Vivint Home Security

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Vivint Home Security

Vivint Home Security — Our Take

Vivint Home Security — Our Take

Vivint is best known for smart home security with flexible equipment and payment options. They offer a variety of smart home devices with popular features that connect to your Vivint system seamlessly. We recommend Vivint’s Smart Home Service Monitoring Plan to secure your home. It starts at $39.99 per month and covers everything including basic home intrusion protection, environmental monitoring and home automation.

Vivint Home Security

Vivint Home Security Pros & Cons

Pros

  • A variety of smart home devices and features
  • Wireless system
  • Mobile app access and control

Cons

  • Long contract if financing equipment
  • Expensive equipment cost
  • No DIY installation option
Vivint Home Security Review

Vivint Home Security Review

Vivint Security DoorbellOverall, based on Vivint’s home security review they’re best known for standout equipment features including the ability to control your smart home and security equipment using the Vivint Smart Hub. You’ll also have optional video monitoring to record security camera footage and play it back using your smartphone. However, Vivint falls short on guarantees, trial periods and pricing on their packages, which are more expensive than other providers.

Vivint Home Security Packages, Pricing and Features

Vivint Home Security Packages, Pricing and Features

Monitoring price starts at $29.99/mo.
Motion Detection Yes
Home environmental monitoring Yes
Security cameras No
Smart home devices No
Video monitoring option No
Vivint Cost

Vivint Cost

Vivint equipment prices start at $599.99 for their starter home security kit. Their professional monitoring costs $29.99 per month for their Smart Security package and $39.99 per month for their Smart Home Security package. If you’d like video monitoring Vivint charges $5 per month for each camera. Lastly, professional installation is required and starts at $49.99 depending on your equipment. Smart home add-ons can be added to the Smart Home Security package including smart lights, thermostats, smart locks and more ranging from $50 – $249.99.

Vivint Installation

Vivint installation starts at a one-time fee of $49.99. Setup could cost more depending on the equipment you choose. Each Vivint system is professionally installed by certified Vivint SmartHomePros™. Technicians will schedule a 1-on-1 consultation to help you determine your equipment based on your home security needs. On average, it takes about 3-4 hours for Vivint technicians to install your equipment.

Once you schedule an appointment, Vivint will confirm your date and time, and send a reminder. However, if you need to reschedule your appointment you’ll need to do so 24 hours in advance. The person listed on the Vivint contract will need to be present during installation.

Vivint Equipment

Vivint Equipment

Vivint offers a wide range of devices, from essentials for intrusion detection to modern smart home products. Here are some highlighted products from Vivint’s range:

Vivint Smart Security Service

  • Starter Kit – $599.99
  • Vivint Smart Sensor – $50.00
  • Vivint Motion Sensor – $100.00
  • Recessed Door Sensor – $50.00
  • Glass Break Detector – $100.00
  • Smoke Detector – $100.00
  • CO Detector – $100.00
  • FireFighter – $100.00
  • Flood/Freeze/Heat Sensor – $50.00
  • Panic Pendant – $50.00

Vivint Smart Home Service

  • Kwikset Smart Lock – $179.99
  • Garage Door Controller – $99.99
  • Element Thermostat – $169.00
  • Nest Learning Thermostat – $249.00
  • Lamp Module – $50.00
  • Vivint Doorbell Camera – $249.99
  • Vivint Outdoor Camera – $299.99
  • Vivint Ping Camera – $199.99
  • Vivint Smart Drive – $249.99
Using Vivint

Using Vivint

Vivint Camera
Vivint Camera

Vivint offers professionally-monitored home security to alert monitoring professionals when sensors are triggered in your home. These specialists will then alert emergency responders to your home if there’s a fire, intrusion or other emergency. You can also use Vivint’s mobile app to control your security and smart home equipment. Here are a few added features: 

  • Get instant alerts when your camera detects motion to watch live footage. 
  • Control your system including arming and disarming, and check the status anytime. 
  • Manage smart home devices whether you’re home or on the go. 

Vivint’s service and equipment are backed by their Warranty & Service Plan to repair or replace defective equipment for 120 days. Keep in mind that you may be charged a fee after this period for other service calls. Vivint’s trial period is 30 days and they currently aren’t backed by any other service guarantees at this time.

