Brinks Home Security

Well-known in the security industry, Brinks serves over 1 million customers, providing modern and simple to install home security systems.

Brinks Home Security

Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Brinks is best known for offering both DIY and professional home security services to best meet your needs. They offer a variety of security plans that include security essentials and smart security cameras starting at $199 for the basic package. Of the three available packages, we recommend the Smart Security Complete package to cover video monitoring, live streaming and smartphone control of your Brinks system whether you’re at home or on the go.

Pros

  • Award-winning customer service
  • Works with Google Nest
  • 2-year warranty on devices

Cons

  • Contract required for top tiered packages
  • No optional home environmental monitoring equipment
  • Touchscreen control panel only available in top tiered packages
Brinks Home Security Review

Brinks Home Security Review

Brinks is best known for flexible installation, giving you the choice between a professional or DIY setup. Brinks also offers smart home integration to control smart locks, smart thermostats and other equipment. You’ll be able to control your smart home and security equipment using the Brinks Smart Home mobile app or Amazon Alexa. However, Brinks doesn’t score as high on equipment pricing compared to other providers.

Brinks Home Security Packages, Pricing and Features

Brinks Home Security Packages, Pricing and Features

Equipment price starts at $199 $1,099
Touchscreen control panel Yes Yes
Motion detection Yes Yes
Security camera No Yes
Video doorbell No Yes
Brinks Cost

Brinks Cost

Brinks’ equipment starts at $199.99 for their Smart Security Essential package. Professional monitoring for Brinks costs $39 per month for each plan. You can add an additional indoor camera for $199 each, an outdoor camera for $249 or a video doorbell camera for $199. If you’re interested in Google Nest you can get started with the essentials for $399 upfront. Professional monitoring for Google Nest customers costs $29 per month without a Brinks contract or $19 per month with a three-year contract.

Brinks Installation

Brinks Installation

Brinks home security systems are designed to easily self-install with adhesive strips. Some equipment, such as cameras and smart thermostats, may take a little more time to install but are still easy with Brinks’ guide. However, Brinks and Google Nest both offer professional installation and 24/7 customer support for their equipment at an additional cost. The Nest mobile app will also help you set up Nest equipment hassle-free.

Brinks Equipment

Brinks Equipment

Motion sensors 1 2 2
Door sensors 2 3 3
Indoor camera 0 1 0
Outdoor camera 0 0 1
Video doorbells 0 0 1
Brinks Packaging and Pricing

Brinks Packaging and Pricing

    Nest Secure

    Starting at $19/mo

    Our take

    Get simple yet robust security with the Nest Secure Package backed by Brinks’ monitoring. This system comes with the essentials you’ll need to protect your home and makes arming and disarming easy with the Nest Tags: simply swipe out to arm and swipe in to disarm. The Nest Secure Package retails for $399.00 or $11.08/mo. with financing. You’ll have to enter a 36-month service agreement for financing. Professional monitoring for the Nest Secure Package costs $19.00/mo.

    Package Features

    • 1 Nest Guard
    • 2 Nest Detect motion sensors
    • 2 Nest Tags
    • Yard sign and stickers

    Brinks Smart Security Essential

    Starting at $39.00/mo

    Our take

    System price: $199.00

    Monthly monitoring cost: $39.00/mo.

    Easy to install yourself, the wireless touchscreen system comes backed with adhesive that you peel and stick to get started. The system is simple and easy to install without having to drill holes or add nails to your walls. It’s the perfect solution for renters.

    Package Features

    • Brinks Home Touch hub
    • One wireless motion sensor
    • Two wireless door sensors
    • Brinks yard sign and stickers

    Brinks Smart Security Complete

    Starting at $39.00/mo

    Our take

    System price: $799.00

    Monthly monitoring cost: $39.00/mo.

    If you’re looking for a security system that adds video surveillance you can monitor, the COMPLETE plan includes an HD indoor camera. Movement and other alarms will trigger the camera to record so you can view the video feed on your phone or computer. 

    Package Features

    • Hub
    • Indoor camera
    • Motion sensors
    • Door sensors
    • Signage

    Brinks Smart Security Ultimate

    Starting at $39.00/mo

    Our take

    System price: $1,099.00

    Monthly monitoring cost: $39.00/mo.

    For home monitoring inside and outside, the ULTIMATE plan is the most complete. It’s the top-of-the-line package and adds an outdoor camera and video doorbell to keep your home’s exterior surroundings safe, too. The ULTIMATE plan is most useful for people who get many visitors knocking at their door and/or receive deliveries and packages regularly.

    Package Features

    • Professional installation
    • Brinks Home Touch touchscreen hub
    • Indoor camera with night vision
    • SkyBell Slim Line Video Doorbell
    • Outdoor camera
    • Two wireless motion sensors
    • Three wireless door sensors
    • Brinks yard sign and stickers
Using Brinks

Using Brinks

Brinks offers professionally monitored home security to alert monitoring professionals when sensors are triggered in your home. Brinks’ specialists will then alert emergency responders to your home if there’s an emergency — even if you’re not home. Use Brinks’ app to control your security and smart home equipment. Here are a few added features: 

  • See live security camera footage from your smartphone
  • Arm, disarm and check the status of your Brinks home security system
  • Control your smart home devices whether you’re home or on the go  

Each Brinks system includes a 2-year warranty to cover any equipment defects. You can also add a 12-month warranty with smart home devices. At this time, Brinks doesn’t have any additional guarantees to ensure customer satisfaction.

Brinks Home Automation

Brinks Home Automation

With Brinks home security, you can add smart home devices to your plan. You’ll be able to add a variety of smart home equipment including smart door locks, smart thermostats and other Z-wave compatible devices. Brinks lets you connect up to 119 Z-wave smart devices to connect and control your smart home and security with Brinks’ control panel and mobile app. Your smart home devices can be self-installed to create the smart, secure home the way you want over time.

How We Evaluated Brinks Home Security

How We Evaluated Brinks Home Security

Each of our home security providers is evaluated on a number of factors that help families determine their home security needs. 

Cost — We evaluate all costs included in your home security service including monitoring, video storage, equipment and one-time fees. Home security is an investment, but we look for affordable home security that’s reasonably priced upfront and monthly.

Equipment and Features — Our team looks for easy-to-use equipment that gives customers better security and control of their home’s safety. We also look for smart home features, mobile app control and other standout features to make managing home security simple.

Service — We consider customer services including installation, technical support, consultations and other available services to keep your system up and running without worry.

Warranties, Trial Periods and Guarantees — Most providers offer warranties and guarantees to ensure your customer satisfaction with their equipment and services. Some also offer trial periods for a risk-free test run. Consumers should feel confident in their home security choice with enough time to try the equipment and service and feel satisfied months later with their decision.

Installation — We believe that setup should be seamless — whether DIY or professionally installed. Home security installation should be easy and support should always be available to help you whether you’re starting with a new system, expanding or troubleshooting.

Frequently Asked Questions About Brinks Home Security

Frequently Asked Questions About Brinks Home Security

Is a contract required for Brinks’ service?

Yes, a 36-month contract is required for Brinks service. If you have Google Nest service a contract is optional with monitoring at $19 per month. If you opt not to have a contract, monitoring is $29 per month.

Can Brinks work with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant?

Yes, Brinks works with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant for voice commands to control your smart home and security equipment.

What happens if my Brinks home security system loses power?

Brinks’ system comes with a cellular and battery backup to keep you connected to Brinks’ monitoring center.

What is Brinks’ cancellation policy?

Call Brinks at 1-800-447-9239 to understand the cancellation process and what to expect on your last bill. You can also review the cancellation terms online.


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