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The best way to decide which type of security system you need and what security company offers the best price for the most features is to perform a little due diligence. Find several companies who have the options you want, then do a side-by-side comparison. Here is a side-by-side comparison of two of the most popular security companies, Vivint and Arlo

Overview: Arlo vs Vivint

Vivint and Arlo both offer great security equipment and are similar in that they both offer 100% wireless systems. They are also comparable when it comes to performance. However, each has its own set of variances that will appeal, or not, to any given buyer. So let's take a look at them both then you can decide which company best suits your particular needs.

  1. Vivint requires professional installation, while Arlo is a DIY installation.
  2. Both Vivint and Arlo offer indoor/outdoor video cameras, but Arlo doesn't have a continuous recording option and it doesn't record sound.
  3. Vivint offers a lifetime warranty and Arlo only offers a one-year limited warranty.
  4. Arlo is more affordable than Vivint; however, they only offer security cameras. But, Vivint offers more than just security cameras and has a whole host of other packages and options to choose from.
  5. Both offer mobile apps that work well with their respective pieces of equipment.

Similarities: Vivint vs Arlo

There are a few similarities between these two companies when it comes to their services; however, when it comes to their equipment, that's where their similarities end. But, with that being said, they are both good at what they do. It just really depends on what your needs are and how many other additional features and options you want.

  • Both Vivint and Arlo are 100% wireless systems.
  • Vivint and Arlo both offer remote access via a mobile app.
  • Both have indoor/outdoor video cameras.
  • Vivint and Arlo both send alerts to your smartphone when activity is detected.

Differences: Vivint vs Arlo

There are more differences than similarities when it comes to these two systems mainly because Arlo only offers security cameras and Vivint has a wide variety of features and options. However, if your main focus is video cameras, then the differences probably won't matter much.

  • Vivint is more expensive than Arlo, but again, it has more features.
  • Vivint requires professional installation without any DIY options, whereas Arlo is a 100% DIY installation.
  • Vivint offers home automation options and Arlo does not.
  • Vivint offers a lifetime warranty, whereas Arlo only offers a limited one-year warranty.
  • With Vivint, you will have to sign a contract, whereas with Arlo you don't.


Vivint offers cellular and landline options as part of their service. They also offer indoor/outdoor video cameras, doorbell cameras with two-way voice, remote access via a mobile app, environmental disaster protection, and a wide variety of home automation features. And their top two plans support video security and home automation via voice commands. Additionally, you have the choice of signing either a four- or five-year contract.

Arlo is extremely easy to setup by simply plugging their hub into your router, downloading the app, putting the batteries into the camera then paring each one to the base station. Their cameras are weatherproof, durable, have good clarity, and since they are 100% wireless they can be installed anywhere.


Vivint has four- and five-year contracts and offers their services in all 50 states.

Arlo doesn't have contracts in the normal sense. Instead, they offer subscription plan options that include 7-, 30-, or 60-days of recordings, 5-, 10-, or 15-cameras, and months of available support which are limited three months and unlimited support depending on the subscription plan option you choose.


Vivint home security packages start at $29.99 per month with their camera functionality starting at $39.99 per month, plus $5 a month for each camera. They both include professional installation and a free mobile app. Additionally, they also offer financing with a 0% APR for up to 60 months with no down payment. This is subject to credit approval, of course. They also offer a month-to-month service agreement as well, but only when you purchase all the necessary equipment upfront.

Arlo's pricing, as we mentioned above, is for their subscription plans which are: no charge for their basic plan, $99 per year or $9.99 per month for their Premier plan, and $149 per year or $14.99 per month for their Elite plan.


Vivint equipment is 100% wireless and includes free professional installation. They offer cellular and landline connections and feature Vivint Sky 2.0 control panels with 7″ touchscreens along with a wide variety of security, cameras, and home automation options.

Arlo equipment is also 100% wireless and app-monitored; however, their system is a DIY installation that only includes security cameras. But their video cameras are top notch with the exception of not including continuous recording or sound capabilities.


Vivint requires professional installation but there's no charge for that service. It really doesn't get any easier than that. However, they don't offer any type of DIY options.

Arlo is a complete DIY installation and runs on batteries which last about four to six months; however, the setup and app interface are easy to use. In addition, Arlo's operating system is a plug, pare, and play system, not too much confusion there.

Emergency Connections

Vivint offers cellular connectivity and landline options; therefore, their connections are dependent on the cellular signal being active so there's not much opportunity for error like there is when using a landline which can be cut. Additionally, they offer two-way voice communication features through their touchscreen panel and doorbell camera.

Arlo is a Wi-Fi system that's totally void of any emergency connections. However, they do send alerts when a camera is triggered. You can also view and the cameras and recordings via their mobile app.

Summary: Arlo vs Vivint

Both Vivint and Arlo are popular home security systems; however, they are very different when it comes to their available features. Vivint offers a full suite of home security and home automation features and options, whereas Arlo only offers security cameras, albeit they are powerful, fully-functional camera systems.

The best way to determine which system is right for you is to select the features and options that fit your wants and needs. Then find a few companies that have what you're looking for. After you have two or three companies narrowed down, study their reviews and do some side-by-side comparisons. This will enable you to make an educated decision as to which system is best for your particular needs.

See our full review of Vivint
See our full review of Arlo Security Cameras