If you want to see who’s there without getting up, keep an eye out for porch pirates, or simply make sure the delivery person actually leaves your package while you’re away, a video doorbell is the way to go.
With useful features like live video feed that streams to your smartphone, two-way audio, and timely motion detection alerts, a smart video doorbell a viable device to add to your home security system. To find out which will really ring your bell, we’ve tested and compared 13 of the most popular models, and the Google Nest Hello Smart WiFi Video Doorbell(available at Walmart for $229.00) is our best video doorbell winner, ticking all the boxes we look for in a doorbell camera: reliable connection, quick intelligent alerts, detects motion, crystal clear audio, and, most importantly, high-quality video.
Here are the best video doorbells we tested, ranked in order:
Google Nest Hello Smart WiFi Video Doorbell
Eufy Security Video Doorbell (battery-powered)
Eufy Security WiFi Video Doorbell
Ring Video Doorbell (second-generation)
Ring Peephole Cam
Remo RemoBell S
Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus
Skybell Trim Plus
Arlo Video Doorbell
Ring Video Doorbell Pro
August Doorbell Cam
Olive & Dove RemoBell
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The best video doorbell we tested is the Google Nest Hello Smart WiFi Video Doorbell. It excels at delivering alerts right away from over WiFi when you’re at home or cellular data when you’re out and about. This doorbell also offers the best video and audio quality of any doorbell we tested, facial recognition alerts for familiar faces, package delivery notifications, and more useful features that will make you feel secure.
Video quality is one of the most important features to look for in a smart video doorbell, and the Nest Hello video doorbell really delivers on that front. A smart video doorbell is just like having a home security camera, so you want the quality to be superb, and the Google Nest does not disappoint. The Nest Hello captures video in 4:3 format, whereas Ring records in a 16:9 format (more of a wide-screen look). The advantage that Nest has, according to Google, is that this view is “designed to show people head to toe.”
Within the Nest mobile app, you have the option to control the night vision settings. When night vision is on, the video records in black and white. Even so, the video is clear and it’s easy to make out what’s going on outside the front door.
As for the audio, we were able to clearly communicate with whoever was at the front door without any audio issues while at home and out and about. The doorbell also comes with several pre-recorded responses, available in 13 different languages, that you can select if you're unable to get to the door.
What else makes this a standout doorbell amongst others we tested? For starters, features include facial recognition, sending alerts when it sees someone it recognizes—or doesn't recognize. In our testing, this feature worked accurately on family members—including grandparents who only visit from time to time.
This is the only doorbell we tested that offers facial recognition. You can assign a name to each face, so you can know when a member of your household is at the front door. This is a handy feature so you can know exactly who is coming and going without having to closely review every notification. It can be especially helpful if you have a spouse or roommate who returns home from work late at night or kids who come and go throughout the day.
Additionally, the Nest Hello can detect package deliveries and send notifications to your phone when a package arrives at your front door.
And although a paid Nest Aware subscription is required to access some of these features, the payment really enhances what this doorbell can do. Currently, a Nest Aware subscription starts at $6 per month (or $60 for the year) and comes with 30 days of video storage. Alternatively, the Nest Aware Plus plan includes 60 days of video history and 10 days of non-stop video recordings for $12 per month (or $120 for an annual subscription). The paid service also includes intelligent alerts (like facial recognition) and the ability to create clips and timelapse videos to review or share with friends and family. Like Eufy, you can customize activity zones to avoid any false motion detection alerts.
The Eufy Security WiFi Video Doorbell is our best value pick. It almost instantly sends notifications over WiFi and data, offers crystal clear 2560 x 1920 pixel resolution during the day and at night, and—unlike our previous best value pick, the Zmodo Greet—Eufy’s doorbell includes free storage, so you can record and watch your doorbell’s video history without paying for a subscription. All for just $159.99.
(And, if you’re concerned about privacy, you’ll appreciate Eufy’s claim that there is a “military-grade AES-256 chip” to make sure your data is encrypted on transmission and storage.)
