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.

Four Best Home Alarm Systems in 2019

Home alarm systems protect your family and home from fire, water damage, burglary, package theft, and more. Nowadays, there are so many alarm companies to choose from so deciding which one is right for you is not easy.

In this article, we highlight the most important things about the world’s top alarm companies. Consider finding the best security solution for your family, your home, and your budget.

1. Vivint

Vivint focuses on quality equipment and home automation, giving it an edge over other security companies. Moreover, it also offers cheap entry-level plan and contract-free option. Meanwhile, its main drawbacks are long contracts and pricey equipment.

PROS CONS
Contract-free option
Low-cost entry-level package
Top-tier equipment
Convenient mobile access with all plans
Flexible payment options Easy smart home integration  
High-priced equipment
Long contracts  

2. Frontpoint

Frontpoint offers a premium DIY installation experience along with superior customer service. Customer-first policies such as a 30-day money-back guarantee without fees if you move with your system help balance the higher monthly monitoring fees of Frontpoint. Therefore, although Frontpoint isn’t the cheapest system, users tend to stick with this company longer than other ones.

PROS CONS
Excellent customer service
Effortless unboxing & DIY setup
Home automation with Z-Wave equipment
100% cellular 4G monitoring
30-day money-back guarantee
Camera-only plans
Crash and Smash Protection
Free and easy relocation
No mobile
No landline or broadband options  

3. SimpliSafe

SimpliSafe is one of the best options for cheap professional monitoring with no contract. Systems are inexpensive, contract-free, and easy to set up. Its small drawbacks include the lack of an outdoor camera and limited home automation.

PROS CONS
Easy setup
No contractsInexpensive equipment
Option to turn professional monitoring on/off
60-day money-back guarantee
Customizable equipment packages
No mobile access with a less
expensive plan
Minimal home automation
integration  

4. Link Interactive

For those that are big on customization, Link Interactive is amongst the best DIY home alarm systems. Its security systems come with transparent prices versatile and contract options. But one of its drawbacks is that it has shorter customer service hours than its competitors.

PROS CONS
Shorter contract options that
competitors
Transparent prices
No activation or installation
fees
Customizable equipment packages
Video analytics available with
Elite package
Customer complaints about the difficulty
in installing
Fewer customer service hours than
competitors