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.

These devices are proving to be quite popular, too. The number of video doorbells sold per year in the U.S. is estimated to top 5 million units in 2022, according to Parks Associates and Statista.

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 Blue by ADT, Eufy, Google Nest, Ring, and SimpliSafe. 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, which is why CR 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

Blue by ADT Video Doorbell
Free video storage:
24 hours
Optional subscription: $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.

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Blue by ADT Video Doorbell

Price: $200

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Eufy T8200
Free video storage:
30 days using the doorbell’s internal memory
Optional subscription: 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 also offers a battery-powered version), but it won’t work with your existing doorbell chime—it comes with a wireless doorbell chime.

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Eufy T8200

Price: $160

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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 only a hardwired version 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) for one camera for 60 days, $10 per month (or $100 per year) for unlimited cameras for 60 days

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, 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 lacks only 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 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 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 there's 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 unlimited cameras.

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SimpliSafe Doorbell Pro SS3

Price: $170

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