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.

Our calculations show that Northwestern Mutual is the best life insurance company among those we scored, and many others also are worthy of consideration. (Full methodology below.)

How to choose the best life insurance company for you

Look at customer satisfaction scores: Other customers’ experience can help you decide whether you want to do business with a company. You can get clues about a company’s reputation through:

  • 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.

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.