The Best Home Security Systems of 2019

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? 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!

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

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Best Security System for Seniors
Vivint
Vivint
Vivint

With 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 Security System with Amazon Alexa
Scout Alarm
Scout Alarm
Scout Alarm
  • DIY installation
  • Professional monitoring not required
  • $688 for customized kit 

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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 in either one or three year plans. 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 Indoor Camera

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 offers easy, DIY installation 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. They have 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 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 offers 24/7 professional monitoring, 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

Protect America Touchscreen Control Panel

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 Security System with Amazon Alexa

Scout Access Sensor

Scout Alarm

I can confidently say that Scout has some of the most smart platform integrations I’ve seen in a security company. Aside from Amazon Alexa, it also works with Google Home, both Yale and Kwikset Z-Wave locks,  Nest, LIFX, Philips Hue lightbulbs, and IFTTT. Aside from that, Scout gives you the option to self-monitor, has DIY installation, great customer support reviews, and pretty good app ratings.

To learn more, read our review of the Scout Alarm Security System. 

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Scout Alarm
Scout Alarm
Scout Alarm

We like Scout Alarm for its DIY installation, many smart platform integrations, and lack of monthly fees. 

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 purposes, the Point combines everything into one. It can sense motion, glass break, temperature, humidity, light, mold, and noise. 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. 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 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 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, 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 is one of my personal favorite modern security systems. 

Best Security System Without Monthly Fees

abode Camera

abode Essentials Starter Kit

If you’re not looking to pay a monthly fee for professional monitoring, then abode 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.

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 would be a great choice of a smart security system. 

Best Security System with DIY Installation

SimpliSafe Base Blue Light

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. 

Best Security System for Apartment

Nest Secure

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Nest Secure Security System

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. 

Best Security System with Google Home

Brinks

Brinks has integrations with Google Home making it easy to vocally control your system. I purchased Brinks Home Complete with Video, which includes the Brinks Home Touch, a SkyBell Slim Line Video Doorbell, a glass break detector, and a cellular communicator. Installation is DIY, although you’ll have some help over the phone, and professional monitoring is not required! However, if you do choose professional monitoring, Brinks only offers binding three-year contracts, a definite drawback. On a more positive note, Brinks has a 4.1 Google rating and excellent customer support reviews. To control and monitor your system, you’ll use the Alarm.com app, which has ratings of 4.4 on both the Apple and Google Play stores. A fine option all around.

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

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. Now, most security systems involve 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. Whatever the components are, I want to make sure that they all easily communicate with your app so you can monitor them from afar.

Installation

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Installing the Ring Motion Detector

Most home security systems involve DIY installation, so I make sure that that’s an easy process. If a company only offers professional installation, I observe the process and make sure that the price isn’t too high. Professional 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 company’s monitoring options. While I recommend 24/7 professional monitoring to any of my readers, 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. 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, you want to make sure that customer support is both available and helpful. I prefer 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 reviews that mention customer support specifically.

App

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Notion App

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

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.

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2 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!

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