The Ultimate Smart Home: Video Doorbell Showdown

Video doorbells are one of the most popular smart home devices being purchased by homeowners today. But how can your clients find out which model is right for them?

There are plenty of options on the market, ranging in price from $99 to $249. But beyond price, homeowners should consider important factors such as ongoing subscription costs, local versus cloud-based video file storage, video quality, available power supply, and other smart home products they’d like to integrate with their doorbell.

In this edition of the Ultimate Smart Home series, I’m comparing six top brands to help you and your clients decide which video doorbell is the right fit.

Knowing what’s available in smart-home technology is a value-add for agents selling new and existing homes. Check out more articles from my Ultimate Smart Home series.

Price: $299
Subscription/storage: Four hours of cloud storage included; subscription options are five days of video storage for $5 a month or $50 per year, and 60 days of storage for $8 per month or $80 per year.
Video quality: 720p.
Ecosystem: Gate app only.
Battery or hardwired: Rechargeable battery.
Installation: Replaces the deadbolt lock instead of the doorbell.
Detection: Motion sensitive; watch live 24/7.

The Product Breakdown

Ring is the most well-known video doorbell brand, and it’s available in both wired and battery-powered versions. It integrates well with Amazon devices and SmartThings. But if you’re looking for a more affordable alternative, eufy is a solid choice, with 16GB of local storage and comparable monthly fees. Remo+ RemoBell S is the most affordable at only $99 and includes three days of rolling cloud storage for free. For those already using other Google/Nest products, you may want to stick with their ecosystem and go with Nest Hello. While it’s more expensive and has a higher subscription cost, it does offer additional features, such as familiar faces. Arlo is capable of 4K video and is a great addition if you’ve already got other Arlo wireless cameras. It can record locally with a base station. GateLabs is the only smart lock with video doorbell included, which is great for clients who are selling their home or Airbnb hosts because you can create and edit access codes remotely. It would also work well for owners in a condo building where you don’t traditionally have a doorbell.

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