Both ADT and SimpliSafe are respected home security systems that protect the homes and property of millions of Americans day and night. Each of these systems comes with varying type of features, each one suited to the needs of a particular individual. With so many factors to look at, including the ease of installation, hardware options, and costs to name a few, it becomes quite difficult to pick the right security system for your home.
Read on to find out who wins the battle.
ADT and SimpliSafe are at the opposite ends of the spectrum as far as installation is concerned. ADT only offers professional install services, meaning that you cannot install the system by yourself.
On the other hand, SimpliSafe is a self-install system and no professional installation services are provided.
Expect to pay between $99 and $199 as installation charges for ADT, depending on your chosen package. No installation charges need to be paid for SimpliSafe as you are required to do it yourself (DIY). The installation is extremely easy – all you have to do is plug and play because all equipment comes pre-programmed.
ADT offers equipment from various hardware manufacturers, including Pulse, General Electric, and Honeywell.
SimpliSafe offers plain-white proprietary equipment with the SimpliSafe logo. The equipment is very reliable and comes with a 3 year warranty.
When purchasing ADT, you get to choose from landline or cellular monitoring. There is no doubt that cellular monitoring is much more reliable than landline alternatives. However, it's also expensive (Landline starts from $36.99 per month, cellular $42.99 per month.
SimpliSafe only offers cellular monitoring, which is done from their remote monitoring station located at Amcest, New Jersey. They are also the only company to offer a security system without a monitoring option (their $0/month option), which has clear implications for the reliability of your system, but could be a very budget-friendly option.
Both SimpliSafe and ADT are almost equal when it comes to customer services. If you choose ADT, you will naturally have to interact more with the customer service because professionals will visit your home to install the system, and if you opt for the landline monitoring version, you MAY have more issues with the system as compared to a cellular version.
SimpliSafe has received decent reviews on customer service. If you have any problems during installation, help is just a phone call away.
There are some major differences in the costs associated with each system. For the cheapest package at ADT, you will have to pay just $99 for installation with no activation charges.
There on, the monthly rates start from around $36.99 for landline monitoring to $42.99 for cellular. Even though you save quite a big chunk on equipment costs (you get $899 worth of equipment), you will eventually be paying more in the long term due to higher monthly rates. You also have to sign a 3-year contract.
As for SimpliSafe, you will be required to pay $239 for the basic package. However, the monthly rate starts from as low as $19.99, so you will actually be paying less in the long run.
Another excellent thing about SimpliSafe is that it doesn't bind you in any contract. You're free to terminate the service without any charges too!
Overall, ADT wins over SimpliSafe because of their proven track record in terms of reliability and no activation charges. However, if you do not wish to be bound by a contract, SimpliSafe is also a good option.
Want to learn more about which security system is the best for you? Check out our article: What Is The Best Home Security System
Do you already have a Simplisafe or ADT Security System? What are your experiences with it?