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Best home security systems in 2024

Our experts have tested the best home security systems on the market to help you decide which one is right for your home

Smart home security systems have become a popular way to improve security and privacy in recent years with packages including everything from motion detectors, outdoor security cameras and smart locks to surveillance technology that can protect a house when intruders are detected – but which one is right for you? SimpliSafe’s The Tower is our Editor’s Choice and is well suited for the average three-bed home, while ADT’s Smart Home Alarm package comes with professional monitoring and the Surveillance Kit from Hey! is best for budget, thanks to it’s high quality combined with value-for-money features. 

We’ve analysed what to consider when choosing a smart home security system to compare the best packages on the market that balance both security and budget. 

Our top three best home security systems in 2024

Our experts have carefully selected the top home security systems for different needs, each delivering high-quality devices and effective security features. The best overall system is our Editor’s Choice, thanks to its outstanding balance of flexibility, cost, and monitoring options. The best monitoring package provides a reliable, professional service, while our highly commended system offers many choices for creating a tailored security solution.

SimpliSafe The Tower: Editor’s Choice
Overall Score: 4.5/5
SimpliSafe The Tower: Editor’s Choice
Overall Score: 4.5/5

Although there are a range of different Simplisafe packages available, The Tower wins our award for the best overall home security system. Ideal for the average three-bedroom home, the kit includes internal and external cameras, motion detectors and entry sensors – everything you need for a complete home security set-up. Simplisafe’s flexible self and professional monitoring subscription plans are also reasonably priced and can be activated on-demand, with no fixed-term contracts.

Verisure: Best bespoke package
Overall Score: 4.5/5
Verisure: Best bespoke package
Overall Score: 4.5/5

Verisure fits customisable home security systems. Verisure’s professional technicians assess your home to create a bespoke security system that matches your and your security needs. In partnership with Arlo cameras, Verisure offers high-quality video, two-way audio and night vision.

Overall Score: 4/5
Overall Score: 4/5

Simplisafe’s best-selling package includes the very core of what every smart home security system requires. Great for small and medium-sized homes alike, the system can be used as-is or expanded and personalised as each user sees fit.

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Budget

The cost can vary depending on the type of system and brand that you choose. You should also consider any ongoing expenses, such as monthly fees for professional monitoring services.

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Connectivity

Check whether your home security system is compatible with your other smart home devices such as Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit. Integrating your smart home security system with voice assistants can make it easier to manage.

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Installation

Some home security systems are DIY-friendly, while some require professional installation; consider if you want to install the devices yourself or pay for a professional to do them for you.

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Our top home security systems put to the test

We updated this roundup in March 2024 – our best smart alarm systems are all in stock, and prices are accurate. 

We research and test each product, comparing features, performances, and prices, resulting in fair and impartial recommendations for you and your home.

SimpliSafe The Tower: Editor’s Choice

simplisafe the tower kit unpacked
SimpliSafe’s The Tower kit comes with a base station, keypad, two entry sensors, a motion sensor, one outdoor camera, and one indoor camera (Independent Advisor)

Key specifications

Cost: £514.93 (Get 40% off with code UKINDY40 at checkout)   | Components: 1 base station, 1 keypad, 2 entry sensors, 1 motion sensor, 1 outdoor camera, and 1 indoor camera | Power source: Battery powered | Connectivity: Cellular (with paid-for subscription) and wifi | Maximum volume:105dB | Smart home support: Amazon Echo/Alexa and Google Assistant/Google Home | Backup battery: Yes, up to 24 hours | Monitored: Self-monitoring with optional paid-for professional monitoring

Pros

Good range of components included but is also highly customisable Easy DIY installation

Cons

High initial outlay

Who’s it right for?

  • Most households looking for a comprehensive and flexible security system

Who is it not for? 

  • Buyers on very limited budgets

SimpliSafe offers a range of preconfigured packages, all of which can be fully customised to suit your requirements. For the average three-bedroom semi-detached property, The Tower needs no additional components and is ready to go once the base station is plugged in, combining internal and external cameras, a motion detector, door and window sensors, and an integrated keypad. While The Tower is one of its pricier options, SimpliSafe frequently has steep product discounts, making options, such as this package more affordable. 

Simplisafe users can choose between self-monitoring or professional monitoring, with two flexible monitoring plans available starting at 53p per day. 

Installation

We found the peel and stick sensors incredibly straightforward to install, with no drilling required and comprehensive connectivity instructions. The system was also easy to set up using the dedicated app.

The hardware is sleek and stylish, available in obsidian or white, and incorporates a stylishly contemporary pear-shaped base station. This glows with a steady blue light, and pulses if there is an error in the system. 

System app

With the SimpliSafe app, you can access and control your security system remotely via user-friendly smartphone or tablet interfaces. The app allows you to arm or disarm your system, view live camera feeds, and receive instant notifications in the case of a security event. The system uses end-to-end encryption to protect data, ensuring personal information and video feeds remain secure and private.

All of Simplisafe’s packages are compatible with smart home ecosystems Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. This allows you to control your security system using voice commands.

While the indoor camera lacks the ability to pan or zoom, with a 120-degree lens it already covers an expansive area. Both the picture quality and sound are easily distinguishable, and even the night vision is clear. The motion detection uses heat signatures to differentiate between a pet, a person and an object (a thrown ball, for example), minimising false alarms. 

If you take out one of the monthly subscription plans, you’ll benefit from the 24/7 professional monitoring. In case of any security concerns, with the more advanced monitoring package the SimpliSafe monitoring centre is notified, and they can dispatch emergency services to your location.

Our verdict

While SimpliSafe’s The Tower package provides an excellent home security solution, the initial cost may be prohibitive for some homeowners. However, considering the monitoring plans’ quality, features, and flexibility, we believe it is a worthwhile investment in the long run.

