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ADT Packages and Equipment: Plans and Monitoring Pricing

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ADT Home Security has one of the largest product lines in the industry, with several options for monitoring, upgrades and add-ons. Below is a guide to everything ADT currently offers, along with prices. Or, click here to go directly to ADT to start building your system.

FYI: ADT is sweetening the deal. Right now, the company is running a Memorial Day sale offering 50 percent off every system – both professionally installed and self-setup options.

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ADT Pricing

When it comes to an ADT system, you need to pay attention to three things in particular — the monthly monitoring fee, the additional equipment charges, and your installation fee. We’ll get into those in just a bit, but first, a quick word on the ADT buying process.

Buying From ADT: A More Streamlined Process

If you’ve shopped for an ADT system before, you’re going to want to pay close attention because a lot has changed recently. And we’re not just talking about pricing changes, either.

We remember testing the ADT Pulse – ADT’s flagship security system from the early 2010s – during its heyday. We carefully did our research, as we always do, and we were able to list out all the pieces of equipment we got with the system.

After spending countless hours researching and testing ADT Pulse, we found out everything there was to know about the system’s door sensors and could tell you to the decibel just how loud the arm was. What we couldn’t tell you, though, was how much the system cost. In those days, ADT refused to reveal anything about pricing until you got in touch with a sales representative, and even then, there were all sorts of complex negotiations that went on, so it was impossible to say definitively what you, the customer, might pay for anything. We’re happy to say that today ADT is a little more transparent with their pricing.

Another positive change is that you can now buy ADT systems online. Previously, transactions were done exclusively over the phone, but with the new buying process, you can select your equipment package, optimize your ADT system with add-on devices, and fill out your account information in front of your computer. You’ll still have to talk with an ADT sales rep over the phone to complete the order, but the majority of the buying process can be done purely online.

Pro Tip: ADT has some pretty interesting smart home integrations, but be careful. There are hidden dangers to home automation you might not be aware of.

Monthly Monitoring Fee

Now, let’s talk numbers, starting with the monthly monitoring fee. That, too, has changed a bit, though, so if you’ve looked at ADT in the past, you might want to pay special attention here.

ADT still offers three traditional packages and a build-your-own option. In addition, though, it now offers two self-installed systems plus an additional build-your-own option.

What does any of that have to do with monitoring fees? Just this: monthly monitoring fees are tied to the specific package you choose. Here’s a complete list of all the options.

ADT Packages Type of Package Upfront Equipment Price Monthly Equipment Price (60 months) Monitoring Plan Monthly Monitoring Price
Secure Package

(Build-Your-Own)

Traditional, professionally installed $499 $8.32 Essential Monitoring $24.99
Smart Home Package Traditional, professionally installed $778 $12.97 Essential + Video $34.99 per month
Video and Smart Home Package Traditional, professionally installed $1,586 $26.43 Essential + Video $34.99 per month
Build-Your-Own DIY Installation Starting at $194.98 n/a Essential Monitoring $24.99
Starter Package DIY Installation $389.96 n/a Essential Monitoring + Video $34.99
Premium Package DIY Installation $744.92 n/a Essential Monitoring + Video $34.99

This all looks a little complicated, but the truth is ADT’s monthly pricing is actually fairly easy to understand.

You can purchase a Build-Your-Own Package either as a traditional, professionally installed system or a DIY-installed system. In either case, you get just security and environmental sensors. The Essential Monitoring plan can cover those. It runs for $24.99 per month. Keep in mind that you’ll still have access to the ADT Control smartphone app, one of the best home security smartphone apps we’ve tested.

All the other plans, whether they are self-installed or professionally installed include cameras and smart home features. As a result, they require a slightly more expensive monitoring plan, the Essential Monitoring + Video plan. In addition to motion and environmental sensors, you get control over all your smart home devices. ADT offers its own smart locks, for example, and smart lightbulbs. Recently, the company partnered with Google Nest, meaning systems are compatible with all Nest products as well, from security cameras to smart thermostats. The two companies promise more collaborations are coming. The truth is, though, that hundreds of smart home products are ADT-compatible.

In addition to smart home functionality, the Essential Monitoring + Video plan includes video monitoring functions like cloud video recording and smart motion detection for your cameras. With ADT’s current security camera offerings, which we’ll list down below, you can even unlock facial recognition. Pretty neat, right?

