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Nest vs. Ring

Compare Nest and Ring's home security services to see what's best for you.
Updated Mar 22, 2021
Written By
Jalesa Campbell | Safety and Security Reporter
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Ring and Nest are DIY home security options aimed at customers who want to self-install their home security systems. Know upfront that Nest continues to offer individual pieces of home security equipment, but has discontinued its Nest Secure system in favor of partnerships with ADT and Brinks. While Ring is more affordable and offers a variety of smart lighting and camera equipment, Nest is great if customers are seeking features like optional professional installation, 24/7 continuous video recording, and smart home products like smart thermostats or smart locks. See what these two providers have to offer to help you protect your home.

Compare Nest vs. Ring

As you get started comparing these two popular options, it’s good to know that Nest is owned by Google and Ring is owned by Amazon. That means both companies are backed by some of the world’s largest tech companies (and support Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, respectively). Both companies help set the industry standard in terms of device quality and capabilities. Here’s how Nest and Ring stack up from a home security standpoint.

  • Price

    Winner: Ring

    Ring’s entry-level systems are more affordable than Nest’s. You can purchase the 5-piece Ring Alarm Security Kit for $250, and that includes the base station, keypad, a motion detector, contact sensor and range extender. The cost of professional monitoring is $10 per month or $100 per year if paid annually. The similar Outside Security Package from Nest costs $427, which includes a Nest Hello video doorbell, outdoor camera, and Nest mini speaker. Since Nest Secure was discontinued, no monitoring has been offered from Nest.

  • Installation Options

    Winner: Nest

    Both Ring and Nest allow you to install your security system on your own, which gives more flexibility with equipment placement and saves you the hassle of scheduling an unnecessary appointment. However, Nest also presents the option of hiring a Nest Pro who will make sure that your equipment is properly installed and ready to use.

  • Smart Lighting Options

    Winner: Ring

    If you’re looking for multiple smart lighting solutions for your home, we recommend Ring. With Ring, you can choose from a range of smart lighting solutions to include floodlights, pathlights, step lights and spotlights, all configurable through the Ring app. Nest doesn’t offer a range of smart lighting options, but you can purchase smart lighting that works with Nest, and some of its products have automatic night light settings.

  • Video Recording

    Winner: Nest

    With Nest, you’ll be able to get 24/7 continuous video recording for 10 days with the Nest Aware Plus Plan ($12 per month or $120 per year). With this plan, you'll also get access to 60 days of video event history. On the other hand, Ring does not use data continuously but only when triggered by an event or when live video is accessed through the Ring app. Ring will save your video recordings for up to 60 days for your reviewing. To view them beyond this time period, you need to download them first.

  • Indoor/Outdoor Security Cameras

    Tie: Ring & Nest

    Ring and Nest are neck-and-neck in this category, because they both offer competitive indoor and outdoor security cameras. With Ring, the Stick Up Cam comes wired or battery-powered and features HD video, night vision and two-way talk so that you can see clearly as well as communicate with visitors from your smartphone. With Nest, you can get the Nest Cam IQ for indoor use or outdoor use. The Nest Cam IQ also boasts HD video, two-way talk, and motion-activated alerts.

  • Home Automation

    Tie: Ring & Nest

    Both providers win this final round with home automation as each has stand-out features that will enhance your home’s security. Ring offers video doorbells for tighter security at your front door and smart lighting to help light your way. With the Ring Video Doorbell, you can answer your door without having to get up from your smartphone and you can ask Alexa to show you the front door so you can see who’s outside.

    Nest offers smart thermostats, a smart lock and video doorbell. With the Nest Learning Thermostat, you can come home to a comfortable environment as it learns your habits and programs itself. It also helps you save on your energy bill.

Nest vs. Ring Video Recap

Overall Winner: Nest

Compared to Nest, Ring is the better option if you’re working from a budget and want additional options with smart lighting. Though Nest is more expensive, it's a great choice if you want additional smart home features for temperature control, door locks and more. Nest and Ring offer integration with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa respectively, so can also come down to your preference of smart assistant. Overall, both have standout features as DIY home security providers.
Winner

Ring Systems


Monthly monitoring starting price
N/A$10/mo.
Installation
DIY with professional optionDIY
Option to self-monitor
YesYes
Minimum contract length
Month-to-monthMonth-to-month
BBB rating
A+A+

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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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