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What Is the Best and Cheapest Home Security System?

Are you looking for the best cheap home security system? Home security’s a must-have for your home. But the sticker shock on some of the higher-priced options makes us choke on our Top Ramen.

Our readers must get the best out of our recommendations. When picking the best cheap home security systems, we ensured that “cheap” didn’t equate to inexpensive now but costly later. We wanted to ensure you get the most value out of your pick with reliable and well-rated providers. Our categories reflect what stood out to us the most from more affordable home security providers so that you can choose according to your needs.  

These cheap home security systems give you affordable equipment and services without sacrificing durability and reliability. Most cheap home security systems are contract-free and have generous trial periods. You can also save money by choosing DIY installation and self-monitoring options. The best affordable home security systems give you more flexibility with budget-friendly equipment options like picking the equipment you want and adding more later. 

That’s why we came up with this top-five roundup of some of the most affordable security systems on the market. You don’t have to sign your life away on a contract to protect your family—or, if you’re us, that killer TV you got on Black Friday.

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Here are the top 7 cheap home security systems

  • Ring Alarm: Best overall
  • Wyze Cam Pan: Best single-device security
  • Kangaroo: Budget pick
  • Abode: Best for intelligent homes
  • Scout: Best RFID option
  • Blue by ADT Overview
  • Brinks – Easiest to Set Up

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Ring Alarm: Best overall

Ring Alarm is as cheap as a security system gets, but it still packs in some impressive features.

If you want affordable security, then Ring Alarm is here to deliver. Not only can you get a starter equipment package for a low price, but you also get professional monitoring for only $10 per month. Unbeatable.

Even the other cheap providers on this list can’t match Ring Alarm for affordable equipment and monitoring prices. SimpliSafe used to be our affordability star before Ring came along and beat it out with $199 starter equipment and $10-per-month monitoring plans.

And that $10 per month? That’s just for complete professional monitoring. If you want to monitor your system yourself, that’s either free or just $3 per month, depending on what features you want.

Though Ring might be cheap, it’s not skimpy. The Ring Alarm system works with Z-Wave, which means you can add on things like bright lights, smart locks, and smart outlets.

Plus, if you already use Ring doorbells or cameras, you can control your Ring Alarm system in the same app you use for your cams—a way to simplify your life.

Of course, there’s always a downside. Ring Alarm has good home automation options overall, but it’s missing one little thing: Google Home support. Ring doesn’t currently work with Google devices, so if Google Home is your main squeeze for voice assistants, then Ring might not be the best choice for you.

Finally, Ring also has some concerning privacy policies with its footage. Anything you share with Ring’s proprietary Neighbors app could end up in the hands of the police.

Ring Alarm Pros

  • Cheapest professional monitoring
  • Affordable equipment and starter kits
  • Works with Ring doorbells and cameras

Ring Alarm Cons

  • Some pricey security cameras

Wyze Cam Pan: Best single-device security

The Wyze Cam Pan proves that home security doesn’t need a “system” to be effective—it can work with a single security camera. Wyze is the absolute cheapest way to add some security measures to your home with a free mobile app—including custom alerts and 14 days of free cloud video storage.

Pros

  • Free mobile app
  • No subscription required
  • 14 days of video storage

Cons

  • No professional monitoring
  • Limited cloud storage without a paid plan

Wyze’s free cloud storage doesn’t save any clips longer than 12 seconds. But we think it’s worth signing up for the paid storage plan that gives you full-length recordings for just $2 a month (McDonald’s large fries cost more). This is cheaper than any other cloud storage plan on the market. Or you could add a microSD card to the mix for another storage and playback option.

That means just about anyone can add some security to their home. But there are a lot of limitations if you’re looking for full-on home security. The biggest drawback is that Wyze doesn’t offer 24/7 professional monitoring. While Wyze works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant†, it doesn’t work with Z-Wave or Zigbee as Abode does.

Overall, we think Wyze Cam Pan is a solid home security solution for folks interested in self-monitoring their home with a camera—all without any extra monthly fees.

Kangaroo: Budget pick

Kangaroo is the cheapest home security system on our list, with nearly all of its devices costing $30 or less. A low price doesn’t mean low quality here. Kangaroo’s equipment feels fresh and innovative. Its monitoring plan costs $10 a month—the same as Ring Alarm (although it’s slightly behind in terms of features).

Kangaroo’s most impressive monitoring feature is a full year of cloud storage for its doorbell camera—though the clips from this camera are animated GIFs. We also like the included theft protection, which covers stolen packages up to $1,000.

