Protection 1 and SimpliSafe have solid reputations among home security consumers. SimpliSafe relies on DIY systems, selling only through online stores. Protection 1 sells online, but also has a network of dealers. Protection 1 systems require professional installation and configuration.
- Smartphone apps are available free of charge
- 100% wireless
- Protection 1 uses Honeywell sensors and SimpliSafe uses proprietary sensors
- SimpliSafe has month-to-month contracts and Protection 1 requires a three-year commitment
- SimpliSafe is DIY and Protection 1 requires professional installation
- SimpliSafe cannot manage Z-Wave devices
- SimpliSafe has no camera offerings
- Protection 1 has no warranty. SimpliSafe has a sixty-day, full refund policy
- Protection 1 offers Geo-fencing
Comparison Overview Chart of Basic Packages
|Monthly Monitoring Fee||$24.99||$34.99|
|Activation and/or Installation Fee*||none||$99.00|
|Contract Length||month-to-month||3 years|
|Number of Door/Window Sensor||1||3|
|Motion Sensor Included||1||1|
Comparison Overview Chart of Top Packages Offered
|Monthly Monitoring Fee||$24.99||$54.99|
|Activation and/or Installation Fee||none||$99.00|
|Contract Length||Month-to-month||3 years|
|Smartphone and Remote Access Management||Yes||Yes|
|Number of Door/Window Sensor||4||4|
|Motion Sensor Included||2||1|
|Glass Break Sensor||0||1|
|iTune App Rating||2.5 stars||2.5 stars|
|Android App Rating||4 stars||3.5 stars|
|Blackberry App Rating||3.5 stars||4 stars|
The sensor technology utilized by both companies compares very favorably. Most users report few instances of equipment malfunction. The proprietary detectors used by SimpliSafe are a bit larger and bulkier than the Honeywell sensors but they work as well.
SimpliSafe does not have as many component offerings due to their lack of Z-Wave and video compatibility. Protection 1 offers a full range of smart home appliances and cameras.
You must purchase your equipment up front with SimpliSafe whereas with Protection 1 systems you essentially lease the equipment.
SimpliSafe is known for their month-to-month contracts and hence no early termination penalties that are often a source of customer dissatisfaction with other companies.
Winner and Loser Categories
Customers report equally high satisfaction rates with the products and services offered by each company.
SimpliSafe charges less per month for their monitoring fees than Protection 1 charges. The lack of any early termination fees can add to a customer’s cost savings.
Both companies charge about the same price for any extra sensors you may want to purchase.
The SimpliSafe month-to-month contract is very well received by customers.
Packages and Contents
Winner: Protection 1
Protection 1 offers more equipment with their packages than SimpliSafe provides. Protection 1 also can manage video and smart home appliances and has a range of those components available for sale.
Ease of Installation
Protection 1 and SimpliSafe are equally well-thought of by users on most home security forums.
Equipment Quality and Technology
The pricing and quality of the component offerings are the same for each company.
Protection 1 does not offer any warranty.
SimpliSafe has a sixty-day, full refund money-back guarantee.
The service technicians used by Protection 1 and SimpliSafe are well trained and competent according to most user rating forums.
SimpliSafe beats Protection 1 in most categories. The cost to operate a SimpliSafe system is much less than if you sign a 3-year agreement with Protection 1. Learn more in our SimpliSafe review.
However, if you want Z-Wave compatibility and the ability to add video to your security system, you will have to go with a Protection 1 system. If you do not like DIY and do not want the responsibility of maintaining and installing the system yourself, then Protection 1 is also the option for you. Learn more in our Protection 1 review.