The Best Life Insurance Companies
Finding the best life insurance company typically involves weighing customer service, financial strength and price. Hundreds of life insurance companies are competing for your business, often selling very similar products.
The other element of your buying decision will be price. It’s smart to get life insurance quotes from at least a few companies.
The best life insurance companies
Life insurance company
NerdWallet composite score (300-point scale; see full methodology below)
complaint rating (5 stars means fewest complaints to state regulators)
A.M. Best financial strength rating (indicates ability to pay future claims; A++ is best)
J.D. Power customer satisfaction score (850-point max)
How to choose the best life insurance company for you
- Customer satisfaction scores from J.D. Power. The independent ratings firm publishes scores for nearly two dozen of the largest life insurers each year.
- Complaints filed against the company with state regulators.
Consider financial strength: Financial strength is especially important for life insurance companies because you’ll want a company that can pay claims many years down the road. Financial strength ratings are available through ratings agencies such as A.M. Best and Standard Poor’s. We don’t recommend considering insurers with an A.M. Best rating of B or lower.
Get prices: The cost of coverage varies among companies. It’s smart to get prices from at least a few insurance companies.
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Evaluate product selection: Although many companies sell similar policies, some focus more on certain products, such as whole life insurance, or on certain customers, such as seniors. Knowing generally the type of life insurance you want to buy will help you narrow the choices. You can learn more about the product offerings of each life insurance company below by clicking on the NerdWallet reviews.
How we came up with our rankings: We started with a list of the largest life insurance companies and then calculated a total score based on three measurements, each with equal weight within the score. We then adjusted scores to a 300-point scale:
- Customer satisfaction scores from J.D. Power, worth up to 100 points.
- Complaint ratios from the National Association of Insurance Commissioners for 2015, which measure complaints to state regulators adjusted for market share. We adjusted the complaint ratios to a 5-star scale, with companies getting the median number of complaints for their size earning 3 stars.
- Financial strength ratings from A.M. Best, which indicate a company’s ability to pay future claims, worth up to 100 points. All of the companies shown have solid financial strength. A.M. Best defines the ratings shown above as:
- A++ and A+ = superior.
- A = excellent.
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