Kemper Insurance Review

Kemper Insurance earned an overall score of 3.25/5 in The Zebra's review. Read more below to find out if they're the right carrier for you.

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Kemper Insurance at a glance

Pros Cons
  • Kemper offers many lines of insurance that can be bundled
  • Kemper does not have a telematics program
  • Drivers with clean records and those with checkered histories are able to find affordable rates
  • Though Kemper offers a mobile app, its capabilities are limited and its website is minimal
  •  According to The Zebra’s Customer Satisfaction Survey, male respondents placed Kemper far more highly than female respondents
  • Millennials placed Kemper last in almost every category for homeowners customer satisfaction in The Zebra’s survey
  • Respondents in The Zebra’s survey ranked Kemper as one of the top five carriers for drivers with speeding tickets
  • Kemper claims satisfaction
    Top choice for claims satisfaction

    Respondents in The Zebra's Customer Satisfaction Survey selected Kemper as the top insurance company for homeowners claims satisfaction. 

    Kemper car insurance review

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    3.5 Rating from The Zebra Question mark icon

    Founded in 1990 as Unitrin until acquiring the rights to the Kemper name in 2010, Kemper Insurance is licensed to sell insurance in 28 states in the United States. Compared to some of the giants of the insurance industry, it is a smaller operation but it doesn’t prevent Kemper from offering competitive rates for all kinds of drivers, including those who could be considered high-risk by other insurance companies.

    Read on for our comprehensive review of Kemper’s insurance coverage options — both auto and home — along with discounts, to see if it's a good fit for your insurance needs.

    • The Zebra Customer Satisfaction Survey — 4.1/5: While Kemper ranked lower than some competitors in our survey, it maintained a star rating of 3.9 or better in every category.
    • Claims satisfaction (J.D. Power) — Poor: Kemper placed last among major insurance companies in J.D. Power's 2021 claims satisfaction survey.
    • Customer satisfaction (J.D. Power) — Not rated
    • Financial Strength — Excellent: AM Best gave Kemper's fiscal backing an A- rating. This indicates a strong ability to pay out claims.
    • NAIC Rating — Poor: Kemper received more customer complaints than the national market median according to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.
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    Where is Kemper car insurance available? 

    Insurance company Available States
    Kemper  AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, MD, MN, MO, NV, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA and WI

    Kemper car insurance coverage options

    Along with standard coverages like comprehensive, collision, liability, medical payments, and uninsured/underinsured motorist, Kemper allows its customers to tailor their policies to meet their needs. Below are some optional extras that can be added to a Kemper insurance policy.

    Kemper Total™

    If you’re involved in an accident that caused significant damage to your vehicle, this coverage will pay out according to your car’s replacement value instead of the standard actual cash value (ACV), which may be less than you expect due to depreciation. Kemper will either pay to repair the damage or replace your vehicle — whichever costs less. The only caveat is that this coverage is only available for brand new cars that are leased or purchased.

    Gap insurance

    Sometimes known as auto loan/lease coverage, gap coverage ensures you’re not left financially underwater following a total loss. It will cover the outstanding amount on your vehicle loan or lease if the payout — based on ACV — won’t cover the full amount you owe. Gap insurance is automatically included if you opt into Kemper Total™.

    Enhanced coverage

    Get optional — but useful — coverages, like accident forgiveness, trip interruption coverage, key replacement, personal property protection, diminishing deductible and a deductible waiver (if your parked car is damaged), rolled into one package. 

    Protect your car with the right coverage at the best value.

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    Kemper auto insurance discounts and reward opportunities

    The discounts offered by Kemper are not much different from those available from other larger insurance providers.

    Keep in mind discounts may vary depending on your state and whether or not you’re considered a preferred, standard, or non-standard customer.

    Discounts based on your insurance policy

    • Multi-policy: Sign up for more than just one policy to get a discount. Kemper offers an auto and homeowners bundle called Package Plus that includes extended home coverage and the convenience of having your insurance on one invoice.
    • Paid-in-full: Get this discount by paying in one lump sum for the entire policy period.
    • Prior insurance: Kemper offers a discount for non-standard policyholders who maintain active insurance and don’t let it lapse.
    • Advanced quote discount: If you receive a quote and choose to move forward with an application before the effective date listed in the quote, you will receive a discount.

