Vivint vs. ADT Self Setup
What is the difference between Vivint and ADT Self Setup?
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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
|Installation type||Pro installation||DIY|
|Installation fee||$49 to $199||None|
|Upfront cost||Varies based on equipment||$179.99 to $579.99|
|Trial period||Not listed||30 days of free monitoring|
|Contract terms||Typical contract is 60 months; month-to-month available with upfront equipment purchase||No-contract options|
|Pro installation||$49 to $199||Varies based on equipment||Not listed||Typical contract is 60 months; month-to-month available with upfront equipment purchase|
|DIY||None||$179.99 to $579.99||30 days of free monitoring||No-contract options|
Monitoring plans and pricing
|Monitoring price range||$19.99 to $29.99+||$24.99 to $34.99 per month|
|Monitoring options||Professional||Professional or self-monitored|
|Upgraded self-monitoring||Not offered||Not offered|
|24/7 professional monitoring||Starting at $19.99||$24.99/month|
|Upgraded professional monitoring||Custom plans and packages available||Not offered|
|$19.99 to $29.99+||Professional||Not offered||Not offered||Starting at $19.99||Custom plans and packages available|
|$24.99 to $34.99 per month||Professional or self-monitored||Free||Not offered||$24.99/month||Not offered|
|Wired or wireless?||Wireless||Both|
|Camera options||Indoor and outdoor cameras||Indoor and outdoor cameras|
|Glass break sensor|
|Panic button||Vivint Emergency Pendant||—|
|Wireless||Indoor and outdoor cameras||Vivint Emergency Pendant|
|Both||Indoor and outdoor cameras||—||—|
|Smart thermostat||Compatible with Nest|
|Garage door control||—|
|—||—||Compatible with Nest||—|
|Mobile app monitoring|
|Notification/alert options||Text and push||Push notifications and email|
|Home automation capabilities|
|Other integrations||Google Home, Amazon Echo and Nest||IFTTT|
|4.6||4.4||Text and push||Google Home, Amazon Echo and Nest|
|4.4||4.2||Push notifications and email||—||IFTTT|
Reputation on ConsumerAffairs
|Overall star rating||4.7||3.3|
|Verified customer reviews||Vivint reviews||ADT Self Setup reviews|
|3.3||ADT Self Setup reviews|
All information accurate as of publishing date.
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.
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.
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.
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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