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Vivint vs. Blue by ADT

What is the difference between Vivint and Blue by ADT?

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Written by Jessica Render
Vivint Smart Home and Blue by ADT

What is the difference between Vivint and Blue by ADT?

Vivint specializes in custom home security systems with professional installation, while Blue by ADT is ADT's DIY division. Both home security companies offer wireless technology. Vivint supports its systems with 24/7 professional monitoring, but Blue by ADT 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 logoblue by adt logo
Installation typeProfessionalDIY
Installation fee$49 to $199None
Upfront costVaries based on equipment$179.99 to $299.99+
Trial periodNone listed30 days of free monitoring
Contract termsTypical contract is 60 months; month-to-month available with upfront equipment purchaseNo-contract options
vivint home security logoProfessional$49 to $199Varies based on equipmentNone listedTypical contract is 60 months; month-to-month available with upfront equipment purchase
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$19.99 to $29.99+$19.99/month
Monitoring optionsProfessionalProfessional or self-monitored
Self-monitoringNot offeredFree
Upgraded self-monitoringNot offeredNot offered
24/7 professional monitoringStarting at $19.99$19.99/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
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 buttonVivint Emergency Pendant
Yard sign
vivint home security logoWirelessIndoor and outdoor camerasVivint Emergency Pendant
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
CO detector
vivint 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 rating4.64.4
Android rating4.44.2
Notification/alert optionsText and pushPush and email
Home automation capabilities
Voice integration
Amazon Alexa
Google Home
Other integrationsNestIFTTT
vivint home security logo4.64.4Text and pushNest
blue by adt logo4.44.2Push and emailIFTTT

Reputation on ConsumerAffairs

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Overall star rating4.84.5
Verified customer reviewsVivint reviewsBlue by ADT reviews
vivint home security logo4.8Vivint reviews
blue by adt logo4.5Blue by ADT 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

    Blue by ADT

    Blue by ADT offers DIY home security systems with the option of no-contract professional monitoring from security giant ADT. The Blue by ADT 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.

    Blue by ADT 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 $219.99 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 Starter Plus System costs $299.99. 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 Blue by ADT customers say

    Customers who left reviews on our site generally have positive things to say about Blue by ADT'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 Blue by ADT?

    The main difference between Blue by ADT and Vivint is DIY vs. professional installation. Blue by ADT 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 Blue by ADT offers a choice for self-monitoring — and the Blue by ADT 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.
    • Blue by ADT 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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