SimpliSafe vs Guardian Protection: An Expert Comparison

Today we will be comparing home security providers SimpliSafe and Guardian Protection, and see how they stack up! We’ll go over equipment, monitoring plans, and more!

There are plenty of reasons for you to be outside of your home with your friends and family, which could leave your home vulnerable to home invasions. The best way to keep your home safe while you out enjoying your time with your family and freinds is to invest in a home security system. Today we will be looking at and comparing what SimpliSafe and Guardian Protection have to offer.

SimpliSafe Control Panel

When it comes to control panels, SimpliSafe offers a completely wireless and cellular control panel that is easy to use. The SimpliSafe control panel is shaped like a cone, and has an LED indicator light at its base that will change colors to show different system statuses. Even though the SimpliSafe control panel is cellular, it can connect to your home’s WIFI so that you have double the connection. It is powered by an AC power source, and it includes a 24-hour backup battery. To control the functions of your SimpliSafe control panel, you will need to use its separate battery-operated push-button remote. The push-button remote allows you to control and customize your SimpliSafe control panel, devices, and system features. If for some reason your SimpliSafe system is triggered, the control panel will sound its internal siren. You can also customize different chime alerts for different devices. The SimpliSafe control panel is a bit limited on how much you can expand it, and you will only be able to use SimpliSafe branded equipment with it.

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Guardian Control Panel

Guardian Protection offers their Guardian IQ2 Panel which is a touchscreen control panel that has a ton of features. It has a thin design making it very easy to place, and it looks good in any style of home. This touchscreen control panel sports a full colored 7-inch display. You can completely control your Guardian Protection security system and any connected devices right from the touchscreen control panel. It is a wireless and cellular system which means it works by transmitting your system’s data through a cellular chip. The Guardian IQ2 Panel uses PowerG encryption which adds an extra layer of security when it is transmitting your data. It is powered by an AC power source, but it does include a backup battery just in case your power goes out. The Guardian IQ2 Panel includes a 5mp front facing camera that can take snapshots of when your system is being armed and disarmed. The Guardian IQ2 panel includes Bluetooth disarming which means it will recognize when you are coming and leaving your home, and trigger your system accordingly. The Guardian IQ2 panel really stands out due to its built-in glass break sensor that will trigger your Guardian Protection security system when the sound of break glass is detected. Anytime your Guardian Protection system or devices are triggered the Guardian IQ2 Panel will sound its internal 110-decibel siren. The Guardian IQ2 Panel also includes a Z-wave protocol that will allow you to expand it so that you can use home automation devices with it.

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Who wins?

SimpliSafe’s control is easy to use, but Guardian Protection’s IQ2 Panel has a lot more features. They may both be wireless and cellular systems, but SimpliSafe control panel caters more towards people looking for a simple to use control without a lot of bells and whistles. However, Guardian Protection offers a Z-wave protocol in their IQ2 Panel which allows you to really expand your system, and it doesn’t limit you to use the same branded equipment like SimpliSafe’s control panel does. Seeing that Guardian Protection offers the more premium control panel, we are choosing them as our winner for this category.

SimpliSafe Equipment

To keep your home safe from home invaders, SimpliSafe offers a variety of intrusion sensors. They offer battery-operated and wireless motion, door/window, tilt, and glass break sensors. These sensors are used to protect the entryways to your home, and are tamper proof. You can also add an external siren that is wireless and battery-operated. To quickly arm and disarm your system, SimpliSafe offers their wireless and battery-operated keychain remote. They also have a wireless and battery-operated panic button that when pushed will let emergency services know that help is immediately needed. To combat the dangers of the elements, SimpliSafe offers wireless and battery-operated smoke/temperature, CO, and water/leak sensors to keep your family and home safe from environmental dangers such as smoke and fire, rises and drops in temperature, rises in CO gas, floods, and leaks. If these dangers are detected these sensors will make an audible alert while triggering your SimpliSafe system. All equipment offered by SimpliSafe is DIY, and you can set up the equipment yourself very easily, but SimpliSafe does offer professional installation of all equipment for a one-time fee if you don’t feel like setting it up yourself.

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Home Automation

The only home automation product, as of now, that you can use with your SimpliSafe system is their smart lock. Their smart lock fits over your existing deadbolt lock, and you can even use your existing key as a way to unlock your new smart lock. It also includes a push-button keypad that will let you create custom user codes, and the codes will allow you to unlock the lock using them.

Video Monitoring/Cameras

SimpliSafe does have a few video cameras that you can choose from. SimpliSafe offers their Simpli Cam which can be used indoors or outdoors. It is a wireless camera that works by connecting to your home’s WIFI network, and it is powered by an AC power source. It can capture video in HD video resolution, and it has night vision that lets you capture and stream video even when there is no light around. You can use the camera’s 2-way audio feature to listen to and respond to whomever is around your Simpli Cam, and its motion sensors will trigger it to start to record. SimpliSafe also offers their Video Doorbell Pro cam. It has the same features as their Simpli Cam with the inclusion of customizable doorbell chimes.

