The 4 Best Home Security Systems of 2022

Our choice

Ring Alarm Pro

The latest Ring security system has a built-in Wi-Fi 6 router, works with almost any kind of add-on you can imagine, and provides internet backup (for a fee), plus the ability to add up to 24 additional modules. hours of backup power in the event of a blackout.

Compatible with: Amazon Alexa, works with Ring

The strength of the Ring Alarm Pro, in addition to all the sensors and accessories it can support (including a wide variety of cameras), is that it includes a built-in Eero Wi-Fi 6 router. This means you can replace your standard router, depending on your service, or create a mesh network to improve your Wi-Fi speed for security cameras and other smart home devices. It also creates a cellular backup web connection in the event of a power or internet outage (with a Ring Protect Pro plan). The easy-to-use DIY security system offers the best value in professional surveillance ($20 per month or $200 per year). It has almost every add-on you can imagine, including a few options for door and window sensors, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors, and several types of wired and battery-operated doorbells and cameras. It allows self-monitoring, but the original Ring Alarm would be better for this (although we wouldn’t really recommend self-monitoring anyway).

Our choice

Ring Alarm (2nd generation)

The original Ring system is easy to use and inexpensive to install, and has more camera accessories than any of our other picks.

Purchase options

*At the time of publication, the price was $150.

Compatible with: Amazon Alexa, works with Ring

If you already have a mesh network or don’t want one, we recommend the original Ring Alarm. This easy-to-use DIY security system works with all the same add-ons as Ring Alarm Pro, including the optional Ring Protect Pro monitoring plan for $20 per month. You can also use it as a self-monitoring system at no additional cost, or add video storage for as little as $3 per month (although Ring just announced a $1 increase in the monthly price of the Ring Protect Basic plan to effective July 1, 2022). Unlike the Ring Alarm Pro, it doesn’t offer internet backup or work with external batteries, but the base station provides 24 hours of battery backup, and the Pro plan includes cellular connection.


SimpliSafe Basics

This SimpliSafe kit is affordable and easy to install and use. Its optional monitoring plan is slightly cheaper than our top pick, although it doesn’t provide video storage.

Compatible with: Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, August Smart Locks

SimpliSafe is another easy-to-use DIY security system, with add-ons like indoor and outdoor video cameras, doorbell camera, smart lock, and smoke sensors and more. Its 24/7 professional monitoring costs are competitive with those of other DIY systems, although The Essentials kit also has a self-monitoring option. Unfortunately, aside from smart speakers, the only non-SimpliSafe devices it’s compatible with are August locks. Still, for anyone who wants a reliable, easy-to-use system that works with voice control systems and offers a good selection of add-ons, the SimpliSafe setup is still a great option.

Also great

Adobe Smart Security Kit

Abode offers more smart home integration than any other security system we’ve tested, meaning you can pair it with smart home devices from different manufacturers.

Compatible with: Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant, IFTTT, Z-Wave, Zigbee

Abode is for the person who wants a security system that can integrate with smart lighting and thermostats, voice-activated speakers and other smart home devices, and who doesn’t mind follow the steps to create this configuration. Abode supports Zigbee and Z-Wave enabled devices, as well as Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant and IFTTT (If This Then That). This kind of support comes at a price: We found the Abode starter packs and most accessories to be more expensive than our other picks.

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