Run a quick internet search on the ‘best home security system’ for 2023 and you will find no shortage of results. The strange thing is that so many brands claim to offer the best systems. And of course, you can find all sorts of independent and not-so-independent reviews claiming that one system is better than all the rest. There is a problem, though: they cannot all be the best.
By definition, there can only be one ‘best’ of anything. So if you’re looking to install a high-quality home security system this year, don’t obsess over what other people consider the best. Take the time to figure out what you need and how much you can afford to spend. Then shop around accordingly. Also be sure to research any brands you are considering purchasing.
In terms of what might constitute the best system for you, here are some things to consider:
1. Smart Home Integration
Before smart homes were a thing, home security systems were standalone products. You can still buy a standalone home security system today, but you can also buy one that fully integrates with smart home technology. You will pay a little more to go this route. But depending on your needs, it might be a wise investment.
The Albany Times Union named Vivint one of the nation’s top home security providers back in October 2022. For the purposes of this post, the most important thing to know is that Vivint systems can be fully integrated for both security and smart home efficiency.
You can combine Vivint motion sensors and security with smart home devices like smart thermostats, smart lighting, and smart door locks. Their equipment even integrates with devices from Google and Amazon.
2. Technical Know-How
Today’s home security systems come in both wired and wireless flavors. Some are easier to install than others. Among wireless models, some are easier to get up and running. In light of all of this, it’s important to consider your own technical know-how before you make a decision.
If you are comfortable working with things like wireless networks and wi-fi routers, a wireless DIY system might be right up your alley. But if you are the type of person who stares blankly at a smart thermostat because you don’t know where to begin the programming process, you might be better off opting for a professionally installed security system.
3. How You Want to Handle Monitoring
A home security system is only as effective as the monitoring behind it. These days, nearly all home security systems are monitored. The only question is who does the actual monitoring: you or a professional monitoring team in a remote location.
Professional monitoring allows you to arm your system and forget about it. Your service provider keeps an eye on things 24/7. Should you choose to monitor yourself, you always need to remain cognizant of notifications on your phone, in your email inbox, or both.
4. Buying or Leasing Equipment
One last thing to consider is whether you will buy the equipment. When it comes to DIY systems, you are definitely going to buy and own the equipment yourself. In terms of professional systems though, it is a mixed bag. Some providers may force you to lease equipment from them. Others might give you the option to lease or buy.
Finding the best home security system for you is more about understanding your needs than implicitly trusting online reviews. The reviews are helpful, but what is best for you may not be what’s best for someone else. Just remember that.