Best Video Doorbells in 2021

Vivint
Smart home pick
Vivint Doorbell Camera Pro
Vivint Video Doorbell
  • Pros
    Available with security system package
  • Pros
    Smart Deter technology with chime and speaker
  • Pros
    Professional installation hardwired
SimpliSafe
Reader favorite brand
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SimpliSafe Video Doorbell
  • Pros
    Available with security system package
  • Pros
    Dual-sensor trigger person alerts
  • Pros
    DIY installation hardwired
Ring
Best overall
Ring Video Doorbell (2nd gen)
Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Gen)
  • Pros
    No subscription required
  • Pros
    Theft protection
  • Pros
    DIY installation hardwired or battery
ADT
Pro monitoring pick
ADT Video Doorbell
ADT Video Doorbell
  • Pros
    Available with security system package
  • Pros
    Multiple mounting options
  • Pros
    Professional installation hardwired
Frontpoint
Whole-property pick
Frontpoint Doorbell Camera
Frontpoint
  • Pros
    Available with security system package
  • Pros
    Alerts from motion sensor
  • Pros
    DIY installation hardwired
Best for privacy
eufy video doorbell
Eufy Video Doorbell
  • Pros
    No subscription required
  • Pros
    Local storage and person alerts
  • Pros
    DIY installation hardwired or battery
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Doorbell installation

Before deciding on 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, you’ll need to look for a battery-powered model. They aren’t as common, but products like Ring have two power options that work with wires or batteries.


Reviews: Best smart doorbell cameras

The Vivint Video Doorbell Pro is great for deterring package thieves, thanks to its package detection and Smart Sentry features. We also like the simplicity of its app.

It offers easy monitoring customization, a 180° field of view, and high audio quality for its two-way talk.

Plus, installation is effortless since the pros do it for you. Vivint professional installation costs $99 for a whole home security system package, but the installation is free if you just buy the doorbell.

If you don't mind the higher price, this is an ideal pick.

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Pros
Pro Bullet Extra-wide field of view
Pro Bullet Smart package-theft deterrent
Pro Bullet Effortless install
Pro Bullet Great audio quality
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Cons
Con Bullet 720p video quality
Con Bullet High price

Check out our in-depth Vivint video doorbell review for more information.

The SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro has a lower price tag than the average doorbell camera, but it doesn't offer as many features as pricier devices. It's a good fit if you already have a SimpliSafe security system.

Its resolution wows at 1080p, but the field of view is only 162°. The SimpliSafe app lets you monitor your doorbell for free, but for video recordings, you'll need a cloud storage plan. 

SimpliSafe also offers professional monitoring for its security system customers, and with the Interactive Monitoring Plan, you can monitor your SimpliSafe Video Doorbell camera with the security system.

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Pros
Pro Bullet User-friendly app
Pro Bullet Human motion detection
Pro Bullet Affordable cloud storage
Pro Bullet Compatibility with most wiring
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Cons
Con Bullet Audio delays
Con Bullet So-so night vision
Con Bullet Limited features

Check out our in-depth SimplisSafe video doorbell review for more information.

The Ring Video Doorbell boasts 1080p resolution, a 155° field of vision, noise cancelation, 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.

At $99, you won’t need two month’s salary for this Ring. This doorbell cam is budget conscious and environmentally friendly. You can power your new smart doorbell camera with existing doorbell wiring, a backup battery, or even a solar charger (for a little extra).

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Pros
Pro Bullet Suitable for renters and homeowners
Pro Bullet Affordable for all budgets
Pro Bullet Equipped with a wide angle lens
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Cons
Con Bullet Required subscription for video history

Check out our Ring doorbell cameras guide for more information.

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Ring has new doorbells

Ring recently released two new models: the Ring Video Doorbell 3 and Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus. We plan to test these models and add them to our Ring doorbell review in a future update. We still recommend the original Ring Video Doorbell for most people because the price is hard to beat.

Pro monitoring pick

The ADT Video Doorbell Camera offers two-way talk, an 180° field of view, PIR motion-sensing technology, and night vision. When it detects motion, or when the doorbell button is pressed, you’ll get a notification from the ADT Control app.

On the app, you can access all of your cameras, answer your door, and arm/disarm your security system to let people in. It’s handy if you have people who need to access your home when you’re not there, like dog walkers or house cleaners.

