Abode vs. Cove Home Security 2021

We compared multiple features for Abode and Cove home security systems. Abode is our top pick overall
Best Customer Service

Abode

Monthly price: $0.00–$20.00/mo.
Installation type: DIY or professional
Best for Basics

Cove

Monthly price: $14.99–$24.99/mo.
Installation type: DIY

Author bio: Mindy Woodall, Home Security Editorial Lead

Last updated: April 29, 2021

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If you love smart home devices and want to automate your whole house, then Abode is a great home security system that will support all your smart stuff. If you don’t care as much about home automation but want an affordable security system with professional monitoring, then Cove is an excellent choice.

Overall, we think Abode is a more versatile and customizable system than Cove. Abode can both protect your home and make it work better—but only if you want to pair it with smart home devices. Otherwise, we recommend Cove security.

Abode pros and cons

Pros

  • Extensive smart home integrations
  • Works with Apple HomeKit
  • Customizable settings and equipment

Cons

  • Mediocre cameras
  • Limited customer service hours

Cove pros and cons

Pros

  • Affordable equipment and monitoring
  • 24/7 customer service availability
  • High customer service ratings

Cons

  • Limited smart home integrations
  • Mediocre cameras

Abode vs. Cove: Prices and monitoring plans

The winner: Abode for giving you more options and flexibility

Abode and Cove security are roughly on par as far as pricing goes. Abode’s equipment tends to be more expensive than Cove’s, but both brands routinely run sales that let you knock some money off that price tag anyway.

Abode and Cove home security comparison
Home security companyMonitoring price rangeBase equipment package priceMonitoring typeDetails
Abode logo$0.00–$20.00/mo.$229.00–$329.00Self-monitoring or professional monitoringView Plans
Cove logo$14.99–$24.99/mo.$294.00Professional monitoringView Plans

Data effective 4/9/2021. Offers are subject to change.

Abode monitoring pricing

For monitoring, Abode offers a no-cost option that lets you monitor your system yourself using your phone. If you want professional monitoring from Abode, it will cost you $20 per month.

Abode monitoring plans
PlanPriceMonitoring typeHome automation supportLearn more
Basic
No cost
Self-monitoring

No
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Standard$6.00/mo. OR $60.00/yr. Self-monitoring

Yes
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Pro$20.00/mo. OR $200.00/yr. Professional monitoring

Yes
View Plans

Data effective 4/9/2021. Offers are subject to change.

Even Abode’s Pro plan with 24/7 professional monitoring is still cheaper than most security systems. And for your money, it will give you more functionality for $20 per month than Cove’s top monitoring plan would give you for $24.99 per month.

With Abode’s Pro monitoring plan, you not only get the professional monitoring, but you also get person detection, cellular backup (in case your power goes out), geofencing, smart home support, and security camera support, all of which make your system easier to customize to fit your needs.

Abode gateway hub shown with key fob, motion sensor, and entry sensor

Image source: Abode

If you opt for Abode’s cheaper Standard plan, you get all of the same smart home functionality (home automation, geofencing, person detection, etc.), but without the professional monitoring.

Cove monitoring pricing

Cove security doesn’t have an option for self-monitoring at all. Both of its monitoring plans come with 24/7 professional monitoring, which is great. But you have to subscribe to Cove’s higher-priced Plus plan to even get access to Cove’s mobile app.

Cove monitoring plan prices
PlanPriceMonitoring typeMobile app accessLearn more
Basic$14.99/mo. Professional monitoring

No
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Plus$24.99/mo. Professional monitoring

Yes
View Plans

Data effective 4/9/2021. Offers are subject to change.

Without the Plus plan, you can’t use Cove’s mobile app to arm and disarm your security system. That means you can only control your Cove system from the touchscreen control panel or a key fob. That’s really inconvenient if you realize too late that you forgot to arm your system when you left the house a couple hours ago.

Cove security panel on entry table

Image source: Cove

Even if you do opt in to the Plus plan, you still don’t get the same level of smart home support and control that you’d get with a cheaper plan from Abode.

On the plus side, Cove’s professional-monitoring service has some additional features that could give you added peace of mind.

