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The best video doorbells to keep your home safer

Knock knock ― no need to ask who's there.
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May 14, 2022
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Video doorbells are increasingly popular for a few reasons, led by package security — since everything from groceries to electronics is being delivered now, it’s important to deter thieves before they strike. They’re also handy for general surveillance, or just making sure it’s safe to answer unexpected visitors.

Also read: What is a smart home, and why should you want one

All video doorbells offer motion- or button-triggered notifications on linked devices, allowing you to tune into live video, but feature sets can diverge radically from there. Check out six of the best smart video doorbells you can buy right now.

The best smart video doorbells:

Editor’s note: We’ll regularly update this list of the best video doorbells as newer ones launch.


Ring Video Doorbell 4

Ring Video Doorbell 4
Ring

The original Ring Video Doorbell was the first such product to enter the market. A few generations on, the Video Doorbell 4 captures video in 1080p, and runs entirely on a removable battery. It supports both 2.4GHz and 5GHz Wi-Fi, which is relatively uncommon in the smart home world.

Some other features include two-way audio, customizable alert areas, and pre-roll video previews of motion events. You can even use canned “quick replies” to answer visitors if you’re busy. Note that if you don’t want to use the Ring app, the only compatible smart home platform is Amazon Alexa.

Those who only need a more basic feature set and want to save cash can opt for the wired Ring Video Doorbell. Either way, you’re going to need a Ring Protect plan for options like recording.


Arlo Essential Video Doorbell Wire-Free

Arlo Essential Video Doorbell
Arlo

The Arlo Essential Video Doorbell is a competitive option that regularly goes on sale. The latest version can be used with or without wires, and comes with great specs, including six-month battery life, HDR video, and a 180-degree field of view, surpassing the 160 degrees of the Ring Video Doorbell 4. Plenty of other standard features are in tow, such as two-way talk.

Related: These are the best smart security cameras

Unlike Ring, Arlo supports local video recording when the Essential is connected to an Arlo Base Station or Smart Hub. That mitigates some of the necessity of an Arlo Secure plan, though a subscription is still required for things like interactive notifications or person, package, vehicle, and animal detection. Without local storage, you’ll need Secure to get cloud recording, too.


Eufy 2K Video Doorbell (battery-powered)

Eufy Video Doorbell bell logo
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While you’ll have to take the 2K Video Doorbell down to recharge, it has a six-month battery, and there’s a killer feature: its HomeBase module, which not only chimes but offers 16GB of local recording if you don’t want to pay for a cloud subscription. Its 2K video, meanwhile, is sharper than usual, and in a 4:3 ratio that’s suited to watching packages.

Check out the full review: Eufy 2K Security Video Doorbell

Eufy makes freedom from subscriptions a key selling point, noting that features like activity zones and person detection aren’t behind a paywall. If avoiding yet another monthly fee is important, this doorbell should be on your shortlist.


Google Nest Doorbell (battery)

Google Nest
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Google is known for great security cameras, albeit on the pricier side of the spectrum. The battery-powered version of the Nest Doorbell offers a sleek design with a 145-degree (diagonal) field of view and HDR video. If power or Wi-Fi is cut, it can keep recording for an hour.

More: Google Nest Doorbell review

The product is locked into the Google Assistant ecosystem, but you’re probably alright with that if you’re using an Android phone. In fact the Nest Doorbell is one of the “smartest” options on the market, able to handle person, package, animal, and vehicle detection on-device instead of farming it out to the cloud.

There are some drawbacks. Video resolution is an oddly low 960 x 1,280, and while you get three hours of cloud recording for free, you’ll need to spring for a Nest Aware subscription to extend that to 30 days and enable familiar face recognition. The latter tells you when the doorbell spots a labeled friend or family member.


Eufy Video Doorbell Dual (wireless)

A side angle of the Eufy Video Doorbell Dual
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The Video Doorbell Dual is Eufy’s top-of-the-line option, improving on the 2K Video Doorbell with a second, ground-facing camera meant to guard deliveries. It recognizes both people and boxes and tells you when packages are delivered or picked up in any motion alerts.

Also read: Eufy Video Doorbell Dual review

It might sound like the ultimate doorbell, but there are some limitations. It doesn’t detect bags or envelopes, so you’ll have to rely on human and button alerts whenever you order meals or groceries. The wireless version is also expensive in tandem with the required HomeBase 2 module, so while it’s subscription-free, you should probably go with the 2K Video Doorbell unless you get packages delivered on a regular basis.

Alternately, Eufy now has a wired version of the Dual. It’s cheaper at $200, replacing the HomeBase with a chime module. You’re dependent on home wiring, however, and storage drops from 16GB to 8GB. On the plus side, unlimited power means you get three-second preview videos.


Blink Video Doorbell

A close-up of the Blink Video Doorbell
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Amazon’s Blink security brand offers a variety of options at low prices. In fact, while the Blink Video Doorbell officially retails for $49.99, it can sometimes be found for even less.

It makes relatively few (major) sacrifices to reach that pricetag, sporting 1080p daytime views, night vision, and a 135-degree field of view. There’s no object recognition, but it runs wire-free, using two AA batteries that last up to two years. The trick is that for anything beyond live views of button or motion events you’ll need to spend extra on a Blink Sync Module 2, which stays wired inside your home. It might as well be mandatory.

Related: Blink Outdoor camera review

Being an Amazon product, platform integration is limited to Alexa, and you’ll need a Blink subscription for cloud recording. You can plug a USB flash drive into a Sync Module 2 for local recording, however, keeping costs in budget territory.