Best Google Nest and Ring Video Doorbell Alternatives

Your options include top-scoring models from CR’s tests made by August, Eufy, LaView, Remo+, and Wisenet

The 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. These two brands heavily market their video doorbells, and you can find them at many retailers, including Best Buy, Home Depot, and Lowe’s.

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 Katie McInnis, policy counsel for privacy and technology at CR Advocacy. “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 order, not in order of performance.

Three of the video doorbells listed here store footage on remote company servers, but they're not made by Google or Amazon. Two store footage in the doorbell itself. You can also get additional video storage through paid subscriptions.

Just one note: You may have heard news accounts of hackers gaining access to connected security cameras, including video doorbells. Consumer Reports is calling on manufacturers to improve the security of such products. But in the meantime, to protect yourself, read our guide on how to prevent security cameras from being hacked, which has steps you can take to make your video doorbell more secure as well.

CR members can click on each video doorbell's name below for detailed ratings and reviews from our tests.  

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 and response time, 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). However, 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 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.

    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 offers great video quality and receives a Very Good rating for response time. This doorbell also packs plenty of smart features, 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.

      LaView One Halo LV-PDB1630-U
      LaView One Halo LV-PDB1630-U

        LaView One Halo LV-PDB1630-U

        Free video storage: Unlimited when using a microSD card or LaView network video recorder

        Additional storage: $4/month for 7 days of cloud video storage

        CR’s take: The LaView One Halo offers decent video quality, receiving a Good rating in that test, as well as speedy response time and a number of smart features. It comes with color night vision, thermal motion detection (so it only detects motion from people and large animals, not cars or trees), and voice control via Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant.

         

        The One Halo also gives you three options for video storage. If you don’t want to pay $4 per month for seven days of rolling storage, you can store footage in a microSD card up to 128GB in size, or connect the doorbell to a LaView network video recorder (NVR), which can cost $300 to $500 depending on the amount of storage space and cameras it can handle.

         

        An NVR acts like an at-home server for storing security camera footage and allows the One Halo to record continuously instead of only capturing motion-triggered clips. Just make sure you buy the right NVR, because the doorbell only works with seven specific models: LV-N9508Q8E, LV-N9516D6E, LV-N9608C8E, LV-N9616D6E, LV-N9808C8E, LV-N9916C6E, and LV-T9708MHS.

        Remo+ RemoBell S
        Remo+ RemoBell S

          Remo+ RemoBell S

          Free video storage: 3 days
          Additional storage: $3/month or $30/year for 30 days


          CR’s take: The Remo+ RemoBell S costs less than the other video doorbells here, but it's a bit of a mixed bag. It receives a Very Good rating for response time and offers a decent number of smart features: You can set up monitoring zones and use voice control via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. But its video quality is mediocre.

           

          The Remo+ RemoBell S comes with three days of free cloud video storage. For additional storage space, there's a $3 per month (or $30 per year) plan for 30 days of storage.

          Wisenet SmartCam D1
          Wisenet SmartCam D1

            Wisenet SmartCam D1

            Free video storage: None
            Additional storage: $5/month for 30 days, $8/month for 60 days, $20/month for 180 days


            CR’s take: The Wisenet SmartCam D1 requires a hardwired connection, but it offers superb video quality. In fact, it's one of only two models in our ratings with an Excellent rating for video quality (the other is the SimpliSafe Doorbell Pro SS3, which doesn't score quite high enough overall to make this list). It also earns a strong score for its smart features, but its response time could be a bit better.

             

            This video doorbell comes with plenty of premium features, including monitoring zones, facial recognition, person detection, abnormal-sound detection (such as sirens, glass breaking, and screaming), HDR video, and voice control via Amazon Alexa. With an optional subscription to one of three Wisenet SmartCloud storage plans, you’ll get a rolling 30, 60, or 180 days of motion-triggered video clips.

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