Update: ADT has purchased Lifeshield and it is now called Blue by ADT.
Both Alarm Grid and LifeShield offer excellent systems with well-regarded equipment. However, each company appeals to different home security needs.
Alarm Grid offers upfront equipment purchases with low-commitment month-to-month or self-monitoring options and DIY installation. Home automation capabilities are also available.
LifeShield offers more traditional combined equipment and monitoring packages and has options for DIY or professional installation. In contrast to Alarm Grid, users must commit to a long-term monitoring contract.
Note: It was recently announced that LifeShield is changing ownership. Therefore, details of its services could potentially soon change.
- Strong mobile capabilities
- DIY installation options
- Well-regarded equipment
- Only Alarm Grid has home automation capabilities.
- LifeShield offers professional installation.
- Alarm Grid has self-monitoring options.
- LifeShield provides long-term monitoring contracts. Alarm Grid is month-to-month.
- Alarm Grid requires upfront equipment purchase.
Winner and Loser Categories
Packages, Equipment and Pricing
Both Alarm Grid and LifeShield offer viable security options with high-quality equipment. However, the services offered will appeal to different consumers.
Alarm Grid, which uses Honeywell products, has separate upfront equipment costs and month-to-month or self-monitoring options. There are 25 equipment packages ranging from under $200 to more than $600, with monitoring plans ranging from $10-$45 a month.
LifeShield offers more traditional packages that range in monthly cost from $30-$50 and include both state-of-the-art equipment and monitoring. However, basic packages are reported to be notably scarce, so users will very likely also have significant additional monthly fees for equipment add-ons to complete a system. All packages come with one-of-a-kind fire safety features. The company uses extremely well-reviewed, top-of-the-line proprietary equipment.
Winner: Alarm Grid
Alarm Grid offers the more flexible contract offerings. Users can choose month-to-month or self-monitoring contract options.
Lifeshield offers the industry standard 36-month contract as well as a 60-month monitoring option.
LifeShield offers a flexible choice of DIY or professional installation. Professional services are offered at $99.
Alarm Grid offers DIY installation.
Winner: Alarm Grid
Only Alarm Grid has home automation options.
Both Alarm Grid and LifeShield have optimal mobile offerings.
Alarm Grid offers self-monitoring options through mobile apps included in featured packages.
LifeShield has a well-reviewed, advanced and user-friendly mobile app, also said to be available with all major packages.
Who Alarm Grid Is Better For:
- Users looking for month-to-month or self-monitoring options
- Users interested in home automation
- Users willing to purchase equipment upfront
Who LifeShield Is Better For:
- Users seeking professional installation
- Users interested in long-term monitoring contracts
- Users not looking for home automation
- Users who don’t mind additional out-of-pocket equipment costs
Both LifeShield and Alarm Grid will meet more than your basic home security needs. Those interested in a self-monitoring or month-to-month contract options and home automation should opt for Alarm Grid. Those looking for traditional combined equipment and monitoring packages, professional installation, and long-term monitoring contracts will likely be happier with LifeShield.
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