Best DIY home security system of 2020

Home improvement company are not like that ADTs and Vivints of the world. Rather than signing up for a multi-year contract with a broad monthly coverage fee, most DIY security systems give you the flexibility to decide how and when to monitor your home.

That usually means that you can optionally sign up for a professional surveillance service and cancel at any time – with no early termination fees or other hidden fees. Factors we considered included the quality of the surveillance cameras (do they have motion detection and night vision?), Is there a surveillance plan, can window sensors and door sensors be integrated, whether the system has a mobile app, can it work with your door locks and can in an existing smart home setup can be integrated, also with voice commands via Amazon Alexa.

Scroll through the options below to learn more about the best home improvement security systems available today.

The best home improvement security systems

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SimpliSafe Home Security

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SimpliSafe was one of the first home improvement security systems to go on sale and is a reasonable alternative to ADT and other professional companies. This is in large part due to the wide range of accessories available. The starter kit costs just $ 230 and recently underwent a hardware update that looks a lot better than before.

You still have to pay a minimum of $ 15 monthly fee to access remote security features (something usually offered for free on other systems), but SimpliSafe’s impressive range of accessories and solid performance make it ours first choice. Read the SimpliSafe Home Security test.

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Abode has all the standard sensors and devices for a simple entry-level security system. It integrates with Amazon Alexa, IFTTT and Nest for voice-controlled activation and deactivation as well as other advanced automation. You can add accessories to the system à la carte. Professional surveillance is available for $ 30 per month and includes cell phone backup.

It also supports ZigBee and Z-Wave, which means you can connect the system to a wide variety of third-party devices so you can control everything from the Abode app.

I wish you didn’t have to use Abode’s web app to create custom rules and automations, but this scalable self-installation system offers reliable performance at a good price. Read the Abode review.

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Nest safe

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The $ 499 Nest Secure Alarm System Starter Pack includes a guard hub, two tag key fobs, and two sensors to detect doors, windows, and movement. You can activate and deactivate the system by entering a PIN code on the Guard’s built-in keypad, tapping a paired tag above the Guard hub, or changing the mode in the dedicated Nest app for Android and iPhone.

The detection sensors are my favorite part of Nest’s secure system because you can temporarily turn off a single detection while you continue to monitor the rest of your home. This way you can open a window, get the paper from your front yard – and much more – without having to deactivate your Nest Secure system. Read the Nest Secure review.

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If you want a simple home security system at an incredible price, consider the second generation Ring Alarm Security Kit. Version 2.0 was introduced this year and is very similar to the original – and that’s a good thing.

The eight-piece kit I tested, including a base station, keyboard, range extender, motion detector, and four door / window sensors, costs $ 250. In addition to its affordable price, the Ring Alarm Security Kit has a simple app, is easy to install, and the entire system works perfectly.

You can scale it with additional Ring devices, including ring security cameras and doorbells, and even add select third-party smart locks and other products. The kit works with Alexa so you can turn the system on / off with voice commands – and Ring has optional professional monitoring for $ 10 per month or $ 100 per year (also great value).

Definitely consider this system if you want a basic entry point into home security that can also be expanded over time if needed.

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Other DIY security options

The above list includes our favorite self-installing home security systems, but there are other options as well. Here’s an overview of what’s still available today.

Honeywell smart home security system

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Honeywell’s Smart Home Security System is a DIY kit. The main hub of the system is called the Camera Base Station. It comes with high definition 1080p live streaming, a 145-degree viewing angle, and free 24-hour cloud storage (this will change to three days in a future update). You can also expand the system with a selection of optional accessories. Professional monitoring is not available on this system.

Here is the list of included kits and standalone devices with prices:

  • Starter Kit (Camera Base Station, 2 Access Sensors, Keychain) – $ 500
  • Camera Base Station – $ 400
  • Door and window access sensors – $ 40
  • Keychain – $ 30
  • Motion sensor – $ 50
  • Indoor MotionViewer – $ 99
  • Outdoor MotionViewer – $ 199

Read the Honeywell Smart Home Security System report.

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Scout Alarm Home Security System

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The Scout Alarm Security System includes a hub for $ 129, a door / window sensor for $ 29, a motion sensor for $ 49, and a water sensor for $ 40 – that’s a total of $ 247. Pay $ 10 a month for professional monitoring, cellular and battery backup, and a host of other features. (Read more about Scout’s monitoring services.) Scout works with Amazon Alexa to activate and deactivate, but doesn’t have very many accessories to choose from. Read the review for the Scout Alarm Home Security System.

SmartThings ADT Home Security Starter Kit

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The $ 550 SmartThings ADT Home Security Starter Kit includes a 7-inch SmartThings panel, two door / window sensors, and a motion detector. The optional $ 200 upgrade kit includes a smoke detector, carbon monoxide detector, and water leak sensor. Unlike the other DIY systems on this list, the SmartThings system has contract-free professional monitoring by ADT. It starts at $ 15 a month and goes up to $ 35 a month for full life safety and home safety product monitoring. Read the article on the SmartThings ADT Home Security Starter Kit.

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Editor’s note, December 19, 2019: Over 3,000 Ring customers have recently disclosed their personal account information. According to reports. We are removing all Ring products from the recommendation.

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