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.
Differences: Vivint vs. Abode
Monthly monitoring price
|42-60 mos. or pay for equipment in full||None|
|3 days||30 days|
|Professional||DIY or Professional|
Frequently Asked Questions About Vivint and Abode
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.
Vivint provides two monitoring plans that are based off of the equipment you purchase with them. If you only want intrusion detection and home environmental monitoring, you’ll have the Smart Security Service monitoring plan. If you want to add on smart home capabilities, you’ll have the Smart Home Service monitoring plan. Here’s a breakdown of the cost for each:
- Smart Security Service – $29.99 per month
- Smart Home Service – $39.99 per month
Abode provides two monitoring plans, allowing you to choose between self-monitoring and professional monitoring. Here’s a breakdown of each one’s cost:
- Standard – $6 per month (or $60 per year)
- Pro – $20 per month (or $100 for the first year and $200 for each consecutive year)
Abode gives you the option to self-monitor, but Vivint requires you to use its monitoring service.
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.