Monitored home: Best Home Security System of 2023

Best Home Security System of 2023

The best overall home security systems

If you have the money to spend, a professional home security system is the best route. Due to its affordable service, no-contract options and compatibility with dozens of third-party smart home gadgets from smart locks to smart thermostats, our top-rated, professionally installed home security system is currently Comcast Xfinity Home. For those looking to spend less and are happy to set it up themselves, DIY is the clear choice. Our top-rated pick for DIY home security system is Ring Alarm Pro, not only due to its reliable security performance but all of the bells and whistles that most other DIY systems don’t have, including backup Wi-Fi in case of power outages, Alexa Guard Plus integration and the option for local storage and processing.

Whether you go the DIY home security route or opt for a professionally installed setup, choosing the right security system for your home is a big decision. Once you start your research, you’ll realize there’s no shortage of options ranging from highly customizable DIY systems available from brands like Ring, SimpliSafe and Wyze to low-hassle, professional monitoring services from ADT, Vivint and others. 

More competition in the home security market brings new advances, features and compatibilities with internet-connected gadgets like indoor and outdoor cameras, video doorbells and smart locks. It also brings new vulnerabilities, including an increased risk of hacking. It’s a lot to take in, and today’s home security providers don’t always make it easy to comparison-shop.

That’s where we come in. We’ve put security systems to the test, from top-of-the-line monitored systems with professional installation to wallet-friendly DIY home security system alternatives, including a home security camera (or cameras) and smart home devices monitored via a smartphone app. We’ll be updating this article as we go based on hands-on experience so you can be sure you’re investing in top home security systems.

Best home security systems of 2023

Other home security systems tested

Besides the systems above, we’ve tested many of the top competitors, including Abode, Abode Iota, Frontpoint, Kangaroo, Ring Alarm, Cove and ADT. Abode and Abode’s all-in-one security camera Iota were both solid contenders that couldn’t quite match SimpliSafe’s price, but they’re worth checking out if you’re interested in DIY smart home systems for small spaces or systems that don’t require monitoring subscriptions. Ring Alarm is another solid DIY option, but the company’s problems with police partnerships tip us away from recommending it — especially when a company like Wyze offers such a strong, budget-friendly alternative.

DIY systems Frontpoint, Cove and Kangaroo all had features to recommend them. Frontpoint’s system is reliable and its hardware is reasonably priced, but its $45 monthly monitoring fee is too expensive. Kangaroo, by contrast, is incredibly wallet-friendly but its doorbell camera is terrible, so Wyze keeps its edge in the budget category too. Cove Home Security, despite reasonable hardware prices, fell to an overly restrictive subscription model that doesn’t allow for self-monitoring or app access without significant monthly fees.

ADT, one of the biggest brands we’ve tested, was broadly disappointing. It’s too expensive, requires a contract and the app is clunky. We’ve tested AT&T Digital Life, too, though we’ve removed the system from consideration since the company stopped installing it for new customers.

We have yet to test Brinks Home, though we hope to include it in our considerations in the coming months.

Home security systems compared

Comcast Xfinity Ring Alarm Pro SimpliSafe (8-piece set) Vivint Smart Home Wyze Home Monitoring
System price $360 $300 $240 $500 $100
Monthly monitoring price $30 $20 $18-$28 $30-$45 $10
Starter equipment Touchscreen controller, three door-window sensors, pet-friendly motion sensor, battery and cellular system backup, Xfinity Home Security yard sign Eero Wi-Fi 6 mesh router, door-window sensors, motion detectors, a keypad, a siren and optional professional monitoring subscriptions Base station, keypad, motion sensor, four entry sensors, one panic button Hub, two door window sensors, a motion detector, a flood sensor v3 camera, two door/window sensors, a motion detector, a keypad and the Sense Hub
Contract required? No No No No No
Setup Professional installation DIY installation DIY installation Professional installation DIY installation
Extra features Integration with a large and growing list of third-party devices, flexible pricing Cellular-powered backup Wi-Fi, network security monitoring, local processing, storage for all of your Ring devices and integration with Alexa’s Guard Plus service Customizable system, built-in Wi-Fi and cellular, integration with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant Customizable system, integration with many third-party devices, integration with Amazon Alexa, Google Home and Z-Wave devices Customizable system, integration with many third-party devices, integration with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant
Review score 8 9 8. 5 7.7 8.4

How we test home security systems

Hands-on testing is core to our evaluations of any home security products. In short, when it comes to the best home security systems, we pay special attention to the user experience, the promised features, reliability and overall value — along with a few other elements. We do the testing in a real home environment over the course of at least a full week. If you want to read more about our review process, check out our in-depth article on how we test home security systems and services.

