Alarm Grid Vs. LiveWatch

Alarm Grid and Livewatch offer comparable home security systems to meet your safety needs. Both companies offer flexible contracts, DIY installation and home automation options. Alarm Grid offers month-to-month and self-monitoring contract options, while Livewatch offers a one-year contract with no cancellation penalties.

Internet-savvy users should note that Alarm Grid is reported to have a user-friendly website, while Livewatch is not.

Key Similarities:

  • Flexible Contracts
  • DIY installation
  • Home automation options

Key Differences:

  • Alarm Grid offers month-to-month contracts. Livewatch offers one year contracts.
  • Alarm Grid has a user-friendly website. Livewatch does not.

Winner and Loser Categories

Packages, Equipment and Pricing

Winner: Tie

Both Alarm Grid and Livewatch use well-rated equipment with slightly different package offerings.

Alarm Grid uses 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-$45 a month. Cameras and specialty sensor options are available.

LiveWatch mostly uses highly-rated GE equipment, and has two equipment package offerings. The packages are barebones, however, and add-ons can get costly. Users can purchase packages at both $99 and $149 when paired with applicable monitoring packages. Monitoring packages range from $20 to $50 per month. Video capabilities are only available with the most expensive package.

Contracts

Winner: Alarm Grid

Both Alarm Grid and LiveWatch have more flexible contract offerings than the industry standard 36-month agreement. 

Alarm Grid has month-to-month or self-monitoring contract options. LiveWatch offers a one year contract with no cancellation penalties.

Mobile App

Winner: Alarm Grid

Both LiveWatch and Alarm Grid offer mobile apps with most but not all package options.

As a company, Alarm Grid is reported to have a particular emphasis on mobile management. LiveWatch also offers two-way live voice assist with its Total Home and Total Home + Video packages.

Installation

Winner: Tie

Both Alarm Grid and Livewatch offer DIY installation.

Home Automation

Winner: Tie

Both Alarm Grid and Livewatch have available home automation options.

Who Alarm Grid is Better For:

  • Users looking for month-to-month or self-monitoring contract options
  • Users prioritizing easy website use

Full Alarm Grid Review

Who LiveWatch is Better For:

  • Users looking for a longer-term contract
  • Users looking for paired equipment and monitoring packages (Discount rate on monitoring with equipment package purchase)

Full LiveWatch Review

Alarm Grid and Livewatch both offer viable home security options with a lot of common features. Those interested in month-to-month or self-monitoring contract options and who prioritize the online website experience will likely prefer Alarm Grid, while those looking for a longer contract term will likely be happier with LiveWatch.

Livewatch is now owned by Brinks. Check out our review of the Brinks home security system.

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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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