Vivint security systems review: High-tech equipment and flexible payment

Vivint includes high-tech features in every one of its monitoring packages. Unlike its competition, Vivint offers customers mobile access to their security systems from the Vivint Smart Home app.

However, the advanced equipment and tech features of Vivint come at a price. Vivint has high equipment costs and contracts up to 5 years long – unless you can pay for your equipment up front. In case of that, you can enjoy all the perks Vivint has to offer without a long-term contract.

Pricing

The unique Flex Pay of Vivint allows customers to pay for none or part of their equipment costs up front as well as spread the rest of the equipment costs out every month if they sign a 42- or 60-month contract.

Or customers can go the contract-free route, letting them pay for all their equipment up front and then after that pay only the monthly monitoring fee.

This flexibility is rare and helps take the sting out of the company’s more expensive equipment prices. However, be aware that once you get into a contract, if you cancel it early, Vivint charges 100% of the remainder of your contract.

Monitoring plans

Vivint’s top monitoring plan is priced at $49.99 per month, which is standard for the security industry. Vivint’s basic monitoring package costs $29.99 per month.

Although this isn’t the lowest monitoring price on the market, it’s still a decent value. All Vivint’s plans come with cellular monitoring as well as remote access through its mobile app – which most other companies charge more for.

Features and equipment

Unlike almost other home security companies, Vivint manufactures most of its own security equipment. Therefore, it leaves more space for innovation and responsiveness to customer needs and wants.

Vivint allows you to stick with the basic cameras and sensors for a standard home security system, or to create a powerful smart home complete with smart thermostats, automatic lights, doorbell cameras, and more.

The quality of Vivint’s equipment is one main reason we recommend it, but remember that high quality also means high cost, and it might not fit into every budget.

All-in-one security systems to watch your home 24/7 (part 2)


Guardzilla 360

Price: $200

Works with: Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa

The Guardzilla 360, coming with a 100-decibel siren, motion detection, remote arming and disarming, is a quirky all-in-one home security system. However, the standout feature of Guardzilla 360 is its 360-degree 1712p HD live video feed, helping you see everything happening in each room at the same time in high definition.

LG Smart Security

Price: $200

Works with: built-in Z-Wave hub, Amazon Alexa

The LG Smart Security features 1080p live streaming, a built-in Z-Wave hub, Alexa voice integration, and optional professional monitoring from security firm ADT. It is a decent choice for all-in-one home security, however, it doesn’t offer the free cloud storage which you can find with Guardzilla and other standalone systems. It can be controled with your voice using the related Alexa Skill and also offers professional monitoring courtesy of ADT’s month-to-month Canopy service.

Sens8

Price: $200

Works with: N/A

The Sens8 with a vague hourglass shape, night vision, a built-in siren, and HD resolution is another all-in-one home security system, sharing many similarities with its competitors. The Sens8 also has environment sensors which monitor temperature, light, and humidity as well as free video storage via Dropbox and a two-hour battery backup. However, currently, it doesn’t work with any smart home brands.

Somfy One

Price: £229 (roughly $300 converted)

Works with: Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa

Home security startup Myfox was acquired by smart window shade maker Somfy in 2016. Therefore, since then, the Myfox home security accessories range are offered under the Somfy brand. This brand also introduced the Somfy One, a new all-in-one security system with a motion sensor, an HD live streaming camera, and an integrated 90-decibel siren. The Somfy One is available in the United Kingdoms, but currently not sold in the United States.

All-in-one security systems to watch your home 24/7 (part 1)

All-in-one security systems only require minimal installation. That is different from and more convenient than home security systems with multiple accessories. With high-definition live streaming cameras, arming and disarming functionality, integrated sirens, and motion sensors, each device of an all-in-one security system functions as a self-contained home security system.

These systems can work particularly well for watching even the smallest rental properties because they cover a single room or entry point and you can install or uninstall them in just a few minutes.

Here are some options for you to choose.

1. Abode Iota

Price: $249

The Iota is the latest home security device of Abode. Although it is a self-contained product with a camera and siren, it is also scalable. It comes with a door or window sensor along with a key fob. The door or window sensor will chirp whenever someone opens the door/window and then send an alert to your phone. The key fob goes on your keychain, making it simpler to arm or disarm your system quickly without having to use your phone.

2. Canary All-in-One

Price: $169

Canary All-in-One was launched on Indiegogo back in 2013, raising about $2 million with the original funding goal of $100,000. The all-in-one Canary device offers 1080p HD live streaming video, humidity, and air quality sensors, and motion detection and temperature. Besides, it has an integrated 90-decibel siren and arm or disarm capabilities to become a self-contained home security system that is as much as a standalone security camera.

3. Canary View

Price: $99

Inspired by its All-in-One Smart Home Security system, Canary’s View camera ($150 at Amazon) is available at a more affordable price. Although it retains a lot of the same specs as the original such as 1080p HD live streaming, night vision, and motion alerts, the View has fewer advanced features such as a siren, temperature, humidity sensors, or an Ethernet port. However, you can arm or disarm the View camera and use voice assistants like the Canary app to check in on your camera 24/7.