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 $15 to $35
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 contracting option: Those that pay for their equipment upfront will not have to make any long-term commitments.
- 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!
With Google, 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 just $92. Other than that, nearly all of Cove’s components cost $25 or under. Plus, all of their systems come with a free YI Indoor camera, which normally retails for 31, although Cove sells each additional camera for just $29.50.
Overview of Cove’s Equipment Pricing
|Cove Touch Alarm Panel||$92|
|Glass Break Detector||$17.50|
|Smoke Heat Freeze Detector||$15|
|YI Indoor Camera||First Free or $29.50 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. 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 different than most. All of their systems include 24/7 professional monitoring and cellular backup, which will keep your system on even if the power goes out. Users can choose to either pay for their equipment upfront for a lower monthly cost of either $15 or $25. Or, for users that want to pay $0 for their equipment for the first $250, the cost will be $25 or $35 a month.
Pro Tip: To get a lower monthly cost, pay for your equipment up-front.
Cove’s Monitoring Breakdown
|Cove Basic||Cove Plus|
|24/7 Professional Monitoring||✓||✓|
|Smash and Grab Protection||✓||✓|
|Hourly Automated System Check||✓||✓|
|24 Hour Battery Backup||✓||✓|
|Equipment Warranty||1 year||Lifetime|
|Alexa and Google Assistant Integrations||x||✓|
|$5/ Month Equipment Reward||x||✓|
|Lifetime Monitoring Rate-Lock Guarantee||x||✓|
|Monthly Cost of Value Plan (Lower monthly cost)||$15||$25|
|Monthly Cost of Economy Plan (Less money upfront)||$25||$35|
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 their voice assistants.
- $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.
If you paid for your equipment upfront, the contract is monthly, but if you didn’t pay for your equipment upfront, you’ll need to pay at least until your devices are paid for. But once you have Cove for 36 months, you won’t have to pay an equipment cost anymore. If you cancel before you’re done paying for your equipment, you’ll have to pay $239 to $250 as a cancellation fee. The better option is to pay for your equipment up-front and lock in that lower monthly rate.
Pricing-Wise, How Does Cove Compare?
We’ve reviewed many security systems, and 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 $100 on anything. When you compare this to security systems that charge $50 for a single 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 $35 a month. Throw in some flexible financing options and Cove is truly home security for everybody.
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 options to pay for your equipment monthly (or never, if you have the system for long enough), plus 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.
FBI. (2017). Crime in the United States: Crime Clock. ucr.fbi.gov/crime-in-the-u.s/2017/crime-in-the-u.s.-2017/topic-pages/crime-clock
KTVB. (2019). We asked 86 burglars how they broke into homes. ktvb.com/article/news/crime/we-asked-86-burglars-how-they-broke-into-homes/277-344333696