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Best Doorbell Cameras: SimpliSafe vs Ring vs Nest vs Arlo vs Eufy vs Wyze vs SkyBell & More

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Want to know who’s on your front porch when you’re out of the house or keep thieves from snatching your packages? Keeping your home safe from intruders is essential, whether in a high-traffic neighborhood or a remote location. While improvised home security—such as decoys or a vigilant pup—can protect you to some extent, a security system offers the ultimate support against would-be intruders (although we still recommend using our improvised home security ideas).

The standard security system includes a base station, window/door sensors, motion sensors, and security cameras. While we argue that home security systems are worth the cost, purchasing a system can be costly. Instead of spending the big bucks for a complete system, many people start their home security journey with one highly effective piece of equipment: a video doorbell.

We review the top doorbell cameras on the market with pros, cons, pricing, and user feedback.

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Why Get A Doorbell Camera?

A home’s front door is the most common entry point for residential burglars. An estimated 34 percent of home break-ins occur from burglars walking through an unlocked front door. Purchasing a doorbell security camera is an excellent starting point for keeping an eye on your home. We review other ways to deter burglars in our best burglar deterrent article.

Best Doorbell Cameras

We’ve reviewed the best doorbell cameras on the market and ranked them based on several factors, including technology, reliability, features, and more.

Best Doorbell Camera: Ring Video Doorbell Review

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Ring leads the Wi-Fi doorbell camera industry in sales and customer satisfaction. Consumers can choose between 10 models, which are all among the best on the market. With each doorbell camera, you get clear video footage, advanced motion detection, and the option to monitor via your smartphone or desktop.

With Ring, you get quality assurance and reliability that many other doorbell cameras can’t match. Ring video doorbells also earn points for their ability to integrate with other security systems, just as well as the Ring security system.

Our Personal Experience With Ring

I have a Ring Video Doorbell 2. The installation process was intimidating at first but ended up being fairly simple. Overall, I’ve been happy with its performance. However, there are times when it underperforms. For example, if a person is quick to approach my front door and then leave something and exit the frame quickly, then Ring doesn’t always pick up their motion in time. However, this doesn’t happen often. Outside of this rare issue, I’m pleased with the video quality and audio. If there was one feature I could have, it would be to turn off the doorbell for those times when we’re playing in the front yard or it’s Halloween, and our phones are blowing up with notifications unnecessarily. 

Kimberly Alt, Ring User & Safe Smart Living Editor
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The best-selling Ring Video Doorbell is available in satin nickel or Venetian bronze.
ProsCons
Most options of any video doorbell companyPricey, especially Elite
Lifetime purchase protection (they’ll replace the doorbell camera if it gets stolen)No local storage
Wired and wireless optionsPerson detection requires a subscription
Interchangeable faceplates for 2, 3, 3 Plus, Pro, and Elite

Pricing & Tech Specs

  • 1-year warranty on parts
  • Lifetime purchase protection replacement (in case of doorbell theft)
  • Two-way talk
  • Wi-Fi connection: 2.4GHz or 5GHz
  • Operating temperature: -5°F to 120°F
 Video Doorbell WiredVideo Doorbell (2nd Generation)Video Doorbell 3Video Doorbell 3 PlusVideo Doorbell 4Battery Doorbell PlusVideo Doorbell ProVideo Doorbell Pro 2Video Doorbell ElitePeephole Cam
Price $49.99 $59.99 Currently Unavailable $149.99 $149.99 $229.99 $349.99 $129.99
InstallationHardwiredHardwired or batteryHardwired or batteryHardwired or batteryHardwired or batteryHardwired or batteryHardwiredHardwiredHardwiredBattery
Resolution1080p HD1080p HD1080p HD1080p HD1080p HD1536 HD+ Video1080p HD1536p HD+1080p HD1080p HD
Field of View155°160°160°160°160°150°160°160°160°155°
Night VisionBlack/WhiteBlack/WhiteBlack/WhiteBlack/WhiteBlack/WhiteColorColorColorColorBlack/White
OtherMotion zonesMotion zonesMotion zonesMotion zonesPre-roll viewing, motion zonesMotion zonesHuman detection, motion zonesMotion zonesHuman detection, motion zonesKnock detection, motion zones

In-Depth Review Of Ring Doorbell Cameras

Read our complete review of Ring doorbell cameras to discover features, pros, cons, consumer reviews, and more.

Watch Ring In Action (Video)

CBS This Morning did an excellent piece on the Ring Video Doorbell. See how Ring works to help deter would-be intruders.

