First Alert Professional and Scout Alarm both offer viable home security options, though will likely appeal to different consumers. First Alert Pro has a wide selection of Honeywell equipment options, professional installation, and Z-Wave home automation options. Scout Alarm offers basic packages, DIY installation, and month-to-month monitoring contracts.

Key Similarities:

  • One type of installation
  • Mobile management options

Key Differences:

  • First Alert Pro has more diverse equipment options
  • First Alert Pro has professional installation
  • Only First Alert Pro has Z-Wave home automation options

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Packages, Equipment and Pricing

Winner: First Alert Pro

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

Scout Alarm doesn’t offer traditional packages. Users choose their own a la carte equipment combination, but there are limited choices. There are no available video components and only three sensor and detector options. Scout Alarm does not offer any specialty sensors, or have any compatible fire or smoke detectors. Monthly monitoring fees range from $9-$19.

Contracts

Winner: Scout Alarm

First Alert Professional contract lengths can vary but the average length is reported to be two years. Scout Alarm offer users flexible month-to-month or self-monitoring contract options.  If you do commit to a full year, a discounted price is available.

Mobile App

Winner: Tie

First Alert Professional users have the mobile app Honeywell Total Connect available as an option, but it is not included in the basic package. Scout Alarm offer self-monitoring options through mobile apps for a small fee.

Installation

Winner: Tie

First Alert Professional and Scout each offer one type of installation. Preference will depend on what service you’re seeking. First Alert Professional offers professional installation at approximately $289, though prices can vary. Scout Alarm offers DIY installation.

Home Automation

Winner: First Alert Pro

First Alert Pro has available Z-Wave home automation options. Scout Alarm is compatible with some Zigbee protocol options, so it does have some smart home automation potential — limited to specific brands.

Who First Alert Pro Might Be Better For:

  • Users seeking professional installation
  • Users interested in Z-Wave home automation
  • Users fine with varying specifics depending on dealer

Full First Alert Professional Review

Who Scout Alarm Might Be Better For:

  • Users interested in DIY installation
  • Users looking for a barebones system
  • Users not requiring Z-Wave home automation potential

Full Scout Alarm Review

First Alert Pro and Scout Alarm both have options to meet your home security needs. Those looking for professional installation and Z-Wave home automation will likely prefer First Alert Pro, while those looking for a DIY barebones system will likely be happier with Scout Alarm.

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