Best video doorbells 2019: get the best video doorbell for you

Who's calling? And which smart video doorbell deserves a place by your front door?

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If you're in the market for the best video doorbells, wireless or wired, then have we go a list for you: a carefully curated rundown of all the best video doorbells in the UK put together by the T3 experts.

It's easy to see the appeal of these smart front door sentries: you can see who's calling before you even get up from the couch, and respond to neighbours and couriers from the other side of the world if you want to, with live video feed sent to your phone wherever you happen to be.

The tech is constantly improving and getting better, so we're constantly revising this list to bring you the very best video doorbell system in 2019 – read on for our top picks and what makes them worth a look.

Ring Video Doorbell 2 best video doorbells UK


1. Ring Video Doorbell 2

The best video doorbell for its range of features

Reasons to buy
+Includes Alexa and smart home integration+Full set of video and audio features

Ring is one of the companies responsible for driving the video doorbell market, and it's so good at it, Amazon acquired Ring in 2018 – so of course you can control this video doorbell via Alexa. It does just about everything you could want from a wireless video doorbell and then some.

So, it can alert you to motion and noise, record audio and video, and enable two-way conversations as well. The video doorbell records at 1080p, and can run from a wired mains connection or a rechargeable battery (so it can go just about anywhere on the door).

It's not so much that Ring has features that other video doorbells don't have, it's that Ring does everything better than most of its competitors, making this one of the best video doorbells in the UK. If you want to keep your videos in the cloud rather than just watching live, you need to stump up £25 a year, which is reasonable.

Nest Hello best video doorbells UK


2. Nest Hello

The best video doorbell for superior motion detection

Reasons to buy
+Use the power of AI to spot people+Strong and stable cloud storage

As Amazon picked up Ring, so Google picked up Nest, and now has a great wireless video doorbell of its own – the Nest Hello. A lot of the features here (1080p video, night vision, a 160-degree field of view) match what Ring offers, but Nest does them all just as well on the whole.

Where the Nest Hello does have a slight edge is with Google's AI-powered motion detection system: it's smarter at spotting the difference between a person and anything else, and can identify friends and family too, sending special prompts for those you know.

Nest also matches Ring by making you pay if you want to keep your video doorbell recordings in the cloud, rather than just tuning in live whenever there's a button press or a motion alert. The price is higher though: a Nest Aware subscription plan will set you back £80 per year.

Ring Video Doorbell Pro best video doorbells UK


3. Ring Video Doorbell Pro

The best video doorbell for an all-in-one complete package

Reasons to buy
+Sharp 1080p HD video+Works perfectly with Alexa

The Amazon-owned Ring puts out a Pro version of its video doorbell too, so if you've got a bit more money to spend you might want to choose to upgrade – but whichever one you pick, you've got one of the best video doorbells in the UK.

The Pro is slightly smaller and a little more aesthetically pleasing than the Doorbell 2, while the faster 5GHz Wi-Fi standard is supported. If you do opt for the Pro model you can draw out custom activity zones yourself as well.

All three Ring video doorbells in this list offer 1080p HD video recording, but the Pro doesn't give you a wireless installation option – it has to be hardwired. It's really down to what you need and how much you want to spend.

Maximus Video Doorbell best video doorbells UK


4. Maximus Video Doorbell

The best video doorbell for complete protection

Reasons to buy
+Watch packages as well as people+Two hours of recordings kept for free

Freshly unveiled at CES 2019, the Maximus Video Doorbell brings something new to the party by throwing two cameras into the mix – one to look your doorstepper in the face, and one to look at the packages being left down at foot level, just in case they get pinched.

Keeping an eye on packages seems to be one of the primary reasons people pick up video doorbells in the first place, so Maximus might be on to something here. You get all the standard features included too, like motion sensor alerts and 1080p live video streaming, and it's undoubtedly worth a place in our list of the best video doorbells in the UK.

You can control the doorbell with an app on your phone as well as with Alexa or Google Assistant, and you can view the live stream and the last two hours for free. Some details are still to be confirmed, as the Maximus model isn't launching until later in 2019.

Byron Wi-Fi Video Doorbell best video doorbells UK


5. Byron Wi-Fi Video Doorbell

The best video doorbell for reliability and quality

Reasons to buy
+Two-way audio+Motion detection+No subscription cost

Byron has been making doorbells for a good long while now, so its foray into smart, wireless video doorbells comes with a guarantee of quality and heritage – even if the device itself isn't quite as sleek and stylish as some of its rivals.

All the key functionality is here ready and waiting for you to utilise, including two-way audio and companion apps that run on your smartphone and tablet. The video feed is 1080p HD and there's even motion detection as well.

The video doorbell connects to your existing doorbell wiring (there isn't a wireless option here), and there's no subscription to pay – you save recordings to the included memory card or link them to a service like Dropbox.

Netatmo Video Doorbell best video doorbells UK


5. Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell

The best video doorbell for paying once

Reasons to buy
+Complete your Netatmo smart home set+No subscription fee to worry about

Another of the new crop of gadgets that appeared at CES 2019 – which means you won't be able to buy it until later in the year – the Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell instantly caught our eye because of the brand name it had (Netatmo makes some of our favourite smart home kit).

There's video and audio recording of course, and motion sensing alerts, and even people detection. You don't get a battery option though – this is a video doorbell you have to plug in, wires and all. You get 1080p video quality and night vision too for those evening callers.

Perhaps the most appealing aspect of the Netatmo Video Doorbell is that you get all the features for your up-front payment, with no subscription required: video can be archived to a memory card, an FTP address, or a linked Dropbox account, so take your pick. As these devices go, this is one of the best video doorbells in the UK.

Ring Door View Cam best video doorbell 2019

6. Ring Door View Cam

The best video doorbell for renters

Reasons to buy
+Simple installation over a peephole+Battery powered, so no wires+Ring app is one of the best around

Another Ring doorbell, but it's definitely worth a place in our best video doorbell 2019 list. The Ring Door View Cam is particularly good for those who are renting accommodation, because it fits simply over an existing peephole.

Again, you've got 1080p HD video and two-way audio, as well as the very solid Ring app, so whichever Ring camera you decide to get from this list, you shouldn't be disappointed. Alexa support is included, as you would expect.

From built-in knock detection to night vision, it's another impressive option from Ring. It's also possible to set privacy zones that the doorbell won't pry into – in case your neighbours are worried about you spying on their shrubs, for example.

Arlo Audio Doorbell best video doorbells UK


7. Arlo Audio Doorbell

The best video doorbell if you don't need video

Reasons to buy
+Reliable and simple door monitoring+Works well with other Arlo kit

Spot the deliberate mistake: the Arlo Audio Doorbell, as the name suggests, doesn't offer integrated wireless video doorbell functionality. However, considering we're such big fans of Arlo gear, and considering you can combine this with an Arlo security camera, it's worth including.

When it comes to functionality, obviously you can have two way conversations with whoever is calling at the door, and get alerts straight to your phone when your doorbell goes off. If you're in a rush or busy, you can set up some customised quick replies.

You get rolling 7-day cloud recordings included for the price, and when we say you can pair this with an Arlo camera, it's more than a workaround – it's an official feature supported by Arlo.