Online shopping can lead to more expensive packages being left at doorsteps. This is why more people turn to video doorbells. The best video doorbell cameras can help you monitor deliveries, check for porch pirates, and even check the weather. Doorbell cameras are now much more affordable, easy to install, and smarter. These are the top video doorbells in 2022 that you can add to your home security system.

There are many factors that can make a video doorbell camera different. These include design, cost, quality, and subscription fees. You may also find features that are ethically objectionable.

Below are my top picks for smart video doorbells. Here are some general tips to help you choose the right security camera for you. If you are looking for the best security camera device, it is likely that it has been tested by us. This list is updated regularly.

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Arlo

Arlo’s wired Video Doorbell Cam is simple to set up, works well, and costs only $3 per month. This wired doorbell comes with a cloud storage subscription that gives you advanced functionality such as package alerts, custom person, animal, vehicle, and package notifications.

Our pick for the best video doorbell overall, Arlo, received an 8.5/10 score in our detailed review. It also features HD video and two-way audio. Arm/disarm modes are also available.

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Google Nest

Google Nest’s latest doorbell is $180. However, there are times when it can be discounted. It’s easy to set up and very simple, regardless of whether you have doorbell wiring. The device scored an 8/10 in our review due to its ease of setup and free out-of-the box smarts such as package, person, vehicle, and animal alerts.

There is also three hours of event storage. These features may not be as good as those offered by a subscription with Nest Aware, Arlo’s, or Ring’s, but they are a solid starting point if you’re looking to try a video doorbell. A nice bonus? It also works with Google Assistant-powered devices such as the Nest Hub.

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Wyze Pro

With its $100 Video Doorbell Pro, Wyze is undoubtedly one of the most affordable video doorbells. This doorbell camera is battery-powered, which usually adds $50 to the price of a doorbell camera. It also has 2K resolution, 150 degree field of view with 1:1 aspect ratio, and free cloud storage. This deal is even better when you add the plug-in chime.

The fact that you can use the Wyze Pro wirelessly makes it the best wireless video doorbell on the market, too.

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Ring Pro 2

The Ring Pro 2’s $310 price tag isn’t the most affordable on the market. However, if you are more concerned about features than cost-benefit analysis this device will not disappoint. The Pro 2 features a wide field of view, an aspect ratio of 1:1, 1536p resolution, and all the basic functions you would expect from your smart buzzer. The Pro 2’s radar sensing and bird’s-eye view mode make it stand out. This allows you to track interlopers around your yard and gives you a clear idea of their movements and general activity. The Ring Pro 2 also offers end-to–end video encryption.

The Ring Pro 2 is a great choice if you want solid performance and top-of the-line features.

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Peephole Cam

Ring’s solution to apartment doors or doors with peepholes is the Peephole Cam. The Peephole cam is an excellent security system option if you don’t have the tools or are unable to drill into doors to install a hardwired battery-powered or hardwired doorbell. Although it scored below 8 in our review (7.8), it is still a great option, especially for condo or apartment dwellers.

The Peephole cam is completely battery-powered and can be used to replace your regular peephole. It will still allow you to see through the camera like a normal peephole. However, it can also pull up a live feed of your front door and chat with any visitors. You can also view your Ring doorbell HD video clips if you sign up for Ring’s Protect cloud. The bundle includes the first generation Ring Chime smart-doorbell. This will notify you when it rings.

The Ring Peephole Cam is a great option for apartment dwellers because of its simple installation and clever workarounds.

How do we test video doorbells?

The process of testing the best video doorbell for your home is very similar to any other home security camera. If I don’t have an account, I first download the app. Although many products come with a tutorial booklet, I prefer to use the app. An app that is well-designed will provide detailed instructions on how to install the device, connect to the Wi-Fi network, and get it up and running. This app is your one-stop solution for all things doorbell.

It is important that the doorbell installation follows the manufacturer’s instructions. This could be a hardwired, battery-, or solar-powered doorbell. Once the doorbell is connected, and I am able to see the live video feed from it, I review the settings. To get an idea of how the product works, I check that features such as motion detection and activity zones are turned on (they don’t always turn on by default).