Alternatively, The Essentials package from Simplisafe offers a smaller, more affordable package, which can either be used as it comes (ideal for smaller homes) or expanded, personalised and adapted, so every penny spent on home security suits your home and requirements.

Read our full Simplisafe home security review.

SimpliSafe score breakdown

Reputation★★★★★
Security and performance★★★★½
Features★★★½
Plans and pricing★★★½
Customer experience★★½
Overall★★★★½
Exclusive deal: Get 40% off with code UKINDY40 at checkout

Verisure: Best bespoke package

versure home security system product photo
(Verisure)

Key specifications

Cost: Price on enquiry (£299-£599 typical cost) | Components: Various | Power source: Mains | Connectivity: Wifi, Ethernet, 4G SIM | Maximum volume: 105db | Smart home support: Amazon Echo/Alexa and Google Home/Google Assistant | Backup battery: Yes | Monitored: Self-monitoring or professional (£32/month)

Pros

Tailored for your your home Great customer experience

Cons

Can be expensive

Who’s it right for?

  • Those looking for a fully bespoke system

Who is it not for? 

  • Users wanting an off-the-shelf package

Verisure has everything you’d expect from a smart home security system, as well as some trademark features like its ZeroVision alarm that can release a ‘fog’ designed to deter burglars. It’s important to note though, that this feature can only be activated by a professional at the NSI certified Alarm Receiving Centre. 

Verisure has a partnership with Arlo cameras which have good quality video, two-way audio, night vision, and sirens. Everything can be managed through the Verisure app and, for £32 a month, Verisure will monitor your home. 

Installation

Although installation is included in the price, the jump off package starts at around £599, which is pretty steep when compared to other systems of similar scope. Add-ons can be discussed and costed with the technician on the day of the evaluation, which you need to book over the phone. You’ll also need to pay a £100 (fully refundable) deposit to book.

Although it can seem like an extra, unnecessary step for someone to come to your house for an assessment, it does mean that you will get a tailored package and a full rundown of how everything works so that you get the best use out of it.

Maintenance is covered in the subscription fee, so if anything breaks it will get repaired asap so you don’t lose any surveillance. Likewise any batteries will also get replaced automatically when they reach 30 per cent, and these can be changed in as little as half an hour once a technician is round, but you will get notified when this needs to happen. It’s this level of detail that scores Verisure top marks on TrustPilot, so whether Verisure is worth it, really depends on your home’s needs and budget.

Verdict

Verisure’s security offering is among the strongest here and it has an excellent record of fitting custom security systems, according to customer reviews and is our pick for the best bespoke home security system service.

Read our full Verisure review.

Verisure score breakdown

Reputation★★★★★
Security and performance★★★★
Features★★★★½
Plans and pricing★★★½
Customer experience★★
Overall★★★★½
Interested in Verisure? Get a free, tailored quote now

ADT Smart Home Alarm Package: Best professional monitoring

ADT home security system components on kitchen worktop
(ADT)

Key specifications

Cost: Tailored quote, installation £199.00, annual subscriptions start from £35.99 for maintained cover | Components: 1 ADT bell box, 1 Smart Home hub, 1 wireless door contact, 2 motion sensors, plus choose from three additional options: wifi camera, video doorbell or both | Power source: Battery | Connectivity: Wifi and GPRS  | Maximum volume: N/A | Smart home support: Amazon Echo / Alexa and Google Home / Google Assistant | Backup battery: Yes | Monitored: Professional monitoring

Pros

Remote engineering in the event of a fault High quality components

Cons

Professional installation only High monthly costs

Who’s it right for?

  • Users who require professional monitoring

Who is it not for? 

  • Homeowners on a budget

ADT has been a trusted name in home security for many years, and its Smart Home Alarm Package demonstrates its commitment to evolving with modern technology. This comprehensive security system combines traditional ADT reliability with smart home features.

Although we tested the Smart Home Alarm Package, like many security systems, the company’s accessories and packages can be fully tailored to your requirements with additional elements incorporated into the system.

It features a touchscreen control panel that serves as the command centre for your system, and allows you to arm and disarm the system, control smart home devices, and view live video feeds from the cameras. With an 8MP camera incorporated, it automatically captures a picture of the last person who disabled your alarm.

System app

The ADT+ App allows you to manage your home security remotely, and the security company plans to integrate controls for third-party smart home products that use Matter, enabling control of compatible smart lights, thermostats and other smart technologies. 

With efficient contact sensors to detect when entry points are opened or closed, passive infrared (PIR) motion detectors that sense movement and ignore any household pets, and a wireless key fob that includes a panic button for emergencies, ADT appears to have every base covered. 

Installation

The security system is designed for professional installation, ensuring it’s set up correctly and functioning optimally. Upon purchase, ADT will schedule a technician to visit your home and install the devices. This process may take a few hours, depending on the size and complexity of your home. 

ADT offers 24/7 phone support, email support, and live chat, in addition to their online help centre, but our researchers found the customer support team didn’t always know the answers to our questions and took up to 10 minutes to get through. The live chat provided quicker responses.

Your standard subscription includes access to the ADT Remote Operating Centre, which automatically conducts daily system checks, ensuring every device runs optimally. Most technical issues can be dealt with remotely. Depending on the subscription level you choose, you, your keyholders, the police, or a private security guard will be notified in the event of a security breach.

Our verdict

The ADT Smart Home Alarm Package offers an advanced security solution that combines home automation and comprehensive protection. While the higher cost and long-term contract may be a drawback, the system’s reliability, professional installation, and seamless integration with smart home platforms makes it an attractive choice for those looking for a high-quality and professionally monitored home security solution.

Read our full ADT home security review.

ADT score breakdown

Reputation★★★★★
Security and performance★★★★
Features★★★★
Plans and pricing★★★½
Customer experience★★★½
Overall★★★★½
Interested in ADT? Get a free, tailored quote now

Hey! Surveillance Kit: Best for budget

pink and green boxes of home security system with camera and video doorbell
(Hey!)

