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Arlo and Nest are the Messi and Ronaldo of entry-level home security systems! Both produce practical, reliable, and feature-packed security cameras. In this guide, we’ll compare their top home security devices.

From resolution, design, field of view, powering options, smart integration, and more, let’s see how their home security systems compare. By the end of this article, you’ll be able to decide for yourself whether you prefer Arlo vs Nest.

Factors To Consider When Buying A Home Surveillance System

  • Alerts – Ensure your choice of camera system sends instant push notifications to your phone (and email) whenever an event is detected.
  • Cloud Recording – Cloud storage ensures that you can access your recorded video from any location using your smartphone. It is available either as a freebie or for a monthly fee.
  • Smart Integration – A smart home monitoring system is crucial for a smarter home. Check whether the camera system is compatible with Alexa, Google Assistant, and SmartThings, Apple Homekit, or any of your other preferred home automation systems.

Other factors worth considering are motion detection, field of view, resolution, power options, two-way audio, scheduling, and more.

Outdoor Security Camera Head to Head

Outdoor Security Camera – Arlo Ultra vs Nest Cam Outdoor Security Camera

9.1

Arlo Ultra

Built-in Spotlight

Model(s): Arlo Ultra

The Arlo Ultra is a wide-angle outdoor security camera. With a 180 degrees field of view and 4K UHD video day resolution, images are both clean and detailed. Plus, you can monitor a wide area using just one camera. It also has an optional color night vision for easier recognition of intruders at night.

The Arlo Ultra camera has a built-in siren and spotlight. The siren rings every time your system is triggered or you can activate it remotely using your smartphone app. On the other hand, the spotlight automatically illuminates whenever the camera senses motion.

There is a two-way audio feature for two-way communication with the person on the other side. Plus, the Arlo Ultra security camera also works with Apple Homekit and Alexa.

Pros

  • Built-in siren and spotlight helps to scare intruders away
  • 4k UHD ensures top quality day video
  • Wide 180 degrees viewing angle for better coverage

Cons

  • Some users complained that activity zones were not accurate
  • The battery life could have been longer
  • Only one charging cable is provided regardless of the number of cameras
8.3

Nest Cam Outdoor Security Camera

24/7 Live Video
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Model(s): Nest Cam

The Nest Camera is a DIY camera that has a fairly wide 130 degrees field of view. It is weatherproof and is ideal for both indoor and outdoor use. Day vision is great since the camera has a 1080p HD day video resolution. And the infrared rays ensure night images are clean and clear too.

What’s more, the two-way audio lets you listen and communicate with the person outside. Notifications are sent to your phone immediately movement is detected. Plus, you no longer have to worry about replacing your batteries since the camera uses AC power.

The camera even has continuous monitoring to ensure no important detail is missed out.

Pros

  • 8 infrared LEDs ensure clear night vision
  • Optional continuous recording for complete surveillance
  • Optional person identification

Cons

  • Requires Nest Aware subscription to enjoy all the features
  • Doesn’t support local storage of videos
  • The magnetic base can make it easy for thieves to steal your camera if positioned within easy reach

Design, Resolution, & Field of View

Arlo Ultra
9.4
Nest Cam Outdoor Security Camera
8.9

Although both of these cameras have a white body with a black face, their shapes vary. The Nest Camera is round with a tall mounting base, on the other hand, Arlo Ultra is a square shape with a shorter mounting base.

Their video resolution is quite different too. The Arlo Ultra has an optional whopping 4k ultra high definition video resolution while the Nest Outdoor Camera features the standard 1080p HD resolution. Of course, the Arlo camera takes the trophy here. Its images are clearer and more detailed.

Arlo, once again, comes in with an extra broad viewing angle of 180 degrees. On the other hand, the Nest outdoor camera has a 130 degrees field of view. Although when compared to the Arlo Ultra’s field of view Nest’s resolution may seem too narrow, it is wider than most basic level outdoor security cameras.

Power, Installation, Storage, and Streaming

Arlo Ultra
9.2
Nest Cam Outdoor Security Camera
8.8

Arlo Ultra’s outdoor camera is battery-operated. It can be installed almost anywhere with your network coverage.  The Nest cam on the other hand is a wired camera. It can only be installed in areas that are within a 25 meters radius from a power outlet.

