Best Video Doorbell Cameras of 2021

After poring over specs and customer reviews of 34 doorbells, the Nest Doorbell (Battery) comes out on top.
Best overall
Best for smart homes
Arlo Essential Wired Video Doorbell
Arlo Essential Wired
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
Best local storage
Eufy Video Doorbell 2K with base station
Eufy Video Doorbell 2K
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
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    160º field of view
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    No monthly fee
Best battery doorbell
Best budget doorbell
Wyze Video Doorbell
Wyze Video Doorbell
4 out of 5 stars
4

Whether you're trying to keep your packages safe or keep an eye on visitors, video doorbells deliver high quality at a low price and without a security system.

The Nest Doorbell (Battery), our top pick, uses smart detection to track whether people, animals, or packages are at your front door—all without a subscription. You even have some free cloud storage if you're not ready to pay a monthly fee.

We like that the Nest doorbell is easy to install, though it doesn't match Arlo’s smart home compatibility or Wyze’s low price. Find the best doorbell cameras for your needs here. For more about porch piracy, check out the top metro areas for package theft.

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Why try a wireless doorbell?

A wireless doorbell camera is the quintessential gateway smart home device. It sends push notifications when it detects motion, records video day or night, and has two-way audio for talking with guests at your door. You can tell the difference between a neighbor or mail carrier with a video doorbell.



Compare the best doorbell cameras

Best for
Product
Price
Resolution (aspect ratio)
Field of view
Power source
Prerecorded messages
Learn more
Best overall
Nest Doorbell BatteryNest Doorbell (Battery)
960 x 1280
(3:4)
145ºBattery, wired
Icon Yes  LightYes
Best for smart homes
Arlo Essential Wired Video DoorbellArlo Essential Wired
1536 x 1536
(1:1)
180ºWired
Icon Yes  LightYes
Best local storage
Eufy Video Doorbell 2K with base stationEufy Video Doorbell 2K (Battery)
2560 x 1920
(4:3)
180ºBattery, wired
Icon Yes  LightYes
Best battery doorbell
Ring Video Doorbell (2nd gen)Ring Video Doorbell
(2nd Gen)
1920 x 1080
(16:9)
155ºBattery, wired, solar
Icon Yes  LightYes
Best budget doorbell
Wyze Video DoorbellWyze Video Doorbell
1296 x 1728
(3:4)
120ºWired
Icon No  LightNo

Amazon.com price as of post date. Read full disclaimer.

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Doorbell installation

Before choosing a wireless video doorbell cam, check out your current doorbell setup. You'll need to know the voltage and whether you have a wired doorbell chime or not. If you don't already have a doorbell, look for a battery-powered model. Even better, products like Google Nest, Eufy, and Ring have dual-power options that work with wires or batteries.

Reviews: Best smart doorbell cameras

1. Nest Doorbell (Battery): Best overall

Best overall
Nest Doorbell Battery
Nest Doorbell (Battery)
Our Rating
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
$179.99

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The Nest Doorbell (Battery) outperforms rivals with smart motion detection and cloud storage that don't cost a dime. Most other brands lock one or both of these behind a paywall, so your best experience always costs extra.

True, Nest's paid plans still have exclusive features like e911, facial recognition, and extra cloud storage, but you're not paying for essential features like motion zones, person detection, and rich notifications.

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Pros
Pro Bullet 3 hours of free cloud storage
Pro Bullet Excellent smart motion detection
Pro Bullet Battery or wired installation
Pro Bullet Affordable cloud storage
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Cons
Con Bullet Above-average price tag
Con Bullet Relatively narrow field of view
Con Bullet Low video resolution
Con Bullet Facial recognition requires a subscription

Free smart detection is Google Nest's secret weapon. On a typical day, your doorbell will observe dozens (sometimes hundreds) of motion events of people, animals, vehicles, and packages. Without smart detection, your camera records everything that moves.

If you don't want notifications and video clips from passing cars and neighborhood cats, you can tell Nest to ignore them. Arlo, Ring, and Wyze can do this too, but you'll pay for it. Eufy's a bit better with human and face detection for free, but no packages, animals, or vehicles.

Nest has three hours of free cloud storage. While it doesn't offer as much protection when you can't review a clip within three hours, it's just right for most folks.

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Local storage

The Nest Doorbell (Battery) even has local storage—it stores up to an hour of video without an internet connection.

Nest Aware has the best price for cloud storage. On the surface, the base Nest Aware is twice as expensive as Ring or Arlo's plans and three times as much as Wyze's. But it's a better value in every way.

