full written review of the Frontpoint security system. 

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Frontpoint Home Security System
Frontpoint Home Security System
Frontpoint Home Security System

We recommend Frontpoint due to its unmatched customer support, its user-friendly app, and its awesome camera with 1080p HD video display, two-way audio, and free local and cloud storage. I also love that 24/7 professional monitoring and cellular backup are built-in. 

Best Security System for Homeowners

ADT Security System

ADT

ADT is the oldest security company in the U.S. All of its security systems come with 24/7 professional monitoring based on the equipment and services the customer wants. All contracts are three-year, ideal for a homeowner who would like to lock in a rate. Plus, all systems come with cellular backup, which will make sure that the system stays on even if the power goes out. 

Aside from that, ADT home security offers easy, DIY installation of surveillance equipment and a highly-rated app. It loses points, however, for its customer support reviews. I bought the ADT Video Package for $773, and it’s been a great system overall. 

To learn more, read our full review of the ADT security system. 

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ADT Security System
ADT Security System
ADT Security System

We love ADT due to its great mobile app, free cloud storage for up to 30 days, two-way audio, and more. 

Best Security System for Seniors

Vivint Camera

Vivint

Whether you’re a senior or simply buying a security system for a senior, I’d recommend Vivint home security with a pretty impressive camera. They have free professional installation, so you won’t have to worry about your system working correctly; the person who installed my system was very kind, patient, and most importantly, knowledgeable. This could be very helpful for a senior, who may not know much about modern DIY installation. Aside from that, Vivint home security has one of the highest-rated security apps in the Apple and Google Play stores, so you can rest assured that it’s easy to use, even for someone not super tech-savvy. Of course, Vivint home security offers 24/7 professional monitoring (to contact police or fire departments if necessary), so the senior in your life will always be protected.

To learn more, read our full review of the Vivint home security system. 

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Vivint Home Security System
Vivint Home Security System
Vivint Home Security System

Vivint has 1.3 million customers in the U.S and Canada, plus professional monitoring and the highest-rated app of any security company.

Best Security System for Businesses

Installing Protect America

Protect America

For your business, you’ll want a more established security company, and Protect America fits the bill. They were founded in 1992 and are one of the leading names in home security. 24/7 professional monitoring comes with every Protect America system and ranges from $20 to $60 a month depending on your equipment and needs. Like Brinks, you’ll set up your Protect America system with someone over the phone who will test all of its components. Plus if you have any issues, customer support is great over live chat (and admittedly, not so great over the phone). I would especially recommend Protect America to Android users, as the Android app has over three stars.

Learn more by reading our review of the Protect America Home Security System. 

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Protect America Security System
Protect America Security System
Protect America Security System

We love Protect America for its integrations with Amazon Alexa, its great customer support, and its included 24/7 professional monitoring. All in all, we highly recommend Protect America.

 

Best Wireless Security System

Link Interactive Door/ Window Sensor

One reason I like the Link Interactive security system is for it’s simplicity. Not only are all of it’s components wireless, but there are also very few components: simply a control panel which provides cellular backup, a smart lock from Kwikset, a SkyBell Doorbell Camera, an indoor camera, and two entry sensors to arm your security system and provide home automation.Powerful home automation allows you to control your locks, lights and even maintain the perfect temperature. It’s great that cellular backup is included, as it means your system will keep working even if the power doesn’t. Plus, you can choose if you want to self-monitor through the highly-rated Alarm.com app or pay extra for professional monitoring, life safety, home automation technology, and HD video monitoring. Did I mention their customer support is actually supportive? 

For more information about this home security product, read our full review of Link Interactive

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Link Interactive
Link Interactive
Link Interactive

With totally wireless components, you'll have no issue setting up Link Interactive, which offers cellular backup included plus optional 24/7 professional monitoring and home automation. 

