The Blue by ADT and Nest brands are both fairly fresh on the home security scene, offering smart solutions for residents who want to keep an eye on their properties. Both companies have advanced tech, including facial recognition, 1080p HD camera video and home automation integrations. To help you decide which is best for you, we’ve detailed their differences below.
This is a close call, because both brands offer similar prices for their basic offerings. Blue by ADT charges $199.99 for each of its security cameras. Nest’s standard cameras start at a similar price, but its more advanced models can cost as much as $399 each. You can get Blue’s professional monitoring plan for only $19.99/mo. without a contract, but to pay $19/mo. for professional monitoring, you’ll need to sign a three-year commitment.
Winner: Blue by ADT
Both Blue by ADT and Nest offers professional and self-monitoring. Blue by ADT gives the option of 24/7 professional monitoring for $19.99/mo. This service includes emergency alerts and dispatching, as well as 24-hour video storage. No long-term contract is necessary. Nest also offers comparable professional monitoring through Brinks, at $19/mo.—but with a three-year contract. You can, however, get their month-to-month monitoring plan for $29.99/mo.
Winner: Blue by ADT
Both Blue by ADT and Nest gives you a 30-day free trial if you sign up for their professional monitoring services. It’s in their equipment trials that the difference lies. Blue by ADT provides a 30-day money-back guarantee on their equipment, and you are responsible for return shipping costs. Nest doesn’t give you as much time to try out its products. You’ll have just 15 days to return an item for a full refund, minus a restocking fee of $35.
Warranties & Guarantees
Blue by ADT only provides a one-year warranty for its cameras. If you need to make a claim, you will have to pay for the return shipping. Nest easily beats this by doubling your coverage with a two-year warranty for most of its equipment. Additionally, Nest will cover any shipping costs associated with product returns and replacements.
Blue by ADT’s cameras are designed for easy installation, so DIY is the only option given. Nest products are also simple to install, but there is the option for professional installation if it’s needed. The service costs $99 for the first device. Each additional device is $64.99. Blue’s only installation support is offered through online instructions, setup videos and a phone line.
Blue by ADT’s cameras can be integrated with Amazon Alexa and IFTTT. But unlike Nest, Blue doesn’t have any other home automation products to offer. Nest not only has cameras and an alarm system. It also has smart doorbells, thermostats, routers, sensors, lighting, streaming devices and voice assistants. Everything is created to work together as one harmonious system.
Blue by ADT has a lot to offer people who are seeking high-powered home security tech. However, the still-growing brand can’t out-compete the breadth of features achieved by Nest. The fact that Nest offers an entire ecosystem of products makes it a safer and simpler choice for many, especially since the brand benefits from Google’s intensive research and development. In time, Blue by ADT may be a stronger competitor, but for now, Nest is the clear winner.