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Best video doorbell 2022: The best smart doorbells for security and convenience

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See and record who is knocking on the door with the best video doorbells from Ring, Nest and the rest

Video doorbells are a fantastic addition to your home security setup. Also known as smart or connected doorbells, you hook them up to your smartphone and, when someone rings the bell, you get an alert on your phone, followed by a live video feed of your visitor and the option for two-way audio. In other words, you can see them, but they can’t see you, and you can both talk to and hear each other. Some also have motion sensors, giving you an alert as soon as someone approaches your front door. A few even have fancy features such as face recognition or parcel recognition, so you can see if a courier has left a delivery on your step.

There are plenty of reasons to get a video doorbell. Even if you’re in another country when your doorbell rings, you get to see who it is and communicate with them. “Please leave it in the porch,” you could tell a delivery man, or “Mum, sorry I’m running late, I’ll be back in five minutes,” if she's paying a visit. If you're at home and don’t want to see that person, you can just pretend you’re out. Then there’s the security aspect. Burglars will either spot the camera and scarper or you’ll have video footage of them snooping.

So what features should you look out for? Is Ring the only brand worth buying? Are video doorbells affordable? Are the easy to install? Read on to find out answers to these questions and more, as well as our best video doorbell recommendations.

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Best video doorbell: At a glance


How to choose the best video doorbell for you

What should I look out for in a video doorbell?

Your first consideration is how the video doorbell is connected, which really comes down to two options:

Battery-powered: Battery-powered doorbells get their charge from a rechargeable battery, meaning you don’t need any wiring in place; just a working Wi-Fi signal. While this has obvious benefits, it makes the unit bulkier and the battery will need charging. Luckily, you don’t have to do this too often. They last anywhere from two months to a year.

Wired: This means the doorbell must be connected to the wiring for your existing doorbell. This saves the hassle of changing batteries and the doorbell is usually more discreet. However, if you don’t have existing wiring, you may need to fork out for professional installation.

Your doorbell should have two-way talk with a decent microphone and speaker and a good-quality video image. With some video doorbells, you see people head to toe, while with others you only get a partial view. Check there’s a motion sensor and think about whether you want alerts to cover the full 180˚ to 185˚ view, or whether you want only a certain zone within the field of vision to be covered. Most doorbells have infrared LEDs so they can see at night, but this video will usually be black and white.

What other features are worth paying for?

You may want to access previously recorded motion and rings – perhaps because you missed a call or because someone on your street has told you about attempted break-ins. Be aware this comes at an extra price, sometimes more than £25 a year.

Will you be able to hear the doorbell? To hear it in the house (not just on your smartphone), you’ll need a chime unit. With wired doorbells you can usually connect them to your existing chime, whereas battery powered doorbells typically need a proprietary unit. With some video doorbells these come in the box; with others, it costs extra.

What about smart home features?

Do you want your doorbell to be part of a bigger home-security system – for instance, by adding on security cameras that can connect with a central system hub? With certain video doorbells, there's even smart lock integration so your doorbell can effectively let someone into your home once you give them the green light from your smartphone.

On a simpler level, it's worth remembering that the two main players in the world of video doorbells – Nest and Ring – are owned by Google and Amazon respectively. That means that they tie in with the smart displays of both companies: Ring works brilliantly with Echo Show and Echo Spot speakers, while Nest Hello plays nicely with the Nest Hub and Nest Hub Max Technically there's a Nest skill for Alexa (but not a matching one of Ring for Google Home) but if you want maximum compatibility and support, it makes sense to ensure your systems match.

How much do I need to spend?

Video doorbells start at around £50 and go up to several hundred pounds. Don’t assume it’s always best to pay top whack as even the cheapest video doorbell in our roundup gets a great review. You may not need or even want some of the features in the more expensive video doorbells.

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The best video doorbells to buy

1. Eufy Video Doorbell (Battery-Powered): The best all-round video doorbell

Price: £169 | Buy now from Amazon

We’ve been big fans of the Ring series of video doorbells for a while now, but Eufy’s new doorbell has just knocked it off top spot. This doorbell is battery-powered and, therefore, just as easy to install as the Ring.

It can be connected to your mains doorbell wiring if you can’t be bothered to charge it, although a monstrous claimed battery life of up to six months means that shouldn’t be too much of a bind anyway.

