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Medical Guardian Alert System

$30/mo. Starting Price
6 Plan Options
Overall Rating:
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$10 Fall Detection
13+ Years in Business
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Medical Guardian is a longtime leader in the medical alert industry with a diverse product lineup that includes at-home systems, on-the-go units, and a smartwatch. We give the company high ratings for versatile systems, reliable monitoring services, and excellent customer care. With prices starting at $29.95 per month, you'll find that Medical Guardian is slightly pricier compared to the competition, but, fortunately, they won't require you to commit to a long-term contract – unlike other providers we've reviewed, like Life Alert.

Below, we'll break down the costs and value of Medical Guardian's products and plans, as well as our opinions on what to avoid, to help you make an educated decision when it comes time to purchase a medical alert system for yourself or a loved one.

At-A-Glance: What You Need to Know About Medical Guardian

  • Landline and cellular options
  • Cellular coverage through AT&T or Verizon network
  • 24/7 professional monitoring included in all packages
  • U.S.-based monitoring centers
  • No long-term contracts
  • Waterproof, wearable pendants
  • Discounts available for annual payment plans
  • No hidden fees
  • Customizable packages to fit most lifestyles

The Fast Facts: Medical Guardian’s Packages & Pricing

Product Monthly prices Monthly prices with annual plan Designed for Connection type Equipment fees
Classic Guardian $29.95 per month $27.45 At home Landline No
Home 2.0 $34.95 per month $32.04 At home Cellular $124.95
Mini Guardian $39.95 per month $36.62 On the go Cellular $124.95
Active Guardian $44.95 per month 41.20 On the go Cellular No
Mobile 2.0 $39.95 per month $36.62 On the go Cellular $124.95
Freedom 2.0 $49.95 per month $49.95 On the go Cellular $174.95

A Closer Look at Medical Guardian’s Systems and Value

As seen above, Medical Guardian provides a diversified lineup of systems at various price points. You'll pay anywhere from $29.95 to $49.95 per month when you choose a month-to-month plan. You can save a few bucks a month if you pay for your system annually.

Money-saver Alert: To cut down your overall costs, you can pay for Medical Guardian's systems annually to save up to $45 a year. If you cancel your service before the year is up, you'll receive a prorated refund.

Unlike other companies we’ve reviewed, including Lively, Medical Guardian doesn't charge activation fees for their systems. When comparing prices with other brands, it is always important to include these extra fees in your cost analysis.

It is also important to take note of any useful, no-cost extras. In the case of Medical Guardian, one additional free service that we really like is MyGuardian, a customer care portal and app. It allows you to manage all of your billing, health and safety information in one place.

Pro Tip: Medical Guardian and Lively are two of the top players in the medical alert industry. For a side-by-side look at these providers, visit our Medical Guardian vs. Lively comparison guide.

Classic Guardian

Classic Guardian

Classic Guardian

At $29.95 per month, Classic Guardian is Medical Guardian's lowest-priced package. If you live in an area with poor cell reception or you're on a tight budget, we'd recommend Classic Guardian. This is the company's only landline option, and it's designed for in-home use. The system comes with a base station and a waterproof, wearable help pendant. You can call for help by pressing the button on the base station or pendant, and Medical Guardian's monitoring center will be there to help in under a minute. Use the two-way talk feature to let them know what you need. We're big fans of the system's long in-home range of up to 1,300 feet and the 32-hour backup battery.

Home 2.0

Attention homebodies! Home 2.0 is ideal for seniors who spend most of their time, you guessed it, at home. It's similar to Classic Guardian, except it costs $34.95 per month ($5 more) and includes a one-time equipment fee of $124.95. The main differences between the two systems is that the Home 2.0 base station has a sleeker design and runs on AT&T's cellular service rather than a landline. We'd recommend going with Classic Guardian if you want the lowest rates possible.

Pro Tip: Want to boost your coverage range? Medical Guardian offers Wall Help Buttons for $2.99 per month. They can be placed around the home, and depending on the system you choose, it could give you up to 2,000 feet of coverage in the house.

The base station for Home 2.0 comes with a 32-hour backup battery, a high-speed connection that utilizes AT&T 4G LTE and WiFi, and a two-way talk speaker. And, notably, the coverage range between the help button and the base station has recently been improved from 600 to 1,400 feet! You can't do much better than that.

Mini Guardian

Mini Guardian - One of Medical Guardian's affordable systems for seniors aging in place

Mini Guardian – One of Medical Guardian’s affordable systems for seniors aging in place

Mini Guardian, priced at $39.95 per month, is a recent addition to Medical Guardian’s lineup. For those who don’t want a bulky mobile system, this is the best solution. The Mini comes with built-in GPS, cellular, and WiFi technology, so you can take it with you anywhere and stay protected. This all-in-one mobile device weighs just over 1 ounce and is about half the width of their traditional GPS options, so it’s discreet and sleek. We’d recommend Mini Guardian for minimalists. Plus, the Mini is one of Medical Guardian’s least expensive mobile options, so it’s good for those on a budget. Just keep in mind that there is a one-time $124.95 equipment fee.

