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Best Video Doorbells 2019 – Ultimate Buying Guide and Reviews

One of the greatest inventions for those wanting to avoid their neighbors, securely survey their front door and ensure package delivery is the video doorbell. Video doorbells are changing how we interface with visitors that come to our home, the random door to door salesperson, and potentially package thieves.

10 years ago a video doorbell was a dream for the paranoid and antisocial, now they are commonplace for all types of people. Video doorbells allow people to see who is on the front door, communicate via 2-way audio, monitor their package delivery, and more all via their smartphone.

There’s a vast array of video doorbells to choose from and picking the one that works best can feel like searching for hay in a needlestack. This guide will compare and contrast the differences and similarities between some of the best selling video doorbells available in 2019.

The 6 Best Doorbells For 2019

Aunex Video Doorbell

About the Video Doorbell

The Aunex video doorbell is a video doorbell that films in 720p HD and has night vision capabilities. The Aunex video doorbell has motion sensing technology that will automatically start filming when motion is detected and send alerts to the owner’s smartphone. The motion sensor can be adjusted from high, medium, low, and off. The camera has a 166-degree wide-angle lens.

This video doorbell connects to WiFi via the 2.4GHz wavelength and connects to the owner’s phone via the UBell app. The Aunex video doorbell comes with a 16GB SD card and is upgradeable to 32GB. Cloud storage is also available on the UBell app for those that want more storage space.

The video doorbell has is splashproof with an IP42 rating. This model can be wired in via AC input but also comes with as 2 rechargeable 18650 batteries allowing the user to choose between hardwiring or recharging the batteries.

To recharge the batteries the doorbell must be removed from the wallmount and charged via micro USB. If the doorbell is removed from the wall mount an alert will be sent to the owner’s smartphone.

The Aunex video doorbell also has two-way talk capabilities. This allows visitors to speak to the owner via the doorbell. The owner can respond with their voice as well by speaking to their phone which transmits the audio back through the doorbell speaker.

A 45-day money-back guarantee and a 2-year warranty are included with purchase. The cost of the Aunex video doorbell is about US$72.99.

Our Thoughts

Best Doorbell

This video doorbell has all the bells and whistles expected from a video doorbell. For the price of US$72.99, this doorbell isn’t cheap and it isn’t expensive either.

A 2-year warranty is very reassuring especially since the IP42 rating is not the best for water resistance.  We would prefer a better IP rating in the IP60+ range for a video doorbell.

For a video doorbell, 720p HD video is adequate along with the 166-degree wide-angle video capability. The anti-theft alarm is also an excellent feature for peace of mind.

However, the battery life for this device could be better. Many users have found they’ve needed to plug this device in to make it work efficiently around the clock.

The Pros

  • 2-Year Warranty
  • Internal Video Storage

The Cons

  • Low IP Rating
  • Mediocre Battery Life

Ring Video Doorbell

About the Video Doorbell

Ring is an American home security company owned by Amazon, the latter I am sure you have heard of before. Ring manufactures an array of smart security products including, motion cameras, video doorbells, smart lighting, and security systems. Ring was purchased in 2018 by Amazon for US$1 billion.

Since Ring is owned by Amazon, this Ring video doorbell is fully integrated with Amazon’s Alexa. That means that when someone presses the doorbell or the motion sensors are activated, the owner is notified via their Echo device. The owner can also speak to their visitors at the doorbell via their Echo.

Apps can be installed on smartphones and computers allowing the owners to view their doorbell camera, receive alerts, and speak to visitors. The Ring video doorbell connects to WiFi via the 2.4GHz frequency.

The Ring video doorbell can be hardwired into the house or use a rechargeable battery for power. The internal battery is charged by removing the doorbell from the wallmount and charged via micro USB. The doorbell will alert the owner on their smartphone when the battery is running low.

The Ring video doorbell costs about US$99.99. A 1-year warranty is included with purchase. If stolen the Ring video doorbell will always be replaced free of charge for life.

The camera has a 180-degree horizontal view along with a 160-degree vertical view. The camera captures 720p HD and infrared night vision.

Our Thoughts

Nest Video Doorbell

US$99.99 dollars isn’t expensive for a video doorbell, but it isn’t cheap either. For the price, we would have liked to see more water resistance from this doorbell. 720p HD is good but for US$99.99, we would like to see 1080p.

One of the main drawbacks of this device is the lack of video storage via the SD card. All video storage is hosted on the cloud which costs US$3.00 a month. This isn’t expensive but we would like to see an internal storage option since Ring’s cheaper competitors offer internal storage.

A 1-year warranty is reassuring for this device but a longer warranty should be provided due to the expense of this device. However, lifetime replacements due to theft is an excellent feature included with purchase.

