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Vector Security vs. Blue by ADT

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by Jessica Render ConsumerAffairs Research Team
Vector Security and Blue by ADT

What is the difference between Vector Security and Blue by ADT?

Vector Security and Blue by ADT both offer a wide range of products and services for homeowners. Vector has a more limited availability area compared to ADT, which is one of the most well-known and most used security companies in America. However, Vector’s payment plans can be a big selling point for many individuals who can’t put down as much money upfront.

Installation and cost

vector security logoblue by adt logo
Installation typeProfessionalDIY
Installation feeIncludedNone
Upfront cost$0 to $149+$179.99 to $299.99+
Trial period1-year warranty on equipment30 days of free monitoring
Contract termsVariesNo-contract options
vector security logoProfessionalIncluded$0 to $149+1-year warranty on equipmentVaries
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$44.95 to $69.95$19.99/month
Monitoring optionsProfessionalProfessional or self-monitored
Self-monitoringNot offeredFree
Upgraded self-monitoringNot offeredNot offered
24/7 professional monitoringStarting at $44.95$19.99/month
Upgraded professional monitoring$69.95Not offered
vector security logo$44.95 to $69.95ProfessionalNot offeredNot offeredStarting at $44.95$69.95
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
Siren
Panic buttonMedical panic button
Yard sign
vector security logoWirelessIndoor and outdoor camerasMedical panic button
blue by adt logoBothIndoor and outdoor cameras

Smart-home features

vector security logoblue by adt logo
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
vector security logo
blue by adt logoCompatible with Z-Wave devicesCompatible with Z-Wave devicesCompatible with Z-Wave devices

Technology

vector security logoblue by adt logo
Mobile app
Mobile app monitoring
iOS rating4.74.4
Android rating3.94.2
Notification/alert optionsEmail, text and pushPush and email
Home automation capabilities
Voice integration
Amazon Alexa
Google Home
Other integrationsSmart plugsIFTTT
vector security logo4.73.9Email, text and pushSmart plugs
blue by adt logo4.44.2Push and emailIFTTT

Reputation on ConsumerAffairs

vector security logoblue by adt logo
Overall star rating4.64.5
Verified customer reviewsVector Security reviewsBlue by ADT reviews
vector security logo4.6Vector Security reviews
blue by adt logo4.5Blue by ADT reviews

All information accurate as of publishing date.

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    Vector Security

    Vector Security offers home security packages in the Eastern United States. Its packages are priced at a monthly rate, and monitoring and installation are wrapped into the cost. With Vector, you get access to more products per package than with some competitors, but its smart-home offerings are pretty limited.

    You have the option to choose between a few different types of contracts, including ones where you pay for your system upfront to reduce your overall monthly cost. This flexibility is a good additional benefit. All three packages include the company’s SecurityCare Plus warranty plan, which includes free inspections, battery replacements and move services.

    Vector Security packages

    • Essential Security: The Essential Security package comes with a wireless control panel, three door/window sensors and a motion detector. Customers also receive yard signs and window decals. This plan starts at $44.95 and does not require an upfront payment.
    • Home Automation: The Home Automation package includes the equipment from the Essential package plus a video camera and access to the mobile app for mobile monitoring. Customers must pay a $99 down payment with this option, and the monthly payment starts at $59.95.
    • Connected Home: The Connected Home package includes a control panel, three door/window sensors, a motion detector, a video camera, a smart thermostat, a door lock and mobile support. This package starts at $69.95 per month with a $149 upfront payment.

    What Vector Security customers say

    Vector Security reviews on ConsumerAffairs show mostly positive feedback from customers. Common themes in reviews include compliments to the service technicians and company representatives, and many people note the attention to detail shown by employees. Some reviewers mentioned issues with troubleshooting the system and canceling their contract.

    Vector Security has a great reputation. Our technician [Aaron] did the security system in both of our homes. He was very knowledgeable, friendly, and arrived on time. Explained everything to us in detail. We were very pleased with the quality of his work.”

    Catherine of Medford, NJ

    Blue by ADT

    When it comes to experience and expertise in the industry, it’s hard to beat the reputation of ADT. Blue by ADT offers DIY installation, and the company does not require you to sign a contract. You can build your own security system package or choose from one of its preset packages.

    Blue by ADT plans

    • Build Your Own: Starting at $179.99, the Build Your Own system offers the base station and the mobile app. From there, you can add your own equipment. This flexibility can be great for some customers. It’s $19 per month to add monitoring.
    • Starter System: For $219.99, you can get the Starter System, which includes the base station and two window/door sensors. This package also includes ADT stickers and yard signs. Monitoring is $19 per month.
    • Starter Plus System: The Starter Plus System is $299.99 and includes the base station, four window/door sensors, two motion sensors, four window stickers and a yard sign. Like the other packages, monitoring is $19 per month.

    What Blue by ADT customers say

    Blue by ADT customers leave mostly positive feedback on ConsumerAffairs, with happy customers commenting on a knowledgeable staff, competitive prices and quick notifications with the monitoring service. Some customers commented about being billed for early contract termination and said they didn’t find the DIY system user-friendly.

    [Technical] support staff [is] very knowledgeable. Great turnaround time with scheduling services and really good prices on security systems. I have had other systems but ADT is by far the best I had so far.”

    Paula of Phenix City, AL

    Bottom line: Vector Security or Blue by ADT?

    Blue by ADT doesn’t require contracts but doesn’t combine monitoring in the overall monthly cost. Vector Security has a limited range of smart-home automation capabilities but includes an above-average warranty with each package.

    • Vector Security is best for customers who aren’t able to put any money down at the beginning of their service.
    • Blue by ADT is best for someone who wants a DIY system with the flexibility of not signing a contract.
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    by Jessica Render ConsumerAffairs Research Team

    As a member of the ConsumerAffairs research team, Jessica Render is dedicated to providing well-researched, valuable content designed to help consumers make informed purchase decisions they can feel confident making. She holds a degree in journalism from Oral Roberts University.