Best Wireless Doorbells Reviews

After we’ve discussed several of the best wireless doorbells products before, I decided to put up a big list of currently available products of the market. Hopefully, after we went through this guide together, you can make a better purchase decision for your wireless doorbell.

While by doing a review of each individual product, you can understand the product better as I went through them, today we will see the products from a bigger picture, comparing them to each other after we’ve understood the important features and qualities of wireless doorbells.

What I first want to clear up is, that not all wireless doorbells can be considered ‘smart’, and vice versa, sometimes smart doorbells are also not wireless. To clear this common misconception, let us first discuss the common types of doorbell products that are available on the market, and how can we categorize a doorbell in the ‘smart’ category.

Types of Doorbell

Here, we will cover each general types of doorbells briefly, to understand better how can we categorize a product in the ‘smart’ category.

Without further ado, here are several types you can find on the market:

Wired Doorbells

The oldest, and still most commonly found type in any household. The door ringer is hard-wired to the household’s main electrical system. The push button is usually connected to a transformer through a terminal and is wired to either a metal chime or digital chime.

The main advantage of this type? Other than being very affordable and common, who doesn’t love the sound of traditional metal chimes?

Wireless Doorbells

When everything goes wireless nowadays, so does your doorbell. It is a common misconception that all wireless doorbells are smart doorbells, and vice versa, while it’s absolutely not the case.

The main criterion to put a doorbell in the wireless category is that the doorbell will connect to its chime system (could be metal chimes, but usually digital) through radio waves. Usually, the button came with a built-in battery, eliminating the need to wire it to your main electrical system. Their main benefits? Very easy to install because you won’t need any wiring.

Video Doorbells

A video doorbell can be wired or wireless, and can either be categorized to the smart category or not, but their main criterion is that the button/switch will be accompanied with a digital camera, and thus you can see who’s pushing the button in your TV, PC, laptop, and lately even smartphones. The advantage? Obviously, visibility.

Smart Doorbells

Now we’ve come to the main topic of our discussion. How then can a doorbell be categorized to the ‘smart’ category? When a lot of products are using ‘smart’ as purely marketing jargon without capturing the essence, for me, a smart doorbell must have these qualities:

  • The ability to access your Wi-Fi network
  • Integration with a mobile app, so that the doorbell can connect to your smartphone
  • Ability to feed video to your smartphone through many means (live streaming, on-demand, record and playback, etc.)
  • Ability to do two-way communication with the visitor through the mobile app

Other features besides those three can be considered a bonus, and to keep in mind, not all smart doorbells are wireless. In fact, many of the top smart doorbells product are strictly wired.

After we’ve understood the types of doorbells, and after we’ve defined the criterions of a smart doorbell, let’s move on to the important features of a smart doorbell, and how it may cater to your needs.

Features of Smart Doorbells

Although there are literally countless of features we can find in so many smart doorbell products available, here are some notable features you should look for:

Video Quality

There are generally two factors that will determine the video quality of your doorbell: the resolution, and the frame rate.

In this era of high-definition (HD) resolutions, the newest smart doorbell products have also attained HD resolutions, starting from 720p (1280 x 720 pixels per inch), 960p (1280x 960 pixels per inch), and even the full HD 1080p (1280 x1080 pixels per inch) resolutions.

Frame rate, on the other hand, will determine the smoothness of the motions in the video. Frame rates often expressed in fps (frame per second) or Hertz. The higher the frames you get per second, the smoother the video will be. Common frame rates you can find in smart doorbell products are 24 fps (or simply 24p), 30p, and 60p.

Sound Quality

There are many factors that can determine a gadget’s sound quality. But in smart doorbells’ case, the biggest factor that will affect their sound quality is the noise cancellation technology.

Your doorbell button can be placed in an area with a lot of noise disturbance, either from passing cars, winds, and many others, and a good noise cancellation technology will ensure clear two-way communications with your visitor.

Mobile App Interface

Being a ‘smart’ doorbell, the quality of the mobile app will be a great factor that will determine the overall quality of the product. Again, although there are countless factors that might be considered, here are some that you might consider:

– Latency/Lag

A laggy app would, of course, affects the overall usefulness of the smart doorbell product and would be an important factor to consider.