Runner Up: SkyBell HD Wi-Fi Video Doorbell Review

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The SkyBell HD (the newest model) is a feature-rich wireless doorbell camera with motion sensors, color night vision, and on-demand video streaming that works with your smartphone. The brand offers an impressive list of third-party integrations, including IFTTT and Amazon’s Alexa. You can even sync the SkyBell with the Nest Cam and Nest Protect smoke and carbon monoxide detector.

If the circular shape doesn’t work with your current door frame, consider the Slimline edition (the version Frontpoint Home Security offers as its outdoor camera), which is more like the Ring Slimline but comes at a slightly higher price.

Why isn’t SkyBell our top pick? Several Amazon reviewers complained about the system being unreliable, particularly the motion sensor. But there are many satisfied customers, so SkyBell comes in at a solid second.

Circular Skybell HD video doorbell in bronze color on white background
SkyBell HD 4.0 Doorbell hardwired doorbell features full-color night vision.
Pros Cons
Full-color infrared night vision (excluding Slim I)Requires hardwiring (no rechargeable battery model)
Allows for multiple usersCan’t customize motion sensor range
Free video recordingNo computer apps to monitor with a laptop or desktop
Lifetime purchase protectionCan’t customize motion sensor range

Pricing & Tech Specs

  • All cameras must be hardwired
  • One-year warranty for parts
  • Lifetime protection (in case your doorbell gets stolen)
  • 180° field of view for all cameras
  • Wi-Fi connection: 2.4GHz
  • Operating temperature: -40°F to 140°F
SkyBell HD 4.0SkyBell Trim PlusSkyBell Trim II ProSkyBell Slim I
Price$199.00Currently UnavailableCurrently Unavailable $199.00
Resolution720p HD1080p HD1080p HD720p HD
Night VisionColorColorColorBlack/White

In-Depth Review Of Skybell Doorbell Camera

Read our complete review of the Skybell Trim doorbell camera used by Frontpoint Home Security to discover features, pros, cons, consumer reviews, and more.

Third Place: Arlo Video Doorbell Review

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The Arlo video doorbell has everything you’d expect out of a quality video doorbell: a wide field of view (180 degrees), quality HD video, two-way audio, night vision, and motion detection zones. The 1:1 aspect ratio ensures you see packages on the ground and any guests from head to toe. Buyers can choose between wired and wireless, each available in white or black. With a cloud storage subscription, you get extra functionality, including custom alerts for people, packages, animals, and vehicles.

Installing Arlo is easy and doesn’t require an Arlo SmartHub or Arlo Base Station; however, it can be connected to smart home technology to set up personalized rules for motion and audio detection, actions, recording settings, and notifications. The doorbell is compatible with Alexa but not Google Assistant or Apple HomeKit.

A unique addition to this doorbell is the built-in siren, which can be used for home security. Use the app to arm or disarm the doorbell. You can also set an automated schedule for when the doorbell should be armed/disarmed.

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The Arlo Video Coorbell features a wide 180° view, 12x zoom, and night vision.
ProsCons
HD video with HDRMust pay a monthly subscription for person/vehicle/package detection
Wired or wirelessNo Google or Apple integration
12x digital zoom
built-in siren
1:1 aspect ratio

Pricing & Tech Specs

  • Price: $53.90
  • 1:1 1536p HD with HDR, 180° field of view
  • Two-way talk
  • Night vision
  • Operating temperature: -4°F to 113°F
  • 110° horizontal single motion sensor

