Smart Home Product Reviews & Smart Home Product Comparisons
Author: Zach R.
Zach has been writing about all things technology for several years. When he’s not writing about the latest gadgets and testing them out himself, you can find him at the movies watching the latest horror flick or winding down with a good book.
When it comes to smart security systems, you have more options than ever before. But how do you sort through the good and the bad to figure out which sensors are best for your home? Well, let us do the hard work for you! abode is a superior product to SimpliSafe on almost every front.
Even disregarding the fact that abode makes one of the best security systems on the market, it’s easy to see where SimpliSafe falls short despite the years that they’ve had products on the market. With the expensive subscriptions required to access simple features, the security system is just difficult to recommend.
Below we break down the differences of the abode vs. SimpliSafe to help give you a sense of what each option has to offer. Alternatively, you can use the navigation bar to jump directly to the sections that interest you most.
SimpliSafe has been on the market for quite some time at this point and was one of the first smart home security systems to make a splash. Recently, relative newcomer Scout now also offers a competitive product as well, bringing in an innovative control mechanism that promises convenience and ease of use. In this case, however, we feel that there’s no need to reinvent the wheel. SimpliSafe’s more traditional control scheme is difficult to beat, and we feel that it still has the edge due to its support for a keypad.
When comparing Scout vs. SimpliSafe, you’re essentially comparing a product that offers something new and innovative versus a tried and true upgrade of a more traditional security system. Scout has a very unique way of arming and disarming the system, but in its current implementation, it seems to fall short of what the creators intended. While SimpliSafe is not without its issues, there’s some truth to the saying “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”
Below we go into detail on the benefits and drawbacks that these two systems have to offer. If there are specific aspects of the products that you’re specifically interested in, however, feel free to use the navigation bar to jump right down to the appropriate section.
If you’re in the market for home security, some cursory research makes it obvious that there are a ton of options out there to keep your property protected. From traditional security systems built into your home wiring, to basic DIY options that offer simple protection for bargain prices, there are options out there to suit pretty much anyone’s needs. If you’re looking for easy access to comprehensive security, a one box solution like SimpliSafe may be just what you need.
While SimpliSafe may not be a household name at this point, they are actually a pretty huge name in the smart security industry — having been around for more than 10 years and with a valuation of over $1 billion.
The third-generation SimpliSafe system has recently hit the market, so there’s no better time than the present to dive into what this security solution has to offer.
With superior design and better integration with third-party products, the new SimpliSafe system is the brand at its best.
SimpliSafe has been in the smart security system game for years at this point, but does Ring Alarm offer a competitive alternative? The truth is, while SimpliSafe has a huge number of features that make it a quality home monitoring option, the expensive monthly fee really holds it back. Ring offer many of the same capabilities at a much more affordable price, and it’s one of our favorite smart alarms on the market.
SimpliSafe has had time to create a product that offers some of the best smart utility on the market, with a whole line of sensors and useful features that make it a truly impressive marketing. However, like a relic of the olden days where home monitoring was prohibitively expensive, a lot of that functionality is locked behind a monthly fee that isn’t really optional if you want the complete experience. Simply put, Ring is the more attractive option at the moment despite missing a few different features.
Below, we go into detail on the differences of SimpliSafe vs. Ring to help give you a sense of where these systems excel and where they fall short. Read on for a full break down, or jump directly to the sections that interest you most using the navigation bar.
Nest is one of the most recognizable names in the smart home industry, but will Nest Secure live up to the reputation of their more established products like the thermostat? Nest Secure is one of the better home monitoring solutions out there, but we feel that it does fall short of competitor abode when it comes to delivering quality security at an affordable price.
While abode doesn’t have the same brand recognition that Nest does, that doesn’t necessarily mean that they don’t have the superior product. With a huge portion of the security system’s features available without a subscription, it provides an excellent balance of features and value that makes it our top pick for a home security system.
