Arlo Camera Review: A Dependable Security Camera System?

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Arlo’s lineup of stand-alone security cameras is one of the best we’ve seen. And we know because we’ve used nearly all of them!

But, there are many to choose from to fit your home or business needs. Read about our firsthand experience, sharing the perks (and shortcomings) of Arlo and the different camera options that are currently available.

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Article Overview

ARlo

4.75 / 5
ARlo
Field of View 5.0
Audio 5.0
Remote Viewing/Streaming 4.5
Price 4.0
Recording 5.0
Tech Support 5.0

Pros

  • Excellent customer service
  • Wire-free cameras
  • Motion-activated recording
  • Store 7 days of footage in the cloud for free
  • Battery level is displayed on the app and batteries are rechargeable
  • Easy to install
  • Sturdy equipment
  • Great, clear footage

Cons

  • Requires a base station for some models
  • Two-way audio can be delayed

Key Features

  • 1-year warranty
  • Variety of accessories available, including mounts, charging supplies, silicone skins and more
  • Rechargeable batteries
  • Free cloud recording of 7 days for up to 5 cameras
  • Each camera includes a magnetic mount
  • Set a schedule for when you want the cameras to be armed
  • Long battery life before the cameras need recharging (unless the area experiences a high volume of activity or extreme temperatures)
  • Works with Amazon Alexa, Google Home, Apple HomeKit, IFTTT and SmartThings

Comparison Table & Terms

Arlo (formerly owned by Netgear) has released a handful of cameras over the years. With each new camera comes improvements to their technology. Their continual innovation is why we consider Arlo to be among the leaders in home security cameras.

 Arlo Pro 3Arlo UltraArlo Pro 2Arlo ProArloArlo GoArlo Q PlusArlo QArlo Baby
Arlo Pro 3Arlo UltraArlo Pro 2Arlo ProArloArlo GoArlo Q PlusArlo QArlo Baby
Price For 1 Camera (Unless Otherwise Noted)$199.992 Cameras + 1 Base Station: $539.882 Cameras + 1 Base Station: $310.982 Cameras + 1 Base Station: $199.99Discontinued$409.99$185.99$133.65$154.71
OutdoorCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmark
Video Resolution2K, 1080p, 720p4K1080p720p720p720p1080p1080p1080p
MobileCheckmark
Baby MonitorCheckmark
Field Of View160°180°130°110°110°130°130°130°110°
Night VisionColorColorBlack & WhiteBlack & WhiteBlack & WhiteBlack & WhiteBlack & WhiteBlack & WhiteBlack & White
Zoom12x12x12x8x8x8x8x8x8x
2-Way AudioCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmark
Wire-Free Or WiredWire-FreeBothBothBothBothWire-FreeWiredWiredBoth
SirenBuilt-In To CameraBuilt-In To CameraIn Base StationIn Base StationIn Base StationBuilt-In To Camera
Water ResistantCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmark
Operating Temperature-4 to 113°F-4 to 140°F-4 to 113°F-4 to 113°F14 to 122°F-4 to 113°F
Local StorageUSBmicroSD CardUSBUSBSD CardmicroSD Card
WiFi, LTE Or Ethernet ConnectionWiFiWiFiWiFiWiFiWiFiLTEWiFi & EthernetWiFiWiFi
Base Station RequiredCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmark
Activity ZonesCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmarkCheckmark
Integrated SpotlightCheckmarkCheckmark
Noise Canceling AudioNoise & Echo CancellationWind & Noise Reduction
Smart Music PlayerCheckmark
Multi-Colored NightlightCheckmark
Air SensorsCheckmark
Baby Crying AlertCheckmark

Smart Music Player – Plays lullabies, white noise or a voice recording to help send your baby to sleep. You can manage the music from the app.

Air Sensors – Monitor the nursery’s temperature, humidity and VOC (volatile organic compound) levels. Get alerts if something is not within your desired range.

Cloud Subscription Plans

Arlo doesn’t require a subscription to its cloud storage plan unless you have more than 5 cameras or you want recordings stored longer than 7 days.

Free

  • $0 up to 5 cameras
  • 7-day video history

Arlo Smart

  • $2.99/camera/month
  • 30-day video history
  • Advanced A.I. detection
  • Custom activity zones
  • Lock screen notifications

Arlo Smart Premier

  • $9.99/month up to 10 cameras
  • 30-day video history
  • All Arlo Smart features
  • e911 Emergency Call Service*

Arlo Smart Elite

  • $14.99/month up to 20 cameras
  • 60-day video history
  • All Arlo Smart Premier features

Premium Video Recording

  • $1.99/month per camera
  • Upgrade your Ultra camera to record and store clips to the cloud in 4K

*e911 is a feature that connects you to emergency dispatchers near the address you specify in the Arlo app. Normally when you call 911, you are connected with dispatchers near your location.

e911 is a benefit because if you’re hundreds of miles away on a business trip and see someone breaking into your front door, you can use e911 to have emergency personnel arrive at your home without any wasted time explaining the location you need help at.

