“Who’s at the door?”
Are you tired of asking this age-old rhetorical question?
Want to see the face of the person and communicate with them without even opening the door? Want to watch a livestream of suspicious activity outside the door from the comfort of your couch in real-time?
Get a Smart Video Doorbell- the key to a safe and secure house.
Here’s a lowdown on some of the best video doorbells of 2017.
Best Home Doorbells 2017
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Skybell HD Video Doorbell- [WINNER] Of Best Video Doorbell 2017
Skybell has upped the ante with its latest installment of quality doorbell video camera with the “Skybell HD” that claims to be loaded with rich features making it one of the best video doorbells at present.
The graphic quality of this doorbell surely won’t disappoint you. With a 1080p HD video resolution, you can get a clear and blur-free footage of any activity at your porch or main door’s entrance area, whether it’s a livestream or a recording.
We were very impressed with the horizontal view of the video footage, and here Skybell scores over its opponents with a wide angle view coverage.
Moreover, Skybell comes with an infrared LED night vision that helps track visitors at night. If you are worried about piling up of video footage, leave it to the cloud server which stores the videos that can be viewed and downloaded for a week.
However, the playback options are quite a disappointment. Skybell’s app only allows you to sit through the entire playback and lacks the fast forward button that would have done justice to user’s time.
Initially, we were skeptical about installing Skybell manually, but it turned out to be fairly easier than thought. YES, you won’t be seeking any professional help and can set it up at the same height as traditional doorbells. The fact that Skybell can be hard-wired into your existing connection and doesn’t need batteries made us like it even more!
That being said, Skybell can also pair wirelessly with IoT enabled devices at home such as Amazon Echo, Nest Thermostat, etc. Through Amazon Echo’s voice assistant Alexa, Skybell can be configured to take snaps or record videos from anywhere inside the house.
However, connecting the Skybell app via Wi-Fi to your Android device can be tricky and take some time. Second off, even though Skybell claims multiple users can install the app and receive notifications about visitors at the door, only the first person who accesses the Wi-Fi can communicate with the visitor.
Also, we figured the Skybell HD suffers from motion sensing glitches. For instance, at times it just won’t detect the motion or take some time to fix the error.
Dbell HD Live Doorbell
DIY home security gets another boost with the Dbell HD wireless video doorbell which is a relatively new addition to the smart doorbell market. It comes bundled with some unique features that set it apart from the rest of the herd.
The first thing we noticed about this doorbell is its fancy looking 720p camera that alerts you with a HD video stream (plus, a snapshot notification) when someone’s at the door.
Not surprisingly, we were also digging the wide 160-degree fish-eye view of the camera that can easily cover the entire area around your porch.
Again, we were quite impressed with the wireless IoT device integration offered by this doorbell. It can pair seamlessly with various IP-based security devices to lock/unlock the door remotely.
So much so, it can also work as a nifty Wi-Fi repeater that transmits and strengthens the existing signal and increases range of coverage area.
The best part perhaps is that users can save the footage to their hard disk drives on demand at any time without shelling out any money! But, the expensive price of the doorbell perhaps covers all these freebies.
Ring Doorbell Camera
Ring is a renowned name in the field of doorbells and with its new offering, it aims to reach as many homes as possible.
With an ability to shoot videos only in 720p HD you would think Ring video doorbell might not be fair game. Well, think again. A solid rechargeable battery propels this doorbell to function smoothly without the need of any tedious hard-wiring.
The doorbell can be charged by removing it off the mounting plate and plugging in the USB charger for half a day. Moreover, this doorbell can also be used as a traditional mechanical bell for people who sometimes keep their phones on silent mode.
Ring’s motion detection feature can detect body heat through an infrared sensor, and to our surprise, it works better than Skybell’s motion detector.
One more interesting aspect about the motion detection feature that we really liked is its ability to adjust according to the user’s needs. You can easily change the number of feet that can be monitored by the sensors which makes it quite a hands-on deal.
But, the thing that works against this doorbell is lack of video storage options. There is no cloud storage and users might have to dish out some money per month to avail exclusive footage of their own doorstep!
Also, it doesn’t offer much in terms of wireless connectivity to IoT devices barring a handful of them such as Wink and that too with some latency issues, which frankly make it look awful compared with Skybell.
Vivint HD Video Doorbell
Vivint is a slick new video doorbell camera that aspires to turn your home into a surveillance state. It comes loaded with a gamut of features that make it one of the front-runners on our list of best video doorbells.
Due to a 1080p quality camera and 180 degree field of view, Vivint has the best doorbell camera in 2017 giving tough competition to the Skybell HD when it comes to streaming some wide angle crystal-clear footage. We were impressed with the grain-less quality of the video while watching the live feed on our smartphone.
