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Ranked #22 on Fast Company’s list of The World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies, Vivint Smart Home is a leading smart home technology provider. Their goal is to make your life easier and smarter.
With high-quality security services and home automation services, Vivint’s home security system is connected through a 100% wireless connection and includes professional installation and 24/7 monitoring. They offer a variety of customizable packages, so you can choose the products and services that best fit your home needs.
Vivint has something for all types of homeowners. If you’re a parent, the Vivint Doorbell Camera has smart lock integration that makes it easy to unlock the door for your kids without having to leave your office. If you’re a traveler, you can use the Vivint Smart Home app to adjust your thermostat, lock the doors, and turn off the lights, all from a simple WiFi connection.
House Method looked into Vivint’s products and packages, and break down exactly what’s offered. Below we explore Vivint security services, how they work, what they cost, and why they’re worth considering. To learn more about Vivint’s offerings or get a free quote, call 877.804.3021.*
There are a dozen reasons why home security systems will protect your children, your pets, your home, and make your life simpler. Think about the issues you could avoid with the help of a Vivint security system:
Research conducted by the Rutgers University School of Criminal Justice showed that alarm systems help deter burglars. Another study conducted by the University of North Carolina showed that 31% burglars are likely to retreat from a home that has a security system installed.
Smart home security systems should be reliable, easy to use, and convenient, but where do you begin choosing your provider? While searching for the best home security system, you should consider multiple factors: your home needs, the set-up process, the technology, included features, whether or not professional installation is required, and what the company guarantees.
There are basic security starter kits available, but these often require you to self-install and self-monitor. Unless that’s something you feel comfortable with, we suggest using a control panel and a professional monitoring company.
Depending on the home security company, the control panel will be programmed through a wired connection or a wireless connection, with the potential for battery backup. Your location may make wireless security system impossible, but Vivint offers a free at-home consultation, which allows you to figure out if your cellular network is strong enough for a wireless smart home system.
A Vivint home security professional will evaluate what services you might need and answer all of your home security questions in this consultation, free of charge, and all before you buy your security equipment or sign up for a service plan.
Here’s why House Method recommends the Vivint security systems:
All of Vivint’s products and services are created with the customer’s safety and convenience in mind, which is why we’re going to tell you about their security products and explain how they work and what you can expect.
What we enjoy about having a Vivint home security system is that you can speak and your home will listen. Want to answer the door without leaving your bedroom? You can. Want to open the garage to let your neighbor borrow the lawn mower? You don’t have to go outside to do it. You can also lock and unlock your doors from your smartphone with smart door locks.
The high-tech door and window sensors detect motion and will notify you when someone approaches them. When you leave home, you no longer have to stress about the lights you left on or the doors you forgot to lock. You can control and monitor your home from your smartphone, computer, or tablet while connected to WiFi. You can stay updated on comings and goings, keep the house climate controlled, thereby lowering your energy bills, and ensure that your family is safe even if you’re not physically there to protect them.
After reviewing dozens of other home security companies, we found that Vivint had the best technology, the best package options, and the most reliable customer service.
Since Vivint requires professional installation, you can avoid rookie installation mistakes. They will send a certified technician to your home to set up the security equipment properly. Should anything go wrong within the first 120 days, you will be under warranty (as long as you’re signed up for a Vivint service), and you will get free replacements for any malfunctioning products.
We also like how Vivint’s control app and panel work with Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Apple iPhones and iPads. You can keep using these products if you have them and easily integrate them into your new system.
If your priority is home safety, then Vivint has you covered. They design many of their own products and are determined to use the best technology available. If you’re looking for a Vivint security package, consider these:
This package keeps you up to date with who’s leaving or coming and protects your home and family should any abnormal motion be detected. Here’s what’s included:
If you’re interested in keeping an eye on the inside and outside of your house, this package gives you access to products that survey movement and notify you should anything out of the ordinary occur.
The major difference between the two packages is the additional security camera. If you want an outdoor and indoor camera to track activity, the Surveillance package is your best bet.
If you want to incorporate home automation services into your package, you should consider Smart Control, Smart Complete, or the Safety & Security packages. These packages are more expensive, but also more comprehensive. No matter what package you choose, you can always add services and products such as the Nest thermostat or the Vivint Lamp Module.
With a home security system, you can save on utilities, homeowner’s insurance, and the high costs of burglary, all while enjoying the peace of mind that comes from knowing you’re protected by professional monitors using the latest technological equipment.
