Compare life insurance quotes
Getting life insurance quotes can be easy. Many insurers offer free quotes online so you can compare your options at the click of a button. Depending on the type of coverage you need, you may be able to compare quotes and buy a policy the same day. For more information on how coverage works, read our guide to life insurance.
Life insurance quote comparison
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Types of life insurance coverage
What is a life insurance quote?
Term life insurance quotes
Average term life insurance rates
Average annual rate for men
Average annual rate for women
Source: Quotacy. Lowest three rates for each age and risk class averaged. Data valid as of November 16, 2023.
How to compare life insurance quotes
Use our step-by-step guide to getting life insurance quotes, and find the right coverage for you and your family.
1. Gather personal details
To get life insurance quotes, you’ll typically need to provide basic details about yourself, such as your age, weight, height, smoking habit, home address, income, marital status and occupation.
2. Choose a comparison method
There are three ways to compare quotes. You can go directly to each life insurer by visiting its website or speaking to one of its agents. Or, you can work with a broker, who collects quotes from multiple companies for you. Alternatively, you can use an online life insurance comparison tool that generates quotes from a range of companies at once*.
*Keep in mind that brokers and comparison tools may not work with every insurer on the market. So, if you want a quote from a particular company, make sure it’s on their list.
3. Compare the same policy details
Not all life insurance policies are the same. Make sure the policy type, term length, coverage amount and riders are relatively similar when comparing quotes.
Where to buy life insurance
There are a few ways to buy life insurance:
Buy life insurance directly from the insurer
Check out Nerdwallet's best life insurance companies to find the right insurer for you.
Buy coverage through an agent or broker
A life insurance agent or broker can help you navigate your options and fill out your application.
Shop for life insurance online
Most insurance companies offer life insurance quotes online. This makes it easy to shop around for the best coverage.
Life insurance reviews
When you’re assessing life insurance companies, look at these three factors:
Financial strength ratings
These determine an insurer’s ability to pay out claims in the future. You can check financial strength ratings through agencies like AM Best. Financial strength is a major factor in NerdWallet’s life insurance ratings methodology.
You can check a company’s complaint ratio through the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. Our ratings methodology favors companies that have fewer complaints to state regulators.
Not all companies sell the same types of policies. Narrow your choices by reading life insurance reviews before you compare quotes.
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Applying for life insurance
When you've found the right policy, it's time to apply. Whether you apply for life insurance online, in person or over the phone, you may be asked to provide your Social Security number, driver’s license number or list of current medications. So gather the information you need before you start the life insurance application process.
Select a premium payment interval
You will likely be able to choose from different payment schedules, such as monthly or annually. In some cases, you may be charged an additional administrative fee to pay monthly.
Choose a life insurance beneficiary
A life insurance beneficiary is the person who will receive the payout when you die. Be sure you have their personal details such as Social Security numbers and dates of birth when applying.
Take a medical exam
Depending on the type of policy you're buying, you may be required to take a life insurance medical exam.
Life insurance ratings methodology
NerdWallet’s life insurance ratings are based on consumer experience, complaint index scores from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners for individual life insurance, and weighted averages of financial strength ratings, which indicate a company’s ability to pay future claims. Within the consumer experience category, we consider ease of communication and website transparency, which looks at the depth of policy details available online. To calculate each insurer’s rating, we adjusted the scores to a curved 5-point scale.
These ratings are a guide, but we encourage you to shop around and compare several insurance quotes to find the best rate for you. NerdWallet does not receive compensation for any reviews. Read our editorial guidelines.
Insurer complaints methodology
NerdWallet examined complaints received by state insurance regulators and reported to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners in 2019-2021. To assess how insurers compare with one another, the NAIC calculates a complaint index each year for each subsidiary, measuring its share of total complaints relative to its size, or share of total premiums in the industry. To evaluate a company’s complaint history, NerdWallet calculated a similar index for each insurer, weighted by market shares of each subsidiary, over the three-year period. NerdWallet conducts its data analysis and reaches conclusions independently and without the endorsement of the NAIC. Ratios are determined separately for auto, home (including renters and condo) and life insurance.