Abode

Abode

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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).

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 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
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: November 27, 2019

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