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10 best video doorbells for your home

Video doorbells are a fantastic addition to your family home; they provide security and allow you to interact with visitors without needing to open the door. Here's our pick of the best.

By Gemma Lumley | Last updated Aug 11, 2022

Ringing video doorbell

Video doorbells have become increasingly popular in recent years and it's not hard to see why. This smart bit of tech allows you to see who is at your door and communicate with them through a smartphone or a connected compatible device without having to actually go to the door. They can also provide peace of mind, as some offer a motion detection feature, alerting you from afar if movement is picked up in front of your door. 

So, whether you’re juggling a toddler and baby at dinnertime or are on a conference call, you can tell the delivery person to leave the parcel on the doorstep or say you’ll be there in a moment to a friend.

From simple battery-powered devices which send simple doorbell alerts and visitor images to hard-wired security systems with facial recognition and infra-red night vision, there’s a video doorbell to suit every household. 

Here are the best video doorbells to buy in 2022. 

1. Best overall video doorbell: Ring Video Doorbell 3

Ring video doorbell

Price: £139.95 | Buy now from Amazon

“We have a Ring and I am happy with it. We also have a Ring alarm system. What I like is that you can add onto it and control it all from your phone. So, we can go into the app, look at security cameras, set the alarm if we've forgotten to, and see who is at the door. You can then just 'add in' an extra camera if you need one. And there's monitoring which you pay for but it will ring numbers if you don't respond/deactivate the alarm. We're very happy with it.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user leakymacleakleak)

Our top video doorbell is the battery-powered Ring 3. It has advanced motion detection settings, clear two-way audio and reliable wi-fi connectivity. Images and video will be 1080p high definition, so you can clearly see who is at your door. 

The Ring app is easy to download and install, and you will receive clear and timely alerts when the doorbell rings or motion is sensed in your selected area. Busy parents will love the Quick Reply functions too, which allow you to tell the delivery man to leave the parcel with the push of a button. 

The Ring 3 works with Alexa, so the rest of the house can hear the doorbell ringing through your Amazon speakers. To record your live feed and access footage you missed, a Ring Protect Plan is needed, and you can try it out for 30-days for free. After your free trial, the subscription will cost £3.49 per month (or £34.99 per year if you pay annually) for a basic package or £8 per month (or £80 per year) if you go for the Plus version.

Pros

  • Quick and easy installation
  • Various power options
  • Very little time lag on notifications

Cons

  • Recording subscription needed

Key specs

  • Camera: 1080p
  • Footage recording: Ring Protect Plan needed after a 30-day free trial
  • Field of view: 160° horizontal, 84° vertical
  • Audio: Two-way audio with noise cancellation
  • Works with: Alexa
  • Package detection: No
  • Size: 12.8 x 6.2 x 2.8 cm
  • Power: Removable, rechargeable, quick release battery pack (included); hardwired; powered by Ring Plug-In Adapter 2nd gen; hardwired into an existing doorbell system 
  • Warranty: One-year limited manufacturer guarantee 

2. Best budget video doorbell: XTU Smart Video Doorbell

XTU doorbell

Price: £49.99 | Buy now from Amazon

Our best video doorbell on a budget is the XTU Smart Video Doorbell. It provides impressive 2K videos and images plus superior night vision. In addition, it’s powered by a built-in rechargeable battery that will last up to two months but will also alert you to the need to charge it so that you won’t lose functionality unexpectedly. 

The XTU is quick and easy to install, there are no wires, and the CloudEdge app will take only five minutes to download and set up. The motion sensors and doorbell will react and alert you immediately, and the clear two-way audio will let you converse with your visitor through the app. 

This fantastic doorbell has free local storage as long as you have a 128 micro SD card and extra capacity cloud storage is available for a fee once the week-long trial has finished. Families can share the subscription cost as it allows use by up to five accounts. 