Although the installation process is a bit complicated for this doorbell, Vivint provides free professional installation to users along with their purchase.
When it comes to home automation integration, this doorbell does a fine job by connecting wirelessly to various IoT devices along with its own security system. We also liked the 1TB recording storage space offered by Vivint, which to be fair is provided by none of the doorbells on our list.
However, a major downside with this doorbell is that users will have to shell out a monthly sum for viewing cloud footage of their own porch! It is not helped by the fact that the Vivint HD video doorbell has to be purchased with the entire security system which makes it a costly affair.
August Video Doorbell
Touted as one of the best video doorbell by cnet, August uses the same resolution as that of a GoPro camera and comes in a slick design and promises a lot in terms of features.
With a GoPro camera resolution of 960p and higher frames per second, August doorbell assures users of great motion detection and image quality. When you slow down the footage you can view graphics clearly at a good frame rate.
We also liked the live streaming options and recording capability of this doorbell. But, the standout feature is the clean two-way audio that lets users interact with visitors at the door or listen to what’s happening outside.
Unlike, Ring’s doorbell, the August video doorbell offers video storage options for a specific amount of time (just like the Skybell HD), which seems fair enough.
One unique thing we noticed with this doorbell is that it records videos in a vertical format, thus giving you a portrait view of the recording on your phone.
Lastly, we were put off by the “zero-night vision” feature of this doorbell.
So, you can expect poor video quality at night or when the weather is dull outside. The installation, too, is not easy and takes some drilling hassle, plus intensive time to finally get around it.
Chui Video Doorbell
This video doorbell was launched as the world’s smallest doorbell, but it has a lot more to its credit besides its miniature size. For one, Chui video doorbell comes packed with some exclusive features that make it quite interesting in a world full of lookalikes.
We were easily swayed by the facial recognition feature of this doorbell which makes it somewhat unique than rest of the video doorbells out there. Chui can be programmed to snap familiar faces in its “memory” and automatically unlock the door for them or keep it locked for unrecognized faces or strangers. But, it also means users will have to go through the pains of making a list of people whom they want to give access to.
The number of features packed into this doorbell is something we wanted to check out. And, we were not let down. Chui can read alphanumeric codes and QR codes that can be used as passwords to enter through the door. You can also pre-record your message for the visitors and play it as soon as Chui recognizes them. However, except for a handful of devices, Chui doesn’t offer wireless integration with IoT devices such as Amazon’s Echo, et al.
If you are looking for a wifi doorbell camera then it would disappoint you !!
That being said, getting your hands on Chui’s video doorbells will take some time as their production is limited and they are only taking pre-orders, currently. We can surely expect more from them in the future.
HeathZenith Notifi Smart Doorbell
HeathZenith’s Notifi smart doorbell is what one would call an Apple product in the video doorbell market if only intricate, solid design would be the parameter. Albeit, there’s apparently a lot more to it than only the state-of-the-art design part.
What struck us as the most impressive aspect of this doorbell is its durable in-built LED light feature and 720p HD camera that can take quality snaps and provide crystal clear footage in real-time to your smartphone.
This guarantees a battery-free operation, and at the same time does away with the need of any hard-wiring. However, these exploits are marred by an expensive monthly cloud storage rental that is disappointing given its already expensive price.
Users can also avail real-time view of footage through their iOS or android devices which puts this doorbell at par with the likes of Skybell HD. We were satisfied with the motion sensors of the Notifi Smart doorbell considering it has a 110 degree wide viewing angle.
One area of concern is the IoT device integration. While a large chunk of video doorbells these days offer some form of wireless IoT device integration, Notifi smart doorbell users will be left in the lurch. On the plus side, the Notifi smart doorbell does make up for its shortcomings with a good LED night vision feature that is stellar to say the least.
VTech IS741 Audio/Video Doorbell Camera
VTech has introduced IS741 as a multi-faceted doorbell/phone/camera that takes care of all your security concerns related to the doorway. It comes loaded with a special phone that’s exclusively meant for viewing the livestream.
Users can get superior voice and sound quality with this video doorbell. As soon as a visitor reaches your porch, the doorbell system immediately sends a snap as a notification on your VTech phone letting you easily vet visitors.
You can also stream a live audio/video feed onto your phone. But, the downside is users cannot record/store videos or snaps for future reference.
We were impressed with the IR night vision of the camera ably backed by a wide angle view that makes up for any slack. Also, the weatherproof nature of the camera makes it an ideal and sturdy doorbell that can withstand rainy weather.
We have many issues with this doorbell. One of the greatest limitations of this doorbell is that it can only be operated and controlled via a VTech phone, so users who don’t have it/or don’t want to use it will obviously be unhappy with the doorbell.
Secondly, the installation is a hassle because it requires a lot of drilling and hard-wiring making it one of the best video doorbells for professionals.