Cove professional monitoring features: 

  • LiveAssist, where a Cove monitoring rep can talk to you through your control panel.
  • InstaText, where Cove’s monitoring center texts you for verification of an alarm.
  • RapidSOS, where Cove can send all your important information directly to 911 operators in case of an emergency. (Think name, address, and relevant medical info.)

Abode vs. Cove: Security equipment

The winner: Abode because it has more options and some unique smart devices

Abode and Cove offer a lot of the same security sensors, but their systems work a bit differently. Abode uses a main hub that hooks up to your internet router to control all your sensors, whereas Cove houses all of its controls inside a touchscreen control panel.

Most Abode users control their systems through the Abode app or a keyfob, although Abode does offer a separate keypad if you want one. Most Cove users use the control panel or a key fob to control their security systems. Not all Cove users even have access to the mobile app. (You need to subscribe to the Plus monitoring plan to get it.)

Abode and Cove security sensor pricing comparison
Security sensorAbodeCove

Keypad/control panel
$99.00$249.00
Entry sensor (for doors and windows) $32.00–$42.00$15.00
Motion sensor$55.00$30.00
Glass break detector$50.00–$59.00$35.00
Flood sensor$69.00$20.00
Key fob$40.00$25.00
Panic button$35.00$20.00
Learn moreView PlansView Plans

Data effective 4/9/2021. Offers are subject to change.

Cove’s sensors are quite a bit cheaper than Abode’s, although Abode does have more options available. For example, instead of just one door/window sensor, Abode offers four different styles.

Abode also offers a few things Cove doesn’t, and vice versa. Abode has a smoke alarm listener, whereas Cove has a combo smoke alarm and carbon monoxide detector. Abode offers a smart plug and a multi-sensor (that can detect motion, light, temperature, and humidity), whereas Cove doesn’t offer any unique smart devices.

Abode vs. Cove cameras

The winner: Tie. Neither brand has amazing camera options

Neither Cove nor Abode has our favorite security cameras. They both have kinda meh models that get the job done, but there are definitely better outdoor and indoor cameras out there.

Abode cameras

Abode doesn’t have a true doorbell camera, but it does have the Outdoor Smart Camera that can hook up to your doorbell wiring.

Abode camera prices
CameraPriceIndoor/outdoorResolutionLearn more
Abode Outdoor Smart Cam$259.00Outdoor or doorbell1080pView Plans
Abode Cam 2$34.99Indoor or outdoor1080pView Plans

Data effective 4/9/2021. Offers are subject to change.

Abode Outdoor Smart Cam

Image source: Abode

We don’t recommend it over other, more specific video doorbells because it’s confusing for visitors to have no button to press. Plus, you can get a smarter doorbell camera, like the Nest Hello or the Arlo Video Doorbell, at a lower price.

Cove cameras

Cove doesn’t have a doorbell camera either, but it does have dedicated indoor and outdoor cameras.

Cove camera prices
CameraPriceIndoor/outdoorResolutionLearn more
Cove Indoor Camera$99.00Indoor1080pView Plans
Cove Outdoor Camera$199.00Outdoor1080pView Plans

Data effective 4/9/2021. Offers are subject to change.

You’ll pay more for Cove’s Outdoor Camera than you would for Abode’s budget-friendly Abode Cam 2. But Cove’s Outdoor Camera is also bigger than the Abode Cam 2, and it’s wire-free, whereas the Abode Cam needs a power cord.

Image source: Cove

We also like that Cove’s cameras have both cloud storage and local storage. With either camera, you can use a microSD card to capture footage. (Both of Abode’s cameras can only use cloud storage.)

Abode vs. Cove: Smart home integrations

The winner: Abode for its impressive array of home automation options

This one’s not even a contest: Abode wins for best smart home products, hands down. It works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit, and about a dozen other smart home brands. Meanwhile, Cove integrates with Alexa and Google, but only kind of.