Pros

  • Great night vision 
  • Full HD images 
  • Long battery life

Cons

  • Separate SD card needed for storage
  • Need to pay a fee for extra cloud storage

Key specs

  • Camera: 2K
  • Footage recording: Cloud storage needed after a 7-day trial
  • Field of view: 166° 
  • Audio: Two-way audio
  • Works with: CloudEdge App
  • Package detection: No
  • Size: 5.6 x 3.5 x 13.4 cm
  • Power: Two rechargeable batteries 
  • Warranty: Amazon 30-day satisfaction guarantee

3. Best video doorbell without subscription: Eufy Security Video Doorbell 2K

Eufy doorbell

Price: £174.97 | Buy now from Amazon

“The eufy cameras are great. They are wireless, have six months battery life and recordings are stored on a hub which you access through an app, no subscription needed. You can set the sensitivity, recording length etc to suit your needs. Charging is easy, just take down and plug in for a few hours.” (Tried and tested by Mumsnet user scammedmum29)

The robust rechargeable battery on this eufy doorbell has an impressive life of around six months. However, if you prefer, it is possible to wire it into the mains. 

We were impressed by the superior quality lens and resulting 2K image and video quality, which means your live feed and recordings will be pin sharp. The field of view is great too; you’ll be able to see a top-to-toe picture of your visitor and even the packages they might be carrying. 

There’s no monthly fee to pay with the eufy as 16Gb of data can be stored locally and safely on the Homebase device that also acts as a chime box. An Amazon Echo Dot can also be used as a chime too. Alerts will come almost instantaneously, and you can set activity zones so it will ignore people and animals who are simply walking by your home.

Pros

  • Customised detection zone
  • No subscription required
  • Military-level data protection

Cons

  • The Homebase server which stores the recordings occasionally goes offline

Key specs

  • Camera: 2K and HDR
  • Footage recording: 16GB of local storage included, no subscription required
  • Field of view: WDR
  • Audio: Two-way audio
  • Works with: Alexa and Google Assistant
  • Package detection: No
  • Size: ‎14 x 5.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Power: Battery and hardwire
  • Warranty: 12 months

4. Best doorbell for security features: Blink Video Doorbell With Outdoor Cameras

Blink video doorbell

Price: £239.96 | Buy now from Amazon

This Blink bundle includes a video doorbell which is conveniently wire-free with a battery that has an impressive two years life. If you prefer, it can be wired into an existing doorbell though. The Blink produces 1080p HD images and video from the doorbell and an extra security camera, even at night. The two-way audio is super clear too. 

The Blink Subscription Plan is needed to access advanced data recording features once the 30-day free trial has ended. Depending on the level of plan you go for, this will either be £2.50 or £8 a month. Alternatively, video clips and images can be locally stored on the included Sync Module 2 and a USB drive. 

This clever camera bundle is easy to install and set up. It works with an Amazon Alexa or the Blink Mini Camera (both sold separately) to receive chimes, access the live feed from the doorbell and outdoor security cameras, and speak to the visitors at your door. 

Pros

  • Quick and easy installation
  • Answer your doorbell with your phone
  • Two-year battery life 

Cons

  • Needs a subscriptions plan after a 30-day free trial 

Key specs

  • Camera: 1080p
  • Footage recording: Blink Subscription Plan 
  • Field of view: 135° horizontal, 80° vertical
  • Audio: Two-way audio 
  • Works with: Alexa
  • Package detection: No
  • Size: 130 x 42 x 34 mm
  • Power: Battery 2 AA 1.5 V lithium or hardwire 
  • Warranty: Two-year limited manufacturer's warranty 

5. Best wired video doorbell: Ring Pro 2 Video Doorbell With Adaptor

Ring video doorbell

Price: £219.99 | Buy now from Amazon

“I have a Ring doorbell model 2 and it's really great. Gives me peace of mind, I definitely recommend it.” (Vetted by Mumsnet user Walkashame)

The Ring Pro 2 is our pick of the best hardwired video doorbell. It comes with a plug-in adaptor that fits into a UK electrical socket, so it’s super simple, and you’re not relying on a professional to hardwire it. In addition, it will work well with Alexa devices such as the Echo and a Ring Chime box. 

