Best video doorbells in 2021-top 5 video doorbells

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These are the best video doorbells based on video quality, notifications, smart home integration and more.

One of the best video doorbells could be the key to stopping package thieves and porch pirates. These devices alert you and take videos of everyone who approaches your door, so you get a clear view of who’s knocking — and who’s not. 

A video doorbell is also helpful for those with mobility issues. So, for example, if you can’t get to your front door easily or quickly, you can use your smartphone to tell your visitor to wait until you get there.

Check out our picks for the best video doorbells.

1. Nest HelloThe best video doorbell overall

Nest Hello

SPECIFICATIONS

Video Resolution: 1600 x 1200

Field of View: 160 degrees

Works with: Alexa, Google Assistant

Size: 4.6 x 1.7 x 1 inch

Wired/Battery: wired

Starting Storage Fee: $6/month, $60/year for 30 days video

LIKES

  • Great video quality
  • Flexible scheduling
  • Facial recognition

DISLIKES

  • Uses a lot of bandwidth to upload video
  • Requires hardwired connection

The Nest Hello takes the top honors as the best video doorbell overall, as it produced the best-looking video we’ve yet seen from one of these devices, and its microphone and speaker were excellent, too. This is one smart video doorbell, too: The Nest Hello can also recognize people’s faces, and announce them via a Google Assistant compatible device when they come to your door. (It also works with Alexa). 

While the Hello needs a hardwired connection, it continuously records video, so you’ll never miss an event. You can also set up specific zones, so you’ll only be notified when a person or object appears in that area of the frame. To get most of these features, you’ll need to subscribe, but they’re worth it.

2. Ring Video Doorbell 3 PlusThe best video doorbell for wireless installation

 Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus

SPECIFICATIONS

Video Resolution: 1080p

Field of View: 160 degrees

Works with: Alexa, Google Home, IFTTT

Size: 5.1 x 2.4 x 1.1 inches

Wired/Battery: Yes/Yes

Starting Storage Fee: $30/year for 60 days video

LIKES

  • Can be wired or battery-powered
  • Pre-roll shows all movement
  • Works with a good number of other smart home devices

DISLIKES

  • No package detection
  • No preview notification
  • Subscription required for many features

Because it can run entirely on battery power, the Ring Video Doorbell 3 and the Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus is the best video doorbell for homes or locations where there isn’t already power. But the reason Ring’s video doorbells also rank so high is that they can also run using a hardwired connection, making it very versatile.

This 1080p doorbell camera offers good customization for motion alerts, although it’s not as robust as the Ring Pro’s. However, you still get the same ability to share videos with neighbors, as well as Ring’s affordable video-storage fees. The Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus also offers a feature called Pre-roll, which allows you to see the four seconds of video prior to a motion event. It’s not as effective as similar features found on the Nest Hello and Arlo video doorbells, but Ring’s is the only one that also works using battery power. 

Ring’s video doorbell can also be paired with an optional Ring Chime or the Ring Chime Pro, if you don’t already have a doorbell chime inside your house. The Chime Pro also acts as a Wi-Fi repeater, good for if your front door is out of range of your router.

3. Ring Video Doorbell (2nd gen)The best video doorbell value

 Ring Video Doorbell (2nd gen)

SPECIFICATIONS

Video Resolution: 1080p

Field of View: 160 degrees

Works with: Alexa, Google Assistant, Nest, IFTTT

Size: 5.05 x 2.50 x 1.08 inches

Wired/Battery: Yes/Yes

Starting Storage Fee: $30/year for 60 days video

LIKES

  • Inexpensive
  • Customizable motion zones
  • Good-quality video
  • Works wired or battery powered

DISLIKES

  • No pre-roll feature
  • No package detection

Ring’s original Video Doorbell has been upgraded: The all-new Ring Video Doorbell (2nd generation) has a 1080p camera (up from 720p on the original), as well as improved night vision and better motion-tracking capabilities.

Like the Ring Video Doorbell 2, we like that you can use this model either wired or on battery power alone, and you can create custom motion zones, and also see what’s going on in your neighborhood.

4. Arlo Video DoorbellBest video doorbell for animal detection

 Arlo Video Doorbell

SPECIFICATIONS

Video Resolution: 1536 x 1536

Field of View: 180 degrees (diagonal)

Works with: Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

Size: 5.1 x 1.8 x 1 inches

Wired/Battery: Yes/No

Starting Storage Fee: $3/month (single camera)

LIKES

  • Great video/audio quality
  • Person, package, animal detection
  • Feature-packed app

DISLIKES

  • Requires subscription for most features
  • Wired only

Arlo makes some of the best home security cameras, so it should be no surprise that the Arlo Video doorbell is one of the best video doorbells, too. It delivered high-quality video and audio both day and night, and features both person and package detection. Arlo’s video doorbell also works with Alexa and Google Assistant, so can receive notifications on smart speakers, and live stream video from the doorbell to an Amazon Echo Show or Google Nest Hub smart display.

Arlo’s app has a ton of features, but some of them, such as motion sensitivity, are difficult to find. Also, the video doorbell has to be hard-wired. And, for most of the smarter features, including video storage, you need to sign up for a subscription.  But, if you have Arlo’s security cameras, its video doorbell will make an excellent addition.

5. Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2Sees more of your front porch

Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2

SPECIFICATIONS

Video Resolution: 1536 x 1536 | Field of View: 150 x 150 degrees | Works with: Alexa, Google Home, IFTTT | Size: 4 x 1.8 x 0.88 inches | Wired/Battery: No | Starting Storage Fee: $30/year for 60 days video

LIKES

  • Shows more of front porch than other Ring cameras
  • Great video quality
  • Slim design

DISLIKES

  • No package detection
  • Expensive
  • Wired only

The Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 is the first from the company that has a square aspect ratio, which means the video is as tall as it is wide. What that means is that it can show much more of your front stoop than other Ring doorbells — so you’re more likely to see when a package has been dropped off. It also has customizable motion zones and a new “radar” feature that helps cut down on unwanted notifications. 

The Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 delivered excellent video quality, was very responsive, and wasn’t too hard to install. Just know that it’s not battery-operated, and you’ll also need to subscribe if you want to get the most out of the video doorbell. 

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