Best 7 Smart Doorbells for Your Home Protection in 2018
Wouldn’t it be nice to have a device that notifies you when someone is approaching your door, to see that person and even talk to them using a remote application on your phone? It would and it is possible thanks to smart video doorbells.
This little devices can greatly improve your residential security by offering live footage from your front door even when you are not at home. They can detect sudden and not so sudden moves and they can even take pictures of burglars or trespassers.
Here are some of the most powerful video doorbells that you can find on the market.
German engineering makes a huge step in the home automation industry by releasing DoorBird, the ultimate video doorbell.
This doorbell stands out with a wide-angle camera and motion sensors capable to detect humans and avoid false alarms. It allows you to give access to people remotely from anywhere in the world and enables 2 way communication via your mobile phone.
We really like DoorBird because it offers multiple designs and materials that are professional, strong and durable. The DoorBird case is easy to install and can be mounted on your wall or on a gate.
It can also be mounted on a garage door or on multiple gates that require access. You can manage all of these from the mobile application and grant access from a push of a button.
On top of that, DoorBird offers night vision streaming in color and 2 years warranty.
- Professional design
- Multiple designs and materials available
- Sharp, crysp HD quality video
- Colored night vision
- Advanced motion sensors
- Two-way audio communication
- A bit pricier than alternatives.
2 Ring Video Doorbell 2
Ring is a powerful smart doorbell that incorporates a large battery and a WiFi adapter which connects to your mobile phone or smart devices.
Whenever someone rings at your door, Ring will send you life footage on your mobile phone and enable you to talk to that person via the mobile app.
What's great about Ring is that it records any movement in front of your door and allows you to review that later on. This can be a great asset to surveillance systems.
- HD video @30 fps
- 180° field of view
- Great design
- Easy to setup and mount
- Lifetime warranty
- Advanced motion detectors
- The motion sensor seems to be way too sensitive
- Accessing recorded videos costs extra
RemoBell is a simple, clean smart bell solution that has a sleek design and a great infrared sensor. This sensor is able to properly distinguish people from cars or animals that walk in front of your door.
Another great thing about RemoBell is that it can be mounted almost anywhere and it runs on batteries so there's no wiring involved.
What we don't like is the fact that the RemoBell app doesn't include live view. However, on the plus side it has HD recording and 2-way audio communication.
- Easy to install
- HD video quality
- Looks great on the wall
- Requires pro cloud subscription for storing video data
4 Nest Hello
Nest managed to impress us over time with such incredible devices that revolutionized smart thermostats, home surveillance and even home safety through Smoke & CO detectors.
Now it's time for a revolutionary doorbell called Hello. This small, yet powerful doorbell can handle 24/7 streaming and HD video resolution.
We like it because it has a wide angle of over 160 degrees, a futuristic design and includes quiet time (schedule for sleep when you don't receive notifications).
Besides that, Hello allows you to interact with people in front of your door via a mobile app that's available for Android and iOS devices.
It's also worth mentioning that Hello is cheaper than alternatives.
- HD video quality
- Night vision
- 24/7 streaming
- Compact, sleek design
- Requires professional installation & oldschool doorbell wiring
5 August Doorbell
August is the same company that designed the popular August Lock. They really made a viral product which stands out from the crowd offering clean, easy to use and install solutions that are connected to your smartphone.
Now they've upgraded their work, but kept the same principles to build the August video doorbell. The basic idea behind this smart doorbell is the same at with others.
It allows you to record video, see people in front of your door, get notifications, speak to them, but it also includes a major functionality.
This great functionality is the communication between the doorbell and the August smart lock. This way, you'll be able to give remote access to people that want to get inside your home from anywhere in the world.
- Great clean design
- 2 way speakers
- Full color HD video day and night
- Includes HindSight which avoids false alerts (pets or cars)
- Requires video subscription
VueBell is a new entry in the field of smart video doorbells, but it's definitely a powerful one. For just a little over $100 you can get a cutting-edge video doorbell that comes out of the box with full HD streaming, smartphone app and support for 185 degrees videos.
The downside however is that VueBell doesn't really communicate with other smart devices in your home (such as smart locks). Still, considering the price, we believe that it would make a great addition if you don't really need that feature.
- HD camera
- Wide FOV
- 2-way audio
- Night vision integrated
- Cheaper than alternatives
- Doesn't connect with smart locks
7 SkyBell 2 HD
SkyBell is one of the most popular video doorbells out there. The doorbell incorporates nightvision and motion sensors alongside a 1080p video resolution and it can be integrated with a large variety of smart home devices.
The sleek, clean design allows you to mount SkyBell on virtually any surface without compromising any aesthetic features or ergonomics.
The doorbell uses classic wiring available from classic doorbells and requires a 10-36 volt AC power source.
What really makes SkyBell stand out is the visibility range of 180 degrees and a strong 802.11n Wi-Fi network connection which eliminates any potential lags.
- Easy integration
- Motion sensors
- Weatherproof system
- A bit pricier than alternatives