Vivint Home Security Review

Vivint is a smart home technology provider with home security, energy management, home automation, local cloud storage, and high-speed Internet solutions. Their systems are fully customizable, feature 24/7 professional monitoring, and can all be viewed and controlled remotely via their app. Vivint requires professional installation and a 42-60 month contract.

Rating: 8.5 / 10 (Excellent)
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How is Vivint rated?

Breakdown

10/10
Equipment
9/10
Monitoring
9/10
Reputation
6/10
Contract & Price
10/10
Technology Inegration

Overall Rating: 8.5 / 10 (Excellent)

Vivint pairs their innovative, self-designed technology for home automation with customizable plans and flexible payment options, to make for excellent home security. Their aim to provide fully connected systems for the home puts them on the forefront of the industry. However, equipment costs can mount fairly quickly, and monthly monitoring fees are on the high side.

Company Profile

Full Name
Vivint Home Security
Year Founded
1999
BBB Rating
B
Company Website
Headquarters
4931 N 300 W , Provo, UT, 84604
Mailing Address
4931 N 300 W , Provo, UT, 84604

Equipment & Setup

Overview

Intallation
Professional
Equipment Manufacturer
Clearlink
Ability to Reallocate System
Wireless Sensors
Control Panel
Event Triggered Siren/ Alarm

Equipment - 10 / 10

Vivint offers both pre-selected home security packages and fully customizable options as well with professional installation at no extra cost, except in the cases of their outdoor and doorbell cameras. Hardware options begin with the SkyControl Panel, to which additional devices are added, such as their doorbell camera, ping camera, outdoor camera, smart locks, element thermostat, etc, all of which feature a lifetime warranty. Vivint's connected home technology offers a wide variety of optional sensors, such as smoke, glass break, carbon monoxide, and flood, all of which can all be controlled via the Vivint app. All in all, a very strong equipment package and suite of features.

Security Monitors, Sensors, & Devices

Intrusion Protection

Door & Window Sensors
Garage Door Sensors
Glass Break Protection
Motion Sensors
Recessed Door Sensors
Crash & Smash Protection

Environmental Protection

Carbon Monoxide
Flood
Temperature Change
Smoke

Surveillance

Indoor Cameras
Outdoor Cameras
Doorbell Cameras
Tilt & Pan Cameras
Live Surveillance
Event-triggered Surveillance

Life Safety

Panic Button
Medical Alert

Monitoring

Key Details

Monitoring Options
Professional Monitoring
Monitoring Technology
Cellular
Broadband
Number of Monitoring Centers
1
Monitoring Center Type
Owned

Professional Monitoring Services

24/7 Professional Monitoring
2-Way Intercom
Police Dispatch
Fire Department Dispatch
Medical Dispatch

Monitoring - 9 / 10

Vivint provides professional 24/7 monitoring via broadband or cellular. Their call center can dispatch emergency personnel as needed. The Vivint SkyControl Panel features two-way communication, as part of a complete system which gives homeowners unprecedented control of their entire house.

How much does Vivint cost?

Contract & Price

Monthly Fee (min)
$39.99
Monthly Fee (max)
$49.99
Number of Available Packages
2
Installation/ Activation Fee (min)
$0.00
Equipment Starting Cost
$549.99
Contract Required
Minimum Contract Length
0 months

Contract & Price - 6.2 / 10

Vivint's Smart Home plans begin with a monthly monitoring fee of $39.99, while their Smart Home Video starts at $49.99. If a homeowner chooses to purchase their equipment upfront (average of $549.99), these are the only fees they'll pay subsequently, with no need for a contract. When choosing the financing option, the monthly cost includes the monitoring fees mentioned above, plus the equipment cost over their 42 or 60-month contracts. These contract lengths are excessive for the industry standard of 24-36.
Cancellation Policy: Contract term is month-to-month, unless choosing the financing option, in which case terms are 42-60 months.
Warranty: Lifetime

Technology Integrations

Compatibility

Amazon Alexa
Google Home
IFTTT
Z-Wave
ZigBee

Technology Inegration - 10 / 10

Vivint features an unprecedented level of technology integration, focusing on easy-to-use, award-winning home automation devices which they design and manufacture themselves, unlike most home security companies. Even if a disconnection with the central monitoring station occurs, their touch screen panel sends email and text alerts. Vivint can interface with Amazon Alexa and Echo, Google Home, IFTTT, the Nest-Learning Thermostat, and Z-Wave. They also have a cloud storage unit called Space Monkey, which holds 1TB of data and can be accessed remotely.

