Who Makes the Best DIY Security Systems in 2022?

You could spend hours reading reviews to find the best DIY security systems.

But who wants to do that?

Better one person (that’s me) spend their time finding and reading them for the benefit of many people and summarizing things for the rest, right?

Here’s What I Did:

We already have a huge page summarizing the best reviews of home security systems that we could find in detail. But, it’s a lot to get through.


I thought a quick summary might be more helpful to folks and set out to create this page. I’ve included camera systems with security features as well as home automation features, because the alerts and notification capabilities are practically the same as do it yourself alarm systems. You can also check our post about wireless security camera system for other options.

They all help you keep an eye on things at home.

The Method

  1. First, find the quality reviews on the web.  Toss the ones without clear evidence of being a hands-on review.  Throw out all of the ones that didn’t discuss the product in detail.
  2. Throw them all in a spreadsheet with a scaled,  common scoring system.
  3. Calculate an average rating for each security system.
  4. Rank the systems based on their mean score.

If you think I missed a good review that wasn’t considered, drop it in the comments below.

A Caveat

Now, I’ll be the first to tell you that rankings can’t be all things to all people.  In fact, I don’t care for them myself because they’re rarely objective. Sadly, many places use them to make more money in commissions.

But, I do recognize the value in a “Top X” list for helping you quickly eliminate bad products.

So, hopefully, you take the information on this page to find a few good systems, compare their costs and features, and then read a few reviews to settle in on your decision.

That’s a process I can get behind!

What You Won’t See

I’ve already said you’ll see a camera system and home automation systems. You’ll even see some options that offer professional monitoring services as an option.

But, I’m drawing a hard line at alarm systems without a practical self-monitored option (including Simplisafe tests that rule) or that require piecing together disparate control panels and sensors from various Honeywell or Elk security system parts.

I appreciate the DIY mentality as much as anybody, but also understand we are a special breed.  So, I haven’t included the really hodge-podge solutions, maybe some other time.

Top DIY Home Security Systems

In the table below, like we do many other places on the site, we sometimes provide links that go to security products on Amazon as well as a link directly to the manufacturer’s website. If you use the first link, you’ll be supporting our work here at no cost to you. If not, just use the other link.

The review links will either take you to reviews that we’ve done or a list of the reviews used to calculate these scores.

SaleBestseller No. 1
SimpliSafe 8 Piece Wireless Home Security System - Optional...
  • Simple to set up. Seriously secure - Get ready to protect right out of the box. Just plug in the Base...
  • 1 FREE Month of 24/7 professional monitoring with Fast Protect Technology for fast police response - With...
  • Complete control of your system with the SimpliSafe App - Arm, disarm and protect anytime, anywhere.
SaleBestseller No. 2
SimpliSafe 10 Piece Wireless Home Security System with...
  • Simple to set up. Seriously secure. Get ready to protect right out of the box. Just plug in the Base...
  • 1 FREE Month of 24/7 professional monitoring with Fast Protect Technology for fast police response - With...
  • Complete control of your system with the SimpliSafe App - Arm, disarm and protect anytime, anywhere.

What Did We Learn

Well, for one, there’s a lot of variety at the top of the list!  Take the top 4 for instance:

  • Simplisafe really pushes monitored services, limiting features and apps for anything but the most expensive tier.  But, they offer a solid system that’s been around a while.
  • SmartThings is well-reviewed home automation system that recently announced a revamped security module for their app.
  • Piper is a camera that also has some automation capabilities.
  • Abode is another popular DIY alternative with no contract + optional monitoring
  • iSmartAlarm is the only truly pure-play DIY security system on this list.

Depending on what you’re needs are, one of those would likely address them really well.  To know for sure, make sure you check out their features and compare costs on our security system comparison page.  You can also see which sensors and protocols each system supports here.

And don’t ever forget, no security system is going to be the only security measure that you need at your home.  You should always consider other controls like securing your doors, installing perimeter alarms around your yard, and even adding a driveway alarm for those with a longer approach to your home.  Anything to push the notification of an alert further out gives you time to prepare. Just be aware, driveway motion detectors have false alarm problems if you don’t get the right technology!

Hope that Helps!

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Thank you!

Last update on 2024-06-06 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

2 thoughts on “Who Makes the Best DIY Security Systems in 2022?”

  1. Did you look at Abode? I see them in most top 3 DIY home security systems, but you didnt even list them.

    • I didn’t even notice that, but I definitely need them on the list. I’ve read a lot of good stuff about them once you get beyond the high equipment costs.

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