Blue by ADT and Frontpoint are nationwide home security providers that offer DIY equipment and contract-free monitoring. There are a lot of similarities between these two providers, but we’ve also outlined some of the key differences here.
Blue by ADT and Frontpoint both provide nationwide security camera surveillance monitoring. Blue by ADT sells all-in-one security cameras with facial recognition and multiple sensors for detecting everything from motion to carbon monoxide. Frontpoint sells alarm systems made to integrate with your smart home setup, and you can choose to have camera surveillance or a camera-free alarm system. We’ve stacked Blue by ADT and Frontpoint side-by-side across six categories to compare their pros and cons.
Unlike Frontpoint, Blue by ADT gives you the option to self-monitor for free. Its intelligent cameras send you intelligent alerts and include one day of video footage storage. With its contract-free 24/7 professional monitoring option for a flat rate of $19.99 per month and one month free, Blue by ADT is ideal if you need monitoring for just a portion of the year. Frontpoint’s monitoring service is also contract-free, but its rates start at $44.99 per month.
Winner: Blue by ADT
Frontpoint offers a doorbell camera, outdoor camera and two choices of indoor cameras. The premium HD indoor camera has two-way talk and digital zoom but lacks the high-tech features of Blue cameras, such as facial recognition and motion detection with customizable detection zones. Blue by ADT’s security cameras are at the heart of its DIY monitoring system, with HD night vision, fire and carbon monoxide sensors, two-way talk and push notifications that have video previews.
Smart Home Devices
Blue integrates with If This Then That (IFTTT) and Amazon Alexa, and it doesn’t sell any smart home devices such as smart lights or thermostats. Frontpoint wins this round because it sells smart devices, including a smart lock and light bulb, and integrates with third-party Z-wave devices. Frontpoint offers wireless light control devices that plug into outlets and act as adapters for any light or appliance in your home.
With so many smart device integrations both providers offer, each has an app for accessing everything in your home and customizing alerts. On the Blue by ADT app, you can arm and disarm your system and check your live camera feeds. Frontpoint gives you the same features and more on its touch screen control panel and mobile app. You can enable geo services to trigger automatic events for your system and smart devices when you leave or re-enter the radius around your home.
Warranty and Guarantees
Frontpoint gives you a three-year limited warranty on all equipment you buy, under which the company will repair or replace any parts of your system within that time. Blue by ADT only puts a one-year warranty on equipment, so Frontpoint wins this category.
Tie: Blue by ADT and Frontpoint
Both providers offer a free 30-day trial for professional monitoring. Equipment from either provider comes with a 30-day Money-Back Guarantee, so you can return your purchase within that window for any reason. Whether you go with Frontpoint or Blue, you have a month to test out both the equipment and monitoring service risk-free.
Overall Winner: Frontpoint
We like the idea that you don’t need to sign up for professional monitoring with Blue by ADT, but we’re disappointed this provider doesn’t offer a camera-free alarm system, a touch screen control hub or smart devices. Blue may appeal to a specific customer, but Frontpoint gives you all the coverage of a traditional alarm company, plus smart home automation features such as geo-fencing.
Frequently Asked Questions about Blue by ADT and Frontpoint
What kind of equipment packages do Blue by ADT and Frontpoint offer?
Blue by ADT’s camera packages range from $199.99 per camera up to $449.99. You can also build your own system to get the exact equipment you want. Frontpoint’s four equipment packages cost between $255.96 and $599.88, and you also get the option to build a custom system.
What kind of monitoring plans do Blue by ADT and Frontpoint offer?
Blue by ADT offers professional monitoring with home automation included, all for just $19.99 per month. Frontpoint has a $44.99-per-month plan for systems without cameras, and a $49.99-per-month option for video surveillance features.
Do either Blue by ADT or Frontpoint offer the ability to self-monitor your own security system, or is professional monitoring required?
Blue by ADT lets you self-monitor for free, but Frontpoint doesn’t have the option.
Are either Blue by ADT or Frontpoint a good choice for renters?
Both providers make wireless equipment designed for DIY installation that can be set up in under an hour. Given that neither ties you down with a contract, Blue and Frontpoint are both good for renters.
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