Nest Secure Review

In this Nest Secure review, you will learn all about the new Nest Secure device, including its features, pricing, and more.

The Nest Secure is an indoor and outdoor smart home security device that allows you to add multi-purpose sensors to your home. The sensors will alert you when windows and doors are opened and closed as well as when motion is detected. This system includes built-in sirens that help scare off intruders, and it integrates with other cameras and third-party devices.

Nest Secure
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The system is designed with a Nest Guard, a small round hub that’s 2.1” tall and 3.7” in diameter. It doesn’t matter where you put it, the Nest Secure will match any home décor as it has a matte white finish and keeps a low profile.

It also includes two white sensors that are tube-shaped and 3.2” long and 0.8” in diameter, with corresponding open and close magnets that measure 1.3” by 0.4” (HW), as well as a pair of keychain fobs that are 1.5” in diameter, is 0.3” thick and wafer-shaped.

Nest Secure
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Features and Ease-of-Use

The Nest Secure device is simple to use. It offers instructions that are voice-activated, which tells you when a sensor is ready and how much time it will take to arm the system when switching to away mode. There is also an LED ring along with a backlit, 12-button keypad that remains dark until you disarm the system and are prompted to enter the passcode. The keypad on the guard displays three arming buttons: Off, Away, and Home. Pressing a button to activate one of the modes will turn the button blue while the other buttons will glow white. To check the current armed status, just press the info button. This will allow you to know if any windows or doors, installed with Nest Detect, are open.

The LED ring will stay dark until action is carried out; it will turn yellow if a sensor detects something, turn green when armed, pulse yellow if the battery gets low, pulse blue during setup, and pulse red when the alarm sounds or during a security alert.

Nest Guard

The Nest Guard’s front edge contains a proximity and motion sensor, and in the back, there is a panic button that you can sound in case of an emergency. It also contains tamper-detection circuitry, Bluetooth, 802.11n Wi-Fi wireless radios, and an 85dB siren. In addition, if there is ever a power outage, the Guard has a rechargeable internal backup battery with almost 12 hours of power.

Nest Secure

Nest Detect

The Nest Detect — multi-purpose — sensor acts as an open and close sensor for windows and doors detecting motion from up to 15 feet. At the bottom, there is a button and a little LED light ring. Press the button and the ring will turn green indicating the system is in quiet open mode, which allows the door to be opened without sounding the alarm when the system is armed. The system will then re-arm itself after ten seconds. The light ring can also serve as a nightlight by simply going to the app and enabling the Pathlight feature. Then when you walk by the sensor, the ring glows white to light your way.

One of the nicer features of the Nest Secure is if you have a small pet under 40 lbs. you can set the “Reduced Sensitivity” settings so that the motion sensor doesn’t come on every time your pet passes by and give you a false alert. Moreover, with the Tag Fob, you won’t have to put your password in to disarm the device when you get home and you can even assign access for other users as well. This was one of my favorite features.

Mobile App

The Nest Secure uses the same mobile app and web console (for iOS and Android) as all the other Nest products. The Detect sensors and Guard show as devices on your Home screen. To access the main screen just tap the Guard icon. There you can see the connected sensors status and arm/disarm the system. At the bottom, there are buttons for History, Family, and Guests. You can grant limited access to others to schedule times, days, and expiration dates by tapping Family and Guests or grant your whole network full access to the system.

If you would like to see the daily log of events that took place like when the system was armed/disarmed, when a window or door was opened, or when someone tapped the Quiet Open button, go to the History tab.

To go to the settings menu, tap the gear icon found at the top right. There you can arm or disarm the system when other devices are set at Home or Away, enable Home/Away, set an alarm and options like a countdown, set security levels enabling or disabling motion detection, Set Quiet Open, and Reduced Sensitivity. Another option allows you to add a chime alert when someone opens a window or door while in Quiet Home mode.

Nest Secure
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Pricing, Subscriptions, and Support

The Nest Secure kit is sold at $499 where similar DIY starter kits are much cheaper, like SimpliSafe at $229 and Abode at $299. Even the additional sensors for Nest Detect cost more at $59 where SimpliSafe is just $14.99 each and Abode door and window sensors cost $25 each.

Both SimpliSafe and Abode offer a nice selection of additional components like freeze and water sensors, wireless keypads, glass-break detectors, and the Abode hub allows you to add dozens of Zigbee and Z-Wave items to your smart home.

You can add additional Tag fobs and Detect sensors to the Nest Secure system and around half a dozen third-party add-ons work with this device, including MyQ, Chamberlain’s garage door openers, a Yale lock, Lutron, Philips, LIFX, and Kasa, TP-Link smart lighting systems. When the Nest Secure launched it didn’t have support for specialized monitoring, but now you can get a subscription through Moni where pricing starts at $29 per month or $19 a month when you commit to 3-years.

Amazon Alexa voice commands, and third-party device integration through “If This Then That” (IFTTT) is not supported by the system. However, they recently added Google Assistant support that lets you arm your system by voice. It integrates with Nest x Yale Lock; to disarm the system automatically when your door is unlocked.


Installation is fast and easy. For first time Nest users, you will need to download the application and then create an account before you can install the system. Just go to the settings, tap “Add Product”, and follow the simple instructions that show you how to scan the code located at the device’s base.

Next, plug the device in. The LED ring will turn blue and you will get a voice command telling you to use the Nest app to finish the installation. Let’s wrap up with a few pros and cons of the device.

Pros and Cons

Nest Secure Review Pros

  • Easy to install
  • Stylish
  • Multi-purpose sensors
  • Works with other Nest cameras and third-party devices

Nest Secure Review Cons

  • More expensive than its competitors
  • Doesn’t trigger other devices or support IFTTT

Buying the Nest Secure

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