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With approximately 2 million home invasions each year in the United States, there is obvious need for some measure of security in your home.
As a result of the high burglary rates, the home security industry has responded with smart home devices, security innovations, and new home security companies popping up all over the country.
It can be hard to know which home security company is best. That’s why we’ve done the work for you.
Take a look at our list of the top ten home security companies. Or browse all home security companies.
Vivint Smart Home is ranked #1 for three very good reasons: excellent customer service, outstanding reviews, and the very convenient option to choose between no upfront fees or no contracts. Our recommendation for homeowners with medium- to large-sized is to go with Vivint Smart Home or a home security company that offers professional installation. Larger homes require more complex security systems, so you’ll want to spring for professional installation.
Vivint Smart Home is ranked #1 overall on our list of the best home security companies because of the combined advantages of price, quality, and customer satisfaction.
Of course, there are specific product offerings that give Vivint an edge over their competition. For example, Vivint allows its customers to decide between not having to sign a contract (simply paying month to month) or not having to pay for your equipment upfront.
If you do decide to simply pay for your home security system upfront, you get to avoid the most common complaint of home security customers: home security cancellations. Obviously, we recommend that you pay for the equipment upfront and avoid the hassle of a contract.
Of the 93 companies that we review on Best Home Security Companies, the average monthly price for home security monitoring is $30.82.
Vivint charges a slightly below average monthly monitoring fee of $29.99.
The average upfront fee for a basic home security system would be around $600, but this price depends greatly on the requirements of your home and the quality of your home security system.
Vivint’s typical upfront cost is $599, but again, this may vary depending on your unique requirements. All in all, our rating is that Vivint’s cost is fairly priced.
Vivint home security products are well built and reliable. Vivint’s smart home devices are completely compatible with voice assistants like Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, allowing customers to create a truly integrated smart home experience.
The company’s smart home devices are also compatible with other 3rd-party smart devices like Nest thermostats, Philips Hue lightbulbs, and many Z-Wave Alliance products.
Vivint also offers the Vivint Smart Phone app, which has a 4.6 star rating with over 20,000 reviews on the app store. The Vivint Smart Phone app is also ranked #98 of all the apps in the lifestyle category.
Vivint’s customers praise the following aspects of the company’s services:
In each of these categories, Vivint Security scored a 3.5 stars or higher on Best Company.
Most complaints with Vivint home security pertain to their sales practices, which admittedly, have been aggressive in the past.
However, we believe Vivint has improved its sales practices considerably, and that customers will be satisfied with the company’s quality of service and outstanding product offering.
Cove Home Security is not your traditional home security company. It focuses on creating a highly positive customer experience through easy-to-install DIY home security systems. Once the system is installed, you pay a very affordable monthly fee for professional monitoring of your system. This seems like a simple business model, but not all DIY home security companies do it well. In our opinion, Cove has definitely earned its place on our list of the top ten home security companies.
Cove has one of the most affordable home security systems that we review. Focusing on cellular security systems that you can install yourself, Cove does not require a contract for professional monitoring, meaning you can cancel or move anytime.
The company also offers very generous discounts throughout the year. For example, Cove’s 2020 Fall Sale included a 45% discount on home security equipment and a free camera.
Cove Basic costs $14.99/month and comes with a one-year equipment warranty, 24/7 live professional monitoring, and 24-hour battery backup among many other things.
Cove Plus costs $24.99/month and comes with a lifetime warranty, smartphone control, and $5/month equipment reward.
The upfront pricing with Cove will vary, but generally ends up costing around $400.
Security systems from Cove come with a lifetime warranty if you purchase the Cove Plus plan. With Cove Plus, customers won’t have to worry about expensive replacements for unfortunate malfunctions.
Cove’s Basic package includes the following service features:
Cove customer reviews are overwhelmingly positive, receiving a 4.8-star rating out of 5 from over 200 customers (as of October 2020) on Best Company.
One customer referred to the company as “professional and prompt” and stated that Cove has excellent customer support.
Another customer stated that Cove has the best customer service she’s ever experienced in her life.
In fact, most of Cove’s customer reviews applaud the company’s quick response times and fantastic customer service.
Other points of praise for Cove’s unique home security solution include:
Frontpoint is our choice for DIY home security because of the ease of installation, fantastic customer reviews, and the fact that customers can easily customize their home security system and devices, resulting in a very low upfront cost. We recommend Frontpoint for customers who prefer to install their home security system themselves.
