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The 5 best battery-operated video doorbells that install without any wiring — Google, Amazon, Ring and more

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Video doorbells are more common and necessary now than ever. Just a few years ago, they were considered a luxury, with only a handful available from just a few brands. Today, there are so many to choose from, and, best of all, there’s more variety in the wireless and battery-operated options.

With traditional doorbells and older video doorbells, you would need existing doorbell wiring in your home or apartment in order for them to work. Now, brands are both creating battery-operated versions of these doorbells as well as exclusively wireless doorbells.

From well-known brands like Google and Amazon to more niche ones like AOSU and GEREE, there are so many to choose from, so we’ve rounded up the five best, separated into different defining categories:

While all of the video doorbells on this list have two-way audio, video recording and more of the standard features that come with these devices, keep scrolling to check out what sets them apart from one another.

1. Best Overall: Google Nest Doorbell (Battery) Wireless Video Doorbell, $154.99 – $179.99

$154.99 - $179.99 at Amazon

The Google Nest line is one of the most recognizable and all-encompassing you’ll find, especially when it comes to home security and seamless tech integration into your day-to-day life. One of the best examples of this is the Google Nest Doorbell (Battery).

Arguably the most aesthetically pleasing and modern doorbell on this list, the Google Nest Doorbell (Battery) has everything you need to boost security at your front door, as well as a few additional key features that make it a device you didn’t know you needed.

Firstly, from personal experience, this doorbell is extremely easy to install. As someone who isn’t handy at all, it took me just 30 minutes to set it up (with most of the time spent drilling two holes for the bracket).

It comes with a charging cable that connects to most power adapters. The doorbell lasts a minimum of three months on one single charge, with most features running at standard capacity. These features include a ton of stuff: a live video feed (available on the Google Home app for iOS and Android) that you can check at any time; two-way audio; people, animal, package and vehicle recognition; night vision; motion detection; familiar face remembering; a waterproof rating and so much more.

I have my Google Nest Doorbell (Battery) connected to my Google Nest Hub Display, which I placed in my living room. That way, when someone rings the doorbell, I’m audibly notified on the Hub that someone’s there. This comes in handy if you don’t have your phone with you.

If you’re looking for a video doorbell that literally has everything you need without any extra fluff and lets you control everything from your phone, this is the best one to buy, hands down. The Google Nest Doorbell (Battery) comes in four colors: ivy, snow, ash and linen (pictured above).

2. Most Popular: Ring Video Doorbell, $99.99

Credit: Amazon
Credit: Amazon

$99.99 at Amazon

For most people, when they hear the words “video doorbell,” the first product that comes to mind is the Ring Video Doorbell — and that’s for a good reason.

The Ring is one of the first video doorbells that burst onto the scene and revolutionalized the home security space. If you already own several Amazon devices like an Echo Dot, Echo Show or Fire TV, this may be the best one to buy since it’s already in the Amazon device ecosystem.

This version, released in 2020, has over 80,000 five-star reviews and is currently a No. 1 best seller on Amazon. Like all of the doorbells featured on this list, it works seamlessly over standard Wi-Fi connections and has a built-in rechargeable battery.

The Ring Video Doorbell produces 1080p HD video with enhanced features that let you see, hear and speak to anyone from your phone, tablet or PC. It also has improved motion detection and pairs with Alexa-enabled devices to enable announcements and two-way talk for in-home monitoring.

Choose from two colors: Venetian Bronze and Satin Nickel (pictured above).

3. Most Affordable: Blink Video Doorbell, $49.99

Credit: Amazon
Credit: Amazon

$49.99 at Amazon

If you’re not willing to spend more than $50, the best-selling Blink Video Doorbell is the perfect pick. In fact, no matter your budget, this is a high-performing quality option that looks more expensive than it actually costs.

The Blink Video Doorbell, like all of the doorbells featured on this list, doesn’t need any wires or existing doorbell connections to work. Install it wire-free and receive app alerts when someone or something is at your door.

What’s special about this one, though, is that if you move to a house or apartment with existing doorbell wiring, it also works in that configuration and will actually sound your in-home chime, giving you the best of both worlds.

It has all of the useful features that today’s top video doorbells have, like long-lasting battery life, custom alerts, 1080p HD day and infrared night video, two-way audio, Alexa integration and more.

The Blink Video Doorbell comes in black and white.

4. Best Deal: GEREE Wireless Wi-Fi Video Doorbell, $38.39 (Orig. $47.99)

Credit: Amazon
Credit: Amazon

$38.39 $47.99 at Amazon

Customer-favorite brand GEREE proves that you don’t even need to spend $40 to snag a quality battery-operated video doorbell that comes packed with all of the best features.

This completely waterproof wireless video doorbell has human motion detection, night vision, two-way audio and comes with a lifetime of free cloud storage — all for under $40!

It also comes with two long-lasting and rechargeable lithium batteries. So, when you’re running low on juice, just replace them, and you’re good to go.

5. Amazon’s Choice: AOSU Wireless Battery-Powered Video Doorbell, $75.99 (Orig. $99.99)

Credit: Amazon
Credit: Amazon

$75.99 $99.99 at Amazon

This last pick has the coveted “Amazon’s Choice” label and is also $24 off for a limited time. The AOSU Wireless Battery-Powered Video Doorbell captures video in 2K resolution with a 166° wide viewing angle, letting you see a person from head to toe or the package on the ground in front of your door.

For added convenience, it also comes with an 8G Micro SD card that supports two months of secure local storage.

This doorbell also gives you accurate alerts with smart human detection, reducing false alarms caused by moving objects like animals and vehicles. Another feature that shoppers love is the ability to answer and hang up video calls with visitors when they ring the doorbell. Hang up the video call directly or select a preset quick voice reply. For the price, you really can’t ask for more!

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