Vivint vs. Xfinity

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Written by Amanda Futrell
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    Vivint Smart Home

    Compare Vivint and Xfinity

    Vivint and Xfinity offer very similar products and services. Both systems have great smart-home capabilities, month-to-month contracts, wireless technology and 30-day free trials. However, these two companies differ in pricing, monitoring options and, most notably, customer satisfaction. If you’re deciding between these two home security companies, it’s essential to know the differences.

    Installation and cost

    vivint home security logoxfinity logo
    Installation typeProfessionalProfessional
    Installation fee$49 to $199$100
    Upfront costVaries based on equipmentEquipment cost of $360 to $600+; financing available
    Trial periodNone listed30-day money-back guarantee
    Contract termsTypical contract is 60 months; month-to-month available with upfront equipment purchaseTwo years
    vivint home security logoProfessional$49 to $199Varies based on equipmentNone listedTypical contract is 60 months; month-to-month available with upfront equipment purchase
    xfinity logoProfessional$100Equipment cost of $360 to $600+; financing available30-day money-back guaranteeTwo years

    Monitoring plans and pricing

    vivint home security logoxfinity logo
    Monitoring price range$19.99 to $29.99+$30+
    Monitoring optionsProfessionalProfessional and self-monitored
    Self-monitoringNot offeredSelf protection feature available (live recorded video) for $10/month
    Upgraded self-monitoringNot offered
    24/7 professional monitoringStarting at $19.99$30+
    Upgraded professional monitoringCustom plans and packages available$40+
    vivint home security logo$19.99 to $29.99+ProfessionalNot offeredNot offeredStarting at $19.99Custom plans and packages available
    xfinity logo$30+Professional and self-monitoredSelf protection feature available (live recorded video) for $10/month$30+$40+

    Security equipment

    vivint home security logoxfinity logo
    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
    SirenNot specified
    Panic buttonVivint Emergency PendantVia touch-screen control panel
    Yard sign
    vivint home security logoWirelessIndoor and outdoor camerasVivint Emergency Pendant
    xfinity logoWirelessIndoor and outdoor camerasNot specifiedVia touch-screen control panel

    Smart-home features

    vivint home security logoxfinity logo
    Smart locksCompatible with August, Kwikset and Yale
    Smart lightsCompatible with GE (Jasco), Leviton, LIFX, Lutron Castéta, Phillips Hue, Sengled
    Smart thermostatCompatible with Carrier Cor, ecobee, Zen
    Garage door controlCompatible with Chamberlain LiftMaster
    Temperature sensor
    Water sensor
    Smoke detector
    CO detector
    vivint home security logo
    xfinity logoCompatible with August, Kwikset and YaleCompatible with GE (Jasco), Leviton, LIFX, Lutron Castéta, Phillips Hue, SengledCompatible with Carrier Cor, ecobee, ZenCompatible with Chamberlain LiftMaster

    Technology

    vivint home security logoxfinity logo
    Mobile app
    Mobile app monitoring
    iOS rating4.64.4
    Android rating4.44.5
    Notification/alert optionsText and pushText, email, push and TV
    Home automation capabilities
    Voice integration
    Amazon Alexa
    Google HomeNot specified
    Other integrationsNestNot specified
    vivint home security logo4.64.4Text and pushNest
    xfinity logo4.44.5Text, email, push and TVNot specifiedNot specified

    Reputation on ConsumerAffairs

    vivint home security logoxfinity logo
    Overall star rating4.73.8
    Verified customer reviewsVivint reviewsXfinity reviews
    vivint home security logo4.7Vivint reviews
    xfinity logo3.8Xfinity reviews

    All information accurate as of publishing date.

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      Vivint

      Vivint has no packages and completely a la carte pricing that lets customers build a fully customized home security system. The company also has contract-free options. All Vivint systems are professionally monitored, even with the most basic plan, and installation costs $99. There are currently no DIY monitoring or installation options available through Vivint.

