Best video doorbells in 2024: Ring, Nest, Arlo and more tested

If you want to stop porch pirates and package thieves—or simply want to know who's knocking—one of the best video doorbells could be the answer. A smart video doorbell can alert you to a person's presence, and let you see and talk to them through your smartphone. In these times of social distancing, it's also a handy feature if you want to talk to a visitor, but want to keep your door closed. 

Many of the best video doorbells can also now detect packages, so you'll get an alert if something is dropped off at your door. That way, you can pick it up quickly — before someone else does. 

From Ring to Nest, we've tested dozens of video doorbells to bring you what we think are the best. For a deeper dive between the top two brands, be sure to check out our comparison of Ring vs. Nest video doorbells, as well as our best Ring Video doorbells page, which examines every Ring video doorbell in depth. 

Read on for all of our favorite video doorbells.

Recent updates

Ring recently announced the Ring Battery Doorbell Pro; this model has all of the features of the Ring Battery Doorbell Plus, but also includes 3D Motion Detection and Bird's Eye view, two features found on the more premium Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2. The Ring Battery Doorbell Pro will be available March 6 for $229.

The quick list

The best video doorbell

Ring Battery Doorbell Plus installed on a door frame

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Best video doorbell for most people

Specifications

Video Resolution: 1536 x 1536
Field of View: 180 degrees (diagonal)
Works with: Amazon Alexa
Size: 5.1 x 2.4 x 1.1 inches
Wired/Battery: Yes/Yes
Package detection: Yes
Starting Storage Fee: $4/month (single camera)

Reasons to buy

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Expansive vertical view
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1536p HD video
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Easy to install and use

Reasons to avoid

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Spotty package detection
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No local storage

The Ring  Battery Doorbell Plus is only the second of Ring's video doorbells that offers a head-to-toe view of your front door — and is the first battery-powered model to do so. And, it's one of the few Ring doorbells with package detection, so you'll know when there's a delivery at your door. 

The Ring Battery Doorbell Plus delivered a sharp and clear image, and visitors could hear us clearly. We also liked that its battery was removable, so that we didn't need to take the entire unit off our door when it needed a recharge. 

Our only real issue was that the package detection could be a bit spotty at times. And, there's no local storage, so if your internet connection goes down, it won't record who's at your door. Otherwise, we came away impressed with all it could do.

Read our full Ring Battery Doorbell Plus review

Best video doorbell value

Wyze Video Doorbell Pro on doorframebest value awards badge

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The best wireless video doorbell under $100 with package detection

Specifications

Video Resolution: 1440p
Field of View: 150 x 150-degrees
Works with: Alexa, Google Assistant
Size: 5.5 x 1.8 x 1.1 inches
Wired/Battery: Yes/Yes
Package detection: Yes with subscription
Starting Storage Fee: $1.99 per month

Reasons to buy

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Comes with chime
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Battery/hardwired option
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Package and person detection

Reasons to avoid

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No local storage
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Requires subscription to access all features
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Had to remove entire assembly to recharge

The Wyze Video Doorbell Pro is the best video doorbell under $100; while it's not perfect, it offers a lot for the money. You get a doorbell that can be wired or run on battery power alone, an included electronic chime, and package detection. We also liked that the Wyze's camera has a 150 x 150-degree field of view, which means you see as much vertically as you do horizontally — this also means you see more of your front stoop.

However, to use package detection, as well as save recordings, you'll need a Wyze Cam Plus subscription, which at $1.99 per month is cheaper than the competition. Also, you need to remove the entire unit when you need to recharge its battery — which means you'll be without a doorbell for an hour or so. The Wyze Video Doorbell Pro doesn't look as nice as some of the other models, but for $89 — which includes a wireless chime — it's something we can overlook.

Read our full Wyze Video Doorbell Pro review.

