First Alert Professional Vs. LifeShield

Update: ADT has purchased Lifeshield and it is now called Blue by ADT. 

First Alert Professional and LifeShield both offer strong home security options. Both companies use excellent equipment and have available mobile management options. LifeShield has more flexible installation options, while only First Alert Pro offers Z-Wave home automation. First Alert Pro plans and pricing can vary among local dealers.

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Key Similarities:

  • Strong equipment and package options
  • Choice of professional installation
  • Available mobile management

Key Differences:

  • LifeShield offers professional and DIY installation
  • Only First Alert Pro has home automation options
  • First Alert Pro details vary among dealers


Packages, Equipment and Pricing

Winner: Tie

Both First Alert Pro and LifeShield offer strong package options. First Alert Pro users should note potential variance among details, while LifeShield users should note the likely necessity for add-ons.

First Alert Professional sells systems through independent dealers, leading to varying local experiences. Though equipment prices can vary, First Alert Pro is owned by Honeywell and offers high quality technology. There is also a large selection of offerings and available customizations. Prices for monitoring contracts, installation and activation also vary by dealer.

LifeShield offers packages that range in monthly cost from $30-$50 and include both state-of-the-art equipment and monitoring. However, basic packages are also reported to be notably scarce, so users will likely also have significant additional monthly fees for equipment add-ons to complete a system. All packages come with one-of-a-kind fire safety features. The company uses extremely well-reviewed, top-of-the-line proprietary equipment.


Winner: Tie

First Alert Professional contract lengths can vary but the average length is reported to be two years. LifeShield offers both the industry standard 3-year contract as well as a 5-year monitoring option.

Mobile App

Winner: LifeShield

First Alert and LifeShield both have strong mobile management options, but with slightly different relationships to provided packages.

First Alert Professional users have the mobile app Honeywell Total Connect available as an option, but it is not included in the basic package. LifeShield has a well-reviewed, advanced, and user-friendly mobile app reported to be available with all major packages.


Winner: LifeShield

First Alert Professional offers professional installation at approximately $289, though prices can vary. LifeShield offers a more flexible choice of DIY or professional installation. Professional services are offered at $99.

Home Automation

Winner: First Alert Pro

Only First Alert Pro has available Z-Wave home automation options.

Who First Alert Pro Might Be Better For: 

  • Users looking for Z-Wave home automation options
  • Users interested in Honeywell equipment
  • Users fine with variance among local dealers

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Who LifeShield Might Be Better For:

  • Users interested in DIY installation
  • Users hoping to keep professional installation costs low and dependable
  • Users looking for a mobile app included in all main package options

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Both First Alert Professional and LifeShield offer great home security options. Those looking for Z-Wave home automation and Honeywell equipment will likely prefer First Alert Pro, but should be prepared for variance depending on local dealers. Those who don’t need home automation and are looking for DIY installation or lower professional installation costs — and slightly more flexible mobile options — will likely prefer LifeShield.

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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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