Best Wireless Video Doorbell – Early 2019January 7, 2019
If you have landed on this article you are most likely looking to bring your old doorbell into 2019 and upgrade to a Wireless Video Doorbell. What used to be a fairly expensive luxury security item is now a fairly reasonable security purchase. Over the years the technology has evolved and so has the number of options out there for you to choose from. In today’s article, I will be running through 3 options and declaring the Best Wireless Video Doorbell in my opinion.
When you are looking to purchase a Wireless Video Doorbell there are a few questions you should ask yourself –
- What is my budget?
- How big is the area I want to monitor?
- Is the area well lit or dark?
- Do I have any other security systems it needs to be compatible with?
- How easy is it to install?
- What extra features am I getting?
Ring Video Doorbell 2 – Runner Up
Ring have consistently put out top-notch video doorbells and the Ring Video Doorbell 2 is no exception. Coming in at $199 USD it’s certainly not cheap but it’s in the middle of the pack when it comes to price. The field of view is 160 degrees horizontal and 90 degrees vertical, this is a perfect field of view for the average home. You also get Night Vision and crisp 1080p video-on-demand, the doorbell has built-in motion detection that alerts you via a notification on your phone before the doorbell is even pressed. Once the doorbell is pressed you will receive a voice call on your phone as well, this is perfect for when you are not at home, or in the backyard.
Ring claim that it’s a 5-minute install, that is pretty realistic considering you have the option to have it run on batteries only or hardwired if you want to. The Ring 2 runs off your Wi-Fi if you have a decent internet connection you should be fine, seeing as it only needs a minimum upload speed of 1 Mbps. You get a very polished mobile App and a nice bonus feature is that this doorbell is also compatible with Alexa. It is also weather resistant and comes with 2 different color faceplates, Satin Nickel and Venetian.
The only negative I can find with the Ring Video Doorbell 2 is that you will need to pay a monthly subscription fee to take advantage of premium features. An example of a premium feature is past events, without a subscription, the ring will not record any video throughout the day, you will get a notification when someone rings the doorbell but you won’t be able to access the video recording if you miss the ring, very annoying.
Despite its drawbacks of a subscription being needed to fully take advantage of all the bells features, if security and motion detection features are your top priority then the Rong Video Doorbell 2 gets the job done.
Nest Hello Video Doorbell – 3rd Place
Nest is another company that consistently releases very good smart home products and is a direct competitor to Ring, the Nest Hello Video Doorbell continues that trend. This doorbell is $229 USD, making it more expensive than some doorbells on the list. Field of view is 160° degree diagonal and a 4:3 aspect ratio, more than enough for the average household. Nest’s night vision technology is very good and images appear very clear and bright regardless of the time of day. Like other video doorbells, when people ring the bell you will get a notification on your phone and a live stream in the App. You can communicate directly through the bell and audio will remain clear with minimal lag as long as you have a stable internet connection.
The installation of the Hello is a lot more complicated than the 5 minutes quoted by Ring, the Nest Hello needs to be hardwired by a qualified electrician and there is no completely wireless option. This just adds to the cost of this already expensive piece of tech, there are certain retailers that do provide an installation service at an additional cost. The Hello is also IPx4 water resistant and should be able to withstand most weather situations. Taking the installation into account, once this bell is installed it is easily one of the best looking products on the market.
All Nest products are compatible with Google Home products and perform very similar to the Alexa enabled Ring products, you can set up a Google Home product as the speaker for when people press the doorbell as well. Another cool feature is the Nest’s ability to recognize and learn faces via its built-in face recognition, its a cool party trick and it only becomes more and more accurate every time the same person rings the doorbell.
Like the Ring doorbell above, you will need a subscription to take full advantage of this doorbell, the subscriptions are much cheaper though and the free version will store all clips up to 5 days.
The Nest Hello Video Doorbell is a feature packed piece of tech that is very good-looking and very competent when it comes to home safety. It does cost a little more, but the Pros outweigh the Cons.
Skybell HD – Overall Best Wireless Video Doorbell
Skybell has been creating video doorbells for a while now and the Skybell HD is easily their best one to date. Compared to other video doorbells it certainly has the edge in design, it is around puck shape rather than the traditional long rectangular shape that most of these cameras come in. It’s priced fairly competitively at $199 USD and comes in Silver or Bronze. You get a 180-degree field of view and HD 1080p Video. At night is when the Skybell HD really comes alive, it has full-color night vision, this is impressive to see because other video doorbells in this price range only have the standard black and white.
Installation is similar to the Nest Video Doorbell and you only have the option to hardwired this bell in, it is only low voltage wiring, and if you already have a wired doorbell half the work has already been done. The installation is really the only negative for this product, if it had a battery option there would be not much to nitpick to be honest.
The Skybell HD is compatible with Alexa and Nest so you can integrate it seamlessly into your existing smart home set up. If you have a decent internet connection the video feed will be very smooth and at a high resolution, if your internet isn’t that crash hot you can lower the resolution via the app to allow for a smoother experience.
Guess what?, there is no need to get a subscription service!! The Skybell records all video and stores it for up to 7 days free of charge. It will catalog all the video in an easy to use App that provides you with loads of customization, all the way down to the color of the LED behind the doorbell.
All up the Skybell HD offers you more customization and better user experience than most of its competition and a lower price than its competition. Hardwired installation aside, there are not many negatives to this doorbell and if you don’t have a Video Doorbell, this is the one you should start with.
In my honest opinion, the Skybell HD is easily the best value for money and Best Wireless Video Doorbell overall. It is feature packed and even though I wish the installation was completely wireless, if that is the only drawback, then I’m happy to live with it.
We will revisit this list later in 2019 to see if the options have changed and if the Skybell HD has been dethroned.
Do you have a Wireless Video Doorbell? If so, Which one do you have? Comment below and let me know.