Best Google Nest and Ring Video Doorbell Alternatives

Your options include top-scoring models from CR’s tests made by August, 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 Ring probably come to mind. Those two brands dominate the video doorbell market. According to a nationally representative survey conducted by Consumer Reports in January, Google Nest and Ring account for 12 and 53 percent of video doorbells owned by Americans, respectively.

But you might wonder about options from other companies, given that these two doorbells are made by two of the biggest tech companies in the world. 

“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 five 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.

5 Best Google Nest and Ring Video Doorbell Alternatives
August Doorbell Cam Pro
August Doorbell Cam Pro

    August Doorbell Cam Pro

    Free video storage: 24 hours of cloud storage
    Additional storage: $3/month for 15 days, $5/month for 30 days


    CR’s take: The August Doorbell Cam Pro is a fantastic video doorbell, but it’s not the smartest model in our ratings. It receives high marks for video quality, data security, and response time (to receive alerts and subsequently load live video feeds of visitors), but a less-than-ideal Fair rating for Smart IQ, owing to its lack of smart features compared with the competition.

     

    For example, the August doesn't offer person detection or monitoring zones (these let you block out areas of the camera’s field of view, such as a busy street, that could trigger needless motion alerts). But it's one of only a few models in our ratings to offer color night vision, thanks to a built-in floodlight that illuminates whoever is at your door.

     

    It also comes with voice control (via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant) and a rolling 24 hours of free cloud video storage for video clips triggered by the camera's motion sensor (footage that captures movement, not dead air). With an optional subscription to the August Premium or Premium Plus video recording plans, the available video storage increases to a rolling 15 days or 30 days, respectively.

    August View
    August View

      August View

      Free video storage: 24 hours
      Optional subscription: $3/month for 15 days, $5/month for 30 days

       

      CR’s take: The August View is one of few battery-powered video doorbells on the market. It rates Excellent for video quality and offers great data security. Its smart features and response time for alerts and live video feeds could be much better.

       

      As for features, the View video doorbell offers voice control (via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant) and 24 hours of free cloud video storage for motion-triggered video clips. It also comes with a plug-in doorbell chime in the box, an added bonus that some competitors make you purchase separately. With an optional subscription to the August Premium or Premium Plus video recording plans, the available video storage increases to a rolling 15 days or 30 days, respectively.

      Blue by Adt Video Doorbell
      Blue by Adt Video Doorbell

        Blue by Adt Video Doorbell

        Free video storage: 24 hours
        Additional storage: $3 per month per camera for 60 days of storage, or $13 per month for unlimited cameras


        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 60 days of storage for $3 per month for one camera, or $13 per month for unlimited cameras.

        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 video doorbells 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/month for one camera for 30 days, $10/month for up to 10 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 of storage for $5 per month for one camera or $10 per month for up to 10 cameras.

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            Daniel Wroclawski

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