Read these customer reviews of Vivint security products and services:
Abigail wrote, “The technician was very professional, friendly, on time and communicated with me during the entire process.”
According to another customer, “Excellent customer service! Friendly and intelligent without sounding like automated responses. Plus the tech is really easy to understand and [the products are] fantastic quality!”
Judy wrote, “Vivint has been ideal to work with. They have a great product, and their staff is professional, helpful, courteous, prepared, punctual, and eager to ensure the customers are confident and satisfied with their new security system. Thank you Vivint!”
Based on more than 12,000 reviews, their TrustScore is 7.7 out of 10.
Compared to all other home security systems, Vivint is one of the most technologically advanced home systems available. It may be pricier than other systems, but for good reason. Vivint wants to provide quality products to customers.
To show you, we’ve compared some of Vivint’s security products with other companies’ products:
|Vivint Smart Home||ADT Pulse|
|24/7 professional monitoring||Yes||Yes|
|Free in-home consultation||Yes||No|
|Control panel specs||Power usage: 12 VDC / 1.5A; battery backup
Multi-touch screen: 7” with 1024 x 600 resolution
Siren level: 100 dB
|Power usage: 100-240 VAC, 2.5A; battery backup
|Smart thermostat specs||Rechargeable lithium-ion battery
LCD screen with 320 x 320 resolution at 182 PPI
Works with 85% of 24V heating and cooling systems
|Powered by battery or from 24VAC HVAC power
128-segment fixed display with backlight
|Outdoor security camera specs||Power usage: DC12V 1A
Video resolution: 1080p HD
Night vision: 39.4 feet
Field of view: 112 degree viewing angle, diagonal
|Video resolution: 720p HD
Night vision: 6 meters (about 19 feet)
Field of view: 95 degree viewing angle
One of our favorite Vivint security products is the Vivint Lamp Module, which allows you to easily control the lights or appliances in your house with a simple voice instruction or with a simple touch on your app or panel. You can set up daily instructions, such as “turn off lights every night at 10 pm.”
Vivint offers two different payment options. With Vivint Flex Pay™, you can now choose a month-to-month payment plan that requires you to sign a five-year monthly service agreement. However, if you pay for the security equipment up front, you no longer have to sign up for the minimum term.
With either option, you pay a monthly monitoring fee based on your service and products. The fee starts at $39.99 per month. You also pay an activation fee, unless you use a promotion or discount.* To learn about discounts, call 877.804.3021 to speak with a customer sales rep.
The Vivint Doorbell Camera is included in four of Vivint’s packages (the Surveillance, Smart Entry, Smart Complete, and Smart Control packages). If it’s not included, but you want to add it (and aren’t using a discount or promotion), it costs $299.99.*
If you provide the correct information in writing, you can cancel your Vivint service. However, you will either be required to pay the owed amount in full or transfer the service to a qualified individual. The only time when you won’t be charged is if you have undergone a major life event, which will still be at the discretion of Vivint.
Yes, the Vivint Smart Home app is free to download and easy to set up. Once your products and security equipment are connected, you can enjoy the ease of the app. Vivint customers have reviewed it, and one says, “Have to reboot once in a while but no biggie. Great app.”
Another customer has written, “Absolutely love having Vivint on my phone. Being able to view my home and control the doors/cameras/temperature/etc. from wherever, and whenever, is awesome. We had the alarm go off once when my mom was babysitting and Vivint responded quickly—we got notice from our phone app in addition to their call. Highly recommend Vivint and the app.”
With over 40,000 reviews on Google Play, the Vivint Smart Home app is rated 4.6/5 stars.
Although Vivint is considered one of the most expensive smart home security companies, we believe they offer the best quality and the most comprehensive packages. If you can afford their security and home automation services, we recommend them for their accessibility, reliability, and efficiency.
Vivint offers custom home solutions, as well as professional installation and monitoring. The control app and panel can be integrated with other smart home products like Amazon Echo, Google Home, and Apple iPhones and iPads. Vivint believes in high-quality products, and we believe home safety is priceless.
Now that you know about Vivint’s smart home security system, we recommend calling 877.804.3021 to get the latest promotions and a free quote.
Vivint uses high-quality technology to connect their doorbell camera to a cellular network and their central home security system, so you can track your front-porch activity from the comfort of your living room or office.
When choosing the right smart home security system, I sorted through a lot of factors: quality, pricing, customizability, customer service, installation process, and contract terms. Vivint was one of the many systems I tested.