LiveWatch vs SimpliSafe

LiveWatch vs SimpliSafe

Which DIY Security System is Best for You?

Last updated: March 1st, 2017.  When comparing apples to apples with SimpliSafe and LiveWatch, they have much in common.  Both companies have 24/7 monitoring services and offer their service nationwide.  Both security systems are self setup (DIY) which takes 30-60 minutes.  The security system gets shipped to you and you peel-and-stick the sensors to the needed areas.  This is easy to do a practical unless you want a home automation system like ADT Pulse or Vivint.

Head to head comparison

LiveWatch securitySimplisafe

Starting Costs:

$99 - 299

$350 - 900+

Monitoring:

$29.95+ / mo

$19.99+ / mo

Monitoring stations:

Nationwide, 24/7

Nationwide, 24/7

C02, Fire & Police

Check Mark

Check Mark

Founded:

2002

2006

BBB Rating:

A+

A+

Reputation:

Average, mixed customer reviews

Very basic system.
Good online and offline ratings.

Landline Option:

No

No

Available for Renters:

Yes

No

Control Panel:

Touchscreens available

Keypad only

Security Cameras:

Available for higher
monthly costs

Not available

Home Automation:

3 of 5 stars


1 of 5 stars

Best for:

Average users, those who want
a basic to intermediate system

Seniors, people looking for a
good security + Medical alert system

Agreement:

12 months

No contract

Cancellation Fee:

None

None

Read Review:

LiveWatch's Review

SimpliSafe Reviews

A quick history lesson

Both home security providers have maintained a good reputation along with a A+ BBB rating.  LiveWatch has a little rockier of a history, re-branding from 'SafeMart' recently who didn't have as positive of reviews.  Looking into the future, both companies have large marketing budgets and a big customer base so unless they sell out to bigger companies such as Frontpoint Security, they should be around for years to come.

Security system basics

Who has the better security system?  Livewatch has done a better job at keeping up with the times with home automation additions.  Both companies have tiered packages to choose from starting at basic and going to advanced.  Where Simplisafe falls behind is that their security system has been the same for the past 10 years and isn't the most visually appealing thing to put in your home.

Here are pictures of both companies starting packages:

Livewatch security system

(Above) LiveWatch security system with 2 door sensors, a motion detector, keyfob and smart control shown.

simplisafe package

(Above) SimpliSafe security system with 4 door/window sensors, motion detector, the base and control panel.

Conclusion

If you choose Simplisafe as your security provider, plan on higher startup costs upwards of $1000, because you get a lower monitoring rate and move-with-you service.  If you choose LiveWatch security, plan on getting better equipment and good smart device integration.  Both are good companies and services but still don't make the top home security monitoring services lists!

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3 Comments
  1. Jobeth
    02/28/2017 at 21:41
    Reply

    Thanks for spending the time to debate this, I feel strongly about home security regardless of whom you choose. For some pricing is all that matters, others the equipment and others customer service. Frontpoint seems to have all 3 covered by this other company sure comes close when comparing apples to apples.

  2. Jay Adens
    09/07/2016 at 14:15
    Reply

    Simplisafe for the parents, Livewatch for the kids is my vote! I don't have either but know people on both sides that are happy with it. Not a lot of horror stories with either company regarding cancelling or getting stuck with faulty equipment and not getting it replaced until the next contract is signed. Great comparison, thanks for doing this.

    • Marco King
      10/13/2016 at 10:31
      Reply

      You have it figured out. The Tech savvy individuals use LiveWatch, it home automation feature makes it a better choice to simplisafe. Nice review altogether

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