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Frontpoint vs. Nest

Frontpoint and Google Nest are two very different security solutions. See how we compared the two to help you decide what type of system is best for you.
Updated Mar 23, 2021
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Jalesa Campbell | Safety and Security Reporter
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Compare Frontpoint and Nest

Frontpoint offers several different home security options depending on your needs. If you’re looking for a complete security system with the essentials like entryway sensors and motion detectors, Frontpoint is the choice here. It offers DIY wireless security systems that are customizable and affordable, and you’ll have contract-free security with month-to-month monitoring plans. 

But if you’re just looking for standalone security devices like video cameras and smart doorbells, Google Nest may be a good option. Google Nest is best known for the Nest Hello and Nest Indoor Camera IQ. All equipment works with Google Assistant-enabled devices. But if you want to create a full system with Nest products, you’ll need to do some of the building on your own, and all of your equipment may not come from Google Nest. Nest discontinued their home security system in October 2020, but the company is still supporting its Nest Secure users in other ways. 

Despite the differences between these providers, there are some similarities that are worth comparing.

FrontpointNest
Starting package cost$319.95N/A
Starting professional monitoring cost$49.99/mo. Depends on provider preference
Monitoring Professional Self and Professional 
Installation DIYSelf and Professional 
Warranty 3 years 1 year 
Money-Back Guarantee30 days N/A
Contract No No 
Camera recording and storage Yes Yes 
Smart home compatibilityYes Yes 
  • Home Automation

    Winner: Frontpoint

    Both Frontpoint and Nest have smart home features to enhance your smart home. We love Frontpoint’s compatibility with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa and other Z-wave devices. You’ll be able to conveniently control smart lights, thermostats and more using the mobile app or your voice assistant-enabled device. Frontpoint also has an in-house lineup of smart home devices, including light bulbs, smart thermostats and a Yale smart lock.

    Google Nest’s smart home compatibility is limited to only control using a Google Assistant-enabled device or your smartphone. You can choose from a video doorbell, smart lock and several smart security cameras for indoor and outdoor surveillance. You can still add Z-wave devices and control them using your mobile app or voice commands. But Frontpoint gives you more flexibility regardless of your preferred smart home provider.

  • Monitoring

    Winner: Google Nest

    Monitoring all boils down to your personal preference. Some prefer DIY, while others like to leave it to the pros. But we believe that you should have the option to choose. Unfortunately, Frontpoint requires professional monitoring to use most of its features. Monitoring ranges from $44.99 to $49.99 per month.

    On the other hand, Google Nest gives you the flexibility to self-monitor your home’s surveillance without monitoring. Most features are included or require a Nest Aware cloud subscription starting at $6 per month. But if you got the Nest Secure system before it was discontinued, you’ll still be able to self-monitor your system or use Brinks or ADT for professional monitoring. Brinks’ monitoring starts at $19 per month for a three-year contract or $29 per month for a monthly subscription. ADT has yet to release its pricing because the partnership with Nest is new.

  • Contracts

    Tie: Frontpoint and Nest

    Fortunately, both providers are contract-free options to give you more flexibility in the long run. Frontpoint and Nest require their equipment to be purchased upfront unless you choose their financing option, but it’s yours to keep. Frontpoint monitoring is required for equipment and system features, but a contract isn’t required. On the other hand, Nest doesn’t require a contract for monitoring, video storage or other components.

  • Our Pick:

    Frontpoint

    All in all, Frontpoint is our pick between these two providers. Even though professional monitoring is required, you’ll still get more smart home functionality and various products than Nest. Frontpoint’s systems are also affordable to give you whole-home security without breaking the bank. You’ll have smart security and easy-to-use products without a contract.

    But if you’re just looking for video surveillance right now, Google Nest may be a better option. You’ll be able to buy your equipment upfront, free of contracts and control it using your smartphone. You can also add more Google Nest cameras and products when you’re ready.

    If you’re still undecided between Frontpoint and Nest, take a look at these additional resources.

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Safety and Security Reporter

Jalesa Campbell

Jalesa is one of Safety.com's staff experts on home security, natural disasters, public safety, and family safety. She's been featured on Today.com and elsewhere.

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