ADT Control Panel

ADT Control Panel

Now for the bad news: ADT requires all customers to sign a long-term contract. The monitoring contract is at least 36 months. However, if you decide to finance your equipment–a popular option since up-front costs can be steep–you’ll tack on another two years, for a total of five. That’s among the longest contracts we’ve seen in the home security market.

Did You Know? ADT offers a moving program with some pretty impressive deals if you happen to be relocating. That’s a good thing since ADT systems can be pretty complicated to disassemble and reinstall. Read all about these deals in our breakdown of the ADT Moving program.

As for the Quality Service Plan listed under the Features column, that’s what we’ll discuss next.

Are There Any Hidden Fees?

To answer the question: No, there aren’t any hidden fees, though there are a number of extra fees. In our most recent go-round with the ADT security system, which you can read about in our full ADT review, we discovered that prices aren’t always exactly as advertised.

We bought a comprehensive equipment package with security cameras and home automation devices, which meant we were automatically enrolled in the highest monitoring service plan. The final figure for our monthly payments was $61.99. If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll notice that’s a little above the advertised $45.99 to $59.99 pricing. So, we asked ADT to provide a breakdown of what that higher cost entailed.

Here’s the breakdown:

Essential monitoring $38.99
Video security $14.00
Quality Service Plan $9.00
Total $61.99

The largest extra expense in our case was the Quality Service Plan (QSP), ADT’s extended warranty service. It covers the cost of repair or replacement of damaged equipment. We think this is worth having, as the cost of ADT equipment can be quite high, and you don’t want to have to replace pieces yourself. Even so, it’s a significant extra cost, and it just recently went up from seven to nine dollars.

In addition, the QSP cost is variable, meaning it increases as you add more pieces of equipment to your package. It also goes up even more when you add smart home devices or security cameras as opposed to the more basic pieces of equipment like sensors. We understand why this is, but make sure you keep an eye on that QSP cost as you build out your system, since it can definitely raise your bottom line.

Installation Cost

Speaking of extra costs, here’s another one that still surprises many ADT shoppers – the installation fee.

ADT’s traditional system requires professional installation, and this service isn’t free. It costs between $99 and $199 depending on the size of the system as well as the types of devices being installed. Security cameras and smart home devices are usually the ones that can push the installation cost to the ceiling.

ADT’s installation fee may seem expensive, but the company is known for having highly-trained technicians who go above and beyond to get the job done right. They’ve even gone through special training recently to learn how to install Google Nest products. We’ve had their professional service ourselves not just once but several times throughout the years and found that the quality and consistency are top-notch. That’s a big reason why ADT has been our best professionally installed system several years running.

And, if you’re looking to avoid these costs altogether, ADT has recently begun offering a DIY installation choice. There’s no charge at all with this option, and you can avoid signing up for a long-term contract. Installation is straightforward enough for any homeowner. And you still get that 50 percent discount the company is offering right now.

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ADT Equipment Packages

We’ve talked about the first two major costs to consider when buying an ADT system: The monthly monitoring cost, which includes the Quality Service Plan for the equipment, and the installation cost. Now let’s talk about the third one, the equipment cost, which is the most likely to run up your bill.

When buying ADT equipment, you’ll have to start with a package. There are three options, which are Build Your Own, Smart Home, and Video and Smart Home. We found that these three package options offer something for everyone.

As you read through the following options, remember, you can upgrade or modify these plans to better suit your needs. That’s a nice thing about ADT. They provide flexible package options, not just one-size-fits-all plans like other companies.

ADT Build Your Own Package

The ADT Build Your Own Package, as the name implies, is sort of an open-plan blueprint for building a personalized ADT security system. In truth, though, it is a basic home protection offer from ADT that can protect even a small family house.

This package includes a digital touchscreen panel, three door/window sensors, and one motion sensor. And the price? $599 if you pay in full up-front. This is pricey, considering that when we reviewed SimpliSafe, we were able to start with a basic package with one motion sensor and one door/window sensor for around $250.

Comparing ADT’s pricing with SimpliSafe’s pricing, however, is like comparing apples and oranges. Big-name manufacturers like GE and Honeywell make ADT products.1 SimpliSafe’s products are made in-house. It’s not that SimpliSafe’s hardware is bad – they have one of the best DIY-installed security systems – but there’s a difference in quality if you compare it to equipment built by world-class manufacturers like GE and Honeywell.

