Alarm Grid Vs. First Alert Professional

Alarm Grid and First Alert Professional both offer strong home security options with a good amount of overlap in features. Both companies have high-quality Honeywell equipment, mobile management options and Z-Wave home automation capabilities. Alarm Grid emphasizes the DIY spirit with user-installation and an emphasis on available self-monitoring options. First Alert Professional details can vary depending on local dealer.

Key Similarities: 

  • Honeywell equipment
  • Z-Wave home automation
  • Mobile management options

Key Differences:

  • Alarm Grid has DIY installation, First Alert Pro requires professional installation
  • Alarm Grid focuses on month-to-month monitoring contracts, while First Alert Pro contract lengths vary
  • Alarm Grid emphasizes self-monitoring options
  • First Alert Pro details vary by local dealer
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Packages, Equipment and Pricing 

Winner: Tie

Both Alarm Grid and First Alert Professional offer options featuring high quality Honeywell equipment.

Alarm Grid has separate upfront equipment costs and month-to-month monitoring options. There are 25 equipment packages ranging from under $200 to more than $600, with monitoring plans ranging from $10-$45 a month.

First Alert Professional sells systems through independent dealers, leading to varying local experiences. Though equipment prices can vary highly, First Alert Pro is owned by Honeywell and offers high quality technology. There is also a large selection of offerings and available customizations. Prices for monitoring contracts, installation and activation vary by dealer.


Winner: Alarm Grid

Alarm Grid offers users a flexible month-to-month contract option. First Alert Professional contract lengths can vary but the average length is reported to be two years.

Mobile App

Winner: Tie

Alarm Grid offers a mobile app for Silver, Gold and Platinum packages. Self-monitoring options allow for remote mobile arm/disarm. First Alert Professional users have the mobile app Honeywell Total Connect available as an option, but it is not included in the basic package.


Winner: Tie

Alarm Grid and First Alert Pro each offer one type of installation. Preference will depend on the type of service you’re seeking.

Alarm Grid offers DIY installation. First Alert Professional offers professional installation at approximately $289, though prices can vary.

Home Automation

Winner: Tie

Both First Alert Pro and Alarm Grid have available Z-Wave home automation options. 

Who Alarm Grid Might Be Better For: 

  • Users looking for DIY installation
  • Users prioritizing self-monitoring
  • Users interested in a month-to-month contract

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Who First Alert Pro is Better For: 

  • Users requiring professional installation
  • Users open to long-term monitoring contracts
  • Users fine with local variance

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Alarm Grid and First Alert Professional both offer great options for those looking for a system with high-quality Honeywell equipment. Those looking for DIY installation and self-monitoring will likely be happier with Alarm Grid, while those looking for professional installation will likely prefer First Alert Professional.

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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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