Arlo Video DoorbellSource: Arlo

Best Doorbells That Support Google Assistant Android Central 2020

Today, doorbells are better than they've ever been before. Thanks to the rise of smart video doorbells, you no longer have to stress about who might be showing up to your home when you weren't expecting anyone. Instead, you can look on your phone, see who it is, and even talk with whoever's at your door. If you rely on the Google Assistant for controlling all of your smart things, these are the doorbells you'll want to check out.

Best Overall: Arlo Video Doorbell

Arlo Video DoorbellSource: Arlo

It took Arlo a little longer than some other companies to get into the Video Doorbell business. Still, the company has used its expertise with security cameras to build the best video doorbell around. While it didn't launch with Google Assistant compatibility, that all changed in June of this year, and now you can control your doorbell camera with Google Assistant and even cast the video to a Chromecast or other smart display.

On top of being easy to control with just your voice, the Arlo Video Doorbell out-classes nearly every video doorbell on the market on specs alone and does it all from a lower entry price point, too. At $150, it's cheaper than Ring and Google's own video doorbells and even comes in at just under the price of the Eufy Security Video Doorbell. Arlo packs in a unique 1:1 square aspect ratio camera with a high 1538 x 1538 resolution and even has HDR video support for crystal-clear imagery.

While there are many amazing features on the Arlo Video Doorbell, my favorite has to be the one-touch pre-recorded message responses. With these, you can easily respond to doorbell presses during meetings or other places where it would be less-than-advantageous to talk into your phone. Arlo now even supports local storage if you've got an Arlo home base, which comes with Arlo's security cameras.

On the downside, you'll need a subscription for cloud storage. At $3 per month, though, it's not only affordable but also enables the AI object detection feature and customizable motion zones to help better detect actual problems rather than insects buzzing by or trees blowing in the wind. The Arlo Video Doorbell also has to be wired into your home's power and doesn't have the option to run on battery, which might be a deal-breaker for some folks.

Pros:

  • Beautiful video quality
  • Ultra-wide 180-degree video
  • One-touch pre-recorded message responses
  • Advanced AI-based motion detection
  • Built-in siren to ward off intruders
  • Continuous recording options

Cons:

  • Requires a subscription for advanced features
  • Needs an Arlo hub for local storage
  • Needs to be hard-wired for power

Best Overall

Arlo Video Doorbell

An amazing experience

The Arlo Video Doorbell has high-quality HDR video, AI smarts, and even one-touch pre-recorded responses.

Free and local storage: Eufy Smart Wi-Fi 2K Video Doorbell

Eufy Video DoorbellSource: Eufy

Google Assistant support on Eufy products has had a significant upgrade lately and fully supports casting of video to Chromecasts and smart displays. You'll find the Eufy Smart Wi-Fi 2K Video Doorbell right in your Google Home app, and will even get alerts on your devices when someone rings the doorbell. It's a great experience that's only marred by Eufy's lack of two-factor authentication in most counties.

That's a shame too because, otherwise, the Eufy Security Video Doorbell is an incredible product with a high-value proposition. While it requires hard-wired power to operate, it offsets that requirement with high-quality 2K HDR video recording and the ability to record to local storage without the need for a subscription. On top of that, you'll find a two-way talk feature, motion alerts with people recognition, weather/water resistance, and more.

Pros:

  • No monthly subscription required
  • Very affordable
  • High-quality 2K HDR video
  • People recognition helps reduce false alerts
  • Customizable motion zones
  • Includes Chime in the box

Cons:

  • Needs to be hard-wired for power
  • Two-factor authentication not available in most countries

Free and local storage

Eufy Smart Wi-Fi 2K Video Doorbell

A great long-term buy

Eufy provides some of the best value home security products on the market, and the video doorbell is their best yet.

AI Genius: Google Nest Hello Video Doorbell

Nest Hello heroSource: Android Central

As Google's own brand of smart devices, the Nest Hello Video Doorbell is an easy choice for folks trying to use Google Assistant as much as possible in their lives. It easily integrates with Google Assistant and has deep ties in with Google Home, all without having to go through a separate setup process. You can even cast the video to your Chromecast or favorite smart display.

The Nest Hello is at the top of our list for a good reason. Its camera records video at a resolution of 1600x1200 in HDR and with up to 30 frames-per-second (FPS), giving you a crystal clear view of everything. It also has night vision, supports 24/7 continuous recording, pre-recorded messages for quick door answering, and can even detect specific faces when you buy a Nest Aware subscription. It also boasts 128-bit encryption with support for intelligent two-step verification!

Pros:

  • Crystal-clear HDR video
  • Continuous recording options
  • Familiar faces detection
  • The most secure account options
  • One-touch pre-recorded message responses

Cons:

  • No local storage options
  • Subscription required for advanced AI options
  • Needs to be hard-wired for power
  • A bit pricier

AI Genius

Google Nest Hello Video Doorbell

An easy choice

While it costs more, Nest Hello Video Doorbell is an easy way to stay in the Google ecosystem and get lots of advanced features.

