With top-of-the-line cameras and video doorbells and free installation, Vivint sets the standard in many ways, and you get what you pay for. Well, we’ve done the research and testing and we’re here to share exactly how much Vivint costs, how it fits into your smart home, and the most important question— is it worth it?
Vivint’s Monitoring Services Pricing
Like we said above, technically, you can use Vivint without monthly fees if you cancel your plan. However, if you stop paying fees, your system will turn into a local alarm system only, meaning you won’t be able to control it remotely, live stream footage, receive mobile notifications, etc. In other words, if your alarm goes off and no one is home, it may not do you much good in the end. Keep in mind that canceling your monitoring plan may result in hefty cancellation fees, as well, since Vivint requires monitoring contracts for financed equipment. That’s why we recommend keeping your smart security plan active! With WiFi-connected cameras, sensors, and other devices, you can know as soon as any of your alarms go off, or if your camera detects a person when your system is in armed mode. They don’t call it smart home security for nothing!
If you want smart home security, the fees will depend on the equipment you buy. Keep in mind that this fee includes 24/7 professional monitoring and cellular backup, keeping your system communication on in the event of power and internet outages. We like that Vivint includes professional monitoring and cellular backup with all of its paid plans, as these two features are essential for keeping your home secure at all times. After all, no one has time to stay on top of it all 24/7, especially with obligations from work and beyond.
However, it’s also smart to consider whether you need a security system as robust as Vivint’s. Many companies offer professional monitoring at much lower prices so users can keep their monthly costs down. For example, if you go with a package from abode, a more minimalist security brand, you’ll most likely pay less per month for both equipment and monitoring than you would with Vivint.
Breakdown of Monitoring Packages
|Plan Breakdown||Cost per month|
|Cloud video storage||2 weeks free; extra storage requires Vivint Smart Drive|
|Cellular network maintenance fee||$1.48|
|Maximum No. of cameras allowed||7|
Do you like flexible contracts? We do too. With Vivint, if you pay for your equipment upfront, you’ll get a flexible, month-to-month contract. What that means is that you can cancel your monitoring plan anytime without paying cancellation fees, which can be pretty expensive. However, if you finance your equipment, the contract length will be equal to the time of the loan, which is 60 months in most cases. Some Vivint customers complain that they weren’t aware of the contract length when they signed up for Vivint, as there’s no way to get out of it once you signed up, so make sure to ask your salesperson exactly what your term length is. This is always a good practice, whether you’re buying a security system or signing up for a new streaming service!
Tip: Tip: Pay upfront with Vivint so you can get monthly versus long-term contracts.
What We Like About Vivint
- Free, professional installation: Vivint professionals will install your security system for you, although you will need to pay $129 if you move and need it re-installed.
- Smart home integrations: Vivint home automation allows the system to pair with Alexa, Google Assistant, Philips Hue smart lighting and Nest thermostats, allowing for some convenient automated actions.
- Outdoor camera and video doorbell: The company’s most recent products are among the top of their game in terms of video quality and artificial intelligence. Check out our review of the Vivint Doorbell Camera to learn more.
- App: The Vivint Smart Home app makes it easy to monitor and control your home’s security from anywhere in the world.
Vivint’s Equipment Pricing
Quality smart home security means investing in trusted devices that our experts have tried and tested. With Vivint, you can choose exactly what equipment you want, which will determine your monthly fee. If that fee is outside of your budget, don’t worry; you can find plenty of ways to save on Vivint throughout the year. Before you buy, be sure to check out our guide to Vivint’s year-round deals and our guide to Vivint Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals.
Discounts aside, Vivint does have financing plans so you can pay over time. We recommend choosing a package, as that’ll save you money compared to buying each piece of equipment individually, but for your convenience, we’ll share the pricing for both.
Vivint Package Pricing
When it comes to equipment, one of the most common questions about Vivint that we hear is, “How much is this all going to cost me?” That depends on whether you buy the equipment upfront or pay over a 60-month period. With the latter option, it’s a little easier on the wallet, but keep in mind that you will have to pay for your equipment in total, just in small doses over a longer period of time.
