The Best Video Doorbells of 2019

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Why do intruders choose to rob some homes and not others? Well, it has to do a lot with whether they think someone is home. That’s why I’m so passionate about video doorbells. They let you answer the door remotely whether you’re watching TV upstairs or on a business trip in Taiwan. No matter where you are, you can always seem like you’re home. Through the doorbell’s mobile application, you’ll be able to see and speak to your visitors using the doorbell’s camera, microphone, and speaker. The most advanced video doorbells notify you as soon as they see a person, before they’ve even pressed the doorbells themselves!

In this review, I picked out the best video doorbells of 2019, including the best overall, the best for businesses, the best for cold climates, the best for apartments, the best with no subscription required, and the most affordable. At the end, I’ll also talk about my favorite picks for various smart home platforms and how I came to these choices in the first place. There’s no time like the present, so let’s get started!

Best Video Doorbells

The Best Video Doorbell for SmartThings
Ring Video Doorbell Pro
Ring Video Doorbell Pro
Ring Video Doorbell Pro

The Ring Video Doorbell Pro has a ton to offer, including a wide temperature range, 1080p HD video, amazing infrared night vision, plus 60 days of cloud storage for only $3 a month. 

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The Best Video Doorbell for Amazon Alexa
August Doorbell Cam Pro
August Doorbell Cam Pro
August Doorbell Cam Pro

With integrations with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT, among others, the August Doorbell Cam Pro has a wide temperature range and field of view plus affordable cloud storage options. 

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The Best Wired Video Doorbell
SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro
SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro
SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro

Don't want to worry about batteries? This doorbell from SimpliSafe has 1080p HD plus HDR for great outdoor display. 

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The Best Video Doorbell for Businesses
Vivint Doorbell Camera
Vivint Doorbell Camera
Vivint Doorbell Camera

If you're a business owner, a security system with a video doorbell is a must. Vivint's doorbell camera is among the best that goes with a system, featuring a user-friendly app, infrared night vision, and 14 days of cloud storage. 

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The Best Video Doorbell for Cold Climates
SkyBell HD
SkyBell HD
SkyBell HD

With a temperature range of -40 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit and a waterproof design, the SkyBell HD is your best bet for cold weather. 

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The Best Video Doorbell for Apartments
Ring Video Doorbell 2
Ring Video Doorbell 2
Ring Video Doorbell 2

Apartment-dwellers will appreciate the Ring Video Doorbell 2's high-quality camera, Amazon Alexa integration, and cloud and local storage. 

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The Best Video Doorbell with Free Storage
Arlo Audio Doorbell
Arlo Audio Doorbell
Arlo Audio Doorbell

Aside from a week of free cloud storage, one of the best things about the Arlo Audio Doorbell are its smart platform integrations with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT, and Stringify. Unfortunately, there's no direct local storage, although you'll be able to download footage from the cloud. 

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The Most Affordable Video Doorbell
eufy Security Video Doorbell
eufy Security Video Doorbell
eufy Security Video Doorbell

At only $159.99, the eufy Security Video Doorbell offers durability, amazing 2K video display with HDR, along with person detection and integrations with Alexa and Google Assistant. 

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The Best Video Doorbell for Google Assistant
Nest Hello
Nest Hello
Nest Hello

You'll love this doorbell not only for it's Google Assistant integration, but also for it's 1600 HD and person detection. 

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The Best Video Doorbell for SmartThings

Ring Video Doorbell Pro

Ring Video Doorbell Pro

If you’re in the SmartThings ecosystem and are dying to get a video doorbell, the Ring Video Doorbell Pro should be at the top of your list. Working in temperatures from negative five to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, the Ring Video Doorbell Pro will be wired into your home, connecting to the Ring— Always Home app via Wi-Fi. It impresses in many categories, with 1080p HD video, an 160 degree field of view, digital zoom, infrared night vision, and an integration with Amazon Alexa. While storage isn’t available for free, you can get local storage and 60 days of cloud storage for as little as three dollars a month— not too shabby!

