Best Cellular Medical Alert Systems of 2021

For active seniors, a cellular medical alert system may be the way to go. Read on to find out when a cellular alert is the best choice, what to look for when buying one, and which three companies currently offer the best cellular options.

List of the Best Cellular Medical Alert Systems 2021

Bay Alarm Medical GPS Help Button
The Bay Alarm Medical GPS Help Button uses a cellular connection and GPS capabilities to contact help in or outside of the home.

As we get older, going out and about can feel more hazardous than it did before. We find ourselves worrying about what may happen if we feel unwell or fall outside. A cellular medical alert system can provide added peace of mind for active individuals.

Just like with traditional landline alerts, cellular alerts connect you directly to a call center where staff can assess your situation, track you using GPS, and dispatch EMTs or call emergency contacts.

How We Chose the Best Cellular Medical Alert Systems

Companies evaluated 22
Hours of research 150+
Hours of product testing 800+
Ranking criteria 6
Finalists chosen 5

To find the best cellular medical alert systems, we had to sift through nearly every alert company out there. To determine the best, we judged each system on the following criteria:

Pro Tip: Don’t need cellular? Take a look at my pick for this year’s best medical alert system overall.

1. Bay Alarm Medical - Best Cellular Connection

Bay Alarm Medical
4.9 / 5
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What We Like Most:
  • 30-day risk-free trial
  • Optional fall detection
  • Location tracking on mobile units
  • Plans start at $21.95/month

Overview

Bay Alarm Medical offers a wide range of cellular systems: a traditional in-home system, a medical alert system with GPS, and even a medical alert smartwatch. All these devices connect to help through an ultra-fast 4G cellular connection.

Pros
  • One-time $35 fee for additional help buttons
  • $15 per month for additional fall buttons
  • 1,000-foot in-home range
  • Two U.S.-based monitoring centers
  • 32-hour in-home backup battery
  • Water-resistant devices
Cons
  • Equipment fees for some systems
  • Extra cost for fall detection

Bay Alarm Medical Cellular Systems

Bay Alarm Medical offers a traditional in-home system powered by either a landline or 4G connection. The system can not only be paired with additional wall buttons, but it also has a 32-hour backup battery, ensuring your system can remain powered through a loss of electricity. For mobile devices, Bay Alarm offers an all-in-one help button with GPS capabilities and a medical alert smartwatch.

Bay Alarm Medical prices start at $29.95 for the cellular systems, making it one of the more affordable providers. The company also requires no long-term contracts for its devices, so it’s a risk-free option for people new to the technology.

To learn more about each of these systems, take a look at my Bay Alarm Medical analysis.

2. Aloe Care Health - Best Caregiver Features

4.4 / 5
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877-959-3288
What We Like Most:
  • Sophisticated voice commands
  • Wall-mounted fall detection
  • Motion sensors with activity monitoring
  • Helpful caregiver app

Overview

Aloe Care Health offers four systems, all of which operate on a combination of Wi-Fi and cellular connections. When paired with a smartphone, Aloe Care Health systems can send notifications and make direct calls to caregivers and loved ones.

Pros
  • Voice-activated calls
  • Non-emergency call capabilities
  • Activity, temperature, and air quality monitoring
  • No long-term contracts
  • Affordable mobile system
  • Detailed app for caregivers
  • Fall detection at no extra cost
Cons
  • Higher start-up costs
  • No spouse monitoring

Aloe Care Health Cellular Systems

The first thing that impressed me about Aloe Care Health’s systems was their wide array of voice commands. Simply by saying words, I could make emergency calls, contact loved ones, and even check my home’s temperature.

All my activity on the Aloe Care Health system was tracked through the Aloe Care Companion app, which notifies caregivers of any emergency calls or abnormalities, and it can even be used to place direct calls to your smartphone.

Aloe Care Health prices start at $24.99 per month for the Mobile Companion, in addition to a $99.99 one-time equipment fee. In-home systems start at $29.99 per month, in addition to equipment charges.

Read my Aloe Care Health review to learn more about the company’s systems, their prices, and how they performed.

3. Medical Guardian - Best Mobile Device

Medical Guardian Logo
4.8 / 5
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855-958-3692
What We Like Most:
  • Excellent customer service
  • No long-term contracts or setup fees
  • $10 per month for extra fall detection
  • GPS location technology
  • Activity monitoring

Overview

Medical Guardian offers several cellular choices. Mobile Guardian is a portable unit plus a wearable button, while Active Guardian is an all-in-one unit that offers both GPS and Wi-Fi tracking (most mobile medical alerts are GPS only). Mini Guardian, one of their newest systems, features a small and lightweight profile, making it perfect for active users. Medical Guardian also offers in-home cellular medical alert systems, as well as the Freedom Guardian smartwatch.

FYI: Read our Freedom Guardian review to learn about my experience with Medical Guardian’s smartwatch.

Pros
  • All-in-one mobile system
  • Landline and cellular options
  • Smartwatch option
  • Accurate location tracking
  • Fall detection available on most systems
  • No long-term contracts
  • Free month of service on annual subscriptions
  • Up to seven-day mobile battery life
Cons
  • Occasional false alarms with fall detection
  • Limited activity monitoring

Medical Guardian Cellular Systems

Other than the Classic Guardian, which uses a landline connection, all of Medical Guardian’s systems use a 4G cellular connection, providing quick and reliable access to monitoring agents.

My favorite of the company’s systems, however, is the Active Guardian. The system, which features built-in fall detection, GPS, and two-way talk, provides an all-in-one medical alert system that can be worn easily around your neck or on your belt clip.

The Active Guardian costs $44.95 per month, but the price can be discounted if you pay annually instead of monthly.

To learn more about the company and its systems, check out my review of Medical Guardian.

Written By
Amie Clark

Amie has been writing about senior care products and services for the last decade. She is particularly passionate about new technologies that help improve the quality of life for seniors and their families. Seeing her parents and grandparents age made Amie ask herself, “Would this be good enough for my loved ones?” In her spare time, Amie enjoys outdoor adventures and spontaneous road trips. Learn more about Amie here