The installation of both cameras is a breeze. Nest has a magnetic base and can be attached to any metal surface. However, it is best to install it with the included mounting screws to minimize the chances of the camera being stolen.

Another notable difference between these two cameras is their video storage. Arlo Ultra has a local storage option that supports up to 32GB. But the card is bought separately.

Cloud storage on both cameras requires a paid subscription. With Arlo, you can get up to 30 days cloud storage while Nest provides up to 60 days of cloud storage. The subscription also unlocks continuous recording and many more customization features. 

Night Vision, Motion & Audio Detection

Arlo Ultra
9.1
Nest Cam Outdoor Security Camera
8.7

Both the Arlo Ultra and Nest Outdoor cam have two-way audio and live view modes. You will receive instant alerts when an intruder or visitor walks within your camera’s motion detection mode. Their movement sensing abilities are great. But, Arlo has an edge over Nest with tracking and automatic zooming features. The camera auto-zooms and tracks any person or object that enters its field of view.

The two cameras use infrared LEDs for night vision. The images are crisp. But, again, Arlo takes the lead with its enhanced night vision. It has a built-in spotlight that lights up automatically when motion is detected. This spotlight not only acts as a deterrent to trespassers but also allows better images even at night. The Arlo Ultra camera can record in either black and white or colored night vision. 

Smart Integration & Smartphone App

Arlo Ultra
8.8
Nest Cam Outdoor Security Camera
8.8

Both the Arlo Smartphone app and the Nest App have a straightforward user interface. Want to have real-time footage of your home? Simply use your app for live streaming.

And with the cameras’ two-way audio feature, you can use the app to talk remotely to the person standing in front of the camera. The cameras also send an alert to your phone app whenever motion is detected.

The apps also allow easy customization of your motion detection zones. You can also easily access your recorded video anytime anywhere.

The Nest Outdoor Camera works with both Alexa and Google Assistant. On the other hand, Arlo Ultra outdoor camera is compatible with Homekit and Amazon Alexa.

Technical Comparison – Arlo vs Nest

Arlo UltraNest Outdoor Cam
Video Resolution4K and HDR1080p
SpotlightYesNo
SirenYesNo
Field of View180 degrees130 degrees
Smart IntegrationHomekit and AlexaAlexa and Google Assistant
PowerRechargeableAC power option
StorageLocal and cloud storageCloud storage only
InstallationWire-freeWired
Warranty1 year2 year
Sources: arlo.com, smarthome.com

The Verdict

9.1

Arlo Ultra

Built-in Spotlight

Model(s): Arlo Ultra

The Arlo Ultra is a wide-angle outdoor security camera. With a 180 degrees field of view and 4K UHD video day resolution, images are both clean and detailed. Plus, you can monitor a wide area using just one camera. It also has an optional color night vision for easier recognition of intruders at night.
The Arlo Ultra camera has a built-in siren and spotlight. The siren rings every time your system is triggered or you can activate it remotely using your smartphone app. On the other hand, the spotlight automatically illuminates whenever the camera senses motion.
There is a two-way audio feature for two-way communication with the person on the other side. Plus, the Arlo Ultra security camera also works with Apple Homekit and Alexa.

Pros

  • Built-in siren and spotlight helps to scare intruders away
  • 4k UHD ensures top quality day video
  • Wide 180 degrees viewing angle for better coverage

Cons

  • Some users complained that activity zones were not accurate
  • The battery life could have been longer
  • Only one charging cable is provided regardless of the number of cameras
8.3

Nest Cam Outdoor Security Camera

24/7 Live Video
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Model(s): Nest Cam

The Nest Camera is a DIY camera that has a fairly wide 130 degrees field of view. It is weatherproof and is ideal for both indoor and outdoor use. Day vision is great since the camera has a 1080p HD day video resolution. And the infrared rays ensure night images are clean and clear too.
What’s more, the two-way audio lets you listen and communicate with the person outside. Notifications are sent to your phone immediately movement is detected. Plus, you no longer have to worry about replacing your batteries since the camera uses AC power. The camera even has continuous monitoring to ensure no important detail is missed out.

