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The Best Video Doorbells of 2022

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Editor's Choice Product image of Google Nest Doorbell (Battery)
Best Overall

Google Nest Doorbell (Battery)

Google’s first battery-powered doorbell is beautiful, smart, and versatile enough for any front door. Read More

Pros

  • Free intelligent alerts
  • Multiple installation options
  • Reliable and accurate

Cons

  • No support for Siri or Alexa
  • Doesn’t work with Nest app
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Editor's Choice Product image of Ring Doorbell Wired
Best Value

Ring Doorbell Wired

Ring's Video Doorbell Wired is the brands smallest, most affordable doorbell. It works with Alexa and features custom motion zones. Read More

Pros

  • Compact size
  • Works with Amazon Alexa
  • Custom motion zones

Cons

  • No support for Google Home or Apple HomeKit
  • Doesn't work with existing chimes
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Product image of Ring Video Doorbell 4

Ring Video Doorbell 4

The Ring Video Doorbell 4 offers multiple installation methods, color Pre-Roll for motion events, and Quick Replies when you can't answer the door. Read More

Pros

  • Works with Alexa
  • Quick Replies
  • Color Pre-Roll clips

Cons

  • Large footprint
  • No Siri or Google Assistant support
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Editor's Choice Product image of Arlo Essential Video Doorbell Wire-Free

Arlo Essential Video Doorbell Wire-Free

The Arlo Essential Wire-Free Video Doorbell shows a head-to-toe view of what's happening at your front door. It works with Alexa and Google Assistant. Read More

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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Editor's Choice Product image of Google Nest Hello Doorbell

Google Nest Hello Doorbell

The Google Nest Hello is a hardwire-only video doorbell that sends people, package, animal, and car alerts and works with the Google Home ecosystem. Read More

Pros

  • Facial recognition
  • Reliable connection
  • High quality video and audio

Cons

  • Hardwire only
  • No support for Amazon Echo or Apple HomeKit

With the best smart video doorbell, you can 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.

With useful features like live video that streams to your smartphone, two-way audio, and timely motion detection alerts, a smart video doorbell can be an integral part of your home security system. Currently, the Nest Doorbell (battery) (available at Best Buy for $119.99) is our best video doorbell winner thanks to its stellar spread of free intelligent alerts, supreme accuracy, and multiple installation methods. Looking for something cheaper? The Ring Video Doorbell Wired (available at Amazon) is packed with value. But there are several other great options on our list at a variety of price points, so you're sure to find the best doorbell for you.

The Nest Doorbell (battery) is shown in the color white.
Credit: Reviewed / Rachel Murphy

The Nest Doorbell (battery) is a wireless video doorbell that records up to three hours of event history without a paid subscription fee—a first for Google smart doorbells.

Best Overall
Nest Doorbell (battery)

Google's Nest Doorbell (battery) is the smartest and most versatile video doorbell you can buy. Ideal for any front door, the doorbell offers battery or hardwired installation, free intelligent alerts, and a sharp head-to-toe view of whoever is at your front door. Though it doesn’t work with the Nest app like previous Nest home security cameras, you can see everything happening on your front porch in real-time using the Google Home app or a Nest smart display.

The front door camera excels at differentiating between people, packages, animals, and vehicles. What’s more, all of the intelligent smart alerts, which were once tied to a paid Nest Aware plan, are available for free. A three-hour video history is also included right out of the box, adding even more value to an already tremendous smart doorbell, and there are even more features with the paid plan.

Use your existing doorbell chimes, or if you don’t want to wire in, a Nest smart speaker or display can be used as a chime instead, both of which work well. Two-way talk is loud and clear and works well with either your smart display or the Google Home app.

It works with Google Assistant but is not compatible with Amazon Echo or Apple HomeKit ecosystems. Despite a few minor flaws, the Nest Doorbell is a sleek video doorbell that’s beautiful and functional for any front door.

Read our full review of the Nest Doorbell (battery).