The images and video you receive are high definition, give a top-to-toe view, arrive in real-time, and combine with clear two-way audio. In addition, you can choose your motion detection zones, increase your privacy settings and send quick, one-button responses when you're busy or on the phone. Reviewers were also delighted with the colour nighttime images. 

To access recordings of your live feed, you need to purchase a Ring Protect Plan after the 30-day free trial. It's an extra monthly cost (priced between £3.49 and £8 a month), but you can access the Advanced Pre-Roll feature, which captures images from six seconds before the doorbell is rung. 

Pros

  • Quick replies can be used if you’re busy
  • Customisable motion zone
  • Night vision

Cons

  • Takes over an hour to install 
  • Subscription plan needed

Key specs

  • Camera: 1536p
  • Footage recording: Ring Protect Plan subscription needed after 30-day free trial
  • Field of view: 150° horizontal, 150° vertical
  • Audio: Two-way audio with noise cancellation
  • Works with: Alexa
  • Package detection: No
  • Size: 11.4 cm x 4.9 cm x 2.2 cm
  • Power: Plug-in adaptor or hardwire
  • Warranty: One-year limited manufacturer’s guarantee 

6. Best video doorbell with facial recognition: Google Nest Hello

Google Nest Hello

Price: £179.00 | Buy now from John Lewis & Partners

The Nest Hello Video Doorbell stands out thanks to the innovative facial recognition technology that can tell the difference between a stranger and someone who has visited you before. In addition, it will alert you to whether the motion sensor has been triggered by an animal, person or parcel on the doorstep. 

You will receive alerts from the easy-to-install Nest app; they include HD, HDR and clear nighttime images and will arrive in real-time without an annoying delay. If you have a Google Home Smart Speaker, it will act as a chime to let the rest of the house know there’s someone at the door. 

The audio alerts from the Nest Hello are intelligent. For example, it knows the difference between a dog barking and a person’s voice. You will also be able to have clear two-way conversations with the person at your door, even if you’re not at home. 

Pros

  • High levels of data security
  • Excellent night vision
  • Face and sound recognition

Cons

  • Camera can be over-sensitive if you don’t adjust the settings
  • The subscription service is expensive (priced between £5 to £10 per month)

Key specs

  • Camera: 1600 x 1200 HD and HDR 
  • Footage recording: Nest Aware subscription needed for 30-days of video history
  • Field of view: 160° field of view and 4:3 aspect
  • Audio: High definition two -ay audio
  • Works with: Google Nest 
  • Package detection: Yes
  • Size: H11.7 x W4.3 x D2.6cm
  • Power: Hardwiring by a professional 
  • Warranty: Two-year guarantee included

7. Best video doorbell with a chime: EZVIZ Video Doorbell With Chime

Ezviz doorbell

Price: £109.99 | Buy now from Amazon

The Ezviz DB2 is an excellent video doorbell at a great price, especially considering it’s one of the few with a chime included. You don’t need to sign up for the CloudPlay subscription service if you're using a micro 256GB SD card, as there’s ample local storage on the device, but the subscription option is there if you want it. 

This tremendous wireless video doorbell can be installed quickly, and the battery won’t need charging for around three months – though in colder, battery-draining weather, this could be sooner. In addition, it produces super-clear 2K images and videos, even at night, as long as the subject is under 5 metres away from the door. 

The Ezviz app is user-friendly; from it, you can adjust the privacy, sensitivity and motion zone settings, so it works perfectly for your home. The doorbell also comes with different mounting plates to have the optimal field and angle of view. 