– Ease of Use

Ever used an overly complicated app? I think we all did. The app must fulfill its purpose while maintaining its ease of use.

Features

The apps between different products can have different features in both quantities and qualities. How useful the features to serve the overall purpose of the doorbell will be an important factor.

After we’ve learned about the important features that could be used as determining factors in your purchase decision, let’s discuss some of the available products in the market.

I know some of you prefer other types of doorbells over smart ones due to simplicity, and probably cost, thus I’ll also include what I considered the best of doorbell products available across all types.

In no particular order, here are the ten.

10 Top Rated Wireless & Video Doorbells Reviews

Ring Video Doorbell Pro

Being the PRO version, we can expect superior features and performance compared to the Ring Video Doorbell, so the big question is whether the extra features can justify the $50 price upgrade.

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We have also covered the ring pro review, and you can read it here.

Reviewing again, here are some of the notable features of the Ring Video Doorbell PRO:

Pros:

  • 1080p full HD video quality, one of the best doorbell cameras in the market
  • Better motion detection sensor with a customizable field of view
  • Live streaming on demand
  • Infrared night vision technology
  • Great mobile app integration and performance
  • Excellent audio quality

Cons:

  • No built-in battery
  • No third-party integration
  • Complicated installation especially if you don’t have existing wiring
  • Subscription fee for cloud storage

Bottom Line

For me, the Ring PRO is a huge upgrade from its original version and does perform a lot better in some areas.

However, whether the upgrade will be worth of your extra $50, we’ll let you judge for yourself.

Overall, the Ring Video Doorbell Pro is one of the best video doorbell products available in the market right now, and is a great addition to your household if you’re looking for a smart doorbell product.

Ring Video Doorbell

Ring is one of the pioneer, and the biggest name in the smart doorbell industry. They offered two products, the Ring Video Doorbell, and the newer and superior PRO version for roughly a $50 price difference.

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We have covered both versions in our previous review, and you can read about the ring video doorbell review here.

Reviewing, here are some of the qualities that I liked and didn’t like from the product:

Pros:

  • One of the cheapest smart doorbell product available
  • Built in battery, so easier and more flexible installation
  • 720p video quality, great value for its price
  • Infrared night vision mode
  • Motion detector
  • Great mobile app integration and performance
  • Excellent audio quality

Cons:

  • Only supports 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi Band
  • No live stream on-demand feature
  • No third party integration
  • Subscription fee for cloud storage

Bottom Line

Ring Video Doorbell is a great product for its value, and some of the issues found are tackled by the PRO version for a $50 price difference.

Its main plus point is its built-in battery feature, so you can install the Ring Video Doorbell without an existing wired setup. Overall, a great value for a great product.

Skybell HD Wi-Fi Video Doorbell

The Skybell HD is one of the best selling smart doorbell products for a reason: it has one of the best video quality (full HD 1080p), great features, and especially, its third party integration with interfaces such as Amazon’s Alexa, IFTTT protocol, and many more.skybell-hd-doorbellFor my full Skybell HD review, you can go here.

Pros:

  • 1080p HD video, one of the best doorbell camera available
  • One of the best night vision technology compared to its competitors
  • Free cloud recording and playback
  • Motion detector
  • Great sound quality
  • Third party integration through IFTTT and other protocols, a great value

Cons:

  • Mobile app sometimes laggy and unresponsive
  • Audio quality is decent, but not the best
  • Strictly wired, no built-in battery
  • Only supports 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi Band

Bottom Line

Skybell HD performed great in almost every category, but its main real value for me is its third party integration. The mobile app sometimes is laggy, but they continuously improve through updates.

The free cloud storage feature is also a very great value. Overall, the Skybell HD is a great product, and it’s fairly priced to give a great overall value.

August Doorbell Cam

Type: Smart

We came to the first smart doorbell on this list. I have done an in-depth review of the August Doorbell before, and in case you haven’t read it, you can read it here.

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Doing a quick august doorbell cam review¬†as a smart doorbell came with a 960p video quality, decent sound quality, and what I really liked the most is its integration with August’s own smart lock system.

