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Make the smart decision: Tips on finding the best video doorbell

Published 24th January 2023
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It's amazing how much a smart doorbell can change your daily life. Much more than just a chime, they come with a range of features that make it easier to keep an eye on your home, whether you're in or out.

But how do pick the right one for you? With the range of models now available, it can be difficult to decide, which is why we're going to run through the options in this handy blog.

What are smart doorbells?

Smart doorbells offer a range of features to make it easier to keep an eye on your home, so much so that it's perhaps one of the key defences in your home security setup. Unlike traditional doorbells, which only chime when someone is at the door, smart doorbells allow you to see who is at the door, talk to them, and even record footage of the visitor.

Find out more about the wide range of doorbells available with our helpful doorbell buying guide.

Key features to consider

When purchasing a smart doorbell, there are several features we'd recommend keeping in mind. These include:

Motion sensors: These detect motion at the door and can trigger alerts or recordings.

Two-way audio: This allows you to talk to whoever is at the door, no matter where you are, via your phone or smart device.

HD video: Most modern doorbells offer HD video, allowing you to get a clear view of whoever is at the door.

Night vision: Some doorbells offer night vision, so you can still see who is at the door, even in the dark.

Weather-proofing: Many have this, but if you don't have an overhang over your front door, it might be worth double-checking to prevent too much rain from pouring on your doorbell.

Use the feature filter on our doorbell range to see only those that have the features you need.

Top smart doorbell brands

When it comes to choosing the right smart doorbell for you, there are several options available. These include Ring, Arlo, Bryon, and Nest, with each offering a range of features and prices.

Ring doorbells: Ring took the doorbell market by storm and has a foothold as the most recognisable brand. You'll get motion sensors, HD video, two-way audio, and night vision, as well as weather-proofed smart video doorbells.

Arlo doorbells: These doorbells offer all the features of a Ring doorbell, including motion sensors, HD video, two-way audio, and night vision. They also provide an additional feature: facial recognition.

Bryon doorbells: These doorbells are a great option for those looking for something a bit more advanced. They offer all the features of an Arlo doorbell with the addition of a built-in alarm to ward off any unwelcome visitors.

Nest doorbells: Google's smart doorbell range has similar features to the other brands, but has the bonus of being Google assistant-compatible! That's especially handy if you've already invested in Google's other smart home devices.

Time to decide...

There are plenty of great options in our smart doorbell range that don't fall under these top brands, but if you want a product you know you can trust, a Ring doorbell is a very safe bet. If you want some more advanced features that provide additional home security, consider an Arlo doorbell or Byron doorbell.

Whether you pick one of those, a Nest doorbell or something entirely different, you can rest assured that you'll have a reliable and feature-packed smart doorbell that will keep your home secure with the great range available.

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