Best Wireless Doorbell

Best Wireless Doorbell

I’m a writer. Have been for many years. Although I write widely, product reviews have been bread and butter stuff for me for a while now. And I love writing them!

Doing what I do means I get a lot of parcels delivered to my door. A LOT. And I also get a lot of mail. My house is known for all kinds of intriguing packages lying on the porch, and a mailbox chewing on undigested envelopes.

It makes my abode is an easy target, in other words!

Mostly, it’s porch pirates that come around. Their curiosity gets the better of them and then they can’t help themselves. 

It’s seldom more than a nuisance if things go missing. But it does involve phoning the client company and arranging for a new review product to be sent over. It messes with deadlines and schedules. And this is never pleasant. Or professional, in my opinion.

Two months ago, I’d had enough and started to investigate ways to secure my porch and parcels against the local Jack Sparrow wannabees. 

Quite simply, a wireless doorbell seemed like the answer. One with video capabilities and the ability to send an image or video to my cell phone. At least, this is what friends were telling me.

It wasn’t going to injure anyone. I liked that. And it was going to give me a modicum of control over who and what came and went on my property. I liked that even better.

So, I got one. It solved my problem in a real hurry, and I had a few moments of sheer mirth in the process. 

Imagine the reaction of an unsuspecting local long fingers, in the process of lifting a parcel that does not belong to them from a porch that isn’t theirs. Then suddenly hearing a deep voice from somewhere above them asking (all godlike) why they were doing what they were doing. It’s worth a whole YouTube channel, I tell you!

I digress. In the process, I made the split-second decision to try out a whole bunch of these wireless doorbells and write a review. They are handy as anything, they’re not expensive, they have all kinds of nifty features for all kinds of applications, and if I was looking for one, so are many other folks. Right?!

I tried out fifteen in total, but that was probably a bit of overkill. So, I decided to limit my review to the five best ones. And they’re not only video doorbells. There’s something for everyone.

So, from me to you – this is it!

#1 Remo+ RemoBell WIFI Video Doorbell

RemoBell WiFi Video Doorbell (Battery Powered, Night Vision, 2-Way Audio, HD Video, Motion Sensor) (Silver)

This is the one I eventually settled for. And it’s great because I can see who is at my door via my smartphone. I don’t even have to be at home.

The highlights:

  • It costs a little more than the average, but it has been worth every cent for me.
  • Its features are REALLY great. Whenever someone rings my doorbell, I get a push notification on my phone. 
  • I can pull up a video stream (720 pixels). 
  • It also allows two-way chat capabilities. Hence the godlike voice and the fleeing porch pirates!
  • It needs no wiring – long-life batteries provide the juice. 
  • It’s weatherproof and resistant to moisture. 
  • And it can be synced to as many as five phones, so it’s great for the whole family.
  • Setup is a breeze. 
  • And it has a mobile app. Once you’ve downloaded it, the app will guide you, step-by-step, through the setup process.
  • I’m not all that handy, but screwing the mounting bracket into the frame was by no means beyond me. 
  • The RemoBell fitted perfectly into the bracket, and that was it! Done!

The customer service

I ended up opting for the RemoBell for various reasons. Their replacement guarantee is one.

Remember, I was already nervous about the craftiness of the local porch pirates and their long-fingered abilities, so I couldn’t help but think this nifty device would be irresistible to them.

And, if my security device were stolen, the irony (in this case) would be beyond my sense of humor.

The guys at RemoBell will actually replace your unit if it is stolen – completely free of charge. Imagine! Email them, tell them what happened, and attach a copy of the police report. That’s it. Your new one is on its way to you, sir!

More advanced features

The RemoBell app also has an activity log, and this is another feature that eventually sold me on this product. 

Every event is captured by the app. Even motion videos. 

Missed calls, answered rings, along with dates and times, can be called up at any time.

In a previous home, I had an alarm system with a set of wonky motion sensors. I eventually turned it off because the irritation ended up pushing my neighbors and me beyond our normal good natures. 

So, understandably I was a little hesitant about the motion sensor feature of the RemoBell unit. But these guys saw a plan.

A passive infrared sensor acts as a heat detector. And then it sends a push notification. Its ability to detect heat means it can differentiate between somebody sneaking around on your porch and leaves blowing in the breeze. False motion alerts are a thing of the past.

And so far, so good!

As I said, the unit is battery-powered, and the package arrives with rechargeable AA’s included.

What customers say

These all come from verified customer reviews.

  • Tech support is great if you ever need it
  • Works really well in old houses with dubious wiring
  • The alert motions work really well and are adjustable
  • Easy to install

My lowdown

I’ve been using this for about three months now, and it really does give me both the convenience and the security I was after. I have absolutely no qualms about recommending it to anyone.

#2 Ring Video Doorbell 3

Ring Video Doorbell 3 – enhanced wifi, improved motion detection, easy installation

I almost bought this one. And there’s very little to choose between the Ring and the RemoBell.

