LifeShield Vs. Protect America

LifeShield and Protect America both offer customizable home security systems. LifeShield has unique fire safety features, more installation and contract options, and a well-regarded mobile app. Protect America offers DIY installation, a standard 36-month monitoring contract, and home automation options.

Note: It was recently announced that LifeShield is changing ownership. Therefore, details of its services could potentially soon change.

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Lifeshield
  • DIY installation
  • Professional monitoring optional
  • $295.12 for Security Advantage equipment 

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Protect America
  • DIY installation
  • Professional monitoring included for free
  • $358 for customized system

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Key Similarities:

  • DIY installation options
  • 36-month contract options

Key Differences:

  • LifeShield has unique fire safety features.
  • LifeShield offers additional options for professional installation or 60-month contracts.
  • Only Protect America has home automation capabilities.

Winner and Loser Categories

Packages, Equipment and Pricing

Winner: LifeShield

Both companies have comparable package offerings, but LifeShield takes the win for its unique fire safety features.

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

Protect America has customizable packages ranging from $20 to $47 with available high quality proprietary equipment add-ons, including specialty sensors such as glass break and (a limited selection of) cameras.

Contracts

Winner: LifeShield

Lifeshield offers 36- or 60-month monitoring contracts.

Protect America users must sign a 36-month contract.

Installation

Winner: LifeShield

LifeShield offers a flexible choice of DIY or professional installation. Professional services are offered at $99.

Protect America has DIY installation.

Home Automation

Winner: Protect America

Only Protect America offers home automation options.

Mobile App

Winner: LifeShield

LifeShield has a well-reviewed, advanced and user-friendly mobile app reported to be available with all major packages.

With Protect America, smartphone management is only available with an upgrade to cellular and broadband service. This increases monthly monitoring fees by $20 per month for the most basic plan and $12 a month for other plans.

Who LifeShield Is Better For:

  • Users desiring professional installation
  • Users seeking advanced fire safety features
  • Users looking for an advanced mobile app

Full LifeShield review

Who Protect America Is Better For:

  • Users seeking home automation
  • Users who don’t need a professional installation option
  • Users not looking for multiple contract options

Full Protect America review

Protect America and LifeShield both offer security systems with DIY installation potential and 36-month contract options. Those looking for an advanced mobile app, professional installation, or a 60-month contract should opt for LifeShield. Those looking for home automation capabilities should go with Protect America.

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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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