ADT vs. Protection 1

ADT and Protection 1 have an extensive market presence in the United States and Canada. They offer quality components manufactured by Honeywell, considered among the best available.  Each company works with local installers and sales personnel. The majority of their packages work on cellular networks.

Protection 1 vs ADT

We have done the research for you. Below we compare ADT vs Protection 1 monitoring contracts, cost differences, user ratings, warranties, and more to help you make an informed decision. Overall, we prefer Protection 1, but ADT may be better suited for particular households.

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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. 


  • Cellular transmission
  • A+ Better Business Bureau rating
  • Honeywell technology
  • Excellent customer service record
  • Two-way voice


  • ADT has a six-month refund on installation only. Protection 1 has no refund policy advertised
  • Protection 1 uses landline only for the least expensive package
  • Protection 1 offers Geo-fencing

Comparison Overview Chart of Basic Packages

 ADTProtection 1
Monthly Monitoring Fee$36.99$34.99
Equipment Costnonenone
Activation and/or Installation Fee$199.00$99.00
Contract Length3 years3 years
Money Back Guaranteenonenone
Equipment ManufacturerHoneywellHoneywell
Number of Door/Window Sensor33
Motion Sensor Included11

Comparison Overview Chart of Top Packages Offered

 ADTProtection 1
PackagePulse SelectVideo
Monthly Monitoring Fee$49.99$54.99
Equipment Costnonenone
Activation and/or Installation Fee*$199.00$99.00
Contract Length3 years3 years
Equipment ManufacturerHoneywellHoneywell
Two-Way VoiceYesYes
Smartphone and Remote Access ManagementYesYes
Z-Wave ControlYesYes
Video availableYesYes
Outsourced or Proprietary Monitoring Centersproprietaryoutsourced
Number of Door/Window Sensor34
Motion Sensor IncludedYesYes
Geo FencingNoYes
Indoor CameraNoYes
Touchscreen consoleYesYes
iTune App Rating2.5 stars2.5 stars
Android App Rating3.5 stars3.5 stars
Blackberry App Rating4 stars4 stars

*Fee can vary depending on local dealer and online specials or coupons

Comparison Overview
Protection 1 and ADT have excellent home security products and monitoring services. Each has compatibility with all Honeywell home security devices. The cost of individual Honeywell components is the same.

ADT and Protection 1 use independent dealers to install and service their systems. Contract lengths are also the same.

ADT and Protection 1 own and operate proprietary monitoring centers throughout North America. The centers have all appropriate licenses, training requirements and backup systems in the event of catastrophic failure.

The smartphone app ratings are identical for Android, iPhone, and Blackberry. Any Z-Wave product will work with either system.

Winner and Loser Categories

Company Reputation

Winner: Protection 1

ADT continues to suffer from a large number of complaints. The majority concern pushy salespersons, lack of transparency, and strict contract enforcement policies. They have an usually high number of BBB complaints though their satisfactory resolution rate is high.

Protection 1 has fewer complaints registered against the company not only at the BBB but also on user forums and home security sites.


Winner: Protection 1

ADT charges more for activation and installation than Protection 1. The monthly monitoring charges for ADT are higher except for the top packages. Protection 1 charges $10/month more for video monitoring.

When you include the amount of equipment provided under the package terms, Protection 1 comes out ahead.


Winner: Tie

The three-year contracts offered by both companies have almost identical terms and conditions.

Packages and Contents

Winner: Protection 1

Protection 1 offers more equipment than ADT does with all their packages except for the basic one. Each company offers the same sensors or detectors with their least expensive packages.

Protection 1 also offers an image capture motion sensor, whereas ADT provides a motion sensor without image capture.

Ease of Installation

Winner: Tie

Both companies receive high marks overall from consumers for their installation and service teams.

Equipment Quality and Technology

Winner: Tie

Honeywell has some of the best equipment in the home security market. The pricing for individual components a user might want to add to their system is approximately the same.


Winner: ADT

ADT advertises a six-month return policy, but only on installation. Protection 1 has no warranty advertised.

Get Best Offer
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. 


Winner: Tie

ADT and Protection 1 provide service free of charge if there is a problem with your system. Ratings for their services are universally high.

Comparison Summary

ADT and Protection 1 both offer quality products and service. Overall, Protection 1 comes out ahead, but only slightly so. It is worth noting the aggressive reputation of the ADT sales personnel hurt the company’s user reputation.  Learn more in our ADT review.

You get slightly more product and a few more bells and whistles in the higher-end initial package offering with Protection 1.  Learn more in our Protection 1 review.

Protection 1 is now owned by ADT. Check out our review of the ADT 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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