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More medical alert brands we considered

We considered more than 75 products across nearly 30 brands. Here are a few that didn’t quite make the cut.

If you have an ADT home security system, you can get a discount on its in-home and on-the-go medical alert packages. Otherwise, the cost of an ADT Medical Alert system is a bit high for what you get. It starts at $29.99/month for a landline system without fall detection.

We also weren’t impressed by the signal range for the in-home systems: 300 feet for the Basic and 600 feet for the Plus.

Learn more about in our full review of ADT Medical Alert.

BellPal with BlueStar SeniorTech

Our hearts definitely went pitter-patter when we saw this gorgeous wristwatch. The BellPal doesn’t look like a medical alert device at all, but it includes GPS tracking, fall detection, and an SOS button. Like the Lively Wearable 2, BellPal only works when it’s close to a smartphone.

We were also bummed to see that you have to take this watch to a jeweler every four to six months to replace the battery. We know “replace battery” would end up on our to-do list for weeks. That’s why many other companies just send you a new wearable device instead of asking you to do it yourself.

BellPal costs about $200 up front. Monitoring is provided through BlueStar SeniorTech starting at around $20 a month.

FastHelp is not a monitored medical alert system, so we don’t recommend it for most situations.

Because it always calls 911 directly, you may get fined for false alarms. The 911 dispatchers and emergency responders also won’t have your medical history, lockbox code, or emergency contacts on file. In contrast, monitored systems retain this information and relay it to the emergency service for fast, accurate, and safe help.

The main advantage of FastHelp is that you only pay a one-time equipment fee. Since there’s no emergency monitoring, there are no monthly fees.

Learn more in our full FastHelp review.

Life Alert is an industry pioneer famous for its TV commercials, but it hasn’t moved its sales and marketing into the 21st century. There’s almost no information about the system online.

We called to discover the cost of Life Alert. It’s by far the most expensive medical alarm system on the market, with monitoring prices starting at nearly $50/month. The minimum activation fee is around $95. The price significantly increases if you add a GPS button, and there’s no automatic fall detection option at all.

Learn more in our full Life Alert review.

Lively (formerly Great Call)

We nixed the Lively Wearable 2 because you have to carry a smartphone with you to talk to the monitoring center. It’s just too easy to leave home without your phone, assuming you have one to begin with.

The Lively Mobile Plus features a built-in speaker and microphone, so it’s the better option among Lively’s line-up. There’s really nothing wrong with this product—we just prefer the extra tracking technology in the Medical Guardian Mini Guardian and the superior fall detection technology in the Philips Lifeline AutoAlert.

Lively’s basic emergency service—Urgent Response—starts at $25 per month.

Learn more in our full Lively review

LifeStation deserves a shout-out as the only other medical alert company besides Philips Lifeline to combine an accelerometer and a barometric sensor in its fall detection device. LifeStation’s basic in-home package starts at an affordable $23 per month, but GPS tracking, fall detection, wall buttons, spouse coverage, and a warranty all add to the monthly fee.

We also experienced some technical difficulties with the website that would make it difficult to order a system.

Learn more in our full review of LifeStation.

We’re keeping a close eye on Medical Alert because it achieved “runner-up” status in key categories. For example, Medical Alert’s fall detection system includes two sensors, and its basic in-home system costs the same as MobileHelp’s. We also found Medical Alert’s representatives to be the most knowledgeable, which can make a big difference when shopping around.

We’ll offer more insights about how Medical Alert compares to our other top brands after hands-on testing.  

Learn more in our full Medical Alert review.

Medical Care Alert offers similar equipment to Bay Alarm but costs around $5 to $7 more each month. We also found its website a little confusing because there’s no way to easily see its full product lineup.

It’s worth mentioning that Medical Care Alert used to offer a fall detection device with the holy trinity of sensors: an accelerometer, gyroscope, and magnetometer. This product was discontinued because it relied on the now-defunct 3G cellular network.

If Medical Care Alert releases this device again with 4G or 5G cellular service, we’ll sit up and pay attention. But for now, we think other brands offer better value. 

QMedic offers a cellular in-home system and a mobile GPS button. This company lost our interest once we found out it doesn’t offer any fall detection at all. It’s also the only company we found that requires a full year of payment up front.

The WellBe was in the running for our “Best extra features” category. We think this could be the medical alarm system of the future once digital natives start to age in place. It’s a smart speaker with a special focus on health and wellness and pairs with an optional medical alert watch by the same name.

You can talk to it by saying, “OK WellBe” and then asking, for example, a medical question. WellBe can also be programmed to remind you to take your medications, to refill prescriptions, or to get ready for an upcoming appointment. It also works like a “normal” speaker by playing music, audio books, or the news.

The smartwatch doubles as a GPS tracker, health and fitness tracker, and help button. Caregivers can also keep track of your health through the app.

As cool as it is, we’re just not sure it’s the right system for everyone. You do need to be a bit tech savvy (or know someone who is) to take full advantage of it. Check it out if you already love chatting with your Amazon Echo.

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