What to consider when choosing a home security system

When choosing a home security system for your home, you may be tempted to start with deciding between a DIY setup or one that is professionally installed and monitored. However, when you consider the equipment, installation, monitoring options and other features you want, you’ll probably reach a DIY-versus-pro system decision along the way. Here’s some more parameters to consider when shopping around for home security systems:

Equipment and installation

Do you just need to keep watch over your entryways? A good video doorbell for your front door and an outdoor camera covering the back may be all you need — easy to install and monitor yourself. However, if you want to keep closer tabs on your home inside and out with 24/7 monitoring and quick access to emergency response services, you’ll want a more robust system. DIY and professional brands offer home security bundles with most, if not all, of the equipment you’d need to get started and the ability to add single devices as needed.

SimpliSafe home security systems can be easily tailored to your needs. Just simply add or subtract hardware and equipment as you please. 


Most home security devices are compatible with Alexa and Google Home smart hubs, but if you prefer Apple HomeKit or another smart home ecosystem, you may have to do a bit more shopping and comparing to find a system compatible with your existing smart home devices. Don’t fret over compatibility too much, however, as Matter will make it easier to connect previously noncompatible devices.

Keep in mind all that equipment will need to be installed. While there isn’t much to installing a security camera or even a wired video doorbell, whole-home systems can be a bit more demanding to install and set up. If you’d rather leave that to an expert, and have them walk you through how to use the system, a professional home security service may be the way to go.

Monitoring, alerts and emergency features

Arlo’s app is simple and intuitive to use.

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Virtually all home security systems allow for self-monitoring, likely via an app on your phone. They’ll also send you push notifications when there’s an event, such as when a package is delivered to your doorstep. 

Consider whether you want to be in charge of all the monitoring or if you’d like some support. A professional system will come with 24/7 monitoring, but you may be able to add professional monitoring to your DIY system for a fee, depending on the brand you choose.

More advanced features, such as facial recognition, broken glass detection and communication with emergency services may not be available from all manufacturers and devices. Consider the level of monitoring you want, and who you want to do it, along with the emergency response options, when choosing a home security system.

Costs, upfront and ongoing

I listed “cost” last here for a reason. A complete home security system will likely cost you at least a couple of hundred bucks, so be prepared for that. There’s the potential to spend lots more on equipment, of course, or a lot less — maybe a $35 security camera will satisfy your security needs. 

Still, the upfront cost of a home security system is roughly the same from one brand to the next, so don’t let cost be the deciding factor. Find a system that has the equipment, installation options, monitoring and features you want first, then compare pricing.

That said, ongoing costs can carry a bit more weight when choosing the best security system. Expect ongoing monthly fees from a professional service and possibly a contract to lock you into those fees for a year or two. While not ideal, signing a contract may come with free equipment or installation and lower upfront costs.

If you’re comfortable with self-monitoring, DIY systems may not come with any ongoing costs. Monthly subscriptions (without a contract) for cloud storage, enhanced features and possibly even professional monitoring are typically an option with DIY systems, often for lower monthly fees than professional services.

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Xfinity Home Security Review: The Best Professionally Installed Home Security System

Buy at Xfinity

Don’t like

  • Push to bundle with internet, TV services
  • No wireless camera option
  • Automations are fairly limited


I never remember to set my alarm system before leaving my house. OK, maybe once or twice, I remembered, but it wasn’t without first telling my family to all get out of the house so I could close the front door, set the alarm, dash out the door and lock it, all while hoping that someone didn’t leave a window open somewhere. Comcast’s Xfinity Home put an end to all of that. 

