When it comes to wireless home security systems, SimpliSafe and ADT are excellent brands. Both of them help guard against break-ins and deter environmental harm. It should be noted, though, that only ADT Pulse has the ability to support a ‘smart home.’ Some of the most notable features on the ADT Pulse system include a voice-controlled thermostat and app-controlled lighting. Let’s take a closer look at ADT vs SimpliSafe.


Tips for Choosing between SimpliSafe and ADT

  • SimpliSafe provides a DIY installation option
  • Both brands help deter intruders
  • ADT is more costly than SimpliSafe
  • SimpliSafe does not require you to sign a contract
  • Both brands have the ability to support indoor video cameras
  • ADT supports outdoor video along with smart home devices, whereas SimpliSafe does not

Both SimpliSafe and ADT have extensive knowledge and experience in the home security industry. There is a big difference in the setup between the two systems, meaning you need to choose for yourself whether you would rather go with a DIY SimpliSafe installation or have a professional install an ADT system for you.

Similarities between ADT and SimpliSafe

  • Have a mobile app
  • Support indoor video
  • 24/7 monitoring
  • Wireless

Differences between ADT and SimpliSafe

  • ADT requires you to sign a contract
  • Only ADT supports outdoor video
  • ADT must be installed by a professional
  • SimpliSafe is not available in areas without cell service


The biggest difference that you will notice right off the bat is that ADT requires you to sign a 36-month contract. If you do not want to commit to having a security system in your home for this length of time, then you will definitely want to opt for a SimpliSafe system. Sure, ADT offers a low cost for installation and you will receive a massive discount off of the cost of equipment, but you will be locked into a 3-year contract. And yes, a contract has been a standard in the home security system for many years, but SimpliSafe does offer you the option to keep your home secure without having to sign a contract. Since you don’t have to sign a contract, though, the equipment you must buy for the security system will be sold to you at full cost; this means you will be out more money upfront.

Keep in mind that the equipment from each company can be customized and fortunately SimpliSafe provides those costs, while for ADT, you will have to call to find out.


Just the same as the contract feature between the two systems are completely different, so are the installation methods. If you choose a SimpliSafe system, the equipment will be shipped straight to your home and you will perform the installation process yourself. If you have confidence in performing the installation, SimpliSafe may be the best option for you. On the other hand, ADT will send a professional to your home to carry out the installation process. Depending on the package you opt for with ADT, the installation will cost you anywhere from $99 to $199. Having a professional do the installation for you allows you to have peace of mind in knowing the system is being installed properly.

Package Options

Both ADT and SimpliSafe have a variety of packages to choose from. Your preference and level of security needed will determine which package is best for you. There is no one-system-fits-all option, but hopefully, the information you have read through will help you choose the best system for your home. Contact Protect America today to learn more about keeping your home safe.