ADT and LiveWatch both offer comprehensive security systems to meet your safety needs. Both companies have excellent reputations, provide highly-rated brand-name equipment, and have home automation capabilities.
- Excellent equipment
- Available home automation
- Good company reputations
- ADT has professional installation. LiveWatch is DIY.
- ADT offers a 36-month contract. LiveWatch offers 1-year.
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Packages, Equipment and Pricing
Both ADT and LiveWatch offer packages with excellent equipment but that likely require customizations.
ADT packages feature primarily excellent Honeywell/Ademco or DTC technology, run approximately $30-50 a month depending on features, and come with round-the-clock monitoring. But, users should note the packages themselves are barebones and will more than likely require additional add-on equipment at a significant out-of-pocket cost.
LiveWatch mostly uses highly rated GE equipment, and has two equipment package offerings. Like ADT, LiveWatch options are barebones, and add-ons can also get costly. Users can purchase packages at $99 or $149 when paired with an applicable monitoring packages. Monitoring packages range from $20-$50 per month. Video capabilities are only available with the most expensive package.
Both LiveWatch and ADT have mobile management available, as well as more expensive package options. LiveWatch also offers two-way live voice assist with its Total Home and Total Home + Video packages.
LiveWatch offers the more flexible option, a one-year contract with no cancellation penalties. ADT offers the industry-standard 36-month monitoring contract.
ADT and LiveWatch each offer only one installation method. ADT has professional installation that can get costly. Installation runs about $99 for the basic packages, but can exceed $1,000 if cameras or other additional equipment is added. LiveWatch only offers DIY installation.
Both ADT and LiveWatch have available home automation options.
ADT is a leading, globally-recognized company and the biggest home security provider in the world. While LiveWatch, rebranded from SafeMart in 2013, does not loom as large a tycoon in the industry, it has an excellent reputation. The company has high customer-service ratings and few customer complaints.
Who ADT is Better For:
- Users seeking professional installation
- Users interested in a long-term monitoring contract
- Users seeking the the biggest home security provider in the world
Who LiveWatch is Better For:
- Users looking for a DIY system
- Users interested in a more flexible, shorter-term one-year contract
Both ADT and LiveWatch have offerings to meet your home security needs. Those looking for professional installation and a long-term monitoring contract should opt for ADT. Those interested in a DIY experience and a shorter commitment will likely prefer LiveWatch.
Livewatch is now owned by Brinks. Check out our review of the Brinks home security system.