Comparison Table

 1st: Ring Video Doorbell2nd: SkyBell3rd: Arlo EufyNestKangarooRemoBellSimpliSafeWyze
Price Check Amazon for availability $53.90 $179.99 $179.99 $39.99 $169.99 $99.98
Field Of View150°+180°180°160°145°70°180°162°120°+
Resolution1080p+720p/1080p1536p2K960x1280p480p (GIFs Only), 1080p1536p1080p1080p+
ZoomGreen checkmark5x 12xGreen checkmark6x  Green checkmark 
Operating Temperature-5°F to 120°F-40°F to 140°F-4°F to 113°F-4°F to 122°F-4°F to 104°F-4°F to 122°F0°F to 122°F14°F to 104° F-4° to 120° F
Two-Way AudioGreen checkmarkGreen checkmarkGreen checkmarkGreen checkmarkGreen checkmarkSome modelsGreen checkmarkGreen checkmark Green checkmark
Night VisionGreen checkmarkGreen checkmarkGreen checkmarkGreen checkmarkGreen checkmarkSome modelsGreen checkmarkGreen checkmark Green checkmark
Free Video Recording Green checkmarkGreen checkmark 3 Hours3 Days 30 Days14 Days
InstallationHardwired/WirelessHardwiredHardwired/WirelessHardwired/WirelessHardwired/WirelessWirelessWirelessHardwiredHardwired/Wireless
BatteryRechargeable RechargeableRechargeable Rechargeable3 AA Batteries6 AA Batteries  Rechargeable
Customizable Motion ZonesGreen checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmarkGreen checkmarkGreen checkmark  Green checkmark Green checkmark Green checkmark
WiFi Connection2.4 or 5GHz2.4GHz2.4GHz2.4GHz2.4 or 5GHz2.4GHz2.4GHz2.4GHz2.4GHz
Warranty1 Year1 Year1 year1 year2 Years1 Year1 Year1 Year1 Year

What About Google Nest, Kangaroo, SimpliSafe, Wyze, Eufy, & RemoBell?

The following doorbell cameras didn’t make our top three, but you may also want to consider them.

Eufy | Google Nest | Kangaroo | RemoBell | SimpliSafe | Wyze

Eufy Video Doorbell Review

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Eufy stands out among other video doorbell brands for two reasons. First, its 2K resolution produces sharper images than its competitors with 1080p. Second, Eufy offers local storage instead of a cloud service. This saves its customers from paying monthly storage fees while ensuring all data is kept private.

All Eufy video doorbells have motion detection, with smart AI support, including human detection. Cameras (excluding S220) come with a doorbell chime or HomeBase with the speaker as a chime. You’ll also receive facial snapshot notifications via mobile phone to quickly check who’s at the door.

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Eufy’s S330 video doorbell features 2K resolution with HDR, dual camera technology, and 16GB local storage.
ProsCons
2K video resolution on certain modelsMost models don’t support cloud storage
Local video storageMost models have fixed storage capacities
Dual lens on certain models
AI detection without added subscription

Pricing & Tech Specs

  • Night vision
  • Two-way talk
  • 160° field of view
  • Wi-Fi connection: 2.4GHz
  • Operating temperature: -4°F to 122°F
  • Local storage and no monthly fees
Video Doorbell S330Video Doorbell (Wired) S330Video Doorbell S220 Video Doorbell S220 (Wired)Video Doorbell 2K (Wired)Video Doorbell C210
Price $179.99 $179.99 $179.99 $149.99 $99.99 $99.99
InstallationWireless/HardwiredHardwiredWireless/HardwiredHardwiredHardwiredWireless
ResolutionFront Camera 2K with HDR, Package Camera 1080p Front Camera 2K with HDR, Package Camera 1080p 2K with WDR2K with HDR2K with HDR1080p
Storage16GB, on HomeBase8GB, on Doorbell16BG, on HomeBase32GB, on Doorbell4GB, on DoorbellMicroSD Card on Wi-Fi Doorbell Chime
OtherDual Cam, Dual Motion Detection, Package Detection, Human Detection, Waiting DetectionDual Cam, Package Detection, Human Detection, Facial RecognitionHuman Body and Face DetectionHuman Body and Face DetectionHuman Body and Face DetectionHuman Body and Face Detection

Google Nest Video Doorbell Review

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Those who are already loyal to the Nest products will appreciate that the Nest doorbell camera integrates with their existing systems. Plus, it has all the bells and whistles you’ve come to expect with a doorbell camera, as well as some unique features like face recognition and prerecorded messages.

However, Nest has some catching up to do in the doorbell camera category, as many complain about the long lag time between when the doorbell rings and when you’re notified, in addition to the camera not working below certain temperatures. Also, some people complain about it being unreliable if the wireless connection is weak.

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The Nest Doorbell emphasizes design with sleek construction and unique color options (snow, linen, ivy, and ash).
Pros Cons
Get special alerts for when it recognizes friends and family and quiet time modeIncludes easy-to-install kit, tools, and app with step-by-step tutorial and troubleshooting
Find a local Nest Pro to help with installation and troubleshootingLonger lag time between ring and notification
Includes easy-to-install kit, tools and app with step-by-step tutorial and troubleshootingMore expensive than competitors
Slim design fits into existing door frames
Includes easy-to-install kit, tools, and app with step-by-step tutorial and troubleshooting

Pricing & Tech Specs

  • Price: $139.99
  • 960x1280p HD video with HDR
  • 145°  field of view
  • Night vision
  • Two-way audio
  • Wired or battery
  • 24/7 streaming with Nest Aware subscription (recordings saved up to 30 days)
  • Operating temperature: 0°F to 122°F
  • Wi-Fi connection: 2.4GHz

In-Depth Reviews Of Google Nest Products

We review other Nest products, including the Nest thermostat, smoke and carbon monoxide alarm, and indoor camera. You can also read our full Nest Secure review.

