Frontpoint vs. Protection 1

Frontpoint and Protection 1 both offer essential services for your home monitoring needs. Compare these two home security options to determine the best option for you.
Updated May 26, 2020
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If you’ve narrowed your home security choices down to SimpliSafe or Frontpoint, here’s what you should know. Both providers offer 24/7 monitoring, home automation features, and do-it-yourself (DIY) installation, with a few key differences that we’ve outlined below.

Compare Frontpoint vs. Protection 1

Both Frontpoint and Protection 1 offer their customers a variety of packages with the essentials and more for protecting their homes. Frontpoint is known for having renter-friendly equipment and month-to-month contracts, which gives customers more flexibility and control rather than being stuck in a long-term contract. Protection 1 offers four different levels of packages that include a variety of services like environmental safety, intrusion protection, 24/7 monitoring, and mobile control options. See how they compare in a few key categories.

  • Price

    Winner: Protection 1

    Protection 1 takes the win for this category as you don’t have to pay anything upfront for equipment. You’ll only be responsible for paying your monthly monitoring fee. If you opt for professional installation, you’ll have to pay that fee which is typically $99. Protection 1 monitoring starts at $34.99/mo. With Frontpoint, you can either finance your security system with Affirm or pay for your equipment upfront. Frontpoint’s starter package costs $319.95 and monitoring starts at $44.99/mo. There’s no installation fee since their systems are DIY. We’d recommend Protection 1 as the better pick if you’re working from a budget.

  • No Contract

    Winner: Frontpoint

    Most people who rent their home or apartment look for security systems that do not require a long-term contract, which is why Frontpoint is the obvious choice for renters. Frontpoint no longer requires customers to sign a contract at all. Plus, Frontpoint’s security system is wireless, making it easy to self-install and transport if needed. Protection 1, on the other hand, requires a 36-month contract.

  • Trial Period

    Winner: Frontpoint

    When you sign up with Frontpoint, you’ll have a 30-day trial period to test out your new equipment and security features before deciding if it’s the right system for you. Although Protection 1 doesn't offer a trial period at this time.

  • Warranty & Guarantees

    Winner: Frontpoint

    Frontpoint offers a three-year warranty on all of its equipment and advertises a 100% money-back guarantee within 30 days if you’re not satisfied with its services. Although Protection 1 offers a warranty on equipment, there is no clear definition on how long the warranty lasts. However, Protection 1 does have a $1,000 theft protection guarantee, which goes toward your deductible in the case of a burglary.

  • Mobile App

    Tie: Frontpoint and Protection 1

    Both of these home security services offer customers the option to control their devices from their mobile phones. Frontpoint will send push notifications to your phone to alert you if your motion sensors have detected any activity. You can also control your thermostat and even unlock your door right from the app. Protection 1's mobile features are very similar, allowing you to access all of the same controls from your mobile device as you can from your touchpad at home.

  • Home Automation

    Tie: Frontpoint and Protection 1

    Home automation has become increasingly important to consumers looking to control each of their home devices via one singular system. With both Frontpoint and Protection 1, you’ll have access to home automation capabilities, whether that’s through purchasing smart home devices or integration with an existing smart device like an Amazon Alexa hub.

Tie: Frontpoint vs. Protection 1

Overall, we’d say that it’s a tie between these two providers as they both cater to different needs yet offer similar features. Frontpoint is the better choice for customers who don’t mind paying more in terms of equipment and monitoring. We’d also recommend Frontpoint for customers who don't want to be tied down to a contact; so, renters and more frequent users should consider this provider. Protection 1 is better for customers who may be on a budget and could benefit from paying avoiding an equipment cost. Protection 1 is also better, because of their contract, for homeowners more-so than renters. Options for equipment and home automation are similar for both providers, contributing to our final decision to make this a comparison a tie.

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Monthly monitoring starting price
Contract length
N/A36 months
Extended no-risk return policy
30 days3 days
DIYDIY or Professional
None$1,000 Theft Protection Guarantee
3-year equipment warrantyNone
BBB rating

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