This doorbell, which requires existing doorbell wiring, integrates with Google Assistant and Amazon’s Alexa, both of which can announce when someone rings the doorbell. Or, if you have a video display like the Google Nest Hub Max or Amazon Echo Show 5, you can say things like, “show me the front door” to see a live stream of who is there. The only real issue we had was that, on a couple of occasions, the mobile app would randomly log us out and stop sending notifications. But overall this wasn’t much of an issue as it only happened twice after 14 days of testing.
One thing we really like about this doorbell is the ability to watch the preview of the motion alert (including a “facial snapshot”) without opening the app like you can with the Google Nest Hello. It saves you the time of actually having to unlock your phone and open the app, which is helpful when you’re in a work meeting or running errands with kids and need to quickly check to see who is at your door.
Also like the Google Nest Hello, as well as Ring doorbells, features include the ability to set custom activity zones to help offset any false motion sensor alerts. And, the Eufy doorbell uses artificial intelligence to differentiate between actual people and other objects and animals, something that not all of the doorbells we tested can do.
Overall, the two-way audio quality is clear and without any real delays, but there were sometimes where the person on the other end had trouble hearing my responses when I was away from home. However, this could’ve been due to my cell reception at the time. It’s worth noting that the audio from the doorbell on my end was easy to understand.
Hi, I’m Rachel Murphy, Reviewed’s smart home staff writer. I live in a smart home that’s full of smart home devices like cameras, plugs, speakers, and an oven. During my tenure at Reviewed, I’ve tested smart mini projectors, smart water leak detectors, and other gadgets that can be controlled remotely or via smart assistants such as Amazon’s Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit .I spent about six months testing eight popular smart WiFi video doorbells to find out which one reigns supreme. I conducted a major update of our smart doorbell testing previously completed by Samantha Gordon.
For this roundup, we put each doorbell through a series of in-depth, hands-on tests to fully understand each one’s capabilities, features, and downsides.
We considered audio and video quality, of course, since video doorbells double as home security cameras, measuring how clear the picture was in multiple settings. We also tested the apps in terms of connectivity, time to start streaming, storage options, and ease of use. We also made sure they were weatherproof.
When it came to audio testing, almost all of the doorbells passed with flying colors, but as you’ll read below, some excelled. The same, not surprisingly, went for the “rain” test, where we simulated inclement weather with a spray bottle. But our other tests revealed variances that helped us determine which doorbells were worth your time and which wouldn’t deliver as good of a result.
How to Set Up a Smart Video Doorbell
Most smart video doorbells should easily install using the existing wires your home may already have for an everyday doorbell. If you don't have a wiring setup, then purchasing a smart video doorbell that's battery powered, like the Ring Peephole Cam, will be the way to go.
For the most part, you don't need any other smart home devices or technologies to use smart doorbells—just your smartphone and the doorbell’s app.
However, most of these video doorbells will play nice with other smart home devices like Amazon Echo and Google Home speakers, so check to see which are most compatible with the system you're using. In some cases, like with our top pick, the Google Nest Hello, you can see who is at your door as soon as it rings with a smart display like the Google Nest Hub Max. Amazon Echo and Google Home speakers can also make announcements when someone rings your doorbell. Note that if you want to save your videos, a separate storage subscription cost may be necessary.
Privacy Concerns with Smart Video Doorbells
Before you buy a smart doorbell—or really any WiFi-enabled camera for your home—you should consider the privacy concerns that come along with these devices. Companies like Ring, one of the most popular smart video security device companies out there, have previously come under fire for hackers being able to gain access to certain Ring cameras.
In response, Ring launched a new Control Center within the Ring app. The new Control Center offers security features like two-factor authentication, the option to view and remove linked accounts and shared users, and control over which devices and third-party apps are synced to the account.
