ADT Review: Pricing, Features

ADT's long-established professional monitoring capabilities make it a good pick for a home security system.
Dalia Ramirez
By Dalia Ramirez 
Edited by Tina Orem

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ADT Security System
ADT Security System

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Equipment cost
$194.98
Base kit comes with one ADT Smart Home Hub, one ADT Door/Window Sensor and the ADT+ app.

Professional monitoring monthly cost
$24.99 and up
$59.99 with cameras. A monitoring plan is required with equipment purchase, but you can choose self-monitoring starting at $24.99.

Hazard detection
Add-on CO detector, smoke detector and water/temperature sensor.
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ADT is a home security provider that offers self-setup and professionally installed alarm systems and cameras. The company has been operating for nearly 150 years, making it one of the most well-known names in home security.

ADT has transitioned from more traditional home security equipment to newer technology by collaborating with Google Nest cameras, making its systems smart-home compatible.

The company’s long-term contracts can feel restrictive, but the benefits can be worth it for customers looking for a professionally installed and monitored home security system from a household name.

Deciding factors

One-time costs

About $195 for basic equipment.

Monthly fees

$24.99 and up.

Installation

Professional install and self-setup options.

Video monitoring

Self-setup:

  • $24.99 per month for pro monitoring with no cameras.

  • $34.99 per month for pro monitoring with cameras.

Pro install:

  • $45.99 per month for pro monitoring with no cameras.

  • $59.99 per month for pro monitoring with cameras.

Contract

36-month minimum; 24 months in California.

How does ADT work?

To purchase an ADT system, you visit the company’s website and select a package. The company will mail your equipment.

If you choose professional installation, you’ll schedule an appointment for an ADT technician to come to your home and set up the equipment. Appointments are usually available within three days.

If you choose self-setup, you’ll follow the instructions provided in the included setup guide. If you need extra help, you can consult the ADT virtual assistant feature on the app.

How much does ADT cost?

ADT offers six home security system packages, three self-setup and three pro-install. The pro-install packages come with monitoring contracts. The company often runs promotions, typically 25% off packages with a required one-month minimum pro monitoring plan. The prices below are list prices.

Self-Setup

Package

Price

What you get

Build Your Own

$194.98

Smart home hub, door/window sensor and app.

Starter

$389.96

Everything in Build Your Own package plus one more sensor (two total) and a Google Nest doorbell.

Premium

$744.92

Everything in Starter package plus an indoor camera, outdoor camera, smoke detector and water/temperature sensor.

Pro-Install

Package

Price

What you get

Build Your Own

$499.99

  • Control panel, door/window sensor and app.

  • 36-month $24.99 per month pro monitoring contract required.

Smart Home

$778

  • Everything in Build Your Own plus one more sensor (two total) and a Google Nest doorbell.

  • 36-month $34.99 per month pro monitoring contract required.

Video and Smart Home

$1,586

  • Everything in Smart Home package plus an indoor camera, outdoor camera, smoke detector, water detector and temperature sensor.

  • 36-month $34.99 per month pro monitoring contract required.

You can also customize any system by adding specific items, such as cameras and life safety detectors, to an existing package. For example, you can add a smoke detector to a basic package for $39.99.

Benefits of ADT

  • Owns 12 interconnected monitoring stations across North America, leading to fast alarm response times.

  • Has a self-monitoring option, though discounted packages may require a one-month subscription.

  • Integrates with Google Nest cameras.

Drawbacks of ADT

  • Had a security breach in 2020 that affected customers in the Dallas-Fort Worth, TX area.

  • The required monthly monitoring fee is on the expensive side compared to other providers. The self-monitored starter plan is affordable, but more comprehensive plans have steep equipment and professional monitoring costs.

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$249.96
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Professional monitoring monthly cost
$29.99
Self-monitoring available for $9.99 per month. You can also access basic features with no plan.

Hazard detection
Add-on smoke/CO detector, water and temperature sensor.
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Professional monitoring monthly cost
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Hazard detection
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