Abode Home Security Review

Abode provides technology that helps keep people safe and can grow with them. Learn more about Abode’s solutions and how it stacks up against the competition with our Abode Home Security Review.
Updated Apr 28, 2021

An Overview of Abode Security

Founded by Christoper Carney and other entrepreneurs specializing in technology and security, Abode made its way into the home security space in 2014. One of Abode’s most unique features is the iota All-In-One Security system that combines motion detection, video surveillance, and two-way talk all into one device. You can add on devices to build your own Abode security package. Learn how Abode compares to competitors in key areas like price, stand-out features, equipment, installation, and trial period in our Abode Home Security Review.


10 out of 10


  • The least expensive home security package is the Smart Security Kit which retails for $229
  • Professional monitoring starts at $20/mo., which is inexpensive compared to other providers
  • No contract is required

Abode’s Smart Security Kit includes all the equipment you need for basic motion detection, but it also affords you the ability to create custom automations with smart devices through the Custom Engine (CUE) technology. With these features at this price, it’s definitely a nice home security option to look into.


If you’d like to have a professional monitor your home, you can get monitoring for as low as $20 per month (or $100 per year for the first year). With this monitoring plan, you’ll have access to features like cellular connectivity, home environmental monitoring, and  access to exclusive promotions. The price of monitoring with Abode is one of the most affordable you can find among other providers. And one of the best things about Abode is that you don’t have to sign a contract for service.

Standout Features

10 out of 10


  • Custom automations with Abode’s CUE technology
  • An all-in-one home security system
  • Ability to connect up to 160 devices to build out your very own smart home

Abode has a number of stand-out features that give the provider an edge. Abode’s CUE technology allows you to create custom automations, such as having your outdoor lights turn on whenever a sensor is triggered. Factor in the ability to connect up to 160 devices, you’ll be able to create a variety of custom automations for devices like smart lights, smart locks, a smart thermostat and more. Abode works with brands like Google Nest, Amazon’s Alexa, Philips HUE, Yale, Kwikset and more.


A more common, but equally important feature is the ability to manage your security system and smart devices from Abode’s mobile app. Compared to other providers, Abode’s connectivity is outstanding and definitely worth considering if you’re looking to enhance your home with smart technology.


9 out of 10


  • You’ll get the equipment needed for motion detection
  • You can add on smart home devices, security cameras, and home environmental monitoring devices

Like most providers, Abode provides the basic equipment you’ll need to detect motion in your home like a control hub and sensors. Abode even has an occupancy sensor that’s a best selling product. It can detect motion, lighting, and temperature in a room. If you want to be able to monitor your home with video, Abode has an indoor camera that takes pictures whenever your alarm is triggered. Lastly, to help protect your home against environmental dangers like fire or flooding, Abode offers a smoke sensor and water leak sensor.


In terms of comparison, Abode’s occupancy sensor and all-in-one security system stand out. Abode’s device lineup isn’t as robust as some providers as the company online offers an indoor camera, outdoor camera, and video doorbell.


8 out of 10


  • Both DIY and professional installation are available with Abode

One feature that you won’t always find with DIY home security providers is optional professional installation. Abode offers professional installation through Hello Tech, and you can opt-in while purchasing your equipment online. With a base installation price of $99 for a starter kit and $25 for up to five additional devices, this option is a perk for those who may not feel confident in properly setting up their own security system. There are about a handful of DIY providers who have this same feature. If however, you prefer to install your system on your own, you can always use Abode’s guidelines for assistance.

Trial Period

8 out of 10


  • Abode has a 30-Day Money-Back Guarantee
  • Abode has a lifetime warranty available when you purchase the Secure Monitoring Plan

If you’re not satisfied with your Abode security system and the provider’s service, you can return your devices within 30 days. One thing to remember is that you will be responsible for the cost of shipping. Abode has a process that you must follow in preparing for a return. You can visit Abode’s website to learn more about the return process. Compared to other providers, Abode’s trial period is common. In terms of a warranty, Abode provides a one-year limited warranty on their equipment.

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Jalesa Campbell

Jalesa is one of Safety.com's staff experts on home security, natural disasters, public safety, and family safety. She's been featured on Today.com and elsewhere.

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