Pros

  • Free intelligent alerts

  • Multiple installation options

  • Reliable and accurate

Cons

  • No support for Siri or Alexa

  • Doesn’t work with Nest app

The Ring Video Doorbell Wired is installed on the front of a home.
Credit: Reviewed / Rachel Murphy

The Ring Video Doorbell Wired records in 1080p HD video with a 155-degree horizontal field of view.

Best Value
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 ton 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 Alexa integration.

There’s no option for battery, so existing doorbell wires are required and installation takes about 10 minutes. Within the Ring app, you can view a live stream of your doorbell camera, create custom motion zones, and fine tune 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. It also offers customizable motion zones, and Ring’s People Only mode and Snapshot Capture features. It also includes mandatory two-factor authentication to keep your account secure.

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

  • No support for Google Home or Apple HomeKit

  • Doesn't work with existing chimes

Other Video Doorbells We Tested

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Ring Video Doorbell 4

The Ring Video Doorbell 4 is Ring’s most appealing front door camera. It runs on battery or existing doorbell wires, ensuring compatibility for any home. Most notably, it’s the only Ring doorbell to offer color Pre-Roll clips, a feature that captures the four seconds leading up to a motion event.

The doorbell records in 1080p resolution and offers two-way talk with active noise cancellation, ensuring a smooth experience every time someone rings the bell. Color night vision is not available but the HD black and white night view is clear thanks to the camera’s infrared LEDs.

It’s slightly larger than other Ring doorbells and is not compatible with smart assistants outside the Alexa ecosystem like Siri or Google Assistant. Amazon Echo speakers and displays can be used as indoor chimes, and an Alexa-enabled smart display like the Echo Show 5 (second-gen) will display the camera’s live stream as soon as someone rings the doorbell. It can also be used with existing mechanical chimes.

It has an impressive 160-degree field of view but doesn't offer a full head-to-toe picture like other doorbells in our guide. Features like Quick Replies and color Pre-Roll video clips are free to use and help enhance the overall experience, but a paid Ring Protect Plan is needed to access features like saving and sharing video clips, People Only mode, and rich preview notifications.

This isn’t Ring’s most affordable or feature-filled doorbell but it hits all the sweet spots of a great front door camera: reliability, accuracy, and flexibility, making it great for any Alexa-driven smart home.

Read our full review of the Ring Video Doorbell 4.

Pros

  • Works with Alexa

  • Quick Replies

  • Color Pre-Roll clips

Cons

  • Large footprint

  • No Siri or Google Assistant support

Product image of Arlo Essential Video Doorbell Wire-Free
Arlo Essential Wire-Free Video Doorbell

The Arlo Essential Wire-Free Video Doorbell is super smart battery-powered video doorbell for your front door. The 180-degree field of view is one of the largest of any video doorbell, offering clear views of the package at your front door or a person on your front porch. Arlo's wireless doorbell is compatible with smart assistants like Alexa and Google Assistant .

The camera records in a 1:1 square aspect ratio that provides a head-to-toe glimpse of who is at your front door. The rechargeable battery lasts up to six months on one charge, but this will largely depend on how many motion events the doorbell captures per day. Or, you can hardwire it to your existing doorbell wiring for nonstop power. It is complete with 12x digital zoom (impressive for a doorbell camera), HDR video, night vision, and custom motion zones to prevent false notifications.

Features like smart alerts that differentiate between people, vehicles, animals, packages, and other motion require a subscription to one of Arlo’s paid plans. Subscriptions also include 30 days of cloud storage, and allows visitors ay a voicemail at your doorbell.

There are also security features like two-factor authentication, the convenience of logging in to the Arlo app with facial ID technology, and advanced encryption for video storage. 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

Product image of Google Nest Hello Doorbell
Google Nest Hello

The Google Nest Hello is Google's first video doorbell. Unlike it's younger sibling, the Nest Doorbell (Battery), the Hello only supports wired installations. It delivers timely alerts right over Wi-Fi and cellular data and it offers great video and audio quality. There's also 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 that's “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.

