Smart motion detection is one of the best security camera features, and we think Arlo's among the best—second only to Google Nest cameras. Arlo's cameras can distinguish between people, animals, packages, and vehicles, which helps you know what the camera sees without opening the app.
While smart detection isn't 100% accurate on any camera, it saves time—it helps keep the dog from triggering a notification when you let them out into the yard—provided you turn off animal notifications. In contrast, Blink doesn't have any ability to identify what's on video and sends a motion alert every time.
The only drawback of Arlo's smart detection is that you must pay a monthly fee to use it, which is why Nest's lighter restrictions ultimately take the top spot.
Arlo's smart home compatibility is on another level compared to rival security cameras—including Blink. It supports no less than five platforms compared to Blink's two:
While none of Arlo's cameras supports all of these platforms out of the box, smart hubs, and smart speakers—at least without a base station—we're glad that the company caters to all sorts of people instead of locking itself into a single ecosystem.
While Arlo doesn't boast the 20 models of Blink's bigger sibling, Ring, its current lineup clocks in at eight models—nearly twice as many as Blink. Let's uncover how each Arlo camera compares to its Blink rival.
If you want an Arlo camera with unique features that Blink doesn't have, the Go 2 and Ultra 2 are good examples.
If you want to learn more, we dig deeper in our Arlo camera reviews.