We are constantly ordering online. Sometimes those packages are delivered when we’re not home, and we often have to hope no one steals them before we get back. For package security and other security concerns, video doorbells are becoming increasingly popular.
A video doorbell can detect motion in front of your door and notify you when you’re not at home, allowing you to see live video to determine whether your house is still safe. Moreover, there are a ton of other nifty features smart doorbells offer to make your life easier. Check out six of the best smart video doorbells you can buy right now.
The best smart video doorbells:
1. Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus
The original Ring video doorbell was the first video doorbell to enter the market. Despite being rejected on Shark Tank, the Ring video doorbell went on to become a massive hit among consumers and it’s still one of the highest-rated video doorbells today.
Ring is owned by Amazon, so it works perfectly with Alexa devices. With 1080p resolution and improved motion detection, you’ll easily be able to see who is at your door. The Ring 3 Plus system is simple to install so it’s easy to do it yourself.
With the Ring 3 Plus, you’ll have access to a special feature: pre-roll video capture; this means that you’ll be able to see four extra seconds of video footage that show you exactly what happened before a motion sensor was triggered.
Check out the full review: Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus review: Pushing all the right buttons
You can choose to self-monitor through a free app or you can pay for a video monitoring service. The Basic plan costs either $30 annually or $3 monthly and includes 60 days of recorded video history, as well as the ability to share videos or take snapshots of a video feed. The Plus plan costs either $100 annually or $10 monthly and includes 24/7 professional video monitoring for the Ring Alarm, extended warranties for all of your Ring devices, and 10% off any future purchases made on Ring.com.
For a more affordable options, you should also check the base Ring Video Doorbell (2020 version).
2. Arlo Video Doorbell
The Arlo video doorbell is a fairly inexpensive option and it frequently goes on sale. Although it requires wired power, the installation process is straightforward. Arlo’s smart doorbell works with Alexa and also allows you to store videos locally to your Arlo base-station or your Smarthub.
The video quality is very good. HD video with HDR allows you to see details in low-light conditions. Plus, there’s a 180-degree field of view, so you’re able to see someone from head to toe. It captures every important detail.
Check out the full review: Arlo Video Doorbell review: Higher quality video on the cheap
This video doorbell also comes with two-way audio, so you can communicate with visitors at your door. And if you don’t want to communicate live, you have the option of playing a pre-recorded message. Every time someone comes to your door, you’ll get a notification that motion has been detected. With Arlo Foresight, you can see video footage prior to every single motion-triggered video, just to ensure you don’t miss anything.
You’ll get three months of Arlo Smart for free with your purchase. After the three-month free trial, you can choose between the Premier Plan for $2.99 per month or the Elite Plan for $4.99; the main difference between the two plans is 2K video quality versus 4K video quality. You can choose to opt-out of a service plan as well.
3. Eufy 2K Video Doorbell (battery-powered)
The Eufy 2K Video Doorbell is now available in a wireless version and it’s definitely one of the best video doorbells around. You can communicate with visitors via two-way audio, there’s local storage to store video footage, and the device is ready for any weather situation. Plus, Eufy’s smart video doorbell also works with Alexa.
Check out the full review: Eufy Security Video Doorbell review
It captures high-quality 2K (2,560 x 1,920 resolution) video footage. This, combined with Eufy’s HDR and distortion correction, ensures you’ll always have top-shelf video to look back on when needed. Eufy’s AI technology helps the camera detect body shape and faces so that you’re only alerted when a human visitor approaches, and not a cat or a dog.
The great part about this option is that there are no subscription fees with Eufy. You pay for the video doorbell and that’s it. You get all the features without paying an on-going monthly fee.
4. Google Nest Hello
Google’s Nest Hello video doorbell is a sleek option that packs in quite a few nifty features and is user-friendly. The built-in HD camera has 1,600 x 1,200 resolution, 160-degree field of view, and night vision that features 850nm infrared LED lights. You can easily interact with your visitors remotely. HD Talk and Listen helps quiet background noise so you and your visitor can hold a clearer conversation.
Managing the Google Nest Hello doorbell using the free Nest mobile app is a snap. Through the app, you’ll receive alerts, stream live video feeds, or speak with your visitors. Though the app is free, you’ll probably want to pay an annual fee for Nest Aware to get some of the more worthwhile features.
The basic plan for Nest Aware gives you 30 days of event video history and costs $60 annually or $6 monthly. Or, you can spring for Nest Aware Plus, which gives you 60 days of event video history and 10 days of 24/7 video history; this premium plan costs $120 annually or $12 monthly.
5. August View
The August View Doorbell Camera works similar to the other best video doorbells. You’ll get real-time notifications on your phone, high-quality HD video, and two-way audio so you can easily interact with visitors at your door. It’s worth mentioning as well that there’s a built-in infrared light that helps capture night vision footage.
There’s a free video recording service that allows you to replay any video from the previous 24 hours. If you want the ability to replay video from the last 15 days, however, you’ll have to upgrade to a premium video recording service for $2.99 a month. Additionally, you can pay $4.99 a month for the Premium Plus subscription and get 30-day storage.
The installation process is fairly simple; you no longer need to deal with wiring as the device is battery-operated. Plus, August’s View pairs with all of August’s Smart Locks. You can easily let guests in and out of your home through your phone, unlocking and locking the door from a distance — all with a push of a button from your phone.
6. Vivint Doorbell Camera Pro
This video doorbell from Vivint has two-way audio, 180-degree field of view, 1080p resolution, and infrared night vision LEDs. What’s neat about Vivint is that the company schedules a professional from the company to come to your house to install the camera system. The installer ensures that it’s working properly so you can start protecting your home instantly, without worrying about working out the kinks yourself.
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Vivint boasts that it’s the only doorbell camera that has the ability to proactively protect packages on your doorstep. First, Vivint’s Doorbell Camera Pro only responds when it detects the doorbell ring or a human standing in front of your door; it won’t detect passing cars or pets.
Second, if you have a package on your front porch, Vivint will deter anyone who walks up to your package until you have a chance to pull it inside. If someone is detected around your porch when you have a package, the camera will light up and play a little tune to let the person know they’re being recorded and (hopefully) deter them from stealing the delivery.