    Discounts based on the driver or vehicle

    • Multi-car: Have more than one vehicle on your policy to qualify for this common discount.
    • Military discount: Active duty military and members of the National Guard are eligible for this discount. 
    • Good student: Keep up the good grades to be rewarded with a student discount.
    • Driver training: Take an approved defensive driving course to see some savings on your premium.
    • Residence: Homeowners and those with renters insurance policies are eligible for some savings on their Kemper auto policy.
    Kemper app

    Kemper mobile app

    The Kemper mobile app is available for Apple and Android smartphone devices, where policyholders can make payments, display ID cards, find preferred repair shops, or submit claims information. This application is only available for auto policies.

    Kemper Insurance bundling options

    Auto Property Personal Business
  • Car
  • Motorcycle
  • ATV
  • Boat
  • RV
  • Homeowners
  • Renters
  • Condo
  • Mobile home
  • Flood
  • Life
  • Health
  • Personal valuables
  • Personal umbrella liability
  • Commercial auto
  • Commercial general liability
  • Business owners policy

  • Kemper homeowners insurance review 


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    Offering homeowners insurance in 28 states, Kemper provides home insurance at three tiers of protection. Kemper homeowners insurance includes standard home coverages, including protection for your home and detached structures, personal property, liability coverage in case you damage someone else’s property or you’re liable for someone’s injury, additional living expenses if you’re temporarily displaced from your home due to a covered loss.

    Kemper’s coverage tiers include the following: 

    Kemper Prime Home Essentials 

    This package provides essential coverage for your home and possessions. You can always broaden your coverage by adding endorsements, including personal property replacement cost, water backup, equipment breakdown, and more.

    Kemper Prime Home Enhanced

    This package includes all of the coverages from the Home Essentials level with some higher limits. It automatically includes coverages such as water backup, personal property replacement cost, and identity fraud expense.

    Kemper Prime Home Elite

    The highest tier offers the broadest and deepest coverage and features all the insurance benefits of the Home Enhanced product along with higher limits in some coverage categories.

    • The Zebra Customer satisfaction Survey — 4.0/5: Respondents in The Zebra's survey gave Kemper home insurance an overall star rating of 4.0.
    • Claims satisfaction (J.D. Power) — Not rated
    • Customer satisfaction (J.D. Power) — Not rated
    • Financial Strength—Excellent: AM Best gave Kemper's financial status an A- rating. This indicates a strong ability to pay out claims.
    • NAIC rating— Poor: Kemper received more customer complaints than the national market median according to the National Association of Insurance Commissioners.
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    Where is Kemper home insurance available?

    Insurance company Available States
    Kemper  AZ, CA, CO, CT, FL, GA, ID, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, MD, MN, MO, NV, NJ, NY, OH, OR, PA, SC, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA and WI

    Kemper home insurance coverage options

    Available as  endorsements  to your home insurance policy, Kemper offers extra coverage for several optional protections: 

    Kemper homeowners insurance discounts

    Kemper lists four discounts for homeowners insurance on its website:

    • Package discount: Insuring both auto and home with Kemper will earn you a discount.
    • Military discount: As offered with auto policies, military members receive a discount on home insurance premiums. Junior and Senior Cadets at military academies are also eligible for this. 
    • Home safety: This discount activates if you have installed a whole house water leak protection or automatic gas shutoff. 
    • Protective devices: Alarms and various detectors installed in your home will qualify you for this discount.

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    Key Customer Satisfaction Survey findings — Kemper

    The Zebra conducted a survey with the intention of understanding carriers from a customer's perspective. We asked how each major carrier held up in online experience, claims satisfaction, ease of use, customer service, trustworthiness and willingness to recommend.

    Auto insurance

    Kemper auto insurance ranked low in almost every category for car insurance. However, they always received a star rating of 4.0 or above, indicating that while they did not stack up strongly against the other carriers listed in the survey, they maintained a star rating above 4.0 from respondents. 

    Homeowners insurance

    Kemper home also placed in the last few spots for most categories. Again, star ratings always remained above a 3.9, telling us that other carriers may have ranked higher but Kemper still provided a level of service worthy of a 4-star rating.

    Survey methodology

    Findings are based on an online quantitative survey of 4,134 current U.S. auto and home insurance customers, with Census-balanced sampling by age, gender and region. Categories with n=<20 responses are considered insufficient sample size and are not reported. This survey was developed by The Zebra and executed by independent research firm Maru/Blue in 2021.

    survey highlights

    Survey Highlights

    • Kemper placed very poorly in auto carrier scores in all categories.
    • Male respondents preferred Kemper auto over females.
    • Renters rated Kemper auto more highly than homeowners did.
    • Drivers with histories of speeding rated Kemper suto highly across the board.
    • Kemper home came in last in all overal home categories.

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