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.
- Honeywell equipment
- Z-Wave home automation
- Mobile management options
- 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
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.
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.
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.
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
Who First Alert Pro is Better For:
- Users requiring professional installation
- Users open to long-term monitoring contracts
- Users fine with local variance
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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