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Between these two security systems, our favorite is Vivint.

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Brinks and Vivint home security systems are comparable in terms of features and services. Both offer 24/7 monitoring to their customers. The equipment offered by both companies is technologically advanced and very effective in terms of performance.

Overview: Brinks vs Vivint

Brinks and Vivint are both well-known home security companies. Each one offers home automation, professional monitoring, and wireless equipment with cellular connectivity. This allows for faster response times and remote access to the system.

  • Long-term contracts are required
  • 24/7 professional monitoring
  • Home automation
  • Vivint owns their equipment unless customers apply and are approved for financing
  • Brink offers do-it-yourself installation

Similarities: Vivint vs Brinks

Brinks and Vivint offer affordable monthly rates for their 24/7 monitoring service. Each company offers the option of at least partial home automation and remote access via a downloadable app for smartphones and tablets.

  • Wireless equipment
  • At least partial home automation
  • Lengthy contracts are required
  • Environmental hazard detection
  • Video doorbell viewer

Differences: Vivint vs Brinks

Although both Brinks and Vivint offer many of the same features and services, there is a distinct difference in both pricing and the length of their contracts. A contract with Brinks lasts 36 months, while Vivint's contracts start at 42 months, and in some cases are longer.

  • Vivint requires professional installation
  • Brinks costs less in the long run
  • Vivint has a relatively short trial period in comparison to Brinks 30-day window
  • Vivint only offers a 7” touchscreen keypad
  • Brinks packages are rather modest in terms of equipment


Brinks equipment is 100% wireless and can connect with either cellular service or Wi-Fi. Brinks equipment ties in seamlessly with Nest products. With the downloadable app, the Brinks system can be accessed and operated remotely.

Vivint offers a 100% wireless system that includes a lifetime warranty. Their equipment includes indoor/outdoor cameras, environmental disaster protection, video doorbell camera with two-way communication, and professional installation.


Brinks requires a 3-year contract that includes a 30-day money back guarantee.

Vivint customers must sign a 4- or a 5-year contract to get their service started. Their trial period is extremely short compared to other companies.


Brinks equipment cost starts at $399. The Home Complete package costs approximately $29 per month, while the Home Complete with Video package costs $39 per month.

Vivint offers multiple packages that fall under two monitoring plans. The Smart Security Service plan costs $29.99 per month and the Smart Home Service plan costs $39.99 per month. Vivint does offer finance options for customers who are interested in purchasing their equipment.


Brinks basic package includes three entry sensors, motion sensor, and a control panel. You can also include a video doorbell camera and additional indoor/outdoor cameras. The Brinks system is also compatible with Nest products that can be purchased separately.

Vivint equipment includes a 7-inch touchscreen control pad, entry sensors, a motion detector and environmental sensors. You can also include home automation equipment and video cameras as well.


Brinks offers do-it-yourself installation and setup. In most cases, the entire process takes less than 30 minutes to complete.

Vivint offers professional installation.

Emergency Connectivity

Both Brinks and Vivint connect with cellular service. Vivint has the option for a landline, while Brinks uses Wi-Fi. Each system can connect directly to local authorities if an emergency does occur. They will also notify the phone numbers on the contact list.

Summary: Brinks vs Vivint

Brinks is a good option for homeowners or renters who would prefer to install their system on their own but still benefit from the 24/7 monitoring. They offer affordable pricing and have the reputation of a solid brand name to rely on.

Vivint is for homeowners who want a more sophisticated system with a lifetime warranty. Because Vivint retains ownership of the equipment, there are never any replacement or repair fees. Vivint also a good choice for those who prefer professional installation along with their 24/7 monitoring.

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