By financing with Vivint, users will pay one flat monthly fee for equipment and monitoring over the term of the finance period. Then, after the financing period ends, equipment, monthly costs should drop significantly. If you’re looking for a lower monthly fee on the entire system, we suggest looking at Cove’s DIY security kits, or even a super-low-cost package from Ring Alarm.
|Component||Retail price||Cost per month with 60-month financing plan|
|Smoke alarm and Carbon Monoxide Monitor||$100||$1.67|
|Garage Door Controller||$100||$1.67|
|Vivint Smart Thermostat||$170||$2.83|
|Vivint Doorbell Camera Pro||$250||$4.17|
|Outdoor Camera Pro||$400||$6.67|
|Vivint Ping Indoor Camera||$200||$3.33|
|Flood/ Freeze/ Heat Sensor||$50||$0.83|
|Smart Hub Panel||$400||$6.67|
Sure, Vivint isn’t the cheapest option around, but home security is an area you don’t want to skimp on. Make sure to check out our review of Vivint before making any hasty decisions either way!
Vivint Pricing vs. The Competition
A little disclaimer about Vivint: you can buy a Vivint security system only if you sign up for a monitoring plan. Although you can cancel your plan afterward and monitor the system yourself, you won’t have access to the Vivint app, so the security system essentially turns into a local alarm. But for those of you who want the smart home security Vivint prides itself in, Vivint offers an all-encompassing monthly payment program that starts at $39.99 (although we’ve seen discounts as low as $14.99 a month).
Vivint’s $40 a month pricing is typical of the more traditional security companies out there, although of course, we have seen some disruptive companies charge a lot less. However, Vivint, with over 20 years of experience,1 is certainly more established than these start-ups. So again, you’re paying partially for its trustworthy reputation. If you’re looking for something more DIY-friendly with a lower monthly payment, check out SimpliSafe’s packages.
In terms of equipment, Vivint’s prices are also up there, although some components’ pricing is negotiable. Take the Vivint Outdoor Camera Pro, for instance. It costs $399.99, and although it’s at the top of the line in terms of quality, most outdoor cameras cost around $200. Similarly, the Vivint Doorbell Pro costs $299.99, a bit more expensive than the industry average of around $188. So if you’re considering Vivint, expect to pay hundreds for equipment and at least $39.99 more per month.
How Does Vivint Fit Into Your Smart Home?
Aside from working with Philips Hue smart lighting and Nest thermostats, Vivint primarily works with Alexa and Google Assistant, the two most popular voice assistants. Let’s talk about the commands you can use with each.
Vivint, one of the best security systems for Alexa, has more than one Alexa skill. We recommend the Vivint.SmartHome – Complete Alexa skill, as it lets us control most of our connected Vivint devices using our voices alone, making for a much more convenient home. Here are some sample commands:
- Alexa, turn on my lights.
- Alexa, arm my security system “away”.
- Alexa, set the heat to 70 degrees.
- Alexa, increase bedroom temperature.
- Alexa, close my garages.
- Alexa, lock my front door.
- Alexa, show me the doorbell camera.
This is a super-comprehensive list of capabilities, so if you’re in the Amazon ecosystem, you’ll surely enjoy integrating Vivint into the mix.
Vivint’s integration with the Google Assistant is also super comprehensive, allowing control for cameras, garage doors, lights, locks, thermostats, and of course, security systems. In fact, Vivint is also one of the best Google Assistant-compatible security systems. Here are a few commands:
- OK Google, turn up the thermostat.
- Hey Google, unlock the front door.
- Hey Google, arm security.
- OK Google, show the front door camera on the living room TV.
The integration between Google Assistant and Vivint security cameras particularly impressed us. It let us watch live footage coming from our cameras on our Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max easily. You can read our Nest Hub review and Nest Hub Max review for more details on how camera integrations work.
Other Smart Home Devices
Vivint also offers a number of add-on equipment pieces that integrate into its smart home security system so you can control them with the Vivint app, control panel, or your voice. Examples are:
- Kwikset Smart Locks: In addition to using a key, you can control Kwikset Smart Locks using the Vivint app, your voice, with the help of voice assistants, or numerical codes. That means the chances of you getting locked out of your house will go way down. Plus, you’ll get notifications if you or anyone else left the door unlocked, relieving you of the anxiety of trying to remember if you locked your door. On top of that, you can program the lock to trigger other connected devices; for example, having the security system disarm when the door unlocks. You can also let people in when no one is home. You can create up to 30 unique codes for guests to use, which is much more secure than leaving a key under the welcome mat.