Facial recognition is another optional feature that works well. What's even cooler, is with a Nest smart display like the Nest Hub Max, Google Assistant can make visitor announcements when a familiar face rings the doorbell. This is a handy feature so you can know exactly who is coming and going without having to closely review every notification. Additionally, the Nest Hello can detect package deliveries and send notifications to your phone when a package arrives at your front door.

A paid Nest Aware subscription is required to take advantage of features like saving and reviewing video clips in the cloud.

Read our full review of the Nest Hello.

Pros

  • Facial recognition

  • Reliable connection

  • High quality video and audio

Cons

  • Hardwire only

  • No support for Amazon Echo or Apple HomeKit

Product image of Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2
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. 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 to do so.

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. The camera's motion sensor can detect deliveries, sending package alerts to your phone (with a paid plan).

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 examine motion events on the regular, you likely won’t pay much attention.

There are also other features like Alexa Greetings and Quick Replies, which offer convenient, built-in responses from Alexa, including the option for visitors to leave a voice message, when you can't answer the door.

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

Product image of Wyze Video Doorbell Pro
Wyze Video Doorbell Pro

The Wyze Video Doorbell Pro is an upgraded version of the Wyze Video Doorbell and Chime. It offers improved AI, multiple installation methods, and a bigger, clearer view of your front door. The doorbell also works with Alexa and Google Assistant.

You cannot view the live stream of the doorbell in the Amazon Alexa or Google Home apps, but you can pull it up on a compatible smart display or view it in the Wyze app for iOS and Android. Alerts are sent quickly when motion is detected. For a small monthly fee, you can unlock detailed smart alerts for people, packages, and pets. The doorbell can't recognize faces like the Google or HomeKit front door cameras, but it is one of the only video doorbells you can find in this price range to offer enriched security alerts.

The doorbell can be installed using existing wiring or using the included rechargeable battery. The battery life drains quicker than other battery-operated doorbells in our guide. The battery itself is not removable, so the entire doorbell needs to come down for recharging. It connects over dual-band Wi-Fi, another improvement over the first-gen model, and comes with a plug-in chime. It does not work with existing mechanical chimes, but you can add multiple Wyze Chimes throughout your house. Amazon Echo speakers also double as Wyze doorbell chimes.

The included Wyze Chime needs to remain plugged in at all times for the doorbell to function, which isn’t a deal-breaker, but it is something to know before you buy. As for looks, that’s up to you, but we find the design plain and boring compared to the modern-looking Nest Doorbell (battery) or the Ring Doorbell 3, which is compatible with Ring’s line of interchangeable faceplates.

For an affordable video doorbell that can detect motion events like people, packages, and pets, the Wyze Video Doorbell Pro gets the job done, with a few minor caveats.

Read our full review of the Wyze Video Doorbell Pro.

Pros

  • Works with Alexa and Google Assistant

  • Dual install methods

  • Large, clear view

Cons

  • Questionable battery life

  • Boring design

  • Must use included chime

Product image of Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Gen)
Ring Video Doorbell (second-generation)

The Ring Video Doorbell (second-generation) records in 1080p resolution and has two-way audio that’s loud and clear—all at a competitive price. It also one of the only Ring doorbells that can detect package deliveries.

It doesn’t offer dual-band Wi-Fi like the Ring 3 and requires a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi connection (as do the good majority of smart home gadgets).

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.

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

  • Clear video and audio

  • Reliable

Cons

  • Only works with Alexa

  • Battery can be a pain to charge

Product image of Wyze Video Doorbell + Chime
Wyze Video Doorbell

Looking for a great video doorbell that won't cost you hundreds of dollars? Wyze's video doorbell is one of the most affordable (and smallest) available, offering impressive performance and features for the money. It records in 1080p video quality, has an 8X digital zoom, and features a 3:4 head-to-toe view that's on par with more expensive smart doorbells. The field of view is narrower than the competition, but that’s part of the trade-off when you buy a budget video doorbell.

