The Best Video Doorbells

The best video doorbell quickly connects you to any guests or visitors approaching your home. Doing so requires accurate motion sensors and a powerful camera. In addition, the best video doorbell is easy to install and customizable for any home. We ordered 13 of the newest smart doorbells, then tested each one for functionality and analyzed customer reviews. The result is four solid video doorbell picks to further secure your home.

The 4 Best Video Doorbells

Best Doorbell Upgrade
Ring Video Doorbell Pro
Ring
A small powerhouse of technology, the Ring Pro is customizable enough to fit the look and smart-house needs of any home.
Pros
Sleek design
Advanced technology
Ability to withstand the elements
Cons
Camera angle adjustments not included

Why we chose it

Sleek design

We love the Ring Video Doorbell Pro for its sleek, modern design, rectangular shape, and raised button that makes it look close enough to a standard doorbell to not confuse guests. We also love that the Ring Pro comes with four different faceplates — silver, charcoal, black, and white — to help it blend in, no matter the color of your house.

Every video doorbell is larger than a standard house doorbell, since it has to fit in more technology. As a result, some video doorbells come out bulky. The Ring Pro is the smallest doorbell of our top picks. Instead of looking like a small brick, it can rest in the palm of your hand while you (just about) close your fingers over it.

Advanced technology

The Ring Pro is one of the most advanced video doorbells available. It has a high resolution camera (1920x1080) and a wide field of vision (160 degrees) to help capture a greater image of your front door and its surroundings. It also comes with the invaluable feature to customize the motion detection sensor both by range and by sensitivity. If you live near a busy street or don’t want to be alerted every time a squirrel darts across your yard, you can adjust what and how much motion will trip an alarm. And although it can be used as a stand-alone device, the Ring Pro is a smart doorbell capable of integrating both with Alexa and Google Home.

Ability to withstand the elements

The Ring Pro can withstand a wide temperature range: from -5 degrees F to 120 degrees F. Even though this means that Minnesotans will likely have to bring their devices inside during the winter, both Ring products hold the widest temperature range of our top picks, making them the most versatile video doorbells on the market climate-wise.

Points to consider

Camera angle adjustments not included

The Ring Pro’s primary downside is that it doesn’t come with any wedges for adjusting the angle of your doorbell camera. While you can purchase a three-pack from Ring or find a compatible set on Amazon, we were disappointed to find that none were included in our initial purchase — the Ring 2 came with two. If watching the video of your smart camera gives you a good look at the sky, the ground, or the wrong area of the lawn, you’ll need to purchase a wedge to adjust the angle at which the Ring Pro sits on your wall or siding.

Best for Renters
Ring Video Doorbell 2
Ring
With the same specs as its sleeker cousin, the Ring 2 is cheaper and can be battery-powered, making it great for apartments.
Pros
Battery powered
Competitive tech capabilities
Wedges included
Cons
Bulky appearance

Why we chose it

Battery power

The primary edge the Ring Video Doorbell 2 has over the Ring Pro — and all of our other picks — is that the Ring 2 can run on battery power. Like all of our other doorbells, you can choose to hardwire the Ring 2 into your pre-existing system (a fairly simple process). However, if you don’t have an existing doorbell, the Ring 2 lets you try out a video doorbell without needing to hire an electrician. This is particularly great for renters who may not have the ability to drill holes or adjust wiring.

Competitive tech capabilities

The Ring 2 has everything we love about the Ring Pro (except looks). With a high-quality camera, wide field of vision, and excellent motion detection system, both Rings earn their spots at the top of the list. The Ring 2 has the same wide camera range (160 degrees), temperature range (-5 degrees F to 120 degrees F), and customizable motion sensor as the Ring Pro.