Pros

  • 8 infrared LEDs ensure clear night vision
  • Optional continuous recording for complete surveillance
  • Optional person identification

Cons

  • Requires Nest Aware subscription to enjoy all the features
  • Doesn’t support local storage of videos
  • The magnetic base can make it easy for thieves to steal your camera if positioned within easy reach

Indoor Camera Head to Head

Indoor Camera – Arlo Q vs Nest Cam IQ Indoor

8.5

Arlo Q

Local storage option

Model(s): VMC3040

The Arlo Q is an easy-to-install stand-alone indoor camera. You can either mount it or the wall or attach it to a metal surface using the magnetic base.

The camera also has a 1080p video resolution and a decent 130 degrees field of view. And its infrared night vision LEDs work within a range of 25 ft. to give crisp images.

Another feature worth noting is the 7-day free cloud storage. There is also an SD card for local storage of your recordings.

Pros

  • Free seven-day cloud storage upgradeable to 30 days
  • Arm or disarm your system based on your smartphone’s location
  • Free and versatile customization of desired activity zones

Cons

  • Video quality could have been better
  • Complaints of occasional lag in the audio and video
8.9

Nest Cam IQ Indoor

24/7 live streaming
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Model(s): IQ Cam

The Nest Cam IQ has a 130 degrees field of view and a built-in 4K sensor. Its 12x digital zoom together with HDR video ensures all recordings are clean and clear.

Installation is also straightforward. And the camera has built-in motion and audio detection angles. Smart alerts are sent to your phone when your camera detects motion.

Also, the Nest camera has a microphone and speaker. However, you will need to download the Nest app to enjoy two-way communication. The app also allows you to stream the live events happening inside your home.

Pros

  • Impressive 12x digital zoom of your videos
  • People and familiar faces recognition
  • Works with Amazon Alexa, Google Home, and Philips Hue light bulbs

Cons

  • Requires a Nest Aware subscription to unlock all features
  • A little pricey

Design, Resolution, and Field of View

Arlo Q
9.0
Nest Cam IQ Indoor
9.0

The Nest and Arlo indoor cameras are similar in many ways. To begin with, they have a simplistic design that blends in seamlessly with any space. And because they are meant for the indoors, the cameras are not waterproof.

Both the Nest Cam Indoor and Arlo Q have a video resolution of 1080p. This is the standard video quality for security cameras. Video images are clear and detailed. However, the Nest Cam IQ has an edge with a 4K sensor. This sensor autofocuses on objects whenever there is an event to give clearer and cleaner images.

The cameras can detect motion as far as 25 feet during the day and up to 15 feet at night. Another feature that is common to both of these cameras is the 130 degrees angle of view. The view is wide enough to provide total coverage to your home.

Power, Installation, Storage, and Streaming

Arlo Q
8.7
Nest Cam IQ Indoor
8.8

The installation process of both the Nest Cam and Arlo Q indoor cameras is straightforward. Simply plug in the provided power cables to the power source. Next, download the respective mobile App to your phone and register for an account (or login in if you already have one). With both apps, clear and easy-to-follow guidelines are provided on how to set up your camera.

The Arlo Q indoor camera comes with one week’s free cloud storage.  To get more storage space, you will need to pay a $300 annual subscription for 30 days of cloud storage.

On the other hand, the Nest Cam doesn’t have free storage space. You’ll need to purchase the Nest Aware plans for either 10 days or 30 days of cloud storage. You will need a subscription plan with both Arlo and Nest for nonstop recording. But live streaming is free and available for both cameras. The Nest Cam goes a step further and has a three hours live footage history stored on the cloud.

Night Vision, Motion Detection, & Audio

Arlo Q
8.6
Nest Cam IQ Indoor
8.9

Both the Nest Cam Indoor and the Arlo Q camera are packed with invisible infrared LEDs for enhanced video recording at night. The infrared LEDs give decent images even in low light surroundings. Arlo Q has an 850nm LED that can detect movement within a 25 feet radius.

The two cameras also have powerful built-in speakers and a mic with noise cancellation. You can hold two-way talks with your family or pets even when you’re miles away.

However, note that although the audio quality isn’t the clearest, it is audible enough. Some users of the Arlo Q camera also complained of an occasional lag when holding two-way talks.

