AlarmForce Vs. Monitronics

AlarmForce and Monitronics both offer strong security offerings with some overlap in features. Both provide professional installation, a 36-month monitoring contract, available home automation options, and medical alert offerings.

AlarmForce is a Canadian company notably only available in five states, three in the South and two in the Midwest, so is only an option if you live in applicable areas. The company has also received complaints about battery life issues. Monitronics plans can vary depending on local dealers.

Key Similarities:

  • Professional Installation
  • 36-month monitoring contract
  • Available home automation capabilities
  • Available medical alert offerings

Key Differences:

  • AlarmForce has limited geographical availability.
  • AlarmForce has poor battery life complaints.
  • Monitronics has reported local variance in offerings.
  • AlarmForce uses proprietary equipment. Monitronics uses mainly GE or Honeywell.

Winner and Loser Categories

Packages, Equipment and Pricing

Winner: Monitronics

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 also available.

AlarmForce has basic packages with proprietary equipment. They range in cost from $25-$42 per month, and the company does not have extensive available add-ons. All packages do come with two-way voice, however, which allows users to communicate in real time with the monitoring center.

Contracts

Winner: Tie

Both AlarmForce and Monitronics offer the industry-standard 36-month monitoring contract.

Mobile App

Winner: Tie

Monitronics and AlarmForce both have some available mobile management options.

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

AlarmForce has mobile management available with certain select package and pricing options.

Installation

Winner: Tie

Both Monitronics and AlarmForce offer only professional installation.

AlarmForce has professional installation with fees varying between packages. The most barebones package offering has free installation, and the installation fee for the most expensive package is $179.

Monitronics offers 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 AlarmForce have available home automation options.

Reliability

Winner: Monitronics

AlarmForce is reported to have poor battery life. Most sensor batteries on the market have about a five-year lifespan, but AlarmForce users have noted the need for more frequent battery replacement.

Who Monitronics is Better For:

  • Users prioritizing equipment options
  • Users living outside AlarmForce-applicable areas
  • Users who don’t mind local variance in offerings

Full Monitronics Review

Who AlarmForce is Better For:

  • Users looking for a no-frills system
  • Users within applicable geographical areas
  • Users fine with potential battery life issues

Full AlarmForce Review

Users can find suitable security options with both Monitronics and AlarmForce. Those looking for a no-frills system with professional installation and a 36-month contract will likely be happy with AlarmForce, though should note potential battery issues. Those looking for similar features but with more name-brand equipment choices will likely prefer Monitronics, but should note potential local variance in offerings.

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.

Leave a Comment

Trending News

Follow Us

Reviews