Best video doorbell: Home Safe Home from just S$39

I’m going to be honest. The main reason I wanted to buy the best video doorbell is that I’ve been over-shopping online and waiting for deliveries is one of the most bitter pains of modern living. If you agree, you need a good doorbell camera, too.

Video Doorbell - man pressing doorbell
Credit – Ring

Oh yeah, it will also help with security, too, seeing as how even a bag of trash can steal your package (California, man. lol).

How to choose the best video doorbell

If you are buying your first smart doorbell, here is a quick rundown of the criteria we used to choose the best video doorbells for our recommended list.

  1. Resolution: 1080p HD resolution is recommended; 2K or higher will provide clearer video.
  2. Field of View: A wide FoV captures more information. 180 degrees is ideal.
  3. Power source: Decide whether you need a battery-powered or hardwired doorbell.
  4. Storage: Check if the doorbell offers onboard storage or requires cloud subscriptions.
  5. Detection: Smart doorbells can distinguish between people, packages and vehicles.
  6. Night vision: Protect your home even in low light conditions.
  7. Durability: Choose a doorbell with an IP rating for resistance to rain and dust.
  8. Display: An integrated viewing screen inside the home is convenient.

We also factored in the price for the doorbell cameras on our list. So, you may see some models with excellent specs not on the list – we think the alternatives on our list deliver great value for their respective prices.

Other things you should consider before you buy a video doorbell are:

  1. Size: Will the video doorbell fit in the wall space by your door?
  2. Mounting: Will you need to drill to mount the device?
  3. Integration: Will it interface with your smart home app?

Regardless of which model you choose, make sure to always lock your door.

Best video doorbell cameras in Singapore

Here are the best standalone and smart doorbell models in Singapore.

1. eufy T8200 Video Doorbell

The impressive eufy T8200 combines the best features of virtually all the models on our list to easily top our list. It may not be the cheapest, yes, but it certainly delivers quality and innovative features for its price.

It sports 2K resolution, equalling all its competitors, and follows up with a wide 160-degree field of view. The inbuilt 6-month battery is impressive but you can also hardwire the device. While several competitors offer cloud storage, eufy is the only one that offers it for free. They even include a 16GB SD card for onboard storage.

Couple that with its IP65 rating – the highest on our list – and you have a video doorbell that’s very hard to find fault with.

Video Doorbell - eufy T8200
Credit – eufy
  • Max resolution:2160p (2K)
  • Field of View: 160 degrees
  • Power source: 6,500mAh battery (180-day)
  • Storage: Onboard 16GB (included) & Cloud (free)
  • Night vision: Yes
  • IP rating: IP65
  • Display: No
  • Connectivity: Alexa, Google Assistant

Buy now from S$290 on Lazada 

2. TP-Link Tapo D230S1

Why buy:  The TP-Link Tapo D230S1 gives you 2K 5MP Live View even in low-light environments, and Colour Night Vision. Its rechargeable battery is removable and has a low-power mode to extend use time.

Smart AI identifies people and cars, and notifies you as set. It lets you send out a recorded quick response, or use its a 2-way speaker to communicate directly using the Tapo app. The Anti-theft alarm keeps it safe while it keeps your home safe.

Video Doorbell - TP Link Tapo DS230S1
Credit – Lazada
  • Max resolution: 2K
  • Field of View: 160 degrees diagonal
  • Power source: 6,700mAh battery (180 days)
  • Storage: Onboard & Cloud
  • Night vision: Yes
  • IP rating: IP64
  • Display: No
  • Connectivity: Tapo app

Buy now from S$99 on Lazada 

3. Awapow Smart Peephole Doorbell Camera

Why buy: The Awapow Peephole camera is an affordable model that performs the role of peephole, security camera and visual doorbell all at once. It comes packaged with a 4.3-inch display screen that can be placed at any level for the convenience of everyone in the home.

While the live video feed does not allow for live 2-way communication, it is still a convenient feature. You can set different sensitivity levels to suit your neighbourhood and environment.

Video Doorbell - Apapow
Credit – Lazada
  • Max resolution: 1080p (1K)
  • Field of View: 120 degrees
  • Power source: 5,000mAh battery
  • Storage: Onboard & Cloud
  • Night vision: Yes
  • IP rating: –
  • Display: Yes, 4.3-in TFT LCD
  • Connectivity: Alexa, Google Assistant, Tuya app

Buy now from S$83 on Lazada 

4. Xiaomi Smart Doorbell 3 MJML06-FJ (Global Version)

Xiaomi’s entry is a capable model that comes with an attractive price tag. It comes with 2K video that captures an ultra-wide 180 degrees of action. Unlike Ring, it lets you view captured video for free, storing up to 72 hours of motion-triggered events.

A theft prevention alarm is triggered, along with video and a notification to your phone if the doorbell detects that it is being removed. While two-way smart motion detection, voice calls and customised auto reply are common features, the Xiaomi Smart Doorbell even has an integrated smart voice changer. It can be a convenient option for a female occupant or when teens are home alone.

For a sub-S$100, this is a solid option.

