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ADT offers home security monitoring with a 36-Month Contract. High pricing. Read customer reviews here.

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Ratings Breakdown

Monthly Monitoring Fee

$27.99-58.99

Install & Equipment Fee

$99+

Contract Length

36 Months

Cancellation Policy

Undisclosed

System Relocation Fee

Undisclosed

Number of Reviews

2,454

This Review is maintained by Chase Sagum

Review Last Updated: August 12, 2019

ADT offers professionally installed home security systems in 40 U.S. states. They do not offer home security in the following US states: Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Kansas, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, New Hampshire. Almost all equipment needs to be purchased upfront. Monthly monitoring fees start at $27.99 for basic home security, $52.99 to use the ADT app, and $58.99 for video monitoring.

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

#6
ADT-Monitored-Logo

1.1
$27.99-58.99
$99+

Pros

Video Surveillance Option

ADT has a video plan option where for $58.99 per month, you get the standard security systems package along with a camera that includes video surveillance features that you can monitor through the ADT mobile app. Most home security service providers still do not offer video surveillance as a service. So if this is an important feature to you, you’ll want to consider ADT.

ADT Mobile App

With the ADT app, you can disarm and arm your ADT home security system, receive email and text message alarm notifications, and control your home’s smart devices like smart locks and motion sensors. According to the ADT home security systems website, the ADT app uses innovative Z-Wave technology.

ADT Guarantees

ADT offers a six-month money-back guarantee on installation and monitoring if you are unhappy with your current home security system. Additionally, according to the company’s website, ADT offers a theft protection guarantee that lets you “get up to $500 of your insurance deductible covered if a burglary occurs while your system is armed.”

Cons

High Monthly Monitoring Fees

Standard monitoring plans for new customers start at $27.99 for their traditional package and goes up to $58.99 for video monitoring. Those interested in the ADT mobile app or an outdoor/indoor camera, will need to pay more for the more comprehensive home security packages. The cost could end up being higher than other leading home security system providers. Specifically, their lowest plan is considerably higher than other industry-leading providers and their respective lower plans.

Undisclosed Information

Unlike other home security companies, like Protect America, ADT does not disclose how much added on equipment is. While you can see that the company offers three packages, it’s difficult to see the distinctions and what equipment is offered in each package.

Negative ADT Home Security Reviews

On BestHomeSecurityCompanys.com, ADT customer rate the company at 1.2 out of 10. Common complaints of ADT customers include sales and installation reps failing to show up to scheduled appointments, long wait times, additional charges, and high cancellation fees.

We have received over 1,500 negative ADT reviews from real customers. We never scrub reviews to make companies appear a certain way to potential buyers and negative reviews cannot be paid off by the company.

Our Recommendation

ADT offers a video surveillance option, a helpful mobile app, and a money-back guarantee as well as a theft protection guarantee. Additionally, ADT offers a variety of high-tech products with their monitoring service including cameras, video doorbells, motion detectors/motion sensors, a digital control panel, smart locks, and other monitoring service equipment. Unfortunately, the bad seems to outweigh the good when it comes to ADT security systems.

Customers are charged high monthly fees for ADT security services and are usually locked into a long-term contract. Also, there have been a plethora of negative customer reviews regarding ADT customer service and professional installation.

At this time, we do not recommend ADT for home security because of their negative reviews and their undisclosed information. We recommend choosing a home security company that discloses pricing and package information. Check out our top companies here.

 


How Much Does ADT Cost?

Traditional: $27.99/month

  • Digital control panel
  • Cellular monitoring
  • Front door sensor
  • Wireless keychain remote
  • High decibel alarm

Control: $52.99/month

  • Monitoring and equipment from “Traditional” package
  • ADT mobile app

Video: $58.99/month

  • Monitoring and equipment from “Control” package
  • Remote access to video: live clips and triggered events
Additional security equipment and home automation can be purchased. Prices are undisclosed.
  • Indoor camera
  • Outdoor camera
  • Doorbell camera
  • Smoke detector
  • Carbon monoxide detector
  • Flood sensor
  • Emergency button
  • Automated door locks
  • Automated home lighting
  • Smart thermostat
  • Garage door monitor
  • Smart home plugins

