The rise of the smart doorbell1 is one of the biggest tech advancements of the last decade. Not only are these devices used by millions of homeowners around the world, they also happen to be among the most sought-after gadgets on Amazon’s biggest shopping event of the year: Prime Day.
So today, let’s talk about what you should expect on this highly anticipated shopping event, which is officially scheduled for June 21-22, 2021. If history is any indication, I’m expecting at least a handful of deals on video doorbells, primarily from Ring, the undisputed leader in the space, but also from other quality brands like Lorex, Arlo, and Vivint.
FYI: If you’re curious about what it’s like to own a non-Ring doorbell camera (they do exist), check out our hands-on review of the Lorex Video Doorbell.
Since it’s still early, I can’t precisely pinpoint which doorbell cams will be marked down for Prime Day; it’s Amazon, after all, and they do like to keep folks in suspense. But keep checking back here, as well as review our full home security Prime Day deals guide for the latest updates on Prime Day 2021.
Next, let’s discuss some findings and takeaways I’ve picked up from previous Prime Days.
Doorbell Cameras: Past Prime Day Deals
As in previous years, Prime Day 2021 promises to be plentiful for Prime members2 – particularly for folks who are looking for the best doorbell cameras out there.
Here are a few doorbell deals I’ve noted in Prime Days past:
- In 2020, Amazon put their top-selling, latest-generation Ring Video Doorbell on sale for $70, a Prime Day savings of 30 percent.
- Also in 2020, a two-in-one package of an Arlo Ultra camera + Smart Hub system and an Arlo Video Doorbell was available on Amazon for $659, a $168 discount.
- The same year, eufy’s Security Wi-Fi Video Doorbell and wireless chime cost just $100 on Prime Day, a $20 discount.
- A super-cool Nest Hello Video Doorbell got a $50 price slash in 2020 on Prime Day, for just $179.
- In 2019, the August Doorbell Camera hit Prime Day with a healthy $103 discount, from $200 down to $97.
- Again in 2019, Prime Day offered a two-for-one deal on a Ring Video Doorbell and Echo Dot – a savings of about $80.
- In 2018, the year Amazon bought Ring, the Video Doorbell 2 was slashed 30 percent for a total of $140.
Pricing on Doorbell Cameras
Buying a doorbell camera, thankfully, is one of the smartest purchases you can make to help secure your home. Here’s a quick breakdown of regular pricing for several doorbell cameras across the industry:
|Ring Video Doorbell||Hardwired or Battery||$99.99|
|Ring Video Doorbell 2||Hardwired or Battery||$169.00|
|Ring Video Doorbell 3||Hardwired or Battery||$199.99|
|Ring Video Doorbell Pro||Hardwired Only||$249.00|
|Ring Video Doorbell Elite||PoE Only||$499.00|
|Lorex 2K HDR Wired Doorbell Camera||Hardwired||$179.99|
|Lorex 1080p HD Wired Doorbell Camera||Hardwired||$129.99|
|Doorbell Camera Pro||Hardwired||$249.00|
|Arlo Essential Wired Video Doorbell||Hardwired||$149.99|
|Arlo Essential Wireless Video Doorbell||Wireless (Battery)||$199.99|
Doorbell Cameras and Prime Day
As you’re probably well aware, the COVID-19 pandemic shook up the e-commerce industry in unprecedented ways in 2020 – and Amazon’s ripple effect was particularly palpable. To recover from the logistical whiplash, Amazon delayed last year’s Prime Day from June until October. In its new slot, Prime Day 2020 still enjoyed record-setting sales, with products like the Arlo Pro 3 security camera, Ring Video Doorbell Pro, and Echo Dot smart speaker available at deeply slashed prices.
So that turned out to be a win in Amazon’s corner, but it did leave a bit of a question mark for future Prime Days. Would Amazon keep it in October, move it back to July, or plan for something else entirely?
Now that the 2021 Prime Day date, which I first announced in our Blink camera Prime Day deals guide, is confirmed, I have one piece of advice to share: If you’re trying to buy a new doorbell camera this Prime Day, your best option for saving the most money is almost definitely going to be Ring.
It’s pretty simple, really. Ring is the No. 1 doorbell camera, and it’s owned by Amazon. Though our hands-on Arlo Video Doorbell Camera experience was pleasant and featured a slim look and impressive technology, I still prefer Ring Doorbells overall.
That said, if you like Arlo’s design better, or you’d prefer a more sophisticated device like Vivint’s Doorbell Cam, there are still lots of choices out there.
For more help choosing the right doorbell, visit our complete buying guide for doorbell cameras. And with that … happy Prime Day shopping!