Smart home security products, such as video doorbells, home security cameras, smart locks and smart assistant, help you to keep watch over your home. A voice-compatible home security system is compatible with Google Home to make everyday tasks easy.
Google Home works with home security companies such as Vivint, ADT and Brinks Home Security. Part of having a home security system and a home automation system, aside from the obvious, is the convenience these systems offer when used together. One of the most popular home automation systems in 2021 is Google Home. So, before you do anything else, you might want to consider Google Home and the home security systems that work best with Google Home and its many compatible features.
Now, before diving into individual products, let’s have a quick look at some stats about smart home security systems:
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Now let’s see which security systems work best with Google Home.
ADT Pulse is ADT’s smart home enabled home security system. ADT Pulse can control thermostats, smart locks, lights, and other smart home security products. With its Google Assistant compatibility, you can control your entire security system with your voice alone.
ADT is one of the most experienced security companies in the industry. They have been providing residential home security systems for well over 140 years and they have monitoring centers all over the country. That means you will likely not ever be without coverage. ADT also offers some attractive incentives such as $500 in theft protection (while your system is armed), fantastic guarantees, and extremely fast response times.
ADT is the largest home security provider in the US and Canada. The ADT equipment plans range from $37-$53 per month and their monitoring plans range from $36-$52 per month. However, even though they are more expensive than other options, they offer a lot of value for your money. ADT offers wired or wireless systems with free installation and you can choose one of their home security plans or customize your own. Either way, you will be required to sign a three-year contract, but you can cancel without penalty if you do so within the first six months.
ADT offers 24/7 customer service, provides a landline or cellular option, a wide range of home automation features, indoor/outdoor video cameras, environmental sensors, and a variety of medical alert devices. Additionally, ADT will handle the entire installation process for you. However, it’s best to perform a little due diligence on your local ADT branch before making any decisions because their service varies from dealer to dealer.
Vivint is one of the most advanced security systems currently available in 2021. They offer a wide variety of home security and home automation products that will make your life easier and more convenient. Their packages are 100% wireless and a little on the high side cost wise, but they are well worth the price. Additionally, they offer outstanding customer service, which you’ll appreciate if you ever need assistance. Here are some of the Vivint pros and cons.
The Vivint plans range from $29.99/month to $49.99/month plus equipment financing. A minimum credit score of 600 is required; however, if you don’t qualify, you can opt for a monitoring-only contract. And, in some cases, Vivint will negotiate better pricing and various waivers.
Nest integrated with Google Home about five months ago greatly enhancing your home automation options some of which are included with Vivint’s upper tier package. But you can easily add-on any of the optional features as your needs change.
Vivint’s systems are wireless; however, Vivint requires them to be installed by a professional to make sure they are setup properly, which is good because that’s one less thing you have to worry about. Additionally, Vivint’s equipment is well-designed, easy to use, and can be accessed, monitored, and controlled via the control panel, keychain remote, or mobile app.
Cove’s home security packages are ideal for the budget-conscious buyer. These wireless systems secure your home with 4G LTE cellular monitoring, and if you already use Google Assistant, Cove will obey your every command. Overall, this fairly advanced (but easy to use!) DIY home security system is a great buy.
Every once in a while, a home security company shows up on the scene and disrupts the industry. Cove is doing just that with their ultra-affordable equipment (whole system prices start around $150) and low-cost monthly monitoring. But that doesn’t mean you’ll have to forgo smart features. Cove is compatible with Google Home and Amazon Alexa voice assistants. It works with Google smart speakers and smart displays, like the Google Nest Hub and new Hub Max, making it easy to control your Cove alarm using only your voice.
If you’re the do-it-yourself type, just know that we had Cove installed in under 15 minutes, from start to finish. There aren’t any holes to drill or wires to fuss with, which is always nice. And once it was activated, we found the 24/7 professional monitoring to be top-notch. For only $14.99 or $24.99 per month, you’ll have the pros watching over your home, ready at a moment’s notice to dispatch police if needed.
Our only gripe with Cove is that the mobile app experience could be improved (it’s pretty lean on features), and we wished they offered an outdoor camera. But even still, we think Cove is definitely worth a closer look — especially if you’re a Google Home user. And if you end up not loving it, Cove offers a generous 60-day money back guarantee.
Brinks has a long history of providing value and affordability. They recently merged with Livewatch and Moni so they definitely have the very best in home security and monitoring services. Their plans are extremely reasonable and their equipment is included with the price of most of their packages which means there is no upfront equipment cost involved. Here are some of the Brinks pros and cons.
The Brinks home security hub can handle up to 40 devices so you can customize your system to fit your needs. The Brinks Home Complete plan starts at $29/month and their Brinks Home Complete with Video plan starts at $39/month. The 36-month monitoring plans are rate locked agreements, so you don’t have to worry about cost increases for quite a while. They also have a 30-day return policy as well.
Brinks equipment packages both come with an IG Gen 2 Security Panel, 3 door/window sensors, and one motion detector. The upper tier package also comes with one indoor camera with a recordable live stream and one doorbell camera as well. Additionally, they offer a wide variety of add-on equipment.
With a Brinks system, you will enjoy 24/7 monitoring, crash and smash protection, LiveVoice Assist and cloud video storage (with some plans), and smartphone controls. Brinks is also known for their easy to use systems which are customized and preconfigured to your needs.
Scout is a relative newcomer to the industry and they’re one of the most affordable brands out there. And, their equipment is some of the best we’ve seen because it’s of a high-quality and very well designed. However, they don’t offer any cameras or thermostats with their systems, but they are compatible with a variety of smart home devices such as Nest. Additionally, they don’t require any installation or activation fees and you don’t have to sign any contracts either. And, they give you a 10% discount if you pay for a year’s monitoring in advance. So there’s an upfront cost for the equipment, but it’s a DIY installation. Here are some of the Scout pros and cons.