Smart Integrations and Smartphone app

Arlo Q
9.0
Nest Cam IQ Indoor
9.4

If you want to enjoy convenient, hands-free, and remote control of your indoor home monitoring camera, go for one that offers versatile smart integration options. And these indoor cameras do not disappoint.

Both the Arlo Q and Nest Cam indoor camera gives a free smartphone app for iOS and Android users. The app allows remote control of your cameras. Use your app to set up motion zones, live feed, two-way communications, and more. The Nest app takes top position compared to Arlo App. It is easier to set up. Plus, it can differentiate people from other objects.

The Nest Cam takes lead when it comes to third-party integrations. Unlike the Arlo Q camera that only works with Amazon Alexa, it is also compatible with SmartThings, Google Assistant, and IFTTT.

Technical Comparison – Arlo vs Nest

Arlo QNest Indoor Cam
Video Resolution1080p HD1080p HD
Smart IntegrationAmazon Alexa and Ring AppAmazon Alexa, Google Assistant, SmartThings, and Nest App
Field of View130 degrees130 degrees
Cloud storage7 days of free cloud recordingRequires a subscription
Night VisionInfrared LEDsInfrared LEDs
PowerWired to ACWired to AC
AudioTwo-way recording and speakerTwo-way recording and speaker
Geo-fencingYesYes
Dimensions2.75 x 2.80 x 4.50 inches4.9 x 2.9 x 2.9 inches
Continuous RecordingYesYes
Sources: arlo.com, nest

The Verdict

8.5

Arlo Q

Local storage option

Model(s): VMC3040

The Arlo Q is an easy-to-install stand-alone indoor camera. You can either mount it or the wall or attach it to a metal surface using the magnetic base.
The camera also has a 1080p video resolution and a decent 130 degrees field of view. And its infrared night vision LEDs work within a range of 25 ft. to give crisp images.
Another feature worth noting is the 7-day free cloud storage. There is also an SD card for local storage of your recordings.

Pros

  • Free seven-day cloud storage upgradeable to 30 days
  • Arm or disarm your system based on your smartphone’s location
  • Free and versatile customization of desired activity zones

Cons

  • Video quality could have been better
  • Complaints of occasional lag in the audio and video
8.9

Nest Cam IQ Indoor

24/7 live streaming
vs

Model(s): IQ Cam

The Nest Cam IQ has a 130 degrees field of view and a built-in 4K sensor. Its 12x digital zoom together with HDR video ensures all recordings are clean and clear.
Installation is also straightforward. And the camera has built-in motion and audio detection angles. Smart alerts are sent to your phone when your camera detects motion.
Also, the Nest camera has a microphone and speaker. However, you will need to download the Nest app to enjoy two-way communication. The app also allows you to stream the live events happening inside your home.

Pros

  • Impressive 12x digital zoom of your videos
  • People and familiar faces recognition
  • Works with Amazon Alexa, Google Home, and Philips Hue light bulbs

Cons

  • Requires a Nest Aware subscription to unlock all features
  • A little pricey

Video Doorbell Head to Head

Video Doorbell – Arlo Video Doorbell vs Nest Hello Video Doorbell

8.5

Arlo Video Doorbell

Visitors can leave a message for you

Model(s): Arlo Video Doorbell

The Arlo Smart Video Doorbell has a wide-angle view of 180 degrees and a 1:1 display ratio that ensures total coverage of the events happening at your doorstep. It is a wired video doorbell that needs to be connected to your previous doorbell wiring to operate.

What’s more, the Arlo Smart Video Doorbell has a built-in siren. The siren is a great addition and can be used to deter unwanted guests. Plus, the Arlo Smart Plan subscription unlocks AI features such as a person, object, and animal recognition, cloud storage of up to 30 days, and more.

Pros

  • Built-in siren to deter intruders
  • Convenient “away” messages notify your visitors that no one is home
  • Sleek and compact design

Cons

  • Only works best when paired with an Arlo security system
  • The doorbell is wired and its installation may be time-consuming
8.6

Nest Hello Video Doorbell

24/7 live streaming
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Nest Hello Video Doorbell

Model(s): Nest Hello Video Doorbell

Packed with a quick reply feature, built-in camera, and silent time setting, the Nest Hello Video Doorbell has all the key features necessary in a doorbell. It is sleek and has a premium finish. Plus, the mic and built-in speaker allow two-way communication with the guest at your door.

