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The best video doorbells ensure you’ll never miss a delivery again by allowing you to use your smartphone to converse with anyone on your doorstep, even if you’re not at home at the time. 


These handy gadgets, which are also known as doorbell cameras thanks to the built-in lens, will notify your smartphone if the doorbell is pressed, so you view the live feed from the video doorbell before you answer the door – putting an end to getting caught out by cold callers.  

The best video doorbells also have a built-in microphone and speaker, so you can interact with the person at the door too –  so if it takes you longer to get to the door than most, you’ll be able to tell the caller to wait a little longer while you make your way to the door. 

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1 Ring Video Doorbell Wired
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Ring Video Doorbell Wired

You’ll need to subscribe to Ring Protect to review who was at the door if you missed the original alert, but it also offers other smart features such as being able to set zones so you’re only alerted about activity in these areas. Prices start from $3 / £2.50 /AU$4 per month.
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Ring’s cheapest doorbell is a wired doorbell camera that is currently only available in the US and Australia, although it will go on sale in the UK in May. Just like other Ring video doorbells it records footage in Full HD but has a slightly narrower 155-degree field of view.

That said, this is such a small difference, we found you didn’t lose much from the picture and it’s a more than acceptable compromise to keep the price so low.

The Full HD color footage recorded the doorbell camera looked clear and detailed, and while video recorded after dark was in black and white rather than color, it was still easy to see.

+Excellent value for money
+Records clear video and audio
+Works with Amazon Echo smart speakers
Requires existing wired doorbellLimited features without subscription
Lacks Google and HomeKit integration
2 Eufy Video Doorbell 2K (Wireless)
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Eufy Video Doorbell 2K (Wireless)

Unlike Ring's battery-operated doorbell, the battery in Eufy’s unit isn’t removable. As such, you’ll have to physically unmount the camera to recharge the battery for around six hours every six months.
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Of all the models here, Eufy’s video doorbell records footage at the highest resolution. As such, footage is extremely detailed, and a 4:3 aspect ratio means you can pretty much see the full length of the person on your doorstep.

Also notable with this doorbell is that it isn’t necessary to sign up for a monthly subscription to get the most from the Eufy Video Doorbell 2K. Rather than video being stored securely online, up to 16GB of footage – around two week’s worth – can sit on the bundled base station, so there’s no on-going cost. But the base station does need to be connected to your wireless router using an Ethernet cable, so make sure you have a spare port.

In our tests, we found colors in the footage were more subdued than with rival doorbells, and the video could lose detail in very bright situations – but it excelled in darker settings.

+Super-detailed video
+No monthly subscription required
+Simple installation
Delay in voice chat and video
Footage in bright scenes lacks detail
Some downtime to recharge
3 Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus
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Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus

There’s full Amazon Alexa integration, too. If you have an Amazon Echo in the house, then you can set it to announce when the doorbell is pressed, or when motion is detected, and converse with the person at your door through the smart speaker – but it doesn't work with Google Assistant and HomeKit.
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Ring’s battery-powered smart doorbell has a larger footprint than the Video Doorbell Pro, but it continues to offer many of the same great features. The battery is removable, too, which means you don’t have to take the entire doorbell off the wall to recharge it either.

Images cover the same 160-degree field of view and, just like its more expensive sibling, the Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus records clear Full HD footage, and even stores the four seconds of black-and-white video recorded before the motion detection was activated, to help you identify exactly what triggered the alert.

As with other Ring doorbells, subscribing to Ring Protect will ensure you can access all of the smart features, including being able to review who was at the door at a later date, if you missed the original alert. Prices start from $3 / £2.50 /AU$4 per month.

+Clear video and audio
+Can be battery-powered or wired
+Pre-roll feature 
Limited features without subscription
Larger than rival video doorbellsLacks Google and HomeKit integration
4 Nest Hello
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Nest Hello

As is the case with most video doorbells, a subscription will be necessary to get anything more than the basics. Nest Hello will save video clips of detected motion and people from the past three hours, but footage older than that will be deleted unless you subscribe to Nest Aware, which costs from $5 / £5 / AU$9 per month.
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The Nest Hello video doorbell sports a similar rounded black-and-white design to the Arlo Video Doorbell. However, where it differs is that not only will it let you view who’s at your door, it will even attempt to identify them through facial recognition.

The Familiar Face function captures the face of all who approach your door, letting you assign names to those you know in the app. So, the next time they arrive at your door, the app will offer up a notification identifying them. The more times a person visits, the bigger the library of shots, thus enabling the facial recognition to improve over time.

