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.
- Flexible Contracts
- DIY installation
- Home automation options
- 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
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.
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.
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.
Both Alarm Grid and Livewatch offer DIY installation.
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
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)
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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