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Olive & Dove RemoBell review: You can find better buzzers for the same price

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The only way Olive & Dove's RemoBell differentiates itself from Ring, SkyBell and August doorbells is its power source -- it relies exclusively on AA batteries. If you'd rather swap out AAs than deal with electrical wiring or rechargeable batteries, RemoBell could be for you. In every other respect, this product is behind the curve. It doesn't have live streaming or third-party smart home integrations and it costs $199 -- the same as the competition. For me, RemoBell just isn't worth it.

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Olive & Dove RemoBell

The Good

Olive & Dove's $199 RemoBell is powered by easy-to-find AA batteries, which makes installation simple and wire-free.

The Bad

It doesn't have live video streaming or any third-party smart home partners.

The Bottom Line

The RemoBell by Olive & Dove is only worth it if you have strong preference for a AA-powered buzzer.

(Note: RemoBell will be available overseas later this year. Converted, that's roughly £155 and AU$265.)

Up close with Olive & Dove's Wi-Fi camera and doorbell

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A new Wi-Fi buzzer enters the ring

RemoBell has decent specs, but they don't quite stack up to other $199 models. Take a look at the comparison chart below to see for yourself.

Comparing Wi-Fi doorbells

Olive & Dove RemoBellRing Video DoorbellSkyBell HD Wi-Fi Video DoorbellAugust Doorbell Cam
Price $199/£155/AU$265$199/£155/AU$265$199/£155/AU$265$199/£155/AU$266
Color finish SilverSatin nickel, polished brass, venetian bronze, antique brassBrushed aluminum, oil rubbed bronzeSilver, dark gray
Power source 6 AA batteriesHardwired or rechargeable batteryHardwiredHardwired
Resolution 1,280x720p HD1,280x720p HD1,920x1,080p HD1,280×960p HD
Field of view 120 degrees 180 degrees180 degrees 120 degrees
Live streaming NoYesYesYes
Cloud storage Yes, 30-day storage for $3 per month.Yes, 6 month storage for $3 per month.Yes, free. Yes, 30 day storage for $5 per month.
Mobile app Android and iPhoneAndroid and iPhoneAndroid and iPhoneAndroid and iPhone
Web app NoYesNoNo
Night vision YesYesYesYes
Alerts MotionMotionMotionMotion
Activity zones NoYesNoNo
Third-party integrations NoneIFTTT; WinkIFTTT; Amazon Alexa; NestIFTTT
Operating temperature range 0 to 122 degrees F (-17 to 50 degrees C)-5 to 120 degrees F (-20 to 48 degrees C)-40 to 140 degrees F (-40 to 60 degrees C)-13 to 122 degrees F (-25 to 50 degrees C)

Yep, RemoBell's field of view is narrower, it doesn't have live streaming (to conserve battery power) and you have to pay more for less cloud storage. Ring charges $3 per month for 6 months of storage and SkyBell offers free storage. August is the exception -- it charges more than Olive & Dove for the same 30-day cloud storage.

Olive & Dove told me IFTTT and Amazon Alexa integration is in the works, but RemoBell doesn't currently have any smart-home partnerships.

RemoBell performed fine, delivering push alerts either when the doorbell detected motion or when someone rang the doorbell. It then lets you (temporarily) view a live feed of the person and talk with them via built-in intercom capabilities. Of course, performance will vary based on the quality of your Wi-Fi connection at the install location.

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Make sure your Wi-Fi connection is solid where you plan to install your RemoBell. Ours was hit-and-miss.

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Olive & Dove's RemoBell is a fine connected doorbell, but it just doesn't offer enough features to make it worthwhile. Look instead to Ring, SkyBell or August. SkyBell's HD buzzer is particularly appealing, given that it offers free cloud storage and more smart home partnerships than the rest.

Olive & Dove also sells RemoCam, a $199/£155/AU$265 Wi-Fi live streaming HD pan-tilt security camera. Read the full RemoCam review.

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Olive & Dove RemoBell

Score Breakdown

Features 5Usability 7Design 6Performance 7