- Garage Door Controller: Got a garage? This controller will let you open and close your garage doors remotely and notify you if you leave your garage doors open. As cases of package theft continue to rise, garage door controllers can be quite useful. Instead of having delivery people leave packages on your porch, you can let them into your garage and have them leave your packages there, instead. Plus, Vivint’s garage door controllers have tamper alarms, so you’ll get alerts if anyone tries to mess with it. Let’s be honest: your garage is part of your house, and Vivint understands that it needs protection, too.
- Vivint Element Thermostat: Smart thermostats are some of our favorite types of connected devices. The reason? They can save you money on heating and cooling costs by using schedules, sensing your location using the GPS on your phone, and even incorporating information about the weather outside of your house. Obviously, you’ll be able to control your home’s temperature through Vivint’s app or voice commands, but you can also receive alerts of any temperature changes (like if your wife turned the dial up again). The Element Thermostat even detects humidity, not just temperature, as this can be a major factor in how hot the room feels.
- Nest Thermostat E: Vivint also offers a smart thermostat from Google Nest, one of the best smart home companies on the market. Or if you own one already, you can integrate it with your new Vivint system. Over time, the Nest Thermostat can learn your schedule without you even having to program it, a rare feature when it comes to smart thermostats. By sensing motion as well as passive infrared heat, this thermostat knows when someone is home and even what room they’re in! Aside from that, you’ll be able to hook it up with the GPS on your phone, control it manually through the Vivint or Nest apps, or use your trusted voice assistant to control your home’s temperature. With so many easily accessible options, it’s no wonder that Nest thermostats can save you an average of 10 to 12 percent on heating and up to 15 percent on cooling, according to an independent study2.
- Philips Hue Smart Lighting: Philips Hue is perhaps the best-known lighting brand in the country, and smart lighting is its forte. Take the Philips Hue White and Color Bulb, for example. Not only will you be able to dim it and set it to 16 million different color options, but you can also schedule your lights just as you did your thermostats. Or, you can sync them to other connected devices, like having your mudroom’s lights turn on when your garage door opens. You can even sync your lights with the sunrise and sunset, or the GPS on your phone!
Although many of Vivint’s smart home products come from third-party brands, the beautiful thing is that you’ll be able to control everything in the Vivint Smart Home app as well as through voice assistants. Vivint is more than just a security company; it’s a smart home brand that’s passionate about making your life easier, and with so many connected devices, your life just got a whole lot more convenient.
Having tested and used Vivint for over a year now, we love how it helps keep our home secure. With 24/7 professional monitoring, we know that someone is always there for us in case of an emergency – that is why Vivint continues to be one of our top smart home systems each year. While Vivint may not make much sense as a local alarm system only, for those who want 24/7 professional monitoring, remote control, notifications, and other features of a smart home security system, Vivint is a viable option.
Having tested Vivint ourselves, we answered some of the questions our readers often ask us about Vivint's pricing.
How much does Vivint cost per month?
Vivint starts at $39.99, under regular pricing. Here’s a breakdown of Vivint’s monitoring plans
Plan components Cost Base price $39.99/month Common discounts $14.99, $19.99, $29.99/month Vivint Smart Drive (add-on) $250 upfront or $4.17/month Video storage Included (2 weeks of storage per month) Installation Included with purchase Car Guard (add-on) $3.33/month Vivint Smart Thermostat (add-on) $3.33/month
Is Vivint worth the money?
Vivint is worth the money, based on our tests. It is one of the more expensive security systems we’ve tested, but it’s a solid choice for anyone who wants a system with 24/7 monitoring and an intuitive smartphone app for remote control. Vivint also does well when it comes to home automation, and Vivint’s cameras are better than most other security cameras we’ve tested in terms of features. Vivint’s video doorbell and outdoor camera, in particular, use artificial intelligence to better protect homes.
How much is a Vivint security system?
A Vivint security system costs anywhere between $1,799.99 for a simple system and $1,999.99 for one with home automation and security cameras. Vivint systems are more expensive than other security systems, but Vivint customers have the option to chop up the price into 42 or 60 monthly payments with Vivint Equipment Financing. With financing, you can get a security system for as low as $39 per month. Of course, the disadvantage is that you will have to sign a long-term contract.
Can you negotiate with Vivint?
You can negotiate with Vivint before signing a contract with the company. For instance, you might be able to negotiate a month-to-month contract rather than a 60-month contract if you pay for the equipment up front instead of having it financed.
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