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. Surprisingly, the FBI doesn’t maintain statistics of this particular problem, but one survey of a 1,000 people from packagingstrategies.com found that 31% of respondents had experienced package theft.
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. Some reviewers complained about video quality, especially at night, and that it requires a very strong WiFi connection. Most users remarked positively on the quality of the device overall, and the peace of mind it brought them.
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, some reviewers reported a delay in motion detection.
2. Ring Video Doorbell Pro
The Ring Doorbell Pro offers much of the same functionality as the basic model, with a few bonus features. This particular model must be hardwired, which can be done without professional help, even if you’re not the handiest person. However, you must have an existing doorbell that the wiring can connect to. The Pro has improved motion sense over the basic, and a higher quality camera.
Pros: Live-View on demand video, 1080 HD video with infrared night vision.
Cons: Hardwired installation to existing doorbell required.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. MagicFly Expandable Wireless Doorbell
This sleek, affordable model is easy to install, has a range of up to 1000 feet and features 52 chime melodies to choose from. Reviewers say the volume is easy to adjust and has a nice range of soft to loud volume options. Plus, there are no wires required, and the doorbell and transmitter come equipped with everything you need for setup. However, some customers say customizing the chime sound can be difficult, since it requires you to re-pair the transmitter and receiver each time you change the settings.
Pros: Long range, variety of melodies to choose from, easy to install.
Cons: Must repair the transmitter and receiver each time you change the chime melody.
6. 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.
7. 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. Reviewers say this system is long-lasting, reliable, and easy to use, and over 86% of its ratings on Amazon are five-stars reviews.
Pros: Expandable doorbell system makes it easily customizable, able to pair with other Crosspoint components.
Cons: Not as long-range as other models.
8. GE Wireless Doorbell Kit
If you’re looking for something simple and budget friendly, this GE Wireless Doorbell Kit is the way to go. Its easy installation is wireless and only requires three C batteries to get it up and running. It has a 150 foot wireless range, eight classic melody options, and comes equipped with one wireless door chime and two compatible push buttons.
Pros: Easy use and installation, affordable, two push buttons included.
Cons: Short range, not many door chime melodies to choose from, not many volume settings.