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Really, the biggest drawback of the Ring Video Doorbell Pro is its lack of person detection. However, unlike its predecessor the Ring Video Doorbell 2, the Ring Video Doorbell Pro features activity zones to help strengthen your notifications. While your camera won’t be able to tell the difference between people and other moving objects, activity zones tell your camera which areas to ignore, decreasing the amount of notifications you receive. For example, if you have the Ring Video Doorbell Pro facing the street, you can tell it to focus only on your property and ignore all motion coming from the street.

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Ring Video Doorbell Pro
Ring Video Doorbell Pro
Ring Video Doorbell Pro

With a range from negative five to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, 1080p HD display and infrared night vision, the Ring Video Doorbell Pro exceeds industry standards. 

The Best Video Doorbell for Amazon Alexa

August Doorbell Cam Pro

Whether you have Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant, for that matter, the August Doorbell Cam Pro is a fantastic option. Not only does it have the aforementioned smart platform integrations, it also works with products from Nest as well as IFTTT-enabled devices. This means that you’ll be able to sync it up with other connected devices and automate your smart home.

The August Doorbell Cam Pro is another great choice for cold climates, with a temperature range from -13 to 122 degrees Fahrenheit. It’s wired and will connect to the well-rated August Home app over Wi-Fi. Aside from that, August offers inexpensive 15 or 30-day cloud storage starting at only $2.99 a month, plus an 120 degree field of view.

The drawbacks of the August Doorbell Cam Pro include its lack of person detection, infrared night vision, zoom, and 1080p HD video. But at $199, it’s smack dab in the middle in terms of video doorbell pricing.

 

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August Doorbell Cam Pro
August Doorbell Cam Pro
August Doorbell Cam Pro

With a gigantic temperature range, integrations with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, Nest and IFTTT, plus a highly-rated app, there's a lot to like about the August Doorbell Cam Pro. 

The Best Wired Video Doorbell

SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro

If you’re looking for a video doorbell that you can hardwire into your home, look no further than SimpliSafe. You can use the SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro whether you have the SimpliSafe security system or not— all you’ll need is an existing doorbell setup along with a Philips head screwdriver. Did I mention it’s only $169, very under-priced compared to its competitors? 

Don’t let the affordable price fool you— the SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro has some great features that go above and beyond industry standards. Take its video quality for example. Not only does it have 1080p HD, which I take as the bare minimum for any security camera, but it also has HDR to make your outdoor footage look more like the outdoors.

The camera also features a wide 162 degree field of view, infrared night vision, and person detection to make your notifications matter more. You’ll control everything from the SimpliSafe Home app, which has a 3.9 rating from Android users and a 4.8 rating from iPhone users. 

Your storage will largely depend on if you have the rest of the SimpliSafe system, and if so, which monitoring plan you selected. If you chose the Interactive Plan, you’ll get free local and cloud storage for 30 days. But if not, no worries. Although you won’t get local storage, you can buy 30 days of cloud storage for only $4.99 a month. To put things in perspective, that same time period of cloud storage would cost you $30 with the Nest Hello, six times the price as SimpliSafe. 

One note I’ll give is that those who live in cold climates should not buy the SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro. It’s temperature range is from 32 to 115 degrees Fahrenheit, making it ideal for warmer climates. There’s also no smart platform integrations, so you won’t be able to command the doorbell with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. Aside from these two points, there’s not much to criticize about the SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro. 

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SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro
SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro
SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro

This video doorbell boasts 1080p HD display, HDR, infrared night vision, and even person detection, ignoring motion from cars. 