You can read our detailed article about how we review home security cameras and video doorsbells to learn more about our review process.

Video Doorbell Cameras Compared

Our PicksArlo Video DoorbellNest Doorbell (w/ battery)Wyze Video Doorbell ProRing Video Doorbell Pro 2Ring Peephole Cam
Price$150$180$90$260$130
Resolution1,536 x 1,536960 x 1,2801,440 x 1,4401536p1080p HD
Field of View180 degrees145 degrees150 degrees150 degrees head-to-toe view155 degrees horizontal view
SetupWired, outdoors onlyBattery-poweredWireless, outdoors onlyRemovable, rechargeable battery pack or hardwiredRemovable, battery-powered
Extra FeaturesLive streaming, arm/disarm modes, two-way talk, motion zones, night vision and an integrated sirenLive streaming, two-way talk, smart alerts, facial recognition, integration with Google AssistantTwo-way talk, live streaming, smart alerts, cloud storageRadar tracking, bird’s-eye-view, push alerts, integration with Amazon AlexaMotion detection and alerts, privacy zones, two-way talk, night vision, integration with Amazon Alexa
Review Score8.588.97.57.8

Video doorbell FAQs

Here are the answers to some of the most common questions about video doorbells. If you have any others, feel free to reach out on Twitter (@david_p_priest) or you can email me from my author page (just click the little orange envelope).

How much is the monthly charge for a video doorbell?

It depends on which brand you purchase, but generally video doorbell monitoring subscriptions will set you back between $3 and $6 per month. Ring Protect and Arlo Secure both cost $3 for a single device and $10 for more. Google’s Nest Aware service costs $6 for one or more. These services tend to get you cloud storage, more advanced notifications and a few extra perks.

Do video doorbells get stolen?

While some video doorbells are fairly easy to remove (looking at you, Nest), that doesn’t mean they’re likely to be stolen. There isn’t much evidence that doorbell-swiping is common. It makes sense: you’re likely to be filmed stealing the doorbell, after all. In addition, for the video doorbells that are easy to remove from the doorstep, there are just as many that are pretty rock-solid when installed.

How long do videos stay on video doorbells?

Again, this depends on your product and subscription. Generally, without a subscription, live viewing is the only option available. Some brands, like Nest, will keep event recordings for a short period. But if you purchase a subscription plan, you’ll get anywhere from 10 to 60 days of event storage, and sometimes the possibility of 24/7 continuous recording.

Can you recover deleted doorbell camera videos?

For security purposes, your video doorbell videos are only stored with your account, which means once you’ve deleted a video, even accidentally, it’s gone. The best way to prevent losing an important video is to download it to your phone or computer. Also keep in mind that, as mentioned above, cloud storage services may automatically delete events after 10 to 60 days, so be sure to check your doorbell camera’s cloud storage frequently to avoid missing the window to save or download important videos.

What to look for in a video doorbell

Does it work with smart home platforms? If so, do the smart features work well together? Nowadays a smart home device is expected to work with at least one major smart home platform. Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit are the main ones you need to look for.

How’s the latency? If your smart doorbell camera takes a long time to send a push notification after someone rings your doorbell, then you risk missing your visitor completely. You also need to be sure you’re getting notifications when something sets off the motion detector, as you can set the motion sensor of most video doorbells to notify you of activity happening near your door, even if no one rings the buzzer. If you have latency problems, start with your Wi-Fi connection. If it isn’t strong where the doorbell is installed, you might consider moving it (or, more easily, getting a Wi-Fi range extender). But it could also be the way the software works.

How’s the live view? Doorbells are often exposed to direct sunlight, but many others are installed under porches, near shady trees and in all sorts of other settings. It’s important that the camera has night vision and can handle any of these scenarios so you don’t get stuck with a nonfunctioning product that can’t see faces under a porch.

How’s the two-way audio? If the doorbell’s microphone and speaker don’t work well, you’re going to have a tough time communicating with whoever’s there. I tested this out multiple times to see how the doorbell’s audio sounds over my phone.

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