Frontpoint Security is the highest rated home security company that offers DIY services — that’s why Frontpoint is our choice for DIY home security.
The main reasons we’ve ranked Frontpoint so highly is because it is preprogrammed to work out of the box. This is a huge boon to those looking for a good DIY option, as many DIY customers have trouble setting up their systems on their own.
Frontpoint Security also offers surprisingly high-quality home security devices for an affordable price.
The highly rated DIY home security company reportedly has a spotless privacy track record, smash-proof security devices, a smart home phone app, and provides professional monitoring services (something that not every DIY home security solution offers).
But how does it measure up to the other top home security companies?
Frontpoint comes in third behind Guardian Protection and Vivint. But since Frontpoint is the only of the three to offer DIY home security AND smart home devices, it still makes an attractive offering.
Where Vivint is more fit for customers with mid- to large-sized homes who want to focus on smart home security, Frontpoint can be more easily installed and works well for those with smaller homes and apartments.
However, customers who move often (those in apartments) should be aware that the minimum contract length with Frontpoint is 36 months. This means that there is likely a cancellation fee involved with those who want to terminate their contract early.
One of the reasons that Vivint ranks higher than Frontpoint is that it offers a no contract option.
Frontpoint offers professional monitoring services starting at $34.99/month, which is almost exactly average when compared to the rest of the industry.
Where Frontpoint’s pricing really shines is in the upfront cost. Because you can customize your system how you like, you control the pricing.
It is possible to pay as little as $99 upfront, but again, prices are likely going to be slightly higher for more complex home security requirements.
Because Frontpoint Security offers extremely easy-to-install DIY home security systems, customers are extremely satisfied with the company’s service.
Though newer to the home security scene (13 years in business), Frontpoint Security seems to have made a business plan centered around making life easier for its customers.
Frontpoint has received good feedback from its customers.
Praise for Frontpoint’s services most often referred to the company’s customer service and trustworthiness as its best advantages.
As of October 2020, Frontpoint has received over 2,500 reviews on Best Company with an average star rating of 4.2 out of 5.
As with most home security companies, complaints focus on the sometimes aggressive sales techniques of Frontpoint salespeople.
Guardian Protection is the best of the traditional home security companies. Though you're paying a bit more per month in monitoring fees, Guardian Protection's experience and customer service make up the difference in price. We recommend Guardian Protection for customers who prefer the 'tried-and-true' companies.
Guardian Protection is a more traditional home security company than the others that you’ll find on this list. They’ll focus more on providing quality monitoring and positive customer service experiences than they will on the product they offer.
Guardian Protection charges between $34.95 and $59.99 per month for home security monitoring.
While the monthly monitoring price is slightly higher than average, it comes with a basic package of home security devices. The upfront cost is also lower than average due to the slightly higher monthly fees.
For example, the Standard Security package has a low upfront cost of $99 and comes with a control keypad, three door/window sensors, and one motion detector.
Upfront costs range from $99 - $499.
This company often provides unique discounts for new customers. Be sure to keep an eye out of holiday specials and events that may call for new home security devices.
While most customers prefer companies that have generous cancellation and relocation policies, Guardian Protection is unclear of whether it charges a cancellation fee. However, many home security companies require that customers pay out the rest of their contract when they cancel their account.
Those shopping for home security can rest assured that Guardian Protection is an excellent option, because it comes highly recommended from current and past customers.
As of 2020, over 3,800 customers have given Guardian Protection a 4.5-star rating on Best Company.
Guardian Protection focuses its efforts on keeping its customers happy. The company accomplishes this by providing quick and effective customer service.
Many customer reviews refer to the home security equipment from Guardian Protection as ‘high quality’ and ‘excellent.’ Other reviewers state that the equipment and smart phone app are very user friendly.
Other aspects of Guardian’s service that are commonly praised include:
Some customers report the occasional malfunction with the equipment and that the prices are a little higher than they’d like, but most also say that it’s worth the price.
On the surface, Abode Home Security has all of the makings of a fantastic home security system. In fact, Abode may be one of the most affordable home security companies around. Their systems are completely customizable to each customer's needs and you can even choose whether you want DIY or professional installation. Unfortunately, they have received negative customer reviews. Potential customers should know that purchasing an Abode security system, while very affordable, may be a risk.
