While you may already have smart door locks and cameras, you need one of the best HomeKit security systems to truly protect your home. The best HomeKit security systems allow you to monitor your home at all times through the Home app and iOS notifications. At night or when you are not around, sirens and lights on HomeKit security systems can help deter potential intruders. So whether you go DIY or for professional monitoring, the best HomeKit security systems can provide extra peace of mind.
The best HomeKit security systems to protect your home
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Best of both worlds
In our review, we loved how the abode Iota Home Security Kit gives you everything you need to get started with securing your home. This handy kit includes a mini door and window sensor, key fob, and the all-important Gateway that houses a built-in camera, siren, and backup battery. In addition, abode's kit allows you to go completely DIY, or you can tack on professional monitoring for a small monthly fee.
Aqara's smart Hub M1S lays the foundation for DIY, subscription-free HomeKit security with a built-in siren, RGB LED light, and Zigbee 3.0 radio. With the M1S, you can pair up to 128 Aqara-branded accessories such as door and window sensors, motion sensors, and more in a matter of seconds. Plus, since they run on Zigbee, they provide ultra-fast response times and incredible reliability.
Like the iota, the Abode Security Kit gives you a great start with professional monitoring or DIY security by bundling several accessories into one affordable package. This kit includes the Abode Gateway with battery backup, a mini door and window sensor, a keyfob, and a motion sensor. Unlike the iota, however, the Gateway in this bundle lacks a built-in camera and Wi-Fi connectivity.
Security on a stick
As our review suggests, the Aqara Hub E1 is a great entry point to HomeKit and HomeKit security. While it lacks a built-in speaker and LED status indicator light, Aqara's slimmed-down hub still sports Zigbee 3.0 connectivity and can host up to 128 accessories, all in a tiny USB-A stick form factor. This stick also acts as a Wi-Fi repeater for your home network and puts a security system accessory right in the Home app.
Pan, tilt, and more
Aqara's Camera Hub G3 features everything you could want in a HomeKit camera — or security system. This jack-of-all-trades camera supports HomeKit Secure Video, Zigbee hub functionality for Aqara accessories, IR blasting capabilities to make older devices smart, pan & tilt motorized controls, and AI facial and gesture recognition. Plus, it is an excellent security system thanks to a loud onboard siren.
Perfect for those that don't want to rely on Wi-Fi, the Aqara Hub M2 is the only Aqara option that sports an ethernet port. As with other Aqara hubs, the M2 can host up to 128 Aqara accessories over Zigbee and includes a built-in speaker that can play custom sounds. While we weren't blown away by the overall speaker volume in our hands-on, we still refer to the M2 as the "best choice if you want a non-descript box that can be hidden away."
Gain some peace of mind with the best HomeKit security systems
The best HomeKit security systems keep you aware of all the action in and around your home by delivering timely notifications when a door or window opens directly to your iPhone. HomeKit security systems also help scare off would-be intruders with built-in sirens and lights. You can even take security further by tying them into automation with other accessories, like HomeKit door locks.
If you are looking for a security solution that allows you to add professional monitoring on-demand, then the Abode Iota Home Security Kit is the one for you. Abode's kit gives you the best of both worlds — contract-free 24/7 monitoring with cellular and battery backup; plus, you can go subscription-free and rely solely on HomeKit to deliver important notifications.
If you prefer to go strictly DIY without a subscription, then check out the Aqara Hub M1S. This low-cost hub includes home security essentials like a siren and light in a compact, affordable package. Aqara's hub supports up to 128 Zigbee 3.0 accessories, so you can cover every door and window in your home for cheap.
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Christopher spends most of his time writing and dreaming about all things HomeKit and the Home app. Whether it is installing smart light switches, testing the latest door locks, or automating his households daily routines, Christopher has done it all.
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