Vivint vs. ADT Home Security

Vivint and ADT have two of the top home security systems on the market. But which one’s better?

Best Professionally Installed
4 out of 5 stars
  • pro
    Professional installation and consultation
  • pro
    Flexible pricing and contracts
  • con
    Pricey equipment
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ADT Shield
4.3 out of 5 stars
  • pro
    Reputable name
  • pro
    Smart home support
  • con
    Unclear equipment pricing
Mindy Woodall
Nov 21, 2022
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If just the word “DIY” makes you feel tired and you’d much rather kick back and let someone else assemble every random gadget that makes up a home security system, then Vivint and ADT both have options for you.

Vivint’s and ADT’s home security systems are both customized and set up for you by professionals, so you know everything’s done right the first time. As for which of the two you should choose, we vote Vivint.

Vivint and ADT comparison
Starting price$29.99–$44.99/mo. $28.99–$59.99/mo.
Installation type Professional Professional
Installation fee $99 Varies depending on package
Contract length None OR 42–60 mos. 36 mos.
Contract cancellation fee 100% of remaining contract 75% of remaining contract
Smart home support Yes* Yes*
Starter kit price $599 N/A
Mobile app control Yes Yes**
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Data effective 12/11/2020. Offers subject to change.

* Smart home functions not supported by all monitoring plans. 

** Mobile app control not available with all monitoring plans.

What we like about Vivint

Vivint is like the luxury car of home security systems. It offers high-end equipment with top tech features like video analytics and smart home integrations, and it’s all set up for you by the pros. Vivint’s installation tech will work with you to identify the areas of your house that could use a little security love, so you know everything is properly protected.

We also like Vivint’s flexibility. If you want security but not the smart home stuff, you can sign on to a lower-priced plan. And if you don’t want to be tied into a contract, then Vivint lets you skip the agreement—as long as you pay for all your equipment up-front.

Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro

What we like about ADT

Everyone knows ADT. That might not seem like that big of a deal, but there’s a reason it’s such a big brand: ADT is reliable and available everywhere.

Like Vivint, ADT is professionally installed. An installation tech will tell you exactly what you need to protect your house, so you’re not just ordering things at random, hoping it will be enough.

ADT Command Panel compressed
Vivint vs. ADT pros comparison

Vivint pros: 

  • Professional installation and consultation
  • Flexible pricing and contracts
  • Top-notch equipment

ADT pros: 

  • Professional installation and consultation
  • Well-known name
  • Good smart home support

What we don’t like about Vivint

The main drawback of Vivint is the price of its equipment. This isn’t a system where you can shell out a few hundred dollars and call it good. Nah. Plan on spending around $600 just for your basic start-up kit—and the price will only go up from there.

We think Vivint is worth it if you’ve got the cash. But if not, then there are plenty of security systems out there these days that can give you a little peace of mind for a lot less money.

What we don’t like about ADT

We talked about Vivint being expensive, but if you’re looking for the biggest budget-busters, then it doesn’t take first place. That honor goes to ADT.

If you opt for full smart home support and video cameras, then ADT’s monitoring prices skyrocket to cost more than any other security system we review. This is because they include installation and equipment prices in their monthly price.

ADT’s own equipment is pretty standard, and ADT’s cameras aren’t exactly the best on the market. Plus, since they're included in the monitoring and installation fees, the equipment prices aren't advertised, making it more difficult to compare equipment prices.

It seems like what you’re really paying for is the name. You just have to decide if that’s worth it to you.

Vivint vs. ADT cons comparison

Vivint cons: 

  • Pricey equipment
  • Long contracts (if you opt for one)

ADT cons: 

  • Expensive monitoring
  • Unclear equipment pricing

Which one should you choose?

Nine out of ten times, we’d go with Vivint over ADT. You get a fancier system with better features for a lower monitoring price. But if you can get a good deal on ADT (or you just really want that name recognition), then it’s a solid choice for a professionally installed security system.

Want to learn more?

Still not sure if one of these is the best security system for you? Read our other reviews to compare your options.

Mindy Woodall
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Mindy Woodall
Mindy has been writing about technology for seven years. She covers all things smart home for, and keeps track of the latest robot gadgets. Mindy attended the University of Utah and her work has been featured on the likes of, Digital Care, Hostfully, and more.

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