The Pros

  • Integrated With Echo Devices
  • 1-Year Warranty

The Cons

  • No Internal Video Storage
  • US$3/mo Cloud Storage Fee
  • No IP Rating

Mbuynow Video Doorbell

About the Video Doorbell

The Mbuynow video doorbell is the first in this guide to feature 1080p HD camera quality. For the price of around US$75.99, this is an excellent deal for the 1080p quality. The camera has a 170-degree wide-angle lens.

Two-way audio is supported, with audio coming from the doorbell to the owner’s smartphone. Noise cancellation is also included with the 2-way audio, allowing the user to hear voices more clearly.

52 different doorbell sounds are included along with 4 volume options. The motion controls settings can be set to high, medium, and low. Alerts are sent to the owner’s smartphone whenever the doorbell is rung or motion is sensed. The camera is capable of using infrared night vision.

The doorbell can be remotely accessed via smartphone on the Ubell app. When the Mbuynow video doorbell is removed from the wall mount, the owner is immediately notified on their smartphone. This video doorbell connects to WiFi via the 2.4GHz band.

Up to 64GB of storage via SD card is supported but an SD card is not included with purchase. 2 rechargeable 18650 batteries are included with purchase. The batteries may be charged via micro USB on the back of the video doorbell. A 2-year warranty is included with purchase.

Our Thoughts

Nest Hello Video Doorbell

This video doorbell packs quite the amount of features for around US$75.99. The previous video doorbells covered in this guide only had 720p camera quality while being similarly priced or more expensive. The Mbuynow video doorbell comes with 1080p camera quality, outpacing the competition.

An SD card should be included with purchase. Since the SD card isn’t included with purchase it makes it easier to push the owner into purchasing cloud storage. This video doorbell could use stronger batteries as well. The Mbuynow video doorbell also lacks an IP rating, something all video doorbells should have.

However, similar to the Aunex video doorbell, the Mbuynow video doorbell has a 2-year warranty making up for the lack of IP rating.

The Pros

  • 2-Year Warranty
  • 1080p HD

The Cons

  • No IP Rating
  • Mediocre Battery Life
  • No SD Card Included w/Purchase

MOUNTDOG M3 Video Doorbell

About the Video Doorbell

Next up we have the MOUNTDOG M3 video doorbell. This video doorbell has many similarities with the previous models covered in this guide but one of its defining features is the free and relatively unlimited cloud storage. Why we say “relatively unlimited” is because the footage is only kept for 7 days in the cloud.

Though video storage will only be stored for 7 days in the cloud, the MOUNTDOG M3 has internal storage as well. A 16GB SD card is included with purchase and can be expanded up to 32GB with a corresponding SD card.

As with most video doorbells, the MOUNTDOG M3 films in 720p HD and has a 166-degree wide-angle lens. The live video stream can be accessed at any time from the owner’s smartphone by connecting to the 2.4GHz WiFi band.

2-way audio is supported with noise cancellation, effectively removing background noise so that the owner can hear visitors clearly at the door. Night vision is also supported along with motion sensing technology. The motion sensor can be set to low, medium, or high.

Whenever the motion sensor or doorbell is rung, the owner will be notified via their smartphone. The cost of the MOUNTDOG M3 is around US$65.99. The M3 can be hardwired or powered by 2 18650 rechargeable batteries. An indoor chime is included with purchase.

Our Thoughts

Ring Doorbell Camera

The MOUNTDOG M3 has many of the same features of its brethren in this guide but the most unique feature that sets itself apart from the rest is the quasi-unlimited cloud storage. Thought this isn’t truly unlimited storage but having the option for FREE 7-day cloud storage is an excellent feature.

18650 batteries are synonymous with video doorbells and we’d like to see video doorbells with better batteries. The less time spent charging a video doorbell means the more time it has to do its job. Without stronger batteries, we’d recommend hardwiring this and all other models.

The MOUNTDOG M3 has no water, weather, or IP rating explicitly stated, nor is any sort of warranty or money-back guarantee promised with purchase.

The Pros

  • 7-Day Cloud Storage
  • 16GB SD Card Included w/Purchase

The Cons

  • Mediocre Battery Life
  • No IP Rating
  • No Warranty

OnLyee Video Doorbell

About the Video Doorbell

OnLyee produces an array of products including alarm clocks, camcorders, and of course video doorbells. The OnLyee video doorbell films in 1080p HD with a 170-degree wide-angle lens, allowing for excellent video quality.

Unlimited Amazon Cloud Services is included with purchase allowing footage to be stored on the cloud for up to 7 days, similar the MOUNTDOG M3. All footage that is captured due to motion or the doorbell being rung will be automatically stored to the cloud.

