With more and more people doing their shopping online, package theft is an increasing concern. Life doesn’t stop when you’re not at home, which means that packages can often sit for hours without anyone there to pick it up — except thieves, of course. And even when you are at home, you may not realize your package arrived until it’s already gone.
Fortunately, this online problem also has an online solution; with the rise of smart doorbells, we can increasingly monitor our homes and feel more secure. A crime that was once nearly impossible to solve can now lead to arrests and recoveries. Smart doorbells aren’t just great for preventing theft, however. They can be used when you want to let your neighbor know your not home when they drop by unexpectedly or to simply see who’s at the door. Even if you’re only looking for a doorbell you can hear from the basement or another room, there’s an option for you.
1. Ring WiFi Enabled Video Doorbell
Between offering a motion sensor that can detect someone walking up to your door, to a live feed you can check any time, Ring has made itself the top name in smart doorbell technology. Their basic model can be either hardwired or battery-powered.
Pros: Sends alerts when doorbell is pressed or motion is detected, lets you hear, see and speak to visitors from your devices.
Cons: Wireless connection can be slow.
2. SadoTech Model CXR Wireless Doorbell
SadoTech’s Model CXR is a good alternative for someone who doesn’t need the many features that come with smart doorbells. It is designed for the specific problem that those with larger houses run into with conventional doorbells, they go unnoticed. So, while it’s not a smart doorbell, it’s a smart option for people who consistently miss the door, or even an option for gated apartments. The doorbell transmitter can be attached by double-sided mounting tape (which is included) and receivers plug into existing outlets, so there is absolutely no installation involved.
Pros: No installation required, easy to use, alerts you when doorbell pressed.
Cons: No smart functions, cannot be connected to smart devices, no video or recording abilities.
3. TeckNet Wireless Doorbell
This wireless doorbell is another great option for someone who wants something simple, without all the complicated smart features. The installation for this doorbell is super easy: all you need is some double-sided adhesive tape and an electrical outlet. It has an 820 foot operating range, four volume levels, and 32 chime sounds to choose from. Plus, the Door Chime unit comes equipped with a flashing light indicator, so you will receive both visual and audio cues when someone is at the door.
Pros: Easy installation, long range operation, waterproof, equipped with flashing light indicator.
Cons: No video or recording functions, cannot be connected to smart devices.
4. Novete Wireless Doorbell
The Novete Wireless Doorbell has ultra-long range wireless connection, coming in at the top of the list at over 1300 feet. You can choose from 52 doorbell melodies and adjust the volume to five different levels. This doorbell also comes equipped with an LED indicator, so even those who are hearing impaired will be notified when someone is at the door. The push button doorbell is waterproof and designed to withstand the harshest, hottest weather, and its lithium battery has a lifespan of up to three years.
Pros: Highly rated, affordable, long range, equipped with LED indicator.
Cons: No video or recording functions.
5. SadoTech Crosspoint Expandable Wireless Doorbell
This unique expandable doorbell system allows you to design your own network: add twenty or more additional receivers, transmitters, and door sensors to fit your security and home-alert needs. The expandable doorbell also lets you mix and match other Crosspoint components with other receivers using pairable code technology.
Pros: Expandable doorbell system makes it easily customizable, able to pair with other Crosspoint components.
Cons: Not as long-range as other models.