Best Security System for Apartment

Nest Secure Security System

Nest Secure

Nest Secure is a great option for apartments for a few reasons. One, they offer month-to-month contracting, which is awesome because you might not be there forever (especially if the dryers don’t get fixed soon— sorry, that’s just me projecting a little). Two, the installation is super-easy and won’t require any drilling or hardwiring in your rented space, and three, you can choose to self-monitor if you’d like. I also like that the Nest Secure system is super minimalist with only five components. In a smaller space, the last thing you want to be bogged down with is an extensive security system. Nest Secure will blend right into your space.

Want to learn more? Read our full review of the Nest Secure Security System. 

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Nest Secure
Nest Secure
Nest Secure

With a ton of amazing camera options, this system is great for anyone looking for the best video, audio and night vision to provide home security. 

Most Affordable/ Best for the Money Security System

Point Smart Alarm and Minut Box

Minut

At only $149, Minut is by far the most affordable security system I’ve reviewed. That probably has something to do with the fact that it’s only composed of one component. Rather than having different sensors for different home security purposes, the Point combines everything into one. It can replace motion sensor, temperature sensor, humidity sensor light sensor, mold and noise sensors, sense glass break. It can even turn your regular old smoke or C.O alarms into smart alarms, as it can hear them go off and notify you via the mobile app which is always at hand. Throw in some tamper protection and a built-in siren, and you’ve got an entire security system in one convenient package.

If you’re trying to save money, you’ll be pleased that Minut home security doesn’t require or offer any professional monitoring. Instead, you’ll control everything from the Minut app, which has great ratings on both the Apple and Google Play stores. Minut home security isn’t just a cheap security system. In my opinion, it’s leading the way home security should go. Oh no, now I’m tearing up.

To learn more about this nifty little security system and its technology, read our full review of the Minut Point Smart Alarm.

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Minut
Minut
Minut

With an entire security system in one small component, Minut home security is one of my personal favorite modern security systems in the industry. 

Best Security System Without Monthly Fees

abode iota Entry Sensor Installed on Door

abode Essentials Starter Kit

If you’re not looking to pay a monthly fee for professional monitoring, then abode home security is a great option that lets you self-monitor. Their abode Essentials Starter Kit is pretty minimal, with only a Gateway, a door/ window sensor, a motion sensor, and a key fob (plus the abode Cam, which I couldn’t resist adding). Installation is DIY, saving you more money, and abode has pretty good app and customer support ratings. Plus, abode has tons of integrations with Google Assistant, Amazon Echo, Nest, Philips Hue lightbulbs, ecobee, LIFX, Yale, Kwikset, Z-wave, First Alert, and IFTTT, so you’ll be able to create home automations galore and have awesome tools at hand.

To learn more, read our full review of the abode Essentials Starter Kit. 

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abode
abode
abode

With integrations with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and many other smart home products, abode home security would be a great choice of a smart security system. 

Best Security System with DIY Installation

SimpliSafe Summerfort System

SimpliSafe

With the majority of the components being peel-and-stick, installing SimpliSafe doesn’t require any tools, drilling, or technical know-how of any kind. The entire process takes a few minutes, and the app provides step-by-step instructions. All in all, installing SimpliSafe couldn’t be easier.

I bought the Summerfort system from SimpliSafe, which has about 19 components. All SimpliSafe systems include 24/7 professional monitoring and cellular backup for either $14.99 a month or $24.99 a month, if you want remote control of your system, notifications, cloud storage, and smart home integrations, among other features. Fortunately, SimpliSafe offers month-to-month contracts, so you’ll be able to cancel at anytime. Throw in decent customer support and app reviews, and you’ve got a system perfect for your home. 

To learn more, read our full review of the SimpliSafe security system. 

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SimpliSafe Security System
SimpliSafe Security System
SimpliSafe Security System

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

That’s it for the best home security systems of 2019! Any and all comments or questions can be left below.

Methodology

Whether or not any of these security systems are for you, I want to show you what to look for in a security system and how I came to my choices.

