LifeShield Vs. Monitronics

Note: Monitronics is now Brinks Home Security. 

LifeShield and Monitronics both offer strong home security options.

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Brinks
  • DIY installation
  • Professional monitoring optional 
  • $500 for Brinks Home Complete with Video 

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

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LifeShield offers both professional and DIY installation and has 36- and 60-month monitoring contract options available. Monitronics offers professional installation, 36-month contract options and Z-Wave home automation capability, though some plan and service specifics have been reported to vary depending on local dealers.

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

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Lifeshield
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Lifeshield is a great choice if you want the option to self-monitor, monthly contracting, or DIY installation. 

Key Similarities:

 

  • Available 36-month contracts
  • Professional installation option
  • Smartphone management capabilities

 

Key Differences:

 

 

  • LifeShield has professional and DIY installation. Monitronics only uses professional services.
  • LifeShield has 36- and 60-month contracts, while Monitronics only offers a 36-month option.
  • Only Monitronics can connect with Z-Wave home automation products.

Winner and Loser Categories

Packages, Equipment and Pricing

Winner: LifeShield

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 very likely also have significant additional monthly fees for equipment add-ons to complete your system. The company uses extremely well-reviewed, top-of-the-line proprietary equipment.

Monitronics offers three packages advertised as ranging in cost from $35-$55 with activation fees ranging from $99-$149, plus equipment costs. Monitronics has a well-regarded centralized monitoring system, but uses local dealers for installation, leading to varying on-the-ground user experiences. Local dealers also have final control over activation costs and contract terms. This means specials and coupons can potentially lower a system’s cost. But overall, local variation makes Monitronics pricing unpredictable. Most equipment is Honeywell or GE. Medical alert packages are additionally available.

Contracts

Winner: LifeShield

Lifeshield offers the industry standard 36-month contract as well as a 60-month monitoring option. Monitronics offers a 36-month monitoring contract.

Mobile App

Winner: LifeShield

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

Monitronics also has remote smartphone control capabilities, but only text and email notifications and remote arm/disarm are free. Additional remote features are available at extra cost.

Installation

Winner: LifeShield

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

Monitronics only offers professional installation done by local dealers. The customer service experience varies by location and is therefore less reliable. Installation is free but users will likely pay significant activation fees.

Home Automation

Winner: Monitronics

Only Monitronics has available Z-Wave home automation options.

Who LifeShield is Better For:

  • Users looking for a DIY installation option
  • Users interested in a longterm 60-month contract
  • Users not requiring home automation

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Lifeshield
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Lifeshield

Lifeshield is a great choice if you want the option to self-monitor, monthly contracting, or DIY installation. 

Who Monitronics is Better For:

  • Users interested in home automation
  • Users who don’t mind local variance

Full Monitronics Review

Those looking to increase protection of their homes will find great options in both LifeShield and Monitronics systems. Those seeking DIY installation or a 60-month monitoring commitment will likely prefer LifeShield. Those prioritizing home automation and who are fine with a 36-month contract will likely be happy with Monitronics.

Monitronics is now owned by Brinks. Check out our review of the Brinks home security system.

Related: The Best Security Systems of 2019

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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