Alarm Grid Vs. AlarmForce

Though similar in name, Alarm Grid and AlarmForce offer distinct home security options that will appeal to different consumers. Alarm Grid requires an upfront equipment cost and allows users to then choose month-to-month or self-monitoring services. The company has DIY installation, home automation, and a mobile app available in all featured packages.

In contrast, AlarmForce offers more traditional combined packages but has limited equipment options. The company uses the industry standard 36-month monitoring contract option, requires professional installation, and only offers a mobile app with some packages.

AlarmForce is a Canadian company notably only available in five states — three in the South and two in the Midwest. If there is no installer in your area of the state, you will not be able to get the system. The company offers two-way voice with all packages, and separate medical alert systems.

Key Similarities:

  • One installation option
  • Available mobile app

Key Differences:

  • Only Alarm Grid has home automation capabilities.
  • AlarmForce offers professional installation. Alarm Grid has DIY.
  • Alarm Grid has month-to-month or self-monitoring options. AlarmForce offers a long-term monitoring contract.
  • Alarm Grid requires upfront equipment purchase.
  • AlarmForce has limited equipment options.
  • AlarmForce has reliability complaints and limited availability.
  • AlarmForce offers two-way voice with all packages.
  • AlarmForce offers separate medical alert system packages.

Winner And Loser Categories

Packages, Equipment And Pricing

Winner: Alarm Grid

Alarm Grid and AlarmForce offer distinct package options. AlarmForce offers the more traditional combination of equipment and monitoring service packages, while Alarm Grid has separate upfront equipments cost and month-to-month or self-monitoring options.

For Alarm Grid, which uses primarily excellent Honeywell products, there are 25 equipment packages ranging from under $200 to more than $600, with monitoring plans ranging from $10-$45 a month.

AlarmForce has no-frills, basic packages with proprietary equipment that 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 allow users to communicate in real time with the monitoring center. The equipment will not appeal to those looking for top-of-the-line technological innovations.

Contracts

Winner: Alarm Grid

Alarm Grid offers the more flexible contract offerings. Users can choose month-to-month or self-monitoring contract options.

AlarmForce offers the industry-standard 36-month monitoring contract.

Installation

Winner: Tie

Alarm Grid and AlarmForce each offer one type of installation. Your choice will depend on a preference for DIY or professional services.

Alarm Grid offers DIY installation. AlarmForce has professional installation with fees varying between packages. The most barebones package offering has free installation, but the installation fee for the most expensive package runs $179.

Home Automation

Winner: Alarm Grid

Only Alarm Grid has home automation options.

Mobile App

Winner: Alarm Grid

Alarm Grid offers self-monitoring options through mobile apps, which are included in featured packages.

AlarmForce has a mobile app that offers basic remote control of security systems and is only available with select package options.

Reliability

Winner: Alarm Grid

AlarmForce is reported to have notably poor battery life. Most sensor batteries on the market have about a 5-year lifespan, but AlarmForce users have noted the need for much more frequent battery replacement.

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
  • Users looking for DIY installation
  • Users prioritizing mobile management

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Who AlarmForce Is Better For:

  • Users seeking professional installation
  • Users interested in long-term monitoring contracts
  • Users not looking for home automation
  • Users fine with limited equipment options
  • Users willing to risk poor battery life
  • Users who live within available AlarmForce areas

Full AlarmForce review

Alarm Grid and AlarmForce offer security systems that will suit different safety needs. Those looking for DIY installation, flexible short-term monitoring options, home automation and extensive mobile management should opt for Alarm Grid. Users who will be satisfied with basic equipment and prioritize professional installation and long-term monitoring contracts will likely prefer AlarmForce, if they live within available areas.

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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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