7 Best Alarm Monitoring Companies Consumer Reports 2019 – Top Rated

We evaluated the biggest home security systems and compared the process of ordering, installing, and using them in our own homes. Each security company offers the same basic security features, but our top picks rose above the rest with their cutting-edge technology, user-friendly equipment, and helpful customer service.

Top 7 Alarm Monitoring Companies

Bestseller No. 1
Alarm.com
87 Reviews
Alarm.com
  • Remote Features:
  • See what's happening at your property
SaleBestseller No. 2
Ring Alarm – Home Security System with optional 24/7 Professional Monitoring – No contracts – 5 piece kit – Works with Alexa
1732 Reviews
Ring Alarm – Home Security System with optional 24/7 Professional Monitoring – No contracts – 5 piece kit – Works with Alexa
  • Ring Alarm puts whole-home security at your fingertips. Get alerts on your smart phone...
  • Optional 24/7 professional monitoring is just $10/month. No contracts or cancellation...
SaleBestseller No. 3
EEZTire-TPMS Real Time/24x7 Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS10Mix) - 10 Mixed Sensors, incl. 3-Year Warranty
651 Reviews
EEZTire-TPMS Real Time/24x7 Tire Pressure Monitoring System (TPMS10Mix) - 10 Mixed Sensors, incl. 3-Year Warranty
  • ■ REAL TIME/24x7 SAFETY & HIGH FUEL ECONOMY - EezTire TPMS system by EEZ RV Products is...
  • ■ EASY OPERATION & MAINTENANCE - EezTire TPMS monitor has one of the largest display...
Bestseller No. 4
Schlage Z-Wave Connect Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt with Built-In Alarm, Satin Nickel, BE469 CAM 619, Works with Alexa via SmartThings, Wink or Iris
3242 Reviews
Schlage Z-Wave Connect Camelot Touchscreen Deadbolt with Built-In Alarm, Satin Nickel, BE469 CAM 619, Works with Alexa via SmartThings, Wink or Iris
  • Works with Alexa for voice control (hub required, Alexa device and hub sold separately)
  • Touch Screen keypad and lock cylinder on exterior and thumb turn interior. Door thickness...
SaleBestseller No. 5
Temp Stick Wireless Remote Temperature & Humidity Sensor. Connects directly to WiFi. Free 24/7 Monitoring, Alerts & Historical Data. Free iPhone/Android Apps, Monitor from anywhere, anytime! -Black
253 Reviews
Temp Stick Wireless Remote Temperature & Humidity Sensor. Connects directly to WiFi. Free 24/7 Monitoring, Alerts & Historical Data. Free iPhone/Android Apps, Monitor from anywhere, anytime! -Black
  • Remote Wifi Temperature and Humidity Monitor. 5 Year Warranty... the last sensor you'll...
  • Superior 1 Year+ battery life! Completely wireless, battery operated sensor (2x AA...
Bestseller No. 6
Alarm.com Video
61 Reviews
Alarm.com Video
  • Always-on streams of all of your cameras
  • Pan/Tilt control
Bestseller No. 7
The Alarm Science Manual
6 Reviews
The Alarm Science Manual
  • Jeffrey D. Zwirn, CPP, CFPS, CFE, FACFEI, CHS-III, SET, CCI, President
  • Example Product Manufacturer

Guide to Getting the Best Home Security

Research plans before you call

We recommend you get a good idea of what features and packages you want before calling to purchase, but be open to the advice from the sales rep. Our Frontpoint tester called on two separate occasions. The first time, she had a good idea of what she wanted system-wise but said she was still shopping around for a provider. The second time, she pretended to be an easy sell who just wanted a system but hadn’t done any research.

Her initial call was much more informative and detailed. The sales rep walked her through each room in her house, asking her to describe where the windows and doors were in each room, recommending the right pieces of equipment for each space — likely because they knew she had done her research and was hungry for details.

Explore DIY vs. professional installation

A few of our favorite providers allow you to DIY your alarm system installation, while others send a professional to do the task. The professional installation allows for a home security expert to evaluate your home’s security needs and educate you on how to best utilize your system. The drawback is that professional installation often involves an additional fee. When you opt to DIY, the process is typically quicker and you can avoid any appointment-scheduling acrobatics.

Understand your home automation needs

Home automation may not be something you’ve considered, but many home security providers offer it with higher-tier packages. Not everyone needs complete control over their lights, locks, and robovac, but home automation comes in handy if you travel frequently or desire complete convenience. Before choosing a home security package, think about your smart home needs and if this technology may be something you’ll want in the future.

Look at home automation protocols

If you decide that home automation is an important part of your home security, it’s a good idea to research home automation protocols to learn which one will work best for you. A protocol is the language smart devices use to communicate with each other, and it serves as the foundation on which a home automation system is built. Not all protocols are the same, with some supporting more devices or using less power. Before committing to any home automation devices, look into which protocol works best for your home and if it supports the devices you wish to incorporate into your home automation system.

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