The best video doorbells will do far more than simply show you who is at the door. Most top-of-the-line models are packed with smart features such as two-way communication and facial recognition. Using the two-way communication feature means you can talk to whoever is at your door, even if you aren't at home, and being able to speak to the postman means you'll never miss a parcel again!
As well as being really convenient, video doorbells also help to heighten your home's security - you can receive notifications to your smartphone when someone approaches your front door, for example.
Video doorbells are great way to dip your toes into smart home tech - whether you’re a tech expert or a beginner, you’ll be able to find the best video doorbell that is perfect for you with this handy list.
Which is the Best Video Doorbell?
1. Nest Hello
Simply the best video doorbell around
Video resolution: 1600 x 1200p | Wired: Yes | Connects with: Alexa, Google Assistant | Field of view: 160 degrees | Size: 4.6 x 1.7 x 1 inch
The Nest Hello is the best video doorbell because of its sharp video quality and the clarity of sound from its microphone and speaker.
The camera lets you see people from head to toe, and its wide scope lens even lets you see if packages have been left on the ground. Furthermore, its microphone reduces ambient noise which provides crystal clear sound quality.
Better still, the Nest Hello can even recognise individual faces and announce them via Google Assistant or Alexa. It also has 24/7 live streaming, HDR imaging, and a spotlight that will illuminate whenever someone approaches the door, triggering a notification to your phone, displaying the visitor's face (even if they don't ring the bell).
However to ensure you benefit from its features you’ll need to subscribe to the Nest Aware service (which begins at around £4.50 per month). Once you've subscribed, you can access 24/7 continuous recording, Familiar Face alerts, the ability to create clips and time-lapses, and access your video history.
2. Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus
Fantastic motion detection and smart home capability
Video resolution: 1080p | Wired/battery: Both | Field of view: 160 degrees | Connects with: Google Home, IFTTT, Alexa | Size: 5.1 x 2.4 x 1.1 inches
Video quality is guaranteed thanks to the 1080p resolution of the Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus, and the handy Pre-Roll feature adds up to four seconds of video before a motion event occurs, so you can see people as they approach your door.
Another useful couple of features are Advanced Motion Detection and Near Motion Zone, which allow you to specify a motion detection area you want notifications for - this can prevent unnecessary notifications, such as if there is a public pathway relatively near to your front door, for example, and it will also conserve the battery (if you opt for wireless connection).
These features are all available out of the box, but to record and download video you'll need to subscribe to the Ring Protect Service.
The Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus supports Wi-Fi, Alexa and IFTTT, but not Apple HomeKit or Google Assistant.
3. Ring Video Doorbell Pro
Great value for money
Video resolution: 1080p | Wired: Yes | Field of view: 160 degrees | Connects with: Alexa, Google Home, IFTTT | Size: 4.5 x 2 x 1 inches
The first thing that stands out about the Ring Video Doorbell Pro is its slender and unobtrusive design, and this small package contains a sizeable array of features.
Once you’ve used Motion Settings on the Ring app to adjust your motion sensitivity and establish movement zones (which allow you to define a specific area that you want the doorbell to cover), you’ll get a notification when movement is detected, or when the doorbell is pressed, and infrared night vision provides coverage while you sleep.
On-demand streaming means you can check in on the footage at any time, and two-way talk lets you see, hear and talk to visitors from your phone, tablet or computer. There's more: the Ring Pro uses pre-buffering technology to show you events prior to a motion trigger.
It comes with four interchangeable faceplates (black, bronze, nickel, and white) so you can be sure it'll match the exterior of your home.
While this video doorbell is a little more expensive (keep an eye out for deals), the features included are worth the extra cost.
4. Eufy Video Doorbell
Crystal clear video quality
Video resolution: 2560 x 1920p | Wired/battery: Both | Field of view: 160 degrees | Connects with: Google Assistant. Alexa | Size: 14 x 5.4 x 2.8cm
The Eufy video doorbell's crystal-clear 2560 x 1920 HD resolution and built-in Sony 2K sensor ensures video is recorded in extremely high quality. You won't miss a detail.
It's purchasable as both wired and wireless options, and both have their advantages. The battery life on the wireless model is excellent (it only requires a six-hour charge every six months or so), while the wired model is simple to install and can easily replace your existing wired doorbell.
Both models also include two-way audio and a free electronic chime, plus alerts (motion and doorbell) will be sent to your phone or other smart device.
Significantly, a key advantage of the Eufy video doorbell is that you don't need a subscription to access your storage of video recordings.
5. Arlo Video Doorbell
Great for detecting animals and packages
Video resolution: 1536 x 1536p | Wired: Yes | Field of view: 180 degrees (diagonal) | Connects with: Alexa, Google Assistant | Size: 5.1 x 1.8 x 1 inches
Arlo’s video doorbell delivers high-quality video and audio day and night, and with an 180-degree field of view (the widest on this list) you can view coverage of your doorstep with minimal fisheye distortion.
This video doorbell has a direct-to-mobile video calling feature, an Arlo exclusive, which allows for quick and easy response to the notifications. Visitors can also leave messages for you if you aren't home.
If you see someone approach and you want to deter them, you can trigger a built-in siren from your smartphone.
Once you’ve downloaded the Arlo app (which is necessary prior to installing the doorbell), you can connect it to Alexa and Google Assistant, although recorded video and smart notifications require a subscription.
A massive tick in the box for the Arlo doorbell is its sensitive detection software that picks up animals and packages. To avoid being spammed with updates when a cat walks past, you can restrict notifications so you're only informed when a person is at your door.
6. Ring Door View Cam
The best video doorbell for those on a budget
Video resolution: 1920 x 1080p | Battery: Yes | Field of view: 155 degrees horizontal, 90 degrees vertical | Connects with: Alexa | Size: 4.4 x 2.3 x 1.2 inches
The wireless Ring Door View Cam, also known as the Peephole Cam, replaces the standard peephole on your front door.
Once installed, the Ring Door View Cam will detect motion using high quality video resolution, and record video too.
The unit features an 1080p camera using High Dynamic Range (HDR) technology, as well as three infrared LEDs for night vision. Using the Ring app you can also customise motion sensors, and use the microphone and speaker for two-way audio.
Installation is easy too. Simply place the doorbell on the door with the cable and tube feeding through the existing peephole, then pull the back part of the camera into place and screw on a retaining clip (provided), holding it in place.
Like the Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus, you’ll need to recharge the battery every few months depending on your usage.
How to Choose the Best Video Doorbell
Here's what you should look out for when browsing the best video doorbells for your home:
Hard-wired vs battery
There’s pros and cons to both wireless and battery-powered video doorbells.
Battery-powered video doorbells are easy to install and don’t require you to mess with any wiring, but batteries can deplete quickly depending on use, and you may have to replenish them fairly regularly. However, you can maximise the battery life by adjusting the doorbell's motion sensors.
Hard-wired video doorbells are not quite as easy to install, but you don’t have to worry about power running out. If you can't utilise existing doorbell wiring, you can use a plug-in transformer or hire an electrician to fit the doorbell for you.
Smart home interoperability
Your video doorbell can be integrated with your smart home in several ways. Models that support IFTTT (If This Then That) means you can make your devices interact with each other - turning the lights on when the doorbell rings after a certain time of day, for example.
The higher resolution you opt for, the sharper the image you'll receive, which will make it easier to identify people at your door. Look out for a video doorbell with 1080p quality vision (around two million pixels) for a great display.
While there are many great features available out of the box, it's worthwhile just checking the additional features that are available with a subscription.
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