ADT Vs. Monitronics

Update: Monitronics is now Brinks Home Security. 

ADT and Monitronics offer security systems with an overlap in provided features. Both companies have professional installation, three-year monitoring contracts, and available home automation options.

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Brinks
  • DIY installation
  • Professional monitoring optional 
  • $500 for Brinks Home Complete with Video 

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ADT
  • DIY installation
  • Professional monitoring required
  • $773 for ADT Video Package

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ADT is a leading, globally-recognized company and the biggest home security provider in the world. Monitronics has highly-rated monitoring services, but reported variance in the customer experience and service terms that vary from dealer to dealer.

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ADT Security System
ADT Security System
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. 

Key Similarities:

  • Home automation options available 
  • 36-month monitoring contracts
  • Professional installation

Key Differences:

  • Monitronics options can vary depending on local dealers.
  • ADT is the biggest home security provider in the world.

Winner and Loser Categories

Packages, Equipment and Pricing

Winner: ADT

ADT packages primarily feature excellent Honeywell/Ademco or DTC technology, cost 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 equipment additional add-ons at significant out-of-pocket cost.

Monitronics offers three packages advertised as ranging in cost from $35-$55 with activation fees ranging from $99-$149, plus equipment costs. Monitronics has a well-regarded centralized monitoring system, but uses local dealers for installation, leading to varying on-the-ground user experiences. Local dealers also have final control over activation costs and contract terms. This means specials and coupons can potentially lower a system’s cost. Most equipment is Honeywell or GE. Medical alert packages are additionally available.

Contracts

Winner: Tie

Both ADT and Monitronics offer the industry-standard 36-month monitoring contract.

Mobile App

Winner: Tie

Both ADT and Monitronics have some smartphone management options.

ADT has mobile management available only with select more expensive package options. Monitronics has remote smartphone control capabilities, but only text and email notifications and remote arm/disarm are free. Additional remote features are available at extra cost.

Installation

Winner: Tie 

Both ADT and Monitronics require professional installation.

ADT can get costly: installation runs about $99 for the basic packages, but can exceed $1,000 if cameras or other additional equipment is added.

Monitronics offers professional installation done by local dealers. The customer service experience varies by location and is therefore less reliable. Installation is free but users will likely pay significant activation fees.

Home Automation

Winner: Tie

Both ADT and Monitronics have available home automation options.

Who ADT is Better For:

  • Users interested in the top name in the industry
  • Users fine with potential high installation costs

Full ADT Review

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ADT Security System
ADT Security System
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 Monitronics is Better For:

  • Users fine with local variation in customer experience and terms

Full Monitronics Review

ADT and Monitronics provide relatively similar home security offerings. Users looking for home automation, three-year contracts and professional installation could have interest in either company. Those looking to go with the top name in the industry should opt for ADT. For anyone who does not mind local variation in consumer experience — you might get a good deal and good service — Monitronics would also be a fine option.

Monitronics 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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