Protect America VS ADT
A head to head comparison of these 2 very different companies
Last updated: February 1st, 2017. Congrats on making it this far! You have knocked down the competition to red versus blue. Both are good companies with proven track records and shorter term agreements compared to several new companies demanding 60 month contracts. You can easily move nationwide with either and they both give a generous starting package.
Why are they so different then? Primarily it comes down to installation. Protect America is easy peel and stick technology where the equipment gets shipped to you an activated and you take 30-60 minutes installing it. We have done this ourselves in testing and it wasn't as big of an undertaking as it may sound. You save yourself $99 on installation which is another perk. However, if you are the average person and don't want to screw anything up especially when it comes to a home security system then ADT is your choice with a professional tech installing it for you.
You will realize the difference between ADT and Protect America is price, convenience and add-ons such as smart thermostat and home automation. ADT Pulse has many more home energy saving options and equipment (read about it here). With that being said let's get into the details.
|$36.99-54.99 / Month
$99 Starting Costs
|$19.99-54.99 / Month
$0 Starting Costs
|Professionally Installed||Do-It-Yourself Installation|
|36 Month Agreement||36 Month Agreement|
|GE & Honeywell Equipment||GE Equipment|
|Pulse Home Automation||Alarm.com Automation|
|Security Cameras||Security Cameras|
|Founded in 1874||Founded in 1992|
|B+ BBB Rating||A- BBB Rating|
|$99 Move With You Cost(They install new system at new home)||$0 Move With You Cost(You remove and re-install it at new home)|
|Renters allowed||Renters, apartments etc. allowed|
|CO2, Fire, Police 24/7||CO2, Fire, Police & Medical 24/7|
|Best: Reputation and best package for basic people.||Best: Starting price and most equipment in starting package.|
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Who's got the Better Deal?
Assuming you choose the average package with either company then you will be paying around $45/month. You will get a few more security devices (window sensors, motion) with Protect America in any package. Protect America also runs more promotional offers such as 'free camera', holiday specials etc.
With both companies you will get a full starting package of window & door sensors, panel and motion detector as well as free mobile control.
Mobile, Add-ons etc
You can turn on and off either security system with any smart phone with either company. ADT has their own Pulse app to control the system from any smart phone. Protect America uses a 3rd party app called Alarm.com (dozens of companies do) and it works great but lacks the features that the Pulse app has.
Protect America currently does not offer smart thermostats and other energy saving devices that Pulse's system does. Other than that they stack up equally. Both give you notifications and you can see what's going on at your home through cameras.
My Security System is Better than Yours...
Use these pictures to decide for yourself whose equipment you would want in your house. They both use the same manufacturer for majority of equipment (GE) but overall ADT has newer gadgets whereas PA is still using the SimonXT panel that has been around for years, however you can add a secondary panel that is touchscreen.
Protect America's equipment:
Alarm Reviews Conclusion
The blue and white sign is known by millions and they have a history that is hard to beat. However, if you are going to choose a company to go with besides ADT then Protect America or Frontpoint is the best choice. Stay away from ma and pa shops as they often go out of business or sell out and your monthly monitoring costs increase. Let us know who you are going to choose or have any questions for our experts below.