With Xfinity’s mobile app, I can see if a window or door is open, a light is on or a motion sensor is actively triggered. I can adjust my thermostat and check my cameras. Get notifications if there’s water in my basement. Quickly set up automation for all those devices (well, most of those devices) so that my lights turn on when I open the front door at night and the security system disarms before I walk down the stairs the next morning. And yes, I can use my phone to arm and disarm the system from my driveway, or anywhere else really. 

The DIY home security market is loaded with options that can do similar things (and for security cameras alone, there are way cheaper options). The perk of going with Xfinity Home is that it’s all professionally installed and the individual pieces work well together. Bonus points: They can be controlled with a single app. If you’re in the market for a home security system that isn’t DIY, Comcast beats out all the competitors — from ADT to Vivint.

Home security in your pocket.

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Bring me the bundles 

When I first reviewed Xfinity Home in 2017, I was already an Xfinity Internet and TV customer and used SimpliSafe for my home security. However, following my review, I liked the combination of security and smart home features so much that I signed up for Xfinity Home. I did drop its internet and TV services, though. According to a Comcast representative, I’m apparently in a very small group of Xfinity Home subscribers who don’t bundle it with another of its services.

To give me the full Xfinity Home experience, the company temporarily installed in my home its latest X1 TV box and xFi gateway and xFi pods to create a whole-home mesh network. The installers also updated my touchscreen security panel — the Xfinity Home Station — to what customers would have in their homes today.   

To reiterate, you do not need Xfinity TV or internet service to get Xfinity Home. However, because the xFi gateway and Home Station are designed to work together, there are benefits to bundling with Xfinity’s internet service. For example, the gateway’s security protection for your network extends to devices connected to it, including cameras. It also has the option to pause connections to devices on the network (I used this feature a bunch to limit screen time for my kids) that can be used to blackout your cameras should you want some privacy. Plus, if you change your Wi-Fi credentials, it will automatically update your Xfinity Home equipment as well.  

I would argue that with any newer Wi-Fi router worth owning, you will get network security to protect your devices and the ability to block network access to specific devices. I certainly have those features on my personal router and have had no issues using it with Xfinity’s security equipment. That said, those already with Xfinity Internet or considering getting it can expect a seamless experience with Xfinity Home based on my use of the two together.

Of course, the more you bundle, the better your overall package price. An unexpected twist is the cost has improved since I initially signed up for it. 

Xfinity’s little cameras have excellent image quality indoors and outside.

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The basic service with professional monitoring is $30 a month. Adding 24/7 camera recording with storage for seven days and up to six cameras brings your monthly bill to $40. Combined with the top-tier TV service and Gigabit internet service, my bill as a new customer total would be $205. However, this will vary depending on the tiers of services you choose and how many of them you’re bundling together. The same goes for installation fees, which are $100 in my area if I install multiple Xfinity services or $60 just Home alone. You’ll need to check your area to see what services are available.

More importantly, Comcast has done away with a service contract requirement for Xfinity Home. You will still need to buy the equipment you can either purchase outright or in 24 monthly payments (more on that below). A majority of customers opt for the payment plan option, an Xfinity spokeswoman said. If you buy your equipment, you can end service whenever you want. 

Make wise device decisions

Start with an equipment package and flesh it out with other devices.


For new users, Xfinity offers three basic equipment packages to get you started. If you want extras of anything, you can tack them onto your bill. You can call Xfinity to discuss what you might need if you’re unsure what you need for your home. 

Base Home System: $360 or $15 per month for 24 months

  • 1x touchscreen controller 
  • 3x door/window sensors 
  • 1x pet-friendly motion sensor 
  • Battery and cellular system backup 
  • Xfinity Home Security yard sign 

Complete Home System: $480 or $20 per month for 24 months

  • 1x touchscreen controller  
  • 5x door/window sensors  
  • 1x pet-friendly motion sensor 
  • 1x wireless keypad  
  • 1x HD indoor/outdoor Xfinity camera  
  • Battery and cellular system backup  
  • Xfinity Home Security yard sign 

Ultimate Home System: $600 or $25 per month for 24 months

  • 1x touchscreen controller 
  • 10x door/window sensors 
  • 1x pet-friendly motion sensor 
  • 1x wireless keypad 
  • 2x HD indoor/outdoor Xfinity cameras 
  • Battery and cellular system backup 
  • Xfinity Home Security yard sign 

The prices for à la carte equipment are fairly reasonable, and Xfinity doesn’t hide its pricing, as shown in the screenshot above. A window or door sensor will run you $20 from Xfinity, while a similar sensor from competitor Vivint costs $50. Xfinity’s indoor/outdoor camera is $120, while Vivint’s is $400 for outside and $200 for inside. A similar camera from ADT is $290.