Pros:

  • 960p HD video quality
  • On-demand video streaming
  • Great futuristic design
  • Great mobile app integration and performance, almost no latency/lag issues

Cons:

  • No built-in motion detector
  • No true night-vision technology, use low-light technology to provide nighttime video
  • Bulky, square design might not fit several door frames
  • No built-in battery, so have to be wired to your electrical system
  • No recording feature

Bottom Line

The main plus point of the August Video Doorbell, as mentioned, is its unique futuristic design and its integration with August Smart Lock.

The video and sound quality are decent, 960p is more than enough for a bright, clear video quality for your smartphone viewing.

Overall, a very decent product especially if you like an over-the-top, unique design.

Jacob Jensen Wireless Doorbell

Jacob Jensen Design is a distinguished industrial and product design company, offering a wide range of high-end products with astonishing designs.

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The Jacob Jensen Wireless Doorbell’s design is award-winning and awe-inspiring, but would it be only an empty shell without useful features?

The product does come with a 450-feet connectivity range, very easy to install, and comes with specially composed ringtones, including door knock sound (which is pretty great!) and a low-frequency tune for those with hearing difficulties.

Pros:

  • Great, award-winning design in both visual and sound
  • High-Quality material
  • Very durable
  • Excellent sound quality
  • 450-feet connectivity range
  • Easy to install, and totally wireless (can use additional wired adaptor if necessary)

Cons:

  • More expensive than other products with similar features

Bottom Line

The Jacob Jensen Wireless Doorbell is a high-end product with excellent design in both audio and visual, and if you don’t mind spending more for a great design, this one is for you and i think is the best wireless doorbell without video.

The material used are of high-quality, and overall very durable and reliable. Would the design justify its price? We’ll let you be the judge.

Honeywell RCWL300A1006

Type: Wireless

Another one by Honeywell, with roughly the same price range as the RDWL917AX2000/E (again, I hate their product naming). The RCWL300A1006 comes with a few different features compared to the RDWL917AX2000/E.

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While it loses the downloadable MP3 ringtone feature, and can only connect to its transmitters within a 225-feet range compared to 450 (extender available), the RCWL300A1006 can connect to up to three transmitters of different types including motion detectors and door contact sensors.

Pros:

  • Professional design with three visual alert icons
  • Great sound quality
  • 225-feet connectivity range, with additional extender option
  • Can connect to up to three transmitters at once, from doorbell switches to motion detectors to door contact sensors

Cons:

  • Only three selection of chime sounds
  • Batteries not included, will need three AA batteries

Bottom Line

The main feature of this product is its ability to connect to different type of sensors and is generally a lot more affordable than smart doorbells that have a built-in motion detector feature.

If you are looking to install a motion detector doorbell or door contact sensor, this product will cater to your needs at an affordable price.

Honeywell RDWL917AX2000/E Series 9

Type: Wireless

Honeywell, as one of the biggest name in electronics manufacturers, has been well known with its doorbell products for quite some time now. The Series 9 RDWL917AX2000/E (I hate their product naming), has a unique feature where you can use your own MP3s as its ringtone and is certainly one of the biggest values in getting this product.

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Besides the custom MP3 ringtone feature, the RDWL917AX2000/E also comes with a halo-light visual alert, which can be useful for some cases.The connectivity range is up to 450-feet, 8 built-in ringtones, and have semi-smart features such as sleep mode, mute, and a simple scheduler so you can make it stay silent at certain hours.

Pros:

  • The downloadable MP3 feature
  • One of the best looking and most durable wireless doorbell available
  • Sound very high-quality compared to its competition
  • Can be used portable or wall-mounted
  • 7 custom LED halo alert
  • 450-feet connectivity range
  • Easy installation
  • The mute scheduler can be very useful, as well as its sleep mode

Cons:

  • 4C batteries not included
  • A little more expensive than other products, would the extra features justify the price? It’s up to you

Bottom Line

One of the best features you can find in a wireless doorbell product. Great quality materials and excellent sound quality.

If you are looking for a simple and affordable wireless doorbell with a little more extra features, this one is for you.

GE Battery-Operated Wireless Door Chime with 2 Pushbuttons

Type: Wireless

Would the big name of GE guarantee a great product? Being a totally wireless doorbell, the transmitter can connect to the chime for a maximum range of 150 feet. The built-in battery is also great, and so does the 8 ringtone selection.