You can expand your doorbell’s capabilities by subscribing to the Nest Aware plan. This activates a facial detection feature that remembers familiar faces. Plus, a person recognition setting helps to minimize false alerts that may be caused by passing vehicles.

Pros

  • 4.3 HD video resolution for top quality images
  • Amazing night vision ability for low light viewing
  • Facial recognition feature to remember familiar faces

Cons

  • Storage space can be used up quickly

Design, Resolution, and Field of View

Arlo Video Doorbell
8.5
Nest Hello Video Doorbell
8.5

Both the Arlo and Nest Hello video doorbell easily replaces your existing doorbell. Installation is easy and doesn’t take much of your time. However, if you are installing a new connection, you may require help from a professional electrician.

None of the two options come with free cloud storage or a local storage option. You will need to subscribe to the Nest aware Plan for Nest and Arlo Smart plan to access cloud storage.

The Arlo Video doorbell includes a free three month Arlo Smart Subscription. After that, you’ll have to pay a monthly subscription for 30 days of cloud storage.

Both video doorbells support live streaming. Alerts are sent to your phone immediately when an event is detected. However, the Arlo video doorbell notifies you by calling your mobile phone. This is a great feature to ensure you miss no notification. But on the flip side, some lag is experienced between picking the call and switching to live streaming mode.

NigPower, Installation, Storage, and Streaming

Arlo Video Doorbell
8.3
Nest Hello Video Doorbell
8.7

Both the Arlo and Nest Hello video doorbell easily replaces your existing doorbell. Installation is easy and doesn’t take much of your time. However, if you are installing a new connection, you may require help from a professional electrician.

None of the two options come with free cloud storage or a local storage option. You will need to subscribe to the Nest aware Plan for Nest and Arlo Smart plan to access cloud storage.

The Arlo Video doorbell includes a free three month Arlo Smart Subscription. After that, you’ll have to pay a monthly subscription for 30 days of cloud storage.

Both video doorbells support live streaming. Alerts are sent to your phone immediately when an event is detected. However, the Arlo video doorbell notifies you by calling your mobile phone. This is a great feature to ensure you miss no notification. But on the flip side, some lag is experienced between picking the call and switching to live streaming mode.

Night Vision, Motion Detection, & Audio

Arlo Video Doorbell
8.7
Nest Hello Video Doorbell
8.7

When shopping for a video doorbell, an important factor that you need to consider is night vision. Intruders love the dark. And you want a system that works well even in low light.

Both the Nest Hello and Arlo video doorbells have great night vision abilities. They use invisible infrared rays to give you a view of what’s happening even at the wee hours of the night.

Another great feature is the two-way audio. You can hold a conversation with the parcel delivery guy without having to walk downstairs. There is also a quick reply option. You can leave pre-recorded images that you can play by the press of command on your app. But, the Arlo video doorbell has an edge as it allows your visitor to leave a message.

The video doorbells also have built-in motion sensors and will notify you whenever your doorbell detects movement. Arlo has smart notifications and can differentiate cars, animals, and people. On the other hand, the Nest doorbell has facial recognition, a setting that remembers familiar faces.

Smart Integrations and Smartphone App

Arlo Video Doorbell
8.8
Nest Hello Video Doorbell
8.7

Nest Hello and Arlo Video Doorbell are both compatible with Google Home and Amazon Alexa. This allows voice control of your video doorbell and can be integrated with your other automation system.

And with the respective smartphone app, you can access and control your video doorbell remotely using your phone. By simply logging in to the Arlo App or Nest App, you can stream live footage, review recorded, set up motion zones, and more. Both of the app’s user interfaces are user friendly and easy to follow.

