Nest Review: Pricing, Features

Google’s Nest security products don’t include an alarm system, but they work well with a smart home.
Dalia Ramirez
By Dalia Ramirez 
Edited by Tina Orem

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Nest Security System
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Equipment cost
$99.99
Nest is the only provider that doesn't offer an alarm system, so this price is for the smart indoor camera.

Professional monitoring monthly cost
$34.99 and up
Pro monitoring only offered through ADT at $59.99 per month since this is a camera-only system. Self-monitoring/smart alerts starting at $8 per month.

Hazard detection
Add-on smoke/CO detector.
No leak/water protection.
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Nest is a line of home security products by Google that includes cameras, video doorbells, smoke alarms and door locks. Nest no longer offers an alarm system like many other home security providers, but its equipment works well for Google Home integration.

Nest offers subscription plans to access extra features such as smart alerts and longer camera recording storage, but you’ll need to contact Nest partner ADT, a home security company, to set up professional monitoring services.

Though the company has limited offerings compared with some competitors, Nest is still a good pick for existing Google Home customers looking to integrate specific security products into their homes.

🤓Nerdy Tip

Google will end support for Nest Secure alarm systems on April 8, 2024. For existing users, this means their equipment will no longer connect to Wi-Fi or be accessible through the Nest app. Learn more about what this means for Nest users.

Deciding factors

One-time costs

$99.99 and up.

Monthly fees

None.

Installation

$99.99 and up.

Video monitoring

  • Pro monitoring is offered through ADT starting at $34.99 per month.

  • Self-monitoring and smart alert plans start at $8 per month.

Contract

None.

How does Nest work?

Hardware

To purchase Nest products, visit the Google Store website and navigate to the Smart Home section. From there, you can select specific products, such as cameras and doorbells, and add them to your cart. Then, the company ships them to you.

Software

You can control equipment and receive alerts from any of Nest’s cameras through the Nest app.

You can also sign up for a Nest Aware subscription, which gives you access to camera recordings and smart alerts. Subscriptions are sold separately and start at $8 per month. Nest cameras can differentiate between people, animals and vehicles, and even between people with a Nest Aware subscription.

Nest cameras and doorbells offer two-way audio, meaning you can listen and speak through the device. With some of Nest’s older camera models, though, you’ll need to use the Nest app to take turns speaking.

Installation

To have your equipment professionally installed, you can add that service (called OnTech) starting at $99. Otherwise, use the Nest app to walk through the setup process.

Customer service

Google Nest has an online Help Center with pages for each of its products. If you don’t find the answer you’re looking for, you can reach customer service via phone, chat, Facebook or X.

How much does Nest cost?

Nest offers separate home security products for purchase and three bundled package deals. Google often runs promotions discounting individual items. The prices below are list prices for some of Nest’s most popular equipment.

Nest products

Item

Price

Specs

Nest Hub Max

$229.

Built-in security camera, 10-inch display and speakers.

Nest Cam (wired)

$99.99.

Plugs in indoors.

Nest Cam (battery)

$179.99.

Attaches anywhere, no outlet needed.

Nest Cam with floodlight

$279.99.

Has two LED lights attached for better night vision. Lights can be customized to brighten or dim at set times.

Nest Doorbell (wired)

$179.99.

Wired; can record continuously for up to 10 days.

Nest Doorbell (battery)

$179.99.

Wire-free, rechargeable battery.

Door lock

$249.

Allows remote locking and unlocking or uses passcode. You’ll need a Nest Connect device at $69 to connect the lock to Wi-Fi.

Smoke and CO alarm

$149.

Tests itself; speaks before sounding alarm; can be turned off from your phone.

Nest packages

Package

Price

Items

Total Security

$523.98.

Nest Doorbell (battery), Nest Cam (battery), Nest Hub Max.

Front Door Monitoring

$249.98.

Nest Doorbell (battery) and Nest Hub (2nd gen).

Outdoor Monitoring

$249.98.

Nest Cam (battery) and Nest Hub (2nd gen).

Benefits of Nest

Flexible monitoring options

Nest allows you to self-monitor your cameras or purchase professional monitoring through Nest partner ADT. You can monitor your cameras for free with limited features or purchase a Nest Aware subscription to receive intelligent alerts.

Smart home integration

Nest products are built for Google smart home integration and can all be controlled remotely from the Nest app along with your lights, music, garage door controller and more.

Downsides of Nest

Discontinued alarm system

Nest used to have an alarm system called Nest Secure, but Google stopped selling those products in 2020 as part of its partnership with security company ADT.

On April 8, 2024, Nest software will stop supporting Nest Secure in the app, and the products will no longer be able to connect to the internet.

According to Google, existing users have received emails with instructions to access a free ADT security system as a replacement, up to a $485 value, or a $200 Google Store credit.

Intelligent alerts cost extra

One of Nest’s most well-known features is its intelligent alerts, which can log familiar faces and differentiate between regular events in and around your home. However, these advanced features aren’t built into your purchase; they require a Nest Aware subscription starting at $8 per month.

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Professional monitoring monthly cost
$29.99
Self-monitoring available for $9.99 per month. You can also access basic features with no plan.

Hazard detection
Add-on smoke/CO detector, water and temperature sensor.
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Professional monitoring monthly cost
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Hazard detection
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Professional monitoring monthly cost
$24.99
Self-monitoring with extra features is $7.99 per month, but you can still use the alarm system for free.

Hazard detection
Add-on smoke alarm monitor and leak detector.
No smoke/CO detector.
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