HOW WE RATE AND SCORE

There are dozens of brands offering products and services online, but it can be difficult to filter through the endless information and verify its accuracy. We have created comparison websites to help you compare key elements and features, and make an informed decision. Our goal is to save you time and effort by simplifying and clarifying the decision process, while choosing a service or product that suits your needs.

Trying to differentiate between all the available options is not easy. There are brands you might already be familiar with, and that can be a good starting point, but how do you know that the brands shouting the loudest are really the best? There are in fact huge differences between brands, including in the level of service, the terms and conditions, the specific features, and a whole host of other factors.

We have a team of reviewers who perform market research, test products, aggregate data, and evaluate the information we collect. According to the evaluation, we present the brands that we believe offer high quality products and services.

There are quite a few aspects we consider when we review and rate, including our own subjective evaluation. The following is an explanation of these review elements.

OUR REVIEW

Our team’s review is given the most weight. The team researches, evaluates, tests, and compares the key features of each brand, product, and service prior to displaying it.

USER’S EXPERIENCE AND BRANDS’ REPUTATION

User feedback and experience are important to us, so we take these into consideration when we rate products and services. We also encourage our users to rate, comment, and share their experiences on our site. These reviews and ratings help us understand the popularity and quality of the product.

PRICING

Where applicable, we will take into consideration the best price for a similar service.

FEATURES

We evaluate and compare each of the service or product’s features. We look at the features and elements that are common or essential to each product or service type, as well as special features that a brand, product, or service provides.

POPULARITY AND CONVERSION RATES

Data gives us a clear picture of how our users feel about a particular brand. We can measure interest in each product or service by observing the number of users who visit their website, as well as the conversion rate. The conversion rate measures how many people sign up with – or purchase from – a brand after visiting their website. In our rating and scoring we take into consideration the conversion rates because we believe it is an indication of its popularity, and thus, its value. For example, if a specific service’s site is accessed by a significant number of users, or has a significant amount of registered users, we believe it indicates users’ preference and satisfaction.

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  • MONITORING SERVICES

    To gain top marks in this category we want to see 24/7 monitoring, 365 days a year by a certified security company, with various fail-safes in place for tampering or brute force attempts to override the system.

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  • EQUIPMENT & TECHNOLOGY

    When choosing a home security system, it is most important to test which company offers the most powerful and updated features. We take into consideration whether the company is up-to-date with this industry's latest technology, such as, remote video monitoring, 24/7 monitoring, and mobile app support.

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  • HELP & SUPPORT

    When it comes to service, you can rest assured that we have tested for reliable and knowledgeable customer support, making sure there is always someone available to assist. We give top marks only to the companies that receive the most positive customer feedback.

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  • CREDIBILITY & PROFESSIONALISM

    Before displaying a company on our website, we test for its credibility in the eyes of others. Has this company received positive reviews and feedback from other trustworthy websites? Did a credible third party ever endorse it? What do other users say about it? We only review the most reputable providers on Top5 Home Security Systems.

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  • PRICE & CONTRACT

    Our aim is to ensure that customers are getting full value for their money, and consider various factors important for establishing their satisfaction, such as money back guarantees, equipment warranty, free shipment, and so on.

ADVERTISING FEES

We are able to maintain a free, high-quality service and provide you with the comparison information free of charge by charging an advertising fee. This means that we receive a fee from the brands featured on the site whenever one of our users decides to sign up or purchase a service or product. These advertising fees might impact the placement and scoring, however, this is NOT the main criteria. If we find a specific brand to be not trustworthy or top rated, we will not present it on our website. One thing we will never do is promote a site we don’t trust or where the feedback has been overwhelmingly negative.

As you’ve probably worked out by now, reviewing and rating different types of products and services is not an exact science. We can guarantee that our reviews are always honest and fair, in an effort to provide you with the most accurate and comprehensive information to enable you to make an informed and smart decision. However, we would like to remind you that we are solely the provider of the informative website, thus, we encourage you to rely on several sources of information.

The rating and scoring are provided “as-is” and we hereby disclaim all expressed guarantees and warrants with regards to the information contained in our website. We make best efforts to keep the information up-to-date and accurate, however, a service or an offer terms might change without our knowledge and we do not compare or include all service providers on the market. Your use of and reliance on the information displayed in the website is entirely at your own responsibility and risk and we suggest you read our Terms and Conditions prior to your use as well as review the terms of use provided by each service provider you choose.

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