Compare Cove vs. Protect America Home Security
Monthly monitoring starting price
Minimum contract length
|36-month contract||None required with upfront equipment purchase|
Extended no-risk return period
|15-day return for full refund||60 days|
Installation (DIY or professional)
|Price match guarantee||None|
|Free lifetime warranty on equipment||1 year (or lifetime with Plus monitoring)|
Frequently Asked Questions About Cove and Protect America
Protect America offers three different equipment packages: Copper, Silver and Platinum. All packages include a control panel, door and window sensors, and a motion sensor. Higher-tier packages include more door and window sensors. Cove doesn’t offer traditional packages, but sells its equipment a la carte.
Cove offers two plans. With the Value Plan, you pay for your equipment up front and pay for monitoring month by month. The Economy Plan puts you on a three-year contract for equipment and monitoring, with no upfront costs. Protect America plans are based on the type of connectivity — Landline, Broadband or Cellular — and range from $19.99 a month to $54.99 a month.
Cove and Protect America both require professional monitoring plans for their home security systems.
Cove is a better choice for renters because of its month-to-month, contract-free option. Its DIY equipment is also more basic than Protect America’s, and Cove’s a la carte style shopping experience is more practical for most renters than a prepackaged home security system.