Alarm Grid Vs. Frontpoint

Alarm Grid and Frontpoint both offer wireless home security systems with a variety of packages, excellent equipment, well-supported DIY installation and home automation options.

The key difference between the companies is arguably their contract offerings. Frontpoint has longer-term monitoring contracts, while Alarm Grid has self-monitoring or month-to-month options. Frontpoint also has activation fees, while Alarm Grid does not.

Key Similarities:

  • Wireless
  • DIY installation
  • Home automation options

Key Differences:

  • Frontpoint offers 1- or 3-year monitoring contracts. Alarm Grid offers month-to-month or self-monitoring options.
  • Alarm Grid has no activation fees.
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We recommend Frontpoint due to its unmatched customer support, its user-friendly app, and its awesome camera with 1080p HD video display, two-way audio, and free local and cloud storage. I also love that 24/7 professional monitoring and cellular backup are built-in. 

Winner and Loser Categories

Packages, Equipment and Pricing

Winner: Alarm Grid

Both Alarm Grid and Frontpoint offer a variety of packages and available equipment offerings including cameras and glass break sensors. Alarm Grid wins the category for its self-monitoring options and lack of activation fees.

Alarm Grid uses high-quality Honeywell products, and 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 to $45 a month.

Frontpoint uses GE technology and offers 3 distinct, customizable packages with a combination of equipment fees ($99-$149), monthly fees ($35-$45), and additional activation fees.

Contracts

Winner: Alarm Grid

Alarm Grid offers more flexible options with month-to-month monitoring contracts and self-monitoring options.

Frontpoint offers one-year or three-year contract options. Choosing the one-year contract will increase upfront equipment costs.

Installation

Winner: Tie

Both Frontpoint and Alarm Grid offer DIY installation with reportedly excellent customer service support.

Home Automation

Winner: Tie

Both Frontpoint and Alarm Grid have available home automation options.

Mobile App

Winner: Alarm Grid

Alarm Grid offers its mobile app with all packages. The mobile app is a key component of Alarm Grid’s self-monitoring options.

The two more advanced Frontpoint plans allow for smartphone management.

Who Alarm Grid Is Better For:

  • Users wanting flexible contract options
  • Users interested in self-monitoring
  • Users prioritizing smartphone management

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Who Frontpoint Is Better For:

  • Users seeking a long-term monitoring contract
  • Users who don’t mind activation fees

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We recommend Frontpoint due to its unmatched customer support, its user-friendly app, and its awesome camera with 1080p HD video display, two-way audio, and free local and cloud storage. I also love that 24/7 professional monitoring and cellular backup are built-in. 

Alarm Grid and Frontpoint have many similarities. They are both wireless, offer a variety of packages, and have extensive high-quality equipment offerings. Both companies also offer home automation capabilities and DIY installation — with reports of great customer service support. Those looking for a flexible month-to-month contract or self-monitoring — or those who prioritize smartphone management — should opt for Alarm Grid. Those looking for long-term monitoring contract options should go with Frontpoint.

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