Best Smart Home Security Systems Android Central 2019

Many homeowners are moving to a more hands-on security setup because excellent products that are easy to set up are readily available. Just mount it, plug it in, and your home is good to go. We think the Arlo Pro 2 system is the best you can buy because of its great features and easy setup, but there are plenty of others that might fit your needs. Here are some smart home systems that can get you started.

Best Overall: The Arlo Pro 2 Security System

Completely weatherproof and with zero wires involved, the Arlo Pro 2 provides two-way audio, a free subscription plan that allows you to store seven days worth of recording, HD video, and a 100+-decibel siren that won't hesitate to let you know something is amiss.

Besides these consumer-friendly features, Arlo provides plenty for the prosumer, too. Features like local recording storage through USB, tight integration with all the major smart home brands, and voice control through Alexa and Google Assistant make it our pick for overall best when it comes to a security system you can install yourself.

Nothing is without its drawbacks, though, and with Arlo the biggest is price. You will find systems that sell for less, but they don't offer the ease of use and features that come with this one.

Pros:

  • Completely wireless
  • Free recording storage
  • Local backup
  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant

Cons:

  • Price
  • Batteries need charging periodically
  • Requires a standalone hub

Best Overall

Arlo Pro 2 Security System

The perfect starter kit

Completely weatherproof and with zero wires involved, the Arlo Pro has the right mix of features to make it the best you can buy.

Best Value: Ring Alarm

This Ring Alarm security system comes with a base station, contact sensor, motion detector, keypad, and range extender. You can control it all from one central location — your phone. If you have an Alexa that's even better. You'll be able to do it solely through your voice and check your system through any Alexa device.

The tight integration with Alexa is because Amazon owns the brand, but Ring products also work well with other smart home platforms including Google Assistant. And of course, the Ring app for your phone works a treat.

Ring also comes with both free and paid cloud storage options as well as a payment plan for the entire system through Amazon.

Pros:

  • Price
  • Alexa integration
  • Easy setup

Cons:

  • No garage door tilt sensors or hinge sensors
  • Door sensors can be finicky

Best Value

Ring Alarm home Security

Easy setup

A Ring system is easy to install, and completely wireless. You'll love the Alexa integration as well as the great price.

From the Pros: LifeShield

LifeShield is DIY home security from ADT — a company that's been doing home security for a long time and has it all figured out.

The 15-piece system has everything you need, including a fire safety sensor that detects when your existing smoke or CO2 sensors are triggered. There's also a smartphone app and smart home compatibility built-in as well as optional monitoring from ADT and cellular backup.

The biggest drawback with LifeShield is that there's no free monitoring or cloud storage package offered, though service through ADT is affordable and customizable.

Pros:

  • Built by pros
  • Smoke and CO2 alerts
  • Pet-friendly motion sensors

Cons:

  • No free monitoring or cloud storage
  • Door sensors don't work with wide trim

From the Pros

LifeShield

Pro DIY

LifeShield from ADT is completely wireless with pet-friendly sensors and works with Alexa. It also has cellular backup in case your Wi-Fi goes down.

User Favorites: SimpliSafe

SimpliSafe has been named the best home security product by many online publications and users really like the assortment of sensors and easy setup that SimpliSafe offers.

The eight-piece kit comes with four window/door sensors, a panic button, programmable keypad, central hub, and a motion sensor so it's ready for the simple and wireless installation in your home. You're also able to add up to 100 components, including HD cameras, additional keypads, or panic buttons without any reprogramming.

One major drawback is that you'll need to sign up for the company's "Interactive Service" for things like smartphone notifications, but the system will work without any paid monitoring solution.

Pros:

  • Expandable to 100 components
  • Easy setup
  • LOUD sirens

Cons:

  • Phone notifications require a monthly fee
  • No garage tilt sensor compatibility

User favorite

SimpliSafe

Simple and effecftive

SimpliSafe offers full protection without the wires or the high prices. Users love it, with good reason!

Classic Security: Fortress

Home security needs to do one thing well — notify you or law enforcement when someone is poking around your place without permission. That's exactly what Fortress Security does, without any frills or extras.

The Wifi Classic Kit includes everything to get set up with a programmable keypad, key fobs, sensors and remotes, and a loud siren that works as a local deterrent while the app notifies you and the system calls up to six phone numbers when it's activated.

There's also Amazon Alexa support baked in so you can use any Alexa device to help control your security system and the keypad can act as a two-way intercom you call using any phone.

Pros:

  • Price
  • Easy setup
  • Two-way communication

Cons:

  • Smartphone app isn't great
  • Lacking in options for home vs. away modes

Classic Security

Fortress

Basics done right

Fortress is a great basic security system that forgoes many of the bells and whistles (and bugs) we see from others.

Bottom line

These are the very best smart home security systems we've found this year. All of them have a variety of features, such as heat detection, social media readiness and the like, but our personal favorite? Well, that has to be the Arlo Pro 2 System for its accessibility and how it is so easy to set up.

Set up is simple — just connect the base station to your home network and place the completely wireless cameras where they can monitor your home and family. The HD cameras can be set with a very specific monitoring zone, so there's no need for traditional two-piece door or window sensors. When motion is detected, the loud siren will alert you and the neighbors and you'll have video evidence if you need it thanks to Netgear's free cloud storage or local storage on your own media.

We understand that the Arlo Pro 2 is a little pricey, but we think the value is there because it works so well and offers just the right features.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Jerry Hildenbrand is Mobile Nations' Senior Editor and works from a Chromebook full time. You'll find him across the Mobile Nations network and you can hit him up on Twitter if you want to say hey.

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