- Super-low pricing tiers
- Plan flexibility
- Extensive compatibility
- Traditional high rate for professional installation
- Pushy online order experience
Contract and Price
Abode offers two plans for cheap home security:
- Standard Plan: $6/month for self-monitoring plus home automation
- Pro Plan: $20/month for professional monitoring
The entry-level Abode device kit costs $199 and includes one gateway, mini door/window sensor, motion sensor, key fob, and a "Secured By Abode" sticker. All systems are compatible with popular smart home technologies, including Google Home, Apple HomeKit, Amazon Alexa, and IFTTT controls. This is where Abode excels: above-average home automation support.
Abode's Standard Plan offers one-touch arm/disarm, push alerts to your mobile device, email notifications, and home automation support. Upgrading to the Pro Plan gets you professional monitoring, cellular support, free shipping, and access to exclusive deals and discounts.
You can also choose to self-monitor your system with no monthly cost, but home automation support isn't included. Security systems from Abode come with a 30-day trial period, and the company doesn't require a contract.
Abode is not accredited by the Better Business Bureau (BBB) and has a "C" rating from the organization, but earns 4 out of 5 stars from customer reviews. Need support? Get help with Abode's in-depth online help database, which includes advice for installation, mobile issues, and billing, or you can call them directly.
Abode offers two options: DIY or professional install. DIY is straightforward with solid online support, but it's worth noting that professional install is on par with bigger companies like ADT and starts at just $99.