Wondering about your options for professional, affordable home security? Nest and Protect America are two high-quality home security providers with entirely different approaches. This comparison will help you make your choice.
Overall Winner: Nest
Monthly monitoring starting price
Minimum contract length
|No contract||36 months|
Extended No-Risk Return
|15 days||15-day return policy for a full refund|
|DIY & Professional||DIY|
|None||Price Match Guarantee|
|2 years on most products||Free Lifetime Equipment Warranty|
Frequently Asked Questions About Nest and Protect America
Nest offers an equipment package for $399, which includes the Nest Cam security video camera and smart home equipment. Protect America offers three equipment packages. While they include motion sensors and window and door sensors, none of them include a video camera, which has to be purchased additionally.
Nest offers self-monitoring and Brinks professional monitoring for $19.99/mo. with a three-year contract and $29.99/mo. using your Nest equipment. Protect America offers professional monitoring that ranges from $19.99/mo – $42.99/mo. depending on your package and equipment.
Nest gives you the option to self-monitor, but Protect America requires you to get professional monitoring in order to access its equipment.
Nest is a great choice for renters who want to self-monitor. Otherwise, professional monitoring with either provider will require a three-year contract, which could be more than renters want to sign up for.