Cove Home Security Systems
Cost, Monitoring, Pricing and Packages
- Alexa and Google Assistant integrations available
- Professional monitoring and cellular backup included with every system
- Monthly costs range from $14.99 to $24.99
Did you know that in the United States, a burglary occurs every 15 seconds?1 Cove is one of the best-kept secrets in smart home security today. With only a couple of years in business, they’re certainly doing things differently than their predecessors. Here, our experts go over what you’ll spend on Cove in terms of their physical devices as well as their monitoring costs. We’ll also detail how Cove will fit into your smart home, pre-existing or future.
Of course, we don’t want to tell you what Cove costs before detailing some of the things that make it worthwhile:
What We Like About Cove
- Low equipment prices: For those on a budget, Cove won’t break the bank too much in terms of the cost of their devices.
- Alexa and Google Assistant integrations: Users in the Plus plan will be able to control their Cove systems using their voice assistants.
- Monthly costs: You won’t have to sign up for a long-term contract with Cove.
- DIY installation: Another money-saver, users can install their Cove systems themselves.
How Cove Fits Into Our Smart Home
If you’re already deep into your own smart home ecosystem, you’ll be happy to know that Cove works with Alexa, Amazon’s voice assistant, and Google Assistant, Google’s version. With Alexa, we were able to arm our system in away mode or ask for its status. And don’t worry; you won’t be able to disarm your system with voice commands for obvious reasons!
Using Google Assistant with our security system, we got these capabilities plus the ability to get an event history if we wanted to see what went on that day or that week. Clearly, Google Assistant has more capabilities than Alexa does, so Cove would work better in the Google versus the Amazon smart home ecosystem, although we’re pleased that it works with the two most popular voice assistants.
FYI: You’ll be able to do more with Google Assistant than with Alexa when it comes to commanding Cove with your voice.
Cove’s Equipment Prices
Cove’s equipment is extremely affordable; the most expensive item is the Alarm Panel, which is $136.95. Other than that, nearly all of Cove’s components cost $120 or under. Plus, all of their systems come with a free YI Indoor camera, which normally retails for $99, although Cove sells each additional camera for just $54.45.
Overview of Cove’s Equipment Pricing
|Cove Touch Alarm Panel||$136.95|
|Glass Break Detector||$19.25|
|Smoke and CO Detector||$30.25|
|YI Indoor Camera||First Free or $54.45 with Each Additional Camera|
Cove doesn’t offer any packages; rather, you can just pick out your security system component by component, which saves you from having to pay for anything you don’t want. Good news for your wallet, Cove has some of the lowest cost devices in the smart home security market today. Cove’s door sensors, for instance, are just $7.50, while SimpliSafe’s cost twice as much, $15, and abode’s cost over three times as much, at $28. (Visit our best affordable security systems page for more money-saving ideas.) But that’s still no excuse for leaving any doors or windows unlocked, as that’s how many burglars “break in” to people’s
Cove’s Monitoring Prices
Cove’s monitoring options work pretty differently than most. All of their systems include 24/7 professional monitoring and cellular backup security, which will keep your system on even if the power goes out. Of course, if you prefer a fully cellular system, you could go with cameras from Reolink such as the Reolink Argus PT security camera or the Reolink GO security camera. We like systems like Cove that provide Wi-Fi with cellular backup. That way we’re protected if either network should go down.
Cove’s Monitoring Breakdown
|Cove Basic||Cove Plus|
|24/7 Professional Monitoring||Yes||Yes|
|Smash and Grab Protection||Yes||Yes|
|Hourly Automated System Check||Yes||Yes|
|24 Hour Battery Backup||Yes||Yes|
|Equipment Warranty||1 year||Lifetime|
|Alexa and Google Assistant Integrations||No||Yes|
|$5/ Month Equipment Reward||No||Yes|
|Lifetime Monitoring Rate-Lock Guarantee||No||Yes|
|Monthly Cost of Value Plan (Lower monthly cost)||$15||$25|
There are two plans to choose from: Basic and Plus. Let’s talk about exactly what you get in each:
- 24/7 professional monitoring: A team of people will be able to check-in if any of your alarms go off, verifying an emergency before contacting the proper services.
- Environmental monitoring: Any environmental monitors like your smoke, CO or flood sensors, will also be included in this professional monitoring.
- Tripletouch Communications: The Triple-Touch Alarm Response means that the monitoring team contacts its users three ways— through LiveAssist, a.k.a your control panel, through InstaText, meaning you’ll receive a text, and by a direct phone call. If they can’t reach you by any of these methods, that’s when the monitors will reach out to the police, the local hospital or the fire department, depending on the type of alarm that went off.
- Cove InstaText: Aside from calling you, the professional monitoring team can even text you during emergencies, which may come in handy if you’re hiding from an intruder. This makes for response times that the company claims is 10 times faster than their competitors. Group texts are also available for the whole family.
- Cove LiveAssist: Using the Alarm Panel, users can speak directly to the professional monitors making for a quicker response than if they had to call by phone.
