Ring in the changes: Our guide to the 5 best video doorbells in 2019

Child holding hand of parent and pressing video doorbell

Image: Nest

“Knock knock.”
“Who’s there?”

A conversation you’ll never need to have again once you’ve installed one of our top video doorbell picks. From super secure smart doorbells to others that integrate with your apps and home gadgets, you’ll always know who has dropped by.

Ring Video Doorbell 2, £179.00

Ring video doorbell unit in white

Image: Ring 

Ring are one of the market leaders in video doorbells, with models ranging across all price points and functions, although they’ve yet to master getting people to take their shoes off when they come in. The Ring Video Doorbell 2 is simple to install, running off lithium batteries meaning you don’t have to wire it in. It comes with a full HD 1080p camera, two-way audio, motion alerts and a satisfyingly wide field of view, so your visitor doesn’t have to lean right into the camera for you to see them. They probably still will, however…

ERA-Doorcam W, £188.27

Era doorcam w doorbell in white with wifi chime

Image: Era

In the Amazon era, we’re always expecting parcels to arrive the minute we leave the house. The ERA-Doorcam W alleviates some of the stress of this by linking up with your smartphone so you can answer the door to a delivery whether you’re at work, dining out or soaking up sun on a distant beach. If you are in, it works like a normal doorbell with plug-in WiFi chimes, while the HD fisheye lens can be set via a phone app to record video as well as take photos.

Nest Hello Video Doorbell, £189.00

nest hello video doorbell unit in black

Image: Nest 

Perhaps the video doorbell packed with the most – ahem – bells and whistles – the Nest Hello Video Doorbell is one that needs to be wired in, and with optional additional features the cost can soon mount. It’s largely worth it though, with HD video stored in the cloud for review, all fittings in the box and the option of Nest Aware, which is a facial recognition add-on. It can tell you whether the person visiting is a stranger or a familiar face.

YINXN Wireless Video Doorbell, £75.99

Yinxn wireless video doorbell with wifi chime unit

Image: YINXN

A competitively priced option, the YINXN Wireless Video Doorbell packs in many of the same features as its more expensive competitors. It can be a little glitchier to set up with the app, and there was some latency with the app starting up after the doorbell was rung, but these are minor quibbles. The motion detection sensitivity can be tweaked, and there’s infra-red vision for things that go ‘ring’ in the night.

Netvue WiFi Video Doorbell, £88.89

Netvue wi fi video doorbell with chime unit and smartphone showing app

Image: Netvue 

With Alexa voice activation, two-way audio and an anti-noise system that ensures your conversations with visitors aren’t muffled and indistinct, the Netvue WiFi video doorbell must be cutting corners somewhere to come in at this price? Well, that compromise is only 720p video, rather than true HD, but that’s more than enough for most needs.

It doesn’t skimp elsewhere, with a passive infrared sensor ensuring that you’re only notified when actual living things come to your door, and your phone doesn’t buzz every time a car drives by.

 

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