Smart home technology astounds me. I’m like a kid on Christmas eve whenever one of these reviews comes across my desk. If you’re like me, and if you specifically want a smart wireless doorbell, this is one to look at.

The highlights

  • HD Video
  • Motion activation
  • Push alerts on your phone
  • It plays well with Amazon’s Alexa
  • Two-way talk
  • Real-time notifications
  • The battery pack is both removable and rechargeable
  • You can focus on key areas so you only get the notifications you want
  • You can connect ALL your ring devices with an app, and see everything on a single dashboard
  • Setup is SUPER easy

More features

The Ring Protect Plan is a comprehensive timeline that lets you review all events captured by your Ring doorbell and other connected Ring devices. It comes at a nominal fee, but you can also share captured images and videos. That’s an extra layer of security.

The Ring control center allows you to add and remove devices, users, and linked accounts. You can set up a master control dashboard on your PC, phone or tablet and control the whole system from there.

What customers say

These all come from verified customer reviews.

  • It loves Amazon’s Alexa, and Amazon’s Alexa loves it!
  • Fish-eye field of view is great
  • The sound and picture quality is superb
  • Easy to install

My lowdown

I lived with this little unit when I put together the review. For me, the picture quality was great. So was the night vision. But I had issues with the motion detection.

I had it set up for the five to fifteen feet range and blocked 3 of the 4 areas the app allowed me to block. But it kept on alerting me to the traffic on the street. And the street is around 40 feet from my front door! This was as annoying as the wonky motion detector in the alarm system in my previous home.

I also struggled to get my account set up. After banging my head against the wall for a while, I got busy with something else and switched my VPN off for a while. Lo and behold, suddenly I could create my account.

The rest of the setup process wasn’t all that great either – lots of errors and freezes.

But, if you have the patience and push through, it’s a great unit with excellent features.

#3 AVANTEK D-3B Waterproof Door Chime

Wireless Doorbell, AVANTEK D-3B Waterproof Door Chime Kit Operating at over 1300 Feet with 2 Plug-In Receivers, 52 Melodies, CD Quality Sound and LED Flash

This one is great if you’re looking for a wireless doorbell only, and if you live in wet or moist climes. It’s waterproof.

Even though it has fewer bells and whistles than the video doorbells, it’s still nicely featured. And it will work equally well in a house or apartment.

Because the Avantek Door Chime is waterproof, you can mount it everywhere. Okay, so maybe not in your pool or fishpond or Khoi water feature. But anywhere else. You can select your volume levels and the sounds. There are 52, so it’s almost like a good mixtape.

The highlights

  • It carries stamps of approval from RoHs, FCC, and CE
  • This little unit has SERIOUSLY low power consumption. The lithium battery can last up to three years
  • It’s both waterproof and dustproof. So, it will work in Owens Valley and in Waialeale
  • It can work in temperatures from -4 °F all the way up to 140 °F
  • It includes two plug-in receivers – and these are guaranteed not to interfere with any equipment in your or your neighbor’s homes
  • The little speaker is a marvel. It’s 40 mm diameter, stereo, and has a crisp and rich timbre
  • It automatically preserves your settings, so you can go right back to where you were after a power outage. No resetting necessary
  • You can add more receivers to the system (this is great!) so you can cover bigger areas

More features

My mom stays with me on occasion. She’s sprightly as anything, but she doesn’t hear as well as she used to. She happened to be visiting while I was preparing this review, and specifically when I had the Avantek D-3B installed. 

 The video doorbells didn’t do much for her, but the fact that she could push the volume of this little unit all the way to 115dB was like cream for a cat! And she loved the tunes. 

She asked me to install one at her apartment because she often doesn’t hear her current doorbell. There’s a user review right off the bat!

This little unit solved an issue for me too. My writing studio is in the back of my property. Some call it a shack. I call it my hidey-hole. Fact is, this office of mine is a distance from the house. 

The range of this doorbell meant I could install a receiver and suddenly I could hear when somebody was at the door.

This in itself helped solve the parcel-and-porch-pirate situation for the while I had it installed. You see, the main reason parcels were left on the porch in the first place, is that I couldn’t hear my doorbell when I was writing in my studio.

What customers say

These all come from verified customer reviews.

  • Tech support is great if you ever need it
  • It looks really good, and it’s really well made
  • It has a flashing light notification – great if you don’t want to disturb a sleeping baby
  • Installation is a breeze

My lowdown

If I wasn’t going to install a video doorbell this one would have been it for me. It was super easy to install and solved a number of my problems without me expecting it to. Those kinds of surprises are always nice.

I loved interacting with the company. Their customer service is great, they’re friendly, and they care.

I will unashamedly put my weight behind this little unit for anybody in a house or apartment. That’s if you don’t want to opt for a video doorbell instead.