- Smash and Grab Protection: The Panel has Smash and Grab protection, meaning that if someone tries to tamper with it, the monitoring team will be alerted and the siren will sound.
- Cellular Backup: This keeps your system on in the event of a power outage.
- Hourly Automated System Check: Cove’s system tests itself hourly to make sure it’s working and connected with your app and the monitoring team properly.
- 24 Hour Battery Backup: The Touch Panel also comes with battery backup to last 24 hours, in case the cellular data fails.
- Equipment Warranty: Your warranty is either a year under the Basic Plan or a lifetime with the Plus Plan.
- Smartphone Control: Unfortunately, only Plus plan members will be able to control their system remotely through the Cove Security app.
- Alexa and Google Assistant Integrations: Again, only Plus members can control their Cove security system with Alexa. Likewise, only Plus members can integrate Google Assistant with their security systems.
- $5/ Month Equipment Reward: If you want to buy more Cove equipment, the company will give you an extra $5 a month to pay for it.
- Lifetime Monitoring Rate-Lock Guarantee: Finally, only Plus members will have their rate locked in for life.
Pricing-Wise, How Does Cove Compare?
We’ve reviewed the best wireless security systems of today, comparing and analyzing each brand’s pros and cons. Price, as you know, is always a big consideration when choosing the right system. (We’ve got lots more info on choosing the right system in our thorough security system buyers guide.) Price-wise, Cove is definitely on the lower end both when it comes to their equipment and monitoring costs. For their equipment especially, you won’t spend more than $150 on anything. When you compare this to a system like Xfinity, which charges $40 for a single motion sensor, you can see that Cove is a great deal for anyone on a budget. Plus, while more traditional security companies charge up to $60 a month on monitoring, Cove’s plans are maxed out at $25 a month.
The Overall Value of Cove
Cove isn’t just a good choice for someone who doesn’t want to break the bank. Although it’s a newer company with low prices, their system also works well, as you can read about in our full review of the Cove security system. With affordable monitoring plans and nice smart home integrations, Cove democratizes smart home security, making it available whether you have a large house that needs a ton of equipment or a small apartment. When it comes to Cove, everything’s totally customizable and available for some of the lowest prices around.
If you have any more questions about Cove, feel free to check out these FAQs that we've answered.
How much does a Cove security system cost?
A Cove security system costs at least $150, depending on how many components come with the system. A Cove system starts with the $136.95 Alarm Panel, which is the base station of the Cove system. It comes with one free Yi Indoor camera. After that, you can add as many components as you like. A typical system includes $16.50 motion sensors, $8.25 contact sensors, $19.25 glass break detectors, and $30.25 smoke and CO detectors. You can add all these components, and about a dozen more, to your Cove system a la carte style.
Cove components Price Motion sensors $16.50 Contact sensors $8.25 Glass break sensors $19.25 Smoke and CO detector $30.25 Flood sensor $11 Medical alert button $11 Key remote $13.75 Yi Indoor camera $54.45 (first one is free) Outdoor camera $109.45
Is Cove a good security system?
Cove is a good security system for anyone looking for a simple security system without many bells and whistles. Professional monitoring starts at only $15 per month, making Cove one of the most affordable professionally monitored systems. For that price, you’ll also get cellular and battery backup and tampering detection with Smash and Grab protection. For $10 more ($25 per month total), Cove will extend your devices’ warranty to lifetime, give you a $5 per month equipment credit, and lock-in your current monthly rate. You will also get smartphone control and Alexa and Google Assistant integrations.
Does Cove require a contract?
Yes, Cove requires a contract, but it’s a month-to-month contract. That means you can still cancel your monitoring plan anytime without facing hefty penalties. You can cancel your monitoring contract by calling (877) 456-2683 Mondays to Fridays between 10 a.m and 6 p.m ET or by filling out a cancellation form on Cove’s website.
How much does Cove charge a month?
Cove charges $15 or $25 per month. The $15 per month plan, called the Cove Basic, includes professional monitoring, text, phone, and live chat alerts, Smash and Grab protection, cellular backup, hourly automated system checks, 24-hour battery backup, and one year equipment warranty. The $25 monthly plan, called the Cove Plus, includes Cove Basic’s features plus extended lifetime equipment warranty, smartphone control via the Cove app, Alexa and Google Assistant integrations, a $5 per month equipment reward, and a locked-in rate guarantee. Both plans are on a month-to-month contract, so you can cancel anytime without penalties.
Cove Basic Cove Plus $15/month $25/month Professional monitoring Professional monitoring Text, phone, and live chat alerts Text, phone, and live chat alerts Smash and Grab protection Smash and Grab protection Cellular backup Cellular backup Hourly automated system checks Hourly automated system checks 24-hour battery backup 24-hour battery backup 1 year equipment warranty Lifetime equipment warranty No smart home integrations Alexa and Google Assistant integrations Rate is not locked in Locked-in rates No monthly equipment reward $5/month equipment reward
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