Google Nest Secure vs. SimpliSafe Review

Google’s Nest Secure alarm is like a higher-tech version of the affordable SimpliSafe system.
Best Self-Monitored
Best Value
Recent Updates: More than 6 months
Google discontinued the Nest Secure home security system in October 2020. This review is no longer being updated.

If you’re an early-adopter technophile who wants all the latest and greatest features, then Google’s Nest Secure system is just what you’ve been looking for. It’s an innovative DIY alarm option that will take your smart home up a level.

But if you have more of a practical, budget-conscious mindset, then Nest Secure might not be your jam. (All those cool bells and whistles come at a price.) SimpliSafe is like Nest’s down-to-earth older sibling. If you want home security without an eye-watering price tag, then SimpliSafe is for you.

Google Nest Secure and SimpliSafe comparison
CompanyGoogle Nest SecureSimpliSafe
Monitoring price range$19–$29/mo.$14.99–$24.99/mo.
Installation typeDIYDIY
Contract lengthNo contract OR 36 mos.No contract
Smart home integrationsGoogle Assistant, Amazon Alexa, ThreadAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant
Starter kit price$399$229
Mobile app controlYesYes*
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Data effective 2/6/2020. Offers subject to change.
* Mobile app control not available with all monitoring plans.

What we like about Google Nest Secure

Google Nest Secure equipment

Nest Secure has some unique features we can’t help but get psyched about. Its entry sensors (the little devices you put on doors and windows) can also detect motion. You usually have to buy a separate motion sensor for that, but Nest puts the two together.

We also like that Nest’s door sensors have a “Quiet Open” feature, that lets you press a button and open the door for a second without disarming your whole security system. It’s pretty great if you have a dog who just has to go outside at 2 a.m.

Also great for that 2 a.m. outing? Nest’s Pathlight feature, where the sensors give off a little light so you can find your way.

What we like about SimpliSafe

Simplisafe hub and sensors

SimpliSafe keeps things affordable. It’s not the absolute cheapest system out there (that designation goes to Ring Alarm), but it’s pretty close. You can get a full range of home security sensors, as well as environmental sensors like leak and smoke detectors from SimpliSafe—and all for a price that won’t hurt your financial soul.

Even SimpliSafe’s monitoring is cheap, at only $14.99 or $24.99 per month. Not a bad deal compared to other brands out there.

Google Nest Secure and SimpliSafe pros comparison
Google Nest Secure pros:SimpliSafe pros:
Cool tech featuresGood range of equipment
Integration with other Nest productsCheap equipment
Free self-monitoringLow-priced professional monitoring
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What we don’t like about Nest Secure

Nest Secure is cheaper than it used to be. (A starter kit used to cost $499, and now it’s $399.) But it’s still not the most affordable DIY security system we’ve seen. That said, we think the features are worth it if you’ve got the cash.

Our real complaint is that Nest doesn’t always play well with others. Rather than the popular Z-Wave or Zigbee, Nest uses the smart protocol Thread. Thread is an up-and-coming thing that will probably be super popular in a few years, but for now, it’s kind of niche.

All of that is to say, Nest might not work with other smart home devices you already have. But if your other smart home stuff is also from Nest, then you’ll be good to go.

What we don’t like about SimpliSafe

Speaking of limited smart home options, SimpliSafe isn’t much better. SimpliSafe does work with Amazon Alexa, but we’re still waiting on a Google Assistant integration for this system. Plus, SimpliSafe doesn’t have Z-Wave or Zigbee (and we doubt it will get it anytime soon—if ever).

If you want a whole smart-home system you can customize the #$%! out of, then there are better home security systems for that. (A few of our favorites are Vivint, Abode, and Scout.)

Google Nest Secure and SimpliSafe cons comparison
Google Nest Secure cons:SimpliSafe cons:
Pricey starter packLimited smart home options
Higher-priced professional monitoringNo Google Assistant integration
Few third-party smart home optionsNo Z-Wave, Zigbee, or Thread capability
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Which one should you choose?

If you want a higher-end system that you can still monitor yourself through an app, then Google’s Nest Secure alarm is an easy choice. If you’d rather save some money, and you want more affordable professional monitoring, then SimpliSafe is a solid choice.

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