Last year, Ring teamed up with more than 400 law enforcement agencies around the country to share doorbell footage. Ring users must give their approval before sharing personal doorbell footage with police, but Rebecca Ricks, a Mozilla researcher, told USA Today that "once they have access, they can save it indefinitely." Now, users can disable voluntary footage requests from local law enforcement in the new Control Center.
Whether you’ve got a Ring doorbell or not, privacy concerns should always be in the back of your mind. Here are a few ways you can help protect your privacy with a smart doorbell. When setting up your new doorbell, you will have a chance to tweak your privacy settings to grant the companion app permission to access your audio and video feeds, share insights with the company, manage other personal data, and more.
Additionally, make sure to keep the software and firmware for the mobile app and doorbell up-to-date so that you're running the latest security updates across your devices.
Finally, your password should be made up of a variety of letters (both upper and lower case), numbers, characters, and follow the doorbell's password guidelines. Selecting a lengthy password that you have not used elsewhere is a safe bet to keep hackers out, in case your login information has been previously compromised on other websites.
Other Video Doorbells We Tested
Eufy Security Video Doorbell (Battery-Powered)
Eufy's Wireless Video Doorbell is basically the battery-powered version of our best value smart doorbell, the Eufy Video Doorbell. It displays the same clear 2K video during the day and at night, good two-way audio that's clear with minimal delays, and the set up was easy as pie. However, there are a few differences that set Eufy’s two video doorbells apart.
For starters, the battery operated Eufy Wireless Video Doorbell is bigger than your average video doorbell. At 5.5 inches tall and 2.1 inches wide, the doorbell is noticeably larger than the wired version, which is 4.8 inches tall by 1.7 inches wide. Additionally, the Eufy Wireless Video Doorbell comes with its own HomeBase hub that works much like an external hard drive. The hub houses your video clips at no cost using military-grade AES-256 data encryption that Eufy claims “ensures your footage is kept private on transmission and storage.” The HomeBase hub also plays as a chime sound when the doorbell is pressed, as do Amazon Echo speakers. You can also view a live stream of the doorbell's footage on displays like Google's Nest Hub Max and Amazon's Echo Show 5, but you can't talk to visitors at your front door via a smart display like you can with the best smart doorbell, the Nest Hello.
Despite being a battery-powered doorbell, it can also be hardwired using existing doorbell wiring. The estimated battery life on the doorbell is about six months before you'll need to pop it off and charge it with the included USB charging cable. (The doorbell's battery comes charged at 80% or less due to shipping restrictions, so make sure to give it a full charge before mounting to your home.)
One of the cooler features is the ability to record your own quick responses up to 10 seconds in length to use when someone is at your door and you can't answer. Much like the best video doorbell, the Google Nest Hello, you can adjust the video quality, which is adaptive to bandwidth. Using a higher quality stream may use more data resulting in possible playback delays. However, I found the auto setting to be just right, showing clear video and sending timely alerts.
When the doorbell was pressed, I received alerts on my iPhone within seconds over both WiFi and cellular data, which is about on par with many of the doorbells we’ve tested. In the Eufy security app, available for download on iOS and Android devices, you can snooze doorbell alerts, view a calendar of the doorbell's event history, customize motion zones, and more.
The Eufy Wireless Doorbell is a responsive and reliable option for anyone who is looking for a battery-powered smart doorbell that also includes an option for hardwiring.
A recall has been issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission for Ring Video Doorbells (second-generation) for a fire risk. "The video doorbell's battery can overheat when the incorrect screws are used for installation, posing fire and burn hazards," the notice says. "Consumers should immediately stop installing the recalled video doorbells and contact Ring for revised installation instructions or download them here," the statement continues. We'll continue following this story and update when we know more. For now, you can find more details here.
Keeping a look and feel similar to other Ring doorbells, the Ring Video Doorbell (second-generation)—not to be confused with the Ring Video Doorbell 2—is the younger sibling of Ring’s original Video Doorbell, released in 2014. The new second-gen doorbell camera is a noticeable improvement, offering 1080p resolution (up from 720p), clearer and crisper night vision, and two-way audio that’s loud and clear — all at a competitive price.
