Which? Best Buy smart video doorbells
The best smart video doorbells will quickly alert you when visitors come to your home, whether they’re friends or family, or unwanted intruders. Our tests unearth the smart doorbells that are worth buying.
How we uncover the best smart doorbells
Our in-depth tests have exposed smart video doorbells that are not up to the job of being a digital receptionist for your home.
They struggle to capture high quality and useful video footage, at both day and night times, and sometimes don’t even alert you that someone is at the door.
Best Buy doorbells are the exact opposite - they give you the clearest view of visitors, and are valuable allies in monitoring your home.
We put smart video doorbells through the same set of rigorous tests, helping us highlight which are the best, and which are the worst. Don't end up peering at video footage that's too fuzzy to see, or having an awful app that's frustrating to use.
Our tests cover a range of areas, including;
- Video quality: We assess doorbell video quality in a range of lighting conditions, from bright sunshine to complete darkness (via night vision). Our experts examine whether the colours remain vibrant, important details crisp and easy to make out, and motion smooth in all conditions.
- Installation and ease of use: our tests assess how simple it is to get the doorbell installed in your home, whether you do it yourself or hire a professional. We then assess how simple the mobile app is to use and whether it has useful features, such as multiple people being able to use the app at the same time.
- Security: Our in-depth test programme assesses how effectively the doorbells protect you from hacking attacks and snoopers. We report any major security flaws we discover to the manufacturers. If they don’t fix them, we’ll warn you not to buy the smart video doorbell as it could risk your privacy and security.
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How we uncover the best smart video doorbells
Alongside all the above areas, our testing is designed to not only unearth the best smart video doorbells, but also do it in a way that reflects real life.
We fully assess the notifications, features, functions and options available to you in order to discover the models that tick all the right boxes.
Our core testing doesn’t factor in the price of the doorbell, so all models have the same chance to become a Best Buy, regardless of how much - or little - they cost.
However, our reviews will also flag any notable issues that you need to consider when making your buying decision, such as if a subscription is required to record video and access it remotely.
- Motion detection: We use a range of bespoke tests to assess how effectively the doorbells detect when someone is arriving at the door. Good doorbells will spot someone at the bottom of the drive, while bad ones will struggle even when they are right in front of the camera. We also check the notifications messages you are sent to see if it's clear what you need to do.
- Theft protection: Alongside checking on how effectively the doorbell and its app protect you from hackers, we also see how easy it is to physically steal the doorbell from your home. Some doorbells can be detached with just simple tools, meaning someone could steal one or just stop it from working while they burgle your home.
- Subscription: Many smart doorbells require you to sign up to a subscription, billed either monthly or annually, to record video clips in case you need to use them later. While this does not impact on the doorbell’s overall score, we will detail this in the reviews so you're aware of the overall costs of the doorbell before you buy it.
Smart doorbell reviews you can trust
We test a wide range of smart video doorbells, but the Amazon-owned Ring is the market leader. We’ve tested the entire Ring range, from the cheapest Ring Doorbell (2nd Gen) to the high-end Ring Elite. You’ll also find other tested smart doorbells from brands such as Nest, Arlo and Eufy.
Smart doorbells range in price from around £50 to more than £300, so there’s plenty to choose from depending on your needs and budget. If you’re not sure what type of smart doorbell is right for your home, head over to our smart doorbell advice guides to help you choose.
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