It’s worth remembering that most cheaper systems – especially DIY systems like Ring Alarm – require that you purchase equipment up-front. Because you’re locked into a 36-month contract, ADT can afford to be a bit more flexible. You can pay in installments up to 60 months if you need to. You pay one monthly fee that includes monitoring and equipment, so you hardly notice the equipment cost at all.

Here’s a sample computation based on the listed included equipment:

Build Your Own payment options Price
Full price $599
24-month financing $24.96 per month
36-month financing $16.64 per month
60-month financing $9.98 per month

ADT Smart Home Package

The ADT Smart Home package adds one key element to the ADT system: smart home automation.

This package comes with the same basic set of equipment included in the Build Your Own package, but it adds a smart door lock and opens up the possibility for you to add other smart home devices like smart thermostats, smart speakers, and smart displays. Those features definitely gave us greater command over our system. In addition, it let us pair our existing smart home devices, particularly those with Z-Wave wireless technology, to the ADT system.

ADT App Controls

As for controlling the system, we used the ADT Control app, through which we received instant alerts sent straight to our smartphones, notifying us of any suspicious activity.2 It was also through the app that we created automations, like locking our doors everytime we armed the system at night or turning on lights at precisely 6 p.m.

To fully enjoy the smart home features, you’ll need to add more smart home devices from ADT or pair compatible third-party Z-Wave products. But with the included equipment, here’s how much this package will cost:

ADT Smart Home payment options Price
Full price $849.99
24-month financing $35.38
36-month financing $25.38
60-month financing $14.15

Overall, we think this package is quite the upgrade from the basic equipment included in the Build Your Own package. With 60 months financing, it’s only $5 more per month than the previous month. In our experience, the Smart Home plan is where ADT begins to offer true value.

Pro Tip: In late 2022, ADT announced a partnership with State Farm Insurance. The two companies will be working together to develop new smart home security products that are even better at preventing accidents and deterring intruders.

ADT Video and Smart Home

Finally, the ADT Video and Smart Home plan is the ultimate package from ADT, which combines basic home security, smart home features, and video monitoring features. It also comes at a healthy price increase, but we found that ADT offers deals for this package more frequently than the other packages. For example, you could receive free equipment or discounts.

The addition of video monitoring features allowed us to add security cameras to our security system. These cameras were from Google Nest, as ADT forged a strong alliance with Google3 to be able to offer and integrate Google Nest products with their security system.

As we discussed in our Google Nest Cam review, the sleek cameras from the internet giant are some of the smartest in the industry. They include features like person detection and facial recognition, although the latter is hidden behind a paywall called the Nest Aware cloud subscription service.

The good news is, ADT’s monitoring service for the Video and Smart Home package includes that subscription, so you won’t have to pay an extra fee to Google. You’ll have access to the full suite of features of the Nest Cams.

Another thing to note is that ADT offers video verification. In a break-in scenario, ADT’s monitoring center agents can check-in via the cameras to confirm the alarm, relay it to the authorities, and potentially deliver faster emergency response.

The ADT Video and Smart Home package includes:

  • 1 digital control panel
  • 3 door/window sensors
  • 1 motion detector
  • 1 smart door lock
  • 1 Google Nest Cam (battery)
  • 1 Google Nest Doorbell
Video and Smart Home payment options Price
Full price $1,158
24-month financing $48.25 per month
36-month financing $32.17 per month
60-month financing $19.30 per month

For a more detailed explanation of what ADT cameras can do, check our full ADT security camera review. Also check out our Nest Doorbell review for a detailed write-up of the smart doorbell’s features.

The Google Nest Cam

The Google Nest Cam

Are ADT Packages Right for Me?

ADT’s packages are well-put-together, and as we said earlier, we think there’s something for everybody here. The fact that they are customizable alone makes them scalable for any size home.

We might caution home security buyers who are looking for cheap and nimble home security to look elsewhere. ADT does offer moving deals that allow you to get your system reinstalled if you need to relocate. For the most part, though, ADT’s equipment is pretty permanent. That can make it tricky to move or even just to shift components around if you need to.

If that’s you, tough, stick around for just a bit longer. It turns out ADT has been working on something just for you, an option that gives you all the protection you expect from ADT without the hassle of professional installation. Plus, there are no contracts, and system prices are lower.

Upgrades and Add-Ons

For now, let’s talk about customizing your security system. The packages above aren’t final. If you need more devices to protect your home or enjoy the smart home convenience, ADT offers add-ons.

