Do good looks always equal a good security product?
Alright, you caught us! Nest isn't a company that offers a full alarm system... yet. So why did we put them in the third spot for security systems? Well, the equipment they do offer now is bits and pieces of a home security system but with the movement towards home automation and a 'smart home' Nest is fueled up ready for take off. Right now they offer a smart thermostat, smart smoke alarm (what makes a dumb one you ask?) and a security camera. Before going further here is a look at why you may or may not want to buy Nest products for your home.
The good and the bad of Nest Security:
- In stores nationwide
- 3 generations of products
- Controlled via wifi, automatic updates done to app
- Thermostat control and regulator
- Overtime can save you money (but not as quick as they advertise)
- Integrates with ADT Pulse security system
- B BBB rating
- Lots of fidgeting to get it running right. The 'auto detector' isn't as smart as they claim
- You end up using the thermometer itself to set temperature a lot due to your own preferences versus what it thinks you want
- Very basic security products
- High pricing costs
- DIY installation with little to no installation support from Nest
- Temperature gauge will show the target temperature and not the current temperature in the home
- Not a standalone security system
The Who, What & Why of Nest
Combine Twitter and Nest and what do you get? A birdhouse! Okay, bad joke. But what makes this company one product worth Google's 3.2 billion dollar buyout? Hrmm... we aren't sure either. Except that clearly, Google sees something in their technology that we don't. Smart home automation and security are on the rise and that is why we have Nest on our Top alarm systems page as they will continue to innovate the space.
Founded: 2010 by Tony Fadell and Matt Rogers (wiki source)
Where: Palo Alto, California. Next door to Google from the beginning.
Nest's products reviews
So you want to be cool or save some money on your energy bill. Nest can help you out there. Their equipment is slick and modern looking and has good consumer ratings as well. It is on the higher end of things but you don't pay for a monthly monitoring fee like other companies.
Nest Thermostat Inspection - Is it worth the price?
Alright, so it looks fancy, has the weather on the face of it and a few other things but let's think about it logically... You already have your smartphone or other devices that have all that information and better. So let's hope you aren't spending a couple hundred dollars on all the features Nest does to make it look good. The only reason you should buy this product is to save you money on energy costs.
How does it help? The thermostat you already use most likely has schedules you can set for day and night etc. Where this comes into play is it learns your habits, you can control it from your phone (great for if you forgot to turn down the heat) and it has an energy history tracker used in their app. It can automatically adjust the temperature (up or down) as you come and go.
Support: They have guides, Youtube videos and will respond 24/7 to emails or questions posted on their forums typically.
You get what you pay for in life. It will take 1 to 3 years to recoup a couple hundred dollars on your energy savings unless you are heating a mansion. In that case, you would need multiple thermostats so you are still out a few years before you see that money come back to your pocket.
Security Camera Review
Have you always wanted to see in Night Vision mode? Because that is the coolest thing about their security camera. Albeit a little creepy, it's a great solution for those worrisome parents who feel the need to check on their baby or child multiple times throughout the night. With this slim gadget now you can without cracking the door and waking them up!
Here is a short list of other things you can do besides feeling like you are a Navy seal with Night vision:
- Listen. The camera captures audio so you know what's going on. Now you can finally hear what the kids have to say about you when you leave on that date.
- Mobile alerts. Use it as a dual motion detector and get alerts sent to your phone. Don't do this if you have animals in the home.
- Quick setup. Download the nest app and connect through wifi and your up and running.
- Live streaming from anywhere. Nothing new here, most cameras offer this.
So what's the big catch? The main thing that differs is the quality the image is taken. Most cameras will give you a video feed but you are not sure whether that's your child or a Deer in the room. It's got a sex appeal look to it and is wireless.
What to be on the lookout for
They try to upsell you on 'Nest Aware' which stores up to 10 days of video history. This is $9.99 a month and is not a monitoring solution such as these companies. They are just charging you to store footage in their cloud memory. Here is a screenshot of what they are going to try to upsell you on if you buy this product.
Unless you are a small business we do not recommend the monthly rates. You can find better deals that come with a 15-30 day storage backup without the monthly costs. For example, you can get up 4 security cameras with this link that include a DVR and hard drive that records the footage for less than the price of this 1 Nest security camera.
Smokey the Bear says Yes or No?
Why pay $99 for a Carbon Monoxide & Fire sensor? Because it looks cool... Let's be honest that's the main reason, to fill your home with these (by replacing your others) you are going to need 1 per hall or room so you may hit $1000 real fast. But let's look into the technology of it and see if it's really worth the cost.
What does it do?
- Does NOT extinguish fires... Just making sure you know that.
- Battery life of 10 years.
- You can hush the annoying BEEP sound from your phone! Finally, no guessing which smoke detector is making the annoying sound that goes off every odd minute. If only a babies cry had this same 'hush' technology.
- Smart control & alerts from your phone.
Well if Nest is good enough to offer 3 products and get bought out for over $3 Billion from Google, then it is obviously good enough for your home. They are making cool ways to make it connect to other home security devices as well so over the coming years you may be controlling your full home automation using their technology. We can't give them a good rating on their security products because there're only bits and pieces of a full home alarm system.
If you have any experience or tips about using Nest devices please share below.