ADT vs Vivint

  ADT Protect America Frontpoint Vivint
Basic Home Security Monitoring $27.99 - $52.99 $19.99 - $39.99 $34.99 $29.99
Home Automation Monitoring $52.99 $41.99 $44.99 - $49.99 $39.99
Video Home Security Monitoring $58.99 $24.99 - $49.99 $49.99 $49.99
Equipment Upfront Yes; Price Undisclosed $0 $69 - $833 $500 - $1800
Financing* Unknown Available No $12 - $30/mo
Contract 3-year 3-year 3-year 5-year
Installation Professional; $99 DIY DIY Professional; $50-200
Available 40 U.S. States All U.S. States 50 U.S. States + Canada 50 U.S. States + Canada

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  1. User Score
    10
    March 10th, 2014 Pasadena, CA
    0 people found this review helpful!
    ADT has many hidden fees that will haunt you after signing up. Their customer service is horrible and they charge to repair their equipment. I would never use ADT again.
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  2. User Score
    10
    March 6th, 2014 Selkirk, NY
    0 people found this review helpful!
    DO NOT USE ADT – they signed my family home up with a 36 month plan, for $54 fixed monthly cost, but then THEY SCREW YOU ON THE SMALLL PRINT and go and change the rates on you while you are locked into the term. Apparent reason being that THEY chose to upgrade their system, and yet the CUSTOMER is expected to pay for their decision. This is BS. AVOID THIS COMPANY!
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  3. User Score
    0
    March 5th, 2014 Pittsburgh, PA
    0 people found this review helpful!
    I would rather trust my dog than ADT. Had them for business and they totally sucked and their installers messed up cameras after paying about $1,000.00. ADT also screwed up the billing and could never get it right. Totally unorganized service I got from ADT. I’m now buying a system for my home and am passing ADT by like a runaway freight train. I think their just too big to get a real Handel on their installers and their operations. Do yourself a favor and use another company.
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  4. User Score
    0
    February 28th, 2014 Katy, TX
    0 people found this review helpful!
    ADT is the worst! Once they gouge your for their system and rope you into their contract, their service dries up. I’m paying $50 a month for a system I can’t use and can’t get anyone to come out to fix. I take days off of work and they call me and tell me the tech can’t make it out and they have to reschedule. This is after waiting 2-3 weeks to get the appt! Don’t be stupid – they may be the big name, but that just means you’re a no body to them.
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  5. User Score
    0
    February 25th, 2014 TX
    1 people found this review helpful!
    ADT is an absolutely useless company – there customer service is horrendous – my system has been down for 2 months and they just sent a technician out to fix it. They were supposed to be at my house at 9am they finally showed up at 11am with no apology. If they hadn’t tricked me into a 3yr contract I would be cancelling this instant and I will 100% be cancelling on the first day I am able to. This is by far the worst provider for security in North America – don’t get tricked into signing a long term contract
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  6. User Score
    10
    February 22nd, 2014 Ripley, MS
    0 people found this review helpful!
    I have been a customer with ADT for 16 years. Everything was fine until last July when my house was hit by lightning. It took out my phone service and also my ADT system. When I called the company to have a service rep to come and check on it , they sent one who told me my system was too old and it had to be replaced because they didn’t have parts for the old one anymore. He gave me an estimate and I turned it into my insurance company. I was told at the time that there were no instillation charges as I was an existing customer. My homeowners insurance paid for the new system. It was put in in August and I paid the service rep. the full amount that he said that I owed him. He marked my bill paid in full and put down amount I owed was 0. I again I asked him about instillation charges and again I was told as an existing customer I would never pay instillation charges again. Well, I received a bill in September for a whopping 3300.00 for instillation charges. That was more than I was charged for the equipment that was installed in my home. I called the billing department and was switched from one person to another and constantly put on hold. No one would help me. I received phone calls from people wanting to know when I was going to pay the bill that I didn’t owe. In November I filed a dispute with the ADT. They said it would take 20 to 30 days to settle it. In December I received a letter saying they just got my dispute and it would take 20 days to settle. In the mean time I contacted the service technician and he contacted his boss and they both told me I did not owe this money. They sent someone over from their department to inform the billing department to settle this. I received another hateful letter in January and had to finally hire a lawyer to help me. Needless to say this was finally settled and I was told this was just a misunderstanding.
    Wow!!!! I would call this a big misunderstanding on their part. The bottom line is I did not have to pay this bill but I did have to pay a lawyer fee to settle this. I would not recommend ADT to anyone. I went through 5 months of absolute misery and hell. No one in that billing department was the least bit interested in helping me to resolve this issue at all. They just put you on hold until you are disconnected or you hang up. I just can’t recommend this company to anyone at all. It was so uncalled for the way that they treat their people.
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  7. User Score
    10
    February 22nd, 2014 Clinton, CT
    1 people found this review helpful!
