Cove vs. Brinks

We compare two top home security companies to see how they stack up when it comes to installation, pricing, equipment, and more.

Cove vs. Brinks Home Security

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Cove Security

Starting at $14.99

7.4 out of 10

Best features

  • Custom packages with low-pressure sales
  • Easy cancellation
  • 60-day money-back guarantee

Best for Flexible Installation

Brinks Home Security

Starting at $29.99

8.2 out of 10

Best features

  • Flexible pricing and installation options
  • Award-winning customer service
  • Works with Google Nest
Compare Cove Vs. Brinks Home Security

Compare Cove Vs. Brinks Home Security

Home security newcomer Cove offers a 60-day money-back trial period with a one-year equipment warranty. Its equipment includes door and window sensors, motion sensors and a touchscreen panel with two-way talk. The Cove Plus plan gives you mobile app access so you can control your home security system from anywhere. At just 30 days, Brinks’ trial period is half of Cove’s, but its two-year warranty is twice as long as its competitor’s. Brinks includes mobile app access with all its plans, and it also offers a touchscreen control panel, but it’s only available with higher-priced packages.

Price

Winner: Cove

If you put together a Cove home security package comparable to Brinks’ most basic package, the Smart Security Essential, you’d pay about the same for your equipment with both companies. But even with the upper-tier Cove monitoring plan that includes mobile app access like Brinks plans do, Cove will save you about $15 a month on monitoring fees. Cove’s optional professional monitoring starts at $14.99/mo., while Brinks costs $29/mo. Brinks’ packages start at $499 for the essentials. Cove’s plans are completely customizable to fit your budget and home security needs, making them the clear winner of this round.

Installation

Winner: Brinks

Cove is a strictly DIY system, but Brinks has both DIY and professional installation options. If you’re not ready to self install your system Brinks offers free installation with the purchase of any Smart Security Ultimate Plan. You can also opt to pay extra to add on professional installation to one of Brinks’ lower-tier plans. Since Brinks offers both DIY and professional options they win this round.

Contract

Tie: Brinks and Cove

Cove doesn’t require a contract if you pay for your equipment upfront. However, if you choose to spread out your payments Brinks and Cove both will require a 36-month contract. However, Cove doesn’t require a contract if you purchase your equipment upfront with their Economy plan.
Cove’s basic plan and Brinks’ Nest Secure plan operate on the same principle: pay for equipment upfront and you don’t have to sign a contract. Spread out your payments as you go (standard with Brinks’ other plans and Cove’s Plus plan), and you’re looking at a minimum agreement of 36 months with both companies. They have similar cancellation policies as well — if you cancel, you’ll be responsible for any remaining balance on your equipment purchase.

Security Cameras

Winner: Brinks

Cove Security only offers the inexpensive Yi Indoor Camera for video surveillance. Brinks, on the other hand, offers indoor cameras, outdoor cameras and doorbell cameras. While the $29.50 price tag on the Yi might be tempting, The Brinks’ cameras range from $199 to $249 options, but give you greater security coverage than Cove and let you monitor what’s happening both inside and outside your home.

Home Automation

Winner: Brinks

Brinks is compatible with Google and Amazon devices, and your Brinks system can serve as a smart home hub for up to 119 different devices, including light switches and smart locks. Cove doesn’t offer any smart home devices, and its home security systems will only work with your Amazon Alexa or Google Home Assistant if you sign up for the Cove Plus plan.

Professional Monitoring

Winner: Cove

Cove’s professional monitoring ranges from $14.99/mo. – $35/mo. On the other hand, Brinks’ monitoring costs from $29-$39/mo. Cove’s most expensive and inclusive professional monitoring plan is still less costly than the average Brinks plan, and we appreciate Cove’s innovative “Triple Touch Communication.” Whenever you have an alarm event, Cove will call, text and email you to ensure you get the alert. If you don’t respond to any of the alerts, Cove will dispatch emergency responders to your home.

Winner: Brinks

While Cove takes an inexpensive, no-frills approach to home security systems, Brinks takes the win for its long standing reputation in the home security field and its proven ability to keep pace with changing technologies such as home automation. Brinks offers more in the way of cameras and smart devices, and its optional DIY installation and month-to-month plans put it on more even footing with providers like Cove. You’ll pay a little bit more with Brinks than you might with Cove, but the price gap isn’t big enough to pull it from the winner’s circle.

Brinks Home Security

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Cove Security

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Monthly monitoring starting price
$14.99/mo.
Minimum contract length
None
Extended no-risk return period
60 days
Installation (DIY or Pro)
DIY
Guarantees
None
Warranty
1 year (lifetime with Plus monitoring)
BBB Rating
A
Safety Score
7.4/10
Please note that BBB ratings, plans, pricing, and other details can change without our knowledge. Details accurate as of June 23, 2020.
Frequently Asked Questions About Cove and Brinks

Frequently Asked Questions About Cove and Brinks

What kind of equipment packages does Brinks and Cove offer?

Cove doesn’t offer traditional home security system packages. Instead, you can purchase only the devices and features you need. Brinks has four home security packages, all of which include motion detection, professional monitoring and mobile app access. Higher-tier packages include security cameras and smart home devices.

What kind of monitoring plans do Cove and Brinks offer?

Brinks monitoring plans start at $19 a month for the Nest Secure, which also requires a three-year contract. Its other plans range from $29–$39 per month and also include a 36-month contract. Cove has two plans that cost $14.99 a month with a contract and between $25-$35 a month without a contract.

Do either Cove or Brinks offer the ability to self-monitor your own security system, or is professional monitoring required?

Both Brinks and Cove require professional monitoring for their alarm systems to fully function. If you pay for your equipment up front and choose a month-to-month option, you can cancel your monitoring at any time, but you won’t have mobile app access so you won’t be able to effectively self-monitor your system.

Are either Brinks or Cove a good choice for renters?

Both Brinks or Cove would be a good choice for renters, because they offer wireless equipment, DIY installation, and month-to-month monitoring plans with easy cancellation. All of these features make it easy for you to take your system with you if you have to move.


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