• Arlo Essential Wire-Free Video Doorbell

  • Eufy Security WiFi Video Doorbell

  • How We Tested

  • How to Set Up a Smart Video Doorbell

  • Privacy

  • Other Video Doorbells We Tested

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Our Favorite Video Doorbells of 2021

  1. Best Overall

    Arlo Essential Video Doorbell Wire-Free

    Pros

    • Loud and clear two-way talk

    • Head-to-toe video

    • Custom motion zones

    Cons

    • Doorbell alerts sent as phone calls

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  2. Best Value

    Eufy Video Doorbell

    Pros

    • Free, encrypted local data storage

    • Custom activity zones

    • Works with Google and Alexa

    Cons

    • Some audio problems

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Arlo Essential Wire-Free Video Doorbell
Credit: Reviewed / Rachel Murphy

The Arlo Essential Wire-Free Video Doorbell comes with a rechargeable battery that lasts up to six months per charge, or you can hardwire it to your existing doorbell wiring.

Best Overall
Arlo Essential Wire-Free Video Doorbell

The Arlo Essential Wire-Free Video Doorbell camera is our new No. 1 pick, beating out the Nest Hello, our previous winner. Arlo’s battery-powered doorbell offers one of the largest viewing angles of any video doorbell we’ve ever tested, works well with smart assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant , and offers multiple options for installation, making it a versatile choice to safeguard any front door. (Arlo also makes a wired version of this doorbell that we've tested, the Arlo Essential Video Doorbell, which functions the same in terms of performance, but requires existing doorbell wiring for installation.)

Arlo’s wireless doorbell offers a generous 180-degree field-of-view and records in a 1:1 square aspect ratio that provides a head-to-toe video of who is at your front door. The doorbell camera comes with a rechargeable battery that lasts up to six months on one charge, or you can hardwire it to your existing doorbell wiring. It is complete with a 12x digital zoom, HDR video, night vision, and custom motion zones to prevent false notifications.

Most video doorbells , including the Nest Hello, require a paid plan to access the best features, and we think Arlo’s Smart subscription services are worth the ongoing investment. The Arlo Premier Plan , which starts at $2.99 a month, includes 30 days of cloud storage, smart alerts that differentiate between people, vehicles, animals, packages, and other motion, gives visitors the ability to leave a voicemail at your doorbell if you’re unable to answer the door, and more.

The Essential Wire-Free Doorbell comes with all of the common privacy settings you'd expect from a home security camera, like two-factor authentication, the option to log in using Face ID technology, and advanced encryption for video storage. Additionally, when a login attempt is made from a new device, a request for approval is sent to the main user's phone or tablet.

There are also built-in security features like a smart siren, which can be triggered automatically or manually via the Arlo app and plays a very loud alarm tone when triggered, and you can call 911 and up to three contacts directly from the Arlo app if a problem arises.

The only thing we don’t like is that when someone rings the doorbell, Arlo alerts you via phone call. This can be a pain when you’re already on the phone and someone rings the doorbell. We’d prefer the doorbell press alerts come through as push notifications as do Arlo’s other smart alerts, but it’s a small gripe for a doorbell that’s a great option for any home.

Read our full review of the Arlo Essential Wire-Free Video Doorbell.

Pros

  • Loud and clear two-way talk

  • Head-to-toe video

  • Custom motion zones

Cons

  • Doorbell alerts sent as phone calls

Eufy Security Doorbell
Credit: Eufy

The Eufy Security Doorbell includes free local storage and 2K resolution, so you can always see who is at your door.

Best Value
Eufy Security WiFi Video Doorbell

Editor’s note 05/19/2021: This week, Eufy security cameras experienced a privacy breach in which video feeds were exposed, affecting 712 users. Eufy’s official statement says the event happened on May 17 at 4:50 a.m. ET due to a software update performed on its servers, affecting “users in the U.S, Canada, Mexico, Cuba, New Zealand, Australia, and Argentina.” “Our engineering team identified the issue at 5:30 a.m. ET and immediately rolled back the server version and deployed an emergency update. The incident was fixed at 6:30 a.m. ET,” the company said, also adding that it is beefing up security features like network architecture, two-way authentication, as well as upgrading its servers.

Eufy recommends unplugging and reconnecting the home base, as well as logging out and back into the Eufy Security app to resolve the issue. We’ve reached out to Eufy for more information and are currently reevaluating our Eufy recommendations. This is breaking news and we will update this post once we know more. Read Eufy’s full statement here.

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.

(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.

Features of the Eufy doorbell include the ability to set custom activity zones to help offset any false motion sensor alerts. And, the Eufy doorbell uses artificial intelligence for person detection and other objects and animals, something that's not available on many 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.

Pros

  • Free, encrypted local data storage

  • Custom activity zones

  • Works with Google and Alexa

Cons

  • Some audio problems

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How We Tested

The Testers

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.

