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Take a look at SimpliSafe's new home security system

SimpliSafe's do-it-yourself home security kit got a makeover this year, with new device designs that look a lot nicer than before.

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SimpliSafe is one of your most affordable options if you're shopping for a home security system that offers live monitoring. This year, the system boasts freshly re-designed hardware that looks a lot better than before.

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Base Station

The heart of each system is the Base Station. Along with a built-in siren, it houses the Wi-Fi and cellular radios that it uses to contact authorities in an emergency, and it also includes a 24-hour battery backup to keep you protected when the power goes out.

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Keypad

The other mandatory device is the keypad, which serves as your main point of control over the system.

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Black, too

Like the base station, the keypad now comes in your choice of black or white.

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Key fob

You can also control your system from an optional keychain fob accessory.

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Contact sensors

Onto the sensors themselves. First up, contact sensors that can tell whether doors, windows or drawers are open or closed.

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Motion detector

Next: motion detectors you can stick up on your walls to track movement throughout your home.

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Pet-friendly

Those motion detectors promise to distinguish between pets and people -- they did a great job of it in our tests.

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Glass break sensor

This glass break sensor listens for the sound of broken glass. SimpliSafe claims that its precise enough to tell the difference between a broken window and a broken plate.

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Siren

If you have a large home, you might want to add an extra siren to your order. When the system goes off, it'll sound the alarm.

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Panic button

You can also add a panic button to your order that'll instantly trigger the alarm in an emergency.

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Leak detector

SimpliSafe also offers protections against natural threats. For instance, this leak detector will send you an alert if it comes into contact with water. Place it near your pipes for a little extra peace of mind.

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Freeze sensor

This freeze sensor checks the temperature every hour. If things every get too cold, it'll let you know so you can prevent frozen pipes.

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Worth it?

SimpliSafe packages start at $229, and you can also build your own custom package with the exact sensors you want. It's easy to install and easy to use, and it offers comprehensive coverage against a wide variety of in-home emergencies. Check out our full review for more details.

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