Brinks vs. Alder |

Brinks vs. Alder

Compare Brinks and Alder and decide which home security company is for you.

Both Brinks and Alder are reputable security companies with plenty to offer. Both offer flexible options, 24/7 professional monitoring, and a good variety of equipment options. Alder only serves 18 states, however, so that’s worth keeping in mind right off the bat. Still, if you’ve decided your choice is between these two companies, we’ll explain the biggest differences between them to help you make your final decision.

  1. Best for Professional Monitoring

    Brinks Home Security

    Our rating 8.2

    Starting at $19/mo

    Our Take on Brinks Home Security

    Like ADT, Brinks has earned a reputation for its commitment to customer service, quality monitoring and top-notch equipment. However, the company focuses primarily on human threats, not environmental threats.


    Recommended Plan

    We recommend the Brinks Smart Security Complete package because it balances affordability with quality equipment, including a security camera, touchscreen panel and motion detection. 


    • 2-year equipment warranty
    • Impressive industry experience and reputation
    • Flexible installation options


    • No equipment for environmental monitoring
    • Touchscreen control panel not available in all packages
    • Lengthy contracts for some equipment packages
  2. Best for Basic Security

    Alder Security

    Our rating 6.4

    Starting at $39.99/mo

    Our take on Alder Security

    Named the 10th fastest growing company in Utah by Fast 50 and Utah 100, Alder Security’s aim is to provide simple, customized home security solutions. Alder does not have a selection of pre-made packages you can choose from, but works with customers to build out security systems that are best for their homes. With Alder, you’ll find essential intrusion detection and environmental monitoring equipment. The price of professional monitoring will vary based on the equipment you choose. As some additional perks you’ll find with Alder Security, installation services are free if you ever need assistance, and your equipment is covered by a lifetime warranty.

    What we like

    • Fast, 3-second alarm response rate
    • Limited lifetime equipment warranty
    • Easy DIY installation process

    What we don’t like

    • No equipment pricing provided online
    • No monitoring pricing provided online
    • No smart home devices
Compare Brinks vs. Alder

Compare Brinks vs. Alder

Brinks and Alder are both well-ensconced in the home security industry, but Brinks can claim much longer experience by quite a bit, being one of the oldest companies in the country. Alder is a newer company, only in business since 2008. These two companies come at home security slightly differently. Brinks offers a more traditional arrangement, with a three-year contract commitment, DIY or professional installation, and several equipment packages to choose from. Alder emphasizes customization and flexibility, offering only custom packages and the option to go month-to-month.


Winner: Brinks

Alder’s professional monitoring service costs $45.99 per month, which is on the high side in home security. Brinks beats Alder’s cost with professional monitoring for as low as $29.00 per month for those with Brinks home security equipment. It’s $19.99 per month if you opt for a Nest package with a 3 year contract. Overall, Brinks offers cheaper professional monitoring and home security packages based on your family’s needs.

Industry Experience

Winner: Brinks

Brinks is by far the more experienced company, with its 160 years in security, and 37 in the home security niche. The company continues to excel with a great reputation, their decades of service is backed by a Better Business Bureau (BBB) rating of A+. Alder’s experience and reputation don’t compare to Brinks’ long, solid history in the industry. They have a BBB rating of a B-, making Brinks the winner of this round.

Safety Monitoring

Tie: Brinks and Alder

Alder emphasizes fire and carbon monoxide protection, as well as “environmental and life safety” monitoring. This means it monitors for extreme temperatures, flooding and the use of an included medical panic button. Their smoke detector doubles as a carbon monoxide detector for a two-in-one safety product for your home. You’ll also get professional monitoring to alert monitoring specialists to alert emergency responders if danger’s suspected at your home. Brinks also includes these services as add-ons, and other life safety equipment is offered with Nest including the two-in-one smoke and carbon monoxide detector.


Winner: Alder

Alder wins on flexibility for offering a month-to-month arrangement, whereas Brinks requires a three-year contract for its services unless you choose its partnership with Nest. It’s worth noting, though, that in order to take advantage of free equipment with Alder, you’ll have to go with a three-year contract. But they offer month-to-month service if you purchase your equipment upfront, giving you two options for service.


Winner: Brinks

Alder offers an optional limited lifetime equipment warranty, but this service costs an extra $3 per month. Brinks offers a two-year equipment warranty included with its plan, and they also offer a limited one year warranty on smart home equipment. Alder’s warranty is certainly longer, but Brinks wins out for including a warranty at no additional cost.

Home Automation

Winner: Brinks

Brinks offers an array of smart home options, including door locks, lights, garage door control and much more as add-ons. Alder, on the other hand, focuses entirely on security and life safety and doesn’t offer home automation equipment at this time. If you’re looking to bundle smart home and security equipment, Brinks is the best choice for you.

Winner: Brinks

Winner: Brinks

Brinks and Alder approach home security very differently. Brinks is one of the most experienced home security companies in the industry, and as such offers stability and a stellar reputation. You’ll have to commit for three years to get this reliability, but that commitment will probably be worth it for most people. 

Since Brinks offers a better cost, better reputation and longer history, Alder will have a tough time competing for the majority of customers. Couple that with Alder’s limited availability (only 18 states), and Brinks is the clear winner here. On the other hand, if you’re looking for more package and service flexibility Alder may be a good option for you. 

Monthly monitoring starting price $29.99/mo. $45.99/mo.
Minimum contract length 36 months 36 months for included equipment
Extended no-risk return period 30 days 30 days
Installation (DIY or Pro) DIY with professional option DIY with professional option
Guarantees None None
Warranty 2-year equipment warranty Optional limited lifetime equipment warranty
BBB Rating A+ B-
Safety Score 8.2 6.4
Please note that BBB ratings, plans, pricing, and other details can change without our knowledge. Details accurate as of June 23, 2020.
Frequently Asked Questions About Brinks and Alder

Frequently Asked Questions About Brinks and Alder

What kind of equipment packages do Brinks and Alder offer?

Brinks offers three basic equipment packages, including the Essential, Complete and Ultimate packages. The most basic Essential package includes a touchscreen controller, wireless motion sensor, two wireless door sensors and yard signs and stickers. Alder does not offer pre-arranged equipment packages. All of Alder’s installations are custom-designed for you, and the company will help you with the process.


What kind of monitoring plans do Brinks and Alder offer?

Brinks offers professional 24/7 monitoring for as low as $19.00 per month, with a three-year commitment. Alder’s professional monitoring service costs $45.99 per month with a three-year contract in order to get equipment at no upfront cost, or you can choose a month-to-month agreement.


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

Neither provider offers a self-monitoring option.

Are either Brinks or Alder a good choice for renters?

Brinks offers fully wireless systems and a DIY installation option. Alder also offers a DIY installation option and a month-to-month arrangement, so both providers work well for renters.

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