Below we break down abode vs. nest Secure to help give you a sense of what each security system brings to the table. If there’s a specific section you’re most interested in, however, you can use the navigation bar to move right there.
Ring and Nest are two brands that have built a name for themselves in the smart technology industry, offering multiple different products that add convenience and utility to your home. When comparing the Ring vs. Nest security system, it’s clear that both have a lot to offer. For those on a budget, the Ring security system just can’t be beat, while Nest is better suited for those who already have a collection of Nest products.
At the most basic level, the Ring and Nest security systems offer the same great protection that will keep your home secure. When you start to get into the various features that they have to offer, however, it’s clear that the “best” decision is much more subjective, with your choice likely to be influenced by the factors that are most important to you. While Ring offers an affordable and capable product, Nest has a lot going for it too and is the clear choice for those already invested in that ecosystem.
Below we compare the Nest vs. Ring security system to help give you a sense of where these systems excel and where they fall short. If there’s something specific you’re looking for, however, feel free to use the navigation bar to jump directly to the sections that interest you most.
abode is a relatively recent addition to the market and is a comprehensive home security system that stands out in several different ways. Unlike other brands that make you pay for 24/7 monitoring on a long-term or month to month basis, abode is unique in its offering of on-demand 3-day, 7-day, or monthly monitoring. This makes it a top pick for homeowners that want the ability to enable monitoring for an occasional vacation, but who are not interested in an ongoing monthly fee.
Outside of that, abode is a pretty straightforward system that perfects the basics and gives you the tools you need to monitor your home on your own. Price-wise, it manages to strike a balance between extensive features and value — coming in at a lower cost than similar competitors like Scout and Frontpoint.
With extreme flexibility and easy expandability, abode is one of our top picks for renters and homeowners alike.
Smart security systems make keeping your home protected easier than ever before, and DIY options have never been more accessible. When comparing SimpliSafe vs. Nest, we feel as if the latter is the better value due to the fact that it offers smart features without any additional monthly fees.
SimpliSafe has been around for years at this point and is one of the biggest names in smart security, but Nest Secure has made big waves in the industry recently as well. Outside of an upfront cost, you won’t really need to shell out extra to use the Nest Secure like you would for SimpliSafe. In this case, it appears that the newcomer to the field is the better buy.
Below, we go into detail on the differences between these two smart security systems to help give you a better sense of which option works best for you. However, if you’re interested in something specific, feel free to jump to the appropriate area using the navigation bar.
The Maximus and Kuna Light are two cameras that both function off of the Kuna app and Kuna Cloud. Although these two models work on the same platform and are owned by the same company, we do feel that the Maximus Floodlight has the edge with slightly better features overall.
The Maximus Smart Security Light is a brand that works to bring Kuna technology to a broader line of products and a bigger audience. Since the cloud and the app are shared between the Maximus and Kuna Lights there are a lot of features that they share as a baseline. From a technology standpoint, however, the Maximus camera just seems a step ahead at every turn.
Below we compare the Maximus vs. Kuna Lights in order to give you a clear picture of their similarities and differences. Read on for the full overview, or use our navigation bar to jump directly to the aspects you care about most.
There are more options on the market than ever before when it comes to smart doorbells, which gives you a great degree of choice for adding security and convenience to your home. The Skybell HD and August Doorbell Cam Pro each have a lot to offer, although we feel that the Skybell model does a better job as a standalone doorbell.
While Skybell HD may be the stronger product on its own, it’s important to keep in mind that one of the greatest strengths that August Doorbell Cam Pro has to offer is integration with other smart products. If you’re interested in the August Smart Lock, the comparison becomes much less clear-cut due to the great collaboration the lock and doorbell add to your home.
Below we’ll compare the Skybell HD vs. August Doorbell Cam Pro to give you a sense of where these products excel and where they fall short. Feel free to read on for the full picture or use our navigation bar to jump directly to a specific section.