The second-gen Ring doorbell comes with all of the drill bits and hardware necessary for quick and easy installation, as well as clear instructions for a simple setup. We like that it comes with the option for hardwiring or battery, but charging the battery can be a pain since you have to remove the entire doorbell.
It doesn’t offer dual-band WiFi like the Ring 3 Plus and requires a 2.4GHz WiFi connection (as do the good majority of smart home gadgets). During our tests, the doorbell never lost its connection to WiFi and was reliable at sending timely notifications.
A subscription plan is required to access features like 60-day video history, viewing missed alerts, sharing and saving clips, and Snapshot Capture, a feature that periodically captures images in between events throughout the day. The Ring Protect Basic plan costs $3 a month or $30 annually. The doorbell comes with a free, 30-day trial to give you a feel for all of the features before signing up.
The only downside is that, like all Ring doorbells, it is only compatible with Alexa, and it doesn’t work with other smart assistants like Google or Siri. Overall, the second-generation Ring Video Doorbell offers great value and is a viable option for most front doors.
Most video doorbells aren’t designed with apartment living in mind, but the Ring Peephole Cam aims to solve that problem. Like the name states, the doorbell inserts through the peephole of most front doors. As long as you have a compatible peephole, the setup is simple and can be accomplished in just a few minutes.
The doorbell's battery is rechargeable via a USB-C cable included with your purchase, and in our tests lasted about a month with everyday use. However, it's a good idea to purchase an extra battery to have on standby. This way, you can charge one battery while still having a spare to power up your Ring Peephole Cam.
During setup, the doorbell performed a connectivity test and a quick update, which took less than five minutes. Like other Ring cameras, you can set custom activity zones, including privacy zones that block the camera from viewing certain angles. This is useful if you don't want the doorbell to pick up unwanted motion like your neighbor’s door or window.
This doorbell wasn’t as quick at sending notifications as the Google Nest Hello or Eufy Security doorbells, but it sent alerts in about 10 seconds, which is still relatively quick. Other features include Alexa integration, which is fast and simple, and two-way audio is supported between Echo speakers and the Ring Peephole Cam. So, you can say things like, “Hey Alexa, talk to the front door,” or whatever name you’ve assigned your doorbell camera. Just make sure you don’t have your Echo speaker too close to your front door. When we had an Echo Dot within close range of the doorbell, it created a static sound. That was a quick fix though, when we moved it elsewhere in the room, away from the doorbell.
For a battery-powered home security camera, it offers clear pictures at night but starts to get fuzzy at about 10 feet away. You can still make out someone’s face, but it’s not the highest quality. However, when you’re viewing a live stream of your Peephole Cam, the motion detection happens in real-time, which is awesome. As soon as I moved my arm in front of the camera, the video showed me doing the same thing on my phone.
While the Peephole Cam can be used without a Ring subscription plan, you’ll need one if you want to access features like video recording and saving and sharing videos. The doorbell camera sends alerts when it detects motion, and offers a real-time view (including the live view), and two-way communication without paying for a subscription.
Our previous tester had a less than ideal experience with the Olive & Dove RemoBell, and while we still stand by what she wrote, we gave the Remo+ RemoBell S a try. To avoid any confusion, it’s worth pointing out that the device’s manufacturer, Olive & Dove, rebranded as Remo+ in 2018. And the RemoBell S is a much better doorbell than the RemoBell we originally tested.
This doorbell is easy to connect to Alexa and Google Assistant, has two-way audio that’s loud enough that I could hear it from the end of my driveway, and has a square video feed instead of a rectangular view like most others we tested. The square view limited the view of my front porch. While the audio is clear and loud, it is delayed a few seconds. Additionally, you can choose from five predetermined motion zones to avoid false alerts, but there’s no option to click and drag for customized zones like you can on the Google Nest Hello and Ring doorbells.
