Frontpoint vs. Cove Home Security 2021

Frontpoint and Cove are both good home security systems, but Frontpoint has more advanced features at a higher price point
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Frontpoint

Monthly price: $49.99/mo.
Starter equipment price: $435.95
Best for Basics

Cove

Monthly price: $14.99–$24.99/mo.
Starter equipment price: $229.00

Author bio: Mindy Woodall, Home Security Editorial Lead

Last updated: April 15, 2021

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Frontpoint and Cove are both DIY home security systems that you can buy online and install yourself. Frontpoint and Cove are also both contract free, and they both have security cameras, professional monitoring, and some smart home integrations.

Similarities aside, Frontpoint is like a grown-up version of Cove. Everything Cove can do, Frontpoint can do better. It has more cameras, better smart home support, and more equipment options than you could get through Cove. But there’s a big price difference: you’ll pay a lot more for Frontpoint.

Frontpoint pros and cons

Pros

  • Good smart home integrations
  • Doorbell camera

Cons

  • Pricey monitoring
  • Limited info about cameras

Cove pros and cons

Pros

  • Affordable monitoring
  • Transparent camera specs
  • RapidSOS emergency support

Cons

  • Limited mobile app access
  • Limited smart home support

Frontpoint vs. Cove: Prices and monitoring plans

The winner: Cove is cheaper

There’s no denying it: Frontpoint is a lot more expensive than Cove. While you’ll pay less for a basic equipment kit with Frontpoint than you would with Cove, the other Frontpoint plans are significantly more expensive, and Frontpoint’s monitoring plan costs twice as much as Cove’s top plan.

Frontpoint and Cove home security comparison
Home security companyMonitoring price rangeBase equipment package priceFinancing availableDetails
Frontpoint logo$49.99/mo.$99.006, 12, or 36 mos. View Plans
Cove logo$14.99–$24.99/mo.$294.0036 mos. View Plans

Data effective 08/02/2021. Offers are subject to change.

Frontpoint monitoring pricing

Frontpoint’s monitoring is pricey in general, not just compared to Cove. The average price for professional monitoring is in the neighborhood of $30 per month, which makes Frontpoint’s $49.99-per-month monitoring plan look bougie.

Frontpoint monitoring plans
PlanPriceMobile app accessSecurity camera supportLearn more
Ultimate Monitoring Plan$49.99/mo.YesYesView Plans

Data effective 08/02/2021. Offers are subject to change.

It matters that Frontpoint’s monitoring plan is so pricey because that monthly cost really adds up. Frontpoint’s monitoring plan will cost you a cool $600 per year. In the words of Hollaback Girl, that’s bananas.

Frontpoint hub shown on a wooden table next to a potted plant

Image source: Frontpoint

Cove monitoring pricing

Compared to Frontpoint’s professional monitoring prices, Cove looks like a gosh darn steal. You can pay as little as $14.99 per month for Cove’s professional monitoring service.

Cove monitoring plan prices
PlanPriceMobile app accessSmart home supportLearn more
Basic$14.99/mo. NoNoView Plans
Plus$24.99/mo. YesYesView Plans

Data effective 08/02/2021. Offers are subject to change.

Even though Cove’s budget option looks tempting, we recommend upgrading to Cove’s Plus professional monitoring plan. It will still save you money over Frontpoint, and you get way more features than you would with Cove’s Basic plan.

Cove’s Basic plan doesn’t give you access to Cove’s mobile app, and it doesn’t have smart home support. You can’t pair your alarm system with Alexa or Google unless you have Cove’s Plus plan.

Cove control panel shown on a countertop alongside a Cove Outdoor Camera and Cove Indoor Camera

Image source: Cove

We don’t like that Cove reserves essential features (like mobile app access) for its premier monitoring plan. We’ll say this for Frontpoint: it doesn’t hold back. Frontpoint’s Ultimate monitoring plan gives you smart home support, mobile app access, and security camera support to boot.

Frontpoint vs. Cove financing options

Both Frontpoint and Cove offer financing options if you don’t want to shell out several hundred dollars on security equipment right away.

