SkyBell Reviews

"A Clean and Seamless Doorbell Camera"

SkyBell Doorbell Camera
Overall Score: 7.6/10
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7.6 Overall Score
Customer Service
6.0
Value
8.0
Equipment
8.0
Features & Technology
8.0
Ease Of Use
8.0

SkyBell Ratings

Video doorbells sit in the home security and home automation world, and SkyBell does an excellent job at delivering the features you expect along with third-party integration that allows for extensive expansion. The company may limit itself to a single type of smart home device, but that allows it to act as a quality part in your overall home security system.

PROS
  • Feature-rich video doorbell
  • Durable hardware
  • No ongoing costs
  • No contract
  • Many integration options with other third-party smart home systems

CONS
  • Only offers video doorbells
  • You have to pay the full upfront cost of the device
  • Limited models available

Overview

SkyBell started in 2013 with a focus on creating Internet of Things devices, and its product line revolves around its video doorbells and accessories. This California company creates affordable and DIY friendly solutions intended for protecting your home and making it smarter. The hardware is sold on its own, without any accompanying contract or monthly plan.

This stand-alone system is excellent for renters wanting to start with a home security system that isn’t going to demand a lot of money or installation effort. You can answer the doorbell through your mobile device and use the two-way talk feature to interact with any guests, expected or not.

Features and Technology

SkyBell App

You control the functionality of your video doorbell through the companion app that’s available for Android and iOS devices. You get free video recording and activity history, along with being able to speak with people at your door to give them instructions or to warn them to leave.

If you have a certain time of day that you don’t want the doorbell to ring or send notifications, quiet mode can give you the do not disturb time that you need in your life. You can enable multiple user access to the SkyBell device, giving your entire family the chance to check the live stream or answer the door.

SkyBell Connect

SkyBell is designed to work as a standalone device or as part of a larger smart home automation and security system. The motion detection and button press can both trigger a number of actions throughout the rest of the home automation system. For example, lights could come on when you press the doorbell.

The home automation platforms that SkyBell Connect supports include:

  • Amazon Echo
  • Nest
  • iControl Networks
  • IFTTT
  • Honeywell
  • Kwikset

Mobile Alerts

When someone is at your door, you get a mobile notification instantly. Check out the live feed, start a conversation, or take an action that’s necessary to protect your home.

High-Quality HD Camera

The 1080P quality is great, but the fact that you can zoom up to 5x makes it even better.

Ease of Use

The installation process is relatively simple for SkyBell, but it is hard wired. You need a bit of home maintenance know-how to handle this on your own, so you may want to opt for a professional installation.

The SkyBell app, on the other hand, couldn’t be easier to use. All of the features have a great layout, and it’s easy to access the video recording history, start a conversation via the doorbell or keep an eye on your home with the live stream.

Customer Service

SkyBell is a small company that’s dedicated to its product line and services. While they may not have the most extensive set of customer service resources in the world, the ones that they do have available are very well done. You have self-help guides and full videos to walk you through all of the major features and the installation of the devices. When you need more help than that, experienced representatives are available via phone support.

Value

The only payment that you’re responsible for with the SkyBell is for the device itself. It’s a one-time fee, and you have no contracts and no monthly plans required for this device to operate. The only other thing outside of the video doorbell models that’s available are the accessories for the video doorbells. These devices are completely stand alone, but third-party integration support allows you to connect them with other home security systems and smart home devices.

Both models cost $199, and SkyBell typically offers free shipping when you order the doorbell security camera from them. They include free cloud recording, live monitoring, and two-way audio features.

SkyBell also offers a theft guarantee. If someone manages to steal your video doorbell, you get a free replacement.

Equipment

SkyBell HD – $199

This is the standard model of the SkyBell, which includes a number of excellent video doorbell features. The camera is excellent with 1080P HD and color night vision. If you want to see more detail in a particular part of the stream, you can zoom up to 5x. The motion sensor activates the doorbell even if someone doesn’t end up pushing the button on it. If you prefer to take a quick picture of a person who’s at your door, you can do that.

The SkyBell is designed with a durable and robust design that can operate between -40 and 140 degrees F. It doesn’t matter how bad your climate gets, this video doorbell is ready for the challenge.

SkyBell Trim Plus $199

You get all the same features as the standard SkyBell model, but this is in a more  compact, traditional doorbell shape.

SkyBell HD Wall Mount $9.95

Get another wall mount if you need to move the SkyBell.

SkyBell HD Hardware Kit $4.95

All the tools you need to install the SkyBell in your home.

SkyBell Digital Doorbell Adapter $12.95

Digital door chimes can work with SkyBell with this adapter kit.

SkyBell Wedge Mount $9.95

Improve the SkyBell’s viewing angle by up to 20 percent with this specialty mount.

Summary

SkyBell does one thing and it does it really well. Not only is the hardware solid, but you have a lot of flexibility when it comes to integrating it with an existing home security or home automation system. You only have a one-time payment to worry about and an effective way to keep watch over the people coming and going to your home.

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