Vivint Review

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The Big Picture - Home Security System Review

The Big Picture

Back in 1992, Todd Pedersen hired 10 of his buddies to sell pest control services out of a single-wide trailer. His personal approach to sales led to success, but he saw a future in home home security systems, so he founded APX Alarms in 1999. Pedersen sold to Blackstone Industries for more than $2 billion in 2012, though he is still the company’s CEO.
In 2011, APX changed its name to Vivint. With a reputation for technological innovation and providing solid value, Vivint invented its own name by combining the word vive, ‘to live,’ with the first syllable of ‘intelligent.’ Vivint has coined a word that connotes living intelligently through technology—Vivint’s mission.
Known for its award-winning customer service, Vivint has more than 7,000 employees and a million customers in the U.S. and Canada. Vivint is only one of three U.S. home security companies that takes in more than $30 million a month in repeating revenue.

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Nuts & Bolts - Home Security System Review

Nuts & Bolts

All packages include the basic home security system—a Vivint SkyControl panel with a 7” touch-screen display, smoke detector, door and window sensors, motion detector, key fob, and a Vivint yard sign.
The Smart Protect & Control package adds a choice of two additional components from a three-item menu: remote door access, smart thermostat, or doorbell camera.
Vivint’s Smart Complete package includes all three of the above components plus a 1TB Space MonkeyTM secure cloud local storage unit for complete data protection.
Vivint also designs larger custom packages to meet its clients’ needs.


Vivint provides 24/7/365 monitoring, a free mobile app allowing remote access to your home, live two-way voice communication, event notifications, and historical event tracking.


The Vivint system is wireless, and the Vivint SkyControl panel has a battery backup in case of power failure. Customers away from home are alerted to events through Vivint’s free mobile app, which includes severe weather alerts.
Response time between a ‘duress alarm’ and Vivint contacting local authorities is as little as 30 seconds.


Vivint offers added home automation components available at additional cost. Here’s a quick look:

  • recessed door sensor
  • glass break detector
  • flood/freeze sensor
  • carbon monoxide detector
  • tilt sensor
  • small appliance control
  • panic pendant.

All equipment is warrantied for 120 days, unless the customer purchases a premium protection plan.

Pricing options - Home Security System Review

Pricing Options

Vivint caters to home owners, not renters, and both of its home security solution packages feature state-of-the-art home automation technology. Here are Vivint’s packages:

Smart Protect FREE $39.99
Smart Protect and Control FREE $49.99
Customers buy their own equipment with Vivint, but it can be financed at 0% APR for up to 60 months, subject to credit approval. Both packages come with free professional installation and no activation fee.
Vivint’s equipment is guaranteed for life against defects and normal wear and tear, but damage caused by neglect, abuse or natural disaster is not covered.
Help & Support - Home Security System Review

Help & Support

Vivint built its business on providing the personal touch, and is widely recognized for its customer care. Help and support are available by toll-free phone, online chat and a dynamic FAQ on the Vivint website. Technical support by phone is open 24/7/365, while account and billing info is always instantly available online.
If you have an existing Vivint home protection system and need to move to a new house, don’t worry. Vivint will do it for free with a new 48-month contract or for $99 if you’d prefer to keep your existing contract.

Good to know - Home Security System Review

Good to Know

Vivint’s smart home security solutions and Vivint as a company have been highly honored during the past decade. Already in 2015, Vivint has won the Forbes award as one of America’s 500 Best Employers, a Women’s Choice Award as America’s Best Home Security System, and the Red Dot Award for Product Design for its wireless internet antenna.
In 2014, Vivint won the Silver Stevie Award for outstanding sales and customer service, the CE Pro BEST award for new custom electronic products, and the company was earlier named a Best Buy by Consumers’ Digest.
The list goes on to include other awards and honors from organizations such as Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Keep in mind that such impressive honors are reserved only for the most deserving of companies.

Cut to the Chase - Home Security System Review

Let’s Cut to the Chase

Bottom line—when choosing a home protection system, you want a company with a reputation for outstanding customer service, state-of-the-art technology, and good value. These are the pillars that Vivint was built on. So, when doing your due-diligence to find the best security system for your home, Vivint is definitely worth a close look.

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Share Your View

We made every effort to ensure that this review was accurate and fair, but we’re only human. If you think we’ve got something wrong, or that the review does not reflect your own experiences with the product, we’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment below, send us an email, or write your own review in the Customer Reviews section.

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Kyle Bishop
An Electronic Security Systems Senior Technician and an ex-military man, Kyle is best known for his solving complex problems skills. Always keeping busy, Kyle also loves sharing tips and insights online on home security, inserting public awareness on the importance of the subject.
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    Good day. I just finished reading your review on Vivinit Smart Home Security System. I am interested in this service, but kinda a leary. Ive read a lot of reviews on the product and service, and most was not good. Do you still recommend this service with Vivinit?? Looking an honest answer, not a bias one. Thanks

    • Kyle Bishop

      Hello –
      Thanks for your inquiry. Vivint home security is a great choice for a security system – it has a lifetime warranty and offers remote access with a mobile app. They are not necessarily the cheapest – with a minimum security contract set at 60 months. But if you’re looking for a system with many automation features and remote system control, you won’t go wrong with Vivint. Hope that helps!


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    Over priced and system not fuctioning as sold

    They were referred by family. I wanted to think about the systems over night, but high pressure, you must sign the contact tonight, fine, we will try it. Well, they ended up being there until 11pm to install the systems. The sales rep and installer all seen our dogs, they will be not problem. The first time I set the alarm, the dog set it off. Then we have the panel moved, and they system has never work right again. We always get sensor notifications and notification of low battery even after changing it. We try to get out of the contact since they did not provide what was promised and they want us to buy out the contact for $2,500.00. BUYER BEWARE!!


Vivint Review