    I am an ADT Sales rep. I also had ADT before becoming a rep. I work here because they care about the customer. Not everything can be perfect but I just want to shine the light on some issues that have been addressed. Yes we have a three year contract like your cellphone companies but unlike other companies we have a 75% cancellation fee not 100%. We can do hardwired contacts but most people like the wireless contacts because if you needed to replace a door or Window the contacts doesn’t get compromised. Most important things to know as an ADT customer we have six monitoring centers which all have the ability to instantly move customers to another center should something catastrophic happen in their area such as hurricanes, tornados or like the shooting in aurora, Colorado we went in lock down for the safety of our people. Who else can do this and still monitor you without service interruption? This is why we maybe more expensive but we can be more price competitive if we shut down five of our centers but ADT believes that this is how to provide the best security service! If you were to take your monthly charge and divide it by the number of monitoring centers you are getting we are less than everyone else never mind top notch equipment. We have generations of families with us and that’s because we ARE customer obsessed and I am proud to be one of them! Thank you for reading this if you made it to the end.
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  8. User Score
    5
    February 19th, 2014 Duncanville, TX
    0 people found this review helpful!
    I have the ADT Pulse system installed in my home. My system has cameras, light switch controls and fire emergency sensors. I paid handsomely for the system and am paying a monthly monitoring fee that is far more than comparable alarm systems. I have been loyal to ADT, having them both in California and now in Texas. That said, I feel like I am being taken advantage of when there are companies with high ratings offering comparable systems and monitoring at much lower prices.
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  9. User Score
    10
    February 17th, 2014 Chicago, IL
    0 people found this review helpful!
    Good
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  10. User Score
    1
    February 13th, 2014 Maryville, TN
    3 people found this review helpful!
    System has nit worked since novembet 2013. Customer service and technicians have been very hard to work with. System is still not fixed however they are still taking out payment every month. Be very weary of this company. Will not even give you a manual of system.
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  11. User Score
    1
    February 12th, 2014 San Jose, CA
    1 people found this review helpful!
    I really disappoint ADT. Today I had a problem on my home system from last week, just after install new system. Really I want cancel system. When ADT fix problem after bugler visit my home. When ADT fix my problem….
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  12. User Score
    4
    February 7th, 2014 Mcleansville, NC
    0 people found this review helpful!
    This company I feel has ripped me off. I moved from one state to another. They charged me 450$ to install it in the new home and I was stuck because I still had 2+ yrs. to go with them. You can not just cancel your contract with them. You must pay 75% of the total cost each month for every month left in your 3 yr. contract.
    I called one day because my alarm kept beeping. They told me it was the remote, ok great, easy to fix. I then asked if we could do a check on the system. During the testing we got disconnected (don’t know if this was normal). I assumed they would call back and complete the testing with me, NO. They have gotten expensive and I hate how they don’t put the sensors into the door frame. You have a box sitting at the top of all your doors, ugly. Looking forward to changing from ADT.I am researching companies now and will decide in time to change.
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  13. User Score
    1
    February 5th, 2014 Ridgewood, NJ
    1 people found this review helpful!
    Here is what happened when I called in to cancel the scheduled appointment this morning; because I decided to go with Slomin’s shield. My call was transferred to the “cancellation” department. This guy started with asking me why I wanted to cancel the appointment. I told him the ADT’ monthly fee was too expensive and unnecessary for me and I lived in a nice area; only needed the basic coverage. In addition, I did my homework and I knew what I needed. This guy said with an attitude” you would know the difference between us (ADT and Slomin’s) when your home got broken into. Some people have tight budget, just can’t afford our services.” I am not sure how other people will react. I was offended and asked him “are you cursing me?” It was unbelievable to me someone from “a big national company” responded so! Probably I would never use ADT even I need their “fancy” services.
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  14. User Score
    10
    February 4th, 2014 Milwaukee, WI
    0 people found this review helpful!
    I had ADT installed about 2 yrs ago and am very pleased with the service. The only false alarms I have had were triggered by me. My ADT Rep, Chris Bradford, Indpls, IN has been excellent from day one. Whenever I have a question I call/txt him and he replies within a short period of time. The installer educated me about the system and placement the day he installed the system and made sure everything was cleaned up at the end of the job. ADT customer service has been polite and prefessional the few times that I have called them in response to an alarm and to test my system. I have zero complaints.
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  15. User Score
    4
    February 3rd, 2014 New Hyde Park, NY
    0 people found this review helpful!
    Very expensive,the worst customer service. The technicians are somewhat incompetent,They had to make multiple visits to my property for one issue and each time , they would not have the right equipment or could not figure out what was going on. the technology is nice , but the company is a disaster. would not recommend them.
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  16. User Score
    5
    December 31st, 2013 Tarpon Springs, FL
    0 people found this review helpful!
    first off they charge your credit card for appt. before they set foot in your house. their guys are pleasant but hold on to your check book. relentlessly pushing upgrades to your system. after an hour of all this, the price was lowered by over a thousand bucks. my husband is terminally ill and they exhausted him with all the sales pitch. he had to go into another room to escape. hard sell!!! finally upgraded which i didn’t want but had to get them out of the house. monthly fees are way too high.
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  17. User Score
    3
    December 30th, 2013 Rutherford, NJ
    2 people found this review helpful!
    Overall ADT is ok but there are some stuffs to consider before signing the contract.