Coupon

Arlo products are often discounted off of MSRP on Amazon.

Author’s Experience And Review

Arlo sent me equipment to review in exchange for an unbiased review. Our review process is strict, so no favors are given in exchange for the free product. We believe first-hand experiences give us a better understanding of the product to provide a more accurate review.

I received the equipment on the following dates:

  • 1 Arlo Camera: May 2016
  • 2 Arlo Pro Cameras: March 2017
  • 2 Arlo Security Lights: June 2018

Arlo

Netgear ArloView Arlo on Amazon

I initially had the Arlo camera mounted near my front door. However, Iowa winters can get extremely cold, and the 14 to 122°F operating temperature wasn’t enough to handle the temperatures below 0°F. The batteries were draining quickly, so I had to bring the camera inside during the winter, leaving the front door unmonitored.

This camera isn’t as advanced as the Pro and Ultra versions, but it does an adequate job documenting any activity that occurs within view.

Arlo Pro

Arlo ProView Arlo Pro on Amazon

The Arlo Pro cameras do a much better job outside with an operating temperature of -4 to 113°F. There have been times where the temperature drops below -4°F, and the camera still operates, which is always a pleasant surprise.

I used outdoor security mounts to secure my cameras where I wanted them. The battery life on these cameras is excellent too, and I love that they are rechargeable.

Arlo Security Lights

Arlo LightsView Arlo Security Lights on Amazon

The lights have 400 lumens and are a nice way to add additional lighting to the exterior of a home in an attempt to scare off intruders. The lights aren’t terribly bright, but they do help illuminate your path.

I love that these are wireless and rechargeable. It’s also cool that I can adjust the color of the light to be whatever I want, so if I want to be festive for a holiday or celebration, I can adjust them.

Arlo Pro 2

Arlo Pro 2View Arlo Pro 2 on Amazon

Sadie, a contributor to Safe Smart Living, purchased two Arlo Pro 2 cameras to monitor activity near her condo building. This is her experience with the cameras:

The Arlo was simple to plug and play right out of the box. We experienced some trouble at first with the sensitivity and it recording everything, but after setting up the zones, it now only records when there is activity in those specific areas.
The battery life lasts about a month between charges, and there have been no issues with extreme weather. There is a slight delay for notifications, but it does a good job of helping us monitor the front and back doors.

Arlo Helps Capture Intruders Of All Species

This person set up an Arlo Pro 2 to try and discover who was sneaking under the fence.

What Are Some Alternatives To Arlo Cameras?

Is Arlo home security enough to protect your home? If you simply want to video monitor your entry points and some areas of your home, we think Arlo is a great option.

However, if you want to know when doors open and close, or when motion is detected throughout your home, you may want a more traditional home security system with door/window sensors and motion detectors.

Check out our best WiFi security camera reviews to see our take on the most popular wireless security cameras on the market. You should also review some other top outdoor security camera options.

Which Arlo security camera is your favorite?

About The Author:

Kimberly received her Bachelor of Arts in multimedia journalism from Simpson College. Her natural curiosity helps her research as she seeks the truth when learning about, comparing and personally testing products and services.

Kimberly has been writing about security and safety since 2013, covering subjects such as home security and automation, identity theft protection, home warranties, medical alert systems and more. In 2018, she had her first child, and that opened up a whole new avenue of security experience with baby gear. She wanted to purchase the safest items for her family.

Security is a passion of hers, and she knows it isn’t a one size fits all category. With every piece she writes, her goal is to help our readers find the best fit for their unique needs.

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Rob
Major problems recharging the cameras , apparently this is a common problem . Only one of six recharge after a month of use
Sadie Cornelius (Admin)
Rob, we have Arlo and yeah sometimes the cameras say they are not charged when they are but if you turn it off and back on that usually does the trick for us!
Soon To Be First Time Mom
I’m thinking about getting the Arlo Baby but saw it has some negative reviews on Amazon. It only gets 3.1/5.0 stars. And for spending $200ish on it, I want it to be great. Has anyone used Arlo Baby?
Kristi
Anyone have these, curious how they hold up outside after time?