Key specifications

Cost: £149.99 | Components: 1 motion sensor, 1 doorbell video, and 1 outdoor camera | Power source: Battery | Connectivity: Wifi | Maximum volume: N/A | Smart home support: Amazon Echo/Alexa and Google Home/Google Assistant | Backup battery: No | Monitored: Self-monitoring

Pros

Good value Simple to use and set up

Cons

No backup battery

Who’s it right for?

  • Homeowners looking for a budget security system

Who is it not for? 

  • Larger properties with lots of windows

The Hey! Surveillance Kit offers a basic, but good value, home security system which includes a doorbell video and a weatherproof outdoor camera. Both feature motion sensors, full HD live video streaming, two-way communication, and automatic night vision. However, like many smart security systems, more components can be added if required. 

Installation

The system is simple to install using the manual and instructional videos, requiring very little time or effort, and, with direct router-to-device connectivity, there’s no need for a separate home hub. 

System app

The mobile app interface takes a while to navigate, but it includes everything you need to manage your system, such as adjusting the motion sensor range and dimming the floodlights. Live HD video streamed directly to the app allows for simple self-monitoring, while the two-way communication can be accessed from anywhere via your mobile phone. The app also features playback of recorded clips and instant notifications of any unusual activity the system detects.

The Surveillance Kit offers cloud and local storage options for your video footage, giving you flexibility in managing your data.

Our verdict

The Hey! Surveillance Kit provides homeowners with an affordable option for home security and is a great option as a starter kit. While it doesn’t have the capabilities of bigger, more expensive systems, what it does offer is effective and easy to manage. If you do choose to expand your Hey! Security measures, the range is very budget friendly with extra motion sensors coming in at under £22 and cameras under £50.

Read our full Hey! home security review.

Hey! score breakdown

Reputation★★
Security and performance★★½
Features★★★★
Plans and pricing★★★½
Customer experience★★★½
Overall★★★½
Exclusive deal: Get 30% off Hey! with code TS30CLUB at checkout

Ring Alarm and Indoor Camera Pack: Best for DIY installation

Best home security systems Ring indoor camera
(Ring)

Key specifications

Cost: £269.98 | Components: 1 base station, 1 keypad (2nd gen), 1 contact sensor (2nd gen), 1 motion detector (2nd gen), 1 range extender (2nd gen), and 1 indoor camera | Power source: Battery, although hub and camera need to be plugged in | Connectivity: Wifi | Maximum volume: N/A | Smart home support: Amazon Echo/Alexa | Backup battery: Yes | Monitored: Self-monitoring with optional paid-for professional monitoring

Pros

Numerous setup options Affordable subscription rate

Cons

Night vision lacks clarity

Who’s it right for? 

  • Small properties

Who is it not for? 

  • Large properties with expansive gardens

Ring is one of the leading brands in smart home security and is well known for its innovative doorbell cameras and other security devices. The five-piece Alarm and Indoor Cam Pack offers a mid-priced system that’s ideal for smaller homes, but it can easily be expanded with other Ring products. You can also integrate the system with other Ring smart home devices, such as locks, thermostats, and lights, for a fully connected experience. 

The pack includes the Ring Indoor Camera, which offers full HD video quality, live view, night vision, and two-way audio, allowing you to communicate with anyone in your home. The camera also has motion detection, customisable privacy settings, and integration with Amazon Alexa for voice commands. 

Installation

Setting up the Ring Alarm system was surprisingly easy. The package comes with detailed instructions, and there is also an installation video available on the Ring website. The process takes around thirty minutes, and the devices can be easily mounted using the included adhesive strips or screws, depending on your preference. They also offer a professional installation service to be purchased via Amazon. 

The motion detector has adjustable sensitivity settings, which helps minimise false alarms from pets or other small movements, and the inclusion of the range extender means that the wireless signal between the base station and any other Ring devices is maintained throughout your home. 

System app

The system also integrates seamlessly with the Ring mobile app, which allows you to monitor and control the security system remotely.

An optional Ring Protect Plus subscription covers all your home devices and allows access to its 24/7 Assisted Monitoring. Among other things, this sends alerts to your emergency contacts if your burglar alarm is triggered. 

Our verdict

The Ring Alarm system offers a user-friendly, customisable home security solution for homeowners seeking to protect their property. With optional subscription services and the availability of additional Ring devices, the system can be tailored to meet each household’s specific needs. 

Although this system is ideal for small properties, adding more components to cover a larger home could mean that it’s more cost-effective to purchase a more extensive system from the start.

Read our full Ring home security review.

Ring score breakdown

Reputation★★½
Security and performance★★★★
Features★★★
Plans and pricing★★★★½
Customer experience★★½
Overall★★★★
Interested in Ring? View their range of home security products

The best of the rest

Netatmo Smart Alarm System with Camera

Netatmo home security system indoor camera with siren and sensors
(Netatmo)

Key specifications

Cost: £319.99 | Components: x1 smart indoor camera, x1 smart indoor siren, x3 smart door and window sensors | Power source: Battery | Connectivity: Wifi | Maximum volume: 110dB | Smart home support: Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit  | Backup battery: No | Monitored: Self-monitoring

Pros

Smart pet and people detection High alarm volume

Cons

No battery backup No video doorbell included

Who’s it right for?

  • Larger families with pets

Who is it not for? 

  • Expansive properties with gardens and driveways

Netatmo offers a basic home security system that’s expandable with additional purchases. Its core is a smart indoor camera featuring 1080p resolution, a 130-degree view, infrared night vision, and facial recognition to minimise unnecessary recording. Users receive alerts for known or unknown individuals and can view footage via the app. The system includes door and window sensors that notify of any movement and can trigger the alarm. The app also checks if doors or windows are left open.

