Your Guide to Smart Doorbells – What’s Best for You?
August 17, 2021

The smart doorbell is certainly one of the more popular smart home devices out there right now you may well have spotted increasing numbers of them on neighbours’ doors in your local area. 

In a nutshell, they make it easy to see, hear and speak to your visitors – even when you’re not at home – providing you with security and peace of mind. So it’s not hard to see why more and more people are choosing to install them.

Despite being on the market for a shorter period than other smart devices, their popularity has grown in the UK to such an extent that one in four smart homes has one. 

Intrigued? 

Find out more about them below…

How do smart doorbells work?

Once connected to your WiFi, smart video doorbells are activated whenever someone steps into view, alerting you with a notification on your mobile or other smart device. You simply need to have downloaded an app in order to see, hear and speak to whoever is at your door.

Getting started: Is it easy to upgrade my old doorbell for a smart version?

To transfer your old doorbell to a smart one, you need to go to the power source. The doorbell switch has two terminals that are wired to the doorbell transformer, which you may need to upgrade in order for it to supply your smart doorbell with the additional voltage that it needs.

You’ll also need to download an app on your smart device. Once downloaded, you’ll have to set up an account and then follow the manufacturer’s instructions to connect your device to the doorbell. 

When it comes to the physical installation of your doorbell, in the vast majority of cases it’s a quick and easy DIY job.

What are the benefits?

The benefits of these handy devices are not to be underestimated. They can make your life easier and your home better protected, and put your mind at ease in the process. 

  • A smart doorbell acts as a smart home security device for you and your family. If an unwelcome visitor or intruder steps onto your property, you’ll be alerted instantly so that you can warn them to leave, whether you’re at home in bed, out at work or on the other side of the world. 
  • They allow you to receive deliveries when you’re out. When the post worker arrives, you can let them know easily where to place your delivery.

They alert you to daily comings and goings, so you can see your kids arrive safely home from school and talk to friends, family and neighbours who stop by. 

What is the best smart doorbell for me?

We offer a broad range of smart doorbells - both wired and wireless - each with unique features. Think about where you live and what you want from your doorbell - for example, do you live near a busy road that you’d like to exclude from the video’s range so as not to get false alerts, or do you want a field of view that’s as wide as possible? 

Here are some of our top picks...

Entry level

If you’re on a tight budget, the Link2Home Outdoor Wired Smart Doorbell is a great option. It offers lots of useful features at a more affordable price point. 

 

  • Two-way audio, night vision and sound/motion detection
  • 130° field of view
  • 1080p HD resolution


Click on the link to find out more about what it can offer.

Middle of the range

If your budget can stretch a little further, the Eufy Video Doorbell 2 is a good choice. It offers a wider field of view and better resolution, amongst other features. 

  • Two-way audio, night vision, sound/motion detection and enhanced human detection
  • Programmable motion zones - customize the area to exclude busy pedestrian areas or roads to reduce the number of false alerts you receive
  • 160° field of view allows you to see a broader area of your property.
  • 2k HD resolution

Top of the range

By far the most popular smart video doorbell range is by Ring. They have a selection of different doorbells, with the Pro model one of the best.

  • Two-way audio, night vision and sound/motion detection with noise cancellation
  • Programmable motion zones - customize the area to exclude busy pedestrian areas or roads to reduce the number of false alerts you receive
  • 160° field of view allows you to see a broader area of your property.
  • 1080p HD resolution
  • Includes 4 interchangeable face plates (Satin Nickel, Cream, Venetian, Black)

When you buy a Ring device you receive a free trial of Ring's video cloud storage feature, allowing you easy access to videos recorded by the video doorbell. Once this 30 day free period has finished, you can also subscribe monthly or annually for a fee.