Alarm Grid Vs. Monitronics

Both Alarm Grid and Monitronics offer strong home security options that will likely appeal to different consumers.

Alarm Grid offers DIY installation and month-to-month contract or self-monitoring options. Monitronics requires professional installation and provides the industry-standard 36-month monitoring contracts. Both companies have available home automation options.

Key Similarities:

  • Strong package offerings
  • One installation option
  • Available home automation

Key Differences:

  • Monitronics has professional installation. Alarm Grid has DIY.
  • Alarm Grid has month-to-month monitoring options. Monitronics offers the industry-standard 36-month contract.
  • Monitronics has potential local variance in offerings.

Winner and Loser Categories

Packages, Equipment and Pricing

Winner: Tie

Monitronics offers three packages advertised as ranging in cost from $35-$55 with activation fees ranging from $99-$149. Monitronics has a well-regarded centralized monitoring system, but uses local dealers for installation, leading to varying on-the-ground user experiences. Local dealers also have final control over activation costs and contract terms. This means specials and coupons can potentially lower a system’s cost. But overall, local variation makes Monitronics pricing unpredictable. Most equipment is Honeywell or GE. Medical alert packages are additionally available.

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 over $600, with monitoring plans ranging from $10 to $45 a month.

Contracts

Winner: Alarm Grid

Alarm Grid offers users the more flexible option with a choice of month-to-month or self-monitoring contract options. Monitronics offers the industry-standard 36-month monitoring contract.

Mobile App

Winner: Alarm Grid

Alarm Grid offers self-monitoring options through a mobile app available for all featured packages.

Monitronics also has remote smartphone control capabilities, but only text and email notifications and remote arm/disarm are free. Additional remote features are available at an extra cost.

Installation

Winner: Tie

Monitronics and Alarm Grid each offer one type of installation. Preference will depend on what type of service you’re seeking.

Alarm Grid offers DIY installation. Monitronics offers only professional installation done by local dealers. The customer service experience varies by location and is therefore less reliable. Installation is free but users will likely pay significant activation fees.

Home Automation

Winner: Tie

Both Monitronics and Alarm Grid have available home automation options.

Who Alarm Grid is Better For: 

  • Users looking for low commitment contract options
  • Users seeking DIY installation
  • Users interested in self-monitoring

Full Alarm Grid Review

Who Monitronics is Better For: 

  • Users requiring professional installation
  • Users seeking a long-term monitoring contract
  • Users who don’t mind local variance

Full Monitronics Review

Both Alarm Grid and Monitronics provide strong options to meet your home security needs. Those looking for DIY installation and month-to-month or self-monitoring will likely prefer Alarm Grid. Those interested in professional installation and a 36-month contract will likely be happy with Monitronics.

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

Related: the Best Security Systems of 2019

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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