Use the best home security devices around to keep porch pirates at bay.
The best doorbell cameras are the ones that discourage porch pirates. These video doorbells end your worries about your packages being stolen, but they're useful for more than that. After installing a doorbell camera, you can communicate with delivery people and visitors, and you might even catch some kids in the act of playing ding-dong ditch. Video doorbell cameras provide a sense of comfort and security that doesn't have to be expensive and out of your reach.
But video doorbells can get pricey -- especially if you want top-of-the-line features like facial recognition and radar tracking. It's a good thing these solid doorbell cams have emerged in the past year or so, all for $100 or less. If you're looking for a great, cheap video doorbell, look no further, because these are the best on the market.
Wyze launched its second video doorbell in 2022, and at $100, it's a little pricier and a lot smarter than its first attempt at a video doorbell. The Wyze Video Doorbell Pro is one of the cheapest wireless doorbell cams on the market. Wyze didn't skimp on the features, either: the Doorbell Pro has 1,440x1,440 resolution, a 1:1 aspect ratio with a wide field of view, smart alerts (with the $2/month subscription), free cloud storage and an included plug-in chime. That's why we gave it an Editors' Choice Award and a score of 8.9/10.
At $65, this hardwired version of Ring's Video Doorbell is super affordable, and it includes all the basics – live streaming, night vision, two-way talk and motion alerts. While this smart buzzer doesn't include the premium features of pricier models, it performs reliably well, pulls up its live feed with little latency and is a breeze to install if you have a wired setup. You can get cloud storage for $3 per month. If you live in an Alexa-friendly home, the doorbell can integrate well with your other gadgets, too. After testing it out, we gave the Ring Video Doorbell (Wired) an 8.6/10.
Blink's Video Doorbell is the cheapest we've tested that we would recommend -- at least to some users. What makes Blink really impressive is its value: at $50, the Blink Video Doorbell offers most of the basics of a video doorbell, including wireless installation options and a plug-in chime (Ring's $65 option is wired-only and doesn't include a chime).
The biggest drawback for Blink is that, unless you shell out for a separate device, you can't access a real-time feed unless someone rings the doorbell or the device senses motion (or unless you buy a $35 accessory). That means no random checks if you're out of town or just wanting to see if it snowed last night.
But if you're just wanting a basic doorbell that works as a modest security measure -- and that lets you chat with daytime visitors without answering the door -- Blink will do the job well at a pretty unbeatable price. And you can get cloud storage for $3/month. We gave the Blink Video Doorbell a 7.6/10.
Here is a breakdown of the exact features offered by each of our favorite affordable video doorbells.
|Wyze Video Doorbell Pro||Ring Video Doorbell (Wired)||Blink Video Doorbell|
|Field of view||150x150 degrees||135x80 degrees||155x90 degrees|
|Plug-in chime||Included||Not included||Included|
|Local storage||No||No||With accessory|
|Cloud storage||Free and with subscription||Subscription only||Subscription only|
Hands-on testing is core to our approach in evaluating home security devices. That means we install every video doorbell we review, use it in a home environment, test every feature and thoroughly compare it to the competition. These are the comparisons we focus on:
If you want to read more about our testing procedures, check out our in-depth article on how we test home security cameras and video doorbells.
Short answer: Yes. But that's only become true in recent years. While home security cameras have landed sub-$100 price tags since 2016, reliable video doorbells have only dipped into the double figures since 2021. Now, enough devices are in the market to drive solid competition – which means better products at better prices.
Blink's $50 Video Doorbell is the cheapest video doorbell we recommend, and it can use Amazon's Alexa devices as indoor chimes. If you want more robust integrations, like checking live feeds and initiating two-way talk, Ring's $60 wired video doorbell is the better option.
While Ring and Blink can work with Google Home to a limited extent, the best cheap video doorbell that we recommend to use with the platform is Wyze's. Yes, it's $90, but you can stream you doorbell feed on your Nest smart display or Chromecast TV.
Most video doorbells don't require a subscription to use them – but almost all of them benefit greatly from paying that extra fee. If you're aiming for a good amount of local storage, Blink's video doorbell offers a lot, if you shell out for the $35 Blink Sync Module 2 (the module enables live streaming, and brings the total bundle price to $85). For $5 more, you can use the $90 Wyze Video Doorbell Pro, which includes 12-second clip storage on a 14-day rolling basis with a 5-minute cooldown. That's not incredible, but it's a solid cloud storage option without monthly fees.
For more, check out our recommendations for the Best Video Doorbells of 2023 and the Best Outdoor Home Security Cameras of 2023.