Frontpoint will let you finance your equipment over the length of 6, 12, or 36 months. With financing, Frontpoint’s security system starts as low as $10. But watch out because you may have to pay interest depending on your specific agreement.

Cove offers a 36-month financing deal where you can get up to $415 worth of equipment at no up-front cost. But you have to pay an additional $10 per month for the whole three-year period. After 36 months, Cove forgives the rest of the equipment credit (about $55 at that point).

If you cancel your Cove service before the 36 months are off, you have to pay off the remainder of your equipment balance. Cove’s financing option also isn’t available to all property types. (You can’t get it if you live in an apartment.)1

Frontpoint vs. Cove: Security equipment

The winner: Frontpoint has more equipment options than Cove

Frontpoint and Cove have a lot of the same equipment, but Frontpoint gives you more options. Whereas Cove has one control panel and that’s it, Frontpoint lets you choose from a simple wireless keypad or a touchscreen tablet.

Frontpoint and Cove equipment pricing comparison
Security sensorFrontpointCove
Hub and keypad/control panel $228.74$249.00
Entry sensor (for doors and windows) $24.74$15.00
Motion sensor$48.74$30.00
Glass break detector$56.24$35.00
Smoke detector$48.74$27.50
Carbon monoxide detector$67.49$27.50
Flood sensor$33.74$20.00
Key fob$23.99$25.00
Panic button$29.99$20.00
Medical alert button$29.99$20.00
Learn moreView PlansView Plans

Data effective 08/02/2021. Offers are subject to change.

Frontpoint’s monitoring and some starter kits costs a lot more than Cove’s, and so does most of its add-on equipment.

Frontpoint vs. Cove: Cameras

The winner: Frontpoint has more camera options than Cove does

Frontpoint and Cove both offer kind-of-basic security cameras. If you want the most advanced home security cameras or the cheapest home security cameras, then these are neither.

But both Frontpoint and Cove have indoor and outdoor cameras that will cover your basics. Frontpoint has a couple more camera options than Cove does, including a doorbell camera (which Cove doesn’t have) and a Premium Indoor Camera.

Frontpoint cameras

Our main complaint with Frontpoint’s cameras is that Frontpoint doesn’t make their tech specs easily available.

Frontpoint cameras are actually manufactured by Alarm.com, but it’s still hard to say for sure exactly which versions Frontpoint uses.

Frontpoint camera prices
CameraPriceLearn more
Doorbell Camera$142.49View Plans
Indoor Camera$74.99View Plans
Outdoor Camera$149.99View Plans
Premium Indoor Camera$149.99View Plans

Data effective 08/02/2021. Offers are subject to change.

One version of the Alarm.com Doorbell Camera records in 720p resolution while another records in 1080p (which is better). Frontpoint doesn’t list their doorbell camera’s resolution (or any of their other cameras, for that matter).

Image source: Frontpoint

We do like Frontpoint’s Premium Indoor Camera. This camera can keep an eye on your pets or kids, and it also has an outbound-call function. If your kids are too young to have phones, they can press the button on the top of the camera to call you while they’re home with the babysitter.

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Concerned about camera hackers?
Frontpoint’s cameras are encrypted, so hackers can’t easily access your video feeds or stored footage.

Cove cameras

If you’re looking for a video doorbell, then Cove is not the security system for you. It doesn’t have a doorbell camera, but it does have an indoor camera and an outdoor camera.

Cove camera prices
CameraPriceResolutionLearn more
Cove Indoor Camera$99.001080pView Plans
Cove Outdoor Camera$199.001080pView Plans

Data effective 08/02/2021. Offers are subject to change.

Both of Cove’s cameras are basic, and they’re kind of pricey for what you get. You could get a Blink Indoor Camera for $80, and it will come with more features than Cove’s Indoor Camera for $100.

Cove Indoor Camera

Image source: Cove

Cove’s Outdoor Camera is a little more versatile. It’s wire-free, which makes it easy to install wherever you need it. And we like that both of Cove’s cameras have local storage, which is more secure than cloud storage.

Frontpoint vs. Cove: Smart home integrations

The winner: Frontpoint has better smart home support than Cove

Frontpoint and Cove both work with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, but Cove’s integration can’t do as much as Frontpoint’s can.

