- Best for Flexible Monitoring
Blue by ADTOur rating9Starting at$19.99/mo
Our take on Blue by ADT:
Get trusted professional monitoring and an easy-to-install security system with Blue by ADT. Even better, your first month of monitoring is free. As a Blue by ADT customer, you have the option to choose a no-contract plan. By doing this, you can purchase the equipment and skip the professional monitoring. You can always go back and add professional monitoring to your system if you decide you need it later down the line.
★Recommended package: Blue Doorbell Camera System
- Smart home compatibility
- 7-Day Practice Period
- 24/7 professional monitoring available
- No contract option
- Free self-monitoring
- Limited Blue by ADT equipment
- Cloud storage costs extra
- No smart home add-ons
- Best for Self-Monitoring
Abode SecurityBBB ratingCStarting at$6/mo
Our take on Abode Home Security:
Abode lets you create your home security package based on your equipment and monitoring needs. Choose between DIY and professional monitoring for your DIY equipment to give you the best home security at an affordable price.
★Recommended package: The Iota All-In-One Security Kit
- Flexible monitoring plans
- Option for short-term professional monitoring
- Access to an all-in-one security system
- Professional monitoring only available in the highest tiered monitoring plan
- Cellular backup not available in the basic monitoring plan
- Understanding custom home automation features could be difficult for some
Compare Blue by ADT vs. Abode Home Security
Featuring the ability to hand-pick and self-install your equipment, as well as switch between self- and professional-monitoring as your requirements change, Blue by ADT and Abode offer an innovative new approach to home security. As the name implies, Blue by ADT is backed by ADT’s industry experience and reputation, whereas Abode is a relative newcomer that still comes in strong. They’re close competitors, but there’s a clear option for most consumers.
Winner: Blue by ADT
Ultimately, Blue by ADT edges out Abode in a few crucial ways. Namely, Blue by ADT’s prices remain far more budget-friendly than Abode’s, and the option to not pay any monthly fee if desired is also a winning feature. Abode also lacks a wide selection of security cameras, which may be a deal-breaker in and of itself. While Abode is on the right track in catering to people looking for nontraditional home security packages, Blue by ADT has it beat.
Blue by ADT
Monitoring starts at
Min. Contract Length
|No contract||No contract|
|30 days||30 days|
|DIY||DIY or Professional|
|1 year||1 year (lifetime with professional monitoring)|
Frequently Asked Questions About Blue by ADT and Abode
Blue by ADT offers a doorbell camera package, 11-piece package, and a 15-piece package. Choose the doorbell camera package if front-door surveillance is priority, the 15-piece package if you desire an indoor camera, or the 11-piece package if you want a package based on motion and window sensors. Abode offers the Smart Security Kit and the Iota Kit. The main difference is that the Iota kit includes a central hub with a built-in camera and built-in motion sensor, whereas the Smart Security Kit does not include a camera and has a separate sensor.
Blue by ADT offers free self-monitoring or professional monitoring for $19.99 per month. Abode’s self-monitoring plan costs $6 per month and its professional monitoring costs $19.80 per month.
Professional monitoring is not required by either Blue by ADT or Abode. Both providers are ideal for people who want to try self-monitoring but who also know they may want professional monitoring in the future.
Both Blue by ADT and Abode represent good home security choices for renters thanks to no monthly contracts and DIY wireless installation. If your home security needs change, it’s easy to add more equipment or switch to or from professional monitoring with either provider.