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16 smart doorbells to watch over your front stoop

Part buzzer, part security camera, today's doorbells do a lot more than their predecessors.

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Arlo Audio Doorbell

Smart home security company Arlo is adding a smart doorbell and a separate chime accessory to its product lineup -- the Arlo Audio Doorbell and Chime.

The Arlo Audio Doorbell is battery-powered and doesn't include a built-in camera. Arlo instead expects customers to enlist one of its separate security cameras to see who's at your door. 

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Arlo Video Doorbell

The $150 Arlo Video Doorbell has HD livestreaming, a 180-degree field of view, two-way audio, 12x digital zoom and advanced motion detection alerts (with an optional Arlo Smart subscription). 

The Arlo Video Doorbell is a hardwired buzzer that comes with a power kit to manage the power going to your smart doorbell. 

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August Doorbell Cam Pro

August's Doorbell Cam Pro is a hardwire-only smart buzzer. For $199, you get livestreaming, two-way talk and other key doorbell features. This model has free 24-hour video clip storage.

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August View Doorbell Camera

The $230 August View Doorbell Camera runs on a rechargeable battery, and offers HD livestreaming, free 24-hour video clips and integration with Alexa and Google Assistant. 

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Blink Video Doorbell

We haven't heard much about Blink's Video Doorbell since we saw it at CES. If you're already a Blink customer and have a Sync Module, the doorbell will set you back just $99. Otherwise, you'll have to spend $129 for both the doorbell and the module.

Amazon purchased security camera startup Blink in December 2017.

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Blue by ADT Doorbell Camera

The Blue by ADT Doorbell Camera costs $200. It has HD livestreaming, night vision, two-way talk, motion detection, detection zones, facial recognition and a 180-degree field of view. 

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Nest Hello

Nest's Hello offers HD livestreaming and motion alerts, as well as Person Alerts and optional Familiar Face Alerts (with a Nest Aware subscription).

While Person Alerts notify you when the camera thinks it sees a person, Familiar Face Alerts will tell you who it sees if it recognizes the person from a saved database of friends, family and other folks who regularly visit your home. 

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RemoBell

Unlike most of the smart doorbells we've reviewed, the RemoBell is exclusively powered by six AA batteries. 

It's a fine buzzer, but I'd expect it to do more for $199. Specifically, it doesn't currently work with any smart home partners. 

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RemoBell S

The RemoBell S costs just $99, works with Alexa and Google Assistant and has free three-day cloud storage. 

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Ring Peephole Cam

The $199 Ring Peephole Cam replaces traditional peepholes. It works with Alexa, and you can pay $3 per month to access saved video clips. 

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Ring Video Doorbell

Ring's entry-level connected buzzer, the Video Doorbell, is somewhat similar to the Video Doorbell 2. It costs $179.

But instead of 1080p HD, you get 720p HD -- and you have to remove the doorbell's faceplate to charge it. With version 2.0, you simply have to remove the battery pack when it's time to charge.

This model will continue to sell, though, and you do have the option to hardwire it if you'd rather not deal with removing the entire doorbell to charge the battery. 

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Ring Video Doorbell 2

The $199 Ring Video Doorbell 2 is a very versatile device. Not only does it offer livestreaming, two-way talk and other expected features, this 1080p HD buzzer can either be hardwired or rely on a removable, rechargeable battery. 

It also works with Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant, IFTTT and Wink.

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Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus

The $230 (£199, AU$369) Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus has HD livestreaming, motion detection, customizable alerts, night vision, two-way audio and much more. 

This model also has a feature called Pre-Roll that constantly records and saves 4 seconds of footage before motion is detected, giving your video clips even more detail.

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Ring Video Doorbell Pro

Ring's $249 (£195, AU$325) doorbell is a pricier DIY buzzer. But there's a big potential benefit -- this hardwire-only model is slimmer than most smart doorbells we've tested. That means it's way more likely to fit on that narrow door frame where your existing wired buzzer is currently installed. 

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SkyBell HD Wi-Fi Video Doorbell

SkyBell's $199 HD Wi-Fi Video Doorbell has a unique circular design, as well as smart home integrations with Amazon Alexa, IFTTT and Nest. 

This model also offers free seven-day cloud storage, one of the only smart buzzers I've tested to have such a feature.

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Wyze Video Doorbell

The $30 Wyze Video Doorbell comes with a wireless Wyze Chime accessory. The hardwired doorbell is small and fits on a standard doorframe better than most video doorbells I've tested. However, it doesn't work with hardwired doorbell chimes; you have to use the included Wyze Chime.

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