Ring Smart Alarm vs Yale Sync Smart Home Alarm vs Somfy Home Alarm vs Simplisafe vs Netatmo – Which is the Best Smart Alarm in the UK

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Black Friday 2021 Deals

It is that season once again. Most providers are providing some major rebates and this can likely turn your point of view for among the listed below devices I have actually contrasted.

Yale Black Friday

All the Yale Sync devices on Amazon presently possess a discount rate.

The Yale IA-320 Sync Smart Home Alarm 6-piece unit, which possesses an RRP of £269.99 is rebated through 32% to £183.99. This looks the identical most reasonable rate it has actually ever before been actually (December 2020 it struck this rate).

The much larger devices just possess a 25% markdown, so the 10 part unit falls coming from £550 to £422.99. However, this is the most affordable rate ever before.

Simplisafe Black Friday

Simplisafe presently possesses a forty five% Black Friday markdown + a free of cost inside video camera and this features both the pre-built devices and the developed it your own self unit.

If you acquire the unit with a Pro Premium Plan, the markdown is enhanced to 55%

An instance package is the Bamburgh unit which possesses thirteen parts and falls coming from £503.88 to £277.13 with no surveillance strategy or £226.75 with the Pro Premium Plan. The Pro Premium strategy will then price you £19.99 monthly

Ring Black Friday

With Ring being actually had through Amazon it is not a surprise certainly there is an extensive markdown. Since I performed this evaluation, Ring has actually released an Outdoor Siren, and this is featured with the 11-piece kit.

For the general 7-piece kit, which also features a free of cost inside video camera, the rate has actually gone down an extensive 52% below £316 to £149. This kit has actually gotten on Amazon fro 6-months and it is the most affordable rate ever before.

For the 11-piece kit with an outside alarm and inside video camera, there is a 42% markdown, going coming from £452 to £259.

Original Post

With Ring Smart Alarm lastly releasing in the UK, the wise alert market is beginning to get some footing.

For me, wise home safety and security is among the best parts of the wise home fad. I possess Amazon Alexa, I have actually attempted Google aide, I possess wise connects and wise lightings, however I assume it is the safety and security oriented gadgets that will possess the best notable perk for customers. While I adore all the various other wise specialist I possess, the majority of it offers a light ease, and a ton of it approaches a method. While Alexa possesses become exceptionally well-liked, I hardly in fact use it, aside from Ring notices or shifting my workplace connects off.

With wise home safety and security by means of video cameras, alarm systems, and padlocks you
may extremely enhance the safety and security of your home at a far more desirable rate
factor than properly put up answers while being actually substantially less complicated
to handle than typical dumb answers. Things like distant supplying and
notices permit you to steer clear of the old-time issue of you acquiring an untrue
alert while you away steering your neighbors almonds.

However, while the home security market has actually flourished, and saturated, wise padlocks and alarm systems have actually been actually a little bit of slower to remove.  There are many answers presently offered, I have actually examined the Yale Sync Smart Home Alarm and Simplisafe, each exceptional alternatives. Ring is definitely the most up-to-date appearance and will probably be actually a well-known choice, and Netatmo lately increased their item selection to permit you to make a security system, lastly, there is the Somfy Home Alarm which I possess no expertise of however Somfy possesses become pretty well-liked with wise home/hands free operation enthusiasts.

The wise hair market is the one battling the best to get footing.  Yale presently possesses 2 of the best well-liked wise ensure the UK market, however latest providers like Nuki possess a straightforward however innovative solution to the problem allowing you to continue using your mechanical keys.

When it comes to choosing a new smart alarm how does each system compare and which is best?

When it comes to smart alarms, it is again Yale that has
dominated the market with the Yale Smart Home Solutions. They have been in the
smart alarm game long enough that they have the original Smart Home Alarm and
the newer Sync Smart Alarms.

This is similar to a traditional wireless alarm system with an external box (that is battery powered) than wireless accessories which all then communicate with a smart hub that connects to the internet.

With this you receive alerts and notifications when your
alarm is triggered, you can then remotely arm and disarm the system, and the geolocation
feature reminds you to set the alarm when you’re leaving home, giving you one
less thing to worry about.

Perhaps the biggest selling point of the Sync system is the ability to integrate it with your Yale smart locks such as the Conexis L1 and Keyless Connected. Using the Yale Sync Module you can automatically disarm your alarm by unlocking your Yale Smart Door Lock. The sync module also allows remote locking of the door and can provide audit trails of who has entered and left the house.

Yale Sync Smart Home Alarm

Further integrations can be done with Philips Hue and Amazon
Echo, combining lights, sound and voice to create the ultimate security

The starter kit is £229.00, and this includes the hub,
siren, keypad and a single motion detector.

This is unlikely to be enough for most homes, however there are
package options including the £269.99 Family Kit, which is more useful with 2x
motion detectors and 1 door/window contact. This is available for even less on
Amazon at £245 making the Yale system the most affordable option in this comparison.

