The best smart doorbells

Someone’s knocking at the door, somebody’s ringing the bell – find out exactly who without leaving your seat, all thanks to our best smart doorbells

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From passing over instructions to the postman while you’re at work to checking whether the person at your front door is someone you should get out of your pyjamas for, the best smart doorbells can add a surprising amount of ease to everyday life. We’ve brought together some highly rated and favourably reviewed options to help you decide which one is best for your abode.

The word 'smart' is bandied around quite a bit these days, but in essence, it means any device that can connect to the internet that you wouldn’t ordinarily expect to – smart computer, for example, is pretty redundant these days, but a smart fridge? Now that’s tech we can get behind. Smart doorbells use this to your advantage by connecting to your smartphone or a separate video device, giving you a live feed of who’s come a-knocking.

Each of our best video doorbells features two-way communication, allowing you to both hear and speak to the person at your door, and night vision, which both come in very handy. The big differences are between video quality, either 1080p or 720p, and whether or not it’s wireless. The Ring Video Doorbell 2, which is both wireless and full HD, takes our top spot overall.
 

The best smart doorbell

1. Ring Video Doorbell 2

Ring’s wireless video intercom system makes for our best smart doorbell

Specifications
Best for: Wireless
Camera quality: 1080p
Two-way comms?: Yes
Night vision?: Yes
Reasons to buy
+ Long-lasting battery + Included fixtures and retrofit option 

No need to worry about wires with the Ring 2, our best smart doorbell of the bunch. It works with a rechargeable li-ion battery which, granted, does make this model one of the bulkier offerings out there, but its smart casing carries it off, and reviewers found its functionality makes looks all but irrelevant anyway. The full HD 1080p camera has a wide field of view and two-way audio, making it a great video intercom system, and the inclusion of fixtures in the box means it’s ready to go straight away. With the addition of a Chime Pro device, it acts as a regular doorbell too, a good idea for those who don’t always have their phone on them. 

Considering the Ring 2? Check out the full review from our friends at TechRadar

SkyBell HD Silver WiFi Video Doorbell

2. SkyBell HD Silver WiFi Video Doorbell

Cool-looking and capable, with a thoughtful provision for video storage

Specifications
Best for: Video storage
Camera quality: 1080p
Two-way comms?: Yes
Night vision?: Yes
Reasons to buy
+ Free video playback and storage + Alerts you even if doorbell isn’t pressed 

This futuristic-looking doorbell is certainly an eye-catcher, making it a good deterrent for would-be criminals casing the joint, and while it does fall slightly below the Ring 2 in our list for the sheer fact that it required an existing doorbell connection (or for you to factor in the cost of installation, if you don’t) it does have an edge on our top pick in one big way. Like the Ring 2, this model has two-way audio and 1080p full-HD video, but quite unlike it, the SkyBell HD lets you store and play back video captured over the past seven days. The same service with a Ring doorbell is £25 a year, so it’s worth considering. 

Ring Doorbell Pro

3. Ring Doorbell Pro

A doorbell that buddies up with your favourite voice assistant

Specifications
Best for: Alexa-compatible
Camera quality: 1080p
Two-way comms?: Yes
Night vision?: Yes
Reasons to buy
+ Get updates using Alexa + Easy to set up 

Our first option from Ring has a great buddy app that reviewers found easy to set up and use with their home’s Wi-Fi, but if a smart doorbell is just the latest in a long line of futuristic updates you’re making to your home, you’ll no doubt be won over by the Doorbell Pro. It’s compatible with Amazon’s Alexa, so if you have a smart speaker or smartphone that also plays nicely with Alexa, you can get live info just by asking her what’s going on. Pretty cool, eh? Unfortunately, unlike its predecessor, there’s no option for a rechargeable battery, but reviewers say if you have an existing doorbell connection then setting up is a cinch.

iseeBell Wi-Fi Enabled HD Video Doorbell

4. iseeBell Wi-Fi Enabled HD Video Doorbell

Simple storage and setup at an impressively low cost

Specifications
Best for: Easy setup
Camera quality: 720p
Two-way comms?: Yes
Night vision?: Yes
Reasons to buy
+ Doesn’t require a connection + Automatic backup for captured content 

Another very welcome wireless video doorbell for those without an existing doorbell connection, the iseeBell is superbly simple to set up, and will cost you less than half of what the Ring Video Doorbell 2 will, too. It also boasts high-end features like two-way communications and night vision, so where does that low cost come in? Well, the camera quality isn’t the best. At 720p, it’s a bit of a step down from the 1080p of our previous picks, but if that isn’t a deal-breaker for you, it’s worth noting that you get captured content sent to the cloud, live feeds, and an ultra-wide 180-degree field of vision in the bargain.

Vuebell

5. Vuebell

For a streamlined setup, go for the compact Vuebell

Specifications
Best for: Compact
Camera quality: 720p
Two-way comms?: Yes
Night vision?: Yes
Reasons to buy
+ Compact, elegant design + Night vision up to 10 metres 

While chunkier smart doorbells can act as a deterrent for would-be criminals – as proven by Ring’s inventor, who recorded a 55% drop in crime in an LA neighbourhood after the installation of his company’s bells there are those of us who’d rather not install an unsightly box on our otherwise welcoming house-front. That’s where the Vuebell comes in. At just three inches square and one inch deep, it’s a compact little thing with a minimal interface that won’t stick out like a sore thumb, as well as offering two-way audio and IR vision up to 10 metres for a combination of beauty and brains that rightly earns it a spot on our list.

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