ADT vs Vivint

ADT vs Vivint

ADT vs Vivint

Best Overall

home and office security

Vivint

Our Rating

home and office security

4.75

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Choosing between ADT and Vivint, the two most well-known names in home security, is a logical next step if you’ve been thinking about getting a professional installation. Additionally, chances are you have some preconceived notions about these companies and are unsure whether your intuition is accurate or completely off the mark.

At a Glance: Vivint

With over two decades of experience in the security system industry, Vivint is far from a newcomer. While not a cheap system, Vivint is well-known for providing excellent value for money, with a strong emphasis on home automation and connectivity. All of their monitoring plans include professional monitoring 24 hours a day, as well as round-the-clock customer support via phone or live chat, as well as a helpful blog on their website that addresses frequently asked questions.

Vivint’s equipment is top-of-the-line, and all plans include a panel and entry sensor, as well as a motion sensor and voice control. If you’re looking for a more sophisticated system, Vivint also offers 1080p HD cameras with night vision, two-way audio, and professional video monitoring 24 hours a day.

However, Vivint’s most innovative feature is not its equipment, but rather its month-to-month monitoring contract. If you purchase your equipment in advance, you can live without a contract, paying only the monthly monitoring fee. However, because the initial equipment costs can be substantial, if you prefer to finance your equipment, you can pay overtime in addition to your monthly monitoring costs. In either case, you retain ownership of your equipment.

Overall, Vivint’s robust connectivity for the price, combined with a slew of other features, makes it our top pick for home security systems.

Advantages and Disadvantages

   Pros

   Cons

Both on-premises DVRs and cloud-based video storage are available.

Additional security features built into its cameras.

Contract for monitoring on a month-to-month basis.

 Integration of Amazon Alexa and Google Home.

Numerous hardware and monitoring prices are not available without a comprehensive quote.

 Installation fees vary according to location.

ADT in a Nutshell

ADT is the security industry’s forefather. With 146 years of experience, you can rely on them to provide superior service. ADT excels at professional monitoring, but they also offer self-monitoring options for those who prefer to do it themselves. Another advantage of a long track record is ADT’s superior customer service, which includes 24/7 phone and chat support, as well as extensive online resources for using, maintaining, and, in some cases, even installing your system.

When it comes to equipment, ADT delivers, with professionally installed fully wireless systems that include all of your standard components as well as an array of optional features such as security and doorbell cameras, environmental monitoring, medical alerts, gas break sensors, and panic buttons. Additionally, their 720p HD cameras feature two-way audio and night vision.

ADT is our second overall pick for the best home security systems, and our top pick for professionally monitored systems, due to their long history and a wide variety of equipment and plan options.

Advantages and Disadvantages

   Pros

   Cons

 48-hour operation during blackouts.

ADT app for remote access to your security system via your smartphone.

Covers the $500 insurance deductible in the event of a burglary while the system is armed.

Money-back guarantee of six months.

Fewer security features on its cameras.

Contract for 36 months of monitoring is required.

Integration of smart homes and video storage is available only with premium monitoring plans.

Finally, ADT and Vivint both offer comparable hardware packages and professional installation and monitoring services. However, Vivint offers more features for your money. For instance, Vivint includes free cloud video storage with all of its monitoring plans, includes a 1TB DVR, and includes no-cost integrations with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

To take advantage of cloud video storage and Alexa and Google integration with ADT, you must purchase the more expensive monitoring plans. You can also opt for a month-to-month monitoring plan from Vivint. ADT requires a three-year contract for monitoring. 

ADT vs Vivint

Best Overall

home and office security

Vivint

Our Rating

home and office security

4.75

View packages
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Choosing between ADT and Vivint, the two most well-known names in home security, is a logical next step if you’ve been thinking about getting a professional installation. Additionally, chances are you have some preconceived notions about these companies and are unsure whether your intuition is accurate or completely off the mark.

At a Glance: Vivint

With over two decades of experience in the security system industry, Vivint is far from a newcomer. While not a cheap system, Vivint is well-known for providing excellent value for money, with a strong emphasis on home automation and connectivity. All of their monitoring plans include professional monitoring 24 hours a day, as well as round-the-clock customer support via phone or live chat, as well as a helpful blog on their website that addresses frequently asked questions.

Vivint’s equipment is top-of-the-line, and all plans include a panel and entry sensor, as well as a motion sensor and voice control. If you’re looking for a more sophisticated system, Vivint also offers 1080p HD cameras with night vision, two-way audio, and professional video monitoring 24 hours a day.

However, Vivint’s most innovative feature is not its equipment, but rather its month-to-month monitoring contract. If you purchase your equipment in advance, you can live without a contract, paying only the monthly monitoring fee. However, because the initial equipment costs can be substantial, if you prefer to finance your equipment, you can pay overtime in addition to your monthly monitoring costs. In either case, you retain ownership of your equipment.

Overall, Vivint’s robust connectivity for the price, combined with a slew of other features, makes it our top pick for home security systems.

Advantages and Disadvantages

   Pros

 Both on-premises DVRs and cloud-based video storage are available.

 Additional security features built into its cameras.

 Contract for monitoring on a month-to-month basis.

 Integration of Amazon Alexa and Google Home.

   Cons

Numerous hardware and monitoring prices are not available without a comprehensive quote.

Installation fees vary according to location.

ADT in a Nutshell

ADT is the security industry’s forefather. With 146 years of experience, you can rely on them to provide superior service. ADT excels at professional monitoring, but they also offer self-monitoring options for those who prefer to do it themselves. Another advantage of a long track record is ADT’s superior customer service, which includes 24/7 phone and chat support, as well as extensive online resources for using, maintaining, and, in some cases, even installing your system.

When it comes to equipment, ADT delivers, with professionally installed fully wireless systems that include all of your standard components as well as an array of optional features such as security and doorbell cameras, environmental monitoring, medical alerts, gas break sensors, and panic buttons. Additionally, their 720p HD cameras feature two-way audio and night vision.

ADT is our second overall pick for the best home security systems, and our top pick for professionally monitored systems, due to their long history and a wide variety of equipment and plan options.

Advantages and Disadvantages

   Pros

48-hour operation during blackouts.

ADT app for remote access to your security system via your smartphone. 

Covers the $500 insurance deductible in the event of a burglary while the system is armed.

Money-back guarantee of six months.

   Cons

Fewer security features on its cameras.

Contract for 36 months of monitoring is required.

Integration of smart homes and video storage is available only with premium monitoring plans.

Finally, ADT and Vivint both offer comparable hardware packages and professional installation and monitoring services. However, Vivint offers more features for your money. For instance, Vivint includes free cloud video storage with all of its monitoring plans, includes a 1TB DVR, and includes no-cost integrations with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

To take advantage of cloud video storage and Alexa and Google integration with ADT, you must purchase the more expensive monitoring plans. You can also opt for a month-to-month monitoring plan from Vivint. ADT requires a three-year contract for monitoring.