Best Home Security Systems According to Experts
Want to feel safer no matter where you live? Top security experts share their picks for the best home security systems.
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Best wireless system
Both Ward and Edwards like Frontpoint. Edwards says one of the best features of the system is the wireless panel. “You can set it on a table or shelf and don’t have to install it on the wall,” she says.
The brand recently added a smart hub, which improved the product significantly. Edward notes, “Because the equipment is wireless you can move with it or use it in an apartment, which helps out if you’re in a long-term contract with the company.” Wondering if burglars are scoping out your home? Learn these 22 signs your home is vulnerable.
Best system with a camera
The Canary All-in-One system is chock full of features that Edwards likes. “It’s basically a security camera with extras like a siren and panic button that can send a direct call for help to emergency personnel, a neighbor, or family. On the Canary you can add pro monitoring through Noonlight,” she says. Not sure where to install your camera? Consider these ten places.
Best system without cameras
“We think it’s a good idea to have at least one camera in a strategic spot. That being said, DIY companies like SimpliSafe are great options. They will offer you a basic plan without a camera,” says Ward.
Edwards agrees about SimpliSafe. “It is probably the best all-around home security system that doesn’t come with a camera included. It delivers everything else you want from the best home security systems, including pro monitoring, motion sensors, door and window contacts, and a siren, all for a reasonable price,” he says. Still on the fence about a security camera? Here are 12 of the best-reviewed.
Best that doesn’t require a contract
Edwards recommends Ring for people who don’t want to get stuck in a contract. “It’s the cheapest option out there and if you add month-to-month monitoring, you only pay $10/month. But you can buy a full year up front for $100, which saves you the cost of two months. And, they’ll give you a prorated refund on an annual payment if you decide to cancel the monitoring,” she says. In addition to investing in one of the best home security systems, you should also do these 10 things every day to make your home safer.
Best monitored system
Ward and Siciliano are both fans of ADT. “Since ADT has six different centers for monitoring, more than any other security company out there, you get extra protection. For instance, if a monitoring center is affected by a natural disaster or power outage, there are other centers open and operating 24 hours a day. You just don’t get that with smaller security companies,” he says. Wonder what they see at monitoring centers? Here are 11 strange things caught on security cameras.