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Offers home security and smart home automations. Purchase via phone or in person only. Customer reviews rate Vivint 1.5 out of 10 for poor customer service: (read reviews)

Our Score
5.2
User Score
1.4
Our Score
5.2
User Score
1.4
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Ratings Breakdown

Monthly Monitoring Fee

$39.99-49.99

Install & Equipment Fee

$500-1800

Contract Length

60 Months

Cancellation Policy

Undisclosed

System Relocation Fee

$99

Number of Reviews

2,306

This Review is maintained by Chase Sagum

Review Last Updated: September 13, 2019

Vivint Smart Home offers home security, security cameras, and home automation devices for residential homes. Right now, the company has no activation fee. However, if you opt to finance your equipment, you’re locked into a 5-year contract with high monthly fees. Check out Vivint Reviews Below to see what customers are saying about the security provider and post your own review of Vivint.

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

4.9
$34.95-59.99
$199-499

#52
Vivint(HomeSecurity)

1.4
$39.99-49.99
$500-1800

Pros

Vivint Smart Home Automation Features

One of the ways Vivint is trying to separate from the competition is by positioning themselves as more of a ‘home automation’ solution. Customers can use either Vivint’s SkyControl Panel or Google Home as a hub to control and communicate with all their smart home devices. The great thing about the SkyControl Panel is that it uses two-way audio to communicate with Vivint’s monitoring team, so customers have instant access to support.

To control smart devices remotely, homeowners can use the Vivint Smart Home app. Vivint’s app is highly rated in the Apple app store (4.6/5) and Google Play (4.5/5). With the app, you can control and see the following:

  • Arm and disarm home security
  • Lock and unlock your front door
  • Check the status of your window and door locks
  • Open garage door
  • View live feed on doorbell camera
  • Use two-way audio with doorbell camera
  • View live feed on indoor and outdoor camera
  • Turn lights on, off, and dim
  • Adjust smart thermostat
  • View smoke detectors

Vivint’s home automation system is compatible with common smart home hubs, such as Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Amazon Alexa. For environment controls, Vivint sells both the Element Thermostat and Nest Thermostat. For lighting, Vivint integrates with Philips Hue – LED bulbs that you can control the brightness levels of with your voice or mobile app.

Month-to-Month Contract Option

If you purchase all of your equipment upfront from Vivint, you can be on a month-to-month monitoring contract with them, meaning you can cancel at any time. Without purchasing equipment upfront, Vivint locks customers into a 5-year contract. This month-to-month contract is a great option for those who want to own their equipment immediately, which will cost anywhere from $500 to $1800, depending on what equipment you want to purchase.

Cons

Costly Equipment + High Monthly Monitoring

Vivint’s 24/7 monitoring packages start at $39.99 per month and go up to $49.99/month for video monitoring. This is a bit higher than other leading industry providers, considering equipment needs to be purchased separately. Specifically, their lowest plan is priced considerably higher than other industry-leading providers and their respective lower plans.

The table below compares home security systems from Vivint, Protect America, and Frontpoint. The two big differences you’ll notice between Vivint and Protect America is 1) upfront costs and 2) customer satisfaction. Protect America doesn’t have any upfront fees, Frontpoint has low upfront fees, and Vivint has high upfront fees. Next, Protect America customers rate them an average of 8 out of 10, while Vivint customers rate the company an average of 1 out of 10. Another point worth mentioning is Vivint’s 5-year contract vs a 3-year contract from the compared companies.

  Vivint Protect America Frontpoint
Equipment Upfront $500 - $1800 $0 $69 - $833
Basic Alarm Monitoring $29.99 $19.99 - $41.99 $34.99
Video Monitoring $49.99 $24.99 - $49.99 $49.99
Contract 5-year 3-year 3-year
Installation Professional; $50 - $200 DIY DIY
Customer Rating 1/10 8/10 7/10

Undisclosed Pricing

Another point worth mentioning is that Vivint doesn’t display their package or individual equipment pricing on their website. Instead, the company relies on door-to-door salesmen to advertise technology and pricing. In order to sign up with Vivint or get an estimate, you’ll either need to talk to a salesman in person or speak to customer service reps. In our section below on negative Vivint security reviews, note that the door-to-door salesmen sometimes have high-pressure sales tactics, don’t fully explain the contract, and make some homeowners feel like they have to make an instant decision.

5-Year Contract

Vivint provides equipment free of charge, with one major caveat. You’re basically signing a 5-year (60-month) home security contract. And these contracts aren’t too forgiving for those who want to cancel their home security or are moving. A customer is expected to pay the remaining balance of their contract in the event that they try to cancel early.

Vivint has professional installation service- there is no option for DIY installation – which some people prefer. The company charges $50-$200 for this professional installer.

Negative Vivint Reviews

There are many negative Vivint reviews from customers on our site and the majority of them touch on poor customer service and the long contract that ranges from difficult to impossible to get out of. Common themes among these customer service reviews include:

  • Deceptive sales tactics
  • Poor service
  • Poor billing practices
  • Slow technician response time

You may be wondering why there are so many negative reviews of the Vivint alarm on BestHomeSecurityCompanys.com, when other review sites rate them high and have positive reviews. Unlike other review sites, we do not allow companies to pay to remove reviews, nor do we filter out reviews just to boost or lower a company’s overall score. We have received over 1,500 negative reviews here on this website regarding Vivint from real customers.

Compare Reviews to Protect America

Our Recommendation

Vivint is a well-known home security company that does not charge for its devices upfront. The smartphone mobile app allows you to control your home security systems and smart home devices from wherever you are. However, with a 5-year contract and high monthly monitoring rates, Vivint’s home security systems may be too expensive. Most importantly, we recommend choosing a company with better customer reviews. There are also more affordable home security companies that don’t tie you down with long contracts and have a deeper history of high-level customer service. 


