Nest and Guardian Protection are two home security service providers with cutting-edge equipment and very different approaches to home monitoring. Learn the similarities and differences between these two popular home security providers and decide which is right for you.
Overall Winner: Nest
Monthly monitoring starts at
Minimum contract length
|No contract||3 or 5 years|
Extended no-risk return period
|15 days||6-Month Money-Back Guarantee|
|DIY with professional option||Professional|
|None||$500 Theft Protection Guarantee|
|2 years for most products||None|
Frequently Asked Questions about Nest and Guardian Protection
Nest’s starter equipment package costs $399. Guardian Protection offers one basic package, starting at $250, which include different combinations of motion detectors, door and window sensors. You can upgrade this package to meet all of your smart home needs.
Nest doesn’t offer professional monitoring directly, but you can get Brinks monitoring with your Nest equipment with a three-year contract. Guardian Protection’s award-winning monitoring service starts at $45.99/mo. and requires a three to five-year contract.
Nest does let you self-monitor. Guardian Protection, on the other hand, requires professional monitoring.
Nest is good for renters, especially those who want to self-monitor. For professional monitoring, you need to enter a long-term contract with either company. However, both offer cutting-edge equipment that’s easy to re-install if you change homes.