Travis Goodreau

Both ADT and Brinks are very well know and reputable names in security. These companies offer pretty different home security solutions, one that is professionally installed and the other that is DIY. All packages for both companies include equipment that offers the latest features in home security.

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Between these two security systems, our favorite is ADT.

SecureScore™: 8.7/10

Overview: Brinks vs ADT

ADT and Brinks home security systems are comparable in many ways, except for the price. Both companies offer many of the same features with state of the art technology. ADT offers a more complete system providing flood and environmental protection to their packages.

  • ADT and Brinks both require a 3-year contract
  • Neither company offers free equipment, it must be purchased or rented

Similarities: ADT vs Brinks

Both ADT and Brinks home security offer a 24/7 monitoring service. Both companies offer many of the same features and equipment plans.

  • Both companies require a 3-year contract
  • Smartphone connectivity
  • Both systems offer landline, Wi-Fi, and cellular connectivity options
  • Each company offers a money-back guarantee (Brinks 30-days/ADT 6-month)

Differences: ADT vs Brinks

The primary difference between the two companies is that ADT is a professional system while Brinks is a DIY system.

  • Brinks offers a 30-day money-back guarantee
  • ADT offers a 6-month money back guarantee
  • ADT requires professional installation
  • Brinks offers “do-it-yourself” installation and set up
  • ADT offers medical alert pendants


ADT offers a variety of features that include fire protection, flood/water protection, CO monitoring, and door and window sensors. They also offer pet-friendly motion sensors and indoor/outdoor video cameras. One of the latest features is the video doorbell with two-way communication.

All of the equipment offered by Brinks is wireless and runs off of Wi-Fi or cellular service. Brinks offers remote operation using a convenient app that can be downloaded to either a smartphone or tablet. Brinks equipment will also integrate with the Nest security system, offering at least partial home automation.


Both ADT and Brinks require 3-year contracts. ADT offers a 6-month money back guarantee, while Brinks only offers a 30-day window.


ADT requires a $125 installation/activation fee to start service with monthly plans ranging from $29 to $53 per month depending on the plan you choose.

Brinks is currently charging $29 a month for its Home Complete system. For the Home Complete with Video, the charge is $39 a month. Equipment fees start at $399.


The basic equipment package for ADT includes an infrared motion sensor, siren, keychain remote, control panel, and three entry sensors. You also will receive a backup battery and yard signage. Stickers for your windows are also available. Additional pieces of equipment can be added as desired.

The basic equipment package for the Brinks system includes a control panel, motion sensor, and three entry sensors. The Home Complete with Video includes a video doorbell and indoor/outdoor video camera in addition to the equipment included in the basic package. Brinks equipment is compatible with Nest products, which can be added at any time.

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ADT requires professional installation on all packages. Because they offer service nationwide, the system can relocate with you to wherever you go.

Brinks offers do-it-yourself installation on all of its systems. It does offer professional installation on two of its more elaborate packages. Systems are pre-configured upon arrival. Installation and setup can take as little as 15 to 30 minutes.


ADT systems offer emergency connectivity via landline, Wi-Fi, or cellular connections.

Brinks offers connectivity via Wi-Fi or cellular service. It doesn't require a landline to connect with emergency services.

Summary: Brinks vs ADT

ADT is a popular choice for homeowners who are interested in both reputation and effectiveness. If you don't mind the price tag, ADT is the benchmark due to its numerous features and state of the art equipment. ADT also offers a larger selection of features for customers to choose from.

Another well-known name in the home security industry, Brinks offers a DIY home security system with pricing that is slightly less than that of ADT. Brinks is an ideal option for those who are looking for an easy to install and affordable security solution.

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