Don’t expect Kangaroo to blow you away with equipment selection—this system has only six devices (compared to 46 from Ring Alarm and 16 from SimpliSafe):

  • Doorbell Camera + Chime (about $20)
  • Motion Sensor (about $15)
  • Motion + Entry Sensor (about $30)
  • Water + Climate Sensor (about $30)
  • Roo Tags key fobs (about $25)
  • Siren + Keypad (about $70)
  • But Kangaroo takes a giant leap to innovate with these devices: they all use Wi-Fi. You don’t need a control panel or hub, and you can build a system without getting a starter kit first—though Kangaroo has those too.

The limited equipment selection means it doesn’t have many intelligent home goodies to offer, though it is compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa.

Abode: Best for intelligent homes

Abode snuck into our hearts by continually improving its intelligent home offerings enough to outclass larger security companies.

Most budget security companies limit their smart home ambitions to popular platforms like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. But Abode throws in Apple HomeKit, Z-Wave, and Zigbee for good measure. No other intelligent security system, budget or otherwise, matches this feat.

You can pick from Abode’s Smart Security Kit that features a hub, a motion detector, and window sensors, or you can go with Abode’s Iota camera system. Although you can expect to pay around $80 more than the traditional system, Iota’s built-in security camera more than makes up the difference by offering accessible and affordable video surveillance.

You can add on professional monitoring with all of Abode’s security equipment, which adds an extra $20 per month.

But if you want to monitor things yourself, Abode is one of the cheapest deals out there. We recommend Abode’s $6 plan if you want more out of the smart home devices in your system since the system doesn’t allow users to create custom automation on its free plan.

Abode’s mobile app is much easier to use than earlier this year, so we’re glad that it takes a thoughtful approach to improve its products—making it easier and easier to recommend.

Bode offers unique, flexible, professional monitoring options, plus good home-automation support at an affordable price.

If you want to watch your system yourself but could use professional monitoring for times when you’re on vacation, then Abode has a unique feature for you: temporary professional monitoring.

Abode’s the only company we’ve seen that offers this. And sure, you could cancel your SimpliSafe monitoring plan one month and reinstate it the next, but that’s a little more involved than Abode’s deal.

Here are the deets. When you choose Abode, you have the option to sign on for whole, 24/7 professional monitoring for your system. It’ll still be pretty cheap compared to other home security systems. And if you don’t need that, then you can self-monitor your system for free or for $6 per month, depending on what features you want.

Pros

  • Features an all-in-one security system
  • Optional professional installation
  • Customizable home automation

Cons

  • Must pay to access home automation features

Control With the Abode App

 Manage your Abode security system, smart home devices, and more through the Abode app. The app is available for Android and iOS phones and tablets. You can adjust your security system’s mode, see live video footage from cameras, access automation shortcuts, see a timeline of events, and much more. If you have children or family members living with you, you can create accounts to access the system and intelligent home devices straight from their smartphones.

 Abode Monitoring Plans

 With Abode, you can self-monitor or have professionals monitor your home. Choose from one of three options:

  • Self-monitoring for free
  • Self-monitoring with the Standard Plan
  • Professional monitoring with the Pro Plan

Abode Packages

Abode offers base packages, bundles, and the ability to customise your security system. Abode’s base packages include the iota All-In-One Security Kit and the Smart Security Kit. You can also purchase bundles that add in additional devices.

Abode Installation

You can self-install or have a professional install your Abode security system. While self-installation is free, here’s a look at the breakdown of Abode installation costs for hiring a professional:

  • Starter kits: $99
  • Additional devices (1-5): $25

Self-installation is easy with Abode, as most of the equipment only needs to be set on a level surface or adhered to a level surface. The Gateway and Iota hubs need to be close to a power outlet and your internet router for an ethernet connection. Most sensors come with an adhesive backing so they can be applied to walls, doors or windows.

Abode Home Automation

If you’re interested in lots of home automation features, consider Abode. Both security kits are capable of working with up to 160 devices. To get an idea of the breadth of brands that Abode works with, here’s a quick list:

  • Amazon Alexa
  • Google Assistant
  • Apple HomeKit
  • Z-Wave
  • Zigbee
  • Ecobee
  • Philips Hue
  • Yale
  • Life
  • Kwikset 
  • Schlage
  • And several others

With Abode, you can set up custom automation for specific times of the day and instances. For example, if a door is opened after a particular time, you can program a brilliant light to switch on. Additionally, with Alexa and Google Assistant compatibility, you’ll have access to voice commands.

Scout: Best RFID option

Scout was founded in 2013 through an independent crowdfunding campaign to create affordable, simple, and intelligent home security systems. Scout has done just that. The company combined the expertise of engineers, designers, and business folks to create beautiful security devices that are affordable and easy to use. 

Scout systems allow you to customise which devices to include in your system, the components’ colour and finish, the actions you would like Scout to initiate in different situations, and the level of support you need. Each customer is the other, so Scout believes that each home security system should be as unique as the home it protects.

