Best DIY Home Security Systems for 2022

Best DIY Home Security Systems for 2022

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While there are certainly lots of professional security systems and services to choose from, not everyone has the budget for these high-end systems and subscriptions. But they’re not the only way to keep your home secure. There are also plenty of affordable DIY home security systems out there which offer their own benefits. They’re designed to be easy to install, and most allow you to mix and match cameras, keypads, entry sensors and more for a completely customized security setup that’s affordable and optimized for your home. We’ve tested out tons of different setups and rounded up the best DIY home security systems on the market right now below. 

Want to find out if DIY is right for you? We compare DIY versus professionally installed home security systems.

Best DIY home security systems

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DIY installation

Contract Required


Voice Assistant

Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

Additional Fees

24/7 professional monitoring fee, storage fee

Service Bundles


SimpliSafe was one of the first DIY home security system options to hit the market and is a reasonable alternative to ADT and other professional alarm company firms. That’s due in large part to this home security system’s affordable cost and wide variety of accessories. SimpliSafe makes a variety of different starter kits that usually start at around $250, and you can pick one up for even less right now thanks to some nice discounts. 

SimpliSafe’s impressive array of accessories such as indoor and outdoor security cameras, key fob, additional motion sensors, smoke detector, glass break sensor, siren and solid performance for the price make it our favorite DIY home security system — if basic security is all you’re after.

Read our SimpliSafe Home Security System (2018) review.


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Wyze Home Monitoring is a standout due to its affordable cost. You’ll need a $30 Wyze Sense Hub to start, or you can pay $100 for a year of professional monitoring and get it for free. Or you can pay $10 each month, but you don’t get the Hub for free. From there, you can add keypads, entry sensors, motion detectors and more to build the system that works best for your home. The only real drawback: Wyze doesn’t have cellular backup in case of power or internet outages.

There is also a five-piece Core Kit available for around $100 on Amazon. A monitoring subscription is required, but the kit includes three free months. 

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Other DIY home security systems we’ve tested

The above systems weren’t the only DIY options we tested. We’ve also tried out Abode Iota, Cove, LorexFrontpoint, Kangaroo and Ring Alarm. Iota was a great security system, but it wasn’t able to match Simplisafe’s prices. Frontpoint, meanwhile, offers great hardware at competitive prices, but its monthly $45 monitoring fees are too much. Cove simply struggled to distinguish itself in any significant way.

Budget-friendly options Kangaroo and Ring Alarm couldn’t quite knock out Wyze. Kangaroo nearly matches Wyze’s price, but its hardware — especially its janky doorbell cam — leaves something to be desired. Meanwhile, Ring Alarm, though a great deal all around, is part of a company with a troubling history when it comes to police partnerships. While Ring Alarm is neck-and-neck with Wyze, Wyze comes out on top simply because it’s not carrying all the baggage that Ring is.

Finally, Lorex offers a local network of connected cameras — but it doesn’t offer the integration that smarter systems do for the same price.

Still have questions? Check out this comprehensive guide to all things home security.

How we test home security systems

Hands-on testing is core to our evaluations of any home security products. In short, when it comes to home security systems, we pay special attention to the user experience, the promised features, reliability and overall value — along with a few other elements. We do the testing in a real home environment over the course of at least a full week. If you want to read more about our review process, check out our in-depth article on how we test home security systems and services.

DIY Home Security Systems Compared

Our Picks Ring Alarm Pro SimpliSafe (8-piece set) Wyze Home Monitoring
System Price $300 $245 $95
Monitoring Price $20/month $15/month $10/month
Starter Equipment Eero Wi-Fi 6 mesh router, door/window sensors, motion detectors, a keypad, a siren and optional professional monitoring subscriptions 1 base station, 1 keypad, 1 motion sensor, 3 entry sensors 1 hub, 1 keypad, 1 motion sensor, 2 entry sensors and 3 months of professional monitoring
Contract Required? No No No
Setup DIY installation DIY installation DIY installation
Extra Features Cellular-powered backup Wi-Fi, network security monitoring, local processing, storage for all of your Ring devices and integration with Alexa’s Guard Plus service Customizable system, built-in Wi-Fi and cellular, integration with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant Customizable system, integration with many third-party devices, integration with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant
Review Score 9 8.5 8.4

DIY home security system FAQs

How do I choose the best DIY home security system?

There are a few considerations to take into account when choosing the right DIY home security system. 

Obviously, cost — both upfront for equipment and potential ongoing subscription fees for monitoring or storage — is one of the main factors when choosing a home security setup. Some systems, like the Wyze Home Monitoring System featured above, are available for less than $100. Others can set you back $200 to $300 or more, and the price could inflate even higher with each sensor, camera or alarm you add. Adding another layer of complication to the equation: Many of these systems see significant discounts throughout the year.

Speaking of adding devices, be sure to factor in the number of areas, such as doors and windows, you’ll want to place a camera or sensor when choosing a DIY security kit. Some DIY security systems may come with a base and one or two sensors while others, like the Ring Alarm Pro, come with four sensors, a motion sensor and a range extender. 

Higher-priced DIY security systems are likely to come with more devices, plus lots of useful features and compatibility with other smart home devices, which is something else you’ll want to consider when choosing a DIY home security system. The Ring Alarm Pro, our top pick for DIY security systems, features cellular-powered backup, local processing and storage for Ring devices along with easy integration with Alexa Guard Plus service.

Finally, you’ll want to consider local-versus-subscription storage and monitoring options. A DIY Ring system, for example, could offer a number of monitoring and data storage options for an added monthly cost that are not available with other devices. On the other hand, if you’d rather monitor your home security system and handle data storage yourself, many devices allow you to do so at no extra cost.

How much do DIY home security systems cost?

A DIY security system can cost $60 to $400 or more depending on the brand and model you buy and where you purchase it. The Wyze home monitoring system is a great value at $80, for example. On the other end of the spectrum, SimpliSafe’s 10-piece DIY home security system that lists for $287 on their website — and those prices can go much higher if you opt for all the bells and whistles the service offers.

Like with any addition or upgrade to your home, you’ll want to evaluate the costs, and what you get for the money, when choosing a DIY security system for your home. It’s easy for the cost of a DIY system to add up, but keep in mind that choosing a cheaper system that doesn’t meet your needs may not be worth your while either.

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