There is a wide range of accessories including:

  • Panic Button – £27.98
  • Smoke/ Heat Detector & PIR Motion Sensor – £70.00
  • Smart Plug – £49.99
  • Door/ Window Contact – £29.99
  • Motion Detector – £40.00
  • Pet-Friendly Motion Detector – £40.00
  • Yale Sync Module (for lock synchronisation) – £39.98
  • Remote Key Fob – £29.99

The Yale system is completely free to use with no monthly fees, however, it lacks 3rd party notifications such as texting.

The Ring Alarm is inevitably going to be one of the most
popular options on the market, Ring is owned by Amazon so they will likely be aggressively
pushing it on you when you visit Amazon and is a good candidate for Black
Friday deals.

If you have already invested in Ring products, this will be
an appealing option as it should seamlessly integrate with the superb Ring app.
It will be easier to set up than the Yale as it doesn’t have an outdoor siren,
instead the base station is the siren. The siren will sound a 104 dB siren from
the Base Station when it’s been tripped. Plus with notifications directly to
your smartphone and the optional assisted monitoring, Ring Alarm has multiple
ways to let family and neighbours know that your alarm is activating.

As you would expect this works with Alexa though there is no
mention of Google Assistant.

The Ring Alarm 5 Piece Kit is £249 and this includes the
siren, keypad, motion detector, contact sensor and range extender.

The motion sensor is pet-friendly by default avoiding
notifications from anything weighing under approximately 22 kgs, when mounted
at 2.1 metres above ground and set at the lowest motion sensitivity setting.

You can then expend this with the

  • Ring Alarm Contact Sensor – £29
  • Ring Alarm Motion Detector – £39.00
  • Ring Alarm Keypad – £59.00
  • Ring Alarm Range Extender – £29.00

The system is free to use but you can optionally pay £8 for
the Ring Protect Plus plan, get more for less. This offers always connected 3G
backup and optional assisted monitoring via the Ring app which will call three
emergency contacts during an Alarm event. So someone you trust can respond,
even if you’re on a plane without phone coverage. While this is classed as monitoring,
it is not really, it just adds the 3G and text functionality.

While this sounds quite expensive for what you get, the Ring
Protect Plus also covers your cameras, so if you have two or more Ring cameras
you will already be paying £8 per month, and this includes unlimited cameras and
30 days video history.

Simplisafe is one of the most popular self-installed monitored security systems in the US and this year they launched in the UK.

They are a little different than the other option here because
you need to sign up to the monitoring services to get the most out of it. This
does arguably make it a superior security option than the other options, but
the long term costs will be vastly more expensive.  It is however considerably cheaper to install and
run than other popular monitored solutions such as ADT, so I think it acts as an
excellent middle ground between a self-install alarm and a professionally
installed monitored system.

Just like Ring, this uses a base station alarm instead of an
outdoor. Simplesafe also has a basic IP camera which is an integral part of
their system as it allows the monitoring service to remotely check events

The cheapest system they offer is The Foundation which is £249 and includes the base station, keypad, a single-window/door sensor and a single camera. A more useful system would be the Essentials for £309 which has three windows/door sensors, a motion sensor and a camera.

You can then expand the system with more accessories

  • SimpliCam – £49
  • Entry Sensor – £14.99
  • Motion Sensor – £29.99
  • Glassbreak Sensor – £34.99
  • 105dB Siren (indoor/outdoor) – £59.99
  • Freeze Sensor – £29.99
  • Water Sensor – £19.99
  • Panic Button – £19.99
  • Keypad – £69.99
  • Smoke Detector – £29.99

It is possible to use the system without the monthly fee,
but this then acts as an old fashioned dumb alarm system. The  £12.99 per month option provides cellular
connectivity with 24/7 live alarm and environmental monitoring, this lacks
remote locking and alerts to your phone so is almost useless if you want actual
smart lock functionality.

The £19.99 per month allows full remote control and
notification, unlimited video recording and you can then optionally have manual
monitoring and dispatch where the Simplesafe operators will view your cameras
and send out police if needed.

Netatmo is an interesting choice at IFA they launched a Smart Indoor Siren and Smart Door and Window Sensors. These will then integrate with any existing devices you have, such as the Smart Indoor Camera and Smart Outdoor Camera. Like Ring and SimpleSafe the siren is designed for indoor use only.

You can buy a full system including the smart indoor camera,
siren and 3 sensors for £359.97

Netatmo Alarm

There is no keypad, but the key feature is the integration
with the Smart Indoor Camera, which is able to recognise people it sees so can
disable the alarm based on the user.

The system arms and disarms itself automatically when you
leave and return home.

The wireless Smart Siren comes with a variety of
pre-recorded sounds such as dog barks and other home noises.

You can choose to play them in order to simulate presence
and thus deter burglars from entering your home.

This has the potential to be the smartest system in the list,
and in theory it should allow you to secure your home with no user interaction
at all.

Somfy has gained popularity in the smart home market in recent years offering a wide range of solutions including lighting control, Blinds & curtains and garage doors.

