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The best video doorbells for 2020

Video doorbells are one of the most effective deterrents against scammers and thieves. Plus, they make it easier to speak with or buzz in any guests at your doorstep. Not to mention they’re just plain old cool. Whether you want a 1080p HD 160-degree camera or a camera capable of scheduled recording, we’ve got a pick for you.

Below, we’ve reviewed some of this year’s hottest video doorbells, including the versatile August Doorbell Cam Pro and the streaming-capable Nest Hello Video Doorbell.

Ring Video Doorbell 2

With this doorbell, you’ll be able to see, hear, and speak to anyone on your doorstep, even if you’re not at home. Simply open up your smartphone, tablet, or PC, and you can interact in real time (and in 1080 HD video) with the mailman, your spouse, or anyone else who’s ringing your doorbell via an app.

You’ll also get instant notifications on your devices when visitors press the doorbell or trigger its motion sensors. If you get a recording plan, you can review, share, and save recordings as well. You can connect up to 10 iOS, Android, Mac, or Windows devices, so you can allow access to others in your family (if you want to). This device also runs entirely on battery power, which means you don’t have to worry about hardwiring the device to your home. When the battery is out, simply plug it into a Micro USB cable. A single charge will last up to three months.

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August Doorbell Cam Pro

With the August Doorbell Cam Pro, you’ll know exactly who’s ringing your doorbell, and you can see and speak to them in full-color HD — even if it’s nighttime — thanks to a built-in floodlight. With three different brightness levels, you get clear footage no matter what time of day. You can also program the floodlight to turn on when the doorbell detects motion to deter any lurkers who may be roaming the street.

With a feature called Hindsight, the doorbell will start capturing footage even if the visitor doesn’t physically press the doorbell. That way, you’ll know when anyone enters the premises of your home. Got a spouse who frequently forgets the keys? Or maybe a relative is coming to pick up the kids? You can pair the doorbell with any August Smart Lock to remotely let visitors into the house. The basic (free) recording plan includes 24 hours of saved video history. Check out our full review for more details.

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Ring Video Doorbell Pro

Whether you’re at work, traveling the world, or sitting upstairs, you’ll feel like you’re at home with the Ring Video Doorbell Pro. Live video and two-way audio let you see and talk to anyone at your doorstep. The doorbell will also send real-time notifications to your smartphone if the built-in motion sensors detect any lurkers near your premises.

Unlike Ring’s Video Doorbell 2, this model requires hardline power, and many existing doorbells already have the necessary wiring. As an added perk, Ring is also developing a community that allows users to share neighborhood-watch information and inform others about any suspicious or illegal activity. Recordings can be shared directly via the app. Read more in our full review.

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Nest Hello Video Doorbell

With 24/7 streaming, this Nest doorbell ensures you won’t miss a thing when it comes to the security of your front door. It’s designed to show you a full view of your doorstep, so you’ll see people from head to toe, and you’ll be able to spot packages on the ground.

Check in whenever you feel like it, or you can scroll back through a three-hour snapshot history to make sure everything’s A-OK. The doorbell delivers clear video and crisp audio during any time of the day or night, thanks to built-in night-vision capabilities. It offers the same security as the Nest Cam, the company’s home security camera, along with all the functionality of a doorbell. If you opt for a Nest Aware subscription, you get additional features like continuous recording for up to 30 days, which allows you to scan through your entire video history. Get more details in our full review.

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SkyBell Trim Plus

In addition to offering free cloud recording (with no monthly cost) and easy DIY installation, the SkyBell Trim Plus provides a ton of features at a reasonable price. It has a very slim body (less than one and a half inches), so it fits on virtually any door frame. You can see your guests in 1080p resolution and with the aid of a five times zoom. Even if a visitor doesn’t press the doorbell button, SkyBell can send you an alert thanks to its motion sensor. Two-way audio also helps you hear and speak to visitors using your mobile device.

The doorbell also features color nigh vision as well as a silent mode, which lets you turn off the indoor chime and instead receive notifications on your devices — great for when you’re taking a nap and don’t want to be disturbed.

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