The Best Video Doorbell for Businesses

Vivint Doorbell Camera

Your business is your baby, and just like a baby, it needs some serious protection. You should already have a security system in place, and Vivint is a great option. If you already have the Vivint security system, including the SkyControl Alarm Panel, then the Vivint Doorbell Camera will make a useful addition to your business’s security. Using the highly-rated Vivint Smart Home app, you’ll be able to see your visitors and speak to them through two-way audio. Much like the rest of Vivint’s security cameras, the Vivint Doorbell Camera has infrared night vision, cloud and local storage, plus person detection. 

Person detection is particularly helpful for a business, especially if you have a high number of customers coming in and out everyday. Clearly, you’re a busy person, so you don’t need to be notified every time a car drives past your storefront. The Vivint Doorbell Camera can differentiate between people and other moving objects, be them animals, cars, bikers, or any moving inanimate object. In fact, the camera will automatically record whenever it detects a person, before they even press the doorbell itself. Plus, with 14 days of cloud storage priced at $5 per camera, you’ll be able to easily access your footage in case you do have a break-in. If you prefer 24/7 continuous recording, you can buy the Vivint Smart Drive for $249. Finally, the Vivint Doorbell Camera works with Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa, making voice commands possible. 

One of the drawbacks of the Vivint Doorbell Camera, on the other hand, is its 720p HD video display, lower quality than the industry standard of 1080p HD. Finally, at $250 as of writing, the Vivint Doorbell Camera is the most expensive doorbell camera I’ve reviewed, but only by about $50. 

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Vivint Doorbell Camera
Vivint Doorbell Camera
Vivint Doorbell Camera

If you already have the Vivint security system, you'll love the Vivint Doorbell Camera's infrared night vision, person detection, and 180 degree field of view. 

The Best Video Doorbell for Cold Climates

SkyBell HD

Do you live in a climate the regularly gets to the temperature zero degrees and below? There’s a video doorbell for you! The SkyBell HD has the largest temperature range I’ve seen from a video doorbell (-40 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, to be exact). It’s also water-proof, which is helpful for those snow days, and it’s hardwired into your home, although it has a small battery for backup. 

Other good things about the SkyBell HD? Its 1080p HD display, 120 degree field of view, five times field of zoom, and free local and cloud storage for a week. Its disadvantages include its color night vision, lack of smart platform integrations, although SkyBell says that’s in the works, and lack of person detection. I also don’t love that the SkyBell app isn’t highly-rated, but this can change with software updates.

At $199, the video doorbell is slightly below average in terms of cost, and requires a power drill, wire stripper, and digital doorbell adapter to set up— professional installation recommended. For those in the Northeast, Midwest, or Canada, the SkyBell HD is your best bet for those freezing winter months. 

For more information, read our full review on the SkyBell HD video doorbell

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SkyBell HD
SkyBell HD
SkyBell HD

From -40 to 140 degrees Fahrenheit, the SkyBell HD video doorbell can handle even the toughest weather conditions. 

The Best Video Doorbell for Apartments

Installing the Ring Video Doorbell 2

Ring Video Doorbell 2

If you live in an apartment, you probably want a video doorbell that won’t lock you into any long-term contract. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the Ring Video Doorbell 2. For as little as three dollars a month, you can get local storage and 60 days of cloud storage, an almost unreasonably affordable price. For $10 a month, you can get coverage for all of the Ring devices in your apartment, plus 24/7 professional monitoring if you have the Ring Alarm security system

But let’s talk about the Ring Video Doorbell 2 itself! It has awesome features like 1080p HD video, an 160 degree field of view, infrared night vision, and quite obviously, an integration with Amazon Alexa. You can either power the Ring Video Doorbell 2 through battery or hardwire it into your house most likely battery if you live in an apartment. It’ll work in temperatures from negative five to 120 degrees Fahrenheit, plus it’s water-resistant, if your apartment doorstep is outdoors. Plus, at only $169, it’s one of the most affordable video doorbells I’ve reviewed. 