Pros

  • Four-month battery life
  • Customisable privacy zone
  • Recordings can be saved locally with an SD card

Cons

  • Motion detection settings can be tricky to get just right

Key specs

  • Camera: 2K
  • Footage recording: EZVIZ Cloud Play subscription, but there is local storage available with an SD card
  • Field of view: 176° 
  • Audio: Two-way audio
  • Works with: Alexa
  • Package detection: Yes
  • Size: ‎15 x 5.8 x 3.16 cm
  • Power: Lithium battery
  • Warranty: Amazon 30-day satisfaction guarantee 

8. Best battery-powered video doorbell: Blink Video Doorbell + Blink Mini

Blink video doorbell

Price: £79.98 | Buy now from Amazon

This budget version of the Blink Video Doorbell uses either two lithium batteries or existing wiring. It works seamlessly with Alexa devices and the Sync Module (both sold separately or you can get the Sync Module as part of a bundle for £110) and will record images with a subscription service or onto a USB drive. 

The Blink will allow you to create a high level of personalisation, from the area covered by the sensors and the video quality to the privacy settings and sensitivity optimisation. In addition, the two-way audio is super clear, which makes it easy to answer the door from your phone app or Echo speaker. 

This version of the Blink is fantastic if you just want to be able to answer the door from your phone or see who's there before you do. However, it can also be built into a more comprehensive security system with additional purchases such as Blink Mini Cameras. 

Pros

  • Quick and easy set up
  • Can be paired with Blink outdoor cameras
  • Can store data safely on a cloud or locally

Cons

  • For a loud ‘chime’ you need an Echo device 

Key specs

  • Camera: 1080p
  • Footage recording: Blink Subscription Plan or locally onto the Sync Module 2
  • Field of view: 135° horizontal, 80° vertical
  • Audio: Two-way audio
  • Works with: Alexa
  • Package detection: No
  • Size: 130 x 42 x 34 mm
  • Power: Battery or hard-wire into the existing doorbell 
  • Warranty: Two-year limited manufacturer’s warranty

9. Best video doorbell for night footage: Google Nest Wireless Doorbell Camera

Google nest

Price: £149.99 | Buy now from Amazon

“A Nest camera (and plenty of others) can be set to identify people rather than movement. It still records 24/7 so you wouldn’t ever miss anything, but only notifies if a person appears.” (Recommended by Mumsnet user Feelingthelobe

The Nest Wireless Video Doorbell is operated by a long-lasting, weatherproof battery that only needs charging every couple of months. The lack of wires is ideal for people who need a temporary solution because they rent. It will also fit into most doorways, from cottages to flats. 

The Nest generates clear video, stills, and audio quality and the camera can distinguish between animals, people, cars and packages. The subscription service (priced between £5 to £10 per month) helps store recordings, and it will include all the Nest devices you own, but it isn’t necessary to enjoy most of the features. It even holds on to video history for up to three hours. 

This version of the Nest Video Doorbell has facial recognition, so it can learn the names of your family and friends and announce them. It also has infra-red night and low light vision, perfect for the winter months and knowing what’s happening outside your home, 24/7. 

Pros

  • One hour of local back-up storage
  • Quick and easy set up
  • Two power source options

Cons

  • Installation into the wall can be tricky thanks to the size of hole needed 

Key specs

  • Camera: 1080p
  • Footage recording: Subscription to Nest Aware required for enhanced features
  • Field of view: Not specified 
  • Audio: Two-way audio 
  • Works with: Google Home
  • Package detection: No
  • Size: ‎4.6 x 2.4 x 16 cm
  • Power: Lithium battery or hardwired 
  • Warranty: Amazon 30-day satisfaction guarantee

10. Best video doorbell for image quality: Arlo Essential Wireless Video Doorbell

Arlo

Price: £179.99 | Buy now from John Lewis & Partners

The Arlo Essential Wireless Video Doorbell is an investment, but it has many superb features that make it worth the money. It has crystal clear HD and HDR image quality and an extensive width and depth of view, so you receive super detailed stills and videos. It even delivers in low or bright light. 

