Kangaroo Doorbell Camera
Kangaroo Doorbell Camera Prices and Packages
- Wireless design makes for an easy, peel-and-stick installation process
- Infrared night vision
- Alerts users when it detects motion, when the doorbell is rung, or both.
When we heard that Kangaroo had made a doorbell camera for only $19.99, we were shocked and a little bit suspicious. Most video doorbells cost around $115, which is about five times as much money. Could Kangaroo, a relatively new smart home security company, really produce a doorbell camera for that tiny budget? In this page, we’re breaking down all of the costs associated with the Kangaroo Doorbell Camera, not only the equipment itself but also storage and monitoring fees, and whether or not it’s worth the money.
Kangaroo and Voice Commands
As of now, the Kangaroo Doorbell Camera doesn’t work with any voice assistants like Alexa, Google Assistant or Siri, unlike their security kit. We wish we were able to command our doorbell camera, but alas, there were no smart platform integrations. Rats!
FYI: Although Kangaroo’s doorbell camera doesn’t work with any voice assistants at the time being, some of their other devices like their security system work with Alexa and Google Assistant, while the Privacy Camera only works with Google Assistant.
Kangaroo Doorbell Camera and Package Pricing
We bought the Kangaroo Doorbell Camera and Chime as a standalone package, although it’s also available as part of the larger Front Door Security Kit.
|Front Door Security Kit||$99.00 or free if purchased with year of Kangaroo Complete for $99|
|Doorbell Camera and Chime||$19.99|
If you’re starting off with home security, the Front Door Security Kit is cheaper than buying all of the components individually; it’s even free if you sign up for a year of Kangaroo Complete, which costs the same amount as the entire kit! As far as installation went, we installed the doorbell camera ourselves, which saved us from having to pay big money for professional installation; rather, all we needed were our hands and five mm black screws. We picked these up from the hardware store for very little money, so if you’re on a budget, Kangaroo may be speaking to you directly.
More Kangaroo Equipment Prices
Of course, Kangaroo isn’t fully centered on their video doorbells. They also offer different singular components, packages and accessories that complement the doorbell camera nicely.
|Product Name||Price (Low to High)|
|Five Security Stickers||$14.99|
|Doorbell Camera + Chime||$19.99|
|Two Roo Tags||$24.99|
|Motion + Entry Sensor||$29.99|
|Water + Climate Sensor||$29.99|
|Siren + Keypad||$69.99|
|5-Piece Starter Kit- two Motion + Entry sensors, one siren and keypad, two Roo tags, one yard sign, five window decals||$79 or free with Kangaroo Complete annual|
|Front Door Security Kit||$99|
|8-Piece Starter Kit- Three Motion + Entry sensors, one Water + Climate sensor, one siren and keypad, one yard sign, five window decals||$99, $50 off with Kangaroo Complete annual|
|5-Piece Kit + Privacy Camera Bundle- two Motion + Entry sensors, one siren and keypad, two Roo tags, one yard sign, five window decals, one Privacy Camera||$129, $50 off with Kangaroo Complete annual|
|8-Piece Kit + Privacy Camera Bundle- Three Motion + Entry sensors, one Water + Climate sensor, one siren and keypad, one yard sign, five window decals, Privacy Camera||$149, $50 off with Kangaroo Complete annual|
Note that Kangaroo’s Porch Protection Plan and Kangaroo Complete plans differ based on what equipment you get; for example, if you get a security kit, which we tested out, then Kangaroo Complete will include 24/7 professional monitoring and integrations with Alexa and Google Assistant, among other premium features. But to keep things simple, we’re only showing you the plans relevant to the doorbell camera, which brings us to our next section…
Kangaroo Cloud Storage Costs
Just because the Kangaroo Doorbell Camera doesn’t record video didn’t mean that we didn’t want to save the photos it took. For free, the photos were saved in cloud storage for a day, but we could’ve upgraded to a year of cloud storage for only $23.88 a year, which comes down to $1.99 a month with the Porch Protection Plan. For $10 a month or $99 a year, we could’ve opted for Kangaroo Complete, which made us eligible for a homeowner’s discount. Since we aren’t even close to owning homes yet, we went with the Porch Protection plan. It’s not surprising that Kangaroo offers cloud storage, as the cloud industry was valued at over $46 billion in 2019.1 Yes, billion with a B. However, we wish the doorbell camera also had a slot for a micro-SD card so we could store the photos locally (and for more than one day without paying a subscription fee).
|Basic Plan||Porch Protection Plan||Kangaroo Complete|
|Term Length Options||n/a||Yearly||Monthly or yearly|
|Days of Cloud Storage||1||365||365|
|Maximum Package Theft Coverage||X||$300||$300|
|Coverage||All doorbell cameras per location||All doorbell cameras per location||All doorbell cameras per location|
|Homeowner’s insurance discount eligibility||X||X||✓|
Now, what’s a bit confusing about Kangaroo’s plans is that their features differ based on what equipment you get, so if we had their security system, Kangaroo’s price would’ve made more sense, as it would’ve included 24/7 professional monitoring. Learn more in our Kangaroo security system review, or read our Kangaroo security system pricing page; here, we’re just focusing on their doorbell camera.
