Blue by ADT vs. Ring

Updated Oct 12, 2020
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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.

Compare Blue by ADT vs. Ring

  • Price

    Winner: Ring

    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.

  • Professional Monitoring

    Winner: Ring

    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.

  • Trial Period

    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.

  • Installation

    Winner: Ring

    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

    Winner: Ring

    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.

  • Home Automation

    Winner: Ring

    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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The Winner: Ring

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.

Ring Home Security

Monitoring starts at
$19.99/mo. $10.00/mo.
Contract length
No contractNo contract
Trial period/ refunds
30 days30 days
DIYDIY with professional option
Guarantees or Refunds
1 year1-year (lifetime with Plus monitoring)
BBB Score
Safety Score
Please note that BBB ratings, plans, pricing, and other details can change without our knowledge. Details accurate as of April 3, 2020.

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