What happens when the two largest home security companies collide?
We stacked up these two security giants dozens of ways for you to decide who the right company is for you and your home. Ultimately what you are deciding between is a: good vs rocky history, good vs luxury price and basic vs advanced. These are the two largest home security companies in North America with different sets of standards. It is the Vivint vs ADT security system.
Of all the home security providers in the US, the ADT Security System has set its standard as the oldest and most experience. In business for more than 150 years, they have a solid reputation and great customer service. However, even if Vivint was founded only in 1999. They also set their standards with their smart home integration and month-to-month contracts.
By the end of this comparison we want to know whose crime deterrent sign you will be putting out in your front yard… The orange circle or the blue octagon?
**Update to Vivint** They have now changed to a Leasing fee option for equipment as of Feb 13, 2017. This means there are no more ‘set plans’ and that users can choose to pay upfront for their security equipment (and avoid their long 5 year contracts for monitoring) or lease-to-own the cost of the equipment into the contract. With this update, it means anyone who qualifies (600+ credit score) can get setup with a ‘no money down’ home automation security system. This also means their promotion of $1500 Free equipment doesn’t exist as customers have to pay for the equipment.
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Vivint vs ADT Security System Comparison:
Here is a look at what you use to control their alarm systems.
Vivint’s smarthome control panel:
Vivint vs ADT Monitoring Stations
ADT dots the nation with 5 corporate calling stations and dozens of monitoring stations. Each one of these buildings are built to withstand tornadoes, earthquakes and other natural disasters. If one of their primary monitoring locations were to go down, the calls going to that station automatically re-route to another one so you have true 24/7 monitoring service.
Vivint on the other hand has one primary monitoring station in Provo, UT. Other recent locations include Seattle, WA. Many saw Vivint’s CEO Todd Pederson on the TV show ‘Undercover Boss’. He talked about opening a new monitoring location in the show as well as improving other aspects of the company. Vivint may hire other phone centers to do after hours support and take calls for their customers but nowhere near the amount of national stations or backup structure that ADT does.
Vivint vs ADT Trial Period
We frequently conduct free trials to determine a security system’s quality and level of service. The Adt provides an incredible 6-month money-back guarantee. However, the terms and conditions of the Residential Security plan are unclear, and there are no clear details regarding the limitations and particular parameters of the said trial. While on the other hand, Vivint provides their customers with a 3-day trial period, after which they have 30 days to return the equipment if they decide to terminate their contract.
Vivint vs ADT Installation
While both Vivint and ADT provide the ease of professional installation that ranges from $99-$150, ADT also offers a DIY installation option, making it easier for the client to determine which options are suitable for them.
Alarm Reviews verdict
If you want a better all-around service, price and reputation, then choose ADT. Your initial term is going to be shorter (36 vs 50 months) and easier to move if the need arises. If you want the best of the best of the best and don’t mind the higher prices with worse customer ratings then choose Vivint. Another reason to go with Vivint is if you have an existing ADT system and you want to upgrade.
Ultimately it is your choice, both are great companies and are industry leaders in the US. Let us know what you think below!
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William is a tech buff and former corporate security officer turned cybercrime analyst. Computers have few secrets left for him, but home security and alarm systems… Well, those have plenty of secrets for their users, which William is now uncovering and explaining. His articles on home security helped many people take the matter seriously, invest in highly performing systems, and avoid becoming victims of burglaries.