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2 November 2021

Top smart video doorbells for 2021

We've tested smart doorbells from Ring, Nest and other brands. See the best smart video doorbells to suit all budgets and needs, from cheap £50 doorbells to ones that cost well over £200.
Andrew Laughlin
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Acting like a digital concierge, a smart doorbell is a fantastic device for more conveniently managing visitors to your home. 

These internet-connected doorbells will alert you if a parcel has arrived, or if there is a suspicious looking character taking a keen interest in your car. 

We've tested smart video doorbells from all the big brands, including Ring, Nest, Arlo, Eufy and more. 

Ahead we showcase what you should watch out for when buying a cheaper doorbell under £200, and what spending a bit more gets you. Also, see the Best Buy and high scoring models that have aced our in-depth tests. 

Smart video doorbell reviews - See all the models we've tested and that will suit any needs and budget.

Best cheap smart doorbells

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You might baulk at the concept of spending hundreds of pounds on a smart doorbell. The models in the table below are slightly more friendly on your wallet, but without sacrificing on quality. 

At this price level, you can either choose a battery-powered doorbell, or one that requires mains power. They each have pros and cons - see our How to buy the best smart doorbell guide if you aren't sure which type is right for you. 

Another factor of video doorbells, including lower-priced models, is whether you'll need to sign up to a subscription in order to record video to watch remotely. This can add to your costs. 

Best smart doorbells under £200

  • 74%
    £174.99

    Although this doorbell isn't cheap to buy, it is an excellent product that offers good overall value for money. It did well in our testing and will act as an efficient digital concierge for your front door.

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  • 73%
    £160.00

    It's another hard-wired doorbell, so you'll need to consider installation. It will be worth it, though, as this doorbell impressed in our testing and will do a great job of safeguarding your front door.

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  • 73%
    £99.99

    Although it isn't exactly cheap, you'll love this battery-powered doorbell. It is simple to install, great to use and its picture quality is excellent.

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  • 70%
    £48.50

    You might need to pay someone to install this wired doorbell, but after that it is a breeze to use. It isn't quite good enough to join our Best Buys, but you get a lot of value for the price you'll pay.

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Best smart doorbells over £200    

If you're willing to spend a bit more on your smart doorbell, you'll typically get a model that is wired into mains power and an existing doorbell chime. 

Not only does that mean you won't need to worry about keeping its battery charged, but also you can potentially get a louder chime to sound inside your home. 

Brands such as Amazon also sell chime adaptors to make the ring louder if you have a large home.

More expensive doorbells also tend to be slimmer and more compact, meaning they can blend seamlessly into the exterior of your home. 

Best smart doorbells over £200

  • 76%
    £217.50

    The premium smart doorbell is a superb product and among the best that we have tested. You'll know the brand and love the design, but more importantly find it easy to use with good video quality and features.

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  • 71%
    £229.00

    You might double-take at the price of this smart doorbell, but you’ll like its slim and discrete design. That should help it more easily blend into your home and not look overly bulky. See how it fared in our testing by logging in if you’re already a member, or joining Which?.

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  • 71%
    £445.00

    Among the most expensive doorbells we’ve tested, this slick and stylish model will appeal if you’re conscious of exterior design at your home. It blends almost seamlessly into your door and so will appear more discreet than most cheaper models. Read our full review to see what else you get from this pricey video doorbell.

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  • 69%
    £189.99

    It isn't good enough to join our Best Buys, but there is a lot of like about this smart doorbell from a well-known brand. It is well designed, looks good, and functions effectively as a digital guard dog for your home.

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Smart doorbell brands 

Ring doorbells: Amazon's Ring is the most popular and well-known smart doorbell brand. It offers a wide range of doorbells, from the Ring Doorbell Wired at around £50, right up to the top-end Elite that costs more than £400. Another cost to consider with a Ring doorbell is video storage, as this requires an additional monthly subscription. Find out more in our Ring doorbells guide

Nest doorbells: Google's smart home brand Nest used to have just one smart doorbell, the Nest Hello, but now it has two models: the Nest Doorbell (wired), which uses mains power, and the Nest Doorbell (battery). As with Ring, some functionality on the doorbell requires a subscription plan.

Arlo doorbells: Alongside wireless security cameras, Arlo makes two smart doorbells: a wired version that uses mains power and a battery-powered version. Video storage requires a subscription just as with Ring and Nest, but an Arlo doorbell could still appeal if it fares well in our testing. 

Eufy doorbells: Eufy makes a range of smart products, including the Eufy Video Doorbell. Unlike the Ring, Arlo and Nest models, an advantage is that you can store video clips for free via a local storage device. That means you won't necessarily have to pay for video storage. 

Netatmo doorbells: French smart home company Netatmo's smart doorbell is one of the more expensive models we've tested. With a stylish look, though, it should appeal to anyone with an eye for design. Head over to our smart doorbell reviews to see how it fared under in-depth testing.