The Nest Hello video doorbell, one of the best video doorbells of the year.

It's easy to see why you might be tempted to get a video doorbell. These compact streaming cameras let you video-chat with visitors and keep an eye on package deliveries from the screen on your smartphone. Porch pirates, beware.

Global spending on video doorbells is predicted to almost triple from last year through 2023, according to the data insights firm Strategy Analytics, from $500 million to $1.4 billion.

To help you find the best doorbell for your home, we've rounded up the best video doorbells from our tests, listed below in alphabetical order. (CR members can access ratings for each model.) You’ll find models from August, Google Nest, Ring, SimpliSafe, and Wisenet. They all feature night vision, HD video, and two-way audio.

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As with any connected device, video doorbells can be hacked. And CR now rates video doorbells for data privacy and security.

"Video doorbells provide users with access to video and audio footage over the internet, which presents the possibility for this data to be accessed, stored, shared, bought, sold, and/or stolen," says Cody Feng, CR's test engineer for privacy and security. "That's why the security and privacy of these cameras is a primary concern for Consumer Reports."

For a deeper dive into our testing, check our home security camera buying guide. And to see more CR-tested doorbells, go to our complete home security camera ratings.

5 Best Video Doorbells

August View
Free video storage:
24 hours
Optional subscription: $3 per month for 15 days, $5 per 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 (to receive alerts and subsequently load live video feeds of your visitors) could be better, though.

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 or 30 days, respectively.

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August View

Price: $230

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Google Nest Hello Video Doorbell
Free video storage:
 None, but 3 hours of snapshots
Optional subscription: $6 per month (or $60 per year) for 30 days, $12 per month (or $120 per year) for 60 days

CR’s take: The Google Nest Hello Video Doorbell is one of the best you can buy. It receives an Excellent rating for response time and offers terrific video quality and data security, but it falls in the middle of the pack when it comes to data privacy and its smart features. The Hello’s features include HDR video for vivid picture quality, geofencing, person alerts, unusual sound detection, voice control via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, prerecorded messages for when you can’t answer the door, and a rolling 3 hours of motion-triggered snapshots (not video clips).

If you sign up for a Nest Aware subscription, you'll get either 30 or 60 days of cloud storage for motion-triggered video clips (depending on the plan), 10 days of 24/7 continuous video recordings (only on the $12-per-month plan), facial recognition, package detection, monitoring zones, and e911 to call your home's 911 dispatcher regardless of your physical location. The Nest Hello is offered in a hardwired version only and can’t run off battery power. If you have an existing doorbell that's hardwired, it will work just fine. 

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Nest Hello Video Doorbell

Price: $230

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Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus
Free video storage:
None
Optional subscription: $3 per month (or $30 per year) to $10 per month (or $100 per year)

CR’s take: For a battery-powered video doorbell with terrific video quality, consider the Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus. It receives an Excellent rating for video quality and offers great data security. It also falls in the middle of the pack for data privacy, but it could offer more smart features and faster response times for alerts and loading live feeds.

Its feature set includes a removable rechargeable battery, voice control via Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, monitoring zones (although they aren’t as customizable as those on the Ring Video Doorbell Pro or Google Nest Hello), alert schedules, privacy zones that let you black out areas you don’t want to film (such as a neighbor’s house), and pre-roll video that gives you a four-second clip of what happened before the doorbell detected motion. With an optional subscription to a Ring Protect Plan, you’ll get a rolling 60 days of motion-triggered video clips and photo snapshots between recordings.

If you’d like this doorbell for $30 less, consider the Ring Video Doorbell 3. It receives the same ratings in our tests and only lacks the 4-second pre-roll clips.

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Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus

Price: $230

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SimpliSafe Doorbell Pro SS3
Free video storage:
None
Optional subscription: $5 per month for one camera for 30 days, $10 per 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, as it's the only model in our ratings 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 downsides? It lacks many smart features and it's slow to send alerts and then load live video 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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SimpliSafe Doorbell Pro SS3

Price: $170

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Wisenet SmartCam D1
Free video storage: Yes, via Google Drive
Optional subscription: N/A

CR’s take: The Wisenet SmartCam D1 requires a hardwired connection, but it offers superb video quality. It also rates Very Good for data security and offers plenty of smart features, but its data privacy and response time are middle of the road at best.

The Wisenet SmartCam D1 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. Wisenet used to offer an optional subscription for cloud video storage, but decided to end the service. Instead, Wisenet doorbell users can link a Google Drive account to the doorbell and save their footage there.

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Wisenet SmartCam D1

Price: $230

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