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Frontpoint vs ADT

Frontpoint is a best all-around home security system. How does it compare to ADT? Read our comparison chart below.

Frontpoint has been a solid customer favorite due to its customer service. Plans start at $34.99/month for basic protection to $49.99/month for home automation services. All plans support 100% wireless and cellular monitoring with 24/7 monitoring (for burglary, fire, carbon monoxide, and water damage). This system is DIY so there is no installation fee.

Frontpoint offers either a 1-year or 3-year contract. If you only want to try it out for 1 year, you must pay an upfront equipment cost of either at least $99 for the lowest tier, or $199 for the highest two tiers. With a 3 year contract, you will get a $300 equipment credit. Frontpoint offers a 30-day money-back guarantee if you're not happy with the system.

While ADT is the oldest and most popular name in home security. Plans start at $28.99/month for the most basic protection to $58.99/month for video monitoring and home automation. Note that the base plan only comes with 24/7 burglary monitoring by landline. Cellular monitoring is available at an additional cost. Fire/smoke, carbon monoxide and flood monitoring equipment are also extra costs.

You only get the option of professional installation with ADT, which means that you'll usually have to pay for the labor that comes with that. There is a 3-year contract and a 6-month money-back guarantee, but only if there is an equipment or service problem that ADT can't solve.

Compare Frontpoint with ADT, side-by-side. Read on for an in-depth look, including ratings, reviews, pros and cons.

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Benefits and Features

Home SecurityPlans start from $34.99/month to $49.99/month. All plans offer 100% wireless and cellular system with 24/7 professional monitoring. $49.99 Ultimate Plan supports video streaming, automated door locks, and advanced thermostat control.Plans start from $28.99/month to $58.99/month. All plans include 24/7 monitoring for burglary.
$58.99 ADT Pulse Video Plan includes remote secure video and smartphone control.
Customer ServiceMonday to Friday from 8am to 11pm Eastern. Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 6pm Eastern. 24/7 Monitoring.24/7 customer support and monitoring.
Return Policy
30 Days
6 months money back guarantee if there is a problem ADT cannot resolve
Warranty
3 Years
After 90 days, there is a charge for servicing broken equipment. Or you can choose to pay a monthly fee for equipment warranty
EquipmentMinimum $99 for lowest tier/$199 for upper tier
Basic equipment included
Mobile App
Alarm.com mobile app
ADT Pulse app allows you to activate alarm, check sensors, watch live video feeds, control lights and appliances, adjust thermostats and view history of home activities. Available on App Store and Google Play.
Contract
1 year or 3 year contract
3 year contract
Installation
Do It Yourself
Professional installation available.
Yard Sign
ADT-branded yard sign
Home AutomationAutomate your lights, door locks, and thermostats using Z-Wave technology.ADT Pulse allows you to arm/disarm your house, control your lights and thermostats remotely.
Control PanelStandard control panel includes cellular technology. Optional touch screen control panel upgrade.ADT Pulse touchscreen control panel allows you to know alarm status, arm/disarm your alarm, control lights, check weather, and view live video from security cameras. Also allows you to quickly send an immediate alarm (medical, fire, or police).
Door LockSupports Z-Wave door locks.ADT Pulse door locks allow you to remotely lock/unlock your door from any internet-connected device.
Door SensorWireless door sensors. Recessed door sensors available. Garage door sensors available.Wired and wireless door sensors. Wireless door sensors can be installed yourself with no drilling or hardwiring necessary.
Glass Break Sensor
Detects if a pane of glass is shattered
Lowest Monthly Price
34.99
$28.99
Motion SensorPet-friendly wireless motion sensors.
Outdoor CameraWireless outdoor camera (requires power)
Security CameraIndoor and outdoor wireless camera options available (requires power)
ThermostatSupports many Z-Wave thermostats
Touch Screen
Water Flood Monitoring
Window SensorWireless window sensors.
Z-Wave
 

CreditDonkey® Reviews

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Pros & ConsPros:
  • Excellent customer service
  • Easy installation
Cons:
  • Plans start at $34.99/month
  • Equipment cost
Pros:
  • Brand recognition
  • Professional installation
Cons:
  • Long-term commitment
Bottom LineBest all-around home security system... Read full reviewGood home security system for long-term homeowners... Read full review
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Frontpoint: Pricing information including fees, features and contract length was obtained on January 13, 2016 from published websites and is believed to be accurate, but not guaranteed.

ADT: Pricing information including fees, features and contract length was obtained on January 8, 2016 from published websites and is believed to be accurate, but not guaranteed.

Which is Better: Frontpoint or ADT?

Still need help deciding which home security is better? Read the in-depth reviews below. You may also be interested in comparing Frontpoint or Protect America.

In short: Frontpoint's customer service is impressive. ADT's installation and yard sign are excellent.


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