  • Nest Aware covers unlimited cameras for just $6 a month. To do the same with Ring and Arlo, you'll pay for their pricier $10 plans. Wyze has no paid option for unlimited cameras.
  • You'll unlock up to 30 days of recorded clips, e911 emergency call services, and more features for your Google Nest smart speakers. To get e911 with Arlo, you'll pay about $15 a month.
  • Nest Doorbell's best premium feature is facial recognition. You can label and name visitors in the app, and Nest tells you the dogwalker's at your door or Grandma's here for a visit.

We love that this Nest doorbell has both battery and wired installation options. While we prefer wires to keep recharging to a minimum, there's nothing like placing your doorbell where it works best.

Its lower video resolution and relatively narrow field of view don't look as good in a side-by-side comparison with Arlo and Eufy. But its video quality is great for everyday use, and there's a tall aspect ratio for a better view of your porch.

Overall, the Nest battery doorbell lacks the smart home prowess of Arlo, the local storage capacity of Eufy, and the affordable equipment of Ring and Wyze, but its helpful features make all the difference.

Check out our full Nest Doorbell review to learn more.

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Nest Doorbell (Wired)

While the Nest Doorbell (Wired) has many of the same features as the battery version, it requires a subscription for smart detection and cloud storage. But it's also the only Nest doorbell with continuous video recording on Nest Aware Plus, so it's worth considering if you want more than the event-based videos of the Nest battery doorbell.

2. Arlo Essential Wired: Best for smart homes

Best for smart homes
Arlo Essential Wired Video Doorbell
Arlo Essential Wired
Our Rating
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
$149.99

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The Arlo Essential Wired Video Doorbell stands out for its compatibility with the three major smart home platforms: Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and Apple HomeKit. Even though Arlo's HomeKit support doesn't work without an add-on hub, you'll have a hard time finding a better HomeKit doorbell. This is a nice change compared to the Nest Doorbell (Battery), which supports only Google Assistant.

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Pros
Pro Bullet Excellent smart home compatibility
Pro Bullet 180° field of view
Pro Bullet e911 on highest cloud plan
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Cons
Con Bullet Apple HomeKit support requires a hub
Con Bullet No free cloud storage plan
Con Bullet Wired installation

We love Arlo's video quality. It produces clear, full images of visitors from head to toe, thanks to the 12x digital zoom, 180° field of view, infrared night vision, and 1:1 aspect ratio. It doesn't have nearly as much detail as Eufy's 2K resolution, but it looks nicer than Nest's video.

And, like many other video doorbells, Arlo offers extra features with a subscription: more video storage, smart detection, and e911.

Its e911 extra stands out the most. It connects you directly to first responders in case of an emergency. When you use it, first responders head to your home instead of your phone's location. If something happens while you're out of town, your home is in good hands.

It costs $8 a month more than Nest's e911 plan, but considering other brands lack the feature altogether, Arlo is worth a look.

Arlo's cloud storage has competitive pricing—it costs about $3 a month to record 30 days of video clips with a single security camera. This is the same price that Ring charges and is only slightly more expensive than Wyze. If you live in a studio apartment and don't plan to buy extra Arlo cameras, this option saves money over Nest.

Still, Nest's unlimited camera storage is a better deal than Arlo's plan with the same option, which costs about $10 a month. Ring's $10 plan is technically a better choice since it comes with 60 days of storage, but you won't notice much difference day to day.

Overall, the Arlo smart doorbell camera is some impressive tech. It even earned the same overall score as Nest in our evaluation. As long as you don't mind a monthly fee, Arlo is a clear winner for better video quality and smart home connectivity.

Check out our in-depth Arlo doorbell review for more.

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Arlo Essential Wireless

You can buy the Arlo Essential Wireless Video Doorbell for around $50 more than the wired version. It doesn't add much other than battery power and compatibility with more types of doorbell wiring.

3. Eufy Video Doorbell 2K: Best local storage

Best local storage
Eufy Video Doorbell 2K with base station
Eufy Video Doorbell 2K (Battery)
Our Rating
4.3 out of 5 stars
4.25
$199.99

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If you'd rather not send video to the cloud, the Eufy Video Doorbell 2K (Battery) is worth a look. It's the only smart video doorbell on our list that doesn't require you to send footage over the web.

Its 16 GB of local storage gives you access to 180 days of footage without a subscription or broadcasting a feed on the internet. Plus, this video doorbell cam is easy to install with or without doorbell wires, thanks to its built-in battery.

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Pros
Pro Bullet Local video storage
Pro Bullet 2K video resolution
Pro Bullet Battery or wired installation
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Cons
Con Bullet No cloud storage option
Con Bullet No expandable storage
Con Bullet Requires hub

We can't overstate how practical Eufy's local storage is. There are no monthly fees, so the higher price comes out cheaper in the long run than Arlo and Ring. Plus, its six-month capacity blows Nest's three hours out of the water.