This doorbell would benefit from custom motion zones. However, you can adjust the sensitivity of the alerts in the Remo+ app. This is helpful if you have shadows from trees and flags that may show up in the afternoon and set off false motion sensor alerts.
Like the majority of smart doorbell cameras we tested, existing wiring is needed. The doorbell offers infrared night vision and three days of free cloud storage. Paid subscription plans are available if you require extra storage.
There’s not much new about the Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus in terms of looks, but the Amazon-owned company has beefed up its popular Ring doorbell line with new privacy controls, the introduction of Pre-Roll footage, and improved motion detection.
Pre-Roll, a video recording feature that captures the four seconds prior to any motion detection, is exclusive to the Ring 3 Plus and is the only difference between this model and the Ring Video Doorbell 3. The Pre-Roll feature, which is displayed in black and white at a lower resolution to preserve battery life, is a welcomed addition since Ring doesn’t offer continuous video recording. The doorbell works best with a Ring Protect Plan to access features like 60-day video history, sharing and saving clips, and more.
Privacy concerns have been an issue for Ring previously. In response, the company launched a new privacy Control Center within the Ring app that includes security features such as two-step verification, managing authorized devices and linked accounts, and turning off audio and video recording.
The doorbell comes with two-way talk functionality that was clear and easy to use via Echo speakers and the Ring app. It also offers 1080p HD video, which is clear during the day and night, though not as crisp as that of our best value pick, the Eufy Security WiFi Video Doorbell. And, although the Ring 3 Plus never lost its connection to WiFi, it’s not as fast or responsive as our best overall pick, the Nest Hello, especially given that the two are comparable in price.
The Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus is pretty limited in terms of smart home functionality since it doesn’t work with Google Assistant or Apple’s Siri—only Amazon Alexa. However, if your home is full of Alexa-enabled smart speakers, then the Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus will fit right in. We paired the doorbell camera with several Echo speakers, which made announcements when visitors were at the door. We also tested it with the Echo Show 5, one of Amazon’s smart displays, and the doorbell camera’s live stream appeared on the screen once the doorbell was pressed. Additionally, the doorbell works well with Ring’s new plug-in chime.
One of the best things about this doorbell is that you don’t need any wires to set it up. While there is the option to hardwire it to your home, it also comes with a removable, rechargeable battery pack. Overall, the Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus is an improvement over previous iterations and is a solid choice for anyone who exclusively uses Alexa to control their smart home.
The Skybell Trim Plus by Honeywell is comparable to the Ring Video Pro. It's fairly similar in style, as both doorbells have slim, rectangular designs and dark-colored mid-sections (where the camera is housed). This doorbell proceeds the Skybell HD—and offers a more reliable connection than its older sibling.
Overall, the doorbell was fairly easy to set up, but it does require existing doorbell wiring. As for the camera view, the Skybell records in 1080p HD and the ability to digitally zoom in up to five times the normal view. The image quality became a bit distorted when we zoomed all the way in. This doorbell also offered more of a fisheye lens view, giving the ability to see a broader view than other doorbells we tested.
In terms of surviving the elements, the Skybell Trim Plus is one of the most durable doorbells we tested. It can tolerate temperatures as low as -40°F and as high as 150°F. Although it’s rain-resistant, like most other doorbells we tried, it is not waterproof.
As far as integration with Alexa and Google Assistant, it was mostly smooth sailing. However, if you have a video smart speaker like the Amazon Echo Show, you won't be able to pull up Skybell's feed on your device. You can say things such as "Alexa, tell Skybell to record video" or "Hey, Google, talk to Skybell,” but you can’t ask it to show you video.
The Skybell Trim Plus tracks and sends motion detection alerts, but it doesn’t give you the option to create your motion zones, which is a bummer.