Kangaroo Video Doorbell Review

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Kangaroo offers highly competitive monitoring plans and low-cost equipment, including a video doorbell. The original Kangaroo doorbells don’t allow for video recordings or audio; only photo snapshots are sent to your phone (and the option to store in the cloud for an additional fee). The resolution of the picture is lower than most other cameras; it has a smaller view range and capture options. Still, it’s a low-cost, decent starter doorbell with no strings attached. For the price, it might be worthwhile for some less risky areas (like a dorm room or privacy gate).

Both the doorbell and chime are entirely wireless and don’t require hardwiring (you’ll only need a Wi-Fi connection, batteries for the doorbell, and a power outlet for the chime). Lastly, you can mount the camera peel-and-stick adhesives (no drilling required) or use screws and the mounting bracket.

For additional security, Kangaroo recently released a 1080p HD video doorbell that features night vision, two-way audio, and audio chime.

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The Kangaroo doorbell comes with a plug-in chime for an audible alert that will also help extend the doorbell’s battery life.
ProsCons
Easy to install peel and stick (or screw-in bracket)No audio or ability to two-way talk on the original doorbell
No audio or ability to two-way talk on the original doorbellLimited capture and sensitivity settings
InexpensiveBatteries might not last long (depending on usage)
No audio or ability to two-way talk on original doorbell
Batteries might not last long (depending on usage)

Pricing & Tech Specs

  • Operating temperature: -4°F to 122°F
  • Infrared night vision
  • Wi-Fi connection: 2.4GHz
Doorbell Camera + ChimeSmart Wi-Fi Video Doorbell + Chime
Price $39.99 $69.99
InstallationWirelessHardwired/Wireless
ResolutionPictures only1080p
Field Of View60°130°

In-Depth Review Of Kangaroo Security

Read our complete Kangaroo Review to discover features, pros, cons, consumer reviews, and more.

Remo+ Video Doorbell Review

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Remo+ has some great features, but what really holds it back is that some of the features don’t perform as well as our top three doorbell cameras. For example, customers complain about false motion detection alarms and the inability to hear the doorbell inside the house.

All video doorbells include two-way talk and infrared night vision. The RemoBell S and RemoBell W give you three free days of rolling cloud storage. Subscription plans are available for those who want more storage.

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The RemoBell S shoots 1536×1536 HD and works with Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT.
ProsCons
Motion sensor with body heat detectionBatteries don’t last long, according to some customers, although they’re supposed to last four months
Lifetime theft guaranteeCustomer complaints of false motion detection alarms
High video resolution on RemoBell S

Pricing & Tech Specs

  • Infrared night vision
  • Two-way talk
  • Wi-Fi connection: 2.4GHz
  • Operating temperature: 0°F to 122°F
RemoBell SRemoBell WRemoBell
Price Currently UnavailableCurrently Unavailable
InstallationHardwiredHardwiredWireless (AA batteries)
Video 1536p1080p720p
Field Of View180°160°120°
Motion Zone CustomizationGreen checkmarkGreen checkmark

SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Review

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If you’re already a SimpliSafe home security customer (or planning to be), this is a sleek addition to the existing system. You can also use it without the SimpliSafe system. Its modern design provides a high-definition recording and wide-range view. It’s relatively easy to install and uses your existing doorbell’s wiring for power.

There’s two-way audio, smart notifications, night vision, and the ability to pan and zoom. However, while you don’t need a SimpliSafe system, you must purchase their subscription service for $4.99 per month for recording capabilities.

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SimpliSafe’s doorbell features a 1080p HD resolution with HDR imaging.
ProsCons
Get phone alerts when it detects motion or when the doorbell is pressedUses existing doorbell wiring (no rechargeable battery model)
Smart motion detection distinguishes people rather than animals, cars, etc.Requires subscription for recording
Pan and zoomDoesn’t integrate with Alexa, Google Assistant, or Apple HomeKit
60-day money-back guaranteeSome user feedback that installation can be tricky
3-year warranty

Pricing & Tech Specs

  • Price: $169.99
  • 3-year warranty
  • 1080p HD
  • 162° field of view
  • Operating temperature: 14°-104°F

In-Depth Review Of SimpliSafe Doorbell

Read our complete review of the SimpliSafe video doorbell to discover features, pros, cons, consumer reviews, and more.

