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Arlo vs. Lorex

Trying to decide between Arlo and Lorex? We help you out by taking a closer look at a number of key features like price, camera options, features, and more to help you make the best decision.

You can also use our recommendation tool to find out the system that better fits your needs.
Updated Mar 11, 2021
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Jalesa Campbell | Safety and Security Reporter
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Arlo & Lorex Overview

Both Arlo and Lorex are companies that provide DIY home security solutions for customers. Whether you’re looking for a simple security camera, one with deterrence features, or a full system, both providers can help. As a few differentiating aspects to be aware of, Arlo is more family-centric with products geared towards securing homes, while Lorex straddles the fence with options for homes and businesses with a technical slant. Check out our head-to-head comparison below as we go through some of their key features.

Compare Arlo vs. Lorex

  • Price

    Winner: Arlo

    Arlo camera systems are less expensive than Lorex’s camera systems. You get an Arlo camera system for around $120 whereas an inexpensive Lorex camera system may cost you around $170. If you’re on a budget, we’d recommend Arlo as you’ll still be able to get video clips and mobile alerts.

  • Camera Options

    Winner: Lorex

    Lorex takes the crown for camera options. There are almost endless camera system options ranging from 1080p systems up to 4K camera systems. If you don’t want a full system with a DVR or NVR, you can just purchase a standalone camera. Arlo has a much more limited selection of cameras, currently with 10 options on its website.

  • Durability & Security

    Winner: Lorex

    Installing a Lorex camera system may take longer than an Arlo camera system, but the hassle is worth it. Several of Arlo’s cameras, including the Arlo Pro, Pro 2, and Pro 3, can be magnetically mounted, making them easier to steal, while most Lorex cameras are securely mounted. You can purchase bolt and chain mounts for Arlo cameras, but we recommend avoiding the extra purchase and choosing Lorex for their durability and security.

  • Business Options

    Winner: Lorex

    Have a business you need to secure? Go with Lorex as you can choose between DVR and NVR systems if you prefer. If you have a large, multi-floor facility, you can find Lorex systems with as many as 32 cameras and optical zoom. Arlo’s camera systems are more suitable for homeowners and renters, but if you need multiple cameras, Arlo still has you covered.

  • Resolution

    Tie: Arlo and Lorex

    With both Arlo and Lorex, you’ll find cameras with HD video. If you want clearer, sharper video, you can even access 2K and 4K video recording. Arlo will require you to pay a monthly fee for 2K or 4K video recording, while Lorex makes camera systems that already have either resolution capability built-in.

  • Advanced Technology

    Tie: Arlo and Lorex

    If you’re looking for features like intelligent motion alerts and deterrence features, both Arlo and Lorex pack in advanced technology with their products. You can set up custom motion zones and get notifications for specific activity, like if a person or vehicle is detected. Additionally, you can let lurkers know they’ve been spotted by sounding a siren. These features may vary by product and require a camera subscription for access.

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Winner: Lorex

While Arlo camera systems are more affordable, we recommend Lorex for their equipment design and advanced camera options. Lorex cameras tend to be more expensive and may take longer to install, but having a camera that can be secured in place is more reassuring and less risky than having one that could easily be stolen. That is one equipment design flaw we can’t ignore with Arlo. For this comparison, we think Lorex camera systems are the better buy.
Winner

Arlo Security Cameras


Pro. monitoring starts at
N/AN/A
Equipment starting price
$117**$439.99**
Minimum contract length
NoneNone
Installation
DIYDIY
Guarantees
None15-Day Price Match Guarantee
Warranty
1 year1 year, can vary
Trial period
60 days60 days
*Please note that BBB ratings, plans, pricing, and other details can change without our knowledge.
**You may find a product for a lower price than what we’ve quoted above.

Frequently Asked Questions about Arlo and Lorex


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Safety and Security Reporter

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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