Mobile Access & Alerts

iPhone App
Android App
Email & Text Alerts
Live Surveillance Feed
Remote Arm/Disarm
Geo-location Services

Home Automation

Lighting Control
Thermostat Control
Appliance Control
Electronic Door Locks
Event-triggered Automation
History Log
Unique User Codes

Company Reputation

Certifications & Associations

  • Central Station Alarm Association (CSAA)
  • Underwriter's Laboratory (UL)
  • Electronic Security Association

Reputation - 9 / 10

Vivint has excellent ratings across various certifying agencies, including the Central Station Alarm Association, the Underwriter's Laboratory, and the Electronic Security Association. Their customer reputation was historically poor, but they have made serious efforts in that arena, and currently offer support via various channels, including their mobile apps, website, and phone.

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laszlo
Missouri City, Texas
6/3/2017
I wasn't even looking for an upgrade, came across Dave going door to door, at 8pm its when I came home from work. He explained what the offer was. I accepted. Techs were there within the hour. and by 1200, they were done. Had cameras on backyard, front door and garage entrance done. I freakin love them already......................

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Panorama City, California
5/19/2017
I am not satisfied with the kind of service they have. i tried to update my system and i agreed to it but they did not upgrade the system and they they said that they will upgrade it but i have to pay $300.00. so i cancelled my service.

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Dave
Springville, Utah
5/12/2017
Worst experience I've ever had with a company. I had a very expensive hard wired system before I agreed to go with Vivint. I was promised they would leave my system hard wired as it was plus add some wireless monitors, Instead they just cut my wires and shoved them into the walls and put in wireless, tried to do this without my knowledge but I caught them and they said they had never done a system this big and they couldn't figure out how to do it. Also had to have people come back 3 times because they didn't activate all the monitors. The left areas unprotected that were secure before. Left holes in my walls. After much complaining to their customer satisfaction people I was promised... Read More

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Jesse
Provo, Utah
5/8/2017
I've had Vivint for a year and every time my alarm gets triggered they respond within seconds. I trust them so much more than ADT with their insanely inconsistent response times, and HORRIBLE customer service. This site is a little misleading because Vivint is the actual leader in the industry - after doing research I know that Vivint has the awards from the Consumer's Digest Best Buy award, Security Dealer Magazine award for best equipment, best warranty, and the People's Choice best customer service award.... FrontPoint, ADT, and SimpliSafe don't have any of those awards so why are they rated higher here?

Michael G
5/5/2017
So to continue with my rant against Vivint Alarm company. I am not sure if any of you have this company or have ever looked at them for service, but here is the scoop. I contacted the company last week to find out why I was being charged more than I originally agreed to pay. As the conversation progressed I was informed that it was due to a tax that was being passed on. I told the representative that I couldn't wait until October was here, because I was moving my service to Simply Safe Alarm company. I was passed off to another person who was in the locality group. I was told that I could have a reduction in monthly service cost and add cameras to our home for a fixed prices, which I... Read More

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Galen R
Wasilla, Alaska
4/29/2017
I have been a vivint customer for over 8 years and I don't think there has been 1 year that I didn't have some kind of problem. They aren't interested in you once you sign up. They give their new products to new customers, but you are stuck with the old ones that doesn't work I live in Alaska and go south for the winter and every year The thermostats stop working or the remote lock quits working. Last year it turned my furnace off and I couldn't lock the door back after my neighbor came over and turned on the heat. Vivint's response is always the same "you need to be there for us to help"I need it to work when I'm gone. That's what it's for. When I get back they come reset it and it... Read More

Ron R
Holly Springs, North Carolina
3/24/2017
Customer service A+, Smart home features A++, 24 hours security monitoring A+, Bottom line nothing to complain about would recommend to everyone. Couldn't be happier with the over all service from Vivint!!

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Andy
, Illinois
3/18/2017
Vivint has horrible customer service. They missed my appointment to install the system. They apologized like it didn't matter. The customer service manager was terrible sounded like a young kid who could careless about Vivint or customers. Pretty amazing. They seem to be too big as they are forgetting they have jobs because of their customers.

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Andy
Antioch, Illinois
3/17/2017
Vivint has horrible customer service. They missed my appointment to install the system. They apologized like it didn't matter. The customer service manager was terrible sounded like a young kid who could careless about Vivint or customers. Pretty amazing. They seem to be too big as they are forgetting they have jobs because of their customers.

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Debbie G
Wasilla, Alaska
3/16/2017
Vivint is only interested in getting their money and not in customer service. They bring out old equipment and promise the upgraded equipment as soon as they get more in. It never happens. I paid off my full contract to get rid of Vivint. You are only able to speak with their customer service in Utah. Do NOT trust Vivint.

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