5 Video Doorbells That Will Change Your Life

No more putting on pants for people who want to give you a flier for an American fusion restaurant.

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The Ring Video Doorbell

The news on Thursday that Amazon had purchased smart home doorbell company Ring, and slashed the price of its flagship product down to $100 got us thinking about what other camera doorbell options are out there.

The virtues of a camera doorbell are legion: It’s like a stress-free installation of an intercom you can control with your smartphone, so answering the door for someone who hit the wrong buzzer will be a thing of the past; It’s a seriously good security upgrade for your home, enabling you to check outside whenever you want; it’s also, obviously, convenient as hell. I got a Ring for my house recently and it changed my life, from being able to tell my friends to give me a second to answer the door because I haven’t put pants on yet, to telling those scammers who pretend they’re from your electric company or whatever, to get the hell out of here. Video doorbells are a fun revelation. Time to get on that bandwagon.

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5. Ring Video Doorbell

Natch. This is the be-all, end-all of video doorbells. Just attach it to your doorway, make sure its (long-lasting!) batteries are charged, and away you go. You can answer your door from ANYWHERE, and talk through the doorbell to whoever's there. You'll never miss a package delivery again. Amazon, $99.99

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4. Zmodo Smart Greet Wi-Fi Video Doorbell

The Zmodo Greet is a very, very solid budget option for those who want a smart home experience at low cost. Now you have no excuse. Amazon, $59.99

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3. iseeBell Wi-Fi Enabled HD Video Doorbell

Two-way audio, night vision, and a receiver/"chime" you can place anywhere inside your home make this an extremely well-made, stylish, and popular smart doorbell. Amazon, $99.95

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2. SOWELL Smart Doorbell

Another sleek, super-cheap option. The Sowell doorbell can be installed anywhere, and sends an HD photo to your phone whenever it's pressed, so you know exactly who's trying to reach you. Amazon, $

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1. Geri Smart Video Doorbell

Safe to say Geri took some inspiration from the Ring's design, but why not? It's a great piece of tech. The Geri has a 4-and-a-half star rating on Amazon, meaning it;s not just a pretty–and familiar–face. Amazon, $99.99

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