Best DIY Home Security of 2018

Best Value

Iris by Lowe’s

Iris by Lowe’s is the best value among DIY home security systems because it combines a capable system with the lowest prices we’ve seen. It’s not as easy to set up and use as Scout Alarm and abode, but it works well enough for self-monitoring your home as well as for professional monitoring.
For basic home security options, you can get the Iris Security Pack and the Iris Smart Hub. This isn’t a combined kit like other systems we tested, but Lowe’s sometimes includes the Smart Hub as a bonus item at no cost. Even at full price, the Security Pack and Smart Hub are less expensive than the competition. Iris has three no-contract service plans: basic, premium and professional monitoring. The basic plan is free, gives you control over your system and sends alerts to your smartphone when the alarm goes off.
The premium plan ($9.99/month) expands the basic plan’s controls and adds video storage. The professional monitoring plan ($14.95/month) adds cellular backup and links your home to a certified monitoring station that can send emergency responders to your home. This professional monitoring plan is the cheapest among the systems we tested, tied with SimpliSafe. For cellular backup, you need to buy a modem that plugs into the Smart Hub. The keypad in the Security Pack has a built-in siren, but it’s one of the quietest we tested. This system is compatible with more smart home devices than the others we tested. You can connect Z-Wave, ZigBee, Alexa, Nest and Google Home and over 70 other devices.
PROS
  • Most affordable professional monitoring
  • Comprehensive smart home compatibility
  • Comprehensive equipment selection
CONS
  • Cellular backup requires extra purchase
  • Some features require monthly fee
  • One-year warranty
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