With Wyze’s monthly Cam Plus paid plan, you’ll get quick and accurate alerts when a person, animal, vehicle, or package crosses your doorbell’s view. Two-way talk is also loud and clear when communicating between the Wyze app and doorbell. While Wyze’s doorbell does not work with existing chime wires, a plug-in chime that can be added to any outlet comes with your purchase.

The only real downside here is its integration (or lack thereof) with smart assistants and their respective ecosystems. The doorbell plays OK with Alexa, making announcements when someone rings the bell, but it’s a bit of a mess when streaming the live view on Amazon Echo smart displays. While other Wyze cameras work with Google Assistant, the doorbell surprisingly does not. It also does not integrate with Apple HomeKit ecosystems. Additionally, in keeping with its price, the build quality is a bit flimsy.

As long as you don’t mind those compromises, Wyze’s video doorbell is a solid budget pick that brings impressive value for the money.

Read our full review of the Wyze Video Doorbell and Chime.

Pros

  • App offers two-factor authentication

  • Works with Alexa

  • Intelligent smart alerts

Cons

  • No HomeKit or Google Home support

  • Cheap build quality

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Lorex 2K Video Doorbell

When you consider this doorbell’s stellar performance, impeccable security features, and subscription-free foundation, it’s hard to find something not to love about one of the latest additions to the war for your front door.

Lorex wouldn’t have a case to make, of course, if the performance it employs wasn’t up to par. There’s no need for concern there, though, since its 2K resolution, color night vision, and two-way talk features all work seamlessly to help protect your home. It can be sensitive when it comes to detection, but that’s nothing a tweak in the Lorex app can’t solve.

Lorex automatically prompts you to set up security features like a biometric login and two-factor authentication when in the setup process for your device. That kind of wherewithal makes it abundantly clear that protecting your privacy is a priority.

Perhaps the most convenient aspect of the Lorex 2K Doorbell is its subscription-free design. The device comes preloaded with 32GB of internal storage, effectively eliminating any need to pay a monthly fee to store recordings like most of its competitors do. It does place a limit on how many recordings you can store, but it's a small price to pay for, well, not having to pay an additional price on a monthly basis.

The Lorex 2K Doorbell is a rather mediocre-looking device that may present a bit of a field-of-view challenge depending on your specific entryway. Even after taking those blemishes into consideration, though, it stands tall as an effective security camera that puts privacy first and doesn’t nickel and dime you every time you turn the page on the calendar.

Read our full review of the Lorex 2K Video Doorbell

Pros

  • Excellent performance

  • Great security features

  • No strings attached

Cons

  • Subpar aesthetics

  • No Siri/HomeKit support

  • Not for all doorways

Product image of Eufy Video Doorbell Dual (2K, Battery-Powered)
Eufy Video Doorbell Dual

The dual-camera Eufy Video Doorbell Dual is in a league of its own when it comes to fighting off porch pirates with advanced home security. The front camera shows video in crisp and clear 2K resolution, and the bottom camera faces downward to watch over deliveries in 1080p. Features the ability to detect people and packages, as well as facial recognition, are available for free.

Local storage is also available at no cost via the Eufy Home Base, which is included with the purchase of the doorbell. The doorbell runs on a rechargeable, built-in battery or it can be connected to existing wiring.

Eufy has introduced a new package-management feature available for the Video Doorbell Dual called Delivery Guard that tells the doorbell when a package gets delivered. The feature can also automatically play custom audio recordings if it senses someone approaching the package post-delivery, as well as reminding you to bring your delivery inside.

There are a couple of downsides to Eufy’s doorbell, though. For example, we experienced multiple delays and buffering when accessing the doorbell’s live view on smart displays like the Echo Show 10 and Nest Hub (second-gen) and don’t recommend relying on this feature until it’s been improved. Also, at 6.5-inches tall, the Eufy doorbell is giant compared to most other doorbells, so it’s not the best choice if you’re looking for a barely-there buzzer.