What’s missing from the Ring Video Doorbell 2? Person detection, but that’s less of a big deal if you’re in an apartment. Presumably, less people walk by your door then they would if you lived on a house facing the street. If you set your Ring Video Doorbell 2 in a hallway, for example, you won’t have to worry about movement from cars (unless people drive them in your building— a joke) or animals, which are most likely accompanied by humans. In sum? Apartment-dwellers should take advantage of the Ring Video Doorbell 2’s low price and easy installation ASAP. 

To learn more, read my full review of the Ring Video Doorbell 2. 

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Ring Video Doorbell 2
Ring Video Doorbell 2
Ring Video Doorbell 2

The Ring Video Doorbell 2 boasts 1080p HD video, a wide 160 degree field of view, two-way audio, Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant integrations. 

The Best Video Doorbell with Free Storage

Arlo Audio Doorbell

Whether you use an Arlo camera with your Arlo Audio Doorbell or, you’ll get a week of cloud storage, completely free. The doorbell itself is wireless, powered by batteries that should last about a year. You’ll be notified whenever the doorbell detects motion or presses it, using the highly-rated Arlo app to see or speak with them, depending on your setup. 

To get the most out of your Arlo Audio Doorbell, a security camera is necessary. The Arlo Pro 2, for example, features 1080p HD display, a wide, 130 degree field of view, plus the ability to zoom in eight times. It has my preferred method of night vision, infrared, plus integrations with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT, and Stringify. While the camera doesn’t come with person detection, you can purchase it through Arlo Smart Home, starting at $2.99 per camera per month. 

To learn more, read our full review of the Arlo Audio Doorbell

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Arlo Audio Doorbell
Arlo Audio Doorbell
Arlo Audio Doorbell

Integrated with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT, and Stringify, the Arlo Audio Doorbell can be paired up with a few of the Arlo cameras to create a full video doorbell. 

The Most Affordable Video Doorbell

eufy Security Video Doorbell

Aside from being the most affordable video doorbell that I’ve ever reviewed, the eufy Security Video Doorbell has a ton of amazing features. Going above and beyond the industry standard of 1080p HD, the eufy Security Video Doorbell has 1920p HD with 2K HDR, correcting light distortion. It also has a wide field of view of 160 degrees, an IP rating of 65, making it perfect to use outdoors, plus integrations with Alexa and Google Assistant. But what really gets me about the eufy Security Video Doorbell is its person detection. Whenever the camera detects a person, you’ll get a snapshot of their face delivered to your phone. Talk about convenient! 

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eufy Security Video Doorbell
eufy Security Video Doorbell
eufy Security Video Doorbell

With 2K resolution, a durable design and integrations with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, there's little not to love about the eufy Security Video Doorbell. 

The Best Video Doorbell for Google Assistant

Nest Hello and the Google Home Hub

Nest Hello

Whether you’re in the Nest ecosystem or not, you’ll adore the Nest Hello. It’s no surprise that it integrates with Google Assistant, as Google owns Nest (recently rebranded as Google Nest). But the Nest Hello also has a ton of of other awesome features. Take its video, for example. The Nest Hello doesn’t just have the industry standard of 1080p HD. No, it takes it a step further with 1600 HD, plus a wide field of view of 160 degrees and eight times zoom!

Naturally, the video doorbell also features infrared night vision, person detection, and, if you buy Nest Aware, familiar face alerts plus five, 10 or 30 days of cloud storage.

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Nest Aware Storage

I’ll admit that Nest’s cloud storage is a bit over the top in terms of pricing, but with the video quality, I think it’s worthwhile. Keep in mind that you will need a wired doorbell, chime, 16-24 VAC and 10VA transformer to install the Nest Hello, so it’s probably best to get installed by a professional. The only person I wouldn’t recommend the Nest Hello to is an iPhone user. Oddly, the Nest app only has a 2.1 on the Apple store, while it has a respectable 3.8 on the Google Play store. Go figure!

Want to learn more? Read our full review of Nest Hello.