Speaking of cameras, Xfinity has made it more affordable to add them to your system. There used to be a per-camera per-month charge. Now, it’s just $120 each for the cameras, and if you want 24/7 recordings for up to seven days, it’s just a flat $10 extra per month for up to six cameras. You can also skip the recordings and simply use the cameras to receive activity notifications.

If you’re interested in nothing but cameras, Xfinity offers one more service option for xFi internet subscribers. The Xfinity Home Self Protection plan lets you add up to six cameras to your home (for $120 each) with 24/7 video recording for $10 a month. 

Get smart(er)

Once you settle on the security equipment, you can build out your package with Xfinity’s Zen thermostat and outlet controller that can turn lights or small appliances on and off. I really like the look of the Zen thermostat, it works well and it’s easy to use. (Oddly, the only people I’ve had in my house who haven’t been able to use it are HVAC repairmen.) The outlet controllers are nothing special but are a nice addition if you want to, say, trigger a lamp to turn on when a door opens. 

You can add Comcast’s Zen thermostat to your Home setup.

Josh Goldman/CNET

You can also integrate a large and growing list of third-party devices into your Xfinity Home system. The list includes smart light bulbs from Lifx, Philips and Sengled, Chamberlain MyQ garage openers, August, Yale and Kwikset locks and even Tile trackers. Product support does change, however, so you may want to check the list before you set up an install.

Put it all together

Xfinity Home Station

Josh Goldman/CNET

At the heart of the system at home is the Xfinity Home Station. Designed by Comcast, it has a better display and processing power than its predecessor for smoother, more responsive performance. As I popped through menus and settings, I noticed considerably less lag than the one I had used. Picture quality from the cameras is also improved, making it easier to keep an eye on things without looking at my phone. The Home Station has a 4G cellular radio and a backup battery, just in case my power and internet go down. It also acts as a Zigbee repeater to help keep smart home devices connected in larger homes. 

One of the benefits of bundling with TV or internet is that you can use the voice remote for its X1 box or Flex streaming box with Xfinity Home. There’s a whole list of voice commands to control your smart home, view your camera feeds and find your keys or other stuff if you have a Tile tracker. It is particularly handy for turning off lights or adjusting your room temperature without getting off the couch or opening the app. Like the xFi integration, it’s nice if you have Xfinity TV or are considering it along with Xfinity Home, but not a necessity.

Setting up automations is a snap with this app.

Josh Goldman/CNET

Honestly, you’ll probably spend most of your time controlling your system with the mobile app. As I said at the top, you can do everything from arming your alarm to checking your cameras and recordings to setting up automations. The app is a breeze to use. Want a lamp to turn on when your motion sensor is tripped and then turn itself off five minutes later? How about getting a push notification when a door or window opens? You can set up each of those in under a minute with a few taps. 

That’s not to say things couldn’t be better. While it’s easy to set up new rules, there aren’t a lot of recipes to choose from. For instance, the only thermostat-related one is for getting a notification if it gets too hot or cold in your home. It can’t, for example, adjust temperatures based on motion detection. There are no camera recipes, so you can’t do something like have lights come on if your front porch camera picks up activity. 

The dearth of recipes is a shortcoming but hardly a deal breaker. Cost is likely going to be the biggest deterrent for most people. Doing away with contracts helps and so does the flexibility to pay for the equipment upfront or in installments. Plus, $60 for the professional installation is money well spent considering all that. If you’re looking to outfit an apartment or townhouse and aren’t planning to bundle Home with other Xfinity services, you might be better off with a DIY kit. Otherwise, Xfinity Home is a simple way to combine smart home tech and security. 

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