Vivint Home Security and Smart Home Packages

Vivint has various home security solutions (24/7 professional monitoring) with a variety of equipment available. If you use their monitoring services, you will be personally alerted via the Vivint Smart Home app, and if your alarm goes off, their customer service reps will call you and assess your situation before dispatching emergency personnel.

How Much Does Vivint Cost?

Vivint offers three home monitoring packages: one for home security, one for home security and locks, and one for video monitoring. The prices listed below are for monitoring only. You can purchase your equipment upright at cost, or you can finance your equipment for an additional $5 to $30 per month, depending on how much equipment you want.

Smart Protect: $29.99/month

  • SkyControl Panel (smart hub)
  • Vivint Smart Home mobile app
  • Alarm – burglary detection
  • Door / window sensor
  • Motion sensor
  • Glass break sensor
  • Smoke / fire sensor
  • Carbon monoxide sensor
  • Flood / water sensor

Smart Protect + Control: $39.99/month

  • Monitors equipment in the Smart Protect package
  • Smart door lock
  • Smart garage door control

Smart Complete: $44.99-49.99/month

  • Monitors equipment in the Smart Protect + Control package
  • Vivint Doorbell Camera: HD camera, 180-degree view, night vision, two-way audio, live streaming, custom push notifications, and visitor detection.
  • Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro: 1080p video and HD zoom, 140-degree view, night vision, two-way communication, detects threats, and sends notifications to your phone.
  • Vivint Ping indoor camera: HD wide-angle lens, two-way communication, infrared night vision, one-touch calling, and custom mobile notifications.

If you purchase a video monitoring subscription from Vivint, you can have 30 days of cloud storage for up to four cameras (doorbell camera, outdoor and indoor camera. Add another camera for additional costs. The 30-days includes 24/7 camera footage stored to the Vivint Smart Drive (1TB).

Car Guard

  • Car maintenance reminders
  • Location tracking
  • Tamper alert
  • Sync with your home automation or home security system

How Do I Cancel Vivint?

To cancel your monitoring contract with Vivint, you will need to send in a written request that includes your name, address, and account number. If you are in a 5-year contract with Vivint, you will have to pay the entire balance of your contract when you cancel. Make sure to cancel within the window the company gives you. Customers who have tried to cancel even a couple of hours outside of their cancellation window have been denied.

How Long is Vivint’s Contract?

When you do not purchase equipment upfront, you will need to sign a 5-year contract with them. If you want to purchase all of your equipment upfront, you can be on a month-to-month contract. Don’t want to pay for equipment upfront or be locked into a 5-year contract? Check out Protect America.

Does Vivint Offer Solar?

Yes, Vivint Solar operates separately from Vivint Smart Home. Customers may be able to integrate their solar panels with their Vivint Smart Home and manage all from one hub.

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    July 13th, 2013 Lansing, MI
    7 people found this review helpful!
    Lansing MI.
    I tried out Vivints security system for the trial period and decided it wasn’t for me and my family. When I decided this and contacted them to discontinue the service they were rude. when they came to remove the tech. was rude to my wife and father that lives with me as well as didn’t put the cover back on the outlet the equipment was tied into when we have 5 kids in our house hold with the youngest being 2 years old. Never again will I use this service or recommend them to another person.
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  2. User Score
    1
    May 24th, 2013 West Jordan, UT
    4 people found this review helpful!
    Horrible experience in Conway, AR. I had another Alarm System that was fully functional but since I was on a month-to-month basis I let the door-to-door rep talk me into switching. Took installers over 12 hours (performed on 3 consecutive evenings) to complete switchover, they left my home phone line disconnected and I had to call AT&T to have that repaired, left cosmetic damage that needed repaired.
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  3. User Score
    1
    May 12th, 2013 Stamford, CT
    8 people found this review helpful!
    Vivant is a predatory company using poorly disclosed long-term contract terms to take advantage of consumers. Salesman lied about cancellation terms. I negotiated and settled with the company 1-year later. After another year they hired a collection agency to collect the original amount. I cannot wait for class action lawyers to pursue action here as they did with cellular carriers abusing long-term contract cancellation terms. Do your self a favor – go with a local company that doesn’t lie to you.
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    2
    March 19th, 2013 Greensboro, NC
    4 people found this review helpful!
    I was draw to Vivint because of the cellular system used instead of land line. The salesman promised that all the equipment installed would have the same features as that old CPI system had. However, this turned out to be untrue, the keypads in the bedroom and at the exit to garage does not indicate the status of the system so the alarm goes off often because I cannot see or hear the alarm or see the status, the central console is to far away. Since they won’t make it right, I will be shopping another system when the contract ends. I don’t like companies that renege on their promises.
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  5. User Score
    1
    March 1st, 2013 Denver, CO
    3 people found this review helpful!
    The company last year gave us one month free and now is not willing to do this. It appears that this was a gimmick to get us hooked as customers.
    I would suggest shopping carefully before making your choice.
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  6. User Score
    10
    February 9th, 2013 Fort Smith, AR
    4 people found this review helpful!
    So thankful I have your system, tonight I had a stove fire without your system going off I don’t want to imagine what would of happen! Luckily it warned me and I was Abel to put out the fire! Thank you!
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Our Score
5.2
User Score
1.4
Rank this Company

Ratings Breakdown

Monthly Monitoring Fee

$39.99-49.99

Install & Equipment Fee

$500-1800

Contract Length

60 Months

Cancellation Policy

Undisclosed

System Relocation Fee

$99

Number of Reviews

2,306
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

2,396