Wedges included

The Ring 2 comes with two wedges already included, no additional purchase necessary. If you have siding that would automatically tilt the Ring 2 upwards (giving you a great picture of your roof or sky), you can use the vertical wedge to level the doorbell. If the wall where you’ll install your doorbell doesn’t give you the best angle to see inbound guests, you can use the horizontal wedge to adjust which angles of the yard are captured on-screen. Additionally, the two wedges stack, so you can use both at the same time, if necessary.

Points to consider

Bulky appearance

The Ring 2 is the bulkiest of our top picks. It still looks like a doorbell, with a rectangular shape and raised button, but it’s about the size of a walky-talky. This could be disorienting to guests, and it looks more dated than the sophisticated Ring Pro. What’s more, the video doorbell also only comes with two faceplates (silver and matte black) to the Ring Pro’s four. The black plate can be painted to match your home, but we appreciate the Ring Pro’s range of easy snap-on snap-off options.

The Ring 2 (left) is much bulkier than the streamlined Ring Pro (right).

Best for Nest Smart Homes
Nest Hello
Nest
This beautiful, high-performance video doorbell integrates with three major smart home services, making it one of the most versatile doorbells we tested.
Pros
Appearance
Camera abilities
Integrations
Cons
Restrictive temperature range
No vertical wedge included

Why we chose it

Appearance

We were immediately drawn in by the appearance of the Nest Hello. Like the Ring Pro, it simply looks cool. With a slim profile and a white-outlined call button, it's one of the most attractive video doorbells on the market.

Camera abilities

The Nest has an excellent camera resolution – 1600x1200 – and a wide camera range at 160 degrees. Even though this resolution is a slightly lower quality than either the Ring Pro or the Ring 2 (at 1920x1080), watching recordings or viewing the live feed through the Nest app still presents a clear picture of your porch.

The Nest Hello also uses face detection technology; in addition to letting you know that someone is at your door, Nest Aware can let you know who they are, allowing you to decide whether you want to interrupt work or dinner to answer the bell.

Integrations

The Nest Hello is our only pick to integrate with three of the most common home automation brands: Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Nest itself. This gives the Nest the most versatility of our top picks; if your smart home is already outfitted with an Amazon or Google voice assistant or other Nest smart devices, Nest’s video doorbell is the best for broad integration.

Points to consider

Restrictive temperature range

The Nest has the most restrictive temperature range of our top picks: from 14 degrees F to 104 degrees F. As we mentioned for the Ring Pro, it’s possible that the Nest Hello would survive outside of those temperatures, but keeping it outside in the depth of Minnesotan winter or peak of Arizonan summer might freeze or fry your $230 device.

No vertical wedge included

The Nest Hello includes a horizontal wedge but not a vertical one. If you have angled siding that tilts upward, Nest doesn’t offer a way to level out the Hello.

Best Budget Doorbell
Zmodo Greet Pro
Zmodo
The Zmodo lacks a few of the nicer customization features of our other picks but makes up for it with solid specs and a cheaper price.
Pros
Cost-effective
Camera range
Cons
Unreliable app
Temperature range

Why we chose it

Cost-effective

The Zmodo Greet Pro impressed us by providing great quality for its price. It’s the least expensive of our top picks, but it still holds some pretty competitive specs in terms of technology. It also strikes the middle ground for size among our top picks. About the size of a flip phone, the Zmodo is larger than the Roku-remote size of the Ring Pro and Nest Hello but smaller than the walky-talky bulk of the Ring 2; it’s a great compromise in terms of size and price.

Camera range

The Zmodo boasts a camera resolution as powerful as the Ring Pro (1920x1080), and it has the widest camera range of our top picks at a full 180 degrees. That extra 20 degrees will give you more visibility in recognizing activity around your house and in your neighborhood. And since it does have a wide camera range, you might not need to tinker as much with positioning as with our other top picks. However, if you do find that your Zmodo aims too high, low, or sideways, you’ll have to hunt for a third-party wedge or live with a blind spot.

Points to consider

Unreliable app

The Zmodo’s cheaper price comes with a few drawbacks. Most notably, its app is often criticized in user reviews for being clunky and not customizable or integratable. You can’t adjust how many notifications you receive, and users struggle to configure the camera with the app.

