An Overview of Google Nest Secure

Known for its innovative smart thermostat, Google Nest was founded in 2010. On top of home entertainment and energy conservation solutions, Google Nest also offers home security solutions. Some highlights of Google Nest’s services include easy-to-use equipment for securing your home, video surveillance, and smart home features like voice command through Google Assistant as well as Amazon Alexa. With the Google Nest Secure Alarm System, you’ll get sleek, modern equipment that’s easy-to-use.

Our Scoring Table scores providers on these categories: Price, Standout Features, Equipment, Installation and Trial Period. To learn more about how we base our scores, check out how we analyze providers by each category.

Google Nest Secure: Our Pick for Ease of Use

Google Nest is newer to the home security sector, yet packs a punch with advanced features and modern equipment. Check out our Google Nest Secure review of these six categories: price, stand-out features, equipment, installation and trial period.


9 out of 10


  • No contract is required for Google Nest’s services, however you can get cheaper professional monitoring by entering into a 3-year contract with Brinks
  • Professional monitoring costs between $19.00/mo and $29.00/mo., which is lower in price compared to other providers

Google Nest currently features an equipment package you can purchase for a retail price of $399.00. You can purchase your equipment upfront or opt for financing through Google Store Financing. Compared to other providers, the Google Nest Alarm Secure System is competitively priced for the basics like the hub/keypad, sensors, and tags for arming/disarming. 

Professional monitoring is optional for your Google Nest Secure Alarm System. You can get monitoring through Brinks Home Security for as low as $19.00/mo. If you want cheaper monitoring, you’ll have to sign a 3-year contract with Brinks Home Security. If you only want to be on a month-to-month plan, professional monitoring will cost $29.00/mo. Compared to other providers, monitoring for Google Nest is on the cheaper end. This security system is definitely a great option if you are on a budget and don’t want to be tied down to a contract.


Stand-Out Features

9 out of 10


  • Use voice commands with Google Assistant
  • Get facial recognition with a Nest Aware subscription for security cameras
  • 24/7 continuous video recording with a Nest Aware subscription for security cameras

Google Nest offers stand-out features like the ability to use voice commands, and facial recognition with a Nest Aware subscription. You can also get 24/7 continuous video recording with a Nest Aware subscription. Through Google Assistant (and even Amazon Alexa) you can issue voice commands to manage smart devices like Nest cameras, the Nest Hello video doorbell and Nest thermostats. 

If you want to arm or disarm your Nest alarm system, you can issue voice commands through Google Assistant. Simply say, “Hey Google, set Nest Secure to Home and Guarding” when you’re on your way out the door. One advanced feature that you’ll find with Nest is facial recognition. Your Google Nest alarm system will be able to tell strangers from family if you opt into a Nest Aware subscription. You can get this feature with the Nest Hello video doorbell, Google Nest Cam IQ Indoor camera and the Google Nest Cam IQ Outdoor camera. Nest Aware subscriptions range from $5.00/mo. – $30.00/mo., and offer various additional features.

Another stand-out feature you’ll find with a Nest Aware Subscription is 24/7 continuous recording. This means that your camera will always capture what happens before and after an activity that might warrant your attention. In addition to activity alerts, you’ll also be able to view a continuous timeline to see the footage that’s been captured.


9 out of 10


  • An array of security cameras for video surveillance
  • Easy arming and disarming with Nest Tags
  • Motion sensors that provide light and can be silenced

The Google Nest Alarm Secure system is sleek, modern and comes with convenient features that are easy to use. With Google Nest, you’ll find an array of security cameras for video surveillance, Nest Tags for easy arming/disarming and motion sensors that can provide light and be silenced whenever needed. 

If you want video surveillance, you’ll be able to choose from four cameras with Google Nest:  the Nest Cam Indoor, Nest Cam Outdoor, Nest Cam IQ Indoor and the Nest Cam IQ Outdoor. If you want video capability for your front door, go with the Nest Hello video doorbell. You’ll have access to two-way video and audio. By purchasing a Nest Aware subscription for the IQ cameras, you can get access to Supersight with zoomed in tracking and familiar face alerts.

One device that is specific to Google Nest is the tag. Add this small device to your keychain and swipe in to disarm your system and swipe out to arm your system – it’s that’s simple! If you’d prefer to use a PIN-code for arming and disarming, you can still do that too. 

One last device that’s unique to Google Nest is the Nest Detect motion sensor — a motion sensor with illumination capability and silencing capability. If you’re coming in late, the Nest Detect motion sensor features Pathlight, making it easier for you to see in low-lighting. This device can also be silenced, which is especially helpful if you have an infant or family members you don’t want to wake up when coming or going. 


10 out of 10


  • The Google Nest Secure alarm system is a DIY system — meaning you can install it on your own
  • Setup is easy and requires using the Google Nest mobile app

If you’re looking for a DIY home security system, Google Nest is a great option. Some general perks you’ll find with a DIY security system are:  more flexibility of equipment placement in your home, easy installation not requiring many tools and not having to commit to a contract. With Google Nest, you can easily place equipment where you deem is best in your home, and you don’t have to lug a toolbox. You can peel and stick the motion sensors, set the Nest Guard hub on a level surface and attach your Nest Tags to keychains — then done! 

Setup of the Nest alarm system is simple since it’s done through the Google Nest mobile app. Be sure to install the mobile app on your phone, and then follow through the instructions from there on how to set up your Nest Secure Alarm System. If you have any questions on installation, you can review a tutorial as well as check out the installation guide here. If you’re not comfortable with installing the Nest Secure alarm system on your own, you can always find a Nest Pro to help.

Trial Period

7 out of 10


  • You can return your products within 30 days for a full refund
  • Google Nest has a 2-year warranty period on most devices

If you are unsatisfied for any reason with your Nest products, you can return them within thirty days for a full refund, as long as they are in their original condition. This period is comparable with other providers’ return periods since the typical trial length is thirty days. Google Nest also has a two-year warranty on most products, so your products can be repaired or replaced. You can read more about the warranty terms on Nest’s website.

Try Google Nest for Easy to Use and Innovative Home Security Solutions

We recommend Google Nest’s services to those who want to easily manage their home security system while having access to unique and advanced features. Google Nest stands out for features like arming and disarming tags, facial recognition and continuous video recording. We also recommend Google Nest for those who don’t mind spending a little more on the equipment for a DIY system. Still want to shop around for providers? You can compare more DIY options here.

How We Score Providers

  • Price – Each provider’s score is based on the affordability of equipment and professional monitoring services. We know a security system is an investment, but it shouldn’t break your budget.
  • Stand-Out Features – 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.
  • Equipment – 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.
  • Installation – Providers receive a higher rank if the installation process is clear and customers have access to the resources they need for ensuring that their security system is set up properly, such as professional installation services or online how-to guides.
  • Trial Period – 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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