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Pros
Pro Bullet Two-way talk
Pro Bullet 180° field of view
Pro Bullet Rechargeable battery
Pro Bullet PIR sensors
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Cons
Con Bullet 720p video

Check out our in-depth ADT cameras guide for more information.

The Frontpoint Doorbell Camera offers basic night vision and two-way audio to talk to visitors.

Unfortunately, the 720p video doesn't provide as much detail as 1080p doorbells from other brands. Detail matters when you want to identify the facial features and vehicles of porch pirates.

The Doorbell Camera is also a little harder to install. But, even if the Frontpoint Doorbell Camera doesn't compare well to other video doorbells, it's still good enough for most folks.

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Pros
Pro Bullet 180° field of view
Pro Bullet Weather resistant
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Cons
Con Bullet 720p resolution
Con Bullet Basic features

Check out our in-depth Frontpoint cameras guide for more information.

Best Privacy Features

If privacy is a concern for you and your family, the Eufy smart doorbell is worth a look.

The Eufy Video Doorbell is the only smart video doorbell on our list that doesn’t send footage over the web. Its 4 GB of local storage gives you access to 30 days of footage without a subscription or broadcasting a feed on the internet. This wired doorbell requires existing doorbell wires. However, a battery-powered option is also available.

Local storage keeps your live video private and hidden from prying eyes. This feature is notable because internet-connected security cameras like Ring and Nest have come under fire for privacy concerns.

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Pros
Pro Bullet Local storage
Pro Bullet No subscription required
Pro Bullet Person alerts
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Cons
Con Bullet Person alerts can send false notifications

Check out our in-depth Eufy home security review for more information.

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Why try a wireless doorbell?

Wireless doorbell cameras are a great intro to smart home devices. They send push notifications when they detect motion, record video day or night, and have two-way audio for talking with guests at your door.

Whether your neighbor or mail carrier presses the doorbell, you’ll be able to tell the difference.


Our approach

To find out which smart doorbells are best, we pored over technical specs and thousands of customer reviews. We compared features, price, reputation, reliability, and customer satisfaction. 

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

Finally, we put our 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.

Doorbell cameras FAQ

No. Whether through a paid subscription or local video storage, most doorbell cameras allow access to your past footage. Having a record of your visitors can help you 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.

Doorbell cameras can record as little as three hours to as much as 60 days. The amount of memory you need for footage depends on how often you check your doorbell app.

Video doorbells have been around long enough to include HD video. Look for a video doorbell camera with at least a resolution of 720p and a 120° field of vision.

Two-way audio is a standard feature in doorbell cameras because it’s crucial. This feature allows you to have a conversation with visitors on your doorstep whether you’re home or not.

We also like pre-recorded messages and noise cancellation. Pre-recorded 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 a helpful feature to look for because it boosts the audio quality and makes it easier to understand what the other person is saying.

The typical field of vision for humans is around 100° laterally.1 If you want a camera that shows your doorstep the way you see it, look for a field of view with at least 120°.

The Ring, Eufy, and Nest Hello doorbell cameras all have a field of view of 160° and up.

We recommend the Ring Video Doorbell as the best overall pick—its low price and high value is too hard to pass up. That said, the Google Nest Hello doorbell is a good pick for loaded extra features.

To learn more about how Ring and Nest compare, take a peek at our article on that very topic.

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  2. Katie Schoolov, CNBC, “With Package Theft at an All-Time High, Amazon and Others are Fighting Back,” January 2020. Accessed June 24, 2021.
  3. C+R Research, “2019 Package Theft Statistics Report.” Accessed June 24, 2021.
  4. FBI, Unified Crime Reporting, “2019 Crime in the United States, Larceny-Theft,” October 2020. Accessed June 24, 2021.

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Katie McEntire
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Katie McEntire
As a renter, pet-owner, and woman living alone, Katie McEntire takes safety seriously. She’s tested devices like pet cameras, home security systems, and GPS trackers in her own home and devices in the name of safety. In addition to testing, writing, and reviewing for SafeWise, she also makes videos for the site’s YouTube channel. She’s been featured on publications like TechGuySmartBuy, Forbes, Healthy Moms, and Digital Care. Katie has a Bachelor’s degree in Technical Writing from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. She’s held previous writing positions at Overstock.com and Top Ten Reviews.