Our researchers feel that, while this is an essentials-style package, there is much to like in terms of performance and ease of use. However, adding a video doorbell and battery backup would significantly enhance security and reliability, especially during power outages.

Read our full Netatmo home security review.

Netatmo score breakdown

Reputation★★★★★
Security and performance★★★
Features★★★½
Plans and pricing★★★★
Customer experience
Overall★★★★

Yale Sync Home Security System

Tale home security indoor camera on wooden table
(Yale)

Key specifications

Cost: £499.99 | Components: 1 Smart hub, 1 live siren, 1 dummy siren, 3 motion detectors, 2 door/window sensors, 1 full HD indoor wifi camera, 1 all-in-one indoor/outdoor camera, 1 keypad, and 2 alarm stickers | Power source: Requires power source via ethernet cable | Connectivity: Wifi | Maximum volume: 104dB | Smart home support: Amazon Echo/Alexa and Google Home / Google Assistant | Backup battery: Yes | Monitored: Self-monitoring

Pros

Installation available for an additional cost 200m range

Cons

Potential for false alarms

Who’s it right for?

  • Large detached properties

Who is it not for? 

  • Apartment or flat owners

Yale’s 11-piece Sync Home Security Kit is a versatile solution for protecting homes, especially larger ones, with options to add more devices as needed. Accredited under the Police Preferred Specification by Secured by Design, the package features customisable settings like part-arm functionality, manageable through the Yale Smart Living Home app, keypad, remote key fob, or voice assistants. It also includes a helpful geolocation feature that reminds you to set the alarm when you leave the house.

Batteries are expected to last 18 to 24 months. However, some variations in lifespan have been reported, and the system is designed for straightforward DIY installation without drilling, typically taking under an hour.

Overall, the Yale Sync Home Security System is a comprehensive and intelligent option for home protection, offering ease of use, smart home compatibility, and a sense of security for homeowners. It is a reliable choice for those seeking a smart way to safeguard their home.

Read our full Yale home security review.

Interested in Yale? View their range of home security products

Abode Smart Security Kit

Abode Smart Security Kit home security devices on a grey background
The Abode Smart Security Kit is a good option for small homes (Abode)

Key specifications

Cost: £294.99 | Components: 1 Gateway hub,  1 motion sensor, 1 key fob, 1 mini door and window sensor  | Power source: Mains | Connectivity: 4G SIM card, ethernet, and wifi | Maximum volume: 93db | Smart home support: Amazon Echo / Alexa and Google Home / Google Assistant / Apple HomeKit | Backup battery: Yes (up to 5 hours) | Monitored: Self or professional monitoring

Pros

Reasonable price for a starter kit Easy to upgrade

Cons

No camera included in basic kit

Who’s it right for?

  • Homeowners who want a reliable starter system

Who is it not for? 

  • Users who are looking camera-based security system

Abode’s Smart Security Kit is an affordable entry-level system providing essential home protection. The system features a hub, motion sensor, key fob, and one door/window sensor. An alarm, LAN port, SIM card slot, and battery backup are incorporated into the hub. 

Compatible with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit, and others, Abode’s package allows for versatile control and integration with up to 160 smart home devices, including third-party options. Home monitoring and device management is via the user-friendly app.

However, the kit lacks a camera, meaning there’s no way of determining what or who triggered an alarm. Upgraded packages do include the Abode Cam, as well as a wireless video doorbell.

It’s easy to install and offers two paid-for monitoring plans – Standard and Pro – and basic app control without a subscription. The Standard plan includes app alerts and system arming, but only the Pro plan provides professional monitoring.

Overall, the Abode Smart Security Kit is a solid choice for basic security needs. It offers excellent connectivity and expandability, suitable for smaller homes and those looking to upgrade their home security system over time.

Read our full Abode home security review.

Abode score breakdown

Reputation★★★½
Security and performance★★
Features★★★★½
Plans and pricing★★★★
Customer experience★★★½
Overall★★★★

Arlo Essential Flat and Apartment Security Kit

white home security camera package
(Arlo)

Key specifications

Cost: £284.97 | Components: x1 Essential outdoor camera, x1 Essential indoor camera, x1 Essential outdoor charging cable | Power source: Battery or via an Arlo solar panel | Connectivity: Wifi | Maximum volume: N/A | Voice assistant: Amazon Alexa, Google Home, and Apple HomeKit | Backup battery: Yes | Monitored: Self monitoring

Pros

User-friendly app

Cons

Limited free features Battery, cellular and solar backup costs extra

Who’s it right for?

  • Best for apartments and flats

Who is it not for? 

  • Homeowners with large, expansive properties

Arlo’s catalogue features an extensive suite of outdoor and indoor, doorbell, and floodlight cameras, all of which carry a high-end price tag.

This compact security system is ideal for apartments and other properties with one entrance. The outdoor camera is designed to keep watch over entry points and the approach to the property, while the indoor camera, incorporating a built-in privacy shield, secures the living spaces.  

Arlo devices provide strong, smart home integration capabilities, supporting Amazon Alexa, Google Home, and Apple HomeKit. This is a standard feature in the industry, with rivals such as Ring and SimpliSafe providing similar integration. 

Arlo’s packages include installation hardware, including screws, wall mounts, USB cables and comprehensive instructions, ideal for the amateur DIYer.

Positioning itself as a security camera supplier, Arlo’s product range primarily consists of visual and audio equipment without the inclusion of any sensors, and this system would, we feel, benefit from the addition of at least one sensor. Professional monitoring services are unavailable, with subscription users responsible for self-monitoring despite the higher cost of the kit. 

Arlo’s offerings are high quality, engineered for simple setup, and deliver a comprehensive yet compact home security solution.

Read our full Arlo home security review.

