Best video doorbell 2022: boost your home security and never miss a package

The best video doorbells for better security at home, peace of mind that you won't miss important visitors, and lots of smart features besides

best video doorbell: Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Gen)
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Nothing is more frustrating than waiting at home all day for a package to arrive, only to miss it when it does. The best video doorbells can fix this problem, allowing you to see what's happening at your door, get notifications sent to your phone, and even speak to people without needing to answer the door physically.

In short, it makes life a lot easier and more convenient and can also serve as a home security system that keeps you and your family safer.

If you already have a doorbell, many wired models can connect to existing wiring, while others may require you to get expert installation.

Wireless doorbells, however, are super-easy to set up and use, only requiring a stable Wi-Fi connection and the means to mount it onto the wall with screws or very strong, weather-proof mounting tape. These could also be a great option if you rent or plan to move soon.

Whether wired or wireless, smart and video doorbells fit perfectly into a broader security set-up. If you're interested in investing in better safety, look at our roundup of the best security cameras (opens in new tab).

Scroll down to see how we rated some of the top video doorbells available to buy right now, from Ring to Nest and beyond.

The best video doorbells: tried and tested by us

RING Video Doorbell (2nd Gen)Real Homes Rated Gold badge

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Best video doorbell overall

Specifications

Video: 1080p
Night vision: Yes
Power: Wired, battery
Dimensions: 12.6 x 6.2 x 2.8cm

Reasons to buy

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Long-lasting battery 
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Included fixtures and retrofit option
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Doesn't require hard wiring 
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Affordable

Reasons to avoid

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Bulkier than other models
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Doesn't have all the features of more recent releases from Ring

Designed with renters - and homeowners - in mind, there's no need to worry about wires or complex installation with the original Ring Video Doorbell (Gen 2). It still holds its own against the Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus and others, with plenty of handy features offering more than required for the average user.

How it works

Equipped with a full HD 1080p camera and impressively wide field of view, expect high-quality video footage delivered directly to your smartphone. So, whether you're at your desk, at the beach or simply lounging upstairs in bed, you're guaranteed a clear perspective on who's at the door.

Like other models, you also get two-way audio, making it a great video intercom system. It also acts as a regular doorbell, as long as you have a Ring Chime (opens in new tab), so you don't have to rely on your phone.

How it looks

This model does not require hard-wiring, perfect for those who rent or anticipate themselves moving in the not-too-distant future. Instead, it's powered by Lithium-powered batteries that can be removed and recharged easily. Pick up two packs, and you'll never have to go without a charge.

And if you don't like the sound of having to recharge batteries at all, it's also worth noting that it can also be wired in.

Overall, the Ring Video Doorbell design is slightly less sleek and slim than other options. But this comes down to personal preference.

Real Homes rating 4.5 out of 5 stars | read our full review of the Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Gen) (opens in new tab)

Google Nest HelloReal Homes Rated Gold badge

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Best wired video doorbell

Specifications

Video: 1600x1200
Night vision: Yes
Power: Wired
Dimensions: 26 x 43 x 117cm
Weight: 1.2kg

Reasons to buy

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App is super-easy to use
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Excellent video quality
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Face recognition is an extra, but useful

Reasons to avoid

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Has to be wired in
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Subscription needed at extra cost for advanced features
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Buffering if you don’t have good Wi-Fi

Our top pick for those seeking a hard-wired option, the Google Nest Hello is easy to use and offers everything you need in a smart doorbell. It's a great choice if you're a homeowner who doesn't plan on moving house anytime soon.

How it works

Providing an impressive 160-degree view of the area, it's easy to see anyone directly outside and around your property without even having to open your front door. Instead, talk with visitors to your home with handy two-way audio.

This is perfect if you're coordinating deliveries from your postman, even if you're at work, on holiday, or anywhere else. If you've got a visitor coming round and you're still at the supermarket, you can let them know!

And connecting your video doorbell to the smartphone app is easy, so tech novices needn't be put off by a complex setup process.

How it looks

Boasting a slim and neat design, this smart doorbell fits right onto your doorframe, ensuring it can do its job without ruining the aesthetics of your porch area. 

Unlike some video doorbells, such as many of Ring, Google's Nest Hello needs to be wired in. This could be inconvenient for those who rent or aren't confident with DIY, but in the long-term, it can add convenience because it never needs recharging.

Anything else?

Add-ons such as facial recognition aren't available without a subscription, but Nest Hello is an excellent product with or without these features. 

Real Homes rating 4.5 out of 5 stars | read our full review of the Nest Hello (opens in new tab)

RING Video Doorbell ProReal Homes Rated Silver Badge

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3. RING Video Doorbell Pro

Best wired Ring video doorbell

Specifications

Video: 1080p
Night vision: Yes
Power: Wired
Dimensions: 11.5 x 4.5 x 2cm

Reasons to buy

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Colour night vision
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Customisable motion zones
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Plug-in for 24/7 security
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Choice of four colours included

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Cloud storage costs extra after 30 day free trial

If you want everything Ring offers from its doorbell range, you might need to fork out a little extra on the Ring Video Doorbell Pro. The Pro 2 and Elite models are also available but cost more. For the money, we rate the original pro highly.

