Update: ADT has purchased Lifeshield and it is now called Blue by ADT.
Fortress and LifeShield both offer home security systems that will meet your safety needs. LifeShield offers more traditional combined equipment and monitoring service and has both DIY and professional installation options. A well-regarded mobile app comes with all featured packages.
Fortress offers DIY equipment-only packages with no monitoring services available, and would therefore be ideal for those hoping to avoid any long-term contract commitments.
Neither Fortress nor LifeShield offers smart home capabilities.
- No home automation
- DIY installation option
- Only LifeShield has combined equipment and monitoring packages.
- Fortress has no monitoring services.
LifeShield has a top-of-the-line mobile app.
Only LifeShield has a professional installation option.
Winner and Loser Categories
Packages, Equipment and Pricing
LifeShield wins this category because offerings feature equipment and monitoring options.
LifeShield has more traditional packages that range in monthly cost from $30-$50 and include both state-of-the-art equipment and monitoring. However, basic packages are reported to be notably scarce, so users will very likely also have significant additional monthly fees for equipment add-ons to complete your system. All packages come with one-of-a-kind fire safety features. The company uses extremely well-reviewed, top-of-the-line proprietary equipment.
Fortress offers only equipment packages, with no monitoring options available. Packages are all pre-programmed, and range in cost from $99-$570, depending on customizations. Available equipment includes sensors, sirens, and an HD security camera. Fortress technology is reported to be inexpensive compared to the industry standard. Because only self-monitoring is available, Fortress systems rely on sirens, strobe lights, and autodial to alert users to issues. Alarm delays have been reported.
LifeShield offers a flexible choice of DIY or professional installation. Professional services are offered at $99.
Fortress offers only DIY installation of pre-programmed packages.
Neither Fortress nor LifeShield offers home automation options.
LifeShield has a well-reviewed, advanced and user-friendly mobile app reported to be available with all major packages.
Fortress offers a mobile app that is only available with specific package options.
LifeShield wins this category unless you are specifically seeking self-monitoring service.
Lifeshield offers the industry standard 36-month contract as well as a 60-month monitoring option.
Fortress notably offers no monitoring packages.
Who Fortress is Better For:
- Users who want to avoid any monitoring contracts
- Users not prioritizing mobile management
- Users who only want DIY installation options
Who LifeShield Is Better For:
- Users looking for an excellent mobile app
- Users seeking professional installation
- Users interested in monitoring contracts
- Users who don’t mind out-of-pocket additional equipment costs
Fortress and LifeShield both offer viable home security options. Those looking for professional and DIY installation options, excellent mobile management, and monitoring contracts will likely prefer LifeShield, though should note the likelihood of out-of-pocket costs to supplement package offerings. Those looking for DIY pre-programmed equipment with no commitment to monitoring services will likely be pleased with Fortress.
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