The Arlo is battery-powered; however, it lasts for up to six months and doesn’t drain quicker in cold weather like some batteries. It’s easy to install in most doorways and quick to remove if you move house. The integrative app is intuitive and fast to download too. 

A three-month subscription to Arlo’s Secure Plan is included in the price. After this, the service is priced between £2.79 and £12.99, depending on how many cameras you have and the package you go for. The monthly payment allows you to access recordings and advanced features and settings such as recognising the difference between people, creatures and inanimate objects, plus quick actions like sounding an emergency siren or setting activity zones. 

Pros

  • Six month of battery life 
  • Warning siren available on the Arlo app 
  • Easy installation 

Cons

  • Subscription required

Key specs

  • Camera: 2K and HDR
  • Footage recording: Arlo Secure subscription
  • Field of view: 180°
  • Audio: Two-way audio 
  • Works with: Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Samsung SmartThings
  • Package detection: No
  • Size: ‎3.68 x 4.7 x 14.3 cm
  • Power: Rechargeable battery
  • Warranty: Two-year guarantee

How do video doorbells work?

A video doorbell uses sensors to pick up motion at your door and wi-fi to send you alerts via a smartphone app or chime unit. You can then converse with the person, see still and/or moving images of them and even record the footage. 

Video doorbells vs. security cameras

Thanks to the recording limitations on some video doorbells or the need to pay extra for that functionality, plus the fact you usually only have one camera directed at the front door, a video doorbell isn’t a replacement for a security camera. 

The motion alerts on video doorbells also often have a slight delay, so by the time you receive the alert, the person may already be out of frame. And if you don’t have an adequate recording function, you can’t go back and check. 

What to consider when buying a video doorbell 

Knowing which video doorbell is best for your home can be complicated, especially when reading contradictory consumer reviews. This comprehensive list of the features and benefits you need to consider will hopefully simplify choosing one. 

  • Battery-powered: A battery-powered video doorbell is quick and easy to install. It’s also great for people who rent and want a temporary solution. Wireless doorbells are also likely to be cheaper, and you’ll save money on an electrician. The downsides include a bulkier unit, changing the battery and losing connection when the battery dies. That said, batteries can last for up to a year and are usually rechargeable and, therefore, cost-effective. 
  • Wired: A hard-wired doorbell will have power indefinitely; there’s no need for faffy battery changes or experiencing a sudden loss of power. However, a professional installer will be needed unless you have an existing wired video doorbell in place. Wired doorbells are also more expensive. Some video doorbells offer you the option of powering them either way.
  • Audio: Speaking remotely with the person at your door is one of the advantages of a video doorbell, especially if you struggle with mobility or aren’t at home when they arrive. All doorbells should have two-way audio so you can converse with your caller. The sound quality can vary from model to model, so check that you’ll be able to hear clearly from a reasonable distance. 
  • Image quality: Clear stills and video images are essential, especially if safety and peace of mind is your primary concern. Premium image features include seeing the person at your door from head to foot, full HD (2K) images, night vision and a full panoramic view (190˚).

What other features are worth paying for?

More expensive video doorbells will have advanced features that you may find helpful rather than necessary. 

  • Chime: Most of us have our phones within permanent arm’s reach so that we will hear the alerts on our doorbell apps. However, if household members either don’t have a phone or would rather not download another app, a chime is a fantastic idea to let the rest of the house know there’s someone at the door. Wired video doorbells can be attached to the existing traditional doorbell, or you can buy a chime box for battery-powered models. In addition, some doorbells, such as the EZVIZ, have a chime included. 
  • Recording ability: The ability to view previously recorded footage and alerts is useful if you have safety concerns, don’t trust your delivery company or simply want the reassurance you can check who came to your door and when. Some video doorbells have limited local storage functionality combined with an SD card. Others require you to sign up for a subscription service that will allow you to store data on a cloud. These can range from £5 to £25 per month. 
  • Enhanced privacy and data protection: Keeping your images and videos private is an important consideration for some. Look for brands that promise high levels or even military-grade data protection that will thwart hackers, even if your doorbell is stolen. 
  • Package, person, and animal detection: Some video doorbells can distinguish between people and animals rather than just detecting general motion. Others will alert you if a parcel has been left on the doorstep or if the person it sees is a stranger. 
  • Motion zones: The ability to choose the area where your doorbell will alert you to motion is crucial if you live in a house close to the street. A motion or activity zone will prevent endless false alarms from people simply walking past your home on the pavement.

