Blue by ADT is ADT’s new entry into the DIY home security space. Formerly known as Lifeshield and rebranded with exclusive new products, Blue by ADT has over 140 years of experience behind it and now stands out as a power player in the DIY space. Ring only recently entered the market, but it has quickly grown in popularity thanks to its simple and affordable offerings. To help you determine which system is best for you, we’ve analyzed a few key features and issued our verdict on who comes out on top.
Ring easily wins on price as one of the most affordable providers on the market. Ring’s most basic video doorbell costs $99.99, and professional monitoring is a mere $10/mo. At $199.99 each, Blue by ADT’s security cameras are on the more expensive side. However, its professional monitoring plan is only $19.99/mo. with no contract required.
Both providers offer straightforward monitoring plans with similar coverage, but Ring offers comparable service for less. Ring’s Protect Plus plan is $10/mo., or $100/yr. It activates video recording for all of your Ring devices and provides 24/7 professional monitoring. Ring also claims a 30-second average call response time, and Blue by ADT’s is still unknown. On the other hand, Blue by ADT is slightly more costly with professional monitoring costing $19.99/mo.
Tie: Blue by ADT & Ring
Both Blue by ADT’s and Ring’s professional monitoring plans come with a 30-day free trial. This trial period is fairly moderate, not as generous as some providers but still enough time to try out the system and make sure you are happy with it. So this round is a tie.
Blue by ADT’s cameras are meant for DIY installation, so it offers no professional installation services. The same is true for Ring. If you need guidance, a customer support line is available through Blue, and Ring has instructions and videos online. Ring does, however, offer custom installation through Amazon.
Warranties & Guarantees
Blue by ADT offers a one-year warranty for its cameras. You must pay a shipping fee for the return. Ring has the same policy in place for its equipment, but Lifetime Theft Protection is available for equipment if you submit your claim within 15 days of your product’s theft. A continuous extended warranty is given to Ring’s professional monitoring plan subscribers.
Blue by ADT’s cameras can be integrated with Amazon Alexa and IFTTT, and its cameras have facial recognition. Yet, the brand itself does not offer any home automation products. Ring is compatible with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. Its catalog includes smart lights and motion sensors controllable through your smartphone or voice commands. Ring’s smart home compatibility makes them the winner of this round.
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It is ADT’s 6-Month Money-Back Guarantee, generous Theft Protection Guarantee, and professional monitoring that makes it our pick for the overall winner. Both Bay Alarm and ADT offer clients with a comprehensive range of home security solutions and 24/7 professional monitoring services. But, Bay Alarm’s customer region, no guarantees and limited package information makes it hard for them to measure up to all that ADT offers.
Frequently Asked Questions about Blue by ADT and Ring
What kind of equipment packages do Blue by ADT and Ring offer?
Blue by ADT’s cameras are sold individually at $199.99, but it does offer an outdoor camera kit for $449.97. Ring offers many equipment bundles. Its smallest package is priced at $129.99. It includes a doorbell camera and a Chime extender.
What monitoring plans are available through Blue by ADT and Ring?
Blue by ADT has a plan for $19.99/mo. with no contract. Ring’s plan is priced at $10/mo. or $100/yr.
Do either Blue by ADT or Ring offer the ability to self-monitor your own security system, or is professional monitoring required?
Both Blue by ADT and Ring allow for self-monitoring. Professional monitoring is optional.
Are either Blue by ADT or Ring a good choice for renters?
Yes. Both brands offer easy DIY installation that is not very invasive. But keep in mind that some of the video doorbells require connecting to your home’s existing doorbell wiring.
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