Cove is a new player in the DIY home security space. They launched in 2018 with affordable DIY security systems and 24/7 professional monitoring. Cove’s security solutions are completely customizable so you can build a system that’s the perfect fit for your family. The DIY provider is well-known for response times that are ten times faster than the industry average.
Cove: Our Recommended Pick for DIY Security Installation
Cove’s easy-to-install systems make them our pick for a hassle-free installation without needing a technician. All systems come pre-configured and step-by-step instructions for installation that takes an average of 27 minutes – much faster than other DIY set-ups.
Systems are completely customizable so cost varies.
Equipment cost ranges from $15 – $50
Professional monitoring ranges from $14.99 – $35/mo.
Your cost for Cove security depends on your equipment and service choices. All systems are completely customizable so system price varies. Sensors cost an average of $15 and other basic security equipment ranges from $30 – $50 each for detectors, key fob remotes and the indoor camera.
Cove security has a big benefit that we like – flexible payment options. Cove offers two ways to pay for equipment. They have a Value plan for a no-contract option, but all equipment must be paid for upfront. The plan includes 24/7 professional monitoring that starts at $14.99/mo. without requiring a contract. Cove also offers an Economy plan with monitoring costs that range from $25 – $35/mo. With the Economy plan, you’re not required to pay for equipment upfront, but it comes with a 36-month contract and a cancellation fee. We like that Cove offers truly customizable home security to fit your wallet and home security needs.
Cove’s Triple Touch™ includes three contact methods before calling the police
Smart home connectivity is not available
Cove’s Triple Touch™ monitoring makes it easier to call for help. Triple Touch™ includes InstaText and LiveAssist for Cove monitoring specialists to call, text and email you before calling the police if your system’s sensors are triggered. The text message gives you the option to dismiss the alarm or dispatch help immediately. Monitoring specialists also notify your emergency contacts. All of these steps are taken before alerting the cops if you cannot be reached. We like this because it lessens false alarms and keeps you alert of your home security in multiple ways.
Cove’s LiveAssist gives you real-time contact with Cove monitoring specialists and the power to call Cove 24/7 if you need help or here’s an emergency.
Cove also works with popular voice assistants including the Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. However, they don’t offer any other smart home connectivity for your system.
The equipment doesn’t connect to other smart home devices
Cove’s equipment is easy to install, but their selection is limited\. They offer the security basics like sensors, smoke, carbon monoxide and glass break detectors. Cove also offers a YI indoor camera. However, they don’t offer newer smart home security products such as video doorbells or smart locks. The Cove system and equipment works with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant but don’t connect to other smart home products like smart thermostats or smart lights for whole-home automation.
You can also control your equipment using Cove’s mobile app, but smartphone control is only available with the Cove Plus Monitoring Package.
We like that Cove has a quick and easy installation that takes 27 minutes compared to other DIY systems that take nearly three hours to set-up your system. All equipment comes pre-configured to simply place where you want it and finish installation using Cove’s step-by-step instructions on your smartphone. However, if you’re looking for a hands-off approach to your set up, you won’t find that with Cove because they don’t offer professional installation.
A one-year warranty or lifetime warranty is available depending on your monitoring plan
Cove offers a 60-Day Money-Back Guarantee to try their equipment and services risk-free. It’s one way that we see Cove putting customer satisfaction first. We like that customers can get a full refund if the equipment is returned in good condition.
Cove also offers a one year warranty on equipment with their Cove Basic Monitoring plan. You can get a lifetime warranty with the Cove Plus plan that’s $25-35/mo.
Each provider’s score is based on the affordability of equipment and professional monitoring services. Providers whose pricing on these two factors are lower received a better score from us. We know a security system is an investment, but it shouldn’t break your budget.
Each provider’s score is based on the innovative equipment offered like smart home products, smart home integration, security cameras, mobile apps and other features. Providers with more stand-out features receive a higher rating from us as we want you to have the best technology.
Each provider’s score is based on special qualities of the products offered like cellular monitoring, hazard monitoring as well as smart home products. Providers who offer optional equipment receive a higher score. We believe that holistic safety services are beneficial to our readers.
Each provider’s score is based on clarity of how the home security system can be installed and access to support. Providers receive a higher score if the installation process is clear and customers have access to professional installation services or online guides.
Each provider’s score is based on trial period, coverage and ease of service cancellation. Providers who offer a longer trial period, have great coverage terms and an easier cancellation process receive higher scores. Consumers should have enough time to test whether a home security system meets their needs and expectations.
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