#4 Lovin Waterproof Wireless Doorbell Chime

Doorbell, Lovin Product Waterproof Wireless Doorbell Chime Kit with 36 Chimes, Adjustable Volume; 1000feet Operating, with Sound LED Flash Door Bell for Home (1 Receiver x 1 Push Button)

My mom’s visit while testing the Avantek triggered a thought: what about people in apartment complexes? I know from experience older buildings often don’t have doorbells for every unit. Waiting for a pizza can be frustrating!

So, I also included a search for the ideal doorbell for apartment buildings in the preparation for this review. And I found one!

The push-button of this unit attaches with an adhesive and has a range of a thousand feet.

The sound quality is not that of the Avantek, but hey, at least you’ll get your pizza and it will still be hot!

Features

  • It’s dustproof, and it’s waterproof
  • It’s sleek and flat, so cleaning it is a cinch
  • The Lovin has 36 ringtones, and you can adjust the volume all the way up to 85dB
  • Installation is a breeze. The receiver works without batteries – you simply plug it into an outlet. The push-button fixes to the door frame with adhesive tape. That’s it!

What customers say

These all come from verified customer reviews.

  • The range is fantastic
  • People really like the creative music/ringtone options
  • Customer service is ultra-responsive
  • Installation and setup take less than 10 minutes

My lowdown

Thinking about apartment complexes took me right back to the pizza and Jack days of my own first apartment.

I was a bit skeptical about the range because I tested it with the button at my front door and the receiver in my studio. But it worked PERFECTLY! It never failed. 

There were a couple of rings when nobody was there. Maybe wind? Or the porch pirates fooling around? Who knows? 

The Lovin Waterproof Wireless Doorbell Chime solves a big problem, and it does it well. For the door of a rental apartment, where you don’t want to drill holes and pull wires, it’s perfect. The range makes it ideal.

It gets five stars from me as a wonderful, purpose-built unit.

#5 SadoTech Wireless Doorbell

SadoTech Wireless Doorbell and Chimes Wireless Kit for Home At Over 1000-feet Range with 52 USA Doorbell Chime 4 Levels Adjustable Volume and LED Flash Model C

Once I was done with thinking about apartments, my focus shifted to big properties, especially double stories. My previous home (the one with the faulty alarm sensors) was a double story, and I forever had a problem hearing the doorbell on the top floor.

So, I looked for something to solve this problem. And again, I found one. This corner of the market has really thought about everything.

A multiple receiver system is the answer. And the Sado Tech CXR is probably the most cost-effective one out there.

Essentially, a dual receiver system has one button, which obviously goes on your front door. But it has two receivers. One for upstairs and one for downstairs, in the case of a double-story home. 

This one has an optimal range of around 500 feet. To test it I installed one in my house, and one in my writing studio. And it worked like a charm.

Features

  • You can actually configure the unit to ring with different ring tones – one for upstairs and one for downstairs. (now they just need a third, automatic ringtone that senses when a salesman presses the button…)
  • It has a selection of 52 chimes – again a little like a good mixtape
  • It will work in temperatures ranging from -4 to 140 degrees F
  • Your battery will last for up to three years
  • It has four volume levels – it’s MORE than adequate
  • You can pair it with more than 20 transmitters from their Starpoint Series, so you can really expand this simple little unit into a powerful security system

What customers say

These all come from verified customer reviews.

  • Teachers use this as a classroom attention-getter!
  • Streamlined and slim design
  • The push-button glows in the dark
  • Chime selection is fantastic

My lowdown

When I was younger, I dreamed of having a butler. And a blond and a Porsche. 

The butler, if that dream had become a reality, would have completely negated the need for a proper doorbell. So would the blond (possibly). But alas, it’s me. And only me. And I have to do all the heavy lifting and all the door-answering work myself.

For bigger homes that don’t have butlers, this doorbell is perfect. 

It’s quick and easy to install (read: DIY, even for me) It looks good. It’s loud enough. It has a great selection of ringtones. And the price is just right.

This one gets a solid thumbs-up from me.

A quick buyer’s guide

What to look out for in receivers

Check and check again – you want to be sure the recommended distance between the button at your door and the receiver will fit your needs. Place them too far apart, and you’ll get intermittent reception, like break-up on a cell phone signal. And for a doorbell, this is no good.

Waterproof may be necessary

This may be more important than you think. Your doorbell should work in high humidity, snow, and rain. Much like the UPS.

I’d opt for a waterproof unit every time.

Do you want a video system?

Look, not everybody is enamored by tech. And I get that. But, let me tell you, there’s something about a video unit that’s just…well… FUN! It’s great to be able to see who’s at your door before you open.

And then, of course, there’s the security bonus.

Consider it carefully.

A parting shot

I always love doing reviews on anything tach. That’s no secret.

Doorbells may not sound like they fall into the “tech” category, but these products I looked at all pack a mighty tech punch. They’re well research, and they all serve a need in the market.

The five I listed here all do their job superbly. They have different features and different functionalities, but not one of them let me down during the entire review process.

Above all, the selections the market offers make shopping for a doorbell fun. And we can all do with more of that, right?!