Home security cameras can help keep a watchful eye on the outside of your home, but what about your front door? If you want to see who's there without getting up, keep an eye out for porch pirates, or simply make sure the delivery person actually leaves your package while you're at work, then a video doorbell may be the way to go. Most smart doorbell cameras include features like live video feeds, two-way audio, and alerts that stream to your smartphone, even when you're not home--making it the perfect device to add to your smart home setup or security system. To find out which will really ring your bell (and find the best smart video doorbell you should buy), we've tested and compared 14 of the most popular models, and the Google Nest Hello Smart WiFi Video Doorbell (available at Walmart for $229.00) is our new best overall winner, ticking all the boxes we look for in a doorbell camera: reliable connection, quick alerts, detects motion, crystal clear audio, and, most importantly, high-quality video.
A new smart doorbell is coming to market this year that might really upset the competition. Blink, best known for their smart security cameras, unveiled their new video doorbell at CES 2018, just one month after being acquired by Amazon. The company that began as a Kickstarter startup in 2014 currently offers indoor and outdoor smart security cameras, and by the middle of this year, they'll be selling a new, affordable smart video doorbell.
Today, Netgear announced that it is launching a Arlo-branded doorbell that works seamlessly with its line of security cameras and security lights. The wire-free Arlo Audio Doorbell can replace your traditional doorbell; every time someone rings the doorbell, the Arlo app will call your smartphone, which allows you to speak to your visitors or send a prerecorded greeting. However, you can also use it as a wireless doorbell. It runs on two AA batteries, and Netgear reports that in testing, these lasted for about a year. If you would prefer a more traditional doorbell experience (and don't want the doorbell constantly calling your phone), Netgear will also offer the Arlo Chime.
Wouldn't it be convenient if you could see who's outside your door before you even open it? With the Wireless IP 1081P Smart Video Camera Doorbell, you can get the security and mental freedom you're looking for. It connects to your home WiFi and transmits a real-time video feed to your phone, tablet, or another device of your choice. You'll receive alerts any time movement is detected, thanks to built-in motion sensors, as well as a crisp, high-quality photo. It's even equipped with night vision, so you'll be able to see what's going on in the dark. With its built-in dual speakers, you'll be able to communicate with whoever is at the door as well.
The Arlo Pro 4 Spotlight camera performed beautifully in all of our tests. Touting a 160-degree viewing angle and 2K video with high-def resolution, Arlo's Pro 4 offers a wider range of view and higher video quality than the Nest Cam Outdoor, our previous No. 1 pick, and is our new recommendation for the best outdoor smart security camera. Arlo's video quality is just as clear at night as it is during the day thanks to the camera's color night vision output. It also has a built-in spotlight that illuminates when motion is detected and a smart siren that can be triggered remotely or automatically. We found the installation process to be fairly uncomplicated, though a 2.4 GHz WiFi connection is required for setup. There are no wires to fiddle with, as this camera includes a mount that can easily be screwed in on the exterior of your home. Before you place it, we suggest giving it a good charge right out of the box using the included magnetic charging cable.