Best home security systems — the best alarms, cameras, and kits for greater peace of mind

The best home security systems and starter kits to keep your family and possessions safe, from Ring, Canary, Arlo and more

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The best home security systems are about more than positioning a single security camera on the porch or by the back door - and they're necessary if you're serious about protecting your home. Thankfully, modern technology in the form of the best home security systems has made it possible to have an entire suite of devices protecting your property for a reasonable price. You can now feel safer with sensors, cameras, and more besides monitoring the inside and outside of your home.

Not only does this ensure that you can detect anyone trying to enter without permission (or getting up to no good outside) before they get any further, but having these devices will also warn potential criminals not to attempt anything in the first place.

We’ve taken a look at some of the best home security systems available right now to see which ones are best for beginners, security experts, smart homes, and more, rating them on what’s included as well as their ability to expand into larger set-ups down the road.

Scroll down to see what we thought and once you’ve chosen, take a look at our rundown of the best wireless doorbells to help take your system to the next level.

The best home security systems in 2024

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1. Ring home security system

Our rating: 4.5/5

It's easy to see why Ring has gained a reputation as the best DIY home security system provider, coming top for the number of different devices on offer and gaining a lot of additional points from its array of Ring Video Doorbells that work alongside devices like motion sensors, glass break sensors, smoke alarm monitors, and a whole lot more.

In fact, the only thing missing is a branded smart lock and key tracker, and you can add affordable professional monitoring for around $10/month. If you don't want this extra cost, it's completely optional, and you can self-monitor using the Ring app. Set-up can also be done yourself, with clear instructions and various ways to install the components.

Read our full Ring home security system review

Subscription costs: $0.00-$10/month

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2. ADT home security

Our top choice for those who don't mind having less control over their system, ADT is a well-known home security company that provides a number of products and services, including wireless alarms, carbon monoxide detectors, camera systems, and door and window alarms. They've been around for more than 100 years, too, so you can probably trust them to do the job.

The brand's systems also have advanced features such as voice commands (via both Alexa and Google Assistant) and home automation and are an incredibly popular option for those not super-interested in a DIY option. Unlike systems from Ring and others, ADT must be set up professionally, and monitoring subscriptions can be costly and long-term.

Subscription costs: $40-$60/month

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3. Vivint security

Vivint security is the only system on this list that - if you include security lighting from Philips Hue and Kwickset's smart lock - offers what we consider a full suite of products. With everything from the basics like motion detectors to more niche products like a panic button and water sensor, the smart home system also works with both Alexa and Google Assistant.

The downside is the cost of professional monitoring, which is required if you want to use the app, and can add up to about $50/month on top of your initial costs for the devices and installation. And, unfortunately, none of it is what might be considered 'affordable', even if what you get in return is a comprehensive and professional system.

Subscription costs: $39.99

4. Simplisafe security system

Simplisafe's system is a great option for those who want a simple-to-use (hence the name) selection of products that can be set up and used with or without the aid of professional monitoring. The system works with both Alexa and Google Assistant, and you'll be able to find devices for monitoring pretty much everything around the home. Unfortunately, the brand doesn't currently have its own solar power options.

Like other DIY options, the app lets you set your system to 'home', or 'away', with the latter arming your various devices. There's unlimited cloud storage with the self-monitoring plan and 'interactive plan', and you can also hook up third-party devices from Nest (thermostat) and August (smart lock).

Subscription costs: $0.00-$29.99/month

5. Arlo security system

The Arlo security system is slightly harder to find than some others, with the brand seeming to put a lot more strength behind its security camera range. But the system exists, and it's not bad, either. However, there's no professional monitoring and key sensors such as glass are missing, so it's a stripped-back option for anyone who prioritizes the role of cameras.

Focusing on those devices, then, Arlo offers both indoor and outdoor options, all of which work with Alexa and Google Assistant. Image quality is great, as is night vision, and many bundles come with the base station/local storage hub if you want to avoid subscription costs. Arlo also has solar power options and a highly-rated video doorbell.

Subscription costs: $0.00-$14.99/month

6. eufy security system

Our verdict: 4/5 stars

The eufy Home Alarm Kit is a DIY alarm system that doesn't require professional monitoring. This makes it an affordable option with no monthly fees, meaning it's better value for money. It has a clean design that would blend in with most decor styles and is incredibly smooth and simple to get set up.

The system was easy to install during testing, with parts helpfully bagged up, labeled, and ready to set up. Each component has its own instruction manual if you get stuck, and all screws and fixings are bagged up and labeled. The Homebase, however, needs to be connected to your router via ethernet cable, limiting where you can place it.

The eufy Home Alarm Kit has an effective alert system that can be customized to suit your needs. You can set your system to Home or Away via the app or the Keypad, and there's geofencing if you don't want to do this manually every time you leave the house. The system works incredibly well for alerting you via your phone, with instant alerts no matter where your phone is in relation to the sensor. There are also safeguards against needless notifications with a pet mode.

One downside is that the app can be slow and laggy throughout the process, and there wasn't an obvious way to remove other devices from our 'home,' leaving us with disconnected devices clogging up the screen. We were also unable to get the Homebase siren to work during testing.

Read our full eufy Security System review

Subscription costs: $9.99/month

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7. Canary

The reason that the Canary Pro and its add-ons sit so far down this list is because it's one device - a camera, motion detector, and climate monitor in one. This makes it extra-simple for those who don't want ten different devices set up around the home, but it does, of course, have its limits when it comes to functionality.

Still, the device has a 1080p HD video display, added features like person detection, and the same two-way audio you'd expect from a video doorbell. There's also the Canary Flex, which is an outdoor camera that can be added onto the system. It sets out to do much more than one indoor security camera should, and for that it earns a place on this list.

Subscription costs: $9.99/month

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8. Nest security system (partially discontinued)