Nationwide Life Insurance Review
- Great selection of life insurance policies
- Good reputation for customer service and financial health
- Children’s Term Insurance Rider available
How We Reviewed Nationwide Life Insurance
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Nationwide Life Insurance Review
Nationwide offers a great selection of life insurance policies. It has great customer ratings and sound financial strength, earning top marks with all of the major credit rating agencies. This means that you'll receive sound financial backing from a company that will be there for you when you need it the most.
Nationwide's website is fairly basic, and you'll have to contact an agent over the phone if you need assistance — there are no live chat options here. That said, Nationwide consistently scores highly for customer satisfaction, so it's likely that you'll have a good experience if you do need to talk to a representative.
Excellent rider selection
The Life Insurance Factors We Analyzed
According to J.D. Power, Nationwide earns four out of five stars for overall satisfaction, product offerings, statements, interactions, and communication. In addition, Nationwide had fewer than the average number of customer complaints registered with the National Association of Insurance Commissioners (NAIC) in 2018, meaning Nationwide is a great choice if you value customer service.
Although you'll have to speak to an agent to get a quote for whole life insurance, Nationwide does provide a contact number to get in touch with an agent directly to discuss your life insurance needs. It also offers some basic resources that provide a little more information to the customer, such as how to choose a beneficiary or decide which kind of life insurance is the right choice for you.
An important consideration in what insurance provider you select is its financial strength. After all, you want to ensure that it has the financial means to process your claims and that it won't go under due to outstanding or overwhelming debt.
Independent reporting agencies can help you assess a provider’s financial health. Nationwide earned an A1 from Moody's (which measures companies' future credit risk), an A+ from AM Best (which looks at providers' ability to meet financial requirements), and an A+ from S&P Global (which assesses providers' creditworthiness). With these ratings, it’s clear that Nationwide’s financial health is outstanding.
Coverage and rider information
Nationwide offers the four most common types of life insurance: term, whole, universal, and variable universal. Along with its basic policies, it offers a few unique add-ons, or "riders." For one, it offers the rare Children’s Term Insurance Rider. While no parent wants to imagine a worst-case scenario, this rider aims to ease the financial stress from things like hospital bills, should the unthinkable happen. Children under this policy are covered until they reach age 22 or are married, whichever happens first.
Nationwide's whole life insurance also comes with some unique flexibility in the form of two payment structures. Usually, with whole life, you're locked into the same premium for the rest of your life. However, Nationwide allows you to choose: You can opt for lower premiums until you reach age 100, or you can choose to pay more per month during a 20-year period. If you like the idea of paying off your entire policy before, say, you retire, Nationwide's 20-year payment plan may be a great option.
Life insurance coverage features
|Insurance types offered||Term, whole, universal, variable universal|
|Term lengths offered||10, 15, 20, and 30 years|
|Standout coverage features||YourLife Guaranteed Level
Children’s Term Insurance Rider
Multiple payment options
Nationwide Life Insurance Overview: Financial Strength, Availability, and History
Nationwide Insurance earns a solid reputation. It has an A+ rating with the Better Business Bureau for its ability to resolve customer claims. The provider also earns high marks with financial strength rating agencies, demonstrating its ability to follow through on its promises to policyholders.
- In business since: 1925
- S&P Global financial strength rating: A+
- Moody’s financial strength rating: A1
- AM Best financial strength rating: A+
- States served: 50
All information accurate as of January 22, 2020.