Arlo score breakdown

Reputation★½
Security and performance★★★
Features★★★★½
Plans and pricing★★★★½
Customer experience★★½
Overall★★★★

Eufy 5-Piece Home Alarm Kit

white eufy home security kit

Key specifications

Cost: £159 | Components: x1 HomeBase 2, x1 Keypad, x1 Motion sensor, x2 Entry sensors | Power source: Battery | Connectivity: Wifi | Maximum volume: 100dB siren | Voice assistant: N/A | Backup battery: Yes | Monitored: No

Pros

Good customer reviews 6-year battery backup

Cons

No cameras

Who’s it right for?

  • Homeowners who want to expand an existing system

Who is it not for? 

  • Users who are looking for a complete pre-built package

Eufy is a recent entrant in the home security industry and offers several security packages, with the option to buy more components as needed. Unlike many competitors, Eufy lacks a professional monitoring service. However, customers can oversee their home security system through a dedicated app.

The Eufy 5-Piece Home Alarm Kit is limited in its equipment offerings, which is reflected in its price tag compared to other home security systems. Eufy suggests its package is suitable for small to large homes, but from our research, it’s apparent that larger residences may require additional purchases, such as cameras and video doorbells. However, these can be purchased separately and easily incorporated into the system. 

The keypad can last up to six years on a single charge, making it convenient for homeowners who are away for extended periods. 

The app features an easy-to-follow interface, allowing remote arming and disarming, optimised security modes, and video viewing capabilities. Instant notifications inform users when sensors and cameras are activated, allowing appropriate actions to be taken.

In summary, the Eufy Home Alarm Kit presents a cost-effective security solution that can be added to an existing camera surveillance system. This adaptability makes Eufy a favourable option for homeowners who want a personalised system covering several entrance points. 

Read our full Eufy home security review.

Eufy score breakdown

Reputation★½
Security and performance★★★
Features★★★★½
Plans and pricing★★★★½
Customer experience★★½
Overall★★★★

Wyze Airbnb Side-Hustle Starter Pack

Wyze Airbnb home security kit
(Wyze)

Key specifications

Cost: $201.96 | Components: x1 Wyze Lock Bolt, x1 Video Doorbell Pro, x2 Wyze plugs, x3 Wyze night lights | Power source: Battery | Connectivity: Wifi | Maximum volume: N/A | Smart home support: Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa (US only) | Backup battery: Yes | Monitored: Self-monitoring with optional paid-for professional monitoring for US and Canadian customers

Pros

Easy installation

Cons

Subscriptions are only applicable if you have a US or Canadian address No compatibility with voice assistants for UK users

Who’s it right for?

  • Airbnbs and holiday property owners

Who is it not for? 

  • Homeowners who want a voice controlled smart home

Holiday rentals and Airbnbs have unique security requirements – frequent short-term guests unfamiliar with the property, letting themselves in and navigating the space, sometimes after nightfall. Wyze has designed a security system specifically for these properties. 

Wyze’s Lock Bolt allows you to create automatically expiring access codes, preventing guests from accessing the property after a given period, with the lock history recorded in the app. The Doorbell Pro video captures movement in the door’s vicinity, offers two-way communication, and will contact the host if necessary. With the option to pre-record a message and a dual-band wifi extender to ensure instant notifications, Wyze has designed a tempting option for Airbnb hosts. 

Departing guests can forget to turn off the coffee maker, lamps, or TV; however, the Wyze plug means you can switch appliances off remotely, potentially lessening your energy bills. And if your guests arrive after dark, the three motion-detection night lights can be linked together to light a path – particularly helpful for stairs or nighttime visits to the bathroom. 

Installation is quick and easy, even for DIY novices, with all the necessary fixing components included. 

In the UK, Wyze only offers self-monitoring, and there’s no access to Google Assistant or Alexa, which our researchers hope Wyze will address in the near future. 

Wyze has produced a security system with the holiday rental sector in mind and has considered everything for both the host and incoming guests at a reasonable price. However, it would be an even better option if UK customers could access Alexa and Google Assistant.

Read our full Wyze home security review.

Wyze score breakdown

Reputation★½
Security and performance★★½
Features★★
Plans and pricing★★★★★
Customer experience★★
Overall★★★½
Best home security systems Blink system
(Blink)

Key specifications

Cost: £249.96 | Components: x1 Blink Sync Module, 1x Blink Indoor, 1x Blink Outdoor, 1x Blink Video Doorbell | Power source: Battery | Connectivity: Wifi | Maximum volume: N/A | Smart home support: Amazon Alexa | Backup battery: No | Monitored: Self-monitoring

Pros

Package flexibility Reasonable price

Cons

No integration with Google Assistant or Apple HomeKit No alarm included

Who’s it right for?

  • The average UK home 

Who is it not for?

  • Large properties with multiple entrances 

Blink does not offer pre-configured home security systems, but this set-up provides a comprehensive range of devices to protect your home. Ideal for smaller to average properties, it can be upgraded or downgraded depending on your needs. 

The cameras deliver clear, crisp video with a wide-angle field of view and local recording for up to 10 cameras via Blink’s Sync Module 2. The Module also preserves the camera’s battery life and allows remote device control through the app. 

The Blink app, available for iOS, Android, and Amazon Fire devices, is easy to navigate and allows for customisation and real-time notifications. While you don’t need to subscribe to Blink’s subscription plans, they offer more features, including cloud storage, rapid video access and photo capture, adding an extra layer of security and visibility to your package. 

Setting up the Blink home security system is a simple process; every outdoor product is wireless, comes with relevant fixings, and installation is quick and straightforward. 

The Blink home security system is a great option for renters or those with average-sized properties; the affordable price, ability to install it yourself and customisable packages offer a lot of flexibility. 

Read our full Blink home security review.

