SkyBell HD WiFi Video Doorbell

Last updated date: April 23, 2019

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8.3

SkyBell HD WiFi Video Doorbell

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We looked at the top Doorbells and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Doorbell you should buy.

Update as September 19, 2019:
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Overall Take


In our analysis of 65 expert reviews, the SkyBell HD WiFi Video Doorbell placed 9th when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

SkyBell HD is a High-Definition, patented video doorbell connected to your home Wi-Fi that lets you see, hear, and speak to visitors at your door simply by using your smartphone or tablet - even if you're not at home. With 1080p video, full-color night vision, motion sensor and live alerts - SkyBell HD will conveniently give you peace of mind when answering the door without compromising your safety. And even when you don't answer, SkyBell HD will record video to your FREE cloud account as soon as the button is pressed or motion is detected. So, you'll always know who's at your door. Home security made easy with SkyBell's FREE app. Convenience. Control. Cutting- Edge. Keep tabs on your front door- anytime, anywhere- with the SkyBell app for iOS and Android mobile devices. All recorded events are available for up to 7 -days FREE of charge; download videos to your mobile device and share them as you like. The easy to use app lets you see who's at your door whether you're in the kitchen, at work or on the go! NO MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION REQUIRED. Installation is a snap! SkyBell HD won the " Best Doorbell" category in CNET's list of Best Smart Home devices on 2016 and 2017, and is simple for anyone to install and setup. SkyBell HD video doorbell rugged design works between -40 and 122 degrees F. to insure functionality and durability in all weather conditions. SkyBell HD " WORKS WITH ALEXA" and with Google Home devices which adds an additional level of convenience by offering hands free control of your front door. Colors: Silver or Bronze. Compatibility: SkyBell will work with mechanical doorbell chimes without any changes. If you have a digital doorbell chime, you’ll need to install the Digital Doorbell Adapter Accessory. SkyBell will not work with wireless doorbell chimes or existing intercom systems.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

9.0
8 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

6.7
1,035 user reviews

What experts liked

The latest SkyBell comes complete with a 1080p resolution, on-demand live streaming and free clip storage, as well as integrations with Amazon's Alexa and Google/Alphabet's Nest. It also has its own IFTTT channel.
- CNET
May 5, 2016 | Full review
SkyBell HD uses multi-color LEDS to provide full color night vision video rather than the typical black-and-white video that you get with most of the competition.
- PG Magazine - SE Asia
The video and audio quality is perfect and comes with night vision so you can see faces when it's dark outside.
- Good Housekeeping
September 14, 2016 | Full review
One of the reasons why Skybell HD became so popular is their newest feature – FREE cloud storage. It can save lots of content; and if the storage gets full, you can simply delete old content in order to free up space.
- Smart Doorbell Reviews
August 10, 2016 | Full review
The night-vision of Skybell is decent. It’s pretty cool that they decided to offer a coloured one instead of black-and-white vision.
- Lead Rating
March 9, 2018 | Full review
The night vision feature on the camera, records video in full color, meaning you will never miss a detail from the doorbell footage.
- The Droid Guy
April 3, 2019 | Full review
All your 1080p high-definition video footage is stored for free on your account for a weeklong period (seven full days).
- Bustle
November 30, 2018 | Full review
SkyBell HD offers motion detection and two-way audio so you can get alerts if someone comes to your door and communicate with them even if you’re away.
- A Secure Life
December 18, 2018 | Full review

What experts didn't like

You can't tweak push alert settings or the quality of the video resolution in the app.
- CNET
May 5, 2016 | Full review
Night vision colors were not quite as rich as what you get during the day, but image quality was crisp and appeared sharper than any black-and-white footage we've seen.
- PG Magazine - SE Asia
This doorbell only works off of utility power, with a rated voltage of between 10 to 36 VAC (10W rated).
- Good Housekeeping
September 14, 2016 | Full review
Motion sensor sometimes sends false alerts.
- Smart Doorbell Reviews
August 10, 2016 | Full review
One of the biggest issues of Skybell is the delayed notifications. There was a case when it sent us an alert of an event which had happened two hours before. If anything serious occurred, we would’ve been seriously upset.
- Lead Rating
March 9, 2018 | Full review
The motion detection feature can be a little too sensitive sometimes and can even pickup moving cars and vehicles outside your street. We suggest setting the sensitivity to very low if you live near a street with heavy traffic.
- The Droid Guy
April 3, 2019 | Full review
No wireless compatibility for intercoms, chimes, or video.
- A Secure Life
December 18, 2018 | Full review

Our Expert Consultant

James Both   
Founder and CEO of One Hour Smart Home

James Both is the founder and CEO of One Hour Smart Home, a smart home consulting practice that provides businesses and homeowners with the resources they need to automate their homes. He got his undergraduate degree in engineering from the University of Michigan and completed his MBA at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.  

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An Overview On Doorbells

A smart doorbell can be a great way to keep an eye on your front porch. Whether you’re watching for package theft or you just want to be able to answer the door from wherever you are, the right doorbell can serve that purpose. Thieves have grown savvy to spotting smart doorbells, upping the chances that they’ll skip your home, especially if you pair it with a security camera.

