The price of this video doorbell is impressive, but you may want to spend a little more for a device with better performance and reliability.
At $44 to $50 depending on where you get it, the Wyze Video Doorbell reigns as the lowest-priced smart doorbell camera of any major brand. Wyze is known for its affordable products, many of which overdeliver on specs and features considering the low cost. With the Wyze Video Doorbell, however, it's more a case of "you get what you pay for."
We got our hands on the Wyze Video Doorbell when it first came out over two years ago. Though initially impressed with the video doorbell's low price point ($30 at the time), we found the device to be one to pass on after a thorough round of testing. Glitchy performance and a somewhat complicated installation process make it easier to overlook the price and check out other options, like the much higher rated Wyze Video Doorbell Pro.
If you're still tempted by the low pricing, you can read our full review, originally published Dec. 2, 2020, below.
The Wyze Video Doorbell comes at an incredible price for an app-enabled live-streaming buzzer: $44. Nothing from major brands like Amazon's Ring or Google's Nest comes close to that level of affordability. That said, I experienced issues with the camera's performance on this video doorbell -- something I haven't encountered with other Wyze cams (more details on that in the section below).
The Wyze Video Doorbell has a counterintuitive installation process that involves hardwiring the doorbell (there's no battery option), while disabling the wired chime on the other end of the system (there's no Wyze chime power kit). Instead of your wired chime, you have to use the included wireless Wyze Chime. It works well, but a wireless chime is typically reserved for battery-powered doorbells that don't connect to an indoor wired chime or used in the basements or second floors of larger homes where you can't hear your wired doorbell chime.
As you can see in the image to the right, the Wyze Video Doorbell is much smaller than your standard video doorbell. If you've installed a wired doorbell before, setting it up is straightforward at this stage. As always, consult a professional installer if you have any questions about your specific doorbell or electrical wiring. But, generally, the doorbell installation is similar to any other hardwired buzzer, so take a look at my Ring Video Doorbell Pro installation article and video to learn the basics.
The chime is a different story. Most hardwired doorbells come with a chime power kit to help manage the power going to your doorbell. Instead, Wyze includes a plug-in wireless Chime accessory. That's easy to configure in the Wyze app, but first you have to disable your wired doorbell chime. It isn't hard to disable the chime and Wyze walks you through the steps in the app and provides the necessary jumper wire and the wire caps.
Still, I wish Wyze included a power kit so that a traditional wired doorbell chime could work with the Video Doorbell, but the wireless Wyze Chime works well and offers 19 different chime sounds to choose from.
The doorbell's performance was glitchy throughout my testing, including many "phantom" alerts when the sun or a shadow hit the camera. The app regularly sent me an alert saying there was "someone at the door" and labeled the activity as a "person alert."
You can record and store videos in the cloud, but there is no SD card slot for local storage. Like other Wyze cameras, you get 14 days of cloud storage with a Cam Plus or Cam Plus Lite subscription.
I did like the way the live feed shows more of your front stoop than some competitors (thanks to the 3:4 aspect ratio), so you can spot packages more easily. The longer aspect ratio is something I love about our current favorite smart doorbell, the $150 Arlo Video Doorbell, as well.
Wyze also says its doorbell is compatible with the Wyze Lock, so in theory you can see who's at the door and then unlock the door from the app, although we haven't tested this functionality (yet).
At $44, the Wyze Video Doorbell is priced well. Unfortunately, its performance issues get in the way of its overall appeal. I would wait on this one to see if the reliability of its alerts improve over time.