App offers two-factor authentication
Works with Alexa
Intelligent smart alerts
No HomeKit or Google Home support
Cheap build quality
About the Wyze Doorbell and Chime
- Price: $56.98
- Colors: White
- Connectivity: 2.4GHz Wi-Fi
- Smart assistants: Amazon Alexa
- Installation type: Hardwire 16V-24V AC, ≥10VA
- Operating temperature: -4 degrees Fahrenheit to 122 degrees Fahrenheit
- Field of view: 120-degree horizontal, 88-degree vertical
- Video Resolution: 1080p HD
- Dimensions: 1.5 W x 3.25 L x 0.625 D inches
Everything you need is included in the box: doorbell, chime, mounting plate, angle wedge, and screws—just add a screwdriver. Of course, you also need an iOS or Android device with the Wyze app installed.
The included chime plugs into any standard electrical outlet. Though the doorbell is hardwired to your home, it cannot be used with your existing mechanical chime. However, it comes with its own chime (as the name implies) and additional Wyze Chimes are available for purchase to add throughout your home.
What we like
Video quality that rivals the competition
For a budget doorbell, Wyze’s camera looks very good, rivaling even pricier competitors. It offers 1080p—the industry standard for video resolution these days—and a head-to-toe 3:4 view that, like Arlo’s Essential Wire Free and Nest’s Doorbell (battery) , shows a person in full view at your front door.
The doorbell camera records daytime video at 20 frames per second and nighttime video at 15 frames per second with an 8X digital zoom. For comparison’s sake, the Nest Doorbell (battery) is more than double the price and only comes with a 6X digital zoom. Color night vision is not available here, but everything is fairly easy to make out in black and white at night.
The field of view is narrower than more expensive doorbells, but that’s part of the trade-off when you buy a low-cost video doorbell. However, the slimmer view isn’t a big deal—I was able to see everything in full view with no problems. The included mounting wedge also helps you angle the camera in a desired direction for a full view. If you want something with a bigger outlook, the 160-degree view on the (pricier) Ring Video Doorbell 4 complies. But again, for the price, you really can’t beat the Wyze Video Doorbell's specs.
Great features and performance for one low price
It’s not uncommon for video doorbells to come with a subscription fee in exchange for access to more descriptive smart alerts that can go beyond general motion notifications and specify when a person, package, vehicle, or animal appears in your doorbell’s view. That’s exactly what you’ll get from Wyze’s Cam Plus Plan for $1.25/month. While no one loves paying another monthly fee, Wyze’s is one of the cheapest video doorbell subscriptions out there.
You won’t find the same spread of detailed alerts on Ring doorbells, however, options from Nest and Arlo are both smart enough to intelligently differentiate between motion events like Wyze’s. One thing is clear: Wyze is gaining confidence to compete with the big players at a fraction of the price.
The plan isn’t totally necessary, as you can still get doorbell press alerts and view the live stream on your phone, but it adds a lot of value without breaking the bank each month. Without the paid plan, you’re limited to motion-only alerts and a cooldown period of five minutes between events.
Video storage is free and is uploaded to the cloud. There is no slot for a microSD card like you’ll find on the Wyze Outdoor Cam, which means local storage is not an option, but free video storage is definitely a nice perk.
What we don’t like
The materials feel cheap
The build quality is my biggest gripe about the Wyze doorbell. I love the petite design, but the plastic body and mounting frame are thin, flimsy, and nowhere near as sturdy as doorbells from Ring, Arlo, or Nest. During installation, I had issues getting the doorbell to lock into place with the mounting plate and felt like I was going to break it due to the large amount of pressure I was using. Additionally, this doorbell is kind of a pain to remove. That’s both a good and a bad thing, depending on whether you’re more concerned about theft or mobility.
All of that to say, looks and build quality are not this doorbell’s strong points. For a more stylish, sturdier build, check out the long and lean Nest Doorbell (battery), which comes in four colors.
Smart assistant integration is just OK
Wyze’s doorbell plays a bit nicer with the Amazon Echo ecosystem. The live stream is simple to pull up on Echo displays, though the orientation is sideways, showing up in landscape orientation instead of portrait—an issue other Wyze Doorbell users have noted, too. I pulled up the live stream on the latest versions of the Echo Show 5 and Show 10 and got the same results, which is a bummer because you might give yourself a crick in the neck checking to see who’s there.
Echo devices can be used as indoor chimes for the Wyze doorbell, making announcements when someone rings the bell. However, unlike Ring doorbells, the live stream from Wyze does not appear on the screen of an Echo display when the doorbell is pressed. But since the doorbell doesn’t integrate with mechanical chimes, Echo speakers are the best alternative to hearing the doorbell ring indoors if you don't want to add additional Wyze Chimes to your setup.
Should you buy it?
Yes, especially if you’re on a budget.
If you don’t want to spend a lot on a smart doorbell, Wyze’s Video Doorbell is a great option. It comes with desirable features like intelligent smart alerts (with a Cam Plus plan), free local storage, and 1080p video quality. It’s also one of the smallest doorbells out there, so if you’re tight on space, this is the one to get. For the money, you really can’t beat the Wyze doorbell.
The $60 Ring Video Doorbell Wired is one of the only comparable video doorbells available for the price. Like Wyze, Ring’s budget doorbell requires existing doorbell wires, only works with Alexa, and doesn’t work with mechanical chimes. There are some notable differences, though. The wired Ring doorbell is better at Alexa integration, while the Wyze Video Doorbell is cheaper both up front and for its monthly plan.
The most important difference between Wyze and Ring here is that the Wyze doorbell can differentiate between people, packages, vehicles, and animals, whereas Ring’s model (at the time of publication) cannot.
Most video doorbells fall in the price range of $100 to $200, making it hard to deny the value that Wyze’s low-priced doorbell offers. You won’t get perfection, but you will get a lot for a great price—which is kind of Wyze’s thing.
Prices were accurate at the time this article was published but may change over time.
Meet the tester
Senior Staff Writer@rachel_murphy
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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