Temperature range

Like the Nest, the Zmodo has a somewhat limited temperature range (14 degrees F to 122 degrees F). If you have particularly cold winters, the Zmodo might need to go into hibernation from fall until spring. All that said, we do like the look, size, and functionality of the Zmodo — it’s just a little rough around the edges technology-wise.

How to Find the Right Video Doorbell for You

Consider your home security needs

Video doorbells are a great way to keep tabs on package deliveries and unexpected guests, but the technology is still improving. If you want a more comprehensive way to monitor your home, it may be worthwhile to install a home security system with 24/7 support. Check out our review on the best home security systems if this sounds like you — but keep in mind, the packages that include video are usually more expensive.

Think about your location

Most of our picks have wide temperature ranges, but if you live in an extremely cold climate, then the Zmodo or Nest might not be right for you, considering their coldest temperatures cap at 14 degrees F.

Consider your existing systems

If you don’t have the resources or time to hardwire a video doorbell into your home (or if you live in an apartment), it might be more convenient for you to look into battery-powered options, like the Ring Video Doorbell 2. Additionally, if you’re an avid Google Home or Amazon Echo user, choose a smart doorbell that connects to these systems in order to streamline your device usage.

Video Doorbell FAQ

How motion-sensitive are video doorbells?

The answer varies by model; however, your video doorbell should be able to notify you when someone or something enters your yard or porch without picking up extraneous details like cars in the road. The best video doorbell allows you to adjust the motion sensitivity to your liking, like our top pick, the Ring Video Doorbell Pro.

How do video doorbells work?

Each of our video doorbells works in the same way. When your video doorbell’s motion sensor is triggered or someone rings the bell, the camera starts to record the interaction and notifies you of any activity. You can open your video doorbell’s mobile app to view a live feed at any time.

How can I save my video doorbell recordings?

Most of our top picks don’t store any recorded events unless you subscribe to their cloud service. You’ll still be able to view events as they happen, but you won’t be able to record someone vandalizing your porch or stealing a package. Each company offers slightly different service tiers for storing recordings. Ring offers the best plan overall, keeping sixty days of recordings for just $3 per month or $30 per year.

What is the best camera resolution?

All of our top picks work in high resolutions (1600×1200 to 1920×1080), but if you want the clearest picture, we suggest going with the 1080. Another important consideration in choosing a camera is its field of view: More limited fields of view will leave you with blind spots at your front door.

How do you set up a video doorbell?

All of our top picks are relatively easy to set up yourself and come with detailed instructions. However, if you’re uncomfortable dealing with electrical wiring, calling in a professional is a wise choice.

What's the difference between a video doorbell and a home security camera?

A video doorbell is set up near your front door and serves not only as surveillance for the front of your home, but also as a convenient way to monitor and communicate with guests. Security cameras typically don’t allow for voice communication. Many are also exclusively for indoor use and are ideal for monitoring specific rooms or keeping an eye on your pets while at work. If you feel like adding another layer of security to your home security system, check out our review of the best home security cameras.

The Best Video Doorbells: Summed Up

Ring Video Doorbell Pro
Ring Video Doorbell 2
Nest Hello
Zmodo Greet Pro
The best
Doorbell upgrade
For renters
For Nest smart homes
Budget doorbell
Price
$249
$199
$229.99
$165.99
Monthly cloud subscription
$3-$10/mo.
$3-$10/mo.
Starts at $5/mo.
$0-$10/mo.
Field of vision
160º
160º
160º
180º
Video quality
1920x1080
1920x1080
1600x1200
1920x1080
Temperature range
-5ºF to 120ºF
-5ºF to 120ºF
14ºF to 104ºF
14ºF to 122ºF
Wedge
Vertical three-pack available for purchase
Horizontal and vertical wedges included
Horizontal wedge included
N/A
Voice assistant compatibility
Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant

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