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The Best Home Security Systems

Scott Kramer | 02/11/2020

There really is no price for peace of mind. But thankfully, these days, home security systems have come down in cost and are easy to install yourself. While you can still go through a professional service that installs detailed systems around your home and then monitors it 24/7, you can also go the route of buying a system that typically consists of a hub and various security cameras and motion detectors that you can set up around your home. They usually connect through your home WiFi network, and allow you to monitor the cameras from anywhere in the world. But which ones are the best? Here are seven topnotch picks.




This award winner offers protection for every window, room, and door in your home—or apartment. It not only includes 24/7 surveillance for burglars, but also fires, water damage, and medical emergencies by professionals who are always ready to dispatch police. It works on a built-in cellular connection that’s backed up by WiFi—and it’s loaded with safeguards, including power outage protection and signal encryption.


Google Nest Secure


This system involves an alarm, cameras, a connected lock, and video doorbell that are all designed to work together. And you’ll know what’s happening right from the Nest smartphone app. The Google Nest Secure alarm system comes with Nest Guard, two Nest Detect sensors, and two Nest Tags. If the alarm goes off, you can check in on the indoor and outdoor cameras. When you unlock the door, it disarms the alarm. It’s known for being easy to use.


Ring Alarm


The brand synonymous with video doorbells offers this entire house solution. Offered in three sizes that vary on the square footage of your home, it includes a base station, keypads, contact sensors for doors and windows, motion detectors, and a range extender. It also easily pairs with the brand’s video cameras. You can control it all from a smartphone app, or purchase optional 24/7 professional monitoring for an extra layer of support.


Arlo Ultra


The latest version from this popular brand improves on its predecessor. Essentially, you’re buying a package of four indoor/outdoor security cameras with 4K HDR video quality, auto-zooming, auto-tracking and a wide 180-degree field of view. It’s compatible with Google Assistant, Alexa, and Google Assistant. Plus, it’s smart enough to recognize animals—avoiding false alarms. It also includes a one-year subscription to the Arlo Smart service, but needs WiFi coverage if you want it extended outdoors.


Blink XT


A great home security system for people on a budget. The cameras are easy to install, can operate on a pair of AA lithium batteries, and provide two-way talk, live view, and motion recording. Each camera also has night vision, a motion sensor (you set the field of motion on the smartphone app), and is weather-proof. And of course, they’re wireless. The app can also alert you when it sees motion, letting you set the sensitivity.


Guardzilla 360 Outdoor


Each camera covers 360 degrees, letting you monitor and record in high definition—all without leaving any pockets of your yard unwatched. It withstands heat, cold, rain, snow, and wind. You can monitor and control it all from the smartphone app. It also features two-way talk and operates through the included 10-foot power cord or rechargeable battery. You can trigger a loud siren via the app, just in case you see unwanted visitors from across the world.


Vivint Smart Home


With this system, just buy the equipment you need and the company professionally installs it. You then purchase a monthly subscription. With that, you get professional 24/7 security monitoring and remote control access for your door locks, cameras, wireless motion detectors that recognize broken glass, unauthorized entry, thermostats, carbon monoxide and smoke sensors, and a video doorbell. The hub is a smart interactive panel that’s installed on your wall. Through it, you can talk directly with Vivint’s monitoring team.


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