Multiple smartphones may be simultaneously connected to the OnLyee video doorbell, allowing the whole family access to the goings-on the video doorbell records. Night Vision and motion sensor are included.

Just as previous video doorbells, the OnLyee will notify all connected devices when the doorbell is rung or motion has been detected. 2-way audio communication is supported via smartphone. Noise cancellation is utilized making audio communication clear.

The 2.4GHz WiFi band must be used in order to connect to the video doorbell via smartphone. An indoor chime pad is included with purchase, the chime pad will indeed chime when the doorbell is rung. SD cards are supported but not included with purchase. Can support up to 128GB of storage on an SD card.

As will all previous video doorbells, the OnLyee comes with 2 18650 rechargeable batteries along with the capability to be hardwired. The cost of this particular doorbell is about US$83.99 and a 1-year warranty is included with purchase. This doorbell is waterproof with an IP65 rating.

Our Thoughts

Works With Nest Products

This video doorbell packs many features while still being cheaper than its competitors. With 1080p HD video recording and an IP65 rating, this video doorbell makes the price of US$83.99 extremely worth it.

As with all previous video doorbells, this particular model should also be hardwired in to maximize the efficacy without having to charge it. The access to Amazon Cloud Services is also an excellent feature despite the 7 day limit to the storage however up to 128GB of SD storage is still a viable option.

The Pros

  • 1080p HD
  • IP65 Rating
  • 7-Day Cloud Storage
  • 1-Year Warranty

The Cons

  • Mediocre Battery Life
  • No SD Card Included w/Purchase

NewPal Video Doorbell

About the Video Doorbell

Finally, we have the NewPal video doorbell. The NewPal video doorbell records video in 1080p HD and has a 166-degree wide-angle lens. As with all previous video doorbells, the NewPal is capable of recording video at night with its night vision. Motionsense technology is also included.

No SD card is included with purchase but the NewPal video doorbell supports up to 32GB of SD card storage along with cloud storage. The cloud storage only lasts 24 to 48 hours before the recordings are automatically deleted.

As with all previous models, 2-way audio is included, allowing the owner to speak to their visitors via their smartphone and NewPal video doorbell. Alerts will be sent to the owner’s smartphone when the doorbell is rung or motion is detected. A chime pad for indoors is included with purchase.

The 2.4GHz WiFi band must be used when connecting the NewPal to WiFi. The app used for interfacing with the NewPal over a smartphone is XSH cam. 2 18650 rechargeable batteries are included with purchase. The NewPal can be hardwired for power supply.

The cost of the NewPal can range from US$51.99 to US$79.99, nearly a US$30 difference. No money-back guarantee or warranty is explicitly provided.

Our Thoughts

Does Ring Work With Nest

If bought at US$51.99, then the NewPal video doorbell is one of the best models covered in this guide due to its cloud storage and 1080p HD. However, for the price of US$79.99 the lack of SD card, IP rating, and limited cloud storage detract greatly from this model.

No warranty and money-back guarantee isn’t reassuring, especially if one is paying US$79.99 for this video doorbell. All in all this doorbell has few features that set it apart from its brethren, however, if purchased for US$51.99, making it one of the cheapest video doorbells with 1080p HD.

The Pros

  • Potentially Inexpensive
  • 1080p HD
  • Cloud Storage

The Cons

  • No SD Card Included w/Purchase
  • Mediocre Battery Life
  • 24-48 Hour Cloud Storage
  • No Warranty
  • No IP Rating

Do You Need a Video Doorbell?

Video doorbells are still relatively new and many people still don’t have them. But with IoT and 5G coming quicker than expected, an integrated security system including a video doorbell would be ideal, especially for those receiving many packages at their home.

Video doorbells are more peace of mind than providing true security. However, having awareness of one’s front door is always best. Whether it is a random person knocking on the door or a missing package, a video doorbell will help the owner be more aware of the goings-on of their own property.

With so many similarities between each other these video doorbells, readers may be wondering which one is the best in this guide so far. Nuance and price will be the deciding factor for such things.

The Best Video Doorbell of 2019

Nest Camera Outdoor

Many of the video doorbells covered in this guide had the same features as the next but there was one that set themselves apart from the rest. The OnLyee video doorbell set itself apart from the competition due to its stacked features.

1080p HD, free 7-day cloud storage, and an IP65 rating make the OnLyee video doorbell the superior choice from the models we have covered. Costing US$83.99, this model isn’t cheap but the price is backed by the features.

Smart technology, home surveillance, and an interconnected world are becoming the norm. For now, video doorbells are still a relatively new technology but will become commonplace and more advanced but the reason for owning one will never change.

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