In the Skybell app, features include live monitoring, WiFi connectivity, two-way audio, access for multiple users, activity history, and full-color night vision. Like Ring doorbells, the Skybell Trim Plus comes with a theft guarantee. So, if your smart doorbell is stolen, you can have it replaced for free.
The Skybell HD was a close performer to the Ring 2. The doorbell’s HD camera offered great image quality, and it was one of the only doorbells we tested with full-color night vision. Our original tester also loved the sleek design. It was the most doorbell-like of the bunch and did not scream “I am a camera” if you didn’t look too closely. This is great if you don’t necessarily want your visitors to know they’re on camera, or you (or your homeowner’s association) is particular about exterior design.
The Skybell’s LED indicators are also customizable, giving you millions of color options, which is a fun little extra if you’re into that sort of thing.
The main issue we had with the Skybell? It performed poorly when it came to connectivity. I tested this doorbell both in our lab and at my home and experienced inconsistent connectivity in both locations. If your router is at all far from your door, you are likely to see similar results.
The Arlo Video Doorbell is an upgrade from Arlo’s original smart doorbell, the Arlo Audio Doorbell. The addition of video is a big improvement here.
At first glance, the Arlo Video Doorbell looks like our best overall pick, the Google Nest Hello: It's about the same size and similar aesthetic—mostly black with a glossy white exterior shell.
With this doorbell, the features include a 180-degree field-of-view, and, like the Nest Hello, it offers a "head to toe" view of whoever is at your door. When someone rings the doorbell, your phone will ring, just like it does with the Arlo Audio Doorbell that we previouly tested. In order to see who is at the front door, you have to answer the call and then a live stream of your doorbell pops up. With 1536 x 1536 max video resolution, you can easily see a clear picture of your front porch at night.
We don't love that a phone call is necessary to see who rang the doorbell. It seems easier to send a notification, but alas, this is how both of Arlo's smart WiFi doorbells operate.
The sound quality for the Arlo Video Doorbell is much improved over the Arlo Audio Doorbell. The audio was delayed by a few seconds, but overall it was clear and easy to understand on both ends.
You can also respond with pre-recorded quick reply messages if you're unable to talk to who is at the front door. The picture is sharp, both at night and during the day.
The wired doorbell, which features a built-in siren and works with Alexa and Google Assistant, comes with a three-month complimentary Arlo Smart Trial, but after that, you will need to pay to access up to 30 days of cloud storage. With a paid subscription plan, you can also access features like cloud activity zones, package detection, and more. Plans start at $2.99 a month.
This doorbell is a bit sleeker than its siblings, but that’s really the main feature that sets it apart. Considering it’s usually more expensive than the Ring 2, there is not really a compelling enough reason to spend more for this model. Plus, this is the only model from Ring that is hardwired-only and doesn't offer a battery-powered alternative.
Overall, the August Doorbell Cam was unimpressive. The design was the least natural of any of the doorbells that we’ve tested. It suffered regular connectivity issues, slow response times, and setup was the most involved of the devices we tested in both the app and with the hardware. Using the doorbell’s app was fairly frustrating. If you let the doorbell go unanswered, it rings far longer than other apps do, forcing your guest to wait longer than necessary to find out you’re not home. It also doesn't have a night vision setting, which is a major deficiency.
To avoid any confusion, it’s worth pointing out that the device’s manufacturer, Olive & Dove, rebranded as Remo+ in 2018. This was the largest smart doorbell in our test group, and it proved that size isn’t everything. The app setup was clunky. Once set up, the app didn’t give me the option to live-stream the camera feed, which all the others did with no issue. It took noticeably longer to connect the app to the doorbell than the others, and the app’s notifications lagged considerably. If you’re waiting on a package delivery or a cable guy, this doorbell is just too risky.
Rachel Murphy covers smart home for Reviewed. She holds a journalism degree from the University of Central Florida. Previously, she worked as a freelance writer for several major outlets and as an associate editorial producer for ABC News' Good Morning America.
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