Nest and Protection 1 are each uniquely qualified as home security providers. Nest, a Google company, takes an innovative, DIY approach to home security with cutting-edge smart home technology. Protection 1 has been around for more than three decades and was acquired in a 2016 ADT merger. Professional monitoring is its focus and expertise, but the high-end plans Protection 1 offers enable smart home automation.
Verdict: Nest vs. Protection 1
Monthly monitoring starting price
Minimum contract length
|No contract||36 months|
Extended No-Risk Return
|15 days||3 days|
|DIY & Professional||DIY & Professional|
|2 years on most products||None|
Frequently Asked Questions About Nest and Protection 1
Nest offers an equipment package for $399 that includes two Nest Detect thermal motion sensors, a Nest Guard hub and Nest Tags for arming and disarming your system with your keychain. Protection 1’s plans include equipment and start with a color touchscreen panel, three door and window sensors, one motion sensor, and a keychain remote.
Nest doesn’t offer professional monitoring directly, but you can get Brinks monitoring with your Nest equipment with a three-year contract. Protection 1 offers four different monitoring plans, including a landline plan for $34.99/mo., a wireless security package for $44.99/mo., a home automation plan for $49.99/mo., and a video monitoring plan at $54.99/mo.
Nest gives you the option to self-monitor, as its equipment is designed for DIY home security and smart home automation. Protection 1, however, requires professional installation.
Nest is ideal for renters who don’t want professional monitoring. For renters who want professional monitoring, neither is a good choice, because you must enter a three-year contract to get service (Nest’s contract would be through Brinks).