Blue by ADT vs. Brinks

Blue by ADT vs. Brinks

Blue by ADT vs. Brinks

ADT acquired LifeShield and transformed it into Blue by ADT, which caters to consumers looking for custom home security solutions at a convenient price. On the other hand, Brinks offers a few equipment packages in a traditional contract format. Take a look at how these two companies stack up across six major categories.

Compare Blue by ADT vs. Brinks

Compare Blue by ADT vs. Brinks

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Price

Winner: Blue by ADT

Blue by ADT wins this category not only for having affordable equipment packages and professional monitoring but also for being completely transparent about its prices. The most expensive Blue package is the 15-piece home security system, which totals $295.12. Brinks’ comparable package — the Brinks Smart Security Complete — costs $799 and includes fewer sensors. If you want to keep costs ultra low, you can choose self-monitoring with Blue by ADT and avoid monthly fees. Blue by ADT’s professional monitoring costs $19.99/mo., whereas Brinks’ professional monitoring prices vary from $29 to $39/mo.

Professional Monitoring

Tie: Blue by ADT & Brinks

Both Brinks and Blue by ADT offer 24/7 professional monitoring that allows a trained response team to instantly evaluate any alarms that go off in your home and contact the appropriate authorities. Whether you’re home or not, these professional monitoring centers can dispatch responders to your home. Both of these providers are well established with years of experience: Brinks was established in 1859 and ADT — whose ADT monitoring centers cover Blue by ADT’s customers — was founded not long after in 1874.

Installation

Winner: Brinks

Both Blue by ADT and Brinks design their equipment for fuss-free installation. Brinks’ equipment is peel-and-stick, whereas Blue by ADT’s equipment can run on either battery power or plug directly into a standard outlet. Although both home security providers make equipment with DIY installation in mind, only Brinks goes above and beyond to actively connect consumers with a professional installer if desired.

Warranties & Guarantees

Winner: Brinks

Blue by ADT and Brinks offer similar warranties and guarantees. Brinks offers a two-year limited liability warranty on its equipment. You can also return Brinks’ equipment within the first 30 days for a refund and no termination fee. Blue by ADT offers a one-year limited liability warranty and a 30-day money-back guarantee. Thanks to a longer warranty, Brinks wins this category.

Contracts

Winner: Blue by ADT

No matter what you buy from Blue by ADT, you’ll always pay on a month-to-month basis. And that’s only if you decide to purchase a professional monitoring plan. Want to self-monitor? Then you can purchase equipment from Blue by ADT and have no monthly contract at all. You can also go month-to-month with Brinks if you choose the Nest Secure package, but this provides limited functionality (no security camera, for example). Other Brinks equipment and monitoring packages, including the Nest package with equipment financing, have 36-month contracts.

Mobile App

Tie: Blue by ADT & Brinks

Both Brinks and Blue by ADT offer a mobile app that allows customers to control and monitor their security systems while on the go. Blue by ADT’s app also features two-way talk capabilities and control your connected smart home devices. You can also disarm or arm your system and control your cameras. Brinks’ app also gives you the ability to create patterns for your connected smart lights and other equipment. Their app also includes energy management if you own a smart thermostat and remote video surveillance. Thanks to great functionality from both companies this round is a tie.

Summary: Blue by ADT vs. Brinks

The Winner: Blue by ADT

Blue by ADT represents a powerful but affordable and flexible home security option. In contrast, Brinks offers less customization in terms of contracts, equipment and monitoring while also costing substantially more money. Blue by ADT is an ideal choice for consumers looking to protect their home, whether they’re on a budget or not.
Monitoring starts at $29/mo.
Contract length 36 months
Extended no-risk return period 30 days
Installation DIY with professional option
Guarantees None
Warranty 2-year equipment warranty
BBB Score A+
Safety Score 7.4
Please note that BBB ratings, plans, pricing, and other details can change without our knowledge. Details accurate as of May 4, 2020.
Frequently Asked Questions about Blue by ADT and Brinks

Frequently Asked Questions about Blue by ADT and Brinks

What kind of equipment packages do Blue by ADT and Brinks offer?

Blue by ADT allows you to create customized packages or choose from an eight-piece doorbell camera package, an 11-piece package without a camera, or a 15-piece package with a camera. Brinks has four packages: Nest Secure (no camera), Brinks Smart Security Essential (no camera), Brinks Smart Security Complete, and Brinks Smart Security Ultimate (includes doorbell camera).

What kind of monitoring plans do Blue by ADT and Brinks offer?

Professional monitoring costs $19.99/mo. with Blue by ADT, whereas Brinks’ monthly professional monitoring plans range from $29 to $39/mo.  based on the equipment package you choose. 

Do either Blue by ADT or Brinks offer the ability to self-monitor your own security system, or is professional monitoring required?

Blue by ADT allows you to choose either self-monitoring or professional monitoring. With Brinks, professional monitoring is required.

Are either Blue by ADT or Brinks a good choice for renters?

Because both providers create easy-to-install equipment, they are both suitable for renters.


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