Neither SimpliSafe nor AlarmForce relies on large sensor and detector manufacturers such as GE or Honeywell. Each company manufactures and brands their own security components. SimpliSafe is strictly Do-it-Yourself (DIY), and AlarmForce uses professional installers. Both companies sell their components and packages from the company website or other online retailers.
AlarmForce has seventeen North American proprietary monitoring centers. SimpliSafe outsources their monitoring.
The two companies sell their equipment through online retailers or on their businesses’ websites. They do not have any local dealerships or outlets that sell equipment though AlarmForce has local installers that do some servicing. Most servicing for both companies is done by phone, chat or online video.
We have done the research for you. Below we compare AlarmForce and SimpliSafe monitoring contracts, cost differences, user ratings, warranties, and more to help you make an informed decision. Overall, we prefer AlarmForce as the better no-frills, homes security system that offers more options to homeowners.
However, SimpliSafe may be more suitable for some users depending on the elements you may be looking for in a security system and monitoring contract.
The limited availability of AlarmForce in the continental United States impacts a potential user’s decision also.
- Proprietary sensors
- Proprietary monitoring centers
- Smartphone apps are available free of charge
- 100% wireless
- SimpliSafe has month-to-month contracts. AlarmForce requires three-year contracts
- SimpliSafe has a sixty-day, full refund policy. AlarmForce has a full warranty on all installation and equipment for the life of the contract
- SimpliSafe systems cannot manage Z-Wave smart home appliances
- SimpliSafe does not offer video monitoring
Comparison Overview Chart of Basic Packages
|Monthly Monitoring Fee||$25.00||$24.99|
|Activation and/or Installation Fee||None||None|
|Contract Length||3 year||Month-to-month|
|Number of Door/Window Sensor||0||1|
|Motion Sensor Included||1||1|
|Two Way Voice Console||Yes||No|
Comparison Overview Chart of Top Packages Offered
|Package Name||Connect with Cell Wave||Smart Complete|
|Monthly Monitoring Fee||$41.98||$24.99|
|Activation and/or Installation Fee||$178.99*||none|
|Contract Length||3 years||Month to month|
|Smartphone and Remote Access Management||Yes||Yes|
|Two-Way Voice Console||Yes||No|
|Door/Window Sensor Included||2||4|
|Carbon Monoxide Detector||No||Yes|
|iTunes App Rating||4.5 stars||2.5 stars|
|Android App Rating||4 stars||4 stars|
|Blackberry App Rating||4.5 stars||3.5 stars|
*May vary depending on local dealer offers
The sensor and detector technology for both companies provides excellent quality and reliability. The sensor appearance is not as sleek as that of the major manufacturer’s components, such as GE or Honeywell, but nevertheless, the AlarmForce and SimpliSafe products work well.
Both companies stress online purchase. Many may find the SimpliSafe DIY option more convenient while other users may prefer the AlarmForce technicians to install the system.
AlarmForce uses landline phone connections for their basic packages. You must pay extra if you want to use cellular connectivity. Cellular is included in the AlarmForce advanced packages with landline service used as backup communications.
AlarmForce offers separate medical alert packages with separate rates for monitoring.
SimpliSafe allows you to cancel their contracts without paying any penalty, as they are month-to-month. AlarmForce contracts are for three years. If you cancel at any time during the three years, you are assessed a fee equal to three months monitoring service. This penalty is much lower than competitor’s cancelation fees, however.
A significant difference in the two systems concerns smart home appliances and video. AlarmForce systems manage Z-Wave devices. AlarmForce also offers video with their advanced packages.
SimpliSafe has no video and no ability to manage smart home appliances.
Winner and Loser Categories
Both companies have excellent service and sales reputations. AlarmForce dealers have high ratings regarding sales and service, as does the SimpliSafe online support through chat, video and phone lines.
SimpliSafe offers a better monthly monitoring price than AlarmForce. The equipment that comes with AlarmForce packages is minimal. Even though it is free, for the advanced packages you will pay an installation fee that is more than what the equipment is worth. You also essentially lease the AlarmForce sensors and return them upon completion of the contract.
The month to month contract for SimpliSafe monitoring is more attractive to most homeowners even though the AlarmForce three-year contracts have a relatively small early termination fee.
Packages and Contents
AlarmForce has all the equipment that SimpliSafe does but also has video and smart home appliance components.
Ease of Installation
Ease of installation depends on your personal requirements. SimpliSafe’s DIY systems are universally lauded as simple, plug-and-play devices.
The AlarmForce systems, by all accounts, take very little time for the AlarmForce to configure and install in any size home or apartment.
Equipment Quality and Technology
The pricing and quality of the proprietary equipment provided by both companies are about the same.
AlarmForce has a full-refund return policy on all equipment and installation for the life of the contract.
SimpliSafe has a sixty-day, full refund policy and a three-year product warranty. Since it is DIY, if you make a mistake in the installation it is up to you to either repair it or find a local handyman who can do so.
AlarmForce not only has an installation warranty good for the length of the contract, if you do need service, there is a local dealer who can provide it.
SimpliSafe and AlarmForce both have excellent, no-frills quality systems.
If you want a simple, usable system, then for your money AlarmForce has the edge due to their ability to provide smart home appliance management and to mesh video with your control console. Learn more in our AlarmForce review.
However, if you do not need video or Z-Wave control, and do not want to lock yourself into a three-year contract, then SimpliSafe is a good option. Learn more in our SimpliSafe review.