Abode

Abode

4.1

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Abode Home Security was founded in 2014 by a former ADT executive named Christopher Carney and is headquartered in San Francisco, California. 

Alongside a few entrepreneurs, Carney brought expertise in security and technology to the table. Abode provides DIY home security systems 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).

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 a professional, 24/7 monitoring service to any of the Abode Home 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 Security Kit. Without any monitoring, the equipment was $561 upfront. If we included one year of home security 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 its hub and app (both Android and Apple) to integrate with 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 Alexa
  • Amazon Echo
  • Apple Homekit
  • Ecobee
  • First Alert
  • Philips Hue Smart Hub
  • Lifx
  • Linear
  • Kwikset
  • Nest
  • Yale
  • Z-Wave Devices
  • Google Nest
  • Zigbee
  • Others

Cons

Interest Financing on Equipment

Abode Home Security, alongside other systems like SimpliSafe and Google Nest, 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 security cameras, 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).

Few Reviews

Unfortunately, since Abode is a newer company within home security, it has fewer customers, which leads to fewer reviews about the quality of its home security system. The biggest differences between ADT, Ring Alarm, SimpliSafe, and Abode will be seen by comparing Abode customer reviews to the other popular DIY home security systems.

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 Home Security Kits

With all of the Abode home security starter kits, you can create up to 100 automations, connect 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 detector: $42
  • Glass-break sensor: $36-49
  • Flood detector: $49
  • Smoke alarm: $45
  • Indoor alarm: $49
  • Outdoor alarm: $59
  • Keypad: $79
  • Key fob: $25
  • Abode security cameras: $129
  • Smart outlet: $39
  • Occupancy Sensor: $44
  • Yard sign: $24
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
Review Last Updated: March 18, 2020

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