Technical Comparison – Arlo vs Nest

Arlo Video DoorbellNest Hello Video Doorbell
Field of View180 degrees160 degrees
PowerStandard AC connectionStandard AC connection
Cloud StoragePaid subscriptionPaid subscription
Smart IntegrationAmazon Alexa and Google HomeAmazon Alexa and Google Home
InstallationWiredWireless
SensorsMotion and videoMotion and audio
Night VisionInfraredInfrared
Continuous recordingNone24/7
Weight4 oz.4.28 oz.
Dimensions1.8 x 1 x  1.5 inches1.7 x 4.6 x 1.0 inches
Sources: amazon.com, smarthome.com

The Verdict

8.5

Arlo Video Doorbell

Visitors can leave a message for you

Model(s): Arlo Video Doorbell

The Arlo Smart Video Doorbell has a wide-angle view of 180 degrees and a 1:1 display ratio that ensures total coverage of the events happening at your doorstep. It is a wired video doorbell that needs to be connected to your previous doorbell wiring to operate.
What’s more, the Arlo Smart Video Doorbell has a built-in siren. The siren is a great addition and can be used to deter unwanted guests. Plus, the Arlo Smart Plan subscription unlocks AI features such as a person, object, and animal recognition, cloud storage of up to 30 days, and more.

Pros

  • Built-in siren to deter intruders
  • Convenient “away” messages notify your visitors that no one is home
  • Sleek and compact design

Cons

  • Only works best when paired with an Arlo security system
  • The doorbell is wired and its installation may be time-consuming
8.6

Nest Hello Video Doorbell

24/7 live streaming
vs

Nest Hello Video Doorbell

Model(s): Nest Hello Video Doorbell

Packed with a quick reply feature, built-in camera, and silent time setting, the Nest Hello Video Doorbell has all the key features necessary in a doorbell. It is sleek and has a premium finish. Plus, the mic and built-in speaker allow two-way communication with the guest at your door.
You can expand your doorbell’s capabilities by subscribing to the Nest Aware plan. This activates a facial detection feature that remembers familiar faces. Plus, a person recognition setting helps to minimize false alerts that may be caused by passing vehicles.

Pros

  • 4.3 HD video resolution for top quality images
  • Amazing night vision ability for low light viewing
  • Facial recognition feature to remember familiar faces

Cons

  • Storage space can be used up quickly

Kit & Protection Plans Head to Head

Kit & Protection Plans – Arlo Smart Home Security Kit vs Nest Secure Alarm System Starter Pack

8.6

Arlo Smart Home Security Kit

Weatherproof system

Model(s): Arlo Smart Home Security Kit

The Arlo Smart Home Security Kit comes with an Arlo Pro Camera, Doorbell, and Chime. The three work together to ensure no event is left unnoticed. The Pro camera has HD video resolution and it is wireless.

If you are away from home, the audio doorbell will notify you whenever there is someone outside the door, the camera takes a video of the guest.
The Arlo chime, on the other hand, comes in handy when you are running errands inside your house to ensure no notification is left unattended.

Pros

  • Weatherproof and works all year round
  • A wire-free system that is easy to install
  • You can answer your door from any location using your smartphone

Cons

  • Battery life could have been longer
  • Slight lag during two-way communication
8.6

Nest Secure Alarm System Starter Pack

Versatile customization options
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Model(s): Nest Secure Alarm System Starter Pack

The Nest Alarm System comprises one Nest Guard, two Nest Detect Sensors, one Quick Start Card, and 2 Nest Tags.

You’ll receive notifications in case you forget to arm your system. And you can either arm your system remotely using your phone, enter your password on the keypad or tap your Tag on the Nest guard. What’s more, the alarm system works with both Alexa and Google Home.

Pros

  • Easy DIY installation
  • Compatible with Google Assistant for ultimate home automation
  • Optional professional monitoring

Cons

  • Alerts could have been louder
  • Lacks a history lag option to know who armed or disarmed it and when they did so

Design, Resolution, and Field of View

Arlo Smart Home Security Kit
8.5
Nest Secure Alarm System Starter Pack
8.5

The Arlo Smart Home Security Kit comprises the Arlo Pro Camera, Doorbell, and chime. The Arlo Pro camera has a 110 degrees viewing angle, HD video, and is waterproof. Its video resolution is 1280 x 720. There is also an audio doorbell that lets you know when someone is at the door and the chime announces when someone rings the doorbell.

On the other hand, the Nest Smart Alarm system has a Nest Tag, Nest Detect, and Nest Guard. The Nest Guard comprises an alarm, motion sensors, and keypad. The Nest Tag is a personal key. Use the tag to arm or disarm the system without entering a password. And the Nest Detects has window (or door) sensors for added monitoring.