They have also launched the Somfy Home Alarm system which is
priced at £249 includes an indoor siren, motion detector, Intellitag(Door/window
sensor) and keyfob.

Alternatively, they have a Somfy One All-in-one alarm system which has a full HD camera, siren, motion detection and privacy protection for £189.00. The privacy protection is an appealing feature, this will detect if you enter the room and shut down the camera.

Somy All in One Alarm

The indoor siren is capable of 110db, but you can also
expand the system with an outdoor siren capable of 112dB for £129.99.

Optional upgrades include:

  • Somfy Outdoor Security Camera – £249.00
  • Somfy Protect Smoke Detector – £54.99
  • Somfy Indoor Security Camera – £139.00
  • Somfy Protect IntelliTAG – £39.99
  • Somfy Protect Motion sensor – £59.99
  • Somfy Protect Key Fob remote – £24.99

The Somfy system is completely free to use once you have
bought the hardware.

Home Surveillance Integration

All the systems have some form of integration with surveillance
cameras, I think SimpleSafe is the only one without an outdoor camera and their
indoor camera is so so but it is very cheap, and it is a key feature with the
monitoring system.

Ring has the best camera solution but all of these are reliant on cloud recording but they have doorbells, indoor, outdoor, floodlight and spotlight cameras and this is likely a reason why people will choose Ring over the others.

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Yale has three cameras with the all in one spotlight camera being the one I liked the most.

Netatmo has the smartest cameras, the indoor one worked well, and I still love the outdoor one which detects people, animals and objects and only pushes notifications for people.

I have not used Somfy but they have indoor and outdoor

3rd Party Integration

From what I can tell there is no IFTTT on either Yale or
Simplesafe, but Yale has Philips Hue integration enabling you to flash you
lights red when the alarm goes off. You can do similar with Ring via IFTTT.

All but SimpleSafe have Alexa functionality but Google support
is less popular. From what I can tell it is only Netatmo that offers Apple


I have not used all the systems, I have reviewed the Yale
system and Simplesafe, both of which are excellent. I have also reviewed the
Netatmo Indoor Camera which is possibly the best indoor camera I have used, and
I still use the outdoor camera. However, I can’t comment on how well it arms
and disarms the system automatically.

Which recently did some research which claimed that 71 per
cent of burglars are put off by an alarm system having a visual siren so this
is worth considering when you buy. Though a Yale dummy box only costs £29.99 if
you do buy a system that is indoor only. Personally, I am inclined to think
that burglars would be even more put off by visible security cameras, though
the combination of the both will improve things further.

I don’t think there is a clear winner for the options; each
has its strengths and weaknesses.

Yale has the most traditional look with an outdoor siren,
and they are the only option that can integrate with a wise lock. It is one of
the most affordable options too, the family kit is just £245 on Amazon and
includes 2 motions sensors and a window/door sensor, so just about enough to
cover a normal house with 2 entry points.  They also have a superb range of accessories.

The Ring Smart Alarm looks less appealing on paper than
Yale, but it will be easier to install, and if you already use Ring products,
it is good to keep things under one roof. The Ring app is also far superior to
the Yale app.

Simplesafe is strictly for those wanting a monitored system,
and it is one of the most affordable proper monitored systems on the market, so
definitely worth considering if you want the best security but at an affordable
price point.

Netatmo is quite expensive upfront and has the potential to
be problematic with its AI arm/disarm, but it also has the potential to be the most
seamless solution needing no user interaction, so you will never need to
remember to arm or disarm it.

Somfy is also a little expensive upfront, but the All-in-one alert unit is an appealing product with options for outdoor cameras and an outdoor siren.

Comparison Table

  Yale Sync Ring Alarm Somfy Simplesafe Netatmo
Base Price £229 £249 £249 £249 £359
Free to use option Yes Sort of Yes Not really Yes
Monitoring Option No Optional and basic No Required
automated or manual
Monitoring Price N/A 8 N/A £12.99/£19.99 N/A
Push Alerts Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Text Alerts Yes With Monitoring No 19.99 No
Police Alters No No No Yes No
Cellular Backup No With Monitoring No With Monitoring No
Indoor Siren No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Outdoor Siren Yes Optional and basic Optional and basic Optional and basic Optional and basic
Keypad Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Keyfob 30 No 24.99 No No
PIR Sensor 40 59 59.99 29.99 No
Window/Door sensor 30 29 39.99 14.9 £90 (for 3)
Smoke Detector 70 No 54.99 29.99 79.99
Smart Plug 50 No No No No
Smart Lock Options Yes No No No No
Cameras Options 3, Indoor & Out Extensive Options Indoor & Out 1 x Indoor Smart Indoor & Out
Alexa Yes Yes Yes No? Yes
Google No? No? Yes No? Yes
IFTTT No? Yes Yes No Yes

With no clear winner, I would rate each one superb based on its own attribute specify.

[Original Post: 10th November 2019 ] [Updated Post: 24th November 2021]

Last update on 2021-11-27 / Affiliate links / Images coming from Amazon Product Advertising API

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