Blink score breakdown

Reputation★★½
Security and performance★★★½
Features★★★★
Plans and pricing★★★★
Customer experience★★★½
Overall★★★★
Reolink home security review best all round system
(Reolink)

Key specifications 

Cost: £559.99 | Components: x4 4K Ultra HD cameras (RLC-810A)| Power source: Power over Ethernet or 12V supply | Connectivity: Ethernet | Maximum volume: N/A | Smart home support: Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa | Backup battery: Yes | Monitored: Self-monitoring

Pros

4K video cameras No monthly fee Excellent night vision

Cons

Requires an Ethernet connection 87-degree field of view is comparably narrow

Who’s it right for?

  • Homeowners who want high-definition video capture

Who is it not for?

  • Those who want additional components, such as motion sensors or window/door entry sensors

Reolink’s home security catalogue features a broad selection of surveillance cameras, and this pre-configured package consists of four Reolink 4K ultra HD cameras. 

Features include motion detection – with vehicle and pet options – alongside full customisation of notification schedules. Reolink offers professional-grade desktop software and a comprehensive smartphone app, allowing you to access camera feeds and events from anywhere worldwide without needing a recurring subscription. 

These devices can be used with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa voice assistants and boast strong smart integration capabilities.

The Reolink app is compatible with iOS and Android devices, as well as several desktop operating systems. Users can remotely view live video feeds, capture still images, adjust camera angles and zoom settings, motion detection sensitivity and alarm activation, and employ two-way communication. 

This package is easy to install and highly adaptable, allowing you to place the four cameras wherever needed. Reolink includes four 18m Ethernet cables since the cameras require this connection, and longer cables are available if necessary.

Overall, Reolink excels in high-quality video, multiple camera options and robust storage capabilities, making it ideal for most homeowners. The easy-to-navigate app and self-installed nature of the cameras make them simple, and the two-year warranty provides peace of mind.

Read our full Reolink home security review.

Reolink score breakdown

Reputation★★★½
Security and performance★★★
Features★★½
Plans and pricing★★★★½
Customer experience★★★½
Overall★★★½

The best home security systems compared

When comparing the best home security systems in the UK, it’s essential to consider factors such as ease of installation, features, integration capabilities, and cost.

Simplisafe The TowerVerisure bespoke packagesADT Smart Home Alarm PackageHey! Surveillance KitRing Alarm and Indoor Camera Pack
Cost£514.93 (professional monitoring from 53p a day) (Get 40% off with code UKINDY40 at checkout)Price on enquiry (£299-£599 typical cost); professional monitoring from £32/monthTailored quote, installation £199.00, annual subscriptions start from £35.99 for maintained cover£149.99£269.98 (professional monitoring from £8 per month)
Components1 base station, 1 keypad, 2 entry sensors, 1 motion sensor, 1 outdoor camera, 1 indoor cameraVaries depending on your requirements1 ADT bell box, 1 Smart Home hub, 1 wireless door contact, 2 motion sensors, plus choose from three additional options: wifi camera, video doorbell, or both1 motion sensor, 1 doorbell video, 1 outdoor camera1 base station, 1 keypad, 1 contact sensor, 1 motion detector, 1 range extender, 1 indoor camera
Power sourceBatteryMainsBatteryBatteryBattery; hub and indoor camera need to be plugged in
ConnectivityWifiWifi, Ethernet, 4G SIMWifiWifiWifi
Maximum volumeN/A105dB105dBN/AN/A
Voice assistantAmazon Alexa, Google AssistantAmazon Alexa, Google AssistantAmazon Alexa, Google AssistantAmazon Alexa, Google AssistantAmazon Alexa
Backup batteryYesYesYesNoYes
MonitorSelf-monitored, optional paid-for monitoringSelf-monitored, optional paid-for monitoringProfessional monitoringSelf-monitoredSelf-monitored, optional paid-for monitoring
The best home security system providers
Editor’s Choice
40% off! Use UKINDY40 at checkout
Best Bespoke
Rated 4.6 on Trustpilot
Best DIY
Easy DIY installation
Best Monitoring
Over 148 years of experience

How much should you pay for a smart home security system?

The cost of a smart home security system can vary greatly depending on the brand, features, components, and level of professional monitoring you choose. Prices can be anywhere from around £150 for a self-monitored, self-installed system, to several hundred pounds with ongoing monthly costs for a professionally installed and monitored home security system.

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From 2022 to 2023 275,919 homes in England and Wales were burgled according to the Office for National Statistics.

What is the best home security system by house size?

We’ve considered the security requirements for a range of property sizes, and the table below suggests the best system dependent on house size.

House sizeBest system
Flats and apartmentsArlo Essential Flat and Apartment Security Kit
Two-bed terraceRing Alarm and Indoor Camera Pack
Three-bed semi-detachedSimpliSafe’s The Tower Package
Four-bed detachedYale Sync Security System

What to consider when buying a smart home security system

When buying a smart home security system, you should consider the following factors to find the right solution for your needs.

  • Consider your requirements: Think about your property’s size, entry points and any potential vulnerabilities to help determine the type of system you require and what additional features are necessary, such as motion detectors and smart locks 
  • Smart device compatibility: If you already have smart home devices, such as lighting, thermostats and voice assistants, a system that’s compatible with those would help to create an integrated environment
  • Installation requirements: Some systems can be easily installed with basic DIY knowledge, while others may require professional installation. Decide if you’re comfortable fitting the system yourself or would rather pay someone to do it
  • Monitoring type: A self-monitored system requires a mobile app with a user-friendly interface, allowing responsive notifications and alerts and easy system management. Professionally monitored systems typically include a monthly subscription, which can be costly but provides a higher level of protection for your home
  • Budget: Decide on the budget for your system, which should factor in the cost of the devices, installation, and any ongoing subscription fees for monitoring or cloud storage

What do smart home security systems look like?