Scout has four equipment packages that range from $299 to $799 which you can purchase through their Affirm monthly payment plan (with approved credit). They also offer two monitoring plans ranging from $9.99/month to $19.99/month with a 10% savings if you pay annually.
The Scout system works with Alexa, Google Home, Nest, IFTTT, and can be voice controlled, or by using the mobile app. The Scout hub also comes with ZigBee and Z-Wave as well. However, Scout isn’t as user-friendly as some because you have to use their app for control. The Scout system doesn’t come with a control panel/keypad. You can buy their basic packages, then add-on to them as needed. However, if you want to use the automation features, including the app, you will have to pay a monthly subscription fee. If you don’t, you’ll only get the basic package and the web-based self-monitoring option, which is almost useless without the app. But, the Scout system is suitable for renters and homeowners alike because it’s portable.
Imagine it: Your entire home as one fluid network of intelligent gadgets and appliances, all working together to help you monitor, customize, and design the space you want. You can lock your doors without a key, turn on the lights without a switch, and turn on the AC in the heat of summer using only your voice. It’s all pretty exciting stuff, don’t you agree? That’s the beauty of smart home tech that works with Google Home.
Decades of improvements on both the hardware and software side have allowed so many aspects of our homes to be controlled remotely. With so many choices out there, we can make our smart home as simple or complex as we wish.
Did You Know: While this goes beyond the scope of Hey Google, many smart home functions can happen through our own pre-programmed actions: When x happens, it triggers y. When we arm our smart locks, this will turn our thermostat down 10 degrees, for example. The options, you’ll find, are almost limitless here.
Google Home is loaded with convenient home automation features that allow you to make phone calls, interact with your smart home devices and security system, play music, control your TV, set a timer, make a shopping list, receive weather reports, ask a question for a Google search, set or snooze an alarm, and more.
The Google Home system has several ways to interact with it which includes a touch feature and a hands-free voice control. For the hands-free voice controls, you simply say the wake words such as “OK, Google.” And for the touch control, you simply touch the top of the Google Home hub and move your finger clockwise, counterclockwise, or by using a long-touch to start or stop a function, change the volume, or to give it a command without the wake words.
Having Google Home adds another layer of protection for your home and family. And, according to Google, its Google Home device only records what you say after being activated, at which time it lights up so you know the device is listening. You can also use the mute button to keep it from listening to anything, including the wake words. Additionally, you can browse the history and delete any given search or clear the history completely if you’d like.
The following are some of the unique features that are available to you when you purchase a home security system that is compatible with Google Home and their virtual assistant:
Tap into biometric voice recognition with select Google Home compatible security systems. That’s right, this feature puts your home automation commands at the tip of your tongue. Control your lights, door locks, garage door, thermostat, security system, and other voice-enabled appliances or devices. Google Home compatible security systems open a world of opportunity beyond home protection.
Many home security systems that work with Google Home also work with smart locks. This tech-forward combination of features lets you remotely lock and unlock your doors via mobile app. Some automatic door locks detect range to automatically secure your home as you leave, and grant you hands-free access upon your return. Electronic door locks are extremely popular among the smart-home crowd.
Mobile Alerts keep you in-the-know. Thankfully, every system on our list that works with Google Home also delivers mobile activity alerts. These alerts are sent via text, email, and sometimes phone. Among the benefits of this key smart-home feature, mobile alerts offer the peace of mind of knowing your home is secure, no matter where you are.
Access, monitor, and control your home security system and automation features… from the convenience of your smartphone. Lock and unlock your front door for friends, family, and others. Nannys, dog walkers, contractors — you name it. There are countless scenarios where Remote Access becomes incredibly useful. Expect nothing less of Google Home compatible home security systems.
Arm your system. Now rest easy knowing your Entryway Sensors are working overtime to secure your home. These magnetic sensors are included with Google Home compatible security system. Mount them on door frames, windows, and other access points. When the magnets separate, the alarm sounds and alerts are sent. This powerful feature serves as the foundation of every home security system.
Nothing’s wrong with movement in your home, except of course when you’re at work and think your home is completely secure. Uh oh! Welcome to motion detectors. This feature goes the distance to protect your home, and they work great with Google Home systems. They sound the alarm and send alerts when motion is detected. Many can even distinguish between pets and people.
Google Home automation is a beautiful thing. Case in point: you can now control your HVAC system from anywhere in the world. All you need is a smart device and the companion app, and you’re in business. A smart thermostat (such as Nest) allows you to dial in your preferred temps. Save energy, save cash, and save a potential heat stroke on a hot summer’s day.
By lights, we mean smart lights — the smartest lights in the neighborhood. The best security systems that work with Google Home offer remote control lighting. This feature lets you turn on and off your lights from anywhere, and even allows you to pre-program your lights to function on a timed schedule. How’s that for an added layer of home protection and home automation?
Don’t forget to include your garage door in the smart home security equation. After all, the garage is a prime entrypoint for thieves and burglars. With smart garage door hookups, you can control and monitor your garage door remotely. Mobile access and helpful alerts keep you privy to any suspicious activity, and they kindly let you know if you leave your garage door open.
As Managing Editor for SafeHome.org, Rob Gabriele has written and edited over 1,000 articles in home security. His expertise is in smart home automation and home protection with thousands of hours of testing and research under his belt. Formerly a reporter and producer for the USAToday network, Rob has been a writer and editor for over 10 years. He holds a Master’s of Science with an emphasis on writing from the University of Montana, and he currently lives in the Reno/Tahoe area of Nevada.