You don't pay extra for smart detection. The Eufy doorbell's people recognition feature distinguishes visitors from passing objects to minimize false alarms. And its face detection tells you when someone's face is on camera. (This is different from facial recognition, which tracks specific faces.) But even AI makes mistakes sometimes, like one user whose doorbell cam mistook a tree for a visitor.

Eufy has some of the best video quality of any doorbell cam. Compared to standard 1080p, its 2K video has more than double the number of pixels. This means clearer video, especially when using digital zoom or a TV to view your footage. We didn't notice a huge difference between Eufy and other brands on smaller screens without zooming, but it's nice to have anyway.

Eufy's 2K battery doorbell has some drawbacks.

  • This doorbell camera system requires a hub to work, which adds about $40 to the price compared to its wired sibling.
  • Sadly, Eufy doesn't offer cloud storage for most of its doorbells, including this one, so consider something like Nest if you want both local and cloud storage.
  • There's no way to increase the storage capacity beyond the 16 GB in the hub.

Overall, the Eufy 2K video doorbell scores the same 4.25 as Nest and Arlo but for different reasons. Having local storage is a huge boost to protecting your data from hackers. Still, Eufy's also the most expensive doorbell in our top five—it's not as wallet-friendly in the short-term as brands like Wyze and Ring.

To learn more about Eufy, check out our Eufy doorbell review.

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Eufy Video Doorbell 2K (Wired)

The Eufy Video Doorbell 2K (Wired) costs about $40 less and doesn't require a hub to work. It even has most of the same features and a nifty digital chime. Still, its storage tops out at 4 GB, so you can't record as long.

4. Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Gen): Best battery doorbell

Best battery doorbell
Ring Video Doorbell (2nd gen)
Ring Video Doorbell
(2nd Gen)
Our Rating
4 out of 5 stars
4
$99.99

Amazon.com price as of post date. Read full disclaimer.

The Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Gen) boasts 1080p resolution, a 155° field of vision, noise cancellation, night vision, and customization options through the Ring app. Its flexible power options, theft protection, and low price make it a fitting choice for renters and first-time homeowners alike.

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Pros
Pro Bullet Battery, wired, or solar installation
Pro Bullet Excellent cloud storage
Pro Bullet Quick Replies
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Cons
Con Bullet Requires subscription
Con Bullet Limited smart home support

This doorbell cam is budget conscious and environmentally friendly. You can power your new smart doorbell camera with existing doorbell wiring, a battery, or even a solar charger (for a little extra). It's a convenient way to extend the battery life on a workshop or garage without wiring.

Ring Protect Plus is one of the better deals for cloud storage. While it's more expensive than Nest's plan, Protect Plus throws in an extended warranty if you subscribe. Most video doorbell warranties last one to two years, so the extra protection might save some cash if Ring issues a product recall.

We also like Ring's theft protection feature for the security camera itself. While wireless doorbell cameras can deter porch pirates, there's no guarantee against camera thieves. If someone swipes it, Ring will replace it for free (even if you don't subscribe to a Ring Protect plan).

Ring recently added prerecorded messages. Choose one of six automatic Quick Replies for your doorbell to play, and guests can leave a message. Now you can screen visits from solicitors without rushing your shower. You can also choose a reply when viewing a live video if you don't want a blanket reply.

Still, the Ring video doorbell isn't as functional without a subscription. You'll have access to live video, two-way audio, notifications, and Quick Replies, but no smart detection of people or packages. And with no way to save videos, you'll obsess over every motion alert (or miss it altogether).

Ring is an Amazon product, so it's a great choice for Alexa users. It supports some other smart home platforms like Samsung SmartThings and IFTTT, but these aren't as popular as the two it doesn't work with: Apple HomeKit and Google Assistant.

At $99, you won't need two months' salary for this Ring. It's a good value, even if you need a subscription to unlock the best smart features. Learn more in our Ring doorbells review.

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Ring's huge doorbell selection

We chose the Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Gen) because it's the most accessible of Ring's doorbells. But it's not as powerful as the Ring 4 (about $200) and Ring Pro 2 (about $250), which don't make our lineup for their high prices. Likewise, we didn't choose the Ring Wired (about $60) because it doesn't have installation flexibility.

5. Wyze Video Doorbell: Best budget doorbell

Best budget doorbell
Wyze Video Doorbell
Wyze Video Doorbell
Our Rating
4 out of 5 stars
4
$56.98

Amazon.com price as of post date. Read full disclaimer.

