Best video doorbells: get the best video doorbell for you

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

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It's easy to see the appeal of a smart video doorbell: you can see who's calling before you even get up from the couch, and you can even respond to neighbours and couriers from the other side of the world if you want to, with a video feed sent straight to your phone.

With the tech constantly improving and getting cheaper, there are now several very decent video doorbells out there to pick from. Here we're going to guide you through the best options to buy – so you know exactly which one is the right purchase for your own home.

Ring Video Doorbell 2

Ring Video Doorbell 2

1. Ring Video Doorbell

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

One of the devices responsible for driving the video doorbell market, these doorbells are so good that Amazon picked up the company in 2018 – so of course you can control them via Alexa. It does just about everything you could want from a video doorbell and more.

So, it can alert you to motion and noise, record audio and video, and enable two-way conversations as well. The top-end Ring model 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. 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

Nest Hello

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 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 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.

Maximus Video Doorbell

Maximus Video Doorbell

3. 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.

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.

Netatmo Video Doorbell

Netatmo Video Doorbell

4. Netatmo 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 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.

Arlo Audio Doorbell

Arlo Audio Doorbell

5. 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 any video capabilities. 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. For the time being this is only on sale in the US, but stay tuned for wider availability.