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Guardian Equipment

Guardian Protection has a huge selection of basic intrusion and environmental safety equipment you can use with their Guardian IQ2 panel. They offer wireless and battery-operated that are tamper proof. To keep the inside of your home safe, Guardian Protection offers door/window, motion, and glass break sensors. All of these sensors have a long battery life so you don’t have to worry about changing out their batteries for a long time. They offer a variety of external sirens including one that has a strobe light so you will be sure to hear when your Guardian Protection’s security system has been triggered. To quickly arm and disarm your system, Guardian protection offers a battery-operated key fob that has a built-in panic button. To keep your home safe from environmental dangers Guardian Protection offers smoke/heat and CO2 sensors. These sensors have audible alerts that will be triggered if dangerous rises in environmental factors such as heat, smoke, and CO2 gas are detected. Guardian Protection offers professional installation of their equipment so they will send out one of their certified security technicians so that you don’t have to worry about setting up the equipment yourself.

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Home Automation

Guardian Protection’s Guardian IQ Panel is super expandable and you can use several different branded home automation devices with your panel. You can purchase some smart home automation equipment directly through Guardian Protection, but you can also purchase home equipment elsewhere. We do suggest if you are going to purchase home automation equipment elsewhere that you check with Guardian Protection to make sure that it is compatible. Guardian Protection offers Kwikset smart locks that have an illuminated push-button keypad that you can create custom user codes. You will also be able to control these locks while on go including remotely locking and unlocking your Kwikset smart lock. If your home has garage doors you can remotely open and close them using the Linear Garage Door controller that is offered by Guardian Protection. You will also receive push notification anytime your garage doors have been opened or shut. To make your home greener, Guardian Protection offers smart thermostats. These thermostats work for the majority of HVAC heating and cooling systems. You will be able to remotely control your home’s temperature on the go through your Smart Thermostat.


To provide your home with video surveillance protection, Guardian Protection offers an indoor, outdoor, and a video doorbell camera. Their cameras are wireless and work by connecting to your home’s WIFI network. Guardian Protection’s video cameras can capture high quality video clips, have night vision technology, and 2-way audio.

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Who wins?

This is a category where we see more similarities between the equipment offered by SimpliSafe and the equipment offered by Guardian Protection. They both offer wireless and battery-operated intrusion and environmental safety sensors. They also both offer professional installation of their equipment with SimpliSafe also giving you the option to setup the equipment yourself. However, we do like the quality and selection of basic equipment products that Guardian Protection offers, and for these reasons we are choosing them as our winners for this category.

There is a big difference with the selection that SimpliSafe has to offer you, and what Guardian Protection has to offer you. SimpliSafe only offers one home automation product that you can currently use with their system. Guardian Protection has a huge selection of home automation equipment you can use with their Guardian IQ2 Panel. Because Guardian Protection offers a larger selection of add-on equipment than SimpliSafe, we are choosing them as our winners.

SimpliSafe vs Guardian App

To keep an eye on either your SimpliSafe or Guardian Protection system, they offer professional, self, and video monitoring services. Their self-monitoring services are done through their apps which are free to download, and they will work for Apple, PC, and Android devices. Their apps allow you to control your system, home automation devices, and video cameras on the go. You can stream live and recorded video, disarm and arm your system, customize system features, add devices, and receive push notifications for events all through theirs apps. However, Guardian Protection apps has a bit more features in the home automation side of their app that allows you to really convert your home into a smart home. Their professional monitoring services work the same in where you have a 24/7 professional monitoring station watching over your home for emergencies. SimpliSafe however, doesn’t offer contracts, and their month to month monitoring fees are much lower than that of Guardian Protection. The downfall is without a contract you will need to pay for all your equipment upfront with SimpliSafe while Guardian Protection will offer a discount with their contracts. The last fact that we think is important for our readers to know is that Guardian Protection isn’t offered everywhere in the USA while SimpliSafe is.

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It doesn’t matter which company you choose when it comes to choosing between SimpliSafe and Guardian Protection because either one of these companies can provide you and your home with total security protection. SimpliSafe offers an easy to use system, they have a lot of great basic equipment, and their month to month monitoring costs are really cheap. Guardian Protection has an amazing control panel that can do more than just protect your home, and it can easily be used as a smart home hub. Guardian Protection also has a really nice selection of home automation equipment that you can buy directly from them making them your one stop shop for all your security, home automation, and video surveillance equipment needs. For these reasons we are choosing Guardian Protection as our overall winners.

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