Home security systems are a lot more affordable than they used to be: You can now get a quality smart home security setup in your home for just a couple hundred bucks, thanks to these smart buys we found on Amazon Prime. With its two-day shipping, you can feel safer within the week.
For starters: The Amazon Cloud Cam makes it easy to keep tabs on your home when you're not there: It offers a crisp, 1080p live feed and motion notifications and free 24-hour clip storage, all for $120.
If you're worried about Amazon packages being stolen from your porch, or unwanted visitors trying to break in, you need a video doorbell. We like the hardwired Nest Hello ($229) for Google or Nest-based smart homes because of its good looks, motion alerts and optional facial recognition (available for $5 a month).
The hardwired $249 Ring Doorbell Pro is a smaller and more sleek device than the Doorbell 2. Though it has similar video and audio quality (and lacks a battery), the Pro does allow you to draw motion zones for much more intelligent motion alert notifications.
There are a handful of great smart outdoor security lights by Ring, but the $30 Ring Smart Pathlight is the best of breed: It sends motion notifications, connects to Ring cameras to start video recording, installs in minutes and offers a year of battery life.
The only downside? You'll need a $50 Ring Bridge to make them all work.
This $180 Logitech cam features 180-degree wide-angle lens, two-way talk, free 24-hour cloud storage and 15-foot night vision. Person detection, motion zones and up to 31 days of cloud storage are available with a paid premium Circle Safe subscription ($100 a year for one camera, or $179 a year for up to five cameras).
One of the most affordable options if you're looking for 24/7 live monitoring ($15 per month with no contract), the entry-level SimpliSafe Home Security includes a base station, keypad, entry sensor, motion sensor and key fob for $300. But if you're willing to pay more, you can add all sorts of extra goodies, including glass break sensors, water sensors, panic buttons and more.
The expandable Vivint Smart Home security system runs from a 7-inch wall-mounted SkyControl panel and works with a wide range of smart sensors: There are door/window sensors, motion detectors, glass break detectors, flood/freeze sensors, smoke and carbon monoxide detectors.
The only catch to this robust system is that you'll have to pay a $40 monthly monitoring fee to use it.