The Wyze Video Doorbell snags our budget pick because it combines cheap equipment with the lowest cloud storage price around. (It even keeps up with the smart detection of pricier brands.)

While Blink and Ring Wired come close in terms of value, Wyze pulls ahead for its free cloud storage option, excellent customer resources, and reputation for selling the best budget cameras around.

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Pros
Pro Bullet Affordable equipment
Pro Bullet Cheapest cloud storage
Pro Bullet Comes with a digital chime
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Cons
Con Bullet Wired installation
Con Bullet No multi-device cloud storage plans
Con Bullet Narrow field of view

For less than $60, you get a video doorbell and a digital chime. The chime's necessary because Wyze uses existing doorbell wiring but bypasses your mechanical chime. Plus, you can pair multiple chimes with your Wyze doorbell for full coverage throughout the house. Add-on chimes are only $15 a piece on Wyze's website.

Who wants a mechanical chime when you have 19 amazing sounds to choose from like ding-dongs, dogs barking, doors closing, and a siren sound? We recommend the siren if you want a heart attack every time someone stops by—or maybe save that one for when nobody's home?

Wyze's cloud looks like a teeny-tiny dollar sign. A free option saves 12-second videos for up to 14 days when the camera senses motion, sound, and alarms from smoke detectors. There are a lot of restrictions, but budget-minded users will find a way to make it work for them.

Still, we think upgrading to the Cam Plus plan for $15 a year (about $1.25 a month) is a better choice. (If you want something more bite-sized, Wyze's monthly plan is $2 a month.) It removes the length restriction on video clips and unlocks Wyze's smart detection. Wyze can spot everything Arlo can: animals, packages, people, and vehicles. Wyze even has facial recognition in the pipeline, so not even Nest is safe.

Wyze comes with some compromises.

  • For all its affordability, you need a Cam Plus subscription for each camera you want to record. You'll spend more than Nest when you hit five or so cameras. (It'll take years before your total costs pass Nest's, thanks to Wyze's cheaper equipment, but it's inevitable.)
  • The 120º field of view limits your placement options. There's a wedge in the box to help angle the camera, but it's no substitute for the broader view on brands like Arlo and Eufy.

Overall, Wyze is easy on the wallet and has a surprising amount of features for its price. It's a great choice for folks who already use Wyze for everything else and for anyone looking to try out a wired doorbell camera on the cheap. Learn more in our Wyze cameras review.

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Wyze Video Doorbell Pro

Wyze recently announced the Wyze Video Doorbell Pro, and it seems like a big upgrade for around $15 more than the base model. We're excited about its battery, wider 150º field of view, and dual-band Wi-Fi. We'll let you know when we learn more.

More brands we considered

Blink Video Doorbell

The Blink Video Doorbell (about $50) offers two things Wyze can't: battery power and compatibility with mechanical doorbell chimes. But unlike Wyze, there's no free cloud storage option or digital chime. It's still new on the market, and early customer reviews complain about how difficult the mount is to install. Still, if you already have other Blink cameras, it might be worth the extra effort.

Amcrest Video Doorbell Camera Pro

We like the Amcrest Video Doorbell Camera Pro (about $90) because it supports a microSD card for a lower price than Eufy. But user reviews say the software isn't nearly as polished as the similarly priced Ring Video Doorbell. While it supports Alexa, it doesn't offer live video or doorbell notifications on the Echo Show. Learn more in our Amcrest cameras review.

RemoBell S

The RemoBell S (about $100) seems like an attractive alternative to Ring, but the video quality isn't great. There's a noticeable fisheye distortion that makes it difficult to make out details in videos. Another big drawback is that the infrared night vision isn't very powerful and won't activate if there's an illuminated porch light nearby.

Toucan

The Toucan Wireless Video Doorbell (about $120) used to be one of the most affordable video doorbells on the market before Wyze, Blink, and Ring Wired went cheaper. Unfortunately, Toucan's free cloud storage restricts you to five video downloads each month. And Toucan's entry-level paid plan (despite allowing unlimited devices) isn't a good value compared to Ring.

Kangaroo

The Kangaroo Doorbell Camera (about $40) is the cheapest smart doorbell around. But its 60º field of view, lack of audio, and animated-Gif-like videos mean it can't keep up with the video quality of other budget brands like Wyze and Blink. Learn more in our Kangaroo security review.

Logitech Circle View

The Logitech Circle View (about $200) is one of few video doorbells that natively supports Apple HomeKit Secure Video. It doesn't have its own mobile app but uses the Apple Home app on iOS devices and stores video using iCloud (if you have a subscription). Unfortunately, you can't use it with anything but HomeKit, making it a no-go for anyone without an iPhone.



