Vivint vs. ADT Self Setup

What is the difference between Vivint and ADT Self Setup?

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    Vivint and ADT Self Setup (Formerly Named Blue by ADT)
    blue by adt security equipment

    What is the difference between Vivint and ADT Self Setup?

    Vivint specializes in custom home security systems with professional installation, while ADT Self Setup is ADT's DIY division. Both home security companies offer wireless technology. Vivint supports its systems with 24/7 professional monitoring, but ADT Self Setup customers can choose self-monitoring. When choosing between these two companies, it's essential to compare all the features to decide which is best for you.

    Installation and cost

    vivint home security logoadt self setup logo
    Installation typePro installationDIY
    Installation fee$49 to $199None
    Upfront costVaries based on equipment$179.99 to $579.99
    Trial periodNot listed30 days of free monitoring
    Contract termsTypical contract is 60 months; month-to-month available with upfront equipment purchaseNo-contract options
    vivint home security logoPro installation$49 to $199Varies based on equipmentNot listedTypical contract is 60 months; month-to-month available with upfront equipment purchase
    adt self setup logoDIYNone$179.99 to $579.9930 days of free monitoringNo-contract options

    Monitoring plans and pricing

    vivint home security logoadt self setup logo
    Monitoring price range$19.99 to $29.99+$24.99 to $34.99 per month
    Monitoring optionsProfessionalProfessional or self-monitored
    Self-monitoringNot offeredFree
    Upgraded self-monitoringNot offeredNot offered
    24/7 professional monitoringStarting at $19.99$24.99/month
    Upgraded professional monitoringCustom plans and packages availableNot offered
    vivint home security logo$19.99 to $29.99+ProfessionalNot offeredNot offeredStarting at $19.99Custom plans and packages available
    adt self setup logo$24.99 to $34.99 per monthProfessional or self-monitoredFreeNot offered$24.99/monthNot offered

    Security equipment

    vivint home security logoadt self setup logo
    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 buttonVivint Emergency Pendant
    Yard sign
    vivint home security logoWirelessIndoor and outdoor camerasVivint Emergency Pendant
    adt self setup logoBothIndoor and outdoor cameras

    Smart-home features

    vivint home security logoadt self setup logo
    Smart locks
    Smart lights
    Smart thermostatCompatible with Nest
    Garage door control
    Temperature sensor
    Water sensor
    Smoke detector
    CO detector
    vivint home security logo
    adt self setup logoCompatible with Nest


    vivint home security logoadt self setup logo
    Mobile app
    Mobile app monitoring
    iOS rating4.64.4
    Android rating4.44.2
    Notification/alert optionsText and pushPush notifications and email
    Home automation capabilities
    Voice integration
    Amazon Alexa
    Google Home
    Other integrationsGoogle Home, Amazon Echo and NestIFTTT
    vivint home security logo4.64.4Text and pushGoogle Home, Amazon Echo and Nest
    adt self setup logo4.44.2Push notifications and emailIFTTT

    Reputation on ConsumerAffairs

    vivint home security logoadt self setup logo
    Overall star rating4.73.3
    Verified customer reviewsVivint reviewsADT Self Setup reviews
    vivint home security logo4.7Vivint reviews
    adt self setup logo3.3ADT Self Setup reviews

    All information accurate as of publishing date.

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      Vivint offers custom-built home security systems and smart-home integration with professional installation and 24/7 monitoring. Every Vivint home security system features smart technology to intelligently identify and deter real threats. The system uses lights and sound to scare away would-be burglars. Control your system, along with lights, door locks and thermostats, from a single app or the hub. There’s also an option for no-interest financing.

      Vivint plans

      Every plan and system from Vivint is customized to your needs. Packages start as low as $1 per day, and you can add 24/7 video recording with 30 days of storage, all accessible from your phone.

      What Vivint customers say

      The smart security system by Vivint frequently receives 5-star reviews from ConsumerAffairs’ reviewers. Customers highlight their favorable experience with skilled and efficient technicians who take the time to thoroughly answer all questions about the system and equipment. Some customers experienced issues with equipment being installed incorrectly or not working as advertised, but the majority were happy with the product, stating the company exceeded their expectations.

      Very personal, friendly, highly recommended. Showed up on time. Surprised on how clean of a job was done. Talked over a plan and plan was followed. If changes had to be made he talked it over with me and came upon a agreement."

      Reyes of El Paso, TX

      ADT Self Setup

      ADT Self Setup offers DIY home security systems with the option of no-contract professional monitoring from security giant ADT. The ADT Self Setup app also lets you self-monitor your home security system and receive mobile notifications. Devices and apps are compatible with Google Assistant for smart-home integration.

      ADT Self Setup plans

      • The Build Your Own System starts at $179.99 for the home hub. You can add any devices you need and get one free month of professional monitoring.
      • The Starter System is $479.99 and comes with a base station, two door and window sensors, the mobile app, an ADT yard sign and ADT window stickers. It includes one month of free professional monitoring.
      • The Premium System costs $579.99. It comes with a base station, four door and window sensors, two motion sensors, the mobile app, a yard sign and four window stickers. One month of professional monitoring is included.

      What ADT Self Setup customers say

      Customers who left reviews on our site generally have positive things to say about ADT Self Setup's home security systems. Happy reviewers highlight the equipment options (particularly the cameras) and reliable monitoring service. Some said it’s a little on the pricey side, but that it’s worth it for the security.

      It is easy and very secure indeed. Haven't had any problems with this product at all. It is a great company. I have tried others but they don't stand up to ADT at all. So I am happy with this company."

      Vincent of Bloomington, TX

      Bottom line: Vivint or ADT Self Setup?

      The main difference between ADT Self Setup and Vivint is DIY vs. professional installation. ADT Self Setup is designed to be easy to install and requires DIY installation, while Vivint doesn’t offer a self-installation option. Vivint systems are professionally monitored, while ADT Self Setup offers a choice for self-monitoring — and the ADT Self Setup app still functions if you don’t choose professional monitoring.

      • Vivint is best for customers who want a custom smart-home and security solution with professional monitoring and installation.
      • ADT Self Setup is best for budget-conscious customers who prefer a no-frills, DIY home security system and the freedom to choose professional or DIY monitoring.
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