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Very easy to install, and being a GE product, very durable and reliable compared to its competitors.

Here are some of the notable features of the product:

Pros:

  • Very durable
  • Great price, one of the most competitive in the business
  • 8 ringtone selection with adjustable volume
  • Great signal connectivity
  • 2 remote transmitters and 1 chime included

Cons:

  • Design a bit too generic for my taste (of course, it’s subjective)
  • 3C batteries must be purchased separately, and not too very informative on that

Bottom Line

Overall, the product is very decent and served its purpose well. Living up to the big name of GE, the product is very reliable and quite durable compared to similar products. As mentioned, make sure to purchase three C batteries if you decided to purchase this one.

I found the reliability its biggest plus point, and it’s very easy to install. I’d definitely recommend it if you’re looking for a simple and affordable wireless bell from a trusted manufacturer.

SadoTech Model CXR Wireless Doorbell

Type: Wireless doorbell

The Sadotech Model CXR is one of the best selling wireless doorbell products in 2016, especially because of its simplicity and affordability. Being a wireless doorbell, the remote transmitter is connected to the chime through a dedicated radio frequency. One thing to note is the signal strength is very strong, even in a spacious house and thick, even steel walls.

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Here are some of the notable features of the product:

Pros:

  • Easy installation
  • 52 ringtone selections with adjustable volume level
  • Sleek, modern design
  • Weatherproof and can be used both indoor and outdoor
  • 2 chime units and 1 transmitter included in the package
  • Affordable price, great value

Cons:

  • No built-in battery for the for, so has to be plugged into an electrical outlet (could be a hindrance in hard-to-reach areas)
  • Durability can be an issue, handle with care

Bottom Line

The product is very simple, great design, and excellent connectivity. If you are looking for a simple wireless doorbell, this product is a best seller throughout 2016 for a reason.

If you don’t have any existing wiring available, getting this product will solve your problem easily. Very easy installation and decent overall features.

NuTone LA11WH Decorative Wired Two-Note Door Chime

Type: Wired

If you are looking for a simple, wired doorbell to replace your old ones, the NuTone LA11WH will be a nice upgrade. Assuming you already have an existing wiring for your old wired doorbell, installing the NuTone LA11WH will be a breeze, you will only need to connect 3 wires, and voila, it’s ready to go.

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Pros:

  • Great, modern looking design
  • Two selection of classic metal chime sounds, which I know will be important for some of us
  • Can be connected to two separate switches for two different doors, each with different chime sounds, useful so you will always know where the visitor is
  • Easy installation if you already have an existing wiring setup
  • Very affordable

Cons:

  • Need to purchase additional transformer
  • No built-in battery so is strictly wired setup
  • Durability issues, need to handle with care

Bottom Line

The Nutone LA11WH is a very simple wired doorbell that will be a nice upgrade to your existing one. The classic metal chime along with its modern and sleek design is definitely plus points, along with its affordable price tag.

Very easy to install if you have an existing wiring setup. If you are planning to get a smart doorbell, some of them also won’t include a chime, so you can get this product to complement.

Overall, it’s a very decent product and its simplicity fulfilled its purpose well.

Head-to-Head Comparison of Smart Doorbell Products

To help you understand the differences between the four doorbells, and to help you make a better purchase decision, we’ll do some head-to-head comparisons for different products.

Let’s start with the easiest, and arguably the most important one: Ring Video Doorbell VS its PRO version

Ring VS Ring Pro

As we’ve mentioned, being a PRO version from the same company, it’s obvious that the PRO version will be better in both quality and performance, compared to its original/vanilla version.

However, the true question is whether the PRO version is worth of the extra $50. To understand the differences better, let’s look at the table below.

Video Quality

The video camera quality between the two version, 720p can 1080p can matter a lot if you are using a larger, high definition device such as a high-end tablet or even your smart TV.

However, for a smartphone viewing, honestly, it will be hard to notice the difference.

Sound Quality

Roughly similar to each other, and both are excellent quality. The noise cancellation technology found in both versions is among the best in the business. You can expect clear and crisp two-way communications anytime.

Motion Detection

The PRO is a clear winner in this area, since its ability to use customized shape. The custom drawing is also relatively easy to do.

