Head-to-Head Home Security Comparison
Last updated: August 6, 2018. You have knocked down the competition to red versus blue. Both are good companies with proven track records and shorter term agreements compared other 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 box opening shown – self install security
Protect America is easy peel and stick technology (DIY security) where the equipment gets shipped to you. It comes activated and installation is done typically under one hour. When installing it ourselves for this review, it wasn’t as big of an undertaking as we initially thought it would be.
With ADT users get it installed by a professional technician
Users looking into doing security cameras may want to use ADT so a professional can install it. By doing a self-install, users save $99+. 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.
Which sign will you be putting in front of the home today?
You will realize the two is price, convenience and add on’s such as home automation gadgets. ADT Pulse has 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||$0 Move With You Cost|
|Renters allowed||Renters, apartments etc. allowed|
|CO2, Fire, Police 24/7||CO2, Fire, Police & Medical 24/7|
|Best: Reputation and package for average person||Best: Starting & overall price|
Read ADT’s Review
Who has 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 runs promotions more frequently.
With both companies you will get a full starting package of window & door sensors, panel and motion detector as well as free smart device control.
Mobile & Smart Device Control Review
Protect America security system control via smartphone app
ADT Pulse app shown on iOS device
You can turn on and off either security system with any smart phone with either company. ADT has their own app named Pulse. This controls the system from any smart device. 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. They have integrated with Alexa and you can control your system using that device. Both give you notifications and you can see what’s going on at your home through cameras.
Protect America’s basic security system shown; updated in July of 2017. Alexa control now available
ADT basic security system shown; updated early 2017
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 (have now upgraded to touchscreen). There are additional touchscreen panels you can add for convenience throughout the residence.
Protect America’s equipment:
ADT’s security equipment:
OurFinal Verdict Between these Two Companies
The blue and white sign is known by millions and they have a history that is hard to beat. But if there was ever a true contender then Protect America is that company. A healthy history and A- BBB rating, they know what they are doing in this industry. 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.