Best wireless doorbell: the best wire-free doorbell cameras and chimes for your home

The best wireless doorbells, from welcoming chimes to secure video recording systems

best wireless doorbell Arlo Essential Video Doorbell Wire-Free
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Whether you're interested in the live feed of your front porch or you just want a more convenient way of screening couriers, the best wireless doorbells can bring a touch of convenience, personality, and security to your home.

These days a door knocker just won't do, but a wireless doorbell - often equipped with an in-built camera - offers your guests a proper welcome as they reach the front door. And, with smart doorbells like those on this list, you'll have that extra peace of mind that there is always an eye on the front porch, even when you're not home.

The best wireless doorbells are a convenient, easy-to-use, and often very affordable DIY job, also seamlessly working in tandem with many other smart devices you have around the house. And, if you're not sure you want a purely wireless device, you can head over to our roundup of the best video doorbells.

Our top picks below include battery and dual-powered options, as well as something for homeowners and renters alike.

The best wireless doorbells in 2023: tried and tested by us

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eufy Smart Wi-Fi Dual Cam Video DoorbellLivingetc badge – tried, loved

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Best wireless doorbell overall

Specifications

Power: Battery
Resolution: 2K
Storage: Local
Dimensions: H1.2 x W2.1 x D6.5in
Weight: 0.77lbs

Reasons to buy

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2K video resolution
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Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
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Local storage - no subscription required

Reasons to avoid

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Won't work with Siri

The eufy Smart Wi-Fi Dual Cam Video Doorbell is our top pick for the best wireless doorbell, with its double camera allowing you to see more of your doorway and a 2K resolution ensuring that the view is crystal clear. The device scored top marks following our tests, and we loved it for its performance and eye for design.

The only drawback is the additional Homebase, which acts as a chime and will need to be placed within a short distance from your WiFi router. Otherwise, the eufy Dual Cam is incredibly versatile, with local storage and no subscription required to access your video. There is also delivery guard for when you're not home and facial recognition for regular visitors.

Livingetc rating: 5 out of 5 stars | read our full review of the eufy Smart Wi-Fi Dual Cam Video Doorbell

Ring Video Doorbell 4

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Best wireless doorbell from Ring

Specifications

Power: Battery or hardwired
Resolution: Full HD
Storage: Cloud
Dimensions: H5 x W2.4 x D1in

Reasons to buy

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Dual power options
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Works with Alexa
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Pre-roll feature
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Removable battery pack for easy recharging

Reasons to avoid

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No local storage
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Chime must be bought seperately
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Won't work with Google Assistant or Siri
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Subscription required for some features

The newest option in Ring's now-expansive range of smart doorbells, the Ring Video Doorbell 4 can be used wirelessly or hardwired and features the pre-roll feature that is missing from older models. This means you can get a better view of any triggered events, with the doorbell also recording the seconds immediately before.

The same niggles we have with other Ring doorbells still exist here, such as the fact that a chime (outside of the app on your phone) must be bought separately, but we would recommend the Doorbell 4 for those looking to make their first foray into the world of Ring doorbells.

Livingetc rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars | read our full review of the Ring Video Doorbell 4

Google Nest Doorbell Battery

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Best wireless doorbell from Google

Specifications

Power: Battery or hardwired
Resolution: Full HD
Storage: Cloud
Dimensions: 6.2 x 0.9 x 1.8in
Weight: 0.45lbs

Reasons to buy

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Dual power options
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Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
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Attractive design

Reasons to avoid

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No local storage
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Won't work with Siri
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Subscription required for some features

For years Google's offering in the smart doorbell arena consisted of the wired Nest Hello, but now Nest users have the Google Nest Doorbell Battery - a sleek and cutting-edge video doorbell that doesn't require any hardwiring.  The most striking thing about the Nest Doorbell is how slim and high-end it looks.

Aside from looks, the Google Nest Doorbell Battery also impressed us with its facial recognition, package protection, and customizable motion zones, as well as how seamlessly it worked with other Nest products. The wire-free element also means you can mount it pretty much anywhere you want, from the garden gate to the back door.

Livingetc rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars | read our full review of the Google Nest Doorbell Battery

Toucan TVD200WUC Wireless Video Doorbell

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Best wireless doorbell on a budget

Specifications

Power: Battery
Resolution: Full HD
Storage: Cloud
Dimensions: 2.2 x 1.1 x 5.5in
Weight: 1lbs

Reasons to buy

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Works with Alexa and Google Assistant
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In-built siren
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Wireless chime included

Reasons to avoid

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No local storage
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Won't work with Siri
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Subscription required for some features

Despite it being one of the most affordable wireless doorbells on this list, the TOUCAN TVD200WUC Wireless Video Doorbell was equally as impressive to us as its more well-known rivals when we tested it. Not only does Toucan offer more flexibility with compatibility with both Alexa and Google smart assistants, but it also comes with its own wireless chime.

There's also a built-in siren for greater security, and you can access 24-hours of video without a subscription. There is an extra fee to pay if you want to go further back, however. The app interface is also a little disappointing, but this unassuming doorbell makes up for it in other areas.