Cove smart home integrations: 

  • Amazon Alexa
  • Google Assistant

Abode smart home integrations:

  • Apple HomeKit
  • Google Home
  • Amazon Alexa
  • Philips Hue
  • Ecobee
  • Leviton
  • LIFX
  • Schlage
  • Yale
  • Kwikset
  • First Alert
  • Bose
  • Sonos
  • Aeotec
  • Danalock
  • IFTTT
  • Zigbee
  • Z-Wave

You can set up endless routines, customizations, and alerts with your Abode system. Cove? Not so much. Even though Cove works with Alexa and Google, you still can’t do that much with it. You can use your Amazon Echo or Google Nest to arm your Cove system or ask about its status, but that’s it. End of list.

Abode vs. Cove: Customer service

The winner: Cove for its 24/7 availability and higher satisfaction score

Abode’s customer service isn’t bad, but Cove definitely seems to have happier customers. Cove gets a higher score than Abode on Trustpilot.1,2 Both Cove and Abode offer multi-channel customer support by phone, email, and social media. Both companies also have live chat options on their websites, which is our favorite way to talk to customer service reps.

Still, we give Cove the win on this one for its higher Trustpilot score, and because its customer service reps are available 24/7 via phone. Abode has limited customer service hours—you have to reach them between 9 a.m. and 6 p.m. Pacific Time.

If you’d rather try to solve an issue on your own, you can find both Cove support and Abode support resources online as well.

  • Cove customer service number: 855-268-3669
  • Abode customer service number: 650-443-7834

Abode vs. Cove: Which is better?

We think Abode is best for most people because it makes it so easy to connect your smart home stuff and protect your home at the same time. But if you don’t care about smart home stuff, but you want a security system with robust emergency response features, then Cove is a great choice too.

  • Prices and monitoring plans: Abode. Abode lets you self-monitor your system for free and gives you more smart features for less money. Even Abode’s professional monitoring plan costs less than Cove’s top option—and it’s more versatile.
  • Security equipment: Abode. Abode’s equipment is more expensive than Cove’s, but it also has more of it. You have more sensor options to choose from, and it has some smart devices you won’t get from Cove.
  • Cameras: Tie. Neither Abode nor Cove has great camera options. Both have indoor and outdoor cameras, but no true doorbell camera.
  • Smart home integrations: Abode. Abode integrates with a bunch of different smart home brands and devices, and its smart speaker capabilities are significantly more robust than Cove’s. Cove only works with Alexa and Google, and even then, you can’t do much with them.
  • Customer service: Cove. Cove has 24/7 phone support, whereas Abode has limited customer service hours.
Abode and Cove home security comparison
Home security companyMonitoring price rangeBase equipment package priceMonitoring typeDetails
Abode logo$0.00–$20.00/mo.$229.00–$329.00Self-monitoring or professional monitoringView Plans
Cove logo$14.99–$24.99/mo.$294.00Professional monitoringView Plans

Data effective 4/9/2021. Offers are subject to change.

Methodology

At Reviews.org, we evaluate home security systems based on five categories:

  • Price
  • Equipment
  • Home automation
  • Cameras
  • Customer service

We’ve been writing about both Abode and Cove home security systems for years. For this review, we compared research, talked to representatives from each home security company, and spent hours combing through features, prices, and integration details for each system.

Abode vs. Cove home security: FAQ

Does Cove have a doorbell camera?

No, Cove does not currently offer a doorbell camera. It has an indoor camera and an outdoor camera.

Does Abode work with HomeKit?

Yes, most of Abode’s security equipment works with Apple HomeKit, including its newer Iota hub. There are some one-off devices that don’t work with HomeKit, such as one of Abode’s motion sensors (the one with the built-in camera). And neither of Abode’s cameras currently work with HomeKit.

Does Cove need Wi-Fi?

No, Cove doesn’t use your Wi-Fi network at all. Cove’s equipment runs off a cellular connection, which is faster and more secure than Wi-Fi.

Does Abode work without internet?

Yes, but only if you subscribe to Abode’s Standard or Pro monitoring plan. Those plans include cellular backup that will kick in if your system loses its connection to your Wi-Fi network. Abode primarily runs off your internet network.

Sources

  1. Trustpilot, “Abode.” Accessed April 9, 2021.
  2. Trustpilot, “Cove.” Accessed April 9, 2021.