Video Doorbell - Xiaomi Smart Doorbell 3
Credit – Xiaomi
  • Max resolution: 2160p (2K)
  • Field of View: 180 degrees
  • Power source: 5,200mAh battery
  • Storage: Cloud (72 hours)
  • Night vision: Yes
  • IP rating: –
  • Display: No
  • Connectivity: Mi Home app

Buy now from S$97 on Lazada 

5. Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2

The flagship model from Ring offers best-in-class features and performance, although it does come with an equally top-range price tag.

With its advanced 3D Motion Detection capabilities, you can set specific alerts for the area near your door. truly amazing, though, is the Bird’s Eye View feature that allows you to trace how visitors go to your door from outside your home.

The 2 reasons not to use a Ring are the price and the need for a Ring Protect Plan (S$5 a month) to be able to record, view and share video and photos. There’s a free 30-day trial and after that, basic features such as instant notification, live view and two-way talk will still be available without a subscription.

Video Doorbell - Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2
Credit – Ring
  • Max resolution: 1536p (1.5K)
  • Field of View: 160° horizontal, 150° vertical
  • Power source: Hardwired
  • Storage: Cloud
  • Night vision: Yes
  • IP rating: –
  • Display: No
  • Connectivity: Ring app, Alexa

Buy now from S$369 on Lazada 

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6. Peephole Door Camera

The most affordable doorbell camera on our list is no pushover. It does fall behind the better models on camera resolution but is still a good contender with its low price, wide FoV, large 4.3-inch display and reasonably wide range of features.

Video Doorbell - Peephole camera
Credit – Lazada
  • Max resolution: 480p
  • Field of View: 170 degrees
  • Power source: 4xAA battery (>6 months)
  • Storage: No
  • Night vision: Yes
  • IP rating: –
  • Display: Yes, 4.3-in
  • Connectivity: Tuya app

Buy now from S$39 on Lazada 

7. Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Gen)

Ring is one of the most well-known and -respected names in home security systems. This 2020 model even sends you a notification when the doorbell is pressed, straight to your Alexa-enabled devices. It even alerts you when packages are left within a specified zone.

The downside of using Ring is that you have to subscribe to their Ring Protect Plan (S$5 a month) to be able to record, view and share the images and video captured by the camera. You do get a free 30-day trial, though. Basic features such as instant notification, live view and two-way talk are available free on the device.

Video Doorbell - Ring 2nd Gen
Credit – Ring
  • Max resolution: 1080p (1K)
  • Field of View: 155° horizontal, 90° vertical
  • Power source: Built-In, rechargeable battery or hardwired
  • Storage: Cloud (180 days with subscription)
  • Night vision: Yes
  • IP rating: –
  • Display: No
  • Connectivity: Ring app, Alexa

Buy now from S$177 on Lazada 

8. Video Doorbell and door viewer 

Another door peephole camera that combines a 4.3-inch screen with convenient installation, this model is more sophisticated than the previous one. The most significant difference is its rechargeable battery and the ability to handle 4 simultaneous users and up to 30 altogether.

PIR (passive infrared) technology captures instant images and videos when motion is detected. You can set it to send an alarm to your phone when certain events are triggered by the PIR, too.

Video Doorbell - Peephole Tuya
Credit – Lazada
  • Max resolution: 1080p (1K)
  • Field of View: 120 degrees
  • Power source: 5,000mAh battery (up to 45 days)
  • Storage: Onboard up to 128GB & Cloud
  • Night vision: Yes
  • IP rating: –
  • Display: Yes, 4.3-in
  • Connectivity: Tuya app

Buy now from S$115 on Lazada 

9. T32 Smart Doorbell

This smart doorbell makes it to our list because it offers excellent 1080p recording and  waterproof (IP54) certification. It can detect motion within a 10-metre radius and be programmed to send push notifications in response.

Two-way audio lets you communicate with visitors and delivery people. Like Ring, you have to pay for cloud storage. However, the device also has the option of on-board SD card recording if you prefer the free option.

Video Doorbell - T32
Credit – Lazada
  • Max resolution: 1080p (1K)
  • Field of View: 135 degrees
  • Power source: 2 x 2,200mAh batteries (up to 2 months)
  • Storage: Onboard up to 128GB & Cloud (paid)
  • Night vision: Yes
  • IP rating: IP54
  • Display: No
  • Connectivity: Tuya app, SmartLife app

Buy now from S$60 on Lazada 

10. Arlo Video Doorbell 2K AVD4001

This premium product from Arlo has 2K video capabilities that combine with a 180-degree field of view to give you complete, precise coverage. It integrates with a range of the most popular smart home apps to keep you up-to-date all day, every day.

Speak live with visitors or let them leave a recorded message if you are unavailable. An inbuilt siren alerts you to intruders, too. Like Ring, Arlo has its own paid subscription app called Arlo Secure that lets you record and save video.

Video Doorbell - Arlo
Credit – Arlo
  • Max resolution: 2160p (2K)
  • Field of View: 180 degrees
  • Power source: 4-month battery or hardwired
  • Storage: Cloud (paid)
  • Night vision: Yes
  • IP rating: –
  • Display: No
  • Connectivity: ArloSecure app, Alexa, Google Home, IFTTT

Buy now from S$299 on Lazada 

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