Take note that if you choose to purchase add-ons, the cost of each additional device will be added to your final payment amount. If you choose a financing plan for the equipment, they will also be computed and added to your monthly equipment installments.

Here’s the full list of ADT’s add-ons.

ADT add-ons Price in full Monthly price in 24 months Monthly price in 36 months Monthly price in 60 months
Door/window sensor $50 $2.08 $1.39 $0.83
Motion sensor $100 $4.17 $2.78 $1.67
Secondary wireless touchscreen keypad $200 $8.33 $5.56 $3.33
Smoke detector $100 $4.17 $2.78 $1.67
Smoke/CO detector $180 $7.50 $5.00 $3.00
Flood detector $100 $4.17 $2.78 $1.67
Google Nest Wifi router and point $349 $14.54 $9.69 $5.82
Google Nest Mini $49 $2.04 $1.36 $0.82
Google Nest Hub $139 $5.79 $3.86 $2.32
Google Nest Hub Max $269 $11.21 $7.47 $4.48
Google Nest Thermostat $223.99 $9.33 $6.22 $3.73
Smart door lock $250 $10.42 $6.94 $4.17
Google Nest Cam (battery) $309 $12.88 $8.58 $5.15
Google Nest Cam with floodlight $299 $12.64 $8.31 $4.98
Google Nest Cam (indoor, wired) $199 $8.29 $5.53 $3.32
Google Nest Doorbell (battery) $229 $9.54 $6.36 $3.82

Another thing to consider when looking into ADT’s add-ons is that you have to pick add-ons that fall within the coverage of your monitoring plan. Otherwise, ADT might bump you up to a higher plan. For example, if you got a Smart Home package with a monthly monitoring fee of $49.99, adding even a single security camera will automatically put you in the $59.99 monitoring plan with video security.

Also, as we explained earlier, the cost of your Quality Service Plan might increase depending on the scale of your system. If you’re shopping from ADT’s website, we recommend checking the bottom of the page, as it shows the breakdown of your equipment and monthly monitoring cost as you customize your ADT security system.

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“Good lighting in itself is a great crime deterrent, but smart lighting takes security a step further by providing motion detection alerts in the event a light is triggered. I like to see these lights installed in the backyard or along the side of your house.”

As far as features go, you can expect the following from ADT’s packages:

Mobile Alerts
MOBILE ALERTS

Wireless security customers can get mobile alerts from ADT alarm systems and emergency operators. Mobile alerts plus remote control and monitoring give customers control from virtually anywhere.

24/7 Monitoring
24-7 MONITORING

Each ADT monitoring plan includes 24-hour service to dispatch police and first-responders.

Wireless Equipment
WIRELESS SECURITY

ADT specializes in both wireless and hardwired security. Wireless equipment installation leaves no permanent marks. Wireless ADT plans can support remote monitoring, remote control, and home automation.

Surveillance Cameras
SURVEILLANCE CAMERAS

Optional security cameras let you monitor your home from virtually anywhere in the world. Stream live video and access saved clips with your mobile phone, tablet, or desktop computer.

DIY Installation
PROFESSIONAL INSTALLATION

ADT professionally installs its security systems to ensure that customers are well-protected. Get professional installation of your wireless or hardwired system! Customers can also transfer their equipment from other security companies.

Smart Home Options
HOME AUTOMATION

Home automation provides extra security, plus it saves time and money. Use biometric voice recognition and ADT’s mobile app to automate your home’s alarm, lights, thermostat, and more.

Remote Control
REMOTE CONTROL

Control your wireless security remotely with the ADT mobile app and ADT keychain remotes. Each ADT keychain remote has four buttons: Arm, Disarm, Panic, and LED Light.

Power Outage Protection
HARDWIRED SECURITY

An international leader in hardwired security, ADT has installed millions of systems. Installation is professionally done whether you’re getting ADT monitoring for the first time or transferring your service to a new home.

Current Deal

We’re well aware that ADT’s price might be a turnoff to some home security shoppers, but never fear — there are a few ways to save on your overall tab. Shopping at the right time for instance, can make a pretty big difference to your bottom line.

Right now, for instance, you can save 50 percent on all ADT systems, both the traditional, professionally installed systems and the new DIY systems.

Also, if you want to wait for the exact right moment to purchase a new system, make sure you bookmark our guide to ADT’s latest deals and promotions. We keep that page up to date with the latest sales ADT is offering.