With Frontpoint, you can use Alexa or Google to arm your Frontpoint security system, turn on your smart lights, and turn down your thermostat. Frontpoint offers smart light bulbs, a smart lock, and a smart plug you can control with your voice.

Cove doesn’t have any of its own smart devices, and it doesn’t work with smart devices from other brands like Philips Hue or Schlage. You can use Alexa or Google to arm your Cove security system or ask about its status, but you can’t do much else.

Frontpoint vs. Cove: Customer service

The winner: Tie. Both Frontpoint and Cove have good customer service scores

Cove and Frontpoint both have excellent customer service. Customers love them, judging by their high Trustpilot scores2,3 and A+ ratings through the Better Business Bureau.4,5

If you have a problem with either security system, you can probably find the answers to most of your questions in the company’s online support center. Cove has a Knowledge Base, and Frontpoint has a support hub.

If you do need to contact them, then both Cove and Frontpoint have support reps available through multiple channels, including live chat, email, and phone.

  • Frontpoint customer service number: 877-602-5276
  • Cove customer service number: 855-268-3669

Frontpoint vs. Cove: Which is better?

Frontpoint’s security system has more advanced technology and better smart home support than Cove’s. But Cove’s starter kits and monitoring plans are much more affordable than Frontpoint’s, and its customer service is just as good.

  • Prices and monitoring plans: Cove. You’ll pay a lot less for Cove, both up-front and over time, than you would with Frontpoint. Both monitoring and equipment packages are cheaper through Cove.
  • Security equipment: Frontpoint. Frontpoint has more equipment options than Cove does, which makes it easier to find what you need to protect your home.
  • Cameras: Frontpoint. Frontpoint offers more cameras than Cove does. Cove doesn’t have a doorbell camera, but Frontpoint does.
  • Smart home integrations: Frontpoint. Frontpoint is much better for smart homes than Cove. Frontpoint has better voice control than Cove, and Frontpoint offers smart devices that Cove doesn’t have, like lights, smart locks, and plugs.
  • Customer service: Tie. Both Cove and Frontpoint have excellent customer service and solid online support centers.
Frontpoint and Cove home security system comparison
Home security companyMonitoring price rangeBase equipment package priceSmart home integrationsDetails
Frontpoint logo$49.99/mo.$99.00Amazon Alexa, Google AssistantView Plans
Cove logo$14.99–$24.99/mo.$294.00Amazon Alexa, Google AssistantView Plans

Data effective 08/02/2021. Offers are subject to change.

Methodology

We judge all home security systems on five essential criteria:

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

We’ve been covering Frontpoint and Cove security systems for about three years. We’ve tested Frontpoint and Cove security systems and talked to representatives from both companies to make an accurate assessment of the pros and cons of each.

Frontpoint vs. Cove home security: FAQ

Is Frontpoint compatible with Alexa?

Yes, Frontpoint works with Amazon Alexa. You can arm your security system and control smart devices, but you cannot disarm your security system through voice control.

Is Cove compatible with Alexa?

Yes, Cove works with Alexa, but its abilities are limited. You can’t disarm your security system or control your Cove cameras using Alexa.

Is Frontpoint good for home automation?

Yes, Frontpoint has pretty good home automation options. It works with Alexa and Google, and it has smart devices like smart light bulbs, smart plugs, and a smart thermostat that all work with your Frontpoint security system. Frontpoint doesn’t work with Apple HomeKit.

Is Cove good for home automation?

Not really. Cove works with Alexa and Google, but you can’t do very much with either of them. Cove doesn’t have any of its own smart devices (like lights or locks), and it doesn’t work with IFTTT or with any smart devices from other brands. Cove doesn’t work with Apple HomeKit.

Sources

  1. Cove, “Equipment Payment Options-Value Plan vs. Economy Plan.” Accessed April 15, 2021.
  2. Trustpilot, “Frontpoint.” Accessed April 15, 2021.
  3. Trustpilot, “Cove.” Accessed April 15, 2021.
  4. Better Business Bureau, “Frontpoint.” Accessed April 15, 2021.
  5. Better Business Bureau, “Cove.” Accessed April 15, 2021.