ADT vs CPI Security Comparison

Our experts compare ADT with CPI Security and see which one works better to protect our home.

Aliza Vigderman
Gabe TurnerChief Editor
Last Updated on Aug 13, 2021
By Aliza Vigderman & Gabe Turner on Aug 13, 2021


  • Professional installation on all systems
  • 24/7 monitoring centers nationwide
  • 145+ years of home security innovation
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CPI Security

  • No false alarm guarantee
  • 24-hour customer care
  • Alarm response in seconds
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ADT and CPI Security are both respectable home security companies. While ADT is the larger of the two and offers nationwide coverage, CPI only serves the southeastern United States. Both require contracts and offer a wide selection of equipment to accommodate almost every homeowners’ needs. Each system must be professionally installed and monitored. Home automation is a feature that is offered by both companies, although it isn’t a requirement. Both ADT and CPI Security offer a downloadable app that allows you to monitor your system whether you are at home or away. CPI Security is well-known for its video verification feature that eliminates false alarms and prevents emergency personnel from dispatched unnecessarily.


ADT offers both landline and cellular connectivity that allows for consistent and reliable monitoring. If an alert is triggered, the monitoring center will identify the problem and then contact you via your email, text message or phone. They will also notify the local authorities and have emergency personnel dispatched to your home. ADT also offers environmental monitoring.

CPI offers regional monitoring centers with trained staff who are able to monitor your home and alert you if an alarm is triggered. Notifications are sent by text, email or by phone based on your preference. CPI’s monitoring center will also send alerts if environmental hazards are detected.


ADT offers many of the most popular features including the option for landline or cellular service, motion sensors that are pet-friendly, environmental hazard detection, indoor/outdoor video cameras, and home automation. ADT also offers a downloadable app that makes accessing your system quick and easy from almost any location. ADT also gives subscribers the option to purchase the Quality Service Plan for a few extra dollars every month.

The features offered by CPI Security make it one of the best in the area. They offer a quick response time, video verification, videos (both real-time and recorded), a mobile app, environmental hazard detection, voice control through Alexa or Sonos One, and a No False Alarm Guarantee. The system also offers night vision and a programmable environmental setting that adjusts temperature and lighting.


ADT requires a 2- or 3-year contract to start service. The plans/packages are as follows:

  • Basic Security/$27.99 a month – Motion sensors, control panel, wireless entry sensors, and a remote.
  • ADT Pulse Select/$52.99 a month – Basic Security equipment plus home automation.
  • ADT Pulse + Video/$58.99 a month – Pulse Select plus video monitoring.

Additional equipment like the video doorbell can be added to packages. Other pieces of equipment include environmental hazard sensors, garage door sensors, door locks with keypads, and glass break sensors. You also get signs for your yard and stickers for your windows.

CPI Select requires a long-term contract ranging from the 39-month or 60-month contract. Package pricing starts at $29.99 a month but will vary depending on how you customize your home security system. Signing the longer-term contracts eliminates the interest you would pay with the shorter contracts. You can customize your home security system to include the devices you want. Their equipment list includes a doorbell camera, a touchscreen door lock, a stream video recorder, and glass break sensors.


Both companies require professional installation. ADT offers a Quality Service Plan for its equipment that has been professionally installed. CPI Select, on the other hand, offers a 12-month warranty on its equipment.

Summary: ADT vs CPI Security

ADT is one of the most well-known and well-respected home security companies in the country. It is one of the better choices if you want top of the line devices and full home automation. It is a little more expensive but well worth the price for the extensive list of features that are offered with each package.

CPI Security is a good choice for individuals who live in the southeastern United States. They allow you to customize your home security package and also offer video verification to minimize the risk of a false alarm. They also offer environmental hazard detection as well as live and recorded video options.