System Components

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iSmartAlarm System Components

The first thing I look at in a security system are its system components. Home security industry is trying to offer new devices and technology is evolving. Now, most security systems involve a great number of components, such as a base station, security camera, entry, motion, and glass break sensors, a keypad, and key fobs, among other components. But I also appreciate minimalist systems that components that perform more than one action, like Minut. Some components can make home automation available to you. Whatever the components are (camera, motion sensor, window sensor, smart lock, etc.), I want to make sure that they all easily communicate with your app that is always at hand, so you can keep an eye on them from afar.

Installation

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Installing the Ring Motion Detector

Most home security systems involve DIY installation of surveillance equipment, so I make sure that that’s an easy process. If a home security company only offers professional installation, I observe the process and make sure that the price isn’t too high. Professional home security installation tends to skew upwards of $100, but it’s really your preference whether or not it’s worth its hefty price tag.

Monitoring Options

Next, I do a deep-dive on a home security company’s monitoring options. While I recommend 24/7 professional monitoring to any of my readers (to prevent your home from becoming a crime scene, etc.), I like for there to be an option to self-monitor, as well. As far as contracting goes, I prefer flexible, month-to-month contracting for home security. I also prefer when cellular backup is included, allowing your system to work even during a power outage. Finally, the price range for professional monitoring can vary greatly, from $10 to $60 a month or more.

Customer Support

If something goes wrong with your system (for example, false alarms are triggered), you want to make sure that customer support is both available and helpful. I prefer home security companies that offer support over phone and live chat, ideally 24/7. Aside from going off my own experience, I check out customer reviews from Amazon and Google, looking at home security reviews that mention customer support specifically.

App

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Notion App

Finally, I check out a home security system’s app, making sure it’s user-friendly and technologically sound, especially if there is a home automation involved. I also check app reviews from the Apple and the Google Play stores, looking for home security apps with ratings of at least three stars or above.

Recap

I hope that this guide has been useful! Make sure to check out other Security Baron reviews, or other review sites such as Porch. Please let me know if you have any comments or questions with regard to home security and I will personally respond.

FAQs

What is the best home security system?

The best home security system is Frontpoint, which offers professional monitoring and excellent customer support.

How much is ADT per month?

ADT’s monthly fees start at $35.99, but they’re based on your equipment and services.

What is the best home security system without a monthly fee?

The best home security system without a monthly fee is Nest Secure, which you can self-monitor through the Nest app.

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.

20 thoughts on “The Best Home Security Systems of 2019”

  1. Hi Gabe, I wanted your opinion on the best way to go for a security system for our Florida home….we use it 6 months out of the year so we would like to install a DIY system that we could possibly monitor from our iPhones which one would you recommend for ease of installation ease-of-use and of course price thank you
    Tom A

    • Hi Tom,
      I would check out abode– you can install it yourself and monitor it from the abode app. Plus, they have an on-demand professional monitoring option so you can use it whenever you want. Let me know if you have any other questions!

  2. Hello Gabe,

    My husband and I have a home and our neighbor was recently burglarized. We live in rural Iowa and have normally felt quite safe, but since this most recent incident we are wanting to invest in a security system. Our location is a drawback where we do not have a strong internet signal and yet we were hoping to be able to self-monitor. We were initially considering Simplisafe, but ran into problems regarding monitoring ability. We would appreciate your advice. Thank you.

    • Hi Caytlin,
      I’m sorry to hear that you’ve been burglarized! If you’re looking to self-monitor, SimpliSafe is not a good choice as you won’t be able to livestream footage, receive notifications, or control your system remotely. Since your Internet connection isn’t great you should definitely look for a system with cellular or landline backup. I’d look into abode. Their Connect Plan is only $10 a month or $96 a year and it will give you cellular backup and unlimited self-monitoring. Here’s a link to my review of their starter kit- http://bit.ly/2Tw61s9

  3. Hi Gabe – I love your YouTube reviews! I’ve done quite a bit of research on security systems and I’m more confused than ever! Help! We feel quite safe in our home and townhouse complex. It’s well lit with everyone’s front entrances quite visible.