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[1] Wall-mounted sensors can detect movement and can even tell the difference between a human and a pet.
[2] Window mounted sensors will trigger if forced open.
[3] Outdoor cameras will detect intruders in a garden or driveway.
[4] Camera doorbells enable you to check a vistitor’s identity before you open the door and will let you keep an eye on packages on your doorstep.
[5] Indoor cameras can be placed near key entry points.
[6] Other sensor types available include smoke and carbon monoxide.
[7] Most systems employ a hub which controls and monitors all connected sensors.
[8] A sign at the front of the property can deter a would-be trespasser.
(Independent Advisor)

How to install a home security system

Installing smart home security systems can be a straightforward process, especially if you choose a DIY-friendly option. Manufacturers should include instructions and guidelines with their systems as the installation process differs depending on your brand and type, and you should read these first. 

Generally, however, if you want to do a DIY smart security set-up, the installation for most systems follows these steps:

Plan your system

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Before installing, carefully plan the placement of each component, including the cameras, motion detectors, sensors and central hub. You should consider which areas of your home you want to monitor most closely and the range of the sensors and cameras you have chosen. 

Set up the central hub 

The central hub, or base station, is the heart of your system and is designed to connect all of your security devices. If possible, place it in a central location within your home, and the manufacturer should provide instructions to connect it to your wifi network. 

Install the cameras

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The cameras should be installed in positions that cover entry points and high-traffic areas, yet within wifi range of your central hub. Most cameras can be mounted using adhesive strips or screws and, once fixed in place, should be connected to the central hub according to the instructions. 

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Install the door and window sensors

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Make sure the two parts of a door and window sensor align when closed, and then attach the first part of the sensor to the frame and the second to the opening section of the door or window. That way, the sensor can detect when it is opened and alert the home alarm system

Install the motion detectors

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The motion detectors should be located in areas in which you want to detect movements, such as large rooms and hallways. The manufacturer’s instructions should include the optimum mounting height and angle and how to connect them to the central hub. 

Install the smart locks

If your system includes smart locks, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to replace your existing locks with the smart locks. Ensure that your door is compatible with the smart lock you’ve chosen.

Configure your system

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Once each component is installed, the accompanying mobile app can be used to configure the settings for your security devices, such as motion sensitivity, camera recording preferences, and alert notifications. 

Testing your home security system

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Triggering each sensor, checking camera feeds, and testing any other component, will confirm that your system is connected and communicating correctly with the central hub.

Set up monitoring and automation

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If your system includes monitoring services or smart home automation features, these can be managed through your mobile app.

Smart alarm systems vs traditional burglar alarm systems

Both traditional and smart alarm systems are designed to protect homes from intruders and other threats; however, they differ in functionality and features.

We’ve compared the features of both systems so that you can decide which one is right for your home. 

Alarm system featuresSmart home security alarm systemsTraditional burglar alarm systems
Uses wifi or ethernetX
Mobile app X
Professional monitoring
Self-monitoring
Uses landline or cellular connectionX
Remote arm and disarm X
Real-time notificationsX
Relies on alarms, CCTV cameras X
Relies on live video footage, motion detectors, and alarms and can be integrated with other smart home devicesX

Can a smart alarm be hacked?

Like any other internet-connected device, smart security systems can be hacked. Their reliance on wifi connectivity for system components, such as motion sensors and cameras, makes their signals vulnerable to interception. Thankfully, even though hacking is possible, it’s not necessarily probable. 

In order to breach your particular security system, a hacker must have sufficient knowledge about your technology and its security configurations to select an appropriate method. Additionally, the hacker would require access to your home’s wireless network, necessitating a distinct set of expertise and resources.

However, there are some simple measures you can take to protect your security system from potential hacking attempts. These include:

  • Strong passwords: Use unique, complex passwords for your smart home devices, security system, and wifi network. Regularly update your passwords and avoid using easily guessable information
  • Two-factor authentication: Enable two-factor authentications for your smart home devices and accounts whenever possible. This adds an extra layer of security by requiring a verification code and your password
  • Robust encryption: When choosing the best security system for homes, selecting one with strong encryption prevents your information falling into the wrong hands. Most systems use end-to-end encryption. This is a method of secure communication that stops third parties accessing your data while it’s transferred from one end system to another, eg from your indoor and outdoor security cameras to the home hub. It scrambles your information, turning it into indecipherable code. 
  • Regular updates: Ensure your smart home devices, security systems, and routers are up-to-date with the latest software updates. Updates often include security patches that help protect against known vulnerabilities
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Home security systems Q&A

Smart home security systems use wifi and wireless technology to connect and communicate among various components, such as cameras, motion detectors, and alarms. These systems, controllable remotely via mobile devices, protect against intruders, fires, and other hazards. UK home security systems can be programmed to respond to specific events, such as opening doors or detecting motion, and often integrate with other smart home features like lighting and heating for enhanced security and automation.

SimpliSafe’s The Tower is our top recommendation for a home security system; the comprehensive system combines outdoor and indoor security cameras, a motion detector, door and window sensors and an integrated keypad for a high level of protection and privacy. 

The package from SimpliSafe, and other brands, can be configured to suit your home. Homeowners with large residences and expansive gardens will benefit from more cameras and sensors, while those living in rented accommodation should prioritise DIY systems that cover the areas with the most foot traffic. 

Overall, the best home security system will depend on the size of your home, your budget and any requirements you may have. However, you should always opt for a trusted brand, such as SimpliSafe, when purchasing a home security system, to ensure a high level of security and peace of mind.

Most home security systems use a wifi connection, with only a few select brands, such as Reolink, requiring an alternative connection. With that in mind, we found SimpliSafe’s The Tower to be the most effective home security system for those living in an average three-bedroom home. 

However, you may find that other brands on this list, such as ADT, Ring, Verisure or Hey!, better cater to your needs, all of which work over wifi.

If you live in rented accommodation, you will want to look for home security systems that offer DIY installation, since you may need to remove and then reinstall the components at the end of your tenancy. 

