The best smart product for your home is a video doorbell. It lets you answer the front door from anywhere, whether in the safety of your home or some remote location. This combination of convenience and security makes smart video doorbells one of the most useful, and practical, smart home products.
In today's world, safety is becoming increasingly important, and a smart video doorbell is an easy way to help safeguard your property from home invasion, porch pirates, or unwanted solicitors. A video doorbell lets you see and speak with the person outside your door, and can provide a recording of anyone that approaches. A Wi-Fi enabled doorbell can stream live video to your phone, and provide additional functionality, such as motion detection and cloud storage of recorded events. There are also options for interfacing with sirens, smart locks, and other smart home devices.
There are two types of video doorbells, wireless and wired. Wireless devices run on batteries, and wired devices get their power from a house's low-voltage doorbell wiring. Wireless video doorbells that run on batteries are easier to install and move, while wired video doorbells avoid the need to recharge the doorbell's battery every 2 - 6 months, depending on usage. If you own your house and your current doorbell is wired and in good working condition (and is in a convenient place to allow proper camera coverage), then we recommend you use a wired doorbell; otherwise, a battery powered doorbell will be your best choice.
Many factors are taken into consideration to determine the best smart video doorbells available, including design and ease-of-use, ease of installation, camera and audio quality, integration with other smart home devices, overall performance, and battery life. In determining the best video doorbell available, we took all of these factors into consideration, plus build quality, user experiences, and affordability. Also, all our choices come with iOS/Android apps for interfacing with the devices and two-way conversations with visitors. One final note, all Wi-Fi connected devices depend on the performance of the network they're on, so make sure you have a good Wi-Fi router for a strong connection.
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The eufy 2K Video Doorbell's security camera has fantastic image resolution and comes with a hub for automatically storing video clips so you can avoid monthly cloud storage fees. The 2K designation refers to the camera's 1920p video capture resolution, which produces incredibly crisp and clear images in real-time and for recording.
It is an extremely reliable device (manufactured by the renowned global electronics company, Anker Innovations), and it has a very good battery life, rated at 180 days per charge. The eufy video doorbell can optionally be powered using your home's existing low-voltage doorbell wiring. It's hub can be used as chime, or if you live in an Alexa environment, an Echo device can also be used as a chime.
Alternately, if you are wiring the 2K with your house wiring, an existing mechanical chime will continue to work. And forget the goofy name, its all-around quality, the ability to integrate with other eufy security devices, and its low operating costs make the eufy 2K Video Doorbell the best premium video doorbell available.
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The eufy Video Doorbell's security camera has excellent 1080p video capture resolution with a 4:3 aspect ratio that consistently captures a bigger picture outside your door. It includes a Wi-Fi chime for doorbell notifications anywhere in the house, and features a solid 120-day battery life (device is not for wired connections).
Recordings can be stored locally on a user-supplied micro-SD card to avoid monthly cloud storage fees. This easy to install video doorbell is a great addition to provide a significant security layer at the front door, but it is not designed for integration with other eufy sensors and cameras.
Unless you intend to install a multi-location security system, the eufy 1080p video doorbell provides top-of-the-line value.
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The Ring Video Doorbell 4 is a top contender as a premium video doorbell given its feature rich design, ease of installation, and high build quality. It has excellent night vision capability and motion alerts, as well as enhanced dual-band (2.4 or 5.0 GHz) Wi-Fi connectivity.
The battery is rated for 3-4 months, depending on usage, or if you'd rather, the Ring 4 can be powered by your houses existing doorbell wiring. Although its picture is clear and sharp, its security camera only has 1080p video capture resolution and Rings requires a subscription for cloud storage, so we rated this device behind the eufy 2K.
It only comes in silver, but the bottom plate can be switched out to bronze once activated. The Ring 4 can be used with a variety of Ring security devices should you wish to build a whole-property security system, and it integrates seamlessly with the Alexa ecosystem.
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The Ring Video Doorbell provides excellent 1080p camera resolution to present a clear image day or night, and its design makes installation a breeze. This device continues Rings well earned reputation as a quality manufacturer. The doorbell is powered by a rechargeable internal battery, or can be installed using your house's existing doorbell wiring.
Intended as a front-door solution, the Ring is designed to work with the Alexa-device ecosystem for convenient in-home monitoring. With a 4-6 month battery life, and advanced motion sensors and calibration options, the only possible concern is the subscription fee for cloud storage.
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The Kamep Video Doorbell provides a good solution for budget conscious households that want to take advantage of the security provided by a front-door video doorbell. Its wireless camera is powered by a built-in rechargeable battery that is rated for a 4-6 month charge, and it is battery powered only.
You can have a pre-recorded 30-second voice message for a quick response to visitors while your real-time connection is being set-up by your wireless network/internet connection. Motion sensor and push notifications are commensurate with more expensive models.
There is support for local storage on user-supplied micro-SD cards of up to 128G to avoid cloud storage fees. With 1080p Full HD and a 166° wide-angle lens, improved security is available at an affordable price.