The Best Home Security Systems and Video Doorbells (part 1)

Today’s home security systems range from simple video doorbells to monitor who’s on your front doorstep to full security systems with multiple cameras, sensors, and keypads. There’s no longer a need to sign up for expensive professional monitoring contracts – most of these systems offer free DIY monitoring as well as optional contract-free, affordable professional monitoring subscription plans. No matter your needs, you’ll find a security system that works for your home and budget below.

BEST OVERALL

SIMPLISAFE

The SimpliSafe system is the best complete home security you can get that has 24/7 professional monitoring, no contract, and easy DIY installation. It has plenty of sensors to monitor doors and windows throughout your home, and they’re practically invisible so you won’t notice them. If this 12-piece kit somehow doesn’t include all of the components you want, SimpliSafe offers other bundles and add-ons like freeze sensors to help prevent burst pipes, extra entry sensors, keypads, and up to four more cameras.

The standard plan for professional coverage costs $14.99 per month, which is more than if you opt-out of professional monitoring, but SimpliSafe doesn’t require any contract. For $25 per month, you have more control over the system remotely through the SimpliSafe app. If you don’t want to pay any monthly fees, you can simply use it as an alarm and alert the authorities yourself.

BEST FOR ALEXA USERS

Ring Alarm

While most home security systems allow you to control your devices remotely through apps, Amazon’s Ring Alarm products provide the easiest hands-free voice control by connecting with Alexa. Alexa Guard also sends alerts to your phone while you’re away. Though this system is a great DIY option for customized whole-home protection, you can also opt into a 24/7 professional monitoring service for just $10 a month without a long-term contract or cancellation fees.

Though it’s cheaper than many complete DIY systems, Ring features quality, sleek hardware. Reviewers liked how Ring designed the hub and keypad separately, so users can place them where they prefer. And if you already have a Ring doorbell or security camera, the Ring Alarm will connect seamlessly under the same app. Amazon reviewers also recommended the Ring system as a replacement for others looking for a lower monthly cost for professional monitoring.