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Brinks vs. Blue by ADT

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Written by Jessica Render
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What is the difference between Brinks and Blue by ADT?

Both Brinks and Blue by ADT are backed by years of experience in the security industry. While Brinks offers customized home security systems with a choice of professional or DIY installation, Blue by ADT only offers DIY installation. Both companies offer 24/7 professional monitoring, but Blue by ADT also offers a self-monitoring option. Brinks provides a range of smart-home devices with automation, while Blue by ADT focuses on home security devices.

Installation and cost

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Installation typeDIY or professionalDIY
Installation fee$200 to $450None
Upfront cost$199 to $699$179.99 to $299.99+
Trial period30-day risk-free30 days of free monitoring
Contract terms36 monthsNo-contract options
brinks home security logoDIY or professional$200 to $450$199 to $69930-day risk-free36 months
blue by adt logoDIYNone$179.99 to $299.99+30 days of free monitoringNo-contract options

Monitoring plans and pricing

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Monitoring price range$39.99 to $49.99/month$19.99/month
Monitoring optionsProfessionalProfessional or self-monitored
Self-monitoringNot offeredFree
Upgraded self-monitoringNot offeredNot offered
24/7 professional monitoring$39.99/month$19.99/month
Upgraded professional monitoring$49.99/monthNot offered
brinks home security logo$39.99 to $49.99/monthProfessionalNot offeredNot offered$39.99/month$49.99/month
blue by adt logo$19.99/monthProfessional or self-monitoredFreeNot offered$19.99/monthNot offered

Security equipment

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Wired or wireless?WirelessBoth
Camera optionsIndoor and outdoor camerasIndoor and outdoor cameras
Video doorbell
Control panel
Motion sensor
Entry sensor
Glass break sensor
Keychain remote
Panic button
Yard sign
brinks home security logoWirelessIndoor and outdoor cameras
blue by adt logoWirelessIndoor and outdoor cameras

Smart-home features

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Smart locks
Smart lightsCompatible with Z-Wave devices
Smart thermostatCompatible with Z-Wave devices
Garage door controlCompatible with Z-Wave devices
Temperature sensor
Water sensor
Smoke detector
CO2 detector
brinks home security logo
blue by adt logoCompatible with Z-Wave devicesCompatible with Z-Wave devicesCompatible with Z-Wave devices


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Mobile app
Mobile app monitoring
iOS rating3.84.4
Android rating2.94.2
Notification/alert optionsPush and textPush and email
Home automation capabilities
Voice integration
Amazon Alexa
Google Home
Other integrationsApple TV integrationIFTTT
brinks home security logo3.82.9Push and textApple TV integration
blue by adt logo4.44.2Push and emailIFTTT

Reputation on ConsumerAffairs

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Overall star rating4.244.5
Verified customer reviewsBrinks reviewsBlue by ADT reviews
brinks home security logo4.24Brinks reviews
blue by adt logo4.5Blue by ADT reviews

All information accurate as of publishing date.

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    Brinks offers home security and smart-home automation systems. All systems include a risk-free 30-day trial and a two-year product warranty. You can select from several packages or customize a system, and you can install the system yourself or opt for professional installation. The company offers integrated smoke, CO2 and flood detectors. You can manage your security system, locks, cameras, lights and thermostat from the app, and the cameras have two-way voice capabilities.

    Brinks plans

    Brinks offers three plans to choose from. You can also add equipment to the plans to customize your security.

    • Smart Security Essential includes a touch-screen control panel, two wireless door sensors and a wireless motion sensor. The price is $199, and monitoring costs $39.99 per month.
    • Smart Security Complete adds video surveillance. Components include a control panel, doorbell camera, motion detector and two wireless door sensors. The equipment is $349, and monitoring runs $44.99 per month.
    • Smart Security Ultimate comes with a control panel, doorbell camera, three wireless door sensors, a motion sensor and an outdoor camera. The price is $699, and monitoring is $49.99 per month.

    What Brinks customers say

    Brinks customers leave mostly positive feedback on ConsumerAffairs. Many comment on smart, knowledgeable service team members who quickly answer questions and explain everything adequately. Those whose experience was less than satisfactory mention long hold times when calling and delays in resolving issues. Overall, it seems most customers are happy with the system.

    Our Service man Arrived on time. He Did the work requested in a timely manner. He made smart suggestions and was knowledgeable and helpful. He answered all my questions. I would not hesitate to recommend this business to my friends and neighbors.”

    Debora of Katy, TX

    Blue by ADT

    Blue by ADT is the DIY division of ADT. Home security systems from Blue by ADT are wireless, basic and easy to install. Components are compatible with smart-home devices through Google Nest Mini. Choose professional 24/7 monitoring with no contract or self-monitor your system through the app. You can also speak to visitors or housemates through the system’s cameras, which have two-way talk capability.

    Blue by ADT plans

    • Build Your Own starts with the base station and mobile app for $179.99. You can then add any additional equipment you’d like.
    • Starter System comes with a base station, two door/window sensors and the mobile app for $219.99.
    • Starter Plus System includes the base station, four door/window sensors, a motion sensor and the mobile app for $299.99.

    The Blue wireless outdoor camera, Blue indoor camera and Blue doorbell camera are $199.99 each. You can add an outdoor camera kit for $499.97.

    What Blue by ADT customers say

    Blue by ADT has largely positive feedback on ConsumerAffairs, with verified reviewers commenting on good prices, knowledgeable staff and quick response monitoring. Those who didn’t enjoy their experience with the company most frequently mention difficulties when trying to terminate their contract early.

    It is all very easy to use and it’s very convenient to be able to arm and disarm the system all from my phone. You can also watch your cameras from your phone. It was a very reasonable price and the installation was quick and easy. Overall I love our security system”

    Zac of Valparaiso, Indiana

    Bottom line: Brinks or Blue by ADT?

    Brinks offers either professionally installed or DIY home security systems, while Blue by ADT provides only a DIY option. Brinks has a wide selection of smart-home automation devices that integrate with home security, but Blue by ADT focuses on the basics of home security, such as sensors and cameras. Both companies provide 24/7 professional monitoring — but with Blue by ADT, you get an option to monitor your system yourself.

    • Brinks is best for those who need a complete home security and smart-home integration solution with professional installation and 24/7 monitoring.
    • Blue by ADT is best for those who prefer DIY and the freedom to choose professional monitoring with no contract or self-monitoring through the mobile app.
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