Not every home needs a two-camera doorbell, but if you receive frequent deliveries or live on a busy street, the Eufy Video Doorbell Dual is a hardworking watchdog to have on your side.

Read our full review of the Eufy Video Doorbell Dual

Pros

  • Multiple installation methods

  • Two cameras

  • Free intelligent alerts

Cons

  • Large size

  • Hub required (included)

  • Poor smart display integration

Product image of Eufy Security Video Doorbell (Battery-Powered)
Eufy Security Video Doorbell (Battery-Powered)

Eufy's Wireless Video Doorbell displays in clear 2K video during the day and night, has easy-to-hear two-way audio that's clear with minimal delays. It works with Alexa and Google Assistant, but does not offer support for Apple HomeKit. Despite being a battery-powered doorbell, it can also be hardwired using existing doorbell wiring.

The Eufy Wireless Video Doorbell comes with its own home base hub that connects to your Wi-Fi router via an ethernet cable. 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 hub also acts 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.

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. 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.

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)

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Wemo Smart Video Doorbell

The Wemo Smart Video Doorbell is one of the newest (and few) options to work exclusively with Apple’s smart home ecosystem, HomeKit. Most video doorbells work with Alexa and Google, but Wemo’s Apple-only doorbell supports Siri-only. One of the best things this doorbell has going for it is the 178-degree field of view—one of the biggest of any video doorbell out there right now.

The video resolution isn’t as high quality as non-HomeKit doorbells in a similar price range, like the Eufy Video Doorbell Dual or Ring Video Doorbell 4, but you’ll find the same with Apple-only competitors like the Logitech Circle View Doorbell). The video quality looks better in the daytime, but the night vision is hard to see in total darkness and needs the help of a porch light for better clarity.

The doorbell fits in nicely with other Apple devices, like the HomePod Mini, which works as an indoor chime (the doorbell also works with mechanical chimes). If you have Apple’s optional facial recognition feature enabled, the Siri-enabled smart speaker can tell you the name of who is at the front door when they ring the bell. Other features, like intelligent push alerts (people, packages, pets, and familiar faces) and customizable activity zones, are available and work well.

As is the case with any HomeKit smart device, an Apple home hub (such as an iPad, Apple TV, or HomePod Mini is the key to managing the doorbell remotely and storing video clips in the cloud with HomeKit Secure Video. Enhanced security features like mandatory two-factor account authentication and end-to-end encryption for recorded clips provide peace of mind for protecting Siri-controlled smart homes.

For a HomeKit-only doorbell that shows a sweeping, wide-angle view, the Wemo Smart Video Doorbell has you covered at every angle.

Read our full review of the Wemo Smart Video Doorbell

Pros

  • Wide field of view

  • Helpful security features

  • Works well with Apple HomeKit

Cons

  • Apple only

  • Hub needed for remote access

  • So-so night vision quality

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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

How We Test Video Doorbells

The Testers

Hi, I’m Rachel Murphy, Reviewed’s home editor. 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 Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit .

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 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 nicely 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. Smart 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.

Meet the testers

Rachel Murphy

Rachel Murphy

Editor, Home

@rachel_murphy

Rachel Murphy is Reviewed's home editor. She holds a journalism degree from the University of Central Florida. Prior to joining the team, she worked as a freelance writer for publications like Insider and Mashable, and as an associate editorial producer for Good Morning America. Aside from smart home tech, her interests include food, travel, parenting, and home renovation. You can usually find her sipping on coffee at any time of the day.

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Nick Woodard

Nick Woodard

Contributor

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Nick Woodard is a tech journalist specializing in all things related to home theater and A/V. His background includes a solid foundation as a sports writer for multiple daily newspapers, and he enjoys hiking and mountain biking in his spare time.

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