While security cameras have dropped far below $100, video doorbells have taken longer to reach that level of affordability. Budget solutions like the Ring Video Doorbell Wired and the Wyze Video Doorbell were both inexpensive, but they were also wired-only, limiting their appeal to those who lived in homes with doorbell wiring or who were permitted to replace their doorbells (which excluded many apartment owners and renters).
In late 2021 and early 2022, major budget-friendly developers released two video doorbells: the $90 Wyze Video Doorbell Pro and the $50 Blink Video Doorbell. Wyze positioned itself as the superior value of the two options right away: It was more expensive, but the accompanying plug-in chime, greater resolution, wider field of view, and other features more than made up for it. Blink, on the other hand, made headlines because of its incomparable pricing and the fact that it operates on two AA batteries.
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The key concern with ultra cheap video doorbells isn’t so much about value (because they both have it), but rather about performance. Here’s how Wyze and Blink stack up against each other.
Blink Video Doorbell
Fifty dollars is hard to match for a wireless video doorbell, and Blink continues to deliver a solid product. A 135-degree horizontal field of view and an 80-degree vertical field of view are included, as well as night vision, two-way communication, motion alerts, and more. While there is no free cloud storage out of the box, you can acquire 60 days of unlimited storage for $3/month or purchase the $35 Blink Sync Module 2 for local storage.
The fact that you can’t access Blink’s live feed unless triggered by a motion alarm or buzzer-push message is a major drawback. While this will be a disappointment for some customers, it may not affect their decision. Read our review of the Blink Video Doorbell.
Wyze Video Doorbell Pro
Wyze’s $90 buzzer can be wired directly to your doorbell wiring or powered by the supplied battery, which has a six-month battery life. The 1440×1440 resolution with a 150-degree by 150-degree field of view, full night vision, two-way communication, and free 12-second clip storage on a 14-day rolling basis are all included in this doorbell. For $2 a month, you can get intelligent alerts (human, pet, vehicle, and package), unlimited clip length for storage, and no cooldown between recordings if you subscribe to its Cam Plus programme.
In a nutshell, this item provides amazing value for the money. A plug-in chime is also included in the box.
Which is better budget doorbell?
While Blink’s price is impressive and its performance is consistent, Wyze’s value proposition just outperforms the competition. For around a hundred dollars, you get a lot of fantastic features, especially the tall field of view and free cloud storage.
Blink is your best pick if you’re searching for the cheapest video doorbell on the market, or if you need local storage. The Wyze Video Doorbell Pro is the clear winner for everyone else.