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Photo by iSmartAlarm — The Washington PostLooking for a more comprehensive security system?Consider iSmartAlarm, a top performer according to CNET, Consumer Reports and PCMag. Its Shield Package $613. 90, which includes eight contact sensors, seven motion sensors and three remote tags, is well suited for a three to four bedroom house, the company says. The Abode Essentials Starter Kit $229 includes one door/window sensor, a battery powered security camera and motion detector, and a key fob. Photo by Abode Systems — The Washington PostAnother DIY option is the Abode Essentials Starter Kit $229, which includes one door/window sensor, a battery powered security camera and motion detector, and a key fob. The system integrates with Amazon Echo, Google Home and other home automations for voice enabled arming and disarming.

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Bottom LineAt $100, the Nest Protect is one of the most expensive, but also one of the most comprehensive, of the smart smoke detectors we've tested. Not only does it pick up several types of fires, as well as carbon monoxide, but it also does the best job at alerting you of the danger. And, it works with a wide range of smart home products. So, for example, you can set your Philips Hue lights to turn on automatically when the Nest Protect goes off. Our budget pick, the Roost Smart Battery $35, is good for those who want to retrofit existing "dumb" smoke detectors to make them smart. It’s inexpensive, sends an alert to your smartphone, and lets you silence the alarm remotely.

 

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Reasons to BuyExcellent audio, daylight videoReasonable cloud storage plansSimple to use, flexible softwareReasons to AvoidBlurry night videoMobile app not optimized for tabletsCord isn't fully weatherproof$94. 99 View at Amazon$99. 99View at Walmart$99. 99View at Best Buy?Kasa's lower cost outdoor security camera is a good deal if you don't mind a few tradeoffs. Daytime 1080p video from this camera was excellent, but nighttime video was less defined; it was hard to make out people's faces. The camera is weather resistant, but the connection between its cable and power supply is not. We also liked that its app lets you set up custom motion zones. In addition, you get free rolling two day cloud storage, and a 14 day plan that's a very reasonable $40 per year. Read our full Kasa Cam Outdoor review. 15 View at Walmart Marketplace$349View at WalmartRecommended Retailer$399View at Google Store?This weatherproof camera has a tamper resistant design, a triple microphone array and HDR support for better quality videos than what other cameras produce. It can distinguish between people and animals, and can even recognize individual faces.