The Best Smart Doorbell Camera

The Best Smart Doorbell Camera

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Our pick

Arlo Video Doorbell

Arlo Video Doorbell

The best smart doorbell camera

This slick doorbell can alert you to people, packages, animals, and cars going by. Its wide, 180-degree field of view and square aspect ratio reduce blind spots so you can see people or packages.

Buying Options

$130 from Amazon
$150 from Lowe’s

The Arlo Video Doorbell is our top pick because, along with its great hardware and fast response times, it was the only model we tested that could distinguish among people, animals, vehicles, or packages. This meant it also kept false alerts—a problem with many models—to a minimum. For that advanced sensing and the ability to capture video clips up to five minutes long, you need a $3-per-month Arlo Smart subscription. But we think these features are essential, and the price is fair (otherwise you’re restricted to motion/bell alerts and live video streaming). The Arlo also captures crisp video, with a 1536×1536 resolution and a wide, 180-degree viewing angle in a square format: This provides a comprehensive vertical and horizontal view of what’s going on in front of your door, whether it’s deliveries or visiting raccoons. It also integrates with other smart-home devices via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

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Runner-up

Eufy Security Video Doorbell

Eufy Security Video Doorbell

A subscription-free option

This affordable smart doorbell packs in a lot of complex features, including a 2K image, person detection, local storage, customizable responses, and a separate wireless chime.

Buying Options

$160 from Amazon

The Eufy Security Video Doorbell 2K (Wired) includes a lot of features that most companies charge for, such as enough internal memory to store up to 30 days’ worth of video, as well as the ability to distinguish between people and other motion, like from birds or swaying branches (we do, however, think the Arlo was a little more accurate in this area). The Eufy doesn’t have as wide a viewing angle as the Arlo, but the Eufy doorbell creates clear recordings as long as motion is detected, for up to five minutes, and it stores those clips in its 4 gigabytes of built-in memory. Because the Eufy doesn’t have a cloud component, you don’t have to worry about bandwidth caps or added fees for cloud plans, but if your camera gets stolen, you’ll lose that video. (If you prefer to use the cloud, it’s not an option that Eufy offers—yet.) And although the Eufy draws power from your existing doorbell wires, it won’t work with your existing chime—but it does include its own wireless plug-in chime, so we don’t think that’s really a problem.

Upgrade pick

Google Nest Hello

Google Nest Hello

For advanced security

The Hello offers around-the-clock video recording, with AI-powered motion detection and facial recognition, so it’s a great home-security option. But for simply watching your door, it’s overkill.

Buying Options

$230 from Wayfair
$230 from Lowe’s

Google’s Nest Hello is the most advanced DIY smart doorbell cam we’ve tested. Unlike most smart doorbells, it can record and store video 24/7, but at 1600×1200 pixels, which is still crisp, but slightly lower resolution than on our other two picks. For easy access, Google’s cloud service also automatically tags clips that include motion or people, using facial-recognition software to learn and identify over time who is coming and going. This comprehensive approach comes with an elevated price, however: A Nest Aware subscription, which is essential for video recording, costs $6 a month to capture motion events and store them for 30 days and $12 per month to store events for 60 days or 24/7 recording for 10 days—so the operating costs are higher than for most doorbell cameras we tested. (If you pay annually, you can save a few bucks, from $12 up to $24 for the top-tier plan.)

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