Best Google Nest and Ring Video Doorbell Alternatives

Your options include top-scoring models from CR’s tests made by Blue by ADT, Eufy, and SimpliSafe

From left: Remo+ RemoBell S, August Doorbell Cam Pro, and Eufy Video Doorbell, three of the best Google Nest and Ring doorbell alternatives.
From left: Remo+ RemoBell S, August Doorbell Cam Pro, and Eufy Video Doorbell.
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When you think of video doorbells, Google Nest and Amazon's Ring probably come to mind. Those two brands make some of the most popular video doorbells you can buy. But you might wonder about options from other companies.

“When you use a Google Nest or Ring video doorbell, they upload footage to Google’s and Amazon’s servers,” says Justin Brookman, director of privacy and technology policy for Consumer Reports. “Given the growing concerns over how Google and Amazon use the data they collect, consumers might not feel comfortable trusting these companies.”

At Consumer Reports we test video doorbells from more than a dozen brands. Below you’ll find the three best Google Nest and Ring doorbell alternatives from our video doorbell ratings. The list is arranged in alphabetical, not rank, order. CR members can click on each video doorbell's name for detailed ratings and reviews. 

No matter which model you choose, read our guide on how to prevent security cameras from being hacked. And learn about how CR's tests revealed data security and privacy gaps in video doorbells.

3 Best Google Nest and Ring Video Doorbell Alternatives
Blue by ADT Video Doorbell
Blue by ADT Video Doorbell

    Blue by ADT Video Doorbell

    Free video storage: 24 hours
    Additional storage: $6 per month for 30 days of storage for unlimited cameras at one location


    CR’s take: The Blue by ADT Video Doorbell receives a Very Good rating for video quality and offers great data security. But its response time is pretty slow and its smart features and data privacy are in the middle of the pack. Its feature set includes monitoring zones, facial recognition, and voice control via Amazon Alexa. ADT claims support for Apple HomeKit/Siri, and Google Assistant is in the works. The Blue by ADT doorbell gives you a rolling 24 hours of free cloud video storage, but you can expand it to 30 days of storage for $6 per month for unlimited cameras at one location.

    Eufy T8200
    Eufy T8200

      Eufy T8200

      Free video storage: 30 days using the doorbell’s internal memory
      Additional storage: Not available


      CR’s take: This relatively inexpensive Eufy video doorbell is one of the few on the market with no fee for more video storage. Instead, all video clips are stored on the doorbell itself using its 4GB of internal memory (that equals about 30 days of video) and streamed to your smartphone.

       

      In our tests the Eufy offered great video quality, receiving a Very Good rating for response time, but its data privacy and data security could be much better. This doorbell packs plenty of smart features, though, including monitoring zones, person detection, voice control via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, and the ability to leave recorded messages for visitors.

       

      The Eufy doorbell does require doorbell wiring for power (the company has a battery-powered version in the works), but it won’t work with your existing doorbell chime—it comes with a wireless doorbell chime.

      SimpliSafe Doorbell Pro SS3
      SimpliSafe Doorbell Pro SS3

        SimpliSafe Doorbell Pro SS3

        Free video storage: None
        Optional subscription: $5 per month for one camera for 30 days or $10 per month for unlimited cameras for 30 days

         

        CR’s take: If you’re concerned about privacy, then the SimpliSafe Doorbell Pro SS3 is the doorbell to buy because it's the only model with a Very Good rating for data privacy (the highest of any doorbell in our tests). It also rates well for video quality and data security. The only downsides are that it lacks many smart features and has slow response times for receiving alerts and then loading live feeds. Its few features include monitoring zones, person detection, and HDR video, but no support for voice control via digital assistants. If you’d like cloud storage for video clips, you can get 30 days for $5 per month for one camera or $10 per month for unlimited cameras.

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        Daniel Wroclawski

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