Readers’ Choice Awards 2019: Home Security Systems and Cameras

Wonder which manufacturers PCMag readers suggest to stay you secure? SimpliSafe and Wyze Labs rating large on this Readers’ Choice survey. Find out why.

By Eric Griffith

FBI statistics let us know that assets crimes and violent assaults are at the decline, however that doesn’t imply crime is non-existent. According to a Gallup survey on crime in America, the general public really feel there’s extra crime now than remaining 12 months. Want to really feel more secure? Home safety methods and video surveillance can lend a hand. Plus, they may be able to warn you to different problems in and round your own home, corresponding to fireplace and water injury.

If you’ve been protecting off on buying those methods on account of the price of set up and long-term tracking contracts, know that the majority of our survey respondents have grew to become to DIY methods, particularly on this smart home technology. Only 37 % of house safety methods and 13 % of cameras have been professionally put in. There’s indubitably worth in having knowledgeable help, however no less than you’ve choices to get a machine that matches inside of your finances and wishes.

(In addition to those methods, you may want a sensible lock and video doorbell. These have been lined in brief in our contemporary smart home survey.)

Home Security Systems 2019

SimpliSafe, a pioneer in DIY house safety, wins our Readers’ Choice Award for the second one 12 months in a row. According to survey respondents, SimpliSafe achieves its objective of offering inexpensive and simple to arrange safety.

SimpliSafe revolutionized the house safety marketplace a decade in the past when it confirmed that buyers may set up a machine themselves to offer protection to their properties. Not strangely, that manner resonates with PCMag readers. For the second one 12 months in a row, SimpliSafe wins our Readers’ Choice Award. ( Last year used to be the primary 12 months of this class.)

One respondent mentioned of his SimpliSafe machine, “It used to be tremendous simple to put in, and works flawlessly. You can’t ask for greater than that.” That remark used to be echoed by means of a number of others, who additionally cited superb reinforce and tracking provider. (SimpliSafe doesn’t require that you simply join tracking, but 86 % of respondents mentioned they make the most of its tracking provider.)

SimpliSafe gained the very best scores in our survey on just about each and every measure. Its ranking for general pleasure used to be 8.8 on a scale from 0 (extraordinarily disillusioned) to 10 (extraordinarily glad), the similar rating the corporate gained remaining 12 months. The chance to suggest used to be additionally the similar as in 2020 at 9.0. SimpliSafe had a number of different scores of 9.0 or higher, together with pleasure with setup (9.1), window and door sensors (9.0), energy outage coverage (9.4), and with smartphone and pill keep an eye on (9.0).

2020 used to be an eventful 12 months for Ring. It used to be bought by means of Amazon and expanded past video doorbells into house safety. Ring didn’t have sufficient respondents to be incorporated in remaining 12 months’s effects however this 12 months, it fared neatly, even though now not reasonably as much as SimpliSafe’s requirements. Ring rated extremely in pleasure with the price of tracking, receiving a rating of 9.1, in comparison to SimpliSafe’s 8.5. Ring fees $10 per thirty days or $100 according to 12 months for tracking in comparison to SimpliSafe’s plans, which vary from $15 to $25 according to month.

ADT is one of the oldest names in safety, having been round for just about 150 years. Its methods come with skilled set up and tracking…and dear, long-term contracts. Monitoring plans get started at $37 per thirty days, in step with ADT’s website, so it’s now not sudden that the corporate simplest gained a ranking of 6.3 for pleasure with the price of tracking (even though that’s in truth an development from remaining 12 months’s dismal 5.2).

Said one respondent, “We sought after to modify safety corporations however may now not make the transfer as a result of [of] the costs.” System reliability used to be first rate at 8.4 and now not some distance in the back of SimpliSafe and Ring, however ADT consumers aren’t desperate to suggest the corporate to somebody else. The corporate simplest gained a chance to suggest ranking of 6.9.

For extra, learn The Best Smart Home Security Systems.

Security Cameras 2019

Wyze Labs
Founded by means of a gaggle of former Amazon engineers, Wyze has created a profitable formulation in step with our readers: dust affordable, dependable cameras without a tracking charges! It’s a formulation that still helped Wyze earn our Editors’ Choice.

For $20 and no tracking charges, you’ll be able to get Wyze Labs’ Wyze Cam V2 with 1080p solution and a variety of robust surveillance options. What’s to not like? According to PCMag readers, now not a lot. Wyze wins our Readers’ Choice Award this 12 months, unseating SimpliSafe, which received within the video surveillance digicam class remaining 12 months.

Wyze gained a very good general pleasure ranking of 8.9 and a fair higher outcome for chance to suggest: 9.4. Despite how affordable Wyze’s cameras are (the corporate’s extra complicated Wyze Cam Pan is simplest $30), we’re nonetheless blown away by means of Wyze’s near-perfect ranking of 9.8 for pleasure with the price of the cameras. That 9.8 is most probably the very best ranking ever noticed in any class or sub-category in PCMag Readers’ Choice survey historical past. Readers love low costs with top high quality.

The loss of subscription charges doesn’t imply you don’t get cloud garage: Wyze provides you with two weeks of rolling garage. Said one respondent, “The price is astounding. The product is exceptional. Free 14-day cloud match recording is superior!”

It’s now not all about worth with Wyze, both. The corporate additionally gained scores above 9.0 for pleasure with setup (9.2), reliability (9.2) and with smartphone and pill keep an eye on (9.1.)-the very best scores for all of those measures.

SimpliSafe had the second-best pleasure scores on each and every measure for which it gained the needful minimal collection of responses, however a majority of these scores have been down reasonably from 2020. For instance, general pleasure dropped from 8.8 to 8.6 (which continues to be an excellent outcome). However, despite the fact that SimpliSafe have been in a position to copy its efficiency from remaining 12 months, it nonetheless wouldn’t have touched Wyze’s ratings.

Wyze used to be based by means of four engineers who left Amazon, however Amazon continues to be a significant participant in house video surveillance. The corporate owns two brands- Ring and Blink. Respondents have been very glad with Ring’s customer support (8.4) and tech reinforce (8.3), particularly in comparison with Arlo, which simplest earned marks of 5.8 and 6.3, respectively, at the similar measures. However, respondents weren’t as proud of the price of their Ring cameras (7.8) or the tracking charges (7.9). Monitoring is non-compulsory with Ring however 76 % of respondents pay for it.

Blink, like Wyze, doesn’t fee any subscription charges. It gained an excellent ranking for pleasure with the price of their cameras: 8.7, in the back of simplest Wyze and SimpliSafe. Blink cameras, not like Wyze, are constructed for use open air in addition to indoors and get started at $70.

Google Nest and Arlo (which was once a Netgear emblem) introduced up the rear of the survey. Google Nest had the bottom ranking for pleasure with the price of the machine (6.6). The corporate’s Nest Cams get started at $200, 10 instances the cost of Wyze’s elementary providing. Arlo cameras, which might be additionally at the dear finish, gained the bottom scores for pleasure with reliability at simplest 7.4.

For extra, learn The Best Indoor Home Security Cameras.

The PCMag Readers’ Choice survey for Home Security Systems and Cameras used to be within the box from October 14, 2019, via November 4, 2019. For additional info on how our surveys are performed, learn the survey methodology.

Originally revealed at on November 18, 2019.

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