Best Value: EZVIZ DB1 Wi-Fi 3MP Smart Doorbell

Ezviz Db1 Video DoorbellSource: EZVIZ

This affordable video doorbell from EZVIZ features a wide 180-degree field of view, IP65 weather-resistance, two-way audio, and night vision out to 16 feet. Along with 24/7 streaming, you also get free recordings for up to three hours of motion detection, or you can store footage on a built-in microSD card. Additional cloud subscription plans are also available if you'd rather not deal with local storage.

EZVIZ includes three different color faceplates in every box to better help you match the style and color of your home. It's even got deep integration with IFTTT, which makes it a viable addition to any smart home, no matter what products you use. The biggest setback is the inability to cast video from your EZVIZ DB1 to a Chromecast or other smart display in your home, so you'll have to use the smartphone app to see live video.

Pros:

  • No monthly subscription required
  • Easy local storage via removable microSD card
  • Very affordable
  • Ultra-wide 180-degree video
  • Three color faceplates included
  • Customizable motion zones with thermal detection

Cons:

  • Can't cast video to Chromecast or smart displays
  • Needs to be hard-wired for power

Best Value

EZVIZ DB1 Wi-Fi 3MP Smart Doorbell

All local, all the time

The EZVIZ DB1 focuses on value by offering all the features you need without the need for a cloud storage subscription.

Two-in-one: Maximus Answer DualCam Smart Wi-Fi Video Doorbell

Maximus Answer Video Doorbell LifestyleSource: Maximus Lighting

This smart video doorbell can detect motion up to 30 feet away, and it records with a 180-degree field of view in 1080p HDR on its primary camera. Main camera? Yep, you read right. This device also features a 720p camera at the bottom of the unit to eliminate potential blind spots. That camera is also used to help better detect package deliveries, so you'll always know if there's a box of goodies waiting for you outside your door.

On top of excellent hardware design, you also get advanced motion detection and motion-based alerts, infrared night vision, and two-way audio communication. You'll have to pay a monthly subscription fee to get the advanced KunaAI and cloud storage features, though, and there's currently no way to cast video to a Chromecast or smart display in your home via Google Assistant.

Pros:

  • AI-based object and package recognition
  • Dual cameras eliminate blindspots
  • Customizable motion zones

Cons:

  • Subscription required for advanced detection options
  • Can't cast video to Chromecast or smart displays
  • Needs to be hard-wired for power

Two-in-one

Maximus Answer DualCam Smart Wi-Fi Video Doorbell

See it all at once

The Maximus Answer features two cameras, so you'll never miss a single spot (or package) on your porch.

Free cloud storage: RemoBell S

Remobell S LifestyleSource: Remo

The RemoBell S just might be one of the best video doorbell deals you can find. At $99, it's cheaper than every other video doorbell on this list. It also comes with 3-day free cloud storage, so you'll be able to see any motion alerts or doorbell presses for the past three days without having to deal with local storage yourself or paying for a subscription. It captures HD video, supports two-way talk using its microphone and speaker, has an impressive 180-degree field of view, night vision, and motion alerts.

The downside is that it doesn't integrate as deeply with Google Assistant as some other video doorbells on this list. You can ask Google Assistant when the last motion alert or doorbell press was, but you won't be able to view the video on a TV connected with a Chromecast or cast the video to a smart display in your home.

Pros:

  • 3-day free cloud storage
  • Very affordable
  • Customizable motion zones
  • Ultra-wide 180-degree video

Cons:

  • Only supports 2.4Ghz Wi-Fi networks
  • Can't cast video to Chromecast or smart displays
  • Needs to be hard-wired for power

Free cloud storage

RemoBell S

Don't pay for more than you need.

The RemoBell S covers all the basic needs of a good video doorbell, including free 3-day cloud storage.

Bottom line

Video doorbells have gotten significantly more advanced over the years, and the best video doorbells integrate deeply with Google Assistant. The Arlo Video Doorbell is the best video doorbell you can buy right now. While it requires a $3 monthly subscription to get the most out of the product, you'll find that Arlo's cloud-enabled smarts and storage are an incredible advantage over most video doorbells on the market. If you've already got Arlo cameras around the home, this one seamlessly integrates with that Arlo homebase for whole-home security coverage.

If local storage is a more important trait, the Eufy Smart Wi-Fi 2K Video Doorbell is your next best bet. At only $10 more than the Arlo Video Doorbell, you're getting the ability to store all recorded footage locally without having to buy a homebase or subscribe to a cloud storage plan. Eufy even offers intelligent human detection that can help differentiate between a person on your porch or a possum, which can cut down on the number of false alarms without the need for a subscription plan.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

Nick Sutrich Nick is a news writer and contributor to Android Central. He's been writing about tech since 2011 and loves robot vacuums, home automation, virtual reality, and any kind of gadget that's connected to the Internet. Find him on Twitter at @Gwanatu.

Jeramy Johnson Jeramy is proud to help Keep Austin Weird and loves hiking in the hill country of central Texas with a breakfast taco in each hand. When he's not writing about smart home gadgets and wearables, he's defending his relationship with his smart voice assistants to his family. You can follow him on Twitter at @jeramyutgw.

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