Alarm Reviews | In-Depth Home Alarm Company Reviews
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We are a 3rd party service who researches, tests and reports on home security companies and products. We present our information to you and let you decide who the best company to use for your home protection is.
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Each home alarm company is put through our reviews standard and placed accordingly. We show you their: price, history, installation process, BBB rating, security equipment, home automation, mobile control and more.
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Home Security Companies:
Founded in 1874 it is the brand trusted by millions. If you are not comfortable with installing an alarm system yourself we recommend ADT. With great basic to full home automation packages, ADT will install it for you within 1-2 days. Mobile and tablet control comes standard and is easy to use. Cameras and other home automation equipment may be extra depending on promotions.
$0 Start Up Costs
No hidden fees and a solid 20+ year history, Protect America is the perfect choice. Free move with you service makes it a great choice for renters. Amazing customer support with 450,000+ customers. Smart Connect app for $12 extra to control the system right from your smart phone, tablet. You get the most starting equipment pieces per dollar with Protect America. They have a strong customer base as they have been around since 1992.
$49.99 per month
Protection One sneaks in a decent number of residential customers. They are a great all around company yet not predominately known like ADT. What are you going to like about them? Getting an average deal with a good company that puts a lot of time and money into their customer support. A+ BBB rating and answered calls by live reps within 10 seconds. As of 2014 they switched from standard GE panel to 2gig touchscreen and revamped their home automation as well so they are competitive to ADT Pulse or Vivint. There are some companies you can go wrong with, but Protection One is as far away from that list as they could be.
Founded in 1999 Vivint is the luxurious, show it off system. If you are wanting a basic security system go with someone else. If you want the latest and greatest Home Automation and energy savings choose Vivint.
$99+ Starting Costs
So you saw a commercial and it's got you intrigued. XFINITY® security has a shorter history than most companies and is not a stand alone company such as ADT. Their security system is getting better reviews on customer support than the cable and internet program and have equipment unique to only them.
$44-59 per month
$179+ Starting Costs
FrontPoint Security, still using a basic Simon XT Panel (it's not 1999 anymore!) and high costs makes you wonder why anyone chooses them. You have to put the system together yourself yet still pay $179+ for activation costs. You can go with any of our top companies and get more equipment and a professional installation for less money. Too many, they are the 'new cool company' located on the East coast but until they can prove a good track record and make sense of their high costs they are on the bottom of our totem pole.
$99+ Start Up Costs
LifeShield is an average company catering to renters and Home Owners alike. Founded in 2004, they created the first wireless security system. Their equipment is all proprietary, customer service average and below. Equipment is lower grade than GE / Honeywell and 2gig. They were recently acquired by DirecTV and we don't recommend you jumping on board until they have smoothed out the patches of the merge.
$39-79 per month
$149+ Starting Costs
Majority of people will not have the option to get AT&T Digital life as it is a new service only available in a few states. They added it to their resume in April 2013 and have average (good and bad) reviews so far. Their equipment is very basic, you can find much better basic alarm systems with Protect America for a better price. You have to bundle the service with cable and can cost up to eighty dollars a month. You may want to wait a few more years for them to get everything straightened out before you try them.
$34-54 per month
$99 Starting Costs
Monitronics lays low on the radar of home security companies yet they have a dominate presence. Their marketing is primarily done by Authorized dealers who typically sell under different names. Their equipment is top notch and they have re done their website and imaging to appeal to the younger crowd.
$34.99+ per month
$200+ Starting Costs
First off, if you don't have Time Warner security service or it isn't available in your area then skip this. For those customers already with Time Warner you will pay a higher starting costs for this add-on and not the best customer service. While nothing terribly bad stands out, there are much better deals, equipment and brands you can go with. Let your TV company be just that.