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Our Score
7.1
User Score
9.9
Our Score
7.1
User Score
9.9
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Ratings Breakdown

Monthly Monitoring Fee

$10-45

Install & Equipment Fee

$320-625+

Contract Length

No contract

Cancellation Policy

No fee; 30 days

System Relocation Fee

None

Index

106

Number of Reviews

101

This Review is maintained by Chase Sagum

Review Last Updated: September 18, 2019

Alarm Grid is a DIY, no contract alarm monitoring company. They sell security systems straight from manufacturers for businesses and personal home use. The company offers free consultations on the equipment they sell and encourage each person to pick a system that works best in their home and that the customer can install themselves. Customers can purchase alarm equipment with or without monitoring service.

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User Rating
Monthly Price
Upfront Costs
Review

#1

7.7
$19.99-42.99
$0

#2

7.0
$34.99-49.99
$69+

#3

5.0
$34.95-59.99
$199-499

#17
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9.9
$10-45
$320-625+

Pros

No Contract

Alarm Grid explicitly states it will not lock customers into contracts. This no-contract policy is quite unique in the home security systems industry and provides customers with a low-risk alternative to major companies. And because Alarm Grid features no long-term contracts, customers will not need to worry about the hefty cancellation fees – in which they would need to pay up to hundreds of dollars towards the remaining balance. Although customers should note the 30-day return policy on equipment purchased.

Although self-monitoring is an effective way to reduce your monthly monitoring costs, it also presents some inherent risks. Customers who choose this option will be required to contact the authorities themselves, even if they receive an alert in the middle of the night or far from home. If customers are asleep or otherwise away from their phone or computer, several minutes can transpire before authorities are contacted.

Inexpensive Monthly Monitoring

Alarm Grid provides a number of flexible security options for every budget and preference. Alarm Grid has monitoring plans that start at just $10/month and increase depending on what a homeowner wants out of their system (up to $45/month).

Alarm Grid has a unique partnership with Affirm which provides its customers who bought equipment an opportunity to finance their systems. The approval process is instant; allowing individuals with no credit score to get a 3, 6, 12-month loan to help pay for their system.

While Alarm Grid customers pay nothing in terms of activation or installation costs, they will be required to pay for all their equipment and sensors upfront, which can be hundreds of dollars even for a basic monitoring system. Other home security companies have successfully absorbed the cost of the equipment into their monthly fees, allowing customers to pay for the equipment over time.

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While there are not a lot of recent reviews for Alarm Grid on our site, the reviews we have are overwhelmingly positive.

Cons

High Upfront Costs

Alarm Grid offers monitoring for a low cost because customers purchase their system upfront. Their system is not ideal for those who can’t afford to purchase all their equipment upfront. A wireless alarm system costs anywhere from $320 (security system, 3 door/window sensors, and a motion sensor) to $625 (security system, 10 door/window sensors, and a motion sensor). Any additional equipment is purchased separately. See the “About Alarm Grid” section below for pricing.

For those who are unable to purchase equipment upfront, the company offers financing through Affirm Finance. Customers can pay off their equipment in 3, 6, or 12 months. This is not an interest-free loan – APR starts at 10%.

Our Recommendation

AlarmGrid’s monthly monitoring fees and equipment fees are comparable to other DIY home security systems. If you are interested in a DIY system, we recommend comparing them to other DIY companies. If you are interested in a professionally installed home security system, we recommend reading about Guardian Protection.


About Alarm Grid

Equipment from Alarm Grid

Alarm Grid sells wireless alarm systems from the below brands. Systems come with a control panel, door/window sensors, and motion sensors:

  • 2GIG
  • Alarm.com
  • AT&T
  • Honeywell
  • Impassa
  • Iotega
  • Rogers
  • Qolsys
  • Verizon

 

You can enhance a system you purchase from Alarm Grid or any system, with their add-ons:

  • Indoor / outdoor cameras ($120-243)
  • Video doorbell ($100-250)
  • Motion sensors ($44-267)
  • Glass break detectors ($30-89)
  • Smoke, fire, carbon monoxide detectors ($44-150)
  • Key fob ($18-52)
  • Panic buttons ($30-84)
  • Medical alert button ($33-63)

 

Monitoring Options From Alarm Grid

Alarm Grid has two monitoring options – professional monitoring and self-monitoring. There are no activation fees, extra charges, and no contracts. One thing to note about Alarm Grid is that they work with customers who already have a system and just need it to be activated. A majority of their customers are system takeovers.

Professional Monitoring

Bronze: $15/month

  • Central station (live operator calls when the alarm goes off)
  • Landline or internet monitoring

Silver: $25/month

  • Central station
  • Internet monitoring
  • Remote home automation
  • Arm / disarm system remotely
  • Push notifications (email or text)

Gold: $35/month

  • Central station
  • Cellular monitoring
  • Remote home automation
  • Arm / disarm system remotely
  • Push notifications (email or text)

Platinum: $45/month

  • Central station
  • Internet monitoring
  • Remote home automation
  • Arm / disarm system remotely
  • Push notifications (email or text)
  • Video Surveillance
Self Monitoring

Self Bronze: $10/month

  • Arm / disarm system remotely
  • Push notifications (email or text)
  • Internet connection

Self Silver: $15/month

  • Arm / disarm system remotely
  • Push notifications (email or text)
  • Internet connection
  • Remote home automation

Self Gold: $25/month

  • Arm / disarm system remotely
  • Push notifications (email or text)
  • Cellular connection
  • Remote home automation

Self Platinum: $35/month

  • Arm / disarm system remotely
  • Push notifications (email or text)
  • Cellular connection
  • Remote home automation
  • Video Surveillance

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    10
    May 10th, 2013 Chicago, IL
    5 people found this review helpful!
    I am so impressed by the customer service of Sterling the owner of Alarm Grid. I am a facility manager for a large corporation with currently about 600 people on my site. I have been working for them for 16 years. The way to keep my job is to always provide A+ customer service to them. I also hire many contractors, etc. so I expect A+ service from them. When I was looking for a monitoring company for my home I visited Alarm Grid website. I just purchased a Honeywell Lynx l5100 from a different site before I found Alarm Grid. I since found out that I could have got it cheaper from Alarm Grid. When on the site I was contacted via chat by Sterling the owner. At this point I knew nothing about alarm setup or monitoring. Even though I didn’t purchase from him he had offered to help me setup the system from a-z . I since purchased cellular and zwave modules from them. I decided to go with Alarm Grid monitoring. I sent Sterling an e-mail and next thing my phone was ringing. Because I didn’t understand a few things about the system I have e-mailed him several times and would get immediate phone call from him to help. You could not ask for better service than this. I am happy with his pricing also. I highly recommend Alarm Grid. When it comes to customer service I expect nothing but the best.
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Our Score
7.1
User Score
9.9
Rank this Company

Ratings Breakdown

Monthly Monitoring Fee

$10-45

Install & Equipment Fee

$320-625+

Contract Length

No contract

Cancellation Policy

No fee; 30 days

System Relocation Fee

None

Index

106

Number of Reviews

101
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

2,414