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5 Alternatives to the Google Nest Secure System

This week, Google announced the discontinuation of Nest Secure System, leaving users in shock. This news follows ADT’s announcement of partnering with Google over the summer. So far, the company has invested $450 million in ADT, and both companies planned to take advantage of the resources that each has to offer. While Google is no longer planning to sell the Nest Secure System, the company says it will still support Nest Secure users.

With this news, Google Nest users who might consider switching their home security system or those seeking a new alternative are left seeking home security systems with similar features to those they loved with Nest, such as DIY installation, optional professional monitoring, no contract, smart home add-ons, and security cameras. 

Here’s a look at several DIY home security providers that offer some of the same features found with Nest Secure:

Ring SimpliSafe Blue by ADT Frontpoint Cove
DIY installation option
Optional professional monitoring X X
No contract
Smart home add-ons X X
Security Cameras

We go into more details why these five home security providers are great alternatives to Nest.

Ring

Ring would be our first choice alternative to the Nest Secure System thanks to its affordability with the Ring Alarm 5-Piece Kit starting at $199.99. Professional monitoring is optional and inexpensive if you want to add it as well. Additionally, Ring has a better lineup of additional products like smart lights and security cameras, products that Nest users are bound to appreciate given Google’s expansive lineup. With Alexa compatibility, you can also enjoy voice control.

SimpliSafe

SimpliSafe makes our second pick due to its professional monitoring  and economic security system, which goes for as low as $229. SimpliSafe does not bound customers to contracts and allow you to purchase the SimpliCam and or the Video Doorbell Pro for surveillance. SimpliSafe security systems are also compatible with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, and other smart technologies.

Blue by ADT

Blue by ADT stands out as a good alternative for its affordable and optional professional monitoring while also offering a wide range of security cameras to choose from. You can build your own system with Blue by ADT for as low as $159.99. 

Frontpoint

While Frontpoint is relatively the more expensive DIY home security provider on this list, the provider has been recognized for its excellent customer service. Frontpoint does not make professional monitoring an option, but the provider does have a nice lineup of pre-made packages starting at $319.95. Additionally, you can choose from security camera and home automation options.

Cove

Cove is a nice alternative for its totally DIY setup and affordable professional monitoring. You can build your own security system for around $130, however, professional monitoring is not optional, and the company doesn’t provide smart home add-ons. You can access video surveillance with the Yi Indoor Camera that Cove offers.

The Bottom Line

While Google still plans to support Nest Secure users, the timeline for the discontinuation of their security systems has not been identified, which may leave some feeling frustrated. Fortunately, there are still great DIY home security system options available with the same and similar features that Nest users can appreciate.


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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.