Abode home security is designed to work around the customer’s preferences — it is likely one of the most customizable home security systems available.
Customers can choose a home security system based on the size of their home, the security needs of their property, and the number of windows/doors/rooms in their home. You can also choose to do self monitoring or use the company’s professional monitoring for a modest monthly fee.
Abode is relatively new to the home security industry, having been founded in 2014 by a former ADT executive.
Abode has one of the most affordable home security systems in the industry, depending on the size and complexity of your home security system.
The Standard Abode security plan does not include professional monitoring, but does give you access to smart home and self-monitoring tools you’ll need to keep your home safe. The Standard plan is available for around $8/month (Abode lists the cost at 20 cents per day).
For professional installation, you’ll need Abode’s Pro plan which includes professional monitoring, cellular backup, free shipping on all orders within the U.S., exclusive discounts, and insurance discounts for homeowners.
The upfront fee for Abode home security systems is also incredibly affordable. We created a home security system from Abode that ended up being $561 upfront.
Abode does seem to have some issues with customer service. We’ve heard a few complaints about how difficult it is to get a hold of company representatives.
However, all reports & reviews seem to hold Abode’s security devices in high regard.
Given the fact that the system is completely customizable, there is no contract requirement, and the pricing is extremely affordable, we feel comfortable giving Abode security the #5 overall rank on Best Home Security Companies.
Unfortunately, Abode Security has not received many customer reviews on Best Company and the few reviews it has received give it only a 2.0-star rating out of 5.
One complaint for Abode’s home security system detailed that the system’s installer knew a lot about how to install the system, but didn’t know a thing about actually operating it. As a result, EMTs and police were called mistakenly after the homeowner arrived home.
While Abode may seem like a convenient choice (and very well may be), we recommend you compare Abode with the most reliable home security companies to see if there may be a safer fit for your home.
The quality of the home security devices offered by Google Nest is excellent — that's why the devices are priced a bit higher than other home security systems. Unfortunately, Google Nest also has received some complaints about waiting times for customer service. The upside is that Nest has a lower monthly monitoring cost.
As with everything with Google’s name on it, Google Nest is a high quality home security system. Unfortunately, because of the size of the company and customer base, Google Nest’s customer service leaves much to be desired.
In comparison to the other top home security systems, Google Nest focuses on creating high quality, aesthetically pleasing security devices.
However, the higher quality of the equipment does mean it will likely be higher priced than other DIY home security systems.
For customers who don’t want to pay a monthly fee, you may opt for self-monitoring with the Google Nest app.
Unsurprisingly, Google Nest may end up being a bit more expensive than other home security systems, especially if you opt for more equipment and professional monitoring through Nest.
Google Nest equipment costs around $400 for a decent home security system without professional installation. You can also choose nest professional monitoring services for about $19/month.
Unfortunately, you may need to sign a 36-month contract to receive professional monitoring services.
Cost may be even higher if you choose to have your security system from Nest professionally installed, which can cost $100 - $300, depending on the complexity of your system.
We’ve listed Google Nest as not having a contract lock because technically, you aren’t required to use their professional monitoring services.
There is no question that Google Nest offers top-of-the-line home security equipment.
The reason we’ve listed this system lower on the list is because it does not offer true contractless monitoring services (aside from the fact that our ranking system heavily depends on how the security system is ranked across multiple home security review sites).
Many customers have reported waiting up to 90 minutes to speak with a customer service representative.
Despite some of the complaints, Google Nest offers high-quality home security devices.
Deep Sentinel is a fantastic home security company that caters to individuals and families who need a higher level of security than others. With what might be one of the highest home security costs in the industry, Deep Sentinel provides live personnel who will monitor your home security system 24/7. We recommend Deep Sentinel to customers who may have larger homes with many assets in need of protection.
Deep Sentinel focuses on ‘active monitoring services’ — this means that the company employs live personnel to monitor your home 24/7.
The advantage of this active monitoring approach is that you get live reactions to break-ins, as opposed to the passive monitoring which simply sends notifications to live responders, leaving a few precious minutes open as a window of opportunity for burglars.
The fact that the company was started by ex-cops who saw a need for more professional home security is no surprise; this company goes all out when it comes to home security.
Deep Sentinel earns the #6 spot on Best Home Security Companies for its sheer depth of service.
We recommend Deep Sentinel to customers who need more security than the average homeowner.