Best subscription-free video doorbell

Eufy Video Doorbell Dual on door frame

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A second camera lets you see packages clearly — with no subscription

Specifications

Video Resolution: Front Camera 2K (2560 ×1920), Package Camera 1080p (1600 × ️1200)
Field of View: Front Camera 160°, Package Camera 97°
Works with: Alexa, Google Home
Size: 6.5 × 2.1 × 1.1 inches
Wired/Battery: Yes/Yes
Package detection: Yes
Local storage: Yes
Starting Storage Fee: none

Reasons to buy

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Easy installation
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No subscription fees
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People & package detection works well
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Video stored locally

Reasons to avoid

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No HomeKit support
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Non removable battery

Package theft is an all-too-common problem, and the best video doorbells have adapted with cameras that can better see more of your front porch. The Eufy Video Doorbell Dual takes things one step further, with a second camera that points directly downward, giving you the clearest view possible. What's more, it also comes with package detection, so you'll get an alert when something gets dropped off. In our tests, it worked flawlessly.

Even better: You get all this without needing to pay a monthly subscription fee, which is a rarity among the best video doorbells. We also liked that the Eufy saved video to a local, secure base, so that it can continue to record video even if your internet connection goes down. Yes, the Eufy costs more upfront, but it could save you money in the long-term.

Read our full Eufy Video Doorbell Dual review.

Best Nest video doorbell

Best video doorbells: Nest Doorbell (battery)Editor's Choice

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The best Nest video doorbell

Specifications

Video Resolution: 960 x 1280/ 30 FPS
Field of View: 145 degrees
Works with: Alexa, Google Assistant
Size: 6.3 x 1.8 x 0.95 inches
Wired/Battery: yes/yes
Package detection: Yes
Starting Storage Fee: $6/month, $60/year for 30 days video

Reasons to buy

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Great design
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Very sharp video quality
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Free person, animal, package, vehicle detection
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3 hours of video storage free
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Works as both battery or hardwired

Reasons to avoid

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No optional chime
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Limited accessories

The Nest Doorbell (battery) gets almost everything right. Its 3:4 vertical aspect ratio means you can see more of your front door; it can work either wired or on battery power alone, and it has a lot of great features, such as the ability to recognize familiar faces, packages, animals, and vehicles.

Even better is that the camera also offers some of those features for free, as well as three hours of rolling video storage — things that used to require a subscription. If you want longer storage, you can still sign up for Nest Aware, which starts at $6/month. However, the Nest doorbell's battery is not removable, so if you need to recharge it, you have to remove it from your door, which can be a pain.

Read our full Nest Doorbell (battery) review.

Best Ring under $100

best video doorbells: Ring Video Doorbell (2nd generation)

Ring Video Doorbell (2nd generation) (Image credit: Future)
The best value Ring video doorbell

Specifications

Video Resolution: 1080p
Field of View: 160 degrees
Works with: Alexa, Google Assistant, Nest, IFTTT
Size: 5.05 x 2.50 x 1.08 inches
Wired/Battery: Yes/Yes
Package detection: Yes
Starting Storage Fee: $30/year for 60 days video

Reasons to buy

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Inexpensive
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Customizable motion zones
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Good-quality video
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Works wired or battery powered

Reasons to avoid

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No pre-roll feature

If you want to go with Ring, the Ring Video Doorbell (2nd generation) is the best option for most people. It costs less than $100, has a 1080p camera, as well as improved night vision and better motion-tracking capabilities. It's still the best video doorbell for those on a budget.

Like the Ring Video Doorbell 3 and 4, we like that you can use this model either wired or on battery power alone, and you can create custom motion zones, and also see what's going on in your neighborhood. Plus, Ring offers very affordable video storage plans starting at $30 a year. Ring also added package detection for this model, bringing its feature set more in line with the competition.

Read our full Ring Video Doorbell (2nd gen) review.

Best wired-only video doorbell

Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2

RIng Video Doorbell Pro 2 (Image credit: Ring)
Sees more of your front porch

Specifications

Video Resolution: 1536 x 1536
Field of View: 150 x 150 degrees
Works with: Alexa, Google Home, IFTTT
Size: 4 x 1.8 x 0.88 inches
Wired/Battery: Yes/No
Package detection: Yes
Starting Storage Fee: $30/year for 60 days video

Reasons to buy

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Shows more of front porch than other Ring cameras
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Great video quality
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Slim design

Reasons to avoid

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Wired only

The Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 is the first from the company that has a square aspect ratio, which means the video is as tall as it is wide. What that means is that it can show much more of your front stoop than other Ring doorbells — so you're more likely to see when a package has been dropped off. Better yet, Ring added package detection, so you know when something arrives. It also has customizable motion zones and a new "radar" feature that helps cut down on unwanted notifications. 

The Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 delivered excellent video quality, was very responsive, and wasn't too hard to install. Just know that it's not battery-operated, and you'll also need to subscribe to a Ring Protect plan (starting at $3/month or $30/year) if you want to get the most out of the video doorbell. 

Read our full Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 review.

Best video doorbell for apartments

Ring Door View Cam

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Best for apartment dwellers

Specifications

Video Resolution: 1080p
Field of View: 155° horizontal, 90° vertical
Works with: Alexa, Google Home, IFTTT
Size (Indoor): 2.3 x 4.4 x 1.2 inches
Size (outdoor): 3.8 x 1.9 x 0.78 inches
Wired/Battery: No/Yes
Package detection: No
Starting Storage Fee: $30/year for 60 days video

Reasons to buy

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Simple to install, replacing an existing peephole viewer
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Good video quality
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Works with Alexa

Reasons to avoid

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Needs to be recharged every month, depending on use
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Storm door can block night view
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Doesn't work with Google Assistant

If you're looking for a video doorbell, but rent an apartment or live some place where you can't install a traditional video doorbell, the Ring Peephole Cam is your best alternative. This device replaces your traditional peephole with a camera that can record visitors coming to your door. It proved to be such a popular model that Ring brought it back in 2023 after discontinuing it in 2022 — and now it's at a lower price of $129.

We found the Ring Peephole Cam was easy to install, and recorded very good 1080p video. However, if you have a storm door, the camera's video will be partially obscured, especially at night, when it reflects off the glass of the door. And, because the Peephole Cam is battery-powered only, you may find yourself recharging it more often than the advertised 20-40 days. Good thing spare batteries are just $30. 

Read our full Ring Peephole Cam review.

Best Homekit-compatible video doorbell

Ecobee smart doorbell camera

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Best video doorbell for HomeKit users

Specifications

Video Resolution: 1080p
Field of View: 175% vertical
Works with: Alexa, HomeKit
Size: 5.3 x 1.9 x 1.1 inches
Wired/Battery: Yes/No
Package detection: Yes
Starting Storage Fee: $5/month/30 days video

Reasons to buy

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Package detection
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Integrates with Ecobee thermostat
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Works with Alexa and HomeKit (Google soon)
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Attractive

Reasons to avoid

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Subscription costs a little higher than the competition
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Wired-only

The Ecobee Smart Doorbell Camera is one of a very limited number of video doorbells that works with Apple's HomeKit. It's also the least expensive and most fully-featured of the bunch, too, with head-to-toe video and person and package detection. 

We really liked the image quality from the Ecobee, as well as the fact that we could answer the video doorbell not just from our phone, but also our Apple Watch and Amazon smart displays (Google support is in the works). Its package detection was also really helpful, as was a beta feature that automatically pans and zooms in on a subject as they approached our front door. 

Unlike the Logitech Circle View Doorbell, which lets you use your Apple iCloud account to store video, Ecobee requires that you use its own subscription service (starting at $5/month) if you want to save videos and have access to such features as package detection. That's not as competitive as some of the other video doorbells on this page, but it's the price you pay if you want something that works with HomeKit and has package detection.

Read our full Ecobee Smart Doorbell Camera review.

Best Arlo video doorbell

Arlo Essential Wireless Video Doorbell on door frame

Arlo Video Doorbell (Image credit: Tom's Guide)
Wireless video doorbell with package detection

Specifications

Video Resolution: 1536 x 1536
Field of View: 180 degrees (diagonal)
Works with: Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant
Size: 1.85 x 5.63 x 1.45 inches
Wired/Battery: Yes/Yes
Package detection: Yes
Starting Storage Fee: $3/month (single camera)