Livingetc rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars | read our full review of the Toucan TVD200WUC Wireless Video Doorbell

Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Gen)

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5. Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Gen)

Best budget wireless doorbell from Ring

Specifications

Power: Battery or hardwired
Resolution: Full HD
Storage: Cloud
Dimensions: 4.9 x 2.4 x 1.1in

Reasons to buy

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Dual power options
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Works with Alexa
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Good price with almost all the benefits of Ring

Reasons to avoid

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No local storage
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Won't work with Google Assistant or Siri
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Subscription required for some features

If you want a more affordable Ring doorbell and one that doesn’t scrimp on the connected features of the more enhanced models, the standard Ring Video Doorbell (here, we’re specifically speaking about the 2020 model) remains a great option. Like its pricier brethren, it offers 1080p video capture, Wi-Fi connectivity, and Android and iOS app support.

The main drawback for this cheaper model sits with its battery, however. While it can optionally be wired into a wall to the mains, its wireless nature relies on its internal battery. Unlike other Ring products, it can’t be removed and replaced with a backup battery, meaning that between every 6 to 12 months, you’re going to have to remove the whole doorbell and bring it inside for a charge.

Livingetc rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Arlo Essential Wi-Fi Smart Video Doorbell

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Best 2K wireless doorbell (runner up)

Specifications

Power: Battery
Resolution: 2K
Storage: Cloud
Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.3 x 1.8in
Weight: 0.25lbs

Reasons to buy

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2K video resolution
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Works with Alexa, Google Assistant, and SmartThings
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Built-in siren

Reasons to avoid

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No local storage
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Won't work with Siri
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Chime not included
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Subscription required for some features

The Arlo Essential Video Doorbell can either be hardwired or run on battery power, giving you more choices about how you use it. The best feature of the Arlo Essential is the ability to leave and take messages. So useful for when you're not going to be home (or when you've got your heart set on a long weekend bath), you can leave a quick voice note for any visitors or delivery people to tell them where to leave a package.

Arlo has also built a siren into the doorbell, which it boasts over the ranges from Ring or Google. You can either set this to activate automatically or manually through the app. Arlo Secure (free for 3 months, then about $3/m) also gets you cloud recording, advanced object detection, and custom activity zones.

Livingetc rating: 4 out of 5 stars | read our full review of the Arlo Essential Video Doorbell

Ring Video Doorbell 4

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How we test the best wireless doorbells

The products chosen for this guide have all been tested by our writers and editors, all with decades of experience between them. Unless otherwise stated, all of the products recommended by us have been independently reviewed in real-home environments to ensure that our readers are getting the most honest, relevant information possible. Where possible, links to more in-depth reviews are also provided, so you can read more about what we thought during the testing process.

The best wireless doorbells are chosen based on various criteria, including their affordability, video quality, ease of setup and use, app performance, compatibility with wider smart home systems, and more.

How to choose the best wireless doorbell for your home

Will my wireless doorbell work with Alexa/Google Home?

Compatibility with your smart home hub will depend on the wireless doorbell you buy, but, generally speaking, Ring doorbells will always work with Amazon Alexa smart speakers and displays. The same goes for Ring Alarms and other security products, as they all come under the same banner.

Similarly, Nest products come from Google and so will work well with a Google-branded doorbell. Anything else will vary, so it's important to check before buying.

Once set up, we absolutely love how some of the best wireless doorbells work with smart displays such as the Echo Show or Nest Hub, allowing you to see what's going on outside from the comfort of your kitchen or bedroom. For more on this, take a look at our guide to the best smart speakers.

Are video doorbells safe?

Many are concerned - and for a good reason - about the security implications of essentially strapping a surveillance device to the front of your home, but there are many protections in place preventing things from getting dystopian. 

We would recommend going for a well-known brand so as not to fall foul of a device that's more vulnerable to hackers, set a strong password when signing up, always download software updates when they are released, and make sure all settings are correct for your needs.

All this said smart doorbells could actually form an essential part of a home security system, adding an affordable camera that can detect motion and send alerts directly to your device when something untoward is going on. 

Are wireless doorbells worth it?

Whether you opt for a chime-only doorbell or a smart video doorbell that doubles as a security device, you may be wondering whether investing in a wireless doorbell is actually worth it? After all, a traditional ringer has served you well up to this point.

Wireless doorbells offer convenience, first and foremost, allowing you to place your device pretty much anywhere (as long as it's within the vicinity of your Wi-Fi signal or indoor chime). This, combined with the smarts of modern releases from the likes of Google and Ring, makes the best wireless doorbells an affordable way to incorporate your front door into a wider smart home system.

Caroline Preece
Smart Homes Ecommerce Editor

Caroline is the smart homes ecommerce editor for Livingetc, covering everything tech for the home, from smart speakers to air purifiers and everything in between. She is passionate about the role that technology and smart devices can play in daily life, enhancing the home without sacrificing personal style and carefully chosen interiors. In her spare time, she can be found tinkering with bulbs, soundbars, and video doorbells in an effort to automate every part of her small home. Previously, she lent her expertise to the likes of Expert Reviews, IT Pro, Coach, The Week, and more.

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