Brinks vs. Xfinity

Compare Brinks to Xfinity and determine which home security provider fits you best.
Updated Jun 30, 2020
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If you’re looking for a reliable home security provider and you’ve come to a choice between Brinks and Infinity, we’ll help you with your final decision by laying out some key differences and similarities between the two services. Both companies offer services such as 24/7 professional monitoring and entry detection, but there are some differences between the two. We’ll break some of these down below.

Brinks and Xfinity are quite different companies, and they come to home security from different backgrounds. Brinks is more than 160 years old, and has over 62,000 employees internationally, which makes it one of the oldest and most stable companies globally — in any industry. On the whole, Brinks has more security experience than any other company around today. Xfinity, meanwhile, has its roots in cable TV and Internet services. Its expertise is in communications, and it makes sense that Xfinity would now offer home security along with its wide array of communication and entertainment packages. Which company is for you may depend on whether you want to bundle these services.

Compare Brinks vs. Xfinity

  • Price

    Winner: Brinks

    Starting at $29.99 per month, Brinks' price for professional monitoring is better than Xfinity’s $39.95 per month basic package. That said, Xfinity does offer some great bundles if you’re interested in other services such as cable and internet. Brinks’ equipment packages start at $299 for the essentials while Xfinity packages start at $360 for the basics. But solely focusing on home security, Brinks wins this round.

  • Contract

    Winner: Xfinity

    Even though Xfinity is a little more expensive, it has one big advantage over Brinks. Xfinity offers a month-to-month agreement if you pay for the equipment upfront. If you finance equipment, the contract is only two years, which still beats Brinks’ required 36-month agreement.

  • Monitoring

    Winner: Brinks

    Brinks and Xfinity both offer strong professional monitoring options, with responsive crews and good customer service. Brinks wins in this category, however, because of its option to self-monitor with a Nest system, and their cheaper monitoring cost compared to Xfinity.

  • Installation

    Winner: Brinks

    Brinks wins the installation round because it offers DIY installation as its default, as well as a professional installation option for those who prefer not to set up their system on their own. Xfinity only offers professional installation on its systems.

  • Trial Period

    Winner: Brinks

    These two companies offer similar trial periods, although Xfinity's is slightly more restrictive. Whereas Xfinity will refund up to $500 for up to 30 days if you’re not satisfied, Brinks just offers a blanket 30-day money-back guarantee. Either trial is competitive, though not the best on the market. Since Brinks offers a full money-back guarantee they’re our preferred choice for the trial period.

  • Home Automation

    Tie: Brinks & Xfinity

    Both Brinks and Xfinity offer an array of smart home devices to enhance security system. Xfinity offers a Zen smart thermostat, smart outlet controller and a 2-in-1 indoor and outdoor camera. Xfinity home security is also compatible with popular brands including August, Philips Hue and Yale. Brinks’ security system acts as a hub to connect your favorite devices including Google Home, Amazon Alexa and Alexa TV. Since both brands offer plenty of home automation choices this round is a tie.

Winner: Brinks

For the home security customer looking for a stand-alone, reliable solution, Brinks is the better choice in most cases. Its long history and deep experience, plus its better cost and reputation, make Brinks the stronger home security company. However, if you’re looking to for internet or cable services or are already an Xfinity customer, Xfinity home security might make more sense, and you will find Xfinity’s security features plenty robust for most homes. Both companies are strong, but the bottom line is Brinks wins on its own, and Xfinity is strong for bundling.

Xfinity Home Security

Brinks Home Security

Monitoring costs starting at
$39.95/mo. $29.99/mo.
Contract length
Month-to-month with equipment purchase 36 months
Trial period
30 days30 days
Installation (DIY or Pro)
Professional DIY with professional option
Up to $500 refund in up to 30 days None
None2-year equipment warranty
BBB Rating
Safety Score
7.2 8.2
Please note that BBB ratings, plans, pricing, and other details can change without our knowledge. Details accurate as of May 26, 2020.

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