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Nest Hello
Nest Hello
Nest Hello

You'll love this doorbell not only for it's Google Assistant integration, but also for it's 1600 HD and person detection. 

The Best Video Doorbell for Apple HomeKit

Netamo Smart Video Doorbell

Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell

Out of all the video doorbells that I’ve reviewed, the Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell is the only one with Apple HomeKit integration, making it a wonderful choice for anyone with an iPhone, iPad, or other iOS device. But that’s not all there is to love about the Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell. In a unique feature, it has HZO technology, a thin-film coating solution that makes it “fully resistant to all weather conditions,” according to the Netatmo website. With a temperature range of 14 to 104 degrees Fahrenheit, it’s ideal for warmer but rainy climates. Keep in mind that the Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell is wired into your home, so it requires a wired doorbell and chime.

Other advantages of the Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell include its amazing video quality, with 1080p HD, an 160 degree field of view, plus the ability to zoom in five times. On top of this, the camera also comes with HDR, which standards for High Dynamic Range. HDR can handle lighting, particularly outdoor lighting from the sun, better than a camera without. That’s especially important with a video doorbell that you’ll most likely be using outdoors.

Aside from its stellar video, the Netatmo Smart Video Doorbell also boasts infrared night vision, free cloud and local storage, person detection, attempted theft detection, and a well-received app called Netatmo Security. While this doorbell is not currently available purpose, we at Security Baron are looking forward to its release.

Pricing Breakdown

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The Best Video Doorbells of 2019 Pricing

The average price of a video doorbell is around $200, with about $50 of variance in each direction. Keep in mind that the Arlo Audio Doorbell is the only one on this list to not include a camera, but you can pair it with the Arlo Pro 2, which I highly recommend. These two devices require an Arlo hub to work, so that’s another price to keep in mind.

Video Doorbell Methodology

What qualities do you look for in a video doorbell, and how do you know if something is up to par? In this section, I’ll discuss how I chose the best video doorbells of 2019 and the things you should be looking for when you shop for video doorbells.

Design

They say don’t judge a book by its cover, but your doorbell is one of the first things that your visitors will see, so make sure you like it aesthetically as well as technologically. The next thing you should be looking for is durability, which is going to differ depending on where you live. Check out the video doorbell’s temperature range and make sure that it doesn’t get any hotter or colder in your hometown. Sometimes, IP ratings are also available, which are very helpful in seeing how resistant the video doorbell is to water.

IP Ratings

The next factor you want to consider is whether the video doorbell must be wired into your home or battery-powered. While hardwiring is certainly a more complicated process, you won’t have to worry about changing the batteries. If your video doorbell is battery-powered, make sure the battery life is six months or longer and that you’ll be notified when its low.

I also like to see when the camera records, which is typically either when it senses motion or people, or when the doorbell is pressed. There may also be an option for 24/7 continuous recording, if you’re interested.

Finally, you should consider how the video doorbell will connect to its respective app. Typically, it’s over Wi-Fi, so if you don’t have cellular backup, your doorbell may not be able to connect with your app if your Wi-Fi or power fails. I’ve also seen Bluetooth connections, so make sure you take that into consideration as well. And that’s it for design!

Features

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Video Doorbell Necessary Features

Of course, the main feature of any video doorbell is its camera, and if you’ve read any of my camera reviews, then you probably know that I’m a stickler for Security Baron’s Necessary Features Test. In this section, I review the camera in terms of technical specifications as well as my own experience using it, judging it based on its video, audio, night vision, storage, smart platform integrations, and artificial intelligence capabilities. Let’s go more into detail about each.

Video

1080p HD is the current industry standard for security camera video display and the bare minimum, in my opinion. I’m also looking for fields of view of 120 degrees or wider, and it’s nice if the camera can zoom optically or digitally, although it’s not a dealbreaker if it can’t.

