Monitronics VS ADT

Monitronics VS ADT

Security Showdown: Which Blue & White Company is the Best?

Last updated: August 2, 2018.  Seriously, you couldn't get logo colors to match any better than these two companies have.  Dark blue and white with bold font lettering.  But we are guessing you didn't come to this site to learn about the differences of their logos.  Even though ADT has been around decades longer than Monitronics, Monitronics carries an old vibe to the company.  Millennials and those under the age of 50 are going with companies like ADT or Frontpoint.  These are two MEGA home security companies, both with millions of customers throughout the United States and internationally.  So how do you go about slimming down the choice to choose one or the other?  We will break down the prices, history, and crown the victor in this comparison.

Comparing the Two... 

 ADT   Monitronics
$36+ / Month

$99 Starting Costs

$49+ / Month

$199+ Starting Costs

Professional InstallationProfessional Installation
Founded in 1874Founded in 1994
GE  & Honeywell Equipment

Advanced Home Automation

GE Equipment 

Basic Home Automation Available

Free Mobile Control on Smart Phones
Free Mobile Control on any Smart Phone
A- BBB RatingA BBB Rating
6.7 Million Customers1+ Million Customers
Headquartered in FloridaHeadquarters in Dallas, TX
Renters allowedRenters NOT allowed
National Dealer Program      Dealer Program (Security Networks)
Fire Monitoring IncludedFire Monitoring Equipment upsell
BEST of:  Overall CompanyBEST:  BBB rating

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Equipment comparison

Who has the Better Security Equipment?

ADT has its proprietary Pulse system which wins hands down.  They have their own app that controls the system, energy savings, smart thermostat and more.  Monitronics did upgrade their panel to a touchscreen 2gig technologies in 2015 and use the 3rd party app '' to control the system.

Both companies will give you the standard setup with door and window sensors, 1-2 Motion sensors, and a control panel that connects wireless to your phone.  Adding cameras and automation features will add $10-15 to your monthly bill or you may be able to buy the add-ons for a one-time fee.

Laptop and iPad running ADT Pulse app

(ADT Pulse App running on tech gadgets)

Monitronics security sensors

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Ring, Ring - Can anyone Help Me?

We have tested each companies customer support in the following ways:

  • Called for sales.
  • Called for technician help & reported a problem
  • Finally, called for emergency testing


ADT has more monitoring stations nationwide and doesn't outsource its call centers to another country.  Monitronics is more limited in their backup options and they don't have as many call centers.  During our tests, both companies answered the sales lines fastest (well Duh, who doesn't want more money!)  and ADT had the quickest alert response time in under 35 seconds.  Because both are large companies you do have to go through automated system before getting a real voice online.

And the Winner Is...

ADT!  Why?  Brand reputation is huge.  They treat you good and have stayed with the current trend of 'smart homes' and automation technology.  There are benefits to joining something that is already working for millions.  You get same or next day installation as well as equipment fixes, are able to move nationwide and when you do they install a new system in your house for free, and you get ADT guarantees so if a burglary does take place they act like an insurance company and will help recoup some of those costs.

Let us know your thoughts and any tips that may help others select which company to go with.

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4 User Reviews
  1. Daniel Vargas
    08/03/2017 at 23:02

    Good to know the differences, thanks!

  2. Precious
    11/19/2016 at 12:11

    8 million people can't be doing it wrongly. ADT makes a more convincing argument in this comparison. maybe I am being biased cause I use ADT.

  3. Theresa Hazeltine
    10/13/2016 at 10:44

    I am so happy with my ADT system. I absolutely feel more secure after having in Installed. Love most of the features. Highly recommended from me!

    • Naomi Perks
      11/06/2016 at 03:17

      Theresa, we both are in the same boat on this topic. I recently renewed my ADT contract for another three years. I strongly feel they are a better choice to most of the other security systems available.

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