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5 BEST HOME SECURITY SYSTEMS FOR 2017

#1 GetSafe

9.3/10

Buying Experience

9.5

Equipment and Setup

9.5

Pricing and Value

9

Customer Service

10

Reputation

8.5

Pros

  • Editor's Choice - Highest Rated DIY Security System

  • From $25/mo with no annual contract options

  • Cellular backup included; attractive hardware

  • Integration with Nest & Amazon Echo

  • Entire system controlled by iOS/Android app

Cons

  • Upfront costs may get expensive for larger homes

9/10

Buying Experience

9

Equipment and Setup

9.5

Pricing and Value

8.6

Customer Service

8.8

Reputation

8.9

Pros

  • Most comprehensive home security solution

  • No additional charges for professional installation

  • Large wall mounted display panel

  • Home automation integrated into system

  • Doorbell camera included with select packages

Cons

  • Mandatory 5 year contracts

  • Must be professionally installed by a Vivint technician

9/10

Buying Experience

8.8

Equipment and Setup

9.2

Pricing and Value

8.8

Customer Service

9

Reputation

9.1

Pros

  • Get $850 in free equipment

  • Nearly 150 years in business

  • Some installations can be completed same day

  • Affordable monthly monitoring services at $36.99

Cons

  • At least a 2-year contract is required

  • Must be installed by an ADT technician

Protect America

8.8/10

Buying Experience

8.6

Equipment and Setup

8.8

Pricing and Value

9

Customer Service

8.8

Reputation

8.6

Pros

  • Lifetime warranty on all home security equipment

  • No equipment or installation fees

  • GPS car tracker, driveway sensor, and panic button

  • Low price guarantee with locked-in rates

  • Plans start at $19.99 per month

Cons

  • 3 year contract required

Frontpoint

8.8/10

Buying Experience

8.8

Equipment and Setup

9.1

Pricing and Value

9

Customer Service

8.5

Reputation

8.5

Pros

  • 30 day risk free guarantee

  • 3 year warranty on equipment

  • Touchscreen control panel option

  • Easy DIY installation with free shipping

Cons

  • 3 year contract required

  • Cost of equipment isn't included

Not Recommended

The home security companies below didn't make our 2017 list due to issues with hackable software, non-dedicated alarm companies, and overly expensive pricing models.

Simplisafe

7.9/10

Buying Experience

8.2

Equipment and Setup

8.2

Pricing and Value

7.5

Customer Service

7.6

Reputation

8

Pros

  • Pioneers of wireless DIY home security

  • No need to purchase a subscription plan

  • 60 day refund policy

Cons

  • Hardware is made of cheap plastics

  • Vulnerable to software hacks

  • Must order online

AT&T Digital Life

7.8/10

Buying Experience

8

Equipment and Setup

8

Pricing and Value

7.5

Customer Service

7.5

Reputation

8

Pros

  • Discount on equipment with 2 year contract

  • One bill with phone and internet

  • Transparent pricing

Cons

  • Only 14-day trial period

  • Requires 2 year contract

  • Most expensive plans in the industry

  • New to home security

Xfinity Home

7.7/10

Buying Experience

8

Equipment and Setup

7.5

Pricing and Value

7.5

Customer Service

7.5

Reputation

8

Pros

  • Combine phone, internet, and security into one bill

  • Save on your other services when you add security

  • Ability to add home automation to package

Cons

  • Prices likely to fluctuate throughout contract

  • Slow response times

  • Not a dedicated home security company

  • Must be installed by an Xfinity technician

2017 Editor's Choice Award

Best Home Security System

Congratulations to GetSafe for winning the 2017 InHomeSafetyGuide.org editor’s choice award for best home security system!

 

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