We spent 40 hours testing 18 different types of wireless doorbells to come up with this top 10 best list. We tested for operating range, installation, technology, sound features and security options to compile the list. The number one place goes to the Honeywell RCWL330A1000/N P4- Premium because it satisfied multiple criteria. Its design is visually appealing, is easy to install and has a decent operating range of 450-ft. This model ranked the most points in its scalability. The device can be pair with a motion detector, multiple push buttons and comes with visual alerts so you know what’s happening at the front door. It has a fair price point especially considering the features you get for the price.
Wireless Doorbell Buying Guide
What is a Wireless Doorbell?
A wireless doorbell works the same way a traditional doorbell does except, as the name suggests, there are no wires connecting the push button at the door and the interior chime box.
The typical wireless doorbell has two parts. The first is the doorbell transmitter (or push button) and the other is the chime box receiver. The push button transmits information through radio frequency to the chime box in the house which in turn produces the designated tone.
Installing the device is very easy. Most transmitters or push buttons come with a double-sided adhesive tape on the back which adheres to the wall. The packaging also comes with screws which are a good alternative for a more permanent fixture. The chime box typically plugs directly into an electrical outlet. Most transmitters come with a battery which needs to be replaced periodically.
What to Look For in a Wireless Doorbell
There is a good range of features you should look for in a wireless doorbell. We focused on the most important ones although we did consider many of the others listed here.
This is arguably the most important feature in a doorbell. The range starts anywhere from 150-ft to 1000-ft. the most appropriate choice depends on the size of your home. The larger the house, the better range you need for your device to work effectively. You may go for lower range if you have a small apartment with minimal wall interference although anything less than 150-ft is not worth buying.
Most wireless doorbells are designed simply to alert you that someone is at the door. Some such as the Honeywell RCWL330A1000/N P4- Premium is compatible with accessories such as multiple push buttons and motion sensors. You might want a doorbell that you can add to with aftermarket products down the line.
In an ideal world, you should get a say in your doorbell chime. Many wireless doorbells come with a variety of options in this area with some featuring up to 50 or more. Some doorbells have chimes specifically targeting the hearing impaired which may be worth looking into if this is a concern for you.
A wireless doorbell shouldn’t take any more than a few minutes to install and configure. Most devices are either screwed onto the wall or adhered with double-sided tape at the back of the unit or both. You should also get a choice on how to install the receiver whether vertically or horizontally.
This may not be a huge requirement unless you want full features on your doorbell. Most of these doorbells rely on radio frequency to send messages from the transmitter to the chime box. Wi-Fi options are becoming increasingly popular and are great because you can pair with a mobile device.
You should also expect some level of control over the volume of your doorbell. Most of these devices come with two or three adjustable levels. You can adjust accordingly such as higher when playing music or lower when you need peace and quiet.
There is a huge variety of styles and designs for wireless doorbells on the market should you shouldn’t have a difficult time choosing one that appeals to you. Most of these receiver buttons are designed to look good on your front door. The main concern might be the chime box especially if you are very particular about your interior décor. You may choose a style that best fits your design ideas or a small unit that you can easily hide out of view.
Flashing lights or visual alerts are incredibly useful features on a wireless doorbell. This feature is good for the hearing impaired or can alert you in case you are playing loud music or running a blender. The light indicator can be a life saver if you have a toddler in the house. Simply turn off the sound on the device when she is asleep and bright flashing lights should let you know if there is someone at the door.
Remember that these door bells work on radio frequency so interference is always a concern if a neighbor has a wireless doorbell or another device that also uses radio frequency. Many doorbells have a feature to block other frequencies to avoid interference. Some models require you to do this manually while others automatically block for you.
Keep in mind that the doorbell transmitter will be sitting outside and therefore prone to adverse weather including rain and direct sunlight. You want a material that effectively withstands the different weather conditions. Most manufacturers claim that their devices are weather proof but this isn’t always the case. Check for FCC, CE, or RoHS certifications to confirm that the product is truly weather proof.
Finally, you want a reputable brand with good customer service in case your device malfunctions or faces any other problem. Most wireless doorbells come with a warranty a reputable manufacturer gives peace of mind that your issues will be addressed should any arise. A solid brand also makes upgrades and accessories that you can later pair with your doorbell to improve functionality or features.
Any of these top 5 best wireless doorbells is a great choice for your home or office. Keep in mind that the important feature to look out for is the range. With poor range, the doorbell won’t work so all the features and aesthetics are rendered useless. Make sure that the option you choose is easy to install especially if you aren’t confident around tools and DIY. Fortunately, the options we have suggested here are easy to install even for those who have never held a tool in their hand.