Protect America vs SimpliSafe
Protect America is a best home security system for the money. How does it compare to SimpliSafe? Read our comparison chart below.
Protect America has a low base plan starting at just $19.99/month, which comes with 3 door/window sensors, a motion detector, and the Simon XT Control Panel. The highest tier is priced at $54.99/month and comes with cellular monitoring and home automation. All plans include free equipment, no installation fee (as it's DIY system), and 24/7 monitoring.
However, note that the Protect America base plan only comes with landline monitoring. To get cellular monitoring, the price jumps up to $41.99/month. But then again, you do get free equipment with Protect America, so some people still find the cost is lower overall. There is a 3-year contract and you have a 14-day return period if you're not satisfied.
While SimpliSafe does things a little differently by having no contract whatsoever. You can cancel anytime without penalty. It also has one of the lowest monthly fees, starting at just $14.99/month. Even the highest tier plan is just $24.99/month and offers access to the mobile app and customizable alerts. All plans support 100% all-inclusive cellular monitoring.
But the downside is that the system is very basic. There is no video monitoring feature and no home automation. You do have to pay an upfront equipment fee too, starting at $229.96 for the 5-piece starter set. Or you can custom build your own per your needs. There is a 60-day money-back guaranteed if you’re not satisfied with the system.
Compare Protect America with SimpliSafe, side-by-side. Read on for an in-depth look, including ratings, reviews, pros and cons.
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Benefits and Features
|Home Security||Plans start from $19.99/month to $54.99/month. All plans include free equipment, no installation fees, and 24/7 monitoring.|
$54.99 Cellular Monitoring Plan includes cellular connection, smartphone control, automated door locks, and lighting control.
|$14.99 Standard Alarm Monitoring|
$24.99 Interactive Alarm Monitoring includes SMS/Email Alerts and Smartphone Control
|Mobile App||SMART Connect app allows you to arm and disarm your security system remotely, monitor sensor activity, view live video, and control locks and lights. App is available on App Store and Google Play.||SimpliSafe Home Security app allows you to arm/disarm remotely and monitor sensor status. Requires Interactive monitoring subscription plan and SimpliSafe2 system.|
|Home Automation||Supports Z-Wave Door Locks, Lights, and Thermostats|| |
|Contract||3 year contract||No Contract|
|Control Panel||GE Simon XT|
|Customer Service||Monday to Friday 8am to 9pm Central. Saturday to Sunday 9am to 7pm Central. 24/7 Monitoring||9am to 6pm Eastern, 7 days a week. 24/7 Monitoring.|
|Glass Break Sensor|
|Installation||Do It Yourself||Do It Yourself|
|Security Camera||Indoor use only camera. Up to 2 streams|| |
|Touch Screen||Simon XT Touch Screen|| |
|Water Flood Monitoring|
|Pros & Cons||Pros:|
- Plans start at $19.99/month
- Free equipment with contract
- Easy installation
- No long-term commitment
- Low monthly fee
- Easy installation
- Limited technology
- Equipment cost
|Bottom Line||Best home security system for the money... Read full review||Good basic home security for the money... Read full review|
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Protect America: Pricing information including fees, features and contract length were obtained on January 13, 2016 from published websites and are believed to be accurate, but not guaranteed.
SimpliSafe: Pricing information including fees, features and contract length were obtained on August 4, 2016 from published websites and are believed to be accurate, but not guaranteed.
Which is Better: Protect America or SimpliSafe?
In short: Protect America's discount, home security, and yard sign are worth mentioning. In particular, the discount and home security are outstanding.
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