SimpliSafe vs. Ring: Which home security system is better?

Editor's note, March 26, 2021: Ring has been called out for its partnership with local police departments in the US, leading privacy advocates to express concern about the data Ring shares with law enforcement and how they use that information. In December 2019, thousands of Ring users' personal information was exposed, leading us to stop recommending Ring products. Ring has since updated its security policies, from offering customers a Control Center dashboard allowing people to more easily access privacy and security settings to requiring two-factor authentication

We have resumed recommending Ring's products with this caveat: If you have concerns about Ring's privacy policies, make sure to familiarize yourself with its privacy statement.

You can read more about how we factor Ring's privacy policies into our recommendations here. CNET has not and will not be issuing Editors' Choice awards to Ring while the company's policies around law enforcement and surveillance remain on their current course.

When it comes to DIY home security, SimpliSafe and Ring are two of the most popular systems around. The two companies both have an impressive lineup of devices and features and consistently rank among the best in the category

But SimpliSafe and Ring are successful for one main reason: flexibility. Both security kits can be fit to meet specific needs, whether you're in a tiny studio apartment or a large house. The ability to build out your security system according to what kind of monitoring you want, how many entryways you have, and what sorts of devices would be most useful means you get a much more personalized experience than with some other companies.

While Ring and SimpliSafe have a lot in common, some big differences in price, monitoring, customer service and privacy distinguish the services from one another. Keep reading to learn the big selling points for each security system and which is our favorite. Read more: The best home security systems for 2021