Installation

The original/vanilla version is a clear winner on this one. By itself, the installation process of the Ring Video Doorbell PRO is already complicated since you’ll need to install the Ring Pro Power Kit (read our Ring PRO review for a more in-depth guide and discussion).

However, due to the built-in battery feature on the vanilla version, it’s a lot easier to install, since you can eliminate the need for a wired setup.

Night Vision

It is slightly better on the PRO version and is noticeable if your front porch (or wherever the product is installed) is relatively dark.

Conclusion

I’d personally recommend upgrading to the PRO version because the features are noticeably better. However, if your house doesn’t have an existing wiring, you might want to go with the original Ring Video Doorbell, because it will be a lot easier to install.

Skybell HD vs Ring Pro

Both Ring Doorbell Pro and Skybell HD came with 1080p full HD video camera, and both are among the best in term of video quality.

With other similar features to each other, we can generally assume that the Ring Video Doorbell Pro and the Skybell HD Wi-Fi Doorbell is a direct competition to each other.

Although both are of similar 1080p full HD video quality, I found that the overall quality found in the Skybell HD is slightly better.

The frame rate is similar on paper with 30fps, however, I found that the videos tend to run smoother on Skybell HD. The field of view of Skybell HD’s camera is also wider, at 180 degrees VS Ring PRO’s 160 degrees.

However, the difference between Skybell vs Ring¬†doorbell each other’s video quality is not that significant, and both are of excellent quality.

Sound Quality

This time, the Ring PRO is a clear winner. Ring PRO has a superior noise cancellation technology, and overall integration with the mobile app is also better, enhancing the audio transmission.

Night Vision

The Skybell HD’s night vision mode uses a better technology, and thus the result is also better.

Motion Detection

Ring PRO wins not only because of its customizable field feature but in general, the motion detector is more responsive.

Cloud Storage

Skybell HD is a clear winner here, simply because the cloud storage service is free, which is a great added value.

Third Party Integration

If you have devices like Amazon’s Alexa or Nest Cam, using Skybell HD is the way to go. Skybell HD offers a wide range of third-party integrations including the IFTTT feature.

Conclusion

It’s honestly a tough choice to choose between the two, as both are excellent in terms of quality, and pricing also similar to each other.

I’d probably choose the Skybell HD because I need the third-party integration with my Alexa. However, Skybell HD only supports the 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi band, which might be an issue for some.

Ring Pro VS August Doorbell Cam

Where Ring PRO vs Skybell HD was a close call because they are both so similar, the August HD offers somewhat different features and values compared to Ring PRO.

Keep in mind that the August Doorbell is a little bit older, and also cheaper (closer to vanilla Ring Doorbell’s price tag).

With a clear difference of 960p in August and 1080p in Ring Pro, the Ring Pro is a clear winner in this category.

Installation

August Doorbell Cam is a lot easier to install since the Ring PRO incorporates complicated installation of PRO Power Kit or PRO Power Cable.

Audio Quality

Hands down, the Ring PRO is a clear winner, their noise cancellation technology is simply excellent.

App Integration

August has an overall better mobile app. Less lag updated frequently and performed better than Ring’s.

Conclusion

With more features and better overall quality, Ring Video Doorbell PRO is a clear winner in this head-to-head comparison.

However, remember that their price tags are of a significant difference to each other. The August Doorbell also has a unique design that might be appealing for some.

End Words

We are reaching the end of this guide, and hopefully, you’ve learned the different types of doorbells, the notable features, and the best products available that might help you make a better purchase decision.

Remember that your needs will always be unique, and different products can cater one’s needs better than the others. Determine your needs and priorities first before making any purchase decision.

August has an overall better mobile app. Less lag updated frequently and performed better than Ring’s.

Conclusion

With more features and better overall quality, Ring Video Doorbell PRO is a clear winner in this head-to-head comparison.

However, remember that their price tags are of a significant difference to each other. The August Doorbell also has a unique design that might be appealing for some.

We are reaching the end of this guide, and hopefully, you’ve learned the different types of doorbells, the notable features, and the best products available that might help you make a better purchase decision.

Remember that your needs will always be unique, and different products can cater one’s needs better than the others. Determine your needs and priorities first before making any purchase decision.

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