    Pros: 800 customer service are professional most of the time. Techs are nice too.

    Cons:
    1. You are locked into 3 years contract.
    2. Your service and installation scheduling depends highly on your local sales office in which in my area Bergen County (NJ) is a total hassle and horrible service (they made a lot of mistakes including wrong and extra charges).
    3. My sales rep disappeared in the middle no where to be found and did not assign me to another rep much less no one in that office notified me of it.
    4. Management in that office was very incompetent.
    5. They try to raise your fee in the middle of your contract in which they were not supposed to.
    6. ADT pulse doesn’t work properly most of the time.
    7. You have to PAY FOR ALL YOUR EQUIPMENTS! Spent over $1000 and still malfunctioning!!!

    Just got sick and tired of all the crap and hassle so I’m glad my contract is about to expire and say ADIOS to ADT!

    PS: My bad experience is based on sales office in my area therefore other regions might have different experience.

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  18. User Score
    10
    November 30th, 2013 San Diego, CA
    0 people found this review helpful!
    I really messed up and let a sales representative from another alarm company talk me into changing from ADT, to their company. My wife and I, told the rep, that we could not pay more than what we were paying ADT, but he did not listen to us.
    So the next day we canceled the contract, and went back to ADT.
    ADT were great! they gave us two hours of free labor to hook up our old alarm.
    I can not say enough good things about ADT and their company.
    We have NEVER had a bad experience with ADT during the time we have been with them.
    Richard R. Beisigl
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  19. User Score
    4
    October 8th, 2013 Raleigh, NC
    1 people found this review helpful!
    We liked ADT at first. After a few false alarms, we had to start using a bypass code to keep the system from arming one of the doors. The technician fixed it (for a charge), but the problem occurred again a year later.

    I’m about to cancel our contract with ADT and get a different alarm company. After all the money we have spent, it seems to me that they should include maintenance of the system without an extra fee.

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  20. User Score
    4
    October 4th, 2013 Guilford, CT
    1 people found this review helpful!
    Overall the product is okay, but installation quality varies wildly from company installer to broker installer. A lot of the satisfaction or dis satisfaction could be based on who puts your system in.

    When you factor price into the equation, ADT sinks further down the ladder. Other companies offer similar packages for far less. Furthermore, the ADT contract all but guarantees increases over time during the contract period. I’d pass on this company and look elsewhere.

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Our Score
8.0
User Score
1.1
Rank this Company

Ratings Breakdown

Monthly Monitoring Fee

$27.99-58.99

Install & Equipment Fee

$99+

Contract Length

36 Months

Cancellation Policy

Undisclosed

System Relocation Fee

Undisclosed

Number of Reviews

2,454
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