Active Guardian

Active Guardian

Editor Jeff Hoyt testing Active Guardian

Active Guardian costs $44.95 per month, making it one of Medical Guardian's most expensive devices. It's also a bit pricier than similar mobile options from other companies. For instance, Bay Alarm Medical's prices for on-the-go systems start at $29.95 per month. However, this on-the-go system does not come with an equipment fee.

This system comes with a portable unit equipped with mobile features – like advanced GPS, WiFi, and LTE location tracking– that provide the user around-the-clock protection both at home and on the go. Though it's a bit bulky, the waterproof device can be worn around your neck, as it's lightweight and has a built-in two-way speaker and help button. The monitoring center can send help to your exact location, even if you don't know where you are.

Mobile 2.0

Mobile 2.0

Editor Jeff Hoyt testing Mobile 2.0

Priced at $39.95 per month, Mobile 2.0 is another cellular device with advanced GPS tracking designed for those who spend time away from home. Mobile 2.0 comes with a small portable base station that easily fits in a purse or pocket, along with a wearable help pendant. As long as the pendant is within 500 feet of the device, you'll be covered, whether you're making a grocery run or sprucing up the garden.

This option is more discreet than Active Guardian, as the Mobile 2.0 was recently updated, so it is smaller and less bulky than the original Mobile Guardian. Also, a help button is available in both necklace and watch form. If you choose to use the help buttons on the go, you will need to remember to bring two pieces of equipment every time you leave the house instead of one.

Freedom 2.0

Freedom 2.0

Freedom 2.0

If you love daily jogs around the neighborhood or taking long bike rides, Freedom 2.0 might be your best bet. It’s a medical alert smartwatch with an easy-to-read touch screen, weather notifications, a help button, and a voice texting feature. On top of the monthly price of $49.95, Freedom 2.0 also has an equipment fee of $174.95. However, in our latest Freedom 2.0 review, we found that the value definitely matches the price.

FYI: Medical Guardian recently launched Freedom 2.0, an upgraded version of Freedom Guardian. The smartwatch is available for preorder on the provider's website.

Costs for Medical Guardian Add-Ons

Add-On Equipment Costs Features and Functionality
Wireless wall button $2.99 per month – Indoor help button with up to 2,000-foot range
– Wirelessly connects to the monitoring center
Additional Alert Pendants $2.99 per month for each pendant – Water-resistant
– Bracelet or necklace options
Entryway Key Lockbox $2.99 per month – Allows first responders to access your home during an emergency when you can’t get to the door
Voice-Activated Wall-Mounted Button $5 per month – Calls the monitoring center hands free with just your voice
– Features a call button and help pull cord
Fall Alert Pendant $10 per month – Detects falls automatically
– Calls for help even if the alert button isn’t pressed
Jewelry Alert Pendant $2.99 per month – Stylish designs
– Discrete help button connects to monitoring center 24/7
OnGuard Alerts $2.99 per month – Real-time text messages and emails sent to Care Circle in the event of an emergency
Protection Plan $6.99 per month – Replaces damaged equipment and provides unlimited free battery replacements

How to Get the Best Deal with Medical Guardian

To get the most bang for your buck, we recommend going with the annual payment option. In this year's Medical Guardian review, we found that you can save up to $45 every year by paying annually, depending on the package you pick. Medical Guardian also offers perks with the annual payment option, like free shipping, extra equipment, and a free month of service. A pretty great deal if you ask us!

Current Deal: Medical Guardian is currently offering a 20 percent discount on the Mobile 2.0 system for new customers.

If you're worried about committing to Medical Guardian for an entire year, don't stress about it! You can cancel your service at any time. If you've paid for services upfront that you haven't used yet, you'll receive a prorated refund. For example, if you paid for a full year of service but decide to cancel after five months, you'll receive a refund for the seven remaining months of service.

Is Medical Guardian Right for Me?

As long as you’re not searching for the absolute cheapest medical alert system available, Medical Guardian is great for any older adult. From homebodies to solo travelers, Medical Guardian has at-home and mobile systems to fit most budgets and lifestyles. If you have a history of falling or a medical condition that puts you at a higher risk of falls, we'd recommend adding fall detection. The only Medical Guardian system without fall detection capabilities is Freedom 2.0. Otherwise, any system can be equipped with this lifesaving technology for an extra $10 per month.

Our Final Thoughts: Pricing and Value of Medical Guardian

While Medical Guardian's prices are slightly higher than costs for companies we've reviewed, like LifeStation, we found that the prices for their mobile alert systems match the quality and advanced features. In other words, you get what you pay for. Plus, you can save on monthly rates with an annual payment plan. All in all, Medical Guardian's equipment is durable, sleek, and takes advantage of the latest high-tech features, making it a top medical alert system provider. If you're willing to pay a little extra, Medical Guardian's systems can go a long way for you and your family.

Watch our video review of Medical Guardian below for a closer look at this provider.

Frequently Asked Questions About Medical Guardian