The market leader in smart doorbells is the RING doorbell by Amazon. However, there are some very good alternatives. We take a look at some of the best ones.
Many of us can relate to the old spyhole in the door that was to see who was at the door when someone knocked or rang the bell. Knowing whether it was the pizza delivery guy, a friend or even a kidnapper was and still is essential. Not everyone has a full CCTV outside their door and before long, technology has a solution that's better.
Small doorbells with even smaller cameras soon became as popular as internet connectivity. Ring Doorbell became one of the first best and largest manufacturers of doorbell security.
As one of the best-known names people buy a Ring Doorbell by its brand and it sells well. There are alternatives and the question is how do they compare, and which is best?
After a little research, I have found to be the 4 best alternatives to the Ring Doorbell.
- SkyBell HD WiFi Video Doorbell
- Eufy Video Doorbell
- Arlo Video Doorbell
- Nest Hello Video Doorbell
1. SkyBell HD WiFi Video Doorbell
Running a close second to the Nest Hello Video Doorbell is the SkyBell HD WiFi Video Doorbell. This device has many similar features to the Ring Doorbell and Nest Doorbell.
The biggest difference is the size, and with that comes a camera of equal quality to the best video bells. With full two-way audio and prerecorded messages, this device competes well.
While the camera has an impressive 160-degree view the device does not allow you to set up your own motion zones. In general, the device is the easiest to use.
The doorbell does integrate with both Nest and Honeywell home security and is a wise choice. For value, it is well priced towards the upper end of the market. This bell does represent great value for money, as it's made to a high standard and the customer service and support are good.
It is easy to install and like the Nest it's hardwired. It's a very stylish and functional video doorbell.
2. Eufy Video Doorbell
If you are looking for value for money, then the Eufy Video Doorbell is a device you should well consider. For the price, the Eufy Video Doorbell has a lot in the box and one of the coolest features is the free doorbell chime. While this may sound like a gimmick, it should be that most other providers charge extra for that option.
The camera, like all doorbells, is of superb quality with built-in distortion correction. Another feature is the ability to view 3 seconds of preview video footage before the person thinks the call was answered. The device is easy to install and set up and integrates with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.
This is well made and while it could sound very basic it does offer what most people expect from a video doorbell. One thing that Eufy does take seriously is the security of your data. For this reason, military-grade 256-bit data encryption is used for local storage.
All in all, the Eufy Video Doorbell is a superb alternative to Ring Doorbell and comes first is value for money.
3. Arlo Video Doorbell
For a robust video doorbell that can withstand the elements, the Arlo Video Camera is for you. Despite the toughness of this value for a money bell, it is the camera that gets all the praise for this device.
Many people believe that the quality of the camera is the most important thing to consider. With all Arlo solutions that have a camera, it is always of the highest quality possible.
The Camera boasts an impressive 180-degree field of vision with an amazing 12x zoom. Not only can you see more but you can also get closer to the person standing at your door. This doorbell is weather-resistant and has some clever features that not all have.
A feature is the ability to send emergency services to the property location. On top of this, the device has the functionality you would expect for a video doorbell. Night vision, clear audio communication.
It doesn't have onboard storage, but the device integrates with cloud storage solutions becoming a part of your home security.
4. Nest Hello Video Doorbell
I am a big Google fan and this video doorbell is an absolute winner for me. As with most Google and Nest products or services quality in every aspect's assured.
The camera is the first thing many people look. Of course, it is one the most important aspects-no point capturing footage of anyone if you can’t work out who it is!
Nest Hello Video Doorbell is one of the best in this aspect. The camera is a full HD camera with night vision and an amazing 160-degree field of vision. But when you look beyond the camera you will soon discover other reasons why this is such a good device.
The name Google inspires innovation and this doorbell delivers all and more. There is a package delivery feature as well as features that can aid with helpful neighbours. Facial recognition has been around for a while and is in this and can other frequent visitors to your door.
The cloud storage gets better for security, as you can upload footage from your doorbell to the cloud with a simple process. Linked to Google the potential of this video doorbell is almost endless.
The doorbell's hardwired, and it does cost a little more than the entry-level Ring Doorbell. It is a little larger in size than some doorbells, the Nest Hello Video Doorbell is a superb investment.
There are many on the market like cheap and cheerful battery-operated devices. The 4 here are some of the most popular, easy to install and more affordable solutions that do what expected.
It makes sense to shop around for the best video doorbells. While these are alternatives to Ring it does not mean Ring should exclude from your options.
About The Author
Reece Thompson: Reece has been involved in property in one way or another for the past 10 years. He's gained a lot of experience when it comes to the home, kitchen and garden. He shares his knowledge with enthusiasm and honesty.
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