These two companies offer a tough choice for home-security shoppers. ADT’s impressive industry experience and purchase guarantees make them a great choice for many consumers. ADT offers multiple upgrades and service options at several price points based on equipment and package selection. Link Interactive appeals to DIY consumers by making home security customizable, affordable, and accessible. Pricing is competitive and intuitive with Link Interactive, and the equipment is high quality.
Link Interactive is our winner here, costing you only between $30.99/mo. and $44.99/mo. Additionally, its locked monitoring rate ensures that you never pay more than your original rate. ADT, on the other hand, starts at $45.99/mo. and goes up to $57.99/mo. for monitoring services. ADT’s equipment costs are usually $599, while the customizable equipment packages vary with Link Interactive.
Winner: Link Interactive
It’s a close one here, but we’re awarding this category to Link Interactive. Its equipment packages are customizable, which means you can choose exactly the type and quantity of products that best suit your home. ADT has high-quality equipment, but only the most expensive monitoring plan gives full access to all available features.
Winner: Link Interactive
Though both companies offer smart home connectivity with their security systems, Link Interactive offers it with its Gold Plan for $39.99/mo., while ADT offers it at the Smart Protection level for $49.99/mo. Both work with Z-Wave technology, Amazon Alexa, and Google Assistant. In both cases, smart products may incur extra equipment costs. Since Link Interactive’s home automation package is cheaper, they’re the winner of this round.
Warranty & Guarantees
We’re awarding this category to ADT, with its impressive $500 Theft Protection Guarantee that helps cover your insurance deductible if a break-in occurs if your system is armed. The company also offers an extended warranty option for your equipment. Link Interactive only offers a three-year equipment warranty.
When it comes to flexibility and simplicity, Link Interactive offers superior contracts. Choose between three tiers of monitoring for a one-year, two-year, or three-year contract. ADT lets you choose your contract length with a minimum 12-month contract. The contract length will determine how much you pay for your equipment each month. Since ADT offers more flexibility they win this round.
Tie: ADT & Link Interactive
ADT and Link Interactive installation policies appeal to different types of consumers. ADT provides professional installation for a typical fee of $99 but offers no DIY install options. Link Interactive charges no installation fee and offers only DIY installation, with specialists available via phone, email or chat. This category depends on your installation preference.
If you’re up for DIY installation, we’d recommend Link Interactive over ADT. They offer better value for a high-quality, professionally-monitored home security service. Customizable equipment packages allow you the freedom to build what you really want, and pricing is easy to find right on the Link Interactive website. Home automation with Link Interactive also comes at a very competitive price, with impressive products and services.
That said, ADT provides great service, with significant experience in the home security industry. ADT home automation products are comparable to Link Interactive, and the $500 Theft Protection Guarantee is a nice plus. ADT is a good choice for a slightly bigger budget and those who prefer professional installation.
Frequently Asked Questions about ADT and Link Interactive
What kind of equipment packages do Link Interactive and ADT offer?
Without upgrades, ADT offers a standard equipment package with a digital panel, motion detector, sensors, and window and yard signage. On the other hand, Link Interactive offers build-your-own equipment packages.
What kind of monitoring plans do Link Interactive and ADT offer?
Link Interactive offers three tiers of professional monitoring, including their Standard plan, Gold plan, and Elite plan with monitoring starting at $30.99/mo. ADT offers four packages including the Protection Plus, Smart Protection, Video Lite and the Complete package with monitoring starting at $45.99/mo.
Do either ADT or Link Interactive offer the ability to self-monitor your own security system, or is professional monitoring required?
Both companies require professional monitoring, though personal access to your video feed is available through some packages with both companies. With remote video control, you’ll be able to check in on your home using your mobile app. You’ll also get instant alerts when sensors are triggered.
Are either ADT or Link Interactive a good choice for renters?
Renters may prefer Link Interactive for its adjustable equipment packages, shorter contract options, and DIY installation.
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