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.
- DIY installation options
- 36-month contract options
- 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
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.
Lifeshield offers 36- or 60-month monitoring contracts.
Protect America users must sign a 36-month contract.
LifeShield offers a flexible choice of DIY or professional installation. Professional services are offered at $99.
Protect America has DIY installation.
Winner: Protect America
Only Protect America offers home automation options.
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
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
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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