Renters may also want to consider more affordable home security systems or those with fewer components, depending on the size of your residence. SimpliSafe’s The Tower is our top pick overall, but you may find that the Arlo Essential Flat and Apartment Security Kit is better suited for a flat or apartment home.

One of the most affordable brands we have reviewed from this list is Blink. Blink does not offer pre-configured packages, allowing you to create a personalised home security system that best suits your household and budget. Additional gadgets can be purchased when necessary, making this one of the most cost-effective solutions. 

If you want a pre-configured home security system, the Hey! Surveillance Kit costs £149.99 and comes with a motion sensor, video doorbell and outdoor camera, with no ongoing monthly subscription fees.

The most important features of a home security system will depend on multiple factors, but generally, you will want an outdoor and indoor security camera. Additional components like a video doorbell, motion sensors, smart lock or alarm can maximise security and allow for a more secure home.

Depending on what you need, the best security cameras will boast features such as two-way talk, night vision, motion detection, a wide field of view and high resolution. The Reolink 4K Ultra HD camera (RLC-810A) ticks many of those boxes, offering detailed video capture and impressive night vision, ideal for monitoring the exterior of your home.

CCTV (Closed-Circuit Television) and home security cameras both capture and record video footage to enhance the security of a location. Their key difference largely comes down to how the video footage is transmitted and accessed.

CCTV systems are typically closed systems where the video feed is transmitted to a specific set of monitors via a direct cable connection, and the footage is recorded. These systems have been around for several decades and are often used in commercial or public settings. Access to the video feed is typically limited to those with physical access.

Modern home security cameras, often called IP or network cameras, transmit footage over the internet. This allows the user to access live or recorded video from anywhere, as long as you have an internet connection. Depending on the product and settings, they may record footage to a cloud server or local storage device.

How we test home security systems

To identify the best home security system for your household, our expert team has examined and reviewed over 75 different packages from 34 providers. We’ve narrowed our selection to the 13 best home security systems after conducting hundreds of hours of research and considering crucial factors.

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Our Independent Advisor experts have researched and tested each home security system in order to provide fair, impartial and accurate recommendations. We compare products, features, quality and cost alongside what others in the industry say and how customers have also reviewed their experiences.

Our reviews are determined by the following categories:

  • Upfront and contract pricing
  • Packages available
  • Features and functionality
  • Usability
  • Customer experience

We examine 18 elements within these categories including:

  • Monitoring services and contract types
  • Data backup and storage
  • Warranties
  • Flexibility/customisation in bundles
  • Quality (image, sound, product)
  • Installation

All of our home security articles are verified by our in-house team of fact-checkers, to give consumers the knowledge they need to make an informed, up-to-date and confident decision. To find our more, read our article on how we review home security systems.

SimpliSafe The Tower: Editor's Choice
Overall Score: 4.5/5
SimpliSafe The Tower: Editor's Choice
Overall Score: 4.5/5

Although there are a range of different Simplisafe packages available, The Tower wins our award for the best overall home security system. Ideal for the average three-bedroom home, the kit includes internal and external cameras, motion detectors and entry sensors – everything you need for a complete home security set-up. Simplisafe’s flexible self and professional monitoring subscription plans are also reasonably priced and can be activated on-demand, with no fixed-term contracts.

ADT Smart Home Alarm Package: Best professional monitoring
Overall Score: 4.5/5
ADT Smart Home Alarm Package: Best professional monitoring
Overall Score: 4.5/5

From start to finish, ADT’s Smart Home Alarm Package is carefully considered for a reliable, stress-free home security solution. With 24/7 phone, email and live chat support available on the website, and a subscription that includes the ADT Remote Operating Centre and remote technical support, users can be assured their property is in safe hands.

Overall Score: 4/5
Overall Score: 4/5

Simplisafe’s best-selling package includes the very core of what every smart home security system requires. Great for small and medium-sized homes alike, the system can be used as-is or expanded and personalised as each user sees fit.

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Rachel Sadler

Home Tech Writer

Rachel is a seasoned writer who has been producing online and print content for seven years. 

As a home tech expert for Independent Advisor, Rachel researches and writes buying guides and reviews, helping consumers navigate the realms of broadband and home security gadgets. She also covers home tech for The Federation of Master Builders, where she reviews and tests home security devices. 

She started as a news and lifestyle journalist in Hong Kong reporting on island-wide news stories, food and drink and the city’s events. She’s written for editorial platforms Sassy Hong Kong, Localiiz and Bay Media. While in Hong Kong she attended PR events, interviewed local talent and project-managed photoshoots. 

Rachel holds a BA in English Language and Creative Writing and is committed to simplifying tech jargon and producing unbiased reviews.

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Gemma Ryles

Home Tech Writer

Gemma Ryles is a BJTC and PPA-accredited journalist with three years of experience writing across various publications. As a home tech expert at Independent Advisor, Gemma tests, researches and writes about broadband and home security. 

Previously, Gemma reviewed and curated lists about consumer technology at Trusted Reviews, where she honed her skills in creating buying guides and features to help customers make informed decisions. She has previously worked at Yorkshire Post, BBC Yorkshire, Glitterbeam Radio and Bonus Stage. 

Gemma has a BA in Journalism and in her free time can be found writing short stories, gaming and crocheting. 

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Editor in Chief

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He has worked at some of the UK’s leading publishers including Future Publishing, Highbury Entertainment, and Imagine Publishing, with publications as diverse as Homebuilding & Renovating, TechRadar, and Creative Bloq, writing and editing content for audiences whose interests include history, computing, gaming, films, and science. He’s also produced a number of podcasts in the technology, science, gaming, and true crime genres.

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Now the Editor-in-Chief of the Independent Advisor, Nick is involved in all aspects of the site’s content, where his expertise in finance, technology, and home products informs every article that’s published on-site. He takes a hands-on approach with our VPN content, penning a number of the articles himself, and verifying that everything we publish in this topic is accurate.

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