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Vivint vs. Guardian Protection

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by Jessica Render ConsumerAffairs Research Team
Vivint Smart Home and Guardian Protection

What is the difference between Vivint and Guardian Protection?

With professional installation and monitoring, both Vivint and Guardian Protection are non-DIY home security systems. Vivint and Guardian are some of the pricier options on the market, but both rank high in customer satisfaction. If you're trying to choose between these two systems, note that the factors that set them apart are medical monitoring, contract length and availability.

Installation and cost

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Installation typeProfessionalProfessional
Installation fee$49 to $199Included in all packages
Upfront costVaries based on equipmentVaries based on equipment
Trial periodNone listedNone listed
Contract termsTypical contract is 60 months; month-to-month available with upfront equipment purchaseTypically 60 months; month-to-month options available
vivint home security logoProfessional$49 to $199Varies based on equipmentNone listedTypical contract is 60 months; month-to-month available with upfront equipment purchase
guardian protection logoProfessionalIncluded in all packagesVaries based on equipmentNone listedTypically 60 months; month-to-month options available

Monitoring plans and pricing

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Monitoring price range$19.99 to $29.99+$45.99+
Monitoring optionsProfessionalProfessional
Self-monitoringNot offered
Upgraded self-monitoringNot offered
24/7 professional monitoringStarting at $19.99$45.99+
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
guardian protection logo$45.99+Professional$45.99+Not offered

Security equipment

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Wired or wireless?WirelessWireless
Camera optionsIndoor and outdoor camerasIndoor and outdoor cameras
Video doorbell
Control panel
Motion sensor
Entry sensor
Glass break sensor
Keychain remote
Siren
Panic buttonVivint Emergency PendantMedical panic button
Yard sign
vivint home security logoWirelessIndoor and outdoor camerasVivint Emergency Pendant
guardian protection logoWirelessIndoor and outdoor camerasMedical panic button

Smart-home features

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Smart locks
Smart lights
Smart thermostat
Garage door control
Temperature sensor
Water sensor
Smoke detector
CO detector
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guardian protection logo

Technology

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Mobile app
Mobile app monitoring
iOS rating4.64.7
Android rating4.43.5
Notification/alert optionsText and pushPush, email and text
Home automation capabilities
Voice integration
Amazon Alexa
Google Home
Other integrationsNest
vivint home security logo4.64.4Text and pushNest
guardian protection logo4.73.5Push, email, text

Reputation on ConsumerAffairs

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Overall star rating4.84.67
Verified customer reviewsVivint reviewsGuardian Protection reviews
vivint home security logo4.8Vivint reviews
guardian protection logo4.67Guardian Protection reviews

All information accurate as of publishing date.

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    Vivint

    Vivint’s home security systems have a wide range of smart-home capabilities. With Vivint’s wireless technology, customers monitor their home and control their HVAC systems, lights, locks and other appliances from a smartphone app. Vivint’s medical monitoring stands out — it’s a feature not offered by all competitors, but Vivint includes it in the company’s most basic plan.

    Vivint has five types of alarms with different responses: robbery, panic, medical, fire and duress. You can give authorized users, including dog walkers and babysitters, codes that deactivate your system in the event of a false alarm. If an alarm goes off and an authorization code is not entered, Vivint contacts emergency services for you.

    Vivint plans

    Vivint currently offers three plans, all of which include professional installation and monitoring.

    • Smart Security Monitoring: Starting at $29.99 a month, this plan includes the mobile app, entry sensors, fire detectors, carbon monoxide detectors, medical monitoring and access to the mobile app.
    • Smart Home Monitoring: Starting at $39.99 a month, this plan includes all of the features of Smart Security Monitoring but adds smart-home integration capabilities.
    • Smart Home Video Monitoring: Starting at $49.99 a month, this plan includes all the features of Smart Security Monitoring but adds video monitoring.

    What Vivint customers say

    Vivint earns many positive ratings on ConsumerAffairs for their Smart Home system — one customer notes that the service was “so much more than we expected!!” Some customers with less positive experiences noted that the equipment didn’t work as advertised or that they were charged more than they were originally quoted. However, most customers said the technicians were friendly and efficient and took the time to ensure all customers' questions were answered.

    The men installed everything and showed me how to use it. Didn't mind going over it twice so they knew I understood how it all worked. They didn't make me feel like they were in a hurry to get done. Very happy with it all.”

    Delola of Cabot, AR

    Guardian Protection

    Guardian Protection is a professionally installed and professionally monitored home security system. This system has packages that begin at $149, and monthly professional monitoring plans begin at $45.99 a month. Guardian Protection offers nine different highly specialized equipment packages, including one for those who want to use their security systems to monitor their pet’s activities and an environmentally friendly package that helps users conserve energy.

    Guardian uses only local technicians to service their systems, and all monitoring centers are U.S.-based. As a result, Guardian Protection is only available in select areas, including:

    • Austin, Texas
    • Baltimore, Maryland
    • Charlotte, North Carolina
    • Cincinnati
    • Cleveland
    • Columbus, Ohio
    • Indianapolis
    • Millsboro, Delaware
    • Orlando, Florida
    • Philadelphia
    • Pittsburgh
    • Raleigh, North Carolina
    • San Antonio
    • Tampa Bay area
    • Washington, D.C.
    • Youngstown, Ohio

    Guardian Protection offers nine plans that start at $45.99 a month:

    • Home Security Essentials includes 24/7 professional monitoring, mobile control, fire/intrusion protection and home automation.
    • Bachelor(ette) Pad includes 24/7 professional monitoring, fire protection, burglary protection and mobile controls.
    • Burglar Buster includes 24/7 professional monitoring, advanced encryption and video surveillance.
    • Family First includes 24/7 professional monitoring, door access alerts and keyless entry. It also takes photos of people who try to disarm your security system.
    • Frequent Flyer includes 24/7 professional monitoring, mobile controls, front door monitoring, burglary protection and fire protection.
    • Healthy (Green) Home includes 24/7 professional monitoring, energy efficiency features, smart temperature control and smart lights.
    • Pet Parent includes 24/7 professional monitoring, monitored smoke and CO detectors, video and photo capabilities and comfort control.
    • Protect My Parents includes 24/7 professional monitoring, life alert capabilities and easy controls.
    • The Works includes 24/7 professional monitoring, keyless entry and live video streaming.

    What Guardian Protection customers say

    Reviewers of the Guardian Protection security system report positive experiences with the company’s customer service department and say the company offers an overall good value for the services. In general, customers are happy with the product and enjoy features like remote entry and the user-friendly phone app. However, some customers felt the service and products were overpriced and that they weren’t able to get good customer service when they needed help.

    The installer of our Guardian did a very professional job. The reps over the phone have been professional too. Whenever I need them, I call them and I can reach them. If I have a problem or question, they answer it. The system is good for the price. We get that thing, where the garage doors open and I like that.”

    Regina of Detroit, MI

    Bottom line: Vivint or Guardian Protection?

    Neither Vivint nor Guardian Protection is cheap compared to most home security companies. For those customers who value the bottom line the most, Vivint is the less expensive option and includes medical pendant monitoring. Guardian Protection is only available in certain areas, but that might be a positive for those who are interested in supporting local businesses that employ local technicians.

    • Vivint is best for those who want medical protection and are most interested in the total cost.
    • Guardian Protect is best for those who are interested in a locally based security company that uses local service professionals.
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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.