Kangaroo Doorbell Camera: What We Liked
If you want to learn more about the Kangaroo Doorbell Camera, we recommend reading our full Kangaroo Doorbell Camera review, but here’s a preview of what we liked the most:
- Large temperature range: Working in temperatures from negative four to 122 degrees Fahrenheit, the Kangaroo Doorbell Camera fits into most climates.
- Wireless with long battery life: After sticking it to our front door frame, we didn’t have to change the Kangaroo Doorbell Camera’s battery for a year.
- Infrared night vision: Although we were only given pictures as opposed to videos, the nighttime shots turned out pretty well thanks to the Kangaroo Doorbell Camera’s infrared LED sensors.
- Easy installation: Since the Kangaroo Doorbell Camera is wireless, installation was as easy as placing a bumper sticker on our car. Since professional installation for outdoor cameras normally costs somewhere around $250 to $540,2 that puts money back in our pockets, where it will hopefully stay.
- Affordable price: At only $19.99, the Kangaroo Doorbell Camera is by far the most affordable doorbell camera we’ve tested out (although it doesn’t include video or two-way audio like most of the models we’ve tested).
- User-friendly app: The Kangaroo: Simple Home Security app alerted us when our Kangaroo Doorbell Camera detected motion via notifications and screenshots.
Returning the Kangaroo Doorbell Camera
Since we prefer our doorbell cameras to record video, we ended up trying to return the Kangaroo Doorbell Camera; sad! But when we went to their website to return it, we found that they only accept returns from up to 30 days from the original ship date. Since we had tested the doorbell camera for months, we were way past that date, so no refund for us. However, if we had returned it in that time period, we could’ve expected a refund in three to five business days, not too shabby.
Note: If you want to test out the Kangaroo Doorbell Camera without financial risk, mark 30 days from the shipment date on your calendar; you’ll need to return it in that window to get a refund.
Cancelling A Kangaroo Subscription
Whether it’s a monthly or yearly subscription, if you want to cancel your Kangaroo subscription as we did, go into the Kangaroo: Simple Home Security app, click “My Account”, “My Plan” then “Cancel”. However, don’t think you’ll be able to get a pro-rated refund for an annual plan; rather, your car will be charged when you purchase it, so there’s little point in cancelling before the year’s up. Sorry, not sorry!
Kangaroo Payment Methods
When it comes to clicking purchase, we used a regular Visa debit card, but we could’ve also paid using any major credit card and even cryptocurrency. However, Kangaroo doesn’t accept any gift cards or prepaid debit cards, so be prepared to whip out that Mastercard, Visa, American Express, or Discover.
Kangaroo offers a one year warranty with all of its products. In a nutshell, they’ll replace devices or parts of devices that are defective with new parts or devices, which may or may not be refurbished. If you think you have a product that’s defective or has a defective part, contact Kangaroo’s support team as soon as possible to take advantage of your warranty within the first year.
Dear Kangaroo: How To Get In Touch
Maybe your Doorbell Camera isn’t working as you thought it would and you can’t find any answers in their online support center. In that case, it’s best to contact Kangaroo directly:
- Phone: Call 800-371-0097 to reach a support representative. They’re available from six AM until midnight every day of the week.
- Live chat: Live chat is also available on the Kangaroo website for the same hours.
- Email: You can also email Kangaroo at email@example.com, again available 18 hours a day every day.
Overall, the Kangaroo Doorbell Camera probably isn’t for everyone, as most people looking for doorbell cameras want video. However, if you’re ok with only seeing photos of who’s at your door and not being able to speak to them through the camera, then the Kangaroo Doorbell Camera may work for you, especially given its low price.
- Which doorbell camera is best?
The best doorbell cameras are from Ring, SimpliSafe, Nest, SkyBell and August.
- Can you use a Ring camera without a doorbell?
You don’t need a doorbell to use a Ring camera or doorbell camera. Some of their video doorbells are wireless or have a wireless option, like the Ring Video Doorbell, the Ring Video Doorbell2, the Ring Peephole Cam, the Ring Video Doorbell 3 and the Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus.
- Does Wyze have a doorbell camera?
As of now, Wyze does not have a doorbell camera. However, they do have an outdoor camera you can use on your front door; it just won’t be hooked up to your home’s doorbell.
- What is the best video doorbell that doesn’t require a subscription?
The best video doorbell that doesn’t require a subscription is the SimpliSafe Video Doorbell Pro. However, without a subscription, you won’t be able to receive notifications or control your system remotely, although live streaming is free.
- Do doorbell cameras have monthly fees?
Some doorbell cameras like the Vivint Doorbell Camera have monthly fees. However, some companies don’t have any mandatory fees for their doorbell cameras, like Ring, Nest and Kangaroo.
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