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Between these two security systems, our favorite is Abode.

Overall Score: 7.0/10

Abode and Nest are home security companies that offer devices that are easy to use and extremely effective at protecting your home and property. While Nest is more diverse in terms of the number of products, Abode is affordable and allows the homeowner to be very hands-on in terms of installation and maintenance.

Overview: Abode vs Nest

Abode and Nest are well-designed home security systems that provide both video surveillance and home automation. Both offer intrusion protection through entry sensors and motion detectors that are built-in to their cameras.

  • No service agreements/contracts
  • Do-it-yourself installation (Nest offers both)
  • Upfront costs for the Nest system are approximately $499
  • Abode systems can be monitored by the customer or monitored by a professional service
  • Nest is compatible with Alexa and other wireless platforms

Similarities: Nest vs Abode

Abode and Nest are similar in terms of their features and the fact that both systems are incredibly easy to use. While both systems can be rather costly in terms of start-up fees, they are actually affordable in terms of month to month fees.

  • No contracts
  • Self-installation
  • Mobile apps
  • Hefty upfront costs
  • Good for both renters and homeowners

Differences: Nest vs Abode

While they are more alike than they are different, Abode and Nest do have subtle things that make them stand apart from one another. One of which is the upfront cost associated with buying the system. The second major difference is the number and types of platforms and devices that can be integrated with the Nest system.

  • Nest integrates well with Google and the Alexa platforms for full home automation
  • The Abode basic equipment package is $200 cheaper than Nest
  • Nest offers a “smart” thermostat
  • Abode only offers do-it-yourself installation
  • Abode does not require 24/7, third-party monitoring

Features

The Abode hub can connect with over 150 devices and allows for almost full home automation. It integrates easily with the Alexa platform. The indoor/outdoor video cameras offer high definition images and videos. The system also includes a remote mobile app.

Nest offers a full selection of home security devices and integrates seamlessly with both Alexa and the Google Smart Home platforms. In addition to the hub, entry sensors, motion detectors, video doorbells, and a smart thermostat.

Contracts

Neither company requires a long-term contract or service agreement of any kind.

Pricing

The upfront cost to purchase Abode's starter kit is approximately $300. It can be ordered from Amazon for much less if you can find it on sale. You can also purchase the equipment on a piece by piece basis. There is no monthly fee unless you choose to hire a third-party monitoring service.

Nest's basic package costs $499 upfront. If you are interested in having Moni as your professional monitoring service, it will require a 3-year contract if you want the discounted rate of $19 per month. If you choose to pay on a month-to-month basis, the price goes up to $29.99.

Equipment

The basic package from Abode consists of a hub, security cameras with built-in motion sensors, a fey fob, and an entry sensor that can be used on either a window or door.

The Nest system includes the Nest Guard hub, entry sensors, motion sensors, and tags. You can also choose to include the video doorbell, video cameras, smart thermostat, and a variety of other devices that will increase both home automation and home security.

Installation

The Adobe is a self-installed system and can be set up in less than 30 minutes.

Nest offers the best of both worlds. You can choose to install the system yourself or have a professional technician set it up.

Emergency Connections

The Adobe system is self-monitoring. Unless you choose to hire a professional monitoring service, you will be responsible for notifying local authorities to have EMS or law enforcement dispatched to your home.

While the Nest system can be self-monitored, you also have the option for professional, 24/7 monitoring through Moni. Once an alert is received, they will notify both you and local authorities so that units can be dispatched.

Summary: Abode vs Nest

Abode is an effective, yet no-frills system. While it's cost is a little pricey up front, there are no monthly fees and is a great system for someone who wants simple and reliable service.

Nest is a great choice for the homeowner or renter who wants convenience as well as a wide variety of devices to choose from.

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