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ADT vs SimpliSafe

ADT is a good home security system for long-term homeowners. How does it compare to SimpliSafe? Read our comparison chart below.

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.

While SimpliSafe does things a little differently by having no contract whatsoever. You can cancel anytime without penalty. It also has one of the lowest monthly fees, starting at just $14.99/month. Even the highest tier plan is just $24.99/month and offers access to the mobile app and customizable alerts. All plans support 100% all-inclusive cellular monitoring.

But the downside is that the system is very basic. There is no video monitoring feature and no home automation. You do have to pay an upfront equipment fee too, starting at $229.96 for the 5-piece starter set. Or you can custom build your own per your needs. There is a 60-day money-back guaranteed if you’re not satisfied with the system.

Compare ADT with SimpliSafe, 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 $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.
$14.99 Standard Alarm Monitoring
$24.99 Interactive Alarm Monitoring includes SMS/Email Alerts and Smartphone Control
Customer Service24/7 customer support and monitoring.9am to 6pm Eastern, 7 days a week. 24/7 Monitoring.
Return Policy6 months money back guarantee if there is a problem ADT cannot resolve
60 days
WarrantyAfter 90 days, there is a charge for servicing broken equipment. Or you can choose to pay a monthly fee for equipment warranty
3 years
Equipment
Basic equipment included
$229 for basic package, or build your own
Mobile AppADT 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.SimpliSafe Home Security app allows you to arm/disarm remotely and monitor sensor status. Requires Interactive monitoring subscription plan and SimpliSafe2 system.
Contract
3 year contract
No Contract
InstallationProfessional installation available.
Do It Yourself
Yard Sign
ADT-branded yard sign
Home AutomationADT Pulse allows you to arm/disarm your house, control your lights and thermostats remotely. 
Control PanelADT 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 LockADT Pulse door locks allow you to remotely lock/unlock your door from any internet-connected device.
Door SensorWired and wireless door sensors. Wireless door sensors can be installed yourself with no drilling or hardwiring necessary.
Glass Break SensorDetects if a pane of glass is shattered
Lowest Monthly Price
$28.99
$14.99
Motion Sensor
Outdoor Camera
 
Security Camera
Thermostat
 
Touch Screen
 
Water Flood Monitoring
Window Sensor
Z-Wave
 
 

CreditDonkey® Reviews

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Pros & ConsPros:
  • Brand recognition
  • Professional installation
Cons:
  • Long-term commitment
Pros:
  • No long-term commitment
  • Low monthly fee
  • Easy installation
Cons:
  • Limited technology
  • Equipment cost
Bottom LineGood home security system for long-term homeowners... Read full reviewGood basic home security for the money... Read full review
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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.

SimpliSafe: Pricing information including fees, features and contract length was obtained on August 4, 2016 from published websites and is believed to be accurate, but not guaranteed.

Which is Better: ADT or SimpliSafe?

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

In short: ADT's home security, equipment, packages, installation, and yard sign are notable. In particular, the home security, installation, and yard sign are excellent. SimpliSafe's customer service and cancellation are noteworthy. In particular, the cancellation is impressive.


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