Both Nest and Brinks can outfit your home with the latest home security technology, but each offers a different experience in terms of installation, monitoring, automation, mobile management, and pricing.
Differences: Nest vs. Brinks
Monitoring costs starting at
|$19/mo. (with 3-yr. Brinks contract)||$19/mo.|
|No contract (unless you choose $19/mo. Brinks monitoring plan)||3 years|
|15 days||30 days|
Installation (DIY or Pro)
|DIY or Professional||DIY or Professional|
|2 years on most products||2-year equipment warranty|
Frequently Asked Questions about Nest and Brinks
Nest offers one $399 equipment package called the Nest Secure, which is an alarm system featuring the Nest Guard hub, two thermal motion sensors, and two Nest Tags. Brinks offers the same Nest Secure at the same price. If you don’t want Nest equipment, Brinks has a $199 security system package with a control panel, sensors, and signage.
Nest doesn’t offer professional monitoring directly, but you can get monitoring through Brinks if you have Nest equipment. Brinks offers professional monitoring starting at $19/mo. (for the Nest Secure system) and $29/mo. for a Brinks system.
Brinks requires professional monitoring, but Nest gives you the option to self-monitor.
Brinks is a poor choice for renters because you can’t avoid entering a three-year contract. However, Nest doesn’t require a contract if you choose to self-monitor.