Of all the video doorbells reviewed here, the Nest Hello records footage at the lowest resolution. Nevertheless, we still found the image detailed enough to see exactly who was at the door.

+Great motion tracking and HD video
+Useful face recognition
+Easy-to-use app
Subscription required for full features
Fiddly to installLimited Alexa integration and no support from
5 Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2
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Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2

The Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 doesn’t come cheap, and if you're on a budget, it's worth considering its predecessor, the Ring Video Doorbell Pro, which is still available through some outlets. While it doesn’t have as high a resolution or a 1:1 aspect ratio, it’s still a good wired doorbell.
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Ring’s almost top-of-the-range video doorbell comes a close second to its Arlo rival – with footage that’s just as detailed and in the same 1:1 aspect ratio so you can see the full length of anyone on your doorstep and any packages they might have with them – although, at 150 degrees, it is a slightly smaller field of view than Arlo’s rival doorbell offers.

Where it betters its rival is with colorized night vision. The camera takes areas of ambient light within its field of view and applies a simulated color to them – tinting the sky blue, for example. It doesn’t create a full-color picture, but in our time with the product, we certainly found that it made night-time footage easier to decipher.

To get the most out of the Ring Doorbell Video Pro 2 you’ll need to subscribe to the Ring Protect service, whose features include the ability to review who was at the door if you missed the alert. The price is similar to Arlo’s service, starting from $3 / £2.50 /AU$4 per month.

Full integration with Amazon Alexa means you can use an Echo speaker to announce a doorbell press and converse with whoever is on the doorstep, rather than using your smartphone. If you’re in the US, the Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 even lets Alexa “answer” the door for you, taking a message as part of its Alexa Greetings feature.

+Good video and audio quality
+Colorized night vision
+Handy motion detection features
Limited features without subscription
Lacks Google and HomeKit integration
6 Arlo Video Doorbell
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Arlo Video Doorbell

It's priced well, it performs well and the Arlo Smart cloud service is competitively priced, starting at $3 per month. With Arlo Smart, you get a ton of features, from advanced motion alerts to 30 days of cloud storage and much more.
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In our opinion, Arlo’s first video doorbell is the best available on the market right now. If you already have other Arlo devices, then it’s a no-brainer; if not, then it should still be top of the list of considerations. Slim and stylish, it displays super-detailed footage. Thanks to the camera’s 180-degree field of view and 1:1 aspect ratio, you can view the full length of the person at your door, including any packages on the ground by their feet.

This is a mains-powered unit, so we’d recommended it’s professionally installed, but Arlo do offer a battery-powered version called Arlo Essential Video Doorbell Wire-Free. Rather than send a notification to your smartphone when someone presses the doorbell, Arlo makes a video call over Wi-Fi instead. Just answer the call to speak to and see whoever is at your door. Through our time testing, we found this process far faster than having to open an app on receipt of a notification, and then waiting for it to connect to the doorbell.

+Good video quality 
+Classy design
+Useful smart features
Limited features without subscription
Mains-powered only

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How we test video doorbells


To compare the best video doorbells we review the quality of the footage they capture both during the day and at night. We also judge the sound quality of the video, as well as when conversing in real-time with someone on the doorstep.


We also assess the ease of installation, and if relevant, the battery life, along with the how simple the app is to navigate, and the benefits offered by any subscription services, such as secure storage for footage, and handy features designed to identify what triggered a motion alert and reduce unwanted notifications about activity in the doorbell’s field of view.

How do video doorbells work?


Video doorbells work in much the same way as home security cameras, by connecting to your home Wi-Fi and sending a notification to your smartphone if motion is detected. You can log in and view a live feed from the camera, and even converse with whoever is at your threshold. Alternatively, you can ignore the notification and review the footage at a later date. 


The higher the resolution of the doorbell’s camera, the more detailed the footage recorded. In addition, some video doorbells offer a wider field of view so you can see the full length of the person at the door, and any packages they may have with them. Find out in more detail how do video doorbells work in our article. 

Do video doorbells work with Alexa (and other voice assistants)? 


Most video doorbells now offer voice integration. This means you can set up a compatible smart speaker in your home to announce when someone is at the door, and converse with them through it. You can also create automations with some of the best smart home devices; for example, you can set your smart lighting to switch on if the video doorbell detects motion, in a bid to deter any unwanted visitors to your property. A handful of video doorbells work with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit; others only work with one or two of these voice assistants. 

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