    Vivint – Smart Security Service

    Starting at $29.99/mo

    Our take

    Vivint’s Smart Security Service comes with everything you’ll need for basic intrusion detection and home environmental monitoring.  This monitoring service includes the Vivint Starter Kit, a motion sensor, recessed door sensor, smoke detector, panic pendant, and much more.  The Smart Home Service monitoring plan costs $29.99/mo.

    Package Features

    • Vivint Starter Kit
    • Vivint Smart Sensor
    • Vivint Motion Sensor
    • Recessed Door Sensor
    • Glass Break Detector
    • CO Detector
    • FireFighter
    • Flood/Freeze/Heat Sensor
    • Panic Pendant

    Vivint Smart Home Service

    Starting at $39.99/mo

    Our take

    Vivint’s Smart Home Service comes with everything found in the Smart Security Service monitoring plan. You’ll have basic intrusion detection, home environmental monitoring, video surveillance, and home automation. This monitoring service includes a number of cameras and smart devices to include: the Vivint Ping Indoor Camera, Vivint Doorbell Camera, Nest Learning Thermostat, and much more. The Smart Home Service monitoring plan costs $39.99/mo.

    Package Features

    • Kwikset Smart Lock
    • Garage Door Controller
    • Element Thermostat
    • Nest Learning Thermostat
    • Lamp Module
    • Vivint Doorbell Camera
    • Vivint Outdoor Camera
    • Vivint Ping Camera
    • Vivint Smart Drive
Vivint Home Automation

Vivint Home Automation

Vivint’s smart home security service allows you to control your home security system and smart home devices all at once using the Vivint Smart Home Hub or your smartphone. You’ll be able to connect your favorite Z-wave equipment to give you more control. Here are a few other smart home devices you can connect with Vivint. 

  • Smart thermostats
  • Smart lights 
  • Security cameras 
  • Smart locks
  • Smart speakers 
  • Garage door openers

You can self-install your smart home equipment or leave it to Vivint’s professionals. Some smart home devices are included in the Smart Home package and can be purchased separately. You’ll be able to control all of your Z-wave devices using the Vivint mobile app.

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Vivint Home Security Methodology

Vivint Home Security Methodology

Each of our home security providers is evaluated on a number of factors that help families determine their home security needs. 

Cost — We evaluate all costs included in your home security service including monitoring, video storage, equipment and one-time fees. Home security is an investment, but we look for affordable home security that’s reasonably priced upfront and monthly.

Equipment and Features — Our team looks for easy-to-use equipment that gives customers better security and control of their home’s safety. We also look for smart home features, mobile app control and other standout features to make managing home security simple.

Service — We consider customer services including installation, technical support, consultations and other available services to keep your system up and running without worry.

Warranties, Trial Periods and Guarantees — Most providers offer warranties and guarantees to ensure your customer satisfaction with their equipment and services. Some also offer trial periods for a risk-free test run. Consumers should feel confident in their home security choice with enough time to try the equipment and service and feel satisfied months later with their decision.

Installation — We believe that setup should be seamless – whether DIY or professionally installed. Home security installation should be easy and support should always be available to help you whether you’re starting with a new system, expanding or troubleshooting.

Vivint Home Security FAQs

Vivint Home Security FAQs

Does Vivint require a contract?

Yes. Vivint currently requires a 42-60 month contract if you choose to finance your equipment depending on your financing length. If you purchase your equipment upfront, Vivint won’t require a contract and their professional monitoring service will be on a month-to-month plan.

Is there a Vivint installation fee?

Yes, installation starts at a one-time fee of $49.99. The cost could vary depending on your equipment.

How much does Vivint’s professional monitoring cost?

Vivint’s professional monitoring starts at $29.99 per month for the Smart Security Service Plan, and $39.99 per month for the Smart Home Service Plan. Video monitoring can be added for $5 per month for each camera.

What is Vivint’s cancellation policy?

To cancel your service with Vivint, submit a Notice of Cancellation in writing 30 days before your expected date to stop service. This notice can be sent via email, fax or by mail. In the notice, you must include the following: the date of your notice, service number, a note entailing why you wish to cancel and your signature. Early termination fees may apply.

Can I self-install my Vivint home security system?

No, Vivint home security systems must be installed by certified Vivint SmartHomePros™. Some smart home automation equipment can be self-installed but it depends on the device and your system.

Does VIvint have a backup battery if my power goes out?

Yes, Vivint has a backup battery for the Sky Control panel if there’s a power outage.


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Jalesa Campbell

Jalesa develops content in the home security space and contributes to Safety's social media efforts.