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Life Alert and LifeStation medical alert systems offer rapid and reliable emergency response to customers across the country. Both offer state of the art equipment, except LifeStation offers a wider selection of devices and has fewer fees and charges.

Overview: Life Alert vs LifeStation

Life Alert and LifeStation medical alert systems include optional fall detection, devices with two-way communication, and immediate response times once an emergency has been reported. Call centers are monitored 24-hours a day, every day of the year by highly trained and certified personnel.

  • LifeStation does not require any type of agreement of contract
  • Life Alert has one of the longest standing reputations in the business
  • Life Alert charges for professional installation
  • Life Station offers a 30-day money back guarantee
  • Life Alert offers a cell phone option

Similarities: LifeStation vs Life Alert

Both Life Alert and LifeStation offer options for both home and away coverage. Pendants and other wearable devices are waterproof and can be worn in the shower. Both are known for offering rapid response to emergency notifications whether the customer is in their home or away.

  • Fall detection is an add-on that can be included with more advanced packages
  • Both offer GPS-enabled devices to allow for immediate location when the customer is away from home
  • Nationwide coverage is offered by monitoring centers staffed with certified personnel
  • Upfront fees are charged by both Life Alert and LifeStation
  • Certain devices offer two-way communication

Differences: LifeStation vs Life Alert

While Life Alert and LifeStation offer similar devices and services, they also have many differences. Life Alert has a more limited set of services and charges additional fees. Lifestation is contract and agreement fee and allows customers to install the system on their own.

  • Life Alert charges up to $200 for professional installation
  • Life Alert offers limited coverage outside the home but does offer a cell phone option
  • LifeStation offers coverage for both home and away
  • LifeStation devices include a waterproof pendant, clip-on and wristband options
  • Life Alert offers a mobile app feature


In addition to offering a waterproof pendant and cell phone, Life Alert also offers a mobile app feature and fall detection. Home intrusion detection is also available. Two-way communication is available with the Life Alert medical alert system.

LifeStation's base unit offers two-way communication and a range that extends 1000 feet. On the go options provide unlimited coverage. Fall detection is an optional feature that can be added to most packages for $7 a month.


Life Alert requires customers to sign a 36-month (3-year) contract.

LifeStation does not require contracts or service agreements. There are no cancellation fees and each customer gets a 30-day money back guarantee.


Life Alert packages start at $50 per month for the most basic and $90 a month for more advanced options. Packages vary due to the features and devices included. Fall detection and home intrusion options are add-ons that carry an additional fee. Charges for professional installation ranges from $96 to $200.

LifeStation requires that the first nine months of service be paid prior to the set up of the system. The basic package, In-Home Landline costs $19.95/mo. The In-Home Wireless option runs $26.95/mo. The fees for the Mobile with GPS package are $24.95/mo. Additional devices can be added to each package for a monthly fee.


Life Alert's equipment selection is somewhat limited, but they do offer the traditional options. This includes the base unit, waterproof pendant and wristband. They also offer a cell phone option and a mobile app for convenient coverage when the customer is away from home.

LifeStation equipment includes the base unit, waterproof wristbands and pendants, and clip-on devices for belts or handbags. Other offerings include bathroom/hallway buttons, mobile emergency buttons, and a lockbox for outside the home.


Life Alert recommends that all of their devices be professionally installed.

LifeStation allows customers to install their systems on their own. The process is easy and takes less than five minutes.

Emergency Connections

Life Alert and LifeStation are both well-known for their rapid response times. Both offer cellular and GPS-enabled devices that allow for an almost immediate emergency response. Both companies will either call or text numbers provided to them on the customer's contact list.

Summary: Life Alert vs LifeStation

Life Alert offers a limited number of features, but the protection it does provide is rated as high throughout the industry. With its cell phone option, it is a good choice for someone who wants the security of a phone while they are at home or away.

LifeStation offers both landline and cellular connectivity. Customers who want the additional security of multiple forms of connectivity will like this service. It's also affordably priced for the number of options that are available.

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