Google Nest home security review

Our experts have reviewed three Google Nest home security packages, looking into their installation, performance and value for money.  

Total Security Package: Best overall

Google Nest home security review Total Security Package

The Total Security Package allows you to monitor your front and back doors (Google)

  • What you get: 
    • x1 Nest battery doorbell
    • x1 Nest battery camera
    • x1 Nest hub (2nd generation)
  • Upfront cost: £508.98
  • Monthly fee: From £5 

The Total Security Package lets you fully monitor your home, via the video doorbell and the battery camera. The high-resolution hub screen shows live video feed, allows two-way communication with anyone on your doorstep, and sends instant alerts to the Home app. Using Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa voice commands provides control over what your cameras show, and from both the hub and the app, settings and automations can be customised. 

While it’s more expensive than some competitors, we feel this provides a good security solution for most homes. 

Front Door Monitoring Package: Best for front door monitoring

Google Nest home security review Front Door Monitoring Package

The Front Door Monitoring package includes a Nest Doorbell and a Nest Hub (Google)

  • What you get: 
    • x1 Nest battery doorbell
    • x1 Nest hub (2nd generation)
  • Upfront cost: £239.98
  • Monthly fee: From £5

Google Nest’s battery doorbell features parcel detection alongside people, animal and vehicle detection, sending instant alerts when the camera is activated. It also provides two-way communication with someone on your doorstep and lets you prerecord messages such as: “Leave the parcel on the porch, please”. 

The Nest hub allows you to view live footage and communicate with anyone at your door. It sends instant alerts if the camera is activated. 

Outdoor Monitoring Package: Best for homes with large gardens

Google Nest home security review Outdoor Monitoring Package

The OutDoor Monitoring Package includes the Nest Cam, which has a wide viewing angle perfect for monitoring back gardens (Google)

  • What you get: 
    • x1 Nest battery camera
    • x1 Nest hub (2nd generation)
  • Upfront cost: £239.98
  • Monthly fee: From £5

Costing the same as the Front Door Monitoring Package, the outdoor package offers a 110-degree horizontal field of view, and a range of 7.5 metres (25ft), providing footage that can be viewed on the 7in hub screen. 

If your property has a large driveway, outbuildings, or an extensive garden, this package is well worth considering, especially if combined with the doorbell camera to monitor the immediate access point.