LifeShield Vs. ADT

LifeShield and ADT both offer wireless home security systems with comparable package options that will likely require add-ons. ADT is a leading, globally-recognized home security company. In comparison, LifeShield is a newer company that was bought in 2013 by DirecTV and just weeks ago changed hands to Hawk Capital Partners. Both companies use excellent equipment: LifeShield has reputable proprietary products, while ADT primarily uses Honeywell/Ademco or DTC technology.

Both companies offer solid, recommendable systems. Your choice will depend on what specific features you are looking for.

Because LifeShield just changed ownership, details of its services could potentially soon change.

Key Similarities

  • Wireless
  • No frills packages that likely require add-ons
  • Comparable package rates
  • Available smartphone app feature
  • Cancellation fees
  • Excellent equipment

Key Differences

  • ADT has a reputation as a global industry leader
  • LifeShield’s equipment is proprietary. ADT primarily uses Honeywell/Ademco or DTC technology
  • LifeShield gives the option of self-installation. ADT requires professional installation that can get expensive.
  • ADT offers more extensive equipment including smart appliances.
  • LifeShield’s smartphone control and fire-safety features come with packages. At ADT, these features are available but come at additional cost.
  • ADT has steeper cancellation fees

Winner And Loser Categories

Company Reputation

Winner: ADT

ADT is an award-winning industry leader and the biggest home security provider in the world. The company claims more than 6.4 million active customers and resolves over 19 million alarm signals each year. Choosing ADT means going with a company with one of the best reputations in the industry.

LifeShield is also positively-reviewed, but is a much newer company and in the process of changing hands.

Click here for full ADT review.


Winner: LifeShield

LifeShield gives you the option of self-installation or professional installation for a fee of $99. Customers say the system is easy to install, with minimal, straightforward steps.

ADT requires professional installation that can get expensive. Installation costs about $99 for the basic packages, but can exceed $1000 if cameras or other additional equipment is added.

Click here for full LifeShield review.

Home Automation

Winner: ADT

Only ADT offers mobile control of thermostats and other smart appliances.


Winner: Tie

Both LifeShield and ADT offer no-frills packages at comparable rates (approximately $30-50 a month depending on features) that come with basic equipment essentials and round-the-clock monitoring. Both require out-of-pocket additional costs for cameras, glass-break, and flood and freeze temperature sensors.

LifeShield‘s packages come with smartphone app control features and an advanced fire-safety sensor. With ADT, these features are available but come at higher cost.

However, ADT offers smarthome automation as a possible feature, while LifeShield does not.


Winner: LifeShield

LifeShield wins this category by only small measure. Both companies offer packages at similar rates with out-of-package additions likely required. However, installation fee hike-ups for out-of-package additions have the potential to jack up total costs at ADT.

Cancellation Fees

Winner: LifeShield

Both companies have sizable fees for users who cancel their contracts early. ADT’s are known to be particularly steep and can total up to 80% of the costs left on the contract.

Who LifeShield Is Better For

  • Users interested in self-installation
  • Users who want smartphone app and fire-safety features included in package rates
  • Users looking for essential equipment, but fine with foregoing frills like smart appliances
  • Users willing to take a chance on a changing company

LifeShield review

Who ADT Is Better For

  • Users interested in a big name industry leader
  • Users who want professional installation and a full-service, dependable experience
  • Users with flexible budgets
  • Users who want home automation
  • Users looking for the widest selection of equipment
  • Users who are unlikely to cancel their contract early

ADT review

Both Lifeshield and ADT offer systems with high quality equipment and similar package options. If you are looking for self-installation and uninterested in home automation, Lifeshield is likely a better choice. If you are looking for extensive equipment offerings, and a more full-service experience with professional installation, ADT is likely the way to go.

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner is an attorney and journalist with a passion for home tech and secure, efficient living. Since graduating from NYU Law, he has maintained a paradoxical existence of trying to live life adventurously while remaining staunchly risk-averse. He is torn by the dual desires of wanting to only be in Brooklyn writing about housing policy and smart home tech and aspiring to visit his friends scattered across the globe. Gabe believes that stable, safe communities are the cornerstone to a vibrant and healthy society, and it is this passion that brought him to contribute to Security Baron.

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