Scout takes the home-automation cake with two connection options: Z-Wave and Zigbee.

If you live for choices, then Scout has just what you need. The Scout hub works with both Z-Wave and Zigbee, which are the two most significant connection types you need to use smart home devices.

Z-Wave and Zigbee are the two most prominent names in home automation. They’re protocols, which means they’re the connections your security system uses to support cool, intelligent home devices like lights, locks, outlets, garage door openers, and more.

In short, Scout lets you start building your robot home of the future—and for a reasonable price.

Pros:

  • Low Monthly Rates
  •  DIY Installation 
  • No Long-Term Contracts
  •  Wireless Equipment 
  • Wi-Fi Communication w/ 4G Cell Backup
  •  Mobile Control 
  • Compatible with Smart Home Devices 
  • Compatible with Environmental Sensors 
  • 60-Day Return Policy

Cons:

  • No Professional Installation
  •  Up-Front Equipment Expense
  •  Narrow Range of Scout Products
  •  Scout Products On Backorder
  •  Backup Power Just 12 Hours

Blue by ADT Overview

Blue by ADT is the best choice if you love ADT but are looking for more flexibility and affordability. It’s an award-winning intelligent security solution, winning CES’s Best Smart Security System of 2020 and the Innovation Award Honoree of 2021. The DIY security company offers intelligent security cameras and security solutions with the latest features. But you’ll also have the power to buy standalone equipment. Professional monitoring is optional and DIY installation is simple. All in all, Blue by ADT is the perfect option for renters, frequent movers or homeowners looking for a reliable, affordable security solution.

Pros

  • Professional monitoring is optional
  • Smart home compatible
  • Contract-free home security

Cons

  • No home automation devices offered
  • Additional cost for cloud storage
  • Professional installation is not available

Blue by ADT: Top Choice for Smart Security Cameras

Renters may have difficulty choosing between Blue by ADT and SimpliSafe because of their affordable DIY home security equipment with popular features, like two-way audio, motion detection and mobile alerts. But Blue by ADT has an edge with its wireless smart security camera collection. Its unique collection includes an indoor camera that detects smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, the option to create custom motion detection alerts, and a facial recognition feature that recognises familiar faces. 

Blue by ADT cameras also includes top security features, including mobile alerts with live video preview and night vision. You’ll also have voice control through Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and IFTTT. The cameras can be used as a standalone or work seamlessly with Blue by ADT and LifeShield products.

Blue by ADT Costs and Factors to Consider

Before you buy Blue by ADT equipment, here are a few things to consider: 

  • Thirty days of cloud storage is included in the 24/7 Professional Monitoring plan for $20 per month. Or you can get cloud storage for each camera without the plan for $3 per month per camera.
  • Cloud storage for unlimited cameras is available for $13 per month. 
  • You may need a range extender to strengthen your camera’s signal. Blue by ADT offers an Extender and Chime for $50. 
  • You must purchase all equipment upfront, but you can expand your system. 
  • Professional installation is not available.

Brinks – Easiest to Set Up

Brinks Home Security provides an opportunity for today’s homeowner to get a reliable, high-quality system with a competitively priced live monitoring tool. Brinks is a leader in the industry, and the security field, in general, has provided security services to the world for many years. Brinks Home Security provides a comprehensive home security system with live monitoring solutions. The company’s products are well designed with industry best services and features. Here’s a look at its benefits and features.

Pros

  • Rate-lock Guarantees
  • Affordable Packages
  • Reliable 24/7 Monitoring
  • Smartphone Controls
  • 30-Day Return Policy
  • Home Automation Features
  • 2-Year Warranty

Cons

  • Most Plans Require a Contract
  • Pricey Monthly Monitoring
  • Professional Installation Only Included in Top-Tier Plan
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Brinks Home Security provides property owners with two models to select from for their property. The Home Complete Model is priced at $39 per month. There is a moderate $19 activation fee for the equipment. For those who want a more advanced system, the company offers the Home Complete With Video. This costs $49 per month and provides some excellent upgrades for the value.

The true affordability with the Brinks package comes from the ability to gain live monitoring for the home. Individuals who want to log into their system and see their home – both through a web application and their phone – can do so quickly here. The higher valued component also offers cloud video storage to allow these videos to be stored for a while. Live video streaming helps provide a readily available image of what is happening.

Another reason this system is an affordable option is that it has built-in automation features. Those who are already using home automation through voice assistants, for example, will appreciate just how easy it is to link those systems to this project. Additionally, there are numerous wireless motion sensors for the doors and windows. A touch display is used to access the system. And, there’s also a built-in Hacker Protection component. This helps ward against anyone trying to access the system. The Hands-Free Alarm component even allows users to unlock doors just by walking up to them.

Here at Security Systems, we provide an extensive range of security monitoring and CCTV security systems.

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