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.
- Best for Professional Monitoring
Brinks Home SecurityOur rating9.3Starting at$29.99/mo
Our Take on Brinks Home Security
Brinks has a lot of similarities with ADT: required professional monitoring, smart home equipment, and required contracts. The big difference is that you can cut costs with DIY installation, or you can leave it to the pros. If you want traditional home security, but can set it up yourself, Brinks is the best choice.
- 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
- Best for Basic Security
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. While Alder doesn’t have a selection of pre-made packages you can choose from, it 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. Alder Security offers additional perks, like free installation services if you ever need assistance and a lifetime warranty to cover your equipment.
- Fast, three-second alarm response rate
- Limited lifetime equipment warranty
- Easy DIY installation process
- No equipment pricing provided online
- No monitoring pricing provided online
- No smart home devices
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.
Brinks Home Security
Monthly monitoring starting price
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|
|2-year equipment warranty||Optional limited lifetime equipment warranty|
Frequently Asked Questions About Brinks and Alder
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.
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.
Neither provider offers a self-monitoring option.
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.