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- 160-degree viewing angle
- HDR video
- Subscription-based service
Arlo Essential Wired tech specs: 1536 x 1536 HD HDR video | 160 degrees field of view | Package, person, vehicle, and animal detection | Wired installation | Works with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa, Samsung SmartThings | Arlo Secure starts at $4.99 a month
Arlo’s a leading security camera manufacturer and its video doorbell tops the market with its combination of affordability, reliability, and convenience.
Arlo’s Essential Wired Video Doorbell is a more affordable option than other main competitors, with the original price of $150 seeing constant discounts, like right now, on sale for $70 at Amazon.
With a similar design to the Google Nest Doorbell, the Arlo video doorbell features an interactive light-up ring around the doorbell button, which comes on as someone approaches your door, letting the visitor know where to press it.
You’ll enjoy head-to-toe, HD-resolution coverage, and two-way talk, plus be able to set activity zones with the Arlo model. This video doorbell relies on a wired installation, but that means it’ll play nicely with your chime for alerts both in your home and on your phone.
Arlo users tend to stand by the Essential video doorbell, “One reason I favor Arlo is that it has a high level of proficiency in detecting and identifying motion alerts, allowing it to distinguish between the movements of people, animals, and vehicles”, according to user Luke Lovelady.
“In the past, I have used others that bogged me down with constant notifications for motion detections that were no more than cars, walkers, and animals”, he added.
The Arlo video doorbell is also compatible with Amazon Alexa and Google Home; and, with an Arlo SmartHub or Base Station, the wired doorbell can also connect to Homekit.
You’ll need to subscribe to Arlo Secure if you want to take advantage of object detection, set activity zones, and view video history. Plans start at $4.99 a month for a single camera or $17.99 a month for unlimited cameras.
Blink Video Doorbell tech specs: 1080p HD Video | 135-degree field of view | Motion detection | Wired or Battery installation | Works with Amazon Alexa | No subscription needed with Sync Module 2
The Blink lineup of security cameras features affordable alternatives to compete with Ring, Wyze, Arlo, and Eufy.
Blink cameras thrive on simplicity: In the case of this video doorbell, you have the option of using two AA batteries or your home’s existing wiring. You can also skip the monthly fees altogether by using Sync Module 2 and a USB flash drive as your local storage.
According to Blink user Kyle MacDonald, Director of Operations at Force by Mojio, “The Blink video doorbell is a great option if you’re just starting out converting your home to a smart home. Its affordable price and easy installation make it a great option for beginners into the smart home tech world”.
The Blink video doorbell alone costs only $50, but bundled with the Sync Module 2, it comes out to $85. Combined with the fact that you don’t have to deal with subscriptions when you buy the bundle, it results in the most inexpensive video doorbell system of the major competitors.
- 3D motion detection
- Birds eye view feature
- Wide field of view
- Subscription-based service
Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 tech specs: 1536 HD+ Video | 150 degrees field of view | Package and person detection | Wired installation | Works with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa | Requires Ring Protect subscription starting at $4 a month
As far as video doorbells go, you truly can’t go wrong with a Ring unit. The company pioneered the video doorbell market in 2012 and it’s remained a household name since.
The Video Doorbell Pro 2 was the first Ring device to feature 3D Motion Detection, which reduces false alerts. When combined with Birds Eye View, you’ll get a map that shows the exact path someone took when approaching your front door.
Former law enforcement officer and Ring user, Bob Greenaway, with Set The Path, explains “I am a retired police officer and the community used them extensively where I worked. There were a lot of scenarios where we were able to gather supporting video images for criminal cases.”
One of the only drawbacks to getting a Ring doorbell is that you need a subscription to actually save and share your photos and videos. If you decide to forgo the subscription, you’ll still get alerts of motion and whenever someone rings the doorbell, but you can only view the live stream.
- Smart assistant compatible
- Familiar faces recognition
- Video history requires subscription
Google Nest Doorbell tech specs: 1.3MP, 960 x 1280 HD Video | 145 degrees field of view | Package, person, vehicle, and animal detection | Wired or battery installation | Works with Google Assistant, Amazon Alexa | Nest Aware starts at $6 per month
The Google Nest Doorbell is available as a battery-powered video doorbell or a wired model that connects directly to existing wiring and triggers your current chime. Nest also includes free detection for people, animals, packages, and vehicles — the downside? You only get three hours of video history for free.
If you want to get extended video history plus familiar face detection and alerts, you’ll need to spring for a Nest Aware or Nest Aware Plus plan, which cost $6 and $12 a month, respectively. Nest Aware offers 30 days of video history, while Aware Plus offers 60 days of history and 24/7 video history for 10 days at a time.
Nest user Jonathan Zacharias, founder of GR0, explains “Being gone at the office all day, it helps that the Nest detects pretty much anything, from deliveries to an animal passing by.”
You can use a smart display that uses either Google Assistant or Amazon’s Alexa personal assistant to view your video cam feed, or the Google Home app on your smartphone to answer the door when you’re not home.
- Apple HomeKit compatible
- 3:4 aspect ratio
- FaceID technology implemented
- Wired only
- Subscription for Cloud Storage
Logitech Circle View Doorbell tech specs: 5MP camera with 1200×1600 HDR video | 160-degrees field of view | Package, person, vehicle, and animals detection | Wired installation | Works with Apple HomeKit | iCloud storage plans start at $0.99 a month
If you’ve decided to invest in Apple’s HomeKit platform for your home automation system, your options for a compatible video doorbell are limited. However, the Logitech Circle View doorbell camera is an excellent pick.
This doorbell has a 3:4 aspect ratio that offers plenty of visibility for your front porch. Plus, it works in conjunction with face ID technology, using your Apple Photos library to identify visitors.
The Logitech Circle View is one of the only doorbells that integrates with Apple’s HomeKit Secure Video (HKSV) platform to store video in your iCloud account. That means there’s no need to transmit your clips through a third party, and you’re the only person with access to the clips.
You’ll need to pay for an iCloud storage plan, which starts at $0.99 per month for a single camera. Luckily, doorbell footage doesn’t count toward your storage limit, which is a nice bonus.
- Local storage
- No subscription required
- No animal detection
Eufy Security 2K Video Doorbell tech specs: 5MP with 2560 x 1920 HDR video | 160 degrees | Package, person detection | Wired or battery installation | Works with Amazon Alexa, Google Home | Local storage, no monthly costs
Having used the Eufy Security 2K video doorbell for my home, I love that you have the option of installing it wirelessly with the rechargeable battery or with your home’s existing wires.
This bundle includes a HomeBase 2, a local storage hub that holds your videos safely in your home, so you never have to worry about subscriptions or monthly fees to access your videos. And as long as you plug it in, you’ll get localized storage in your home. Setup is incredibly easy and takes less than 15 minutes to get working.
You can program notifications to inform you when someone moves in front of your door, and it automatically records video footage for you to review. The AI intelligently detects body shape and face pattern, so you will see everyone that passes by your door.
In addition to great security measures, it features 2K playback quality and offers different ringtones and chimes, so you automatically know who is at your door. It also integrated seamlessly into my Alexa smart home system when I installed it.