Monitronics Vs. SimpliSafe

Note: SimpliSafe now offers self-monitoring, although you’ll only get notifications with the Interactive Plan. They also added a Google Assistant integration, and cloud storage is available separately from monitoring. They’ve also added a professional installation option for $79. 

Monitronics and SimpliSafe both provide options that will meet your home security needs.

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  • DIY installation
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  • DIY installation or professional installation for $79
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Monitronics offers professional installation, home automation, and long-term monitoring contracts. SimpliSafe offers DIY installation and month-to-month monitoring services.

Monitronics uses mostly Honeywell and GE equipment, while SimpliSafe uses equipment reported to be functional but old-fashioned.

Users should note that Monitronics details can vary between local dealers.

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

Key Similarities:


  • One type of installation
  • Select mobile management options


Key Differences:


  • Monitronics has professional installation. SimpliSafe is DIY.
  • Monitronics offers long-term monitoring contracts. SimpliSafe offers month-to-month.
  • Only Monitronics offers home automation.

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Packages, Equipment and Pricing

Winner: Monitronics

Monitronics offers three packages advertised as ranging in cost from $35-$55 with activation fees ranging from $99-$149, plus equipment costs. Monitronics has a well-regarded centralized monitoring system, but uses local dealers for installation, leading to varying on-the-ground user experiences. Local dealers also have final control over activation costs and contract terms. This means specials and coupons can potentially lower a system’s cost. But overall, local variation makes Monitronics pricing unpredictable. Most equipment is Honeywell or GE. Medical alert packages are additionally available.

SimpliSafe offers equipment packages at a one-time cost ranging from $230-$540 and then separate month-to-month monitoring contracts ranging from $15-$25. SimpliSafe does offer specialty sensors, but the company’s equipment is said to be functional but old fashioned. Those looking for the newest and most modern security technology will not be satisfied.


Winner: SimpliSafe

Monitronics offers the industry-standard 36-month monitoring contract. SimpliSafe offers more flexible month-to-month contract options.

Mobile App

Winner: Monitronics

Monitronics has remote smartphone control capabilities, but only text and email notifications and remote arm/disarm are free. Additional remote features are available at extra cost.

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.


Winner: Tie

Both Monitronics and SimpliSafe offer one type of installation. Preference will depend on what service you’re seeking.

Monitronics offers professional installation done by local dealers. The customer service experience varies by location and is therefore less reliable. Installation is free but users will likely pay significant activation fees. SimpliSafe offers DIY installation.

Home Automation

Winner: Monitronics

Only Monitronics has available home automation options.

Who Monitronics is Better For:

  • Users seeking home automation
  • Users looking for a long-term monitoring contract
  • Users requiring professional installation

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Who SimpliSafe is Better For:

  • Users looking for month-to-month monitoring
  • Users wanting DIY installation
  • Users not seeking home automation

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

Both SimpliSafe and Monitronics offer viable home security services. Those looking for professional installation, home automation, and a long-term monitoring contract commitment will likely be pleased with Monitronics, but should note potential local variance. Those looking for a basic DIY system without the latest technology and flexible month-to-month monitoring will likely be happier with SimpliSafe.

Monitronics is now owned by Brinks. Check out our review of the Brinks home security system.

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.

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