Both of these systems are well made and durable. All the components are white and will blend in easily with any home.

Power, Installation, Storage, and Streaming

Arlo Smart Home Security Kit
8.7
Nest Secure Alarm System Starter Pack
8.4

Both the Arlo and Nest protection kits are wireless. They are powered by rechargeable batteries and can be set up almost anywhere within your house. Installation is DIY. You only need a few minutes to complete their installation.

The Arlo protection kit comes with 7-day free cloud storage. When your camera system detects motion, push alerts are sent instantly to your phone and you can check your camera footage to see what is happening.

On the other hand, the Nest alarm system doesn’t include any camera. You’re only notified when a door or window is opened after which you can call the police or engage the alarm.

Night Vision, Motion Detection, & Audio

Arlo Smart Home Security Kit
8.6
Nest Secure Alarm System Starter Pack
8.6

The Arlo system has built-in motion and audio sensors that detect whenever someone or something approaches your door. The Arlo camera has invisible infrared LEDs for clear images even at night.

The Nest system, on the other hand, has motion sensors that can detect motion within a 10 feet radius and have a 90 degrees field of view. An 85dB siren comes in handy when your system is triggered. And the Nest detectors even have a magnet and tamper detectors.

Smart Integrations and Smartphone App

Arlo Smart Home Security Kit
8.8
Nest Secure Alarm System Starter Pack
8.9

Both of these home protection kits are compatible with Alexa. You can control either system by simply using your voice via select Alexa-enabled devices. The two systems also work with Google assistant.Plus, you can use your smartphone to control your system remotely. The app works with both Android and Alexa. Unlike most other alarm systems, the Nest alarm allows you to customize the delay duration. Thus, you don’t have to worry about frequent false alarms.           

Technical Comparison – Arlo vs Nest

Arlo Smart Home Security KitNest Alarm System Starter Pack
Field of View110 degreesN/A
PowerRechargeable batteryRechargeable battery
Cloud StorageFree 7 day cloud storageN/A
Smart IntegrationAmazon Alexa and Google HomeAmazon Alexa and Google Home
InstallationEasy DIY wall mountEasy DIY wall mount
SensorsMotion, audio, and videoMotion and audio
Night VisionInfraredInfrared
ColorWhiteWhite
Sources: amazon.com, smarthome.com

The Verdict

8.6

Arlo Smart Home Security Kit

Weatherproof system

Model(s): Arlo Smart Home Security Kit

The Arlo Smart Home Security Kit comes with an Arlo Pro Camera, Doorbell, and Chime. The three work together to ensure no event is left unnoticed. The Pro camera has HD video resolution and it is wireless.
If you are away from home, the audio doorbell will notify you whenever there is someone outside the door, the camera takes a video of the guest.
The Arlo chime, on the other hand, comes in handy when you are running errands inside your house to ensure no notification is left unattended.

Pros

  • Weatherproof and works all year round
  • A wire-free system that is easy to install
  • You can answer your door from any location using your smartphone

Cons

  • Battery life could have been longer
  • Slight lag during two-way communication
8.6

Nest Secure Alarm System Starter Pack

Versatile customization options
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Model(s): Nest Secure Alarm System Starter Pack

The Nest Alarm System comprises one Nest Guard, two Nest Detect Sensors, one Quick Start Card, and 2 Nest Tags. You’ll receive notifications in case you forget to arm your system. And you can either arm your system remotely using your phone, enter your password on the keypad or tap your Tag on the Nest guard.
What’s more, the alarm system works with both Alexa and Google Home.

Pros

  • Easy DIY installation
  • Compatible with Google Assistant for ultimate home automation
  • Optional professional monitoring

Cons

  • Alerts could have been louder
  • Lacks a history lag option to know who armed or disarmed it and when they did so

Arlo vs Nest – Conclusion

Now that we have reviewed all the top products of Arlo and Nest, it’s time for the verdict. Arlo vs Nest, which is the better brand? Most Arlo security cameras are wire-free and can be installed almost anywhere. On the flipside, Nest offers 24/7 recording and includes alarm systems. The best brand depends on your needs.

Arlo vs Nest, which one do you prefer and why? Leave a comment and let us know what you think!

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