Our assessment of home security systems is exhaustive, taking into consideration 35 distinct factors, which are categorised into one of the following groups:

  • Efficiency and functionalities
  • Privacy and safeguarding
  • Trustworthiness and authenticity
  • Customer interaction
  • Pricing plans and their worth

Each category is rated proportionally based on its relevance in identifying the best home security systems. However, our commitment goes far beyond simple reviews. Our tech experts are exhaustive in hunting down system flaws and understand that endorsing an inferior product could have serious consequences. 

Home security system review stats

  • 35 data points measured
  • 9 categories considered
  • 59 home security systems reviewed to date
  • 200+ hours testing home security systems
  • 500+ customer reviews read

The home security system features we prioritise

  • Installation
  • Cost and warranties
  • Monitoring options
  • Smart home integration
  • Features and functionality
  • Product quality
  • Customer support


If you’re tech-savvy, a DIY installation could be a good choice. Many home security companies offer systems designed for easy self-installation and include the required hardware in the box. This can save you money on installation fees and allow you to set up the system according to your own preferences. However, professional installers have the expertise and experience to install your system quickly and efficiently. This service usually comes at an additional cost, but it may be worth it for the convenience and peace of mind.

Costs and warranties

The pricing of home security systems varies widely depending on the system’s sophistication, the number of components, whether it’s monitored or unmonitored and whether you choose professional or DIY installation.

Many home security companies offer different packages and payment plans to accommodate a variety of budgets. It’s crucial to consider the upfront costs and any ongoing maintenance or monitoring fees, and our team considers these factors. 

Warranties also differ among manufacturers. Some provide limited warranties that cover the equipment for a specific period, while others offer lifetime warranties as long as you subscribe to their monitoring services.

Monitoring options

The decision to opt for professional or self-monitoring hinges on your individual inclinations, home, financial plan, and the level of responsibility you wish to assume for your household’s safety.

In every home security system evaluation, we consider the monitoring alternatives, meticulously weighing the continuing expenses, the services delivered, and the cost-effectiveness of each option.

Smart home integration

Integration with smart home devices has become an increasingly important feature of home security systems. It allows for more convenient and efficient control over your home’s security, often right from your smartphone or another device.

When reviewing home security systems, it’s essential to consider how well they integrate with existing smart home devices. Not only does this add convenience, but it also allows for a more holistic approach to home security.

Features and functionality

Home security systems can come equipped with many features and functionalities that enhance their ability to safeguard your property. These include cameras, sensors, mobile alerts, and environmental notifications, such as carbon monoxide detection. 

When choosing a home security system, it’s crucial to identify the features and functionalities that best fit your needs. Not all systems will offer all features and some might require a higher tier package or additional monthly fees for certain services.

Product quality

The quality of a home security system is crucial in ensuring the system functions correctly and reliably when it’s needed most. Our researchers test the durability, reliability, usability and many other factors.

Customer support

Customer support is a crucial element when considering a home security system. It forms an essential part of the security company’s overall service and can significantly impact your experience and satisfaction with the product. Our experts test this from every angle, ensuring you receive the best service possible.