ADT vs Ackerman Security Comparison

Which security system is better for your home, ADT or Ackerman Security? Our experts weigh in.

Aliza Vigderman
Gabe TurnerChief Editor
Last Updated on Sep 23, 2021
By Aliza Vigderman & Gabe Turner on Sep 23, 2021
ADT vs. Ackerman


  • Professional installation on all systems
  • 24/7 monitoring centers nationwide
  • 145+ years of home security innovation
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Ackerman Security Panel
  • Cellular and landline connections
  • Plans starting at $19.95 a month
  • Medical alert systems and smart thermostats available
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ADT and Ackerman Security have been in business for several decades and are very well-known in the areas they serve. ADT offers coverage from coast to coast, while Ackerman only serves the Mid-Atlantic states of Georgia, Virginia, Maryland, and Washington, D.C. Each company offers an extensive list of technologically advanced features that include home automation and environmental hazard detection. Mobile apps are offered by both companies, as are medical alert devices. Long-term contracts are required as well as professional installation. While ADT is rather transparent with its pricing, Ackerman will not divulge prices unless you are ready to sign a contract.


When it comes to 24/7 professional monitoring, ADT and Ackerman are similar in how they handle emergency situations. Both use cellular and landline connections. Systems are designed to immediately contact the subscriber as well as the numbers on their contact list via phone, emails or text messages, depending on what type of communication is preferred. Emergency personnel will also be dispatched to the home.


ADT has several features they are proud to offer subscribers. In addition to their mobile app and medical alert pendants, they also offer home automation, 24/7 professional monitoring, motion sensors that are pet-friendly, both indoor/outdoor video cameras, and environmental sensors. Mobile medical alert pendants are equipped with GPS. ADT also offers an a la carte option that allows you to add additional devices to your packages.

Ackerman offers mobile and remote access through their app. They also offer medical alert devices, 24/7 professional monitoring, and home automation capabilities. When it comes to environmental sensors, they have several options including carbon monoxide detectors, smoke detectors, and fire alarms. Ackerman also includes a “No Theft Guarantee” that states they will pay your insurance deductible if a break-in does occur.


ADT offers different packages to choose from. The lowest-priced package will cost you $27.99 a month. The mid-range package starts at $37.99 a month and the most expensive package (which includes video) will cost you $52.99 a month. If you already have the equipment and only want the monitoring service, you can pay as little as $19.99 a month. There is a $125 to start your service as well as an installation fee that will be determined by the package that you choose. Fees for installation can range anywhere from $99 to $199. ADT’s contracts range from two- to three-years. With ADT, you also get video doorbells, keychain remote, entry sensors, and motion sensors.

Ackerman’s standard residential plan will cost you $19.95 a month in addition to the start-up costs that must be paid for upfront. More expensive packages range in price from $29 to $35 a month. Ackerman also charges a $99 activation fee that must be paid upfront when you sign the mandatory three-year contract. Ackerman’s equipment includes smart thermostats, indoor/outdoor cameras, entry sensors, motion detectors, medical alert pendants, and glass break sensors. All of the equipment provided by Ackerman carries the Honeywell brand.


Both ADT and Ackerman Security have similar requirements when it comes to installing their equipment. Both require you to have a professional technician visit your home and install all of your equipment. ADT offers to relocate your equipment for you if you move from your current location.

Our Take: ADT vs Ackerman Security

If you plan on moving in the future, ADT is the best choice. They will relocate your system and maintain your coverage across the United States. It’s also a good choice if you want top of the line equipment and a six-month, money-back guarantee.

Ackerman is a good choice for homeowners who live in the Mid-Atlantic states of Georgia, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland. If you like Honeywell products, Ackerman uses Honeywell equipment in their home security systems.


Unfortunately, we can't cover everything in this comparison. If you wish to learn more about either ADT or Ackerman, check out our answers to the most frequently asked questions.

  • Is Ackerman Security a good security system?

    Ackerman Security is a good security system. Its features include cellular communication, professional monitoring, remote smartphone control, home automation, and video monitoring. However, Ackerman Security’s service area is limited to the mid-Atlantic states of Georgia, Virginia, Washington D.C., and Maryland. If you live outside those areas, we recommend ADT, which is a national alarm company with similar, if not better, features. With ADT, you will get a professionally monitored system with options to add cellular backup, smartphone control, home automation, and video monitoring. On top of that, ADT designed its system to work seamlessly with smart platforms such as Alexa and Google Assistant.

  • Is ADT worth the money?

    ADT is worth the money. Although it’s a little more expensive than its competitors, ADT’s service has the backing of the company’s over 100 years of experience. ADT also has one of the longest money-back guarantees we’ve seen on the market, which gives customers up to six months to request a full refund.

  • Do I own my ADT equipment?

    Yes, you own your ADT equipment. Once the contract is up, the system is yours so you can do with it as you wish. The options are to re-sign a monitoring agreement with ADT, uninstall the system and get a new one, or even ask another alarm company to take over the monitoring. Re-signing a monitoring contract is perhaps the best option as ADT often gives equipment freebies or discounts to re-signing customers. You can get monitoring rates as low as $14.99 per month during the first 12 months of your new contract. However, if you’d rather switch companies, there are monitoring companies like Alarm Relay that can take over monitoring for as low as $8.95 per month.

  • Can Ackerman monitor ADT systems?

    Ackerman can monitor ADT systems, but a technician will have to confirm your system model to ensure that it works with Ackerman’s monitoring service. Ackerman can take over monitoring for security systems, fire alarm systems, and medical emergency systems, as well as offer smartphone control, home automation, and video monitoring.