How it works

The Ring Video Doorbell Pro offers the same 2-way audio, Alexa compatibility and live viewing capabilities as its peers, but with a few additional features to make it a worthwhile upgrade. Customisable motion zones are a big one, and the doorbell is hardwired means it uses video sensoring tech rather than the low-energy PIR sensors on battery-powered versions.

On this, the Ring Pro can be powered using a plug-in adapter, which is slightly different than usual but means that you won't have any inconvenient power outages right when you need your doorbell to be working.

How it looks

A total of four colour options come with the Ring Video Doorbell Pro so you can choose between Satin Nickel, Cream, Venetian or Black. In addition, the Pro range has a slimmer, less bulky design compared to its cheaper counterparts.

Anything else?

You will get a 30-day free trial for Ring Protect when you buy the doorbell but will need to start paying after the first month.

ARLO AVD1001 Video DoorbellReal Homes Rated Silver Badge

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4. ARLO AVD1001 Video Doorbell

Best video doorbell for security

Specifications

Video: 1080p
Night vision: Yes
Power: Battery, wired
Dimensions: 4.7 x 3.5 x 14.3cm
Weight: 3.5kg

Reasons to buy

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Built-in siren
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Compatible with Google Assistant and Alexa
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Uses calling rather than push notifications

Reasons to avoid

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Chime has to be bought separately

Most of the best video doorbells can double as security cameras, but the Arlo Essential Wireless Video Doorbell goes a few steps further.

How it works

In addition to its 1080p HD video, motion detection and night vision, the Arlo Essential has a built-in siren that can deter unwanted visitors and alert you to anything untoward. It's also completely wireless and simple to install. 

The 1080p video capture gives you a broader, square 180-degree view of what's going on outside, which will, among other things, allow you to see the whole picture. This includes the package that your delivery person may have left on the doorstep.

Arlo claims it's the only video doorbell with a built-in siren alarm and the only one on our list. As a result, it's a unique selling point, boosting its credentials as a security camera and a doorbell.

How it looks

Minute and somewhat inconspicuous, the Arlo Essential is light and small enough to be attached to the front of your home without ruining its appearance. Unfortunately, this also means that, while those approaching your front door with a package (or visiting friends and family) will see it just fine, potentially, intruders may overlook it.

Anything else?

The Arlo Essential calls your phone when someone is at the door rather than sending a push notification that you could miss.

Ezviz DB1 3MP Video DoorbellReal Homes Rated bronze

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5. Ezviz DB1 3MP Video Doorbell

Best budget video doorbell

Specifications

Video: 2K
Night vision: Yes
Power: Wired
Dimensions: 25.3 x 19.4 x 7.7cm

Reasons to buy

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2K resolution
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Exchangeable coloured faceplates
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Affordable price
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3-hours cloud storage

Reasons to avoid

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Requires existing doorbell wiring

A great budget option from Ezviz, the DB1 is the veteran in its range of video doorbells. Still, it is on this list due to its wide range of features with an affordable price tag.

How it works

The Ezviz DB1 requires existing doorbell wiring, which may rule it out for some people, but if not, you know you won't need to worry about regular charging. There are also three hours of cloud storage, so you can view and download anything you want to check in the last 180 minutes. Super-handy if there has been any suspicious activity outside.

Night vision works up to 5 metres, which should be enough to see the immediate area in front of your home, and the camera offers 2K resolution and a 180-degree vertical field of view for a better idea of the doorstep.

How it looks

Ezviz's doorbells have a nice, clean look and also benefit from a changeable front place in white, black or copper. That means you can change up its appearance if you get bored or if it doesn't quite fit in with your house's style.

Anything else?

The DB1 supports microSD cards up to 128GB, should you want to store footage somewhere other than the cloud.

How to choose the best video doorbell for your home

man fitting Google Nest Hello Doorbell to front of house

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Do you really need a video doorbell?

That's a question only you can answer. Still, if you're wondering whether they're a worthwhile investment, we'll say that they definitely can be if 1) you're concerned about home security in your area; 2) you get a lot of home deliveries and don't like waiting around. Also, video doorbells are proving particularly useful in quiet, affluent residential areas prone to burglaries; thieves like quiet back alleys and gardens, but they sure hate being recorded on camera. 

Wired or wireless?

Video doorbells come as both wireless and wired. Wireless are easier to install and run on batteries; wireless ones require no ongoing maintenance but need to be installed.

If you are going to wire in and your home's electrics are old, you may find the existing doorbell wire isn't powerful enough (video doorbells generally need around 16 volts to work). The upshot? You may need to upgrade the doorbell's circuit with a transformer. 

How we test the best video doorbells

There's only one way to do so: in a real-life setting over weeks. That way, our team can ensure that we can give you feedback that will relate precisely to your experience of these smart buys when you use them at home. So, no to lab tests, yes to the team testing them thoroughly at home.

Caroline Preece
Caroline Preece

Caroline has been part of the Real Homes ecommerce team since the start of 2021, after working for the last decade as a journalist across publications in technology, entertainment and various other areas. She took over smart homes content for the site shortly after, and can now be mostly found swooning after the latest gadget or smart speaker release. In her spare time, she's usually obsessing about space-saving and DIY hacks for small spaces, and how to affordably make a rental feel like a home.

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