      Vivint is very smart-home-friendly and has voice-command integrations with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, which lets you control your lights, locks, thermostat and garage door remotely. Vivint uses cellular technology, so there’s no need for Wi-Fi access. Vivint sets itself apart by offering medical monitoring with all plans, which makes it a good option for seniors or those with medical needs.

      Vivint plans

      There are three Vivint monitoring plans to choose from:

      • Smart Security Monitoring ($29.99/month): The Smart Security Monitoring Plan includes professional monitoring and installation. It also gives you mobile access, entry detection, smoke and carbon monoxide monitoring and medical pendant support.
      • Smart Home Monitoring ($39.99): The Smart Home Monitoring plan includes the same features as the Smart Security Monitoring Plan and lets you integrate smart-home features.
      • Smart Home Video Monitoring ($49.99): The Smart Home Video Monitoring Plan includes all the features of Smart Security Monitoring and adds video monitoring features.

      What Vivint customers say

      The Vivint Smart Home system consistently draws positive reviews from its customers. Many reviewers point out the company’s exceptional service and skilled technicians who perform fast, thorough work and field any questions from customers. There are some negative reviews that point to faulty installation or equipment that doesn’t work with existing systems. These customers were frustrated by the lack of communication in fixing these issues, but most reviewers are satisfied with the service and would recommend the company to others.

      The smart home system is great! The installation guys were clean and nice, explained [the] system to me and my wife! Easy to use! We love this system! We feel very confident about leaving our home and securing it with this system. Our other system didn’t have all these features! We really like the smart thermostat and the garage opener!”

      Kevin of Pittsburg, CA

      Xfinity

      Xfinity offers contract-free home security with DIY installation and monitoring options, but you’ll need professional installation if you want smoke detectors or motion, door and window sensors. Xfinity charges an installation fee, which varies based on your location. The company has only one voice integration, the Xfinity Voice Remote, but it has many other smart-home features — you can control your garage door, lights, door and locks remotely with the mobile app. All Xfinity systems have cellular backup in case of spotty or unstable Wi-Fi.

      Xfinity plans

      There are three Xfinity monitoring plans to choose from:

      • Self-Protection Plan ($10/month): The Self-Protection Plan is for those who want to do DIY monitoring. You’ll receive push notifications if the cameras detect motion. You can monitor your home with the Xfinity app or watch security footage on your TV by using the voice remote.
      • Home Security Plan ($30/month): The Home Security plan is for customers who want professional monitoring by trained agents. For $30 a month, professional agents will notify authorities if a security or smoke alarm goes off.
      • Home Security Plus Plan ($40/month): The Home Security Plus Plan includes all the same features of the Home Security Plan. You also get a week of cloud storage for videos and can search footage for specific pets, people or vehicles.

      What Xfinity customers say

      Xfinity customers who left reviews on our site have both good and bad things to say about the system. Some positive highlights include HD cameras and an easy-to-use app. A few reviews mention equipment issues or problems with customer service. As of publishing, the majority of Xfinity ratings on our site are negative.

      Overall, Xfinity Home service is good. Operation of the security service through the app is very convenient. Having the service as part of a bundle package can have a downside due to an outage from one of the other services. I have to contact the home service separate to reset the service. Updates to the service are done automatically which is good.”

      Jackie of Indian Head, MD

      Bottom line: Vivint or Xfinity?

      These two security systems are comparable in terms of specs and features. While significantly less expensive than Vivint, Xfinity has consistently poor customer service reviews that make the potential savings unappealing. One exception might be if you want DIY monitoring or are already an Xfinity customer — you might save some money by opting in to the Quad Play Bundle, which includes internet, phone, cable and home security.

      • Vivint is best for customers interested in high-quality professional monitoring or those looking for medical monitoring with their home security system.
      • Xfinity is best for existing Xfinity customers or those who want DIY monitoring.
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