When it comes to home security Sam’s Club and Costco may not be the first to come to mind. But they do have some appealing options.

“Buying in bulk can save you a lot of money. If you just bought just one of these cameras, you’d pay around $500. You’re getting 8, basically 2 for free.”

As Sam’s and Costco battle it out for dominance in the wholesale club store space, how do they compare in what matters to you most in home security? Let’s take a look!

Costco vs. Sam’s Club Home Security Selection

Costco’s home security department offers a broad assortment of trusted brands like:

  • Q-See — This camera system caters toward business owners with advanced needs most home owners don’t have.
  • First Alert — It’s a name you know. They make carbon monoxide and fire detectors, both an essential part of a comprehensive home security plan. Some can be hardwired into your existing security monitoring system.
  • Ring — You may have seen this one on Shark Tank. It’s a doorbell with a camera on it. When they ring, you can see who’s at the door from your smartphone. Is it someone you don’t want to talk to? Know that in advance. And don’t answer the door.


Costco carries around 10-15 home security brands like these. The cameras are particularly important in a modern home security set-up.

The New York Times found that it takes 30-40 minutes for the police to arrive in a major city and over 10 in smaller cities.

According to the FBI only 13% of burglaries result in an arrest because no one saw the perpetrator.

A camera not only helps to police catch the criminal who likely got away by the time they arrive. It makes people think twice about targeting your home.

If you pop over to Sam’s Club home security, you’ll see that they carry mostly the same selection.

Sam’s Club vs. Costco Home Security Price

You’ll find that prices for home security equipment at both Sam’s Club and Costco are consistent from store to store. It’s almost like they monitor each others’ prices to keep the membership’s discounted prices the same whether you have a Costco membership or Sam’s Club.

Prices start as low as $29 for an LED home movement sensor light. You can pay as much as $3000 for a set of 8 HD dome cameras.

That’s, of course, more cameras than the typical homeowner wants or needs. But buying in bulk can save you a lot of money. If you just bought one of these cameras, you’d pay around $500.  

You’re getting 8, basically 2 for free.

When it comes to Sam’s Club membership prices, you’ll often find they have the best price on a specific brand if you do a price comparison online. But they usually only sell some of the most expensive brands or you need to buy more than you need to save per each. In many cases, a slightly less expensive brand is just as good or better than that top brand.

We found the same to be true with Costco.

Costco vs. Sam’s Club Home Security Quality

Both Costco and Sam’s Club offer high-quality security options. They back up the brands they sell with a money-back guarantee. In the off chance that you get defective equipment, you can get your money back with no hassles. This is true even if you’ve had the equipment for a while.

This demonstrates that they stand behind the quality of the brands they sell.


Sam’s Club vs Costco Home Security Monitoring

Costco and Sam’s Club sell equipment that is essential for a comprehensive home security plan. But they don’t offer home monitoring.

Home monitoring means that your security equipment alerts someone remotely if suspicious activity is detected. They can then assess the situation and contact you and/or law enforcement if needed.

There might be smoke. It might be someone prowling around your house when you’re not there. It could be that someone has entered your home while you and your family are sleeping upstairs.

This is opposed to a self-monitored system where either you’re watching it all the time or it sounds an alarm when someone breaches the interior. The problem with self-monitoring is that 52% of burglaries happen during the day while no one’s home to monitor things.

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