Image quality is excellent at 2,560 x 1,920 in resolution and we found that notifications came through on our phone almost instantaneously, something older Ring doorbells can struggle with. There’s no facial recognition but you can set motion zones and only send notifications when humans are detected.

Where the Eufy really steps out in front of the Ring doorbells, however, is that it’s free to run with no mandatory ongoing subscription; all the video clips it records are stored on the Eufy Homebase’s 16GB of integrated storage. This plugs directly into your Wi-Fi router and also acts as an internal chime – something Ring charges extra for. You can even get it to ring your Amazon Echo Dot if you can't hear the chime in certain parts of the house.

The only thing Eufy can’t do is ring a mechanical chime. Otherwise, it’s pretty much the perfect video doorbell.

Read our full Eufy Video Doorbell review

Key specs – Camera: 2K (2,560 x 1,920) video with two-way audio; Field of view: 160˚; Warranty: 12 months


2. Nest Doorbell (battery): The best video doorbell for advanced features

Price: £180 | Buy now from John Lewis

If you like the idea of the Nest Hello and its facial recognition but don't want to wire it up to the mains, Google now has an alternative for you: the Nest Doorbell (battery). It's much easier to install because you don't have to connect it to the mains, and its battery that will last up to two and a half months before needing to be charged.

As with all of Google's security products, image and audio quality is excellent, plus it's stuffed with features, including AI-based facial recognition, and animal, vehicle and package detection. You don't have to pay for a subscription to access most of the features and you even some cloud video clip storage for free, although, the free video clip storage only stretches three hours into the past so isn't all that useful.

As with most video doorbells, you have to pay a subscription (starting at £5 per month) to unlock all the Nest Doorbell's features, which puts it at a disadvantage to Eufy's offering. However, given that this includes support for as many Nest security cameras as you own, and enables Google's natty facial recognition feature, it's actually pretty good value for those investing in it as part of a wider home security system.

Read our full Nest Doorbell (battery) review for more details

Key specs – Camera: 960 x 1,280 resolution; Field of view: 145˚; Subscription required: No, but recommended (from £5/mth); Warranty: 2yr limited warranty

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3. Arlo Video Doorbell: The best doorbell for image quality

Price: £173 | Buy now from Amazon

Arlo's video doorbell is a heavyweight new entry into the world of smart doorbells and it has a number of unique features.

Top of the list of reasons why you might want to buy one is its ability to automatically call your phone (via video or audio) instead of just notifying you via an app. You can then answer with a swipe as you would any other phone call or let it ring through to voicemail where your caller can leave you a voice message.

Aside from this novelty, the doorbell has great video quality at night and during the day. It's at least as good as the Nest Hello in this regard.

Audio quality is superb, too, and it also smart motion detection. It can tell you whether it's spotted people, animals or vehicles and it can even alert you (just like the Nest) when a package has been left on your step. There's no face recognition, though, which is where the Nest Hello beats all comers.

The only catch is that it isn't battery-powered and needs connecting to existing mains-powered doorbell chime wiring, which means you may need professional help installing it. And, after the initial trial period expires (three months at the time of writing) you will have to pay a subscription fee to keep using most of the camera's features.

Key specs – Camera: 1,536 x 1,536 resolution; Field of view: 180˚; Warranty: 1yr limited warranty


4. Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2: The best doorbell for security features

Price: £219 | Buy now from Amazon

The mains-powered Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 is the best produced yet by the company, with fantastically crisp video and a range of advanced motion detection features. It’s also the nicest-looking doorbell Ring has made to date, with a much slimmer, less boxy shape than the usual Ring products.

It comes at an additional cost compared to the standard Ring doorbell, but that extra money gets you a camera capable of capturing 1536p footage with a wide 150-degree field of view, as well as HDR processing and colour night view. You’ll also get brilliant motion detection. The Pro 2 is not only able to detect movement within the field of view of the camera but it also allows you to set how close objects need to be before they set off an alert especially useful for houses that have short front garden paths. Its headline feature, however, is its new Advanced Pre-Roll functionality. This allows the camera to capture full-resolution video footage from six seconds prior to motion being detected.

