Whether you own your own home or are renting an apartment, it’s never been easier to add a layer of security to help protect the place you live as well as the things you own. Home security technology has grown almost exponentially over the last decade, so no matter what you want to keep safe, you can almost certainly find something that fits your needs.
The Best Smart Home Security Deals for April 2022
Most security systems require a subscription to access the videos your cameras record beyond a certain amount of time, and others require a hub system to control the cameras but all should allow you to access your video feeds in real time via your phone, computer or other smart display. We also like cameras that allow for two-way audio interaction with whoever’s on the other side of the lens, and having a spotlight function is a nice option as well. The main choice you’ll need to make with your smart doorbell is whether or not you want a wired or wireless option; from there, cameras and detection features will vary.
Security Camera Deals
Blink Outdoor Wireless HD Security Camera (3-Pack)
For an inexpensive entry point to outdoor home security, this trio of battery-powered cameras is a good choice for an Amazon-powered home setup. Blink only works with Alexa and its Echo devices, so if you’re already in that ecosphere, these wireless cameras are easy to set up and operate. You do need a subscription plan or a home hub for video storage, but if you just want to drop in on your video feed in real time (to talk to a delivery person, for example) that’s free.
Blink Indoor Wireless HD Security Camera (3-Pack)
Since indoor cameras don’t need to be quite as robust as outdoor versions, you can save a few bucks if you just want to keep an eye on a few rooms in your home. These are also battery-powered, so you can put them wherever you want without being tethered to an outlet or a hard-wired location. Users can set up alerts to notify you when a camera notices motion, and there’s two-way audio if you want to speak to your new “guest” (or pet) through the camera. As with the other Blink cameras, these are only usable in Amazon-centric homes.
Arlo Pro 4 Spotlight Camera (3-Pack)
Arlo Pro cameras aren’t cheap, but you get something that gives you a big step up from the entry-level cameras. Arlo outdoor cameras give you better connectivity without needing to set up a hub. You also get a wider field of view, better camera quality (2K resolution), and they’re rechargeable (instead of requiring non-rechargeable lithium batteries). These also add a spotlight function so you can illuminate things at night while also speaking through the camera’s two-way audio function. You do need to pay for a monthly subscription to access video recordings in the cloud, but for viewing in real-time you can access the feed through Alexa, Google, Apple HomeKit or Samsung’s SmartThings interfaces.
Eufy Security EufyCam 1080p Security Camera (2-Pack)
For a few more bucks than the Blinks on this list (and minus one camera), Eufy gives you a few more features and flexibility for your home security setup. They’re rechargeable, for one, and between the full field of view, infrared night vision, and 1080p resolution, the footage you get is pretty detailed. You also get smart notifications like motion alerts that can tell the difference between the neighborhood cat and a delivery driver arriving at your doorstep (and with two-way audio you can interact with them as well). The best part: This package also includes a home hub for months of video storage with no monthly fee.
TP-Link Kasa EC70 Indoor 1080p Smart Security Camera
This TP-Link camera gives you an easy way to keep an eye on things on the cheap. It’s a wired device, which eliminates the need to worry about batteries or recharging, and its tilt/pan function will follow motion when it’s detected. The 1080p resolution is a step up from older 720p cameras, the limited night vision is nice to have, and it’s compatible with both Amazon and Google. You do need to sign up for a subscription to access cloud recordings, but you can store video for free on a local microSD card if you prefer.
Blurams Dome Lite 2 2K Security Camera
If you like the look and style of the Kasa camera on this list but want something with a bit higher-resolution, this wired 2K camera from Blurams is a nice simple video camera for about the same price. Also like the Kasa is the option to record footage to a microSD card, and you also get free access to the last 24 hours of footage in the cloud without a subscription. The 360-degree pan function means you can leave on vacation, put this in a central location and be able to see everything that’s around the camera.
Video Doorbell Deals
Blink Video Doorbell With Sync Module 2
For houses that have Blink cameras and Echo smart displays set up already, this makes for a simple way to add a low-priced doorbell camera to your coverage. Users can hardwire it to an existing doorbell switch or go wireless, making for an easy addition to a home security system. Users can sign up for a subscription service to access videos in the cloud, but to simply record video you can add a USB drive to the Sync Module (included with this purchase).
Arlo Essential Wired HD Video Doorbell
This Arlo camera gives you a huge head-to-toe field of view, HD video, two-way audio and no worries about replacing the battery once you get this hard-wired video doorbell installed. The Arlo Foresight system lets you see what happens in the seconds before an alert is triggered, giving you a full view of what’s going on, and the 1:1 aspect ratio is better tailored for use on your phone instead of a fixed smart display. A subscription to Arlo Secure adds 30 days of cloud recordings in 4K resolution plus some other nice extras like emergency response and smoke / CO detector alarm listening.
Eufy Security 2K Wi-Fi Video Doorbell With Wireless Chime
For the price, this Eufy sits in the sweet spot between the Blink and Arlo choices. It’s a wired device so there’s a bit of initial setup, but once that’s done users have a camera with 2K resolution and HDR imaging for better images in low-light situations. You also get a 4:3 aspect ratio (not quite the 1:1 of the Arlo, but an improvement over 16:9 when it comes to phone usage). There’s also smart detection zone setup available and pre-set responses can be programmed, but like other Eufy devices, the best part is the lack of a monthly subscription required for full use of the device.
Security System Deals
Ring Alarm Pro 8-Piece Kit
Not only does this comprehensive home security setup keep you covered with window and door detection plus motion detection, it also serves as your home’s Wi-Fi router as well. You can add cameras and other accessories to the system, plus other extenders to boost your Wi-Fi range. Personal notifications to your phone are always available, but signing up for a monthly Ring Protect Pro subscription gets you nonstop professionally monitoring with emergency dispatch plus 24/7 backup internet access in case you lose power.
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