The Tests

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. Amazon Echo and Google Home speakers can make announcements when someone rings your doorbell and can also display a live stream of your front door camera. Note that if you want to save your videos, a separate storage subscription cost may be necessary.

Privacy

Even your video doorbell needs security. So, what should you look for? Features like two-factor authentication, end-to-end encryption, and the option for local storage are all things to consider before investing in a smart video doorbell camera setup.

Two-factor authentication, which sends a code to your mobile device to verify it’s really you, is available on many smart video doorbells and absolutely something to seek out and activate. That way, if someone tries to hack into your account, you will receive an alert and can quickly take care of the problem.

Another thing to consider is how your videos are used and stored. Most video doorbells allow you to turn them on and off from the app to control when they're recording and uploading video to the cloud. Look for end-to-end encryption for storing videos. The encryption offers a layer of protection that can help prevent unwanted eyeballs from viewing your saved and stored videos.

Make sure you create a strong password that’s unique to your camera’s app. Data breaches feel like the norm as of late, making it all the more important not to reuse passwords across multiple websites and apps.

Finally, when using any device with smart assistants like Alexa, Google, and Siri, you can help protect your privacy by regularly deleting your voice recordings and muting the speaker’s mic when it’s not in use.

Looking for more privacy tips? Read our guide to securing your smart home.


Other Video Doorbells We Tested

Google Nest Hello Smart WiFi Video Doorbell

The Google Nest Hello Smart WiFi Video Doorbell is our previous pick for best video doorbell. It doesn't offer as good of a view nor as versatile of a setup as the our new No. 1 pick, the Arlo Essential Wire-Free Video Doorbell, but it's still a great choice. It delivers timely alerts right over WiFi and cellular data and it offers the great video and audio quality. There's also the optional facial recognition alerts for familiar faces, package delivery notifications, and more useful home security features.

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.

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.

Read our full review of the Nest Hello.

Pros

  • Facial recognition

  • Reliable connection

  • High quality video and audio

Cons

  • Subscription plan is an additional cost

Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2

Ring's Video Doorbell Pro 2 is a premium, Alexa-only smart doorbell with a price tag to match. It offers excellent video resolution, recording in 1536p HD video—the best resolution of any Ring doorbell yet, and the same quality as the Arlo Essential Wire-Free Video Doorbell. The Pro 2 also has color night vision that works well and is easy to see in darkness. It offers a 150-degree horizontal and 150-degree vertical field of view that provides a top-to-bottom look of who is at your front door. You can also share and store video, but you’ll need a Ring Protect Plan (starting at $3/month per device).

As for audio quality, features like two-way talk with noise and distortion cancellation provide the Pro 2 with the clearest and loudest sound of any Ring doorbell we’ve tested. Home security features like 3D Motion Detection and Bird’s Eye View (which creates an aerial map view that outlines the exact path of where a motion event starts and stops up to 30 feet away from your doorbell) will appeal to curious homeowners who enjoy diving into the details, but aren’t crucial to the day-to-day operations of your doorbell. Unless you’re examining motion events on the regular, you likely won’t pay much attention.

There are also new features like Alexa Greetings and Quick Replies. The built-in responses from Alexa offer added convenience when you can’t get to the door, including the option for visitors to leave a voice message, which you can quickly access in the Ring app.

Installation should take less than 10 minutes using existing doorbell wiring, but there is no battery option. A Satin Nickel faceplate adds to the premium feel, but while this is an impressive doorbell with tons of features, for most people its cost is simply too high to compete with our favorites in its class. .

Read our full review of the Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2.

Pros

  • Fantastic video

  • Loud and clear audio

  • Alexa Greetings

Cons

  • No support for Google or Siri

  • Extra features aren't worth it

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 Arlo Essential Wire-Free Video Doorbell.

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 Arlo Essential Wire-Free Video Doorbell, 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.

Pros

  • Wired or battery

  • Responsive

  • Reliable

Cons

  • Requires hub (included with purchase)

Nooie Doorbell Cam

For a brand that’s still carving out a name for itself, Nooie’s doorbell is dressed to impress with a 158-degree field of view, infrared night vision (up to 49-feet), and timely smart alerts that quickly notify you when someone is there. It supports pre-recorded responses if you can’t answer the door, loud and clear two-way talk, and works well with smart assistants like Amazon Alexa and Google, (but it’s not compatible with Apple’s Siri).

The doorbell runs through the Nooie Home app, where you can finetune the camera's motion sensitivity settings and set schedules for when you want to receive push notifications. To review smart alerts, you’ll need a Nooie cloud storage plan (free 30-day trial is included with your purchase) or a microSD card (up to 128GB). Plans start at $1/month.