Final word

The Nest Doorbell (Battery) refreshingly works with or without a subscription. Its free features surpass those of other brands, while its cloud storage plan is one of the best values around. We love its installation flexibility with both battery-powered and wired options.

Whether you want to watch for a porch pirate stealing your packages or see who's at the door without getting up, a wireless video doorbell brings an extra touch of security to your front door. There are so many uses for doorbell cameras, but the right doorbell cam for you is the one that fits your needs.

Once you find your favorite doorbell, we suggest checking out a smart lock for a suitable smart home companion to let guests in. Or consider a wireless camera for places beyond the porch.

FAQ

None of the doorbells on our list require a monthly fee to view live footage or talk to visitors using two-way audio, but the majority require payment to store video and use features like smart detection.

Some brands—like Google Nest, Eufy, and Wyze—offer recordings via local storage or a free cloud plan. Additionally, Nest and Eufy provide smart detection features without a fee.

We recommend the Nest Doorbell (Battery) to anyone who wants to skip a monthly fee. It includes some free cloud storage and allows for smart detection of people, packages, animals, and vehicles. Eufy is a good alternative with tons of local video storage but fewer smart detection features.

If you already have a home security system, consider getting a doorbell camera through your provider. SimpliSafe, Vivint, ADT, and Frontpoint all sell doorbell cameras compatible with their equipment.

Having a record of your visitors helps identify any suspicious characters who stop by. Video recordings of an incident boost your chances of finding the suspects who stole packages, vandalized your home, or attempted to break-in.

Depending on whether you pay a monthly fee or not, doorbell cameras can record as little as three hours and as many as 60 days. The amount of memory you need for footage depends on how often you check your doorbell app.

Most doorbell cameras use motion detection to record short clips. Still, the Nest Doorbell (Wired) has an option to record 10 days of continuous video if you pay for the Nest Aware Plus plan.

Under daytime conditions, the average video doorbell can see your front sidewalk without many issues. At night, you can expect great image quality 10 to 20 feet away.

Look for a video doorbell camera with at least a resolution of 1080p. If you want a camera that shows your doorstep the way you see it, look for a field of view of at least 120°. Still, fields of view around 160º are ideal for seeing beyond your porch.

While all doorbells on our list have excellent infrared night vision, Arlo Essential Wired is the top performer.

Two-way audio is a standard feature in doorbell cameras; it lets you chat with visitors on your doorstep whether you're home or not.

We also like prerecorded messages and noise cancellation. Prerecorded messages are a lot like voicemail for your wireless doorbell camera—an automatic message that plays when you can't answer the door.

Noise cancellation is also helpful because it boosts the audio quality and makes it easier to understand what the other person is saying.

How we reviewed video doorbells

To choose the best smart doorbells, we pored over technical specs and thousands of customer reviews for 34 products. We compared features, price, reputation, reliability, and customer satisfaction.

After we narrowed the camera doorbells down to the best of the best, we pitted them against one another—looking for video quality, smart motion detection, customization options, ease of installation, and any extra costs required. We also spoke with customers who own these video doorbells.

Finally, we put our five favorite smart doorbells in order and broke down all the details to help you make the right purchase. Learn more about how we reviewed smart video doorbells and other products in our full methodology.

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John Carlsen
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John Carlsen
John is a technology journalist specializing in smart home devices, security cameras, and home security systems. He has over eight years of experience researching, testing, and reviewing the latest tech—he was the Smart Home Editor for Top Ten Reviews and wrote for ASecureLife before joining SafeWise as a Staff Writer in 2020. John holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications, Journalism emphasis from Utah Valley University. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, photography, cooking, and starting countless DIY projects he has yet to complete.

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  • Thomas Cotter

    I’m interested in installing a video doorbell, but don’t want an Alexa to make it work (bad experience). I would prefer just having cell phone or computer access. What would be the best choices?

    • Rebecca Edwards

      Thomas, you don’t HAVE to use Alexa with any of the cameras on the list, it’s just an option if voice assistance is something that you like. I like the Ring doorbells because they’re tried and true and you have options for wired or wireless. But if you want the most secure video doorbell, I’d check out the Eufy. It doesn’t store anything on the cloud or with the company—it’s all local storage, so you have extra privacy on top of encryption.

  • Ruben

    I have just one recommendation: simply handle the package to the person and sign the receipt of delivery as other countries do instead of leaving it at the porch without even ringing the bell or knocking the door. If nobody is at home, delivery guy must return or leave a notice. Leaving it is not delivering it.