Did You Know? Some insurance companies offer a discount on home insurance if you have a monitored home security system like ADT installed.4

ADT Self Setup: High-Level Service, Lower Price

We’ve already mentioned it a couple of times, so we might as well stop here and give you all the details on ADT’s new Self Setup packages. Unlike the classic ADT system, is a DIY security system. That means you’ll install it yourself, but you won’t pay an installation fee (unless you want to reward yourself with ice cream for a job well done). So already, that’s $99 to $199 saved compared to the ADT security system.

ADT Self Setup’s monitoring rates are also lower. It’s either $24.99 or $34.99 – almost half of what ADT charges for its classic system, while providing most of the same features. The cheaper plan provides monitoring for security sensors similar to Essential Monitoring from ADT, while the more expensive one offers Smart Home and Video Security features. It even has video verification, just like ADT. And best of all, ADT doesn’t require you to sign up for a long-term contract.

For equipment, you’ll pay $194.98 to $579.98 for the pre-selected packages and all the add-ons are also considerably cheaper than ADT’s pricing, even the ones that are the exact same products like the Nest Thermostat.

First, here’s a look at the packages:

Build Your Own Starter Premium
ADT Smart Hub 1 1 1
Door/window sensors 1 4 4
Motion sensors None 2 2
Google Nest Hub None None 1
Google Nest Doorbell None 1 1
Yard signs and stickers None 1 set 1 set
Price $194.98 $479.99 $579.98

So what’s the catch? There has to be a catch, right? Well for starters, ADT Self Setup offers fewer options for equipment. For example, it doesn’t work with the Nest Cam with floodlight, the smoke/CO detector, and smart lock. The system itself is not as robust as the ADT system we talked about above.

Another caveat is that you’ll have to pay the equipment fee up-front. Sure, it’s cheaper than ADT, but with the up-front payment, the ding in your budget will be more noticeable.

And lastly, instead of a touchscreen control panel, you’ll control the ADT Self Setup with either the included ADT+ app or the touch button keypad that is sold separately.

Speaking of that, here’s a list of all the add-on equipment you can buy for ADT Self Setup:

  • Door/window sensor: $14.99
  • Motion sensor: $24.99
  • Keypad: $89.99
  • Smoke detector: $39.99
  • Flood & temperature sensor: $34.99
  • Nest Cam (battery): $179.99
  • Nest Cam (indoor): $99.99
  • Nest Doorbell (battery): $179.99
  • Nest Wifi with point: $269.00
  • Nest Mini: $49.99
  • Nest Hub: $99.99
  • Nest Hub Max: $229.00
  • Nest Thermostat: $129.99
  • Keychain remote: $17.99

Considering how much cheaper it is than the ADT security system, ADT Self Setup could be a better option for you. Here’s our first-hand experience reviewing the ADT Self Setup system where you can learn more about what it offers, what it can and can’t do, and how it really fares in the real world.

ADT Entryway Sensors

ADT Entryway Sensors

Overall Value of ADT

Throughout our research and testing, ADT shined in several categories. Their packages and pricing are straightforward, and their monitoring costs are reasonably priced for what you get, especially the ADT Smart Home plan. Also, the company offers a generous 6-month, money-back guarantee, which is the best guarantee we’ve seen in the industry (certain restrictions apply). Overall, ADT users can expect their dollars to stretch with these products and services. All in all, the value is certainly there for those who can afford it.

But it bears repeating — ADT isn’t for everyone. If you’re the type who prefers no contracts and cheap monitoring, or free self-monitoring for that matter, then we recommend looking at systems offered by Ring, SimpliSafe, Abode or even ADT Self Setup. With these brands, you’ll spend more money initially, but you’ll own the equipment from day one, and you’ll only be on the hook for $10 to $20 per month for monitoring. With that said, if you value 24-7 monitoring from true professionals, and you plan to live in your home for several years, then ADT likely has the ideal package and plan for you.

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Rob Gabriele
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Rob Gabriele
Managing Editor & Home Security Expert

As a home security expert and Managing Editor for SafeHome.org, Rob Gabriele has written and edited over 1,000 articles related to home security. His expertise is in smart home protection with thousands of hours of testing and research under his belt. Formerly a reporter and producer for the USAToday network, Rob has been a writer and editor for over 10 years. He holds a Master’s of Science with an emphasis on writing from the University of Montana, and he currently lives in Indianapolis, IN.