Audio

All of the video doorbells that I’ve reviewed have built-in speakers and microphones which enable two-way audio. Two-way audio means that you can actually speak to whoever is in front of your doorbell camera, whether you’re in the house or across the world, and it’s a key feature of video doorbells.

Night Vision

I prefer infrared night vision over color night vision from a bright white light, and here’s why: it’s way less conspicuous. LED sensors are hardly noticeable, and if you’re recording someone at night, I’m sure you want to keep that on the down low. Most video doorbells have infrared night vision, and it’s strength will depend on the amount of LED sensors, but there’s no hard and fast rules. That’s why you come to my reviews in the first place, so I can test cameras out for you!

Storage

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Nest Aware Storage

There are a number of reasons to store your recorded footage. If you have an intrusion, god forbid, you’ll want some footage to show to the police to help them identify the perp. You may also want storage for sentimental reasons, like when your daughter came home from summer camp. Whatever reason, you’ll want to back up your footage in two ways, locally on a hard drive or device, as well as on a cloud.

Now, different companies really differ when it comes to local and cloud storage. I’ve seen both offered for free, and neither offered for free. I’ve also seen 60 days of cloud storage offered for three dollars a month and 30 days of cloud storage offered for 30 days a month, so there’s a huge variance depending on who you’re dealing with. The point is, storage is something you should consider and factor into the overall cost when choosing a video doorbell.

Smart Platform Integration

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Amazon Alexa

If you’re part of the Amazon or Google smart home ecosystem, then you’ll probably want a video doorbell that integrates with your voice assistant. That way, you’ll be able to control your doorbell camera, hands-free!

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence is key when it comes to video doorbells. They all work through motion detection; when they detect motion, you receive a mobile notification. But a lot of motion being detected isn’t from people but other moving objects, from squirrels to bouncy balls to cars. That’s where A.I comes in handy. Person detection can differentiate between people and other moving objects, while facial recognition can tell you exactly who’s at your front door. Unfortunately, the majority of video doorbells I’ve reviewed don’t have any A.I capabilities, but it’s a huge advantage in giving you smarter, more specific notifications.

Installation

Depending on the design of your video doorbell, you may hardwire it into your home or operate it by batteries. It’s always important to make sure that you have the requirements for a video doorbell before buying it. For example, some video doorbells require an existing doorbell setup, while some don’t. If you don’t feel confident hardwiring or otherwise installing your video doorbell, you can always hire a professional, although it’ll probably cost at least $100. The cheaper option, of course, is DIY installation, so make sure you know what you’re getting into before you purchase a video doorbell.

App

Finally, it’s important to make sure that the app you’ll be using to control the video doorbell is highly-rated on either the Apple or Google Play store, depending on your mobile device. I prefer ratings of three stars and above, and make sure to check out the most recent reviews to see the most current updates.

Recap of the Best Video Doorbells of 2019

That’s it for the best video doorbells of 2019! A quick recap:

  • Best Wired Video Doorbell: SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro
  • Best Video Doorbell For Businesses: Vivint Doorbell Camera
  • Best Video Doorbell For Cold Climates: SkyBell HD
  • Best Video Doorbell For Apartments: Ring Video Doorbell 2
  • Best Video Doorbell with Free Storage: Arlo Audio Doorbell
  • Most Affordable Video Doorbell: SkyBell Slim Line

If you want more information, check out our individual reviews of each doorbell or leave a question below. I’m excited to hear from you soon!

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner

Gabe Turner is an attorney and journalist with a passion for home tech and secure, efficient living. Since graduating from NYU Law, he has maintained a paradoxical existence of trying to live life adventurously while remaining staunchly risk-averse. He is torn by the dual desires of wanting to only be in Brooklyn writing about housing policy and smart home tech and aspiring to visit his friends scattered across the globe. Gabe believes that stable, safe communities are the cornerstone to a vibrant and healthy society, and it is this passion that brought him to contribute to Security Baron.

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