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Don't Buy smart video doorbells

We expose poor quality smart doorbells that have fuzzy video quality and barely even notice when someone arrives at your door. Don't waste your money on those smart doorbell duds.

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A smart video doorbell is designed to monitor what’s happening at your front door and alert you quickly if you have a visitor. A Don't Buy smart video doorbell will do none of that.

Nobody wants to buy a shiny new smart doorbell and have it installed, only to find out that it’s not up to the job of monitoring your home. 

Bad video doorbells will try your patience with fuzzy and distorted video quality that will leave you struggling to make out people’s faces and important details.

Our unique lab testing helps you save time and money by exposing the Don’t Buy smart doorbells, and the Best Buy models to purchase instead.

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Don’t Buy video doorbells will only ‘ding dong’ when your visitor is long gone.

What makes a Don't Buy smart doorbell?

Don’t Buy video doorbells will only ‘ding dong’ when your visitor is long gone.

That might sound like a sound-bite but actually one of our Don’t Buys didn’t alert us to what was happening right in front of its camera throughout the entirety of our testing.

From video quality that’s virtually unusable to mobile apps that barely work, these poor quality doorbells - from well-known brands and available at major retailers - are just not worth your money.

How we test smart doorbells

We test doorbells for how easy they are to set up and use. We also test whether their video quality is crisp and clear, both during the day and at night. If you need to use the video footage as evidence of a crime, it’s no use if it’s grainier than a VHS video tape.

We also assess whether the doorbells accurately pick up a range of events, such as people arriving, and if the doorbell alerts you promptly when someone rings the bell.

We put smart doorbells and their associated apps through a full security assessment, This includes whether they use strong passwords, encrypt your private information and protect you from basic hacking attacks. 

We also check whether a criminal can physically detach the doorbell from your home and steal it.

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