Besides the Essentials kit, ADT monitored plans differ from tier to tier, each sweetening the deal with new features or equipment options.
The Essential Plan includes the basic Essentials kit and standard, landline monitoring. What's missing is the Quality Service Plan that offers extended warranty protection and a deal on any service calls you may need during your contract. This plan also misses out on the 6-month money-back guarantee.
The Complete Monitoring Bundle is a basic landline-connected Essentials package plus the Quality Service Plan. If you live in a rural area or want to protect a vacation home in the country, this is an affordable option that comes with extra warranty and service protection.
The Premium Bundle II is the same, but with a cellular connection. This connection allows for some nice perks, like voice control with Amazon Alexa It also allows you to skip the wiring that comes with landline service. Hardwired systems take longer to install and can be clipped or damaged by intruders.
The ADT Command Tier I adds remote access into the mix through the ADT Control app. Remote access lets you monitor and control your system from your phone. Whether it's an open window or a full-blown system alert, you'll know. And for $6 more, you can add live video with the ADT Command Tier II.
Finally, the ADT Command Tier III comes with a steeper installation fee, but you'll get smart home and automation features to make up for it. This system starts with the same equipment as the other plans--plus live video (when you add a security camera) and a lamp module to add smart lighting to your system. Turn on the light from your mobile app to make your home seem occupied or to keep your pets company while you're away.
If you're looking for tried-and-true home security monitoring and want the pros to handle installation, ADT is for you. You'll pay more for setup and monitoring, but you won't have to lift a finger after making the initial phone call.