Top 10 Best Smart Home Security Systems in 2016

Home security has come a long way over the years, with today’s models featuring all the bells and whistles that allow for them to be fully integrated with home networking systems and smart devices. Of course you’ll want to ensure that whatever system you purchase is compatible with any mobile device you plan to use it with, but there are a few other things to consider before purchasing a smart home security system, including:

Alert System

Do you want motion-based or sound alerts or alerts for all activities? Email or push-based? They can also be set to provide audible notifications to help ensure you never miss an activity.

Camera Features

If your smart home security system comes with any camera(s) you’ll want to consider the features available on them. Our complete Outdoor Security Camera Buying Guide will help you find something that works for your needs.


When looking at a smart home security system you’ll want to consider the included cameras, sensors, and alarms. Such considerations will depend on the size of your home and how much coverage you desire. There are window sensors, water leak sensors, those that detect smoke and carbon monoxide, and many more. Many systems will even include an audible alarm to deter intruders and alert anyone in the area to a break-in.


The best part of smart home security systems today is you can install most of the automated technology yourself, so you don’t need to shell out thousands to a security installation company or contractor. Consider whether you want a wired or wireless unit and if it requires drilling or an external power source.

With the above tips in mind, in no particular order here are 10 of the best smart home security systems in 2016.

1. Piper nv Smart Home Security System with Immersive Video Camera

Available in a choice of two color options, this home security system can help you track the goings-on around your home when you’re not at home. It boasts secure SSL encryption to provide live or recorded video, and can be expanded to a total of five units.

Key features:

  • No contracts or monthly fees
  • Two-way communication
  • Battery backup

Cost: *Est. $279

2. Cocoon Complete Home Security Device

Thanks to Subsound technology, this home security device can monitor activities in other rooms and even on other floors from where it’s placed. It contains an HD camera with night vision capabilities, a powerful microphone, and >90dB siren to alert you to trouble.

Key features:

  • iOS and Android compatible
  • Intuitive design minimizes false alarms
  • Automatically learns your schedule

Cost: *Est. $399

3. Zmodo KDC4-YARUZ4ZN-1T 4-Channel 960H DVR Security System

This home surveillance system comes complete with four weatherproof bullet-style cameras and a 1TB hard drive for hours of recording.

Key features:

  • iOS and Android compatible for remote viewing
  • 3.6mm lens
  • Up to 65 ft night vision range

Cost: *Est. $350

4. Amcrest 720P HD Over Analog (HDCVI) 8CH Video Security Systems

Available in a choice of configurations, this video security system features a plug-and-play setup that allows you to begin monitoring your home in less time. Thanks to a 2TB hard drive, you can record up to 360 hours of monitoring on all 8 channels.

Key features:

  • USB backup
  • Real time feed
  • 3.6mm lens with 75 degree viewing angle

Cost: *Est. $599.99

5. Trivision NC-335PW 3 Megapixel HD 1080P Waterproof Wireless Outdoor Home Security Camera System

With intuitive operation and quick setup, this wireless security camera supports remote viewing and captures clear images in both daytime and nighttime up to 30 feet away. Store up to 128GB on a microSD card.

Key features:

  • Choice of lens sizes
  • iOS and Android compatible for remote monitoring
  • 90 degree viewing angle

Cost: *Est. $179

6. Arlo Smart Home Security Camera System

Available in single or multipacks for all your home monitoring needs, this wireless security camera provides crystal clear HD video live or recorded to your smartphone, PC, or other device. Mounting hardware and batteries are included.

Key features:

  • Motion activated activity alerts
  • Weatherproof housing
  • Includes 1GB secure cloud storage

Cost: *Est. $324.99

7. Funlux® 8 CH Full 960H Security DVR System

This surveillance system comes complete with eight dome-style cameras to monitor your whole home. It features motion-based email alerts that let you know when something is happening around your property.

Key features:

  • Lifetime technical support
  • Up to 65 ft night vision range
  • 2-year warranty

Cost: *Est. $169.99

8. TriVision NC-336PW HD 1080P Wireless Outdoor Home Security Camera System

Available in a choice of two different lens sizes, this bullet-style surveillance system provides high definition 1080P video to your Android, iOS, or PC device. It can be used wirelessly or hardwired and features a microSD slot for onboard recording.

Key features:

  • Up to 50 ft night vision range
  • Email notifications
  • 3MP, 4mm lens

Cost: *Est. $300

This smart home security system allows users to expand their system with up to 100 different sensors to provide a complete home monitoring solution and can easily be armed or disarmed via the mobile app.

Key features:

  • iOS and Android compatible
  • No monthly fees
  • Easy to install

Cost: *Est. $99.99

10. Amcrest WLD895US 720P 4CH 7-Inch Wireless Video Surveillance System

This wireless video surveillance system features a bullet-style camera and monitor and can be expanded to include up to three additional cameras for a whole home monitoring solution. It boasts 720p real time video streaming along with audio, so you can hear what’s happening around your home.

Key features:

  • Motion-activated feature
  • Up to 32 ft night vision range
  • iOS and Android compatible for remote monitoring

Cost: *Est. $179.99


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