Are you considering a quick upgrade to your home security? If so, a video doorbell could be the answer. Video doorbells are designed to be user-friendly, easy to install, and useful for monitoring and interacting with guests (or thieves!) at your front door.
While it’s true that video doorbells can be a bit pricey, with the best options typically ranging from $100 to $200, there’s good news right now. Just like last year, Amazon is hosting a second Prime Day-like event this October. This time around, they’re calling it the Prime Big Deal Days, and it runs from October 10 to 11. That’s right, the sale has begun! And just like typical Prime Day sales, we’re seeing lots of deals from a number of doorbell camera brands. Here’s our full coverage of Prime Big Deal Days 2023 doorbell cameras sales and discounts.
A Primer on Prime Big Deal Days 2023
Although it goes by a different name, the Prime Big Deal Days is essentially just like any other Prime Day sale. Amazon is dropping deals left and right so Prime members can have their pick of discounted products both from Amazon and other brands that sell on the platform.
There’s an entire page on Amazon’s site dedicated to the Prime Big Deal Days, so give that a visit if you want to see everything that’s on sale. If you’re after video doorbells, though, check out the list we curated below of the best offers available right now.
October Prime Day 2023 Video Doorbell Deals and Discounts
|Ring||Video Doorbell Wired, Video Doorbell, Battery Doorbell Plus, Video Doorbell Pro, and Video Doorbell Pro 2||Up to 46% off|
|Ring bundles||Ring Alarm with video doorbell and security cam bundles||37% off|
|Blink||Blink Video Doorbell||Price drop to $29.99 (50% off)|
|Blink||Blink camera and video doorbell bundles||Up to 52% off|
|Arlo||Essential Wired Video Doorbell, Essential Video Doorbell Wire-Free||60% off|
|Google Nest||Google Nest Doorbell (battery)||Price drop to $119.99 (33% off)|
|Google Nest||Google Nest Doorbell (wired)||Price drop to $149.99 (17% off)|
|Reolink||Reolink Doorbell Wi-Fi Camera||Vouchers for up to $25 off|
|Wyze||Wireless Video Doorbell Pro||Price drop to $69.98 ($30 off)|
Ring has the most number of video doorbell deals available, and the discounts are up to 47-percent off. We’re not complaining; Ring, after all, is a leading video doorbell brand in terms of value and features.
However, we’re also seeing much bigger discounts from Blink, Ring’s sister company under Amazon, and Arlo, another supplier of high-tech video doorbells and security cameras. There are also some good markdowns from Google Nest, and if you’re looking to buy really smart video doorbells, the Google Nest Doorbell we reviewed is certainly one to consider.
Unfortunately, some of the doorbells we love aren’t on Amazon. The Vivint Doorbell Camera we reviewed, for example, is exclusively offered by Vivint. If your selection doesn’t have Prime Day deals or isn’t on Amazon, look for doorbell camera Black Friday deals instead.
We have one more tip for you: Video doorbells are great for catching and reporting package theft, or even interacting with guests at your door. However, video doorbells can’t protect your entire home. That’s why we recommend adding security cameras throughout as well. And since we’re on the topic of Prime Big Deal Days of, check out our page on the best security camera Prime Day deals available.
What To Look For in Doorbell Cameras
While Amazon makes it easy to find the most extravagant Prime Day deals, you shouldn’t be basing your buying decision on how much you can save alone. New to doorbell cameras and not sure where to start? Although they may seem overwhelming, they’re not super different from a regular outdoor camera.
- Connectivity: Most smart doorbells connect to Wi-Fi, through which they stream live videos and record to the cloud.
- Durability: Look for a model that works in a wide temperature range, with an IP rating of at least 65, meaning it’s dust-tight and water-resistant.1
- Power: While there are wireless video doorbells available, if you have existing doorbell wiring, you may opt for a hardwired version. Note that this could complicate installation, so you may want to hire a professional in some cases. Wireless options, on the other hand, are very easy to install with few tools. However, take into account battery life and whether it’s a rechargeable or replaceable battery. Rechargeable batteries are more cost-efficient, as you won’t need to buy batteries on a regular basis.
- Video resolution: Look for video doorbells with resolutions of at least 1080p video, the current standard in the home security industry.
- Field of view: The field of view should be wide enough to see your entire front yard; 120 degrees should be the minimum. Also consider the orientation. Video doorbells with horizontal orientation can cover a wider field, but they might not be able to catch a person’s face if they stand too close. Those with vertical orientation, on the other hand, can capture an entire person from head to toe, but they might have blindspots on the sides.
- Zoom: To catch those smaller details, look for cameras with optical zoom.
- Two-way audio: Two-way audio is an essential feature of any video doorbell. It’s what lets you talk to your visitors at your front door rather than just see them. With a microphone on the device itself, they can talk back, all through your mobile application.
- Night vision: We prefer doorbell cameras with infrared night vision over doorbell cameras with color night vision, as the bright lights can make your device quite conspicuous.
- Storage: If you end up having a break-in or package theft, you’ll probably want to use your doorbell camera’s footage in the criminal investigation, and you’ll need storage for that. While some doorbell cameras have local storage through micro-SD cards, most offer cloud storage, which is often part of a monthly subscription. Consider these costs as well, as they’re typically around $3 a month.
- Smart home integrations: Already in the Amazon or Google smart home ecosystem? Look for a video doorbell that works with Alexa or Google Assistant, along with your other smart home devices for home automation.
- Artificial intelligence: You don’t want to be notified every time your video doorbell detects motion from any object, as that will include cars, animals, and even trees swaying in the wind. Instead, look for video doorbells with person detection so you only get notified when it matters. Facial recognition, which tells you exactly who’s at your door, is even better.
- Installation: You can either install the video doorbell yourself or hire a professional. Some companies, like Vivint, require professional installation.
- App: Look for a corresponding mobile application with high ratings on the App Store or Google Play, depending on the make of your phone or tablet.
- Pricing: Video doorbells range in price from just $19.99 to $249.99 at the most extreme, but you can expect to pay around $150 for the equipment. Don’t forget to factor in the costs of all your products and services, from the video doorbell and its mount to storage and (in some cases) professional monitoring.
Considering how useful they are and how much value they add to home security, it’s not surprising that video doorbells sell incredibly well during sale events, be that Prime Day or Black Friday. With the Prime Big Deal Days 2023 finally here, now is the best time to start choosing the right video doorbell to add to your home.
DSM&T. (2021). IP Rating Chart.