It’s no surprise that having a live guard monitoring your home 24/7 is going to be more costly than the average home security system.
However, we are actually surprised that it isn’t more expensive.
Deep Sentinel costs $500 upfront and $50/month for a home security system and live monitoring.
Slightly balancing out the price of its services, Deep Sentinel only requires a 12-month contract.
Unfortunately, we have not seen a great abudance of customer reviews for Minut home security systems, so we cannot speak specifically to the device quality. However, the home security system from Minut is well-tailored to homeowners who are renting and offers their home security system at a great price.
Minut home security systems are made specifically for those homes that are meant to be rented out on a short-term basis.
The company was designed to control the often-alarming trend of partying in AirBnb houses and other home rentals. It allows homeowners to monitor the noise levels of the apartment to prevent issues within the neighborhood, as well as providing a modest level of home security.
While we would not recommend Minut Security to those looking for personal home security, the company offers advantages to rental homes that you just cannot find anywhere else, like guest logins for home security.
The price of a Minut home security system might be the best part of the offering. The Starter plan is absolutely free and is catered to individual homeowners who only rent out their homes a few times each year.
The Starter plan includes:
The Standard plan is a bit more expensive, but still cheaper than your average professional monitoring service. Minut’s Standard plan costs $7.99/month and works for those with multiple homes and users.
The Standard plan includes:
Minut’s Pro plan is the top-of-the-line offering from Minut and includes the main features that allow homeowners to keep guest behavior under control. The Pro plan costs $14.99/month:
As a self-monitoring home security system, Minut is going to be a lot cheaper than traditional home security services. However, it isn’t the best option for the average homeowner.
Minut’s services are highly tailored to a specific audience: rental homeowners.
As such, the company understands the specific needs of their target audience better than a more traditional home security company, which might attempt to cater to a more general customer base.
Minut’s security devices often receive positive feedback on 3rd-party e-commerce sites that sell its devices.
Swann Home Security provides home security devices to customers across the world. Unfortunately, Swann does not provide professional monitoring. We recommend Swann to customers who prefer to self monitor their homes.
Founded and headquartered in Sydney Australia, Swann Home Security has expanded to locations in the United States and other large countries.
Swann offers home security devices and leaves the monitoring to the customer. Don’t worry though, Swann does provide the SwannView Link mobile app to give customers a hub from which they can monitor and control their smart home.
We’ve given Swann the #9 rank because they provide customizable equipment packages and have received decent expert reviews across industry review sites.
Prices for Swann Security equipment obviously depend on the product, but the price range for individual cameras is $59.99 - $399.99.
Your total home security system from Swann will end up costing anywhere from $180 - $2,000.
While we believe that the company provides a decent security system, we prefer to rely on customer reviews to tell the full story. Unfortunately, Swann hasn’t received many positive reviews on Best Company.
Swann customers give it a 1.5-star rating out of 5 with over 100 reviews.
Many customers complain about the smart phone app while others complain about the devices themselves malfunctioning.
Fort Knox Security is an excellent home security company. It's just a shame that Fort Knox is only available in Texas. However, for Texas residents we highly recommend Fort Knox Security for their excellent service and prices.
Fort Knox Security is a Texas-based home security company that provides excellent home security, is extremely affordable, and has received highly positive customer reviews.
The one drawback is that Fort Knox Security only services customers in Texas, which is a big downer. We believe that Fort Knox Security is an excellent company that customers would do well to consider in comparison to our top home security companies.
The short story:
It only services customers in Texas, but Fort Knox Security was too good to keep out of our top ten.
Fort Knox Security provides both business security and home security monitoring at just $15.95/month.
And even better than their low monthly fees, there are no installation fees and no activation costs. Customers only have to worry about the monthly subscription cost.
All-in-all, Fort Knox is likely cheaper than the vast majority of home security companies in the industry.
The biggest determiner of service and product quality is customer reviews and customers are highly satisfied with Fort Knox home security.
Fort Knox’ customers have given the company a 4.7-star rating out of 5 on Best Company with over 100 customer reviews (as of October 2020).
The highest praise for the company was for its customer service, with some customers stating that the installation process was completed on the same day the company was called.
Other praises for Fort Knox Security included:
Though the actual home security system and devices were the least mentioned when it came to praise, we have no reason to believe that Fort Knox Security offers low quality security devices.
The customers say it best: Fort Knox Security is a good security company.