As it doesn’t work with a standard chime, you’ll need to invest in a Ring Chime (£29) or Chime Pro (£49) if you want the doorbell to be audible. There’s also the subscription to consider, which adds £25 per year for the lifetime of the device. However, that’s a price worth considering for the best mains-powered video doorbell from Ring.

Read our full Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 review for more details

Key specsCamera: 1536p HD video; Field of view: 150˚; Warranty: 2 months on parts, lifetime theft protection


5. Nest Doorbell (wired) / Nest Hello: The best wired video doorbell

Price: £205 | Buy now from John Lewis

Originally called the Nest Hello, the Nest Doorbell (wired) was the best all-round video doorbell when it launched and is still among the very best. Notably, it's designed principally to record video 24/7, just like a professional CCTV system and although you have to pay a subscription to access the cloud recordings, the prices can be pretty reasonable. Add excellent image quality and facial recognition and superb all-round performance and you have a pretty compelling package.

In its wisdom, however, Google, is doing its level best to make accessing these subscriptions difficult, and are attempting to shift customers away from the CCTV-style subscription and onto its newer Nest Aware packages. These are much more expensive for 24/7 coverage at £10 per month or £100 annually if you pay up front, although this does cover multiple Nest cameras.

In terms of image quality and features, the Nest Doorbell (wired) is still up there with the best but given the complications over subscriptions, it isn't quite the slam-dunk recommendation it once was. It's also significantly more expensive than other doorbells on this list.

Read our full Nest Hello review for more details

Key specs – Camera: 1,600 x 1,200 resolution; Field of view: 160˚; Warranty: 2yr limited warranty

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6. Ring Video Doorbell 3: A fantastic battery-powered video doorbell

Price: £159 | Buy now from Amazon

The third-generation video doorbell from Amazon-owned Ring doesn't look all that different from the previous model but it does have some improvements. The most important of these is better Wi-Fi, with dual-band connectivity included where the original was only able to hook up to legacy 2.4GHz networks. That means, potentially, your connection with the doorbell could be more reliable, although if your Wi-Fi router is a long way from the front door we still recommend you purchase a Ring Chime Pro to extend wireless range and improve reliability.

Other improvements include more flexible motion detection, allowing users to choose a new motion zone that means the camera won't alert you if people simply walk past your front gate. Plus, there's a neat additional function called pre-roll. This new feature allows the camera to capture footage four seconds prior to motion being detected, although be aware that this feature will cost an extra £20 to enable.

Otherwise, it's pretty much the same offering as the Ring Video Doorbell 2. Video footage is captured at a resolution of 1080p. The doorbell is battery powered so there's no need to wire it up to the mains, although you do have the option to do that if you don't want to have to remove the battery every so often to charge it. And, if you want to capture clips rather than just look at the live feed and talk to people at the door remotely, you need to pay a subscription after the 30-day trial expires. There's no facial recognition as provided with Google's Nest Hello doorbell, but aside from this the Doorbell 3 is a well-priced and easy-to-install option to keep watch on the front of your home.

Key specs – Camera: 1080p HD video; Field of view: 160˚; Warranty: 2 months on parts, lifetime theft protection


7. Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell: The best doorbell for Apple HomeKit support

Price: £255 | Buy now from Amazon

It’s expensive but this Netatmo doorbell comes with a range of smart design features that are enough to give it a unique appeal.

From a design perspective, it’s very stylish, finished in grey and black and brushed aluminium. It captures video in crisp, 1080p resolution in HDR. It’s also one of the few video doorbells on the market to support Apple HomeKit, which comes with a number of benefits. It means you can use the HomeKit App instead of the Netatmo app for answering the door remotely or viewing the video stream. Similarly, you can employ your HomePod speakers as additional doorbell chimes and view the camera stream on your Apple TV.

Netatmo’s smart doorbell stores its clips on an internal microSD card and, from there, they can be downloaded to your phone or automatically uploaded to either a Dropbox account or an FTP server. Unlike other video doorbell makers, there’s no subscription cost for cloud storage, which helps to offset the high initial price. In our experience, its motion detection features work well, and isn’t too difficult to set up provided you already have a wired doorbell. If not, you’ll need an electrician to help set things up which will elevate the price even higher.

Read our full Netamo Smart Video Doorbell review for more details

Key specsCamera: Full HD 1080p; Field of view: 140˚; Warranty: 2 years


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