Wyze Video Doorbell Review

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Wyze’s latest video doorbell offers 2K resolution, a 150-degree field of view, free cloud storage, and much more. The Video Doorbell Pro quickly installs in under 30 seconds using the 3M adhesive and mounting plate. The original Wyze doorbell pairs with a customizable chime that makes it easy to hear when someone is at the door. Both doorbells integrate with Alexa and Google.

Unfortunately, many users complain about Wyze’s reliability. For the price, it’s still considered a good starter video doorbell.

Our Personal Experience With Wyze

I have used Wyze cameras for a little over a year but am currently looking to replace them. I own three Wyze cameras. The ones I use are the Wyze Cam v3 indoor/outdoor with color night vision. When I first got the cameras, I was very happy. The picture is of very good quality, and the night vision is good. I also liked that the cameras pick up a good deal of sound as well. For live streaming, they work great. The problem lies with recording and storage. These require micro-SD cards, which repeatedly go corrupt. I have used the Wyze brand as well as other top-rated brands. The same thing happens every time. We have replaced the cards at least three times in each camera.

Along with that, after a few months, the cameras seem to lose power for no reason. I have had this happen several times, even when I have been out of town, which is a large part of why I installed cameras to watch my home when I am away. I have tried switching out power bases, cords, and even new outlets, and the problem continues. It happens with more than one camera. Of the three I have purchased, only one continues to work without major defects. However, it is one that I only use occasionally, a few hours a week. The others, which are in use for home security, malfunction daily.  Unfortunately, I am moving on to a new brand, as I cannot rely on these cameras to work when I need them to or to record when something does happen.

I would not recommend these. They are more trouble than they are worth. Though an economical choice at first, I have spent more money trying to keep them working than had I purchased a higher-priced system.

Danielle DeGroot, Wyze Camera Customer
The original Video Doorbell (Wired) can be purchased with or without a chime.
ProsCons
Reasonably pricedUser complaints about the reliability of the camera
LED doorbell light for visitors
On-demand video viewing and free cloud storage (up to 14 days)

Pricing & Tech Specs

  • Two-way talk
  • Night vision
  • Operating temperature: -4°-122° F
  • Wi-Fi Connectivity: 2.4GHz or 5 GHz
Video Doorbell ProVideo Doorbell (Wired)
Price $99.98
InstallationHardwired/WirelessHardwired
Resolution2K1080p
Aspect Ratio1:14:3
Field Of View150°120°

Don’t Stop At Your Front Door

Your front door isn’t the only area of your home that needs monitoring. Consider a complete home security system that you can have professionally monitored. You can expand your security beyond cameras to door and window sensors, motion detectors, glass break sensors, and more. And burglars aren’t the only thing you should be on the lookout for. Kitchen fires are the most common form of house fires. Monitored systems come with environmental hazard detection, including smoke, fire, carbon monoxide, flood, and more.

And if you’re looking to learn more about cameras, you can go far beyond your doorbell. Our experts cover outdoor, Wi-Fi, wired and wireless, pet-friendly, hidden, app-based, and entire camera systems (CCTV). Learn more about these models, how they work, how to install them, and where to get the best deals in our comprehensive security camera guide.

If you already have a security system, our article on how to disarm your alarm system will teach you how to find vulnerabilities in your system before burglars do.

Did you decide on a video doorbell, or are you still searching? Let us know in the comments!

Tara Maurer

Since joining the Safe Smart Living team, Tara has covered topics ranging from home security and identity protection to smart travel and educated living. After graduating with a BA in Multimedia Journalism from Simpson College, Tara began work in the wellness industry. In the past seven years, she has personally tested countless supplements and holds a holistic nutrition certification. Tara is passionate about personal safety, especially for women. It’s a sad truth that most women experience harassment while in public spaces during their lifetime, and we must learn tactics to protect ourselves. As a female runner, Tara has tested various safety products, including alarms, pepper sprays, reflective gear, and tracking devices. When not working, you’ll most likely find Tara running, reading the latest fantasy novel, or trying out a new healthy recipe.
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