What about smart home features?

A video doorbell with smart home technology will allow it to be paired with the existing security network in your home. The features might include:

  • Answering the doorbell from an app on your phone. 
  • Opening the door if you have a smart lock installed.
  • Add extra security cameras in different parts of the garden. 
  • Access recorded footage from previous weeks. 

For a user-friendly system, compatibility and useful features, it’s best to have matching systems; for example, you should buy a Google-branded doorbell, such as a Nest Hello, if you have or will be buying a Nest Hub. 

Can I use a Ring video doorbell without a subscription?

Yes, all brands of video doorbells can be operated without needing to sign up for a subscription. However, if you want to access information on alerts that you have missed, or from a few weeks ago if a delivery company insists a parcel was delivered and you disagree, a subscription would be needed. This is because a monthly contract allows you to record the live feed and utilise the high levels of data protection and privacy needed for that. 

Subscription services such as Ring Protect and Nest Aware will also allow you to access advanced features such as creating activity zones and telling the difference between the postman and your neighbour’s dog. 

Do video doorbells work with Alexa?

If you already have a smart speaker system such as Alexa in place, it’s essential to double check that the video doorbell you intend to purchase will work with it; most models will integrate with either Amazon Alexa, Apple HomeKit or Google Assistant. However, if you buy a doorbell which is part of a specific brand, such as a Ring or Blink, to go with Amazon Alexa, you will benefit from the complete list of features. 

How much do I need to spend?

Your budget will depend on the video doorbell features you feel are important. For example, if you want a model with a couple of separate outdoor cameras, a chime and the ability to access weeks of recordings, you’re looking at over £200, plus subscription fees. However, if you simply want a doorbell that shows you who is at the door and allows you to speak to them, several great models cost around £60. 

How we chose our recommendations 

We’ve thoroughly researched the best video doorbells you can buy in 2022, including tried and tested experiences from reliable, trusted sources. Here's how we carefully selected our picks. 

Recommendations from real Mumsnet users 

The members of the Mumsnet community are understandably concerned about home safety and making their day-to-day domestic life simpler. They want video doorbell systems that are reliable, easy to install and good value for money.

Firstly, we weighed up these Mumsnetters' honest reviews and recommendations from their own experiences on the best video doorbells. Next, we scrutinised their advice, criticisms and the things they suggested people be aware of when investing. 

Expert opinions 

Video doorbells and the required subscriptions and accessories can be expensive, so we wanted to ensure that the products we recommended performed well. Therefore, we investigated the views of technical experts and home-safety consultants on the video doorbells they rate and trust to perform in a domestic setting. 

Authentic customer reviews 

Finally, we assessed the bestseller lists and weighed up authentic reviews from various retailer sites to see which products had the highest ratings. Then, we evaluated the pros and cons of each product choice to determine which were best suited to keeping homes safe and could be relied on to provide peace of mind. 

Why you should trust us

Mumsnet has been helping parents make their lives easier since 2000 and, in that time, we've investigated, tried and reviewed thousands of products.

As a mother determined to keep her home safe and someone who likes to simplify her family’s life, our writer Gemma was determined to provide honest and independent advice on the video doorbells that give clear and quick information about who’s at the door. 

Transparency is vital to us, and that's why we're always honest about where we find our recommendations. We write about products that we feel offer the best value to most parents – the ones that our users would recommend to their friends and family.

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