But there’s another benefit to a smart doorbell. If you are home and that door-to-door salesman stops by, you can answer without going to the door, which may make it easier to cut the conversation short. With most doorbells, every second of activity at your front door will be recorded and saved, which means you’ll have a record if you ever need it.

All in all, these little devices can be pretty handy.

“Some smart doorbells will also integrate with other smart devices like Alexa to live stream your smart video doorbell footage on your Alexa devices with a screen or fire TV compatible devices. Smart doorbells can also be integrated with security systems for advanced home protection,” says James Both, founder and CEO of One Hour Smart Home.

But some customers still prefer a more traditional doorbell. If you’re in the market for one that simply chimes to notify you that someone’s arrived, you’ll be surprised to find how easy newer ones are to install. If it’s battery-powered, you only have to hang it, plug in one or more receivers around the house, and you’re ready to go.

One thing to look at if you’re shopping for a smart doorbell is how recordings will work. Both points out that some smart doorbells require a monthly subscription in order to access the recorded footage, so keep that in mind when you’re budgeting for a new doorbell.

With so many smart devices now, consumers are looking for items that can communicate with everything else in their house. If you already have an Alexa, look for one that can connect up. You may not know how you’ll use it now, but it will come in handy down the road.

One of the most popular doorbell integrations, though, is with security cameras. You can buy cameras from the same brand that make it easy to integrate, but you may also find that many doorbells are built to work with standard home security cameras. These cameras can come in handy for capturing activity in your back yard or your driveway.

Another important consideration is whether your doorbell begins recording when motion is detected, or it records constantly throughout the day. Obviously, motion-detection cameras are easier on your utility bill, but those that record constantly ensure you never miss a thing. If you ever have to look back to see if a particular car passed your house, for instance, an always-recording doorbell will have you covered.

The Doorbell Buying Guide

  • There are two popular choices when it comes to doorbells today. Wireless doorbells behave similarly to the doorbells you’ve always used. You’ll simply set the doorbell up and plug at least one speaker in inside your home. When someone arrives, you’ll be notified. A serious competitor, though, growing in popularity, is the smart doorbell. Brands like Nest and Ring have become well-known in the field for a reason. With a smart doorbell, your phone notifies you someone is at your door and you can answer it, no matter where you are. You’ll speak to the person at your door through a speaker built into the doorbell, and they’ll be able to respond.
  • If you already have smart devices in your home, it’s important to consider compatibility if you choose a smart doorbell. The Ring Video Doorbell Pro and Ring Video Doorbell 2 will work with Alexa, Google Home and IFTTT. If you have a smart lock, check which brands work with Ring doorbells. If you have a smart lock made by Kevo, LockState, Kisi or Lockitron, you should be set. This compatibility means you can trigger certain actions within your home when someone’s at your door. The Nest Hello Doorbell is compatible with the Nest Cam IQ Indoor and Google Home speakers.
  • In most cases, the quality of the video feed may not matter so much. However, if you ever need to capture those intricate details, good video quality will come in handy. The Ring Video Doorbell Pro and Ring Video Doorbell 2 both record in 1080 HD video, while the Nest Hello Doorbell boasts HDR video.
  • Traditionally, when someone rang your doorbell, a chime inside the house let you know about it. Wireless doorbells like the STARPOINT Expandable Wireless Doorbell continue that tradition, giving you two receivers that you can plug into any electrical outlet in your home. Smart doorbells like the Ring Video Doorbell Pro, Nest Hello Doorbell and Ring Video Doorbell 2 send those notifications to your smartphone. You can set up your phone to answer, even when you’re away from home.
  • As important as functionality is, it’s also important that your chosen doorbell serve as a great complement to your front door. It’s the entry point to your home, so you’ll be making a first impression with it. The Ring Video Doorbell Pro lets you choose from four faceplates, all included in the box. It also has a slim design that you may find preferable to the bulkier design of the Ring Video Doorbell 2.
  • Ideally, your doorbell will be in a well-sheltered area, protected from the elements. However, that’s not always easy. The Ring Video Doorbell Pro and Ring Video Doorbell 2 are designed to be weatherproof, withstanding various types of precipitation. The STARPOINT Expandable Wireless Doorbell is better for front doors that get very little exposure to the elements.
  • Front door activity doesn’t always happen during daytime hours. To capture that after-dark video, you’ll need a smart doorbell with infrared night vision. Both the Ring Video Doorbell Pro and Ring Video Doorbell 2 have that feature.
  • Installation isn’t always easy, but some doorbells are battery-powered, which means you don’t have to wire them to your home. The STARPOINT Expandable Wireless Doorbell and Ring Video Doorbell 2 are battery powered, while you’ll need to wire the Ring Video Doorbell Pro and Nest Hello Doorbell. The Ring Video Doorbell Pro comes with a power kit to make installation easier.
  • If you choose a smart doorbell, all those videos you record will need to be stored somewhere. The Ring Video Doorbell Pro and Ring Video Doorbell 2 require a monthly subscription if you want to save all your recordings to the cloud.