From a privacy/security standpoint, while no connected device is completely secure from intruders, for its part Nooie claims all videos are encrypted before being uploaded to the cloud and can't be accessed by a third party. For some added peace of mind, the doorbell comes with a one-year warranty, a built-in anti-theft siren, and a safety lock to make sure no one swipes your doorbell. A base station is required to use the Nooie Doorbell Cam and is included with your purchase.

If you’re looking to buy a smart video doorbell that promises one of the longest battery life spans we’ve seen, then Nooie's Doorbell Cam is the right choice for your front door.

Read our full review of the Nooie Doorbell Cam.

Pros

  • Excellent video

  • Great battery life

  • Works well with Alexa and Google

Cons

  • Larger than most video doorbells

Ring Video Doorbell (second-generation)
Editor's Note: Nov. 19, 2020

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.

See our full review of the Ring Video Doorbell (second-generation)

Pros

  • Great value

  • Clear video and audio

  • Reliable

Cons

  • Only works with Alexa

  • Battery can be a pain to charge

Ring Peephole Cam

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 Arlo Essential Wire-Free Video Doorbell 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.

Pros

  • Battery-operated

  • Custom activity zones

Cons

  • Only fits certain peepholes

  • Night vision gets fuzzy sometimes

Remo+ RemoBell S

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 Arlo Essential Wire-Free Video Doorbell 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.

Pros

  • Loud audio

Cons

  • No custom activity zones

Ring Video Doorbell Wired

With an MSRP of $60, the Ring Video Doorbell Wired is the brand’s most affordable smart doorbell yet—and it offers a lot of value for the money. Ring’s budget-friendly doorbell records in 1080p HD video with a 155-degree horizontal field of view, offers two-way talk with noise cancellation, night vision, and Amazon Alexa integration.

There’s no option for battery, so existing doorbell wires are required and installation takes about 15 minutes. Within the Ring app, you can view a live stream of your doorbell camera, create custom motion zones, and finetune your privacy settings. With a paid Ring Protect Plan , which starts at $3/month per Ring device, you can record, store, and share all of your videos for up to 60 days.

It’s equally responsive and reliable as other more expensive Ring doorbells, delivering real-time smart alerts over cellular service and WiFi. It also supports customizable motion zones, and Ring’s People Only mode and Snapshot Capture features.

As the most affordable Ring doorbell yet, it makes a great addition to your home security setup, so long as Alexa is your smart assistant of choice and you have the proper doorbell wiring already installed.

Read our full review of the Ring Video Doorbell Wired.

Pros

  • Compact size

  • Works with Amazon Alexa

  • Custom motion zones

Cons

  • Hardwire only

  • Doesn't work with existing chimes

Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus

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.

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.

Pros

  • Pre-Roll footage

  • Enhanced in-app privacy controls

  • Hardwire or battery

Cons

  • Only works with Amazon Alexa

Skybell Trim Plus

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).

Overall, the doorbell was fairly easy to set up and offers a reliable connection, 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.

Pros

  • Durable

  • Broad view

  • Full-color night vision

Cons

  • No custom motion zones

Logitech Circle View Doorbell

There aren’t many worthy options when it comes to Apple HomeKit-enabled video doorbells, but the new Logitech Circle View Doorbell is an enticing contender. Though there’s no support for Alexa or Google Assistant, the Siri-only doorbell works well, detecting motion events immediately and accurately telling the difference between people, animals, and vehicles. The 3:4 head-to-toe view and integration with other iOS devices make it an ideal pick for any Apple-driven smart home.

The doorbell supports facial recognition, an optional feature that can potentially tell you who specifically is at the door by pulling from the photos on your iOS device to recognize your friends and family. It also comes with truly customizable motion zones, meaning you can draw activity zones tailored to your front door view, which is helpful to avoid false notification alerts.

An Apple Home Hub (Apple TV, HomePod, HomePod mini, or iPad) is required to use the doorbell, so owning at least a few iOS products is a must here. Additionally, the wired doorbell requires a paid iCloud subscription, which allows the doorbell camera to differentiate between people, animals, vehicles, and motion but, unlike the Nest and Arlo doorbells, it does not detect packages. It also supports HomeKit Secure Video, which encrypts videos before uploading to iCloud.

If Apple HomeKit is your smart home platform of choice, the Logitech Circle View Doorbell makes a fantastic addition to your Siri-enabled ecosystem.

Read our full review of the Logitech Circle View Doorbell.

Pros

  • Timely and accurate smart alerts

  • Head-to-toe view

  • Advanced features

Cons

  • iOS only

  • Doesn't work with Alexa/Google

Ring Video Doorbell Pro

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.

Pros

  • Sleek and modern design

  • Works with Amazon Alexa

Cons

  • More expensive than other Ring doorbells

  • No battery; hardwire only

Meet the tester

Rachel Murphy

Rachel Murphy

Senior Staff Writer

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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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