Blue by ADT gives consumers a simple and affordable DIY security package with the high-quality equipment that ADT is known for. With smart device compatibility, no long-term contracts and self-monitoring, Blue by ADT meets the growing demand for completely accessible home security. On the other hand, Vivint appreciates that many consumers want to completely customize their home security packages. Professional installation and monitoring services also give Vivint’s customers peace of mind.
Blue by ADT comes out on top in terms of price for both professional monitoring and equipment. Professional monitoring costs $19.99/mo. but is completely optional. Individual Blue security cameras cost $199.99. In contrast, Vivint monitoring starts at $29.99/mo., and its individual security cameras range from $199.99 to $299.99 each, but you must spend a minimum of $599.99 in equipment to sign up.
Winner: Blue by ADT
In terms of contracts, a flexible quit-at-any-time option is preferable, and that’s what Blue by ADT offers. In fact, you don’t even need any contract at all if you decide to self-monitor your system. Otherwise, Blue by ADT’s month-to-month contracts can be canceled or renewed at any time. Vivint also offers month-to-month contracts, but only for consumers capable of purchasing all of their equipment upfront. If you need to finance your equipment, you can do so with a five-year contract with Vivint.
Winner: Blue by ADT
Blue by ADT offers security cameras that do much more than just record footage. The Blue indoor camera features facial recognition software, a two-way intercom, and a built-in carbon monoxide sensor and smoke detector. It also sends alerts to your phone when it detects motion and stores up to 24 hours of footage in the cloud. Whereas Vivint’s technology keeps up with the industry standards by offering smart detection and lurker alerts, it’s clear that Blue by ADT has set the bar even higher.
Winner: Blue by ADT
For those who don’t want professional monitoring, Blue by ADT is a great choice. But the professional monitoring services can offer peace of mind, even while you’re asleep. Consumers can benefit from ADT’s 140+ years of experience and three monitoring centers by choosing Blue, and the convenient price of $19.99/mo. makes professional monitoring an affordable option. Vivint’s professional monitoring is more expensive ($29.99/mo.) but offers two-way talk with monitors via its Smart Hub panel. Price and experience ultimately put Blue by ADT at the top of this category.
Vivint shines when it comes to home automation and smart technology. Vivint’s equipment integrates with Amazon Echo, Google Home, Nest Thermostat, Element Thermostat and Phillips Hue for even more control and home automation options. Ever on the cutting-edge, Blue by ADT integrates with Amazon Alexa and IFTTT. However, Vivint edges out the competition thanks to its Smart Hub, a touchscreen wall panel that allows you to control your devices and speak with Vivint’s professional monitoring team if needed.
Tie: Blue by ADT & Vivint
Blue by ADT is specifically designed for those who want ADT’s industry experience and innovation but with a DIY approach. Homeowners and renters alike can easily set up this equipment (and remove and reinstall it if needed) without the help of a professional. Vivint only offers professional installation, which decreases the overall user-friendliness of its equipment and adds to the initial setup costs. Blue by ADT and Vivint both offer different options, so it depends on your preference.
Blue by ADT gives consumers complete control over how much to spend on equipment and monitoring, all while providing innovative technology, a range of home automation integrations, and simple setup. It’s a complete package that will satisfy a lot of homeowners and renters. However, Vivint remains a suitable option for consumers who find peace of mind in professional installation and plan to invest in a lot of equipment.
Frequently Asked Questions about Blue by ADT and Vivint
What kind of equipment packages do Blue by ADT and Vivint offer?
Vivint does not offer an equipment package. You can pick and choose from their product line up until you spend the minimum requirement of $599.99 on equipment. Blue by ADT also doesn’t offer packages, only standalone cameras. But their cameras pair with LifeShield equipment and packages.
What kind of monitoring plans do Blue by ADT and Vivint offer?
Blue by ADT’s professional monitoring costs $19.99/mo, and Vivint monitoring starts at $29.99/mo. with an optional $5 charge for video monitoring (paid per month and per security camera).
Do either Blue by ADT or Vivint offer the ability to self-monitor your own security system, or is professional monitoring required?
Blue by ADT allows either self-monitoring or professional monitoring, whereas Vivint only provides professional monitoring.
Are either Blue by ADT or Vivint a good choice for renters?
Because their equipment plugs into a normal wall outlet or runs off of battery power, Blue by ADT can easily be moved and re-installed in a new home. Vivint’s equipment requires professional installation, which makes it less convenient for renters.
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