If you’re looking at Abode or ADT for home security and you need some help deciding which is better for your home, we’ve compiled a few facts you’ll want to consider. The providers are fairly different, with ADT leaning more toward professional installation and monitoring, and Abode being geared toward self-monitoring and do-it-yourself installation.
Differences: ADT vs. Abode
Frequently Asked Questions about ADT and Abode
ADT currently provides four packages you can choose from:
- Protection Plus – $599 for equipment
- Smart Protection – $599 for equipment
- Video Lite – $599 for equipment
- Complete – $599 for equipment
You’ll get the basics for intrusion detection with Protection Plus and access to home automation and video surveillance with the Complete package.
Abode currently provides two packages and the ability to customize your own:
- The Smart Security Kit – $229 for equipment
- The Iota All-In-One Security Kit – $299 for equipment
With both Abode start kits, you’ll get access to intrusion protection and smart home integrations. The Iota Kit adds in video surveillance.
ADT professional monitoring varies based on the equipment package you choose. Here’s a breakdown of the cost by package:
- Protection Plus – $45.99 per month
- Smart Protection – $49.99 per month
- Video Lite – $54.99 per month
- Complete – $57.99 per month
With Abode, self-monitoring costs $6 per month or $60 per year. Abode’s professional monitoring costs $20 per month or $100 for the first year and $200 for each consecutive year.
Abode’s best feature is its self-monitoring capability. ADT, on the other hand, is strictly a professional monitoring service.
Abode is the better choice for renters since they’ll be able to self-install their security system and self-monitor if they choose. This is more cost-effective than with ADT. Even if they’d want to opt into professional monitoring, their overall cost is still cheaper than with ADT.