Vivint and Abode are DIY home security companies offering innovative home security and smart home automation technology. Both offer professional monitoring for a monthly rate, but only Abode gives you the option to self-monitor. In terms of cutting-edge equipment and high-tech features, Vivint has a slight advantage over Abode. However, Abode offers more competitive prices.
Though it doesn’t offer a financing option like Vivint, Abode is more affordable. While you’ll pay at least $599 for equipment with Vivint, Abode’s equipment packages start at $229, and professional monitoring starts at just $8.33/mo. You also have the option to self-monitor for free with Abode’s security system. On the other hand, Vivint’s professional monitoring service begins at $38.99/mo. It also requires an installation fee that starts at $49.99. Plus, your monthly professional monitoring fee increases by $5/mo. for each camera you add to your Vivint equipment package.
Package Variety and Customization
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Abode’s Starter Kit includes a motion sensor, an entry sensor and a Gateway, which is the system’s hub. The iota All-In-One Kit includes a video surveillance camera that has HD streaming capabilities and a wide field of view. Abode also lets you build your own equipment package based on your needs. Vivint’s equipment packages are custom-built, requiring you to select the equipment you need for your home.
Abode and Vivint both make indoor cameras with HD streaming capabilities, night vision, a wide field of view, and two-way audio. If your alarm system is triggered, with both providers, you’ll receive notifications. Vivint has an outdoor camera that features an LED light and warning tone to scare potential criminals away from your home, giving them a slight edge here.
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Both Vivint and Abode can integrate with smart home devices made by various partnered brands. Vivint has its touchscreen SkyControl Panel that syncs with the Smart Home mobile app. It alerts you of severe weather and gives you access to your smart home devices and security system. Although Abode doesn’t make a control panel, both providers offer similar home automation capabilities nonetheless. They enable you to set rules such as having a light come on at 6 p.m. or sending a video clip to your phone whenever your front door is unlocked.
Vivint requires you to get its professional monitoring service if you’re going to buy its equipment. Plus, you have to pay Vivint to professionally install it. However, you can opt to pay for the equipment in installments. Abode makes convenient DIY equipment that is easy to install without help. Unlike Vivint, professional monitoring is optional with Abode. You can self-monitor or subscribe to Abode’s monitoring service on a month-to-month basis.
Warranty & Guarantees
Abode puts a 30-day money-back guarantee on your home security system, whereas you get just three days to try Vivint’s security system. Unfortunately, the Better Business Bureau currently rates Vivint a “D+” because it’s received so many complaints from customers unable to return their equipment within the short return period. Vivint offers just a 120-day warranty period on equipment, but Abode’s equipment, on the other hand, comes with a one-year limited warranty or a lifetime warranty when you sign up for the Secure Monitoring Plan.
Differences: Vivint vs. Abode
While Abode is more cost-effective and DIY-friendly, Vivint provides all the bells and whistles of a complete home safety suite. Since both provide excellent professional monitoring, top-notch equipment and home automation, your choice comes down to the price and a few extra features.
What kind of equipment packages do Vivint and Abode offer?
Vivint doesn’t offer any preset home security packages. You’re able to build your own package by choosing your equipment. Abode offers two preset packages and the option to build your own custom package.
What kind of monitoring plans do Vivint and Abode offer?
Vivint offers professional home monitoring on a monthly basis starting at $38.99/mo. The rate increases by $5 with each surveillance camera added to your system. Abode offers a monthly home monitoring plan for just $8.33/mo.
Does either Vivint or Abode offer the ability to self-monitor your own security system, or is professional monitoring required?
Abode gives you the option to self-monitor, but Vivint requires you to use its monitoring service.
Are either Vivint or Abode a good choice for renters?
We would recommend Abode for renters. With Abode, you’re able to move your security system without the need for professional assistance (and allowing you to avoid any additional fees). With Vivint, you may have to pay for professional assistance with moving.
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