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Frontpoint and Nest Secure home security systems are comparable in several ways. They offer excellent, all around home security, with several options for monitoring and package selection. Even with Frontpoint's contract, both systems work well for both homeowners and renters alike.

Overview: Nest vs Frontpoint

Frontpoint and Nest offer advanced technology that supports home automation, remote access, and complete home security. Both offer wireless systems that run off of cellular service for uninterrupted coverage, even if there is a power outage.

  1. Frontpoint requires either a 1-year or 3-year contract
  2. Nest pairs with the Google smart home platform
  3. Nest offers a thermostat and a variety of different detectors and sensors
  4. Frontpoint offers several different packages and price points
  5. Nest requires an initial $399 purchase

Similarities: Frontpoint vs Nest

Both Frontpoint and Nest offer a wide selection of devices that can be added to their basic packages. Home automation and remote accessibility are also valuable tools that can be used to keep your home safe whether you are at home or across the country.

  • DIY installation (optional)
  • 24/7 monitoring
  • Home automation
  • Remote access
  • Indoor/outdoor cameras (optional)

Differences: Frontpoint vs Nest

One of the biggest differences between the two systems is the startup price and contract requirements. Nest does offer professional installation in addition to its DIY option. Frontpoint has a much more affordable startup price but requires a credit score of at least 600 to qualify for the lowest price options.

  • Nest's upfront cost starts at $399
  • Frontpoint only offers DIY installation
  • Nest connects with the Google smart home platform and connects with Alexa
  • Frontpoint requires either a 1-year or 3-year contract
  • Nest offers 24/7 coverage with month to month payments


Frontpoint offers environmental monitoring, crash and smash protection, still image capture, and mobile app connectivity so that you can control your system from anywhere. Customers also have a choice between a touchscreen or pushbutton control panel. They also offer a panic button for medical emergencies.

The Nest home security system works with both the Google smart home platform and Alexa for both voice response and home automation. The Nest Guard hub is the central piece of the system and interacts with the door/window sensors and the Nest thermostat.


Frontpoint customers can choose from a 1-year contract or a 3-year contract. In order to get the lowest price per package, a 3-year contract must be signed. A credit score of at least 600 is also required to receive the best prices.

Nest does not require a lengthy contract. Instead, they offer a month-to-month option, once the initial price is paid. If you choose to use Brinks for 24/7 monitoring, there is a 3-year contract requirement, but customers are not obligated to work with them.


Frontpoint offers three main packages. All three have an upfront cost of $199.95. The Protection package is $35 for monthly coverage. Next is the Interactive package that costs $45 per month. The most expensive package is the Ultimate. The Ultimate package includes full video access and home automation for $50 a month.

The initial purchase price for the Nest system is $399. Ongoing monitoring service starts at $19 a month through Brinks (3-year contract). If you choose the month to month option, the cost is $29.99 a month.


Frontpoint offers a variety of equipment including two types of control panels, door/window entry sensors, keychain remote, panic pendant, motion sensors, and indoor/outdoor cameras that offer both full video and still image capture, depending on the package you choose.

Nest comes with the Nest Guard hub, door/entry sensors, tags, and motion sensors. They also have a video doorbell and a thermostat that interacts with the Google smart home platform. Additional devices can be purchased and added to the system at any time after it's been installed.


Frontpoint is a DIY system that can be installed in both homes and apartments. It comes with easy to understand instructions that allow for quick and efficient installation and set up. The entire process takes less than 30 minutes and is fully functional as soon as it's turned on.

Nest offers both professional and do-it-yourself installation. If you choose to install the system on your own, the instructions are easy to read allowing you to complete both the installation and set up in less than an hour.

Emergency Connections

Both systems are wireless and offer Wi-Fi connectivity as well as cellular options. Frontpoint and Nest both offer emergency connectivity and will notify contacts via text, email or phone. They will also notify the proper authorities in the event of an emergency.

Summary: Nest Secure vs Frontpoint

Frontpoint is one of the main sellers when it comes to do-it-yourself installation and quality equipment. If you don't mind the contract, this is a great option for both homeowners and renters. It's affordable and offers several plans to choose from.

Nest is for homeowners who don't want to be locked into a long-term contract, but want the convenience of full-home automation and security. Nest is rather expensive, but it does pair with Google home and offers several different devices that can be purchased in addition to its original package.

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