ADT Vs. LiveWatch

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.

ADT requires professional installation and a longer-term three-year monitoring contract, while LiveWatch is DIY and offers a shorter-term commitment option.

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We love ADT due to its great mobile app, free cloud storage for up to 30 days, two-way audio, and more. 

Key Similarities

  • Excellent equipment
  • Available home automation
  • Good company reputations

Key Differences

  • ADT has professional installation. LiveWatch is DIY.
  • ADT offers a 36-month contract. LiveWatch offers 1-year.

Winner and Loser Categories

Packages, Equipment and Pricing

Winner: Tie

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.

Mobile App

Winner: Tie

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.


Winner: LiveWatch

LiveWatch offers the more flexible option, a one-year contract with no cancellation penalties. ADT offers the industry-standard 36-month monitoring contract.


Winner: Tie

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.

Home Automation

Winner: Tie

Both ADT and LiveWatch have available home automation options.

Company Reputation

Winner: Tie

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

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ADT Security System

We love ADT due to its great mobile app, free cloud storage for up to 30 days, two-way audio, and more. 

Who LiveWatch is Better For:

  • Users looking for a DIY system
  • Users interested in a more flexible, shorter-term one-year contract

Full LiveWatch Review

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.

Related: The Best Security Systems of 2019

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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