    Our primary concern is that we have 3 levels; The front entrance is on the ground floor in our bedroom is on the third floor. When we’re in the bedroom between the white noise machine in the central air system we would never be able to hear anything happening on the first/ground floor. We’re looking for an economical, DIY security system with a loud alarm/siren to alert us when were sleeping And to alert us if there is an intruder when we’re not home. We’d love your input/ recommendations! Would also love your thoughts/advice on self monitoring vs using a security company to monitor. Many thanks!
    Kelli

    • Hi Kelli,
      You’re very welcome and thanks for reading! There are a bunch of different companies that have sirens- I recommend SimpliSafe. However, if you self-monitor with SimpliSafe, you won’t be able to control your system remotely, livestream footage, or receive notifications. 24/7 professional monitoring would be better for a family where all adults work full time and wouldn’t have time to contact emergency services if an alarm goes off. However, if you have someone that stays at home, self-monitoring should be fine. Ring Alarm also has a siren and you can self-monitor and still control your system remotely and all that jazz, plus professional monitoring is super affordable. I’d check out this review of Ring vs. Simplisafe and let me know if you have any other questions!

  4. Hey Gabe,
    I watched your videos for both the Ring security system and SimpliSafe and I was curious to hear how you compared the two.

    In the Ring reviews, you spoke very highly of the system, but here you listed SimpliSafe as the best DIY. I’m bouncing between the two, and I won’t have much outdoor video required…what’re your thoughts?

  5. Hi Gabe,

    I am from Brazil and i will be in US next month. I want to buy a security System. Could you tell which options i can use here in Brazil?

  6. Hi, i just moved from nyc(bx tenement building life) to ga and just bought my first home. Im looking for a system that is trusted, reliable (1kid) but also pocket friendly. What are your thoughts?

    • Any of the security systems on this list! They’re all trusted and reliable with Android and iPhone apps. Are you looking to get professional monitoring or monitor it yourself? Same question for goes installation- DIY or professional?

  7. Hey Gabe! Love your Youtube channel. I travel for a living and am out of the country often. I am buying my first home and want to secure it. I want to start building a home ecosystem. I currently use Amazon Alexa and fire stick. I am looking for locks, doorbells, thermostat, and alarm system. Which system would you suggest? I am not looking to pay too much. I have 3 doors and lots of windows (including large ones in a sunroom). Thanks so much man!

    • Hi Chris! Glad you’re loving the channel. I would look at Ring Alarm. It works with Alexa and you’d be able to view the camera footage on your Firestick. However, Amazon doesn’t have any smart locks or thermostats yet. For that, I’d look at Nest as it also works with Alexa (although you’d need to use a different app). Check out the Nest Learning Thermostat and the August Smart Lock Pro, as the Nest Yale lock only works with Google Assistant.

  8. Hi Gabe ,
    Just read some of your security reviews about COVE which incidentally was not mentioned on your 2019 reviews ! ? Anyway looking for home security for a family that has an indoor pet , our dog is around 25 lbs. Also my parents are living with me and thy are always home but not tech savvy ( dad is 87 and mom is 86 ) they can’t even used Cell phone at all only the landline regular old telephone . I am just worried because sometimes when we eat out no one is at home !!

  9. Had ADT, technically still have. Just a heads up anyone considering ADT, they make you sign a 3 year agreement. At no point do they tell you that you are signing a 3 year agreement. It would seem important to mention. If you sign a 3 year contract and want to move at any point during that contract in 3 years and install ADT in the place, the 3 years resets. The contracts are address based. If you want to get out of the contract you have to pay 75% of the contract. So I still have 21 months of a contract I had no idea I was in, to get out I have to pay $783. Really frustrating. Again the sales people, or at least mine, do not mention the 3 year commitment. I called their customer service team and they acknowledged that the sales people do not have to mention it, it’s on you to read the fine print. I’m paying the lump sum, because apparently they auto renew you at some point unless you nail the timing. There are reports of having to send in a written note by mail. ADT is a nightmare, way too expensive, and not great.

    Ended up switching to Ring. Just as good and way cheaper.

    • You raise some good points! I agree, it was really hard for me to find the information for this review as ADT isn’t exactly up front with it. Ring is definitely a more affordable and straightforward option.

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