Vivint vs Protection One

Updated Jan 26, 2021
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Vivint and Protection 1 offer similar security features, technology and modern features you’d expect to see in the modern smart home. Vivint is a relative newcomer to the home security industry but offers standout innovative equipment and custom packages. Protection 1, on the other hand, has been around for more than 30 years and provides good installation options alongside excellent features and customer service. Both providers offer home security solutions, which include physical equipment, sensors, gadgets, and innovative features. They also offer different installation and payment options, varying levels of customer service, and around-the-clock safety and monitoring solutions.

  • Equipment

    Winner: Vivint

    Vivint designs some of its own equipment, which guarantees customers receive the best in home security technology. For example, its outdoor camera features highly competitive specifications and advanced artificial intelligence that actively deter potential intruders. The only catch is that Vivint necessitates purchasing at least $599.99 worth of equipment in order to use their services. While Protection 1 offers a range of equipment, it’s devices aren’t proprietary.

  • Security Cameras

    Tie: Vivint and Protection 1

    Vivint and Protection 1 both provide state-of-the-art security cameras that enable users to keep an eye on their home no matter where they are. Vivint provides 1080p HD resolutions security cameras that pan and zoom their entire home, alongside 30 days of continuous recording and low-cost, high-capacity storage. Protection 1 provides up to six cameras in its web-based video surveillance, which is accessible in an easy-to-use interface, protected by wireless encryption and storage of up to 100MB. Both also provide wireless technology, smart devices, and activity alerts.

  • Warranty & Guarantees

    Winner: Protection 1

    Vivint offers a nice lifetime warranty on its equipment, but no additional guarantees. Protection 1, on the other hand, wins this round with its $1,000 Theft Protection Guarantee. This policy will pay up to $1,000 toward your insurance deductible if you are burglarized while under Protection 1 monitoring, which provides extra peace of mind.

  • Home Automation

    Winner: Protection 1

    Vivint sells smart locks and other devices from Kwikset and makes its own, while Protection 1 gives you all the smart home devices you need for controlling your home remotely when you purchase the Smart Control plan. Additionally, Protection 1 has an option for geo-fencing, which triggers a series of set home automation functions (such as turning off the lights or locking the doors) once your phone crosses a certain radius beyond your home.

  • Price

    Winner: Protection 1

    Protection 1 requires no upfront payment for equipment; you only need to get started with a monitoring service contract and the company will send you everything you need. That means can pay as little as $34.99 to start out. Vivint is a lot more expensive. While it does give you a financing option for equipment, you need to purchase at least $599.99 worth of equipment to get monitoring services with Vivint, and you're required to pay an additional $5/mo. for each camera monitored.

  • Installation

    Tie: Vivint & Protection 1

    Installation of Vivint’s equipment requires professional assistance at a cost of $49.99, while Protection 1 only offers professional installation. Vivint’s Smart Home Pros will show customers where equipment has been installed and how to use it, while Protection 1 guides DIY customers through the entire installation and maintenance process in addition to sending out a trained technician if you prefer professional installation.

Overall Winner: Protection 1

Vivint and Protection 1 both let you get started with top-tier home security equipment and monitoring service for relatively cheap. However, if you don't mind signing a 36-month contract, you'll save a lot of money in the long run by choosing Protection 1. Not only that, but you'll have access to top-notch automation features, the option for DIY or professional installation, and the peace of mind of its $1,000 Theft Protection Guarantee.


Professional monitoring starts at
ProfessionalDIY and Professional
Minimum contract length
42 to 60 months, or pay equipment in full3 years
Trial period
3 days3 days
Limited equipment warranty None
None$1,000 Theft Protection Guarantee
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