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Abode

Abode focuses on creating a custom home security system for your home. Purchase with or without professional monitoring.

Our Score
5.1
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5.1
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Ratings Breakdown

Monthly Monitoring Fee

$8.30

Install & Equipment Fee

$200 - $800

Contract Length

12 Months

Cancellation Policy

None

System Relocation Fee

Free

Number of Reviews

0

This Review is maintained by Chase Sagum

Review Last Updated: August 1, 2019

Abode provides home security for your apartment, home, or business. The company builds a system for you based on the specs of your home (size, bedrooms, windows, doors) and your monitoring preference (self or professional).

Rank Chart
User Rating
Monthly Price
Upfront Costs
Review

#1

7.7
$19.99-42.99
$0

#2

7.0
$34.99-49.99
$69+

#3

4.8
$34.95-59.99
$199-499

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$8.30
$200 - $800

Pros

Self- or Professional-Monitoring (Low Cost)

Equipment sold by Abode is designed to be self-monitored with the Abode app, so you get alerts to your phone when a door or window is opened, a motion sensor goes off, or if there is a break-in. However, you can add professional, 24/7 monitoring to any of the Abode security systems you purchase for just $100/year ($8.33/month).

Low Overall Costs

We built a system for a 1,000 – 3,000 sq ft house that had 3 doors, 5 windows, an indoor camera, and used the Basic iota. Basic iota Security Kit. Without any monitoring, the equipment was $561 upfront. If we included a year of monitoring ($100) and professional installation ($149), the total came to $810. With a traditional home security company (where you have a monitoring contract that includes financing your equipment), you could end up paying twice as much over the course of your contract.

Integrate Other Smart Home Devices

Abode designed their hub and app to integrate will other popular monitoring equipment. You can browse through products that integrate with Abode on the company’s website by company or type of device. Some of the companies that you can use with Abode include:

  • Google Assistant
  • Amazon
  • Ecobee
  • First Alert
  • Hue
  • Lifx
  • Linear
  • Kwikset
  • Nest
  • Yale
  • Z-Wave
  • Zigbee

Cons

Interest Financing on Equipment

Like SimpliSafe and Google Nest, Abode security encourages customers to purchase equipment upfront ($500-800 for about 2,000sq ft). More traditional home security companies let you roll in the cost of the equipment in your monthly monitoring fees, usually interest-free. If you want to break up your payments so you’re not paying for your Abode equipment all upfront, you will be charged interest.

Limited Devices

Abode does not have an outdoor camera, video doorbell camera, or a decent selection of smart home devices. Under their smart home equipment, the company only offers a smart outlet and an occupancy sensor (detects, movement, temperature, and light levels).

Our Recommendation

Abode may be the right company for you if you are interested in basic home security and want to pay for your equipment upfront. However, if you would like a system with more security and environment protection, we would recommend Frontpoint. And if you are interested in rolling in the cost of your equipment into your monthly fee, with no interest, we recommend Protect America.


Abode vs SimpliSafe

  Abode SimpliSafe Protect America
Basic Home Security Monitoring $8.30 $14.99 $19.99 - $41.99
Home Automation Monitoring $8.30 $14.99 $41.99
Video Home Security Monitoring $8.30 $25 $24.99 - $49.99
Equipment Upfront $200 - $850 $229 - $977 $0
Equipment Financing Yes; Includes Interest No Yes; 0% APR
Contract 1-year None 3-year
Installation DIY or Professional: $99 - $150 DIY or Professional: $79 DIY

Abode Home Security Kits

With all of the Abode home security starter kits, you can create up to 100 automations, connected an unlimited number of accounts, and connect up to 160 devices.

Basic Smart Security Kit- $199
Basic iota Security Kit – $229

CUE home automation engine
Self-monitored system
3 days of video storage
Key fob
1 door/window sensor
1 motion sensor (not iota)
Add on-demand professional monitoring: $8 for 3 days or $15 for 7 days
*Iota (Abode hub with built-in camera, motion sensor, and two-way voice control)

Connect Smart Security Kit- $239
Connect iota Security Kit – $269

CUE home automation engine
Self-monitored system
Cellular backup ($3.30/month)
14 days of video storage
Key fob
1 door/window sensor
1 motion sensor (not iota)
Add on-demand professional monitoring: $8 for 3 days or $15 for 7 days
*Iota (Abode hub with built-in camera, motion sensor, and two-way voice control)

Secure Smart Security Kit- $299
Secure iota Security Kit – $329

CUE home automation engine
24/7 professional monitoring ($8.33/month)
Cellular backup
90 days of video storage
Premium phone support
Unlimited warranty on equipment
Key fob
1 door/window sensor
*Iota (Abode hub with built-in camera, motion sensor, and two-way voice control)

Individual Devices:

  • Door/window sensor: $27-38/each
  • Motion sensor: $42
  • Glass break detector: $36-49
  • Flood detector: $49
  • Smoke alarm: $45
  • Indoor alarm: $49
  • Outdoor alarm: $59
  • Keypad: $79
  • Key fob: $25
  • Abode camera: $129
  • Smart outlet: $39
  • Occupancy Sensor: $44
  • Yard sign: $24

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Our Score
5.1
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Ratings Breakdown

Monthly Monitoring Fee

$8.30

Install & Equipment Fee

$200 - $800

Contract Length

12 Months

Cancellation Policy

None

System Relocation Fee

Free

Number of Reviews

0
Our Score
8.9
User Score
7.7
Rank this Company

Ratings Breakdown

Monthly Monitoring Fee

$19.99-42.99

Install & Equipment Fee

$0

Contract Length

36 Months

Cancellation Policy

Pay Balance

System Relocation Fee

Free

Number of Reviews

2,392