Arlo Security Camera System

Stylish and sleek, Arlo cameras pack powerful HD video and all-weather equipment for reliable, consistent security performance.

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SecureScore™: 8.0 / 10 This rating is derived from our editorial team's research, hands-on product testing, and customer surveys.
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8.0 SecureScore™
Customer Service
8.0
Value
7.1
Equipment
7.8
Features & Technology
9.0
Ease Of Use
8.9
SecureScore™
8.0
How We Review
  • Arlo specializes in battery-powered wireless cameras, but wired and wireless options are both available.
  • Arlo cameras come in three classes: Arlo Essential for entry-level, Arlo Pro for mid-range, and Arlo Ultra for high-end.
  • No time to choose? See our Google Nest Cam (battery) review for an all-in-one, super smart battery-powered option. Nest Cam prices are lower than ever.

For nearly a decade now Arlo has consistently brought high-quality security cameras to market, remaining true to their DIY-friendly ethos and dedication to quality.

This devotion to quality has Arlo consistently showing up on our list of top picks for wireless cameras for several years now, and there’s no sign they’re going to be slowing down any time soon. The only catch with these cameras is the price — Arlo equipment isn’t exactly cheap.

Pro Tip: For Arlo and beyond, learn how to save money on the best security cameras in our in-depth security camera deals and discounts guide. You’ll be surprised how little it costs to watch over your home with security cameras.

With all of that in mind, let’s take a look at the equipment itself. Here we’ll be unpacking several Arlo cameras to help you better understand their features, their technology, and their overall value. We’re also going to be taking a look at Arlo’s subscription plans and the premium features offered there like cloud recording in 4K resolution, noise canceling two-way audio, and massive amounts of storage space to keep your history safe.

Arlo Pro 3 Mounted Outside

Arlo Pro 3 Mounted Outside

Before we get into the nuts and bolts of Arlo’s pricing, here are a few quick stats on Arlo to consider:

Arlo Camera Features

Days Tested 10+
Install Difficulty Easy
Wired or Wireless? Wireless
Price $99.99+
Monthly Cost $4.99+

And here’s a punch list of other Arlo features to look for:

  • Durable Weatherproof Hardware
  • 1080p, 2K, and 4K HDR Video
  • Enhanced Night Vision
  • No Contracts Required
  • DIY Wire-Free Installation
  • Wide-Angle Lens
  • Noise Cancellation
  • Affordable Cloud Storage
  • Third-Party Smart Home Integration

Arlo Overview and Other Top Options

Arlo cameras are feature-rich with great video quality, which helped the brand earn an 8.0 SecureScore™. But honestly, there are security cameras that offer more reliable video monitoring solutions at a more affordable price. You can see those below. Also consider reading our Arlo vs. Lorex and Ring vs. Arlo comparisons to see how Arlo performs against these established brands.

SecureScore™ 9.2
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SecureScore™ 8.6
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A Look at Pricing on Arlo Cameras

When you’re looking at Arlo cameras, the first thing to know is that you’re not going to find many for under $100.1 Their most basic model — the Alro Essential Indoor — gets the closest at $99.99, but if you’re planning on outfitting your home with a network of Arlo equipment, you’re going to have to anticipate a pretty premium bill. One thing we will say, though, is that you get what you pay for.

Arlo 3 Cameras

Arlo 3 Cameras

For example, the Arlo Pro 5S 2K — the most current iteration of the brand’s Pro lineup — will run you $249.99. For that price, though, you’re getting a truly powerful wire-free camera with features that include 2K HDR video, color night vision, 12x optical zoom, and a 160-degree field of vision. You know what they say. If you want a Cadillac, you’re going to have to pay for a Cadillac.

Pro Tip: As with most Wi-Fi security cameras, the connection with your network isn’t always going to be smooth. This is something to note, especially when considering 2K or 4K cameras which require fast and reliable Wi-Fi. In some cases, a monitored security system might be a better way to go. We reviewed the best home security systems out there. If you go this route, check out SimpliSafe’s DIY kits for affordable equipment and monitoring.

Here’s a closer look at a few of Arlo’s cameras we’ve used:

Arlo 5S 2K

The Arlo 5S 2K

The Arlo 5S 2K

One of the most advanced cameras Arlo offers, this state-of-the-art wireless security camera is jam packed with features like color night vision, a 12x zoom, and a 160 degree field of vision. And speaking of vision, you’re going to be recording everything in crystal clear 2K resolution. If you’re looking to capture detai of burglars or package thievesl, there are few cameras on the market that will do it better.

Its dual band Wi-Fi capacity means fewer connectivity issues, and its extended battery life and new low power mode means more up time and fewer charges. The camera comes in both black and white, which means you can have it stand out or a little more subtle depending on what you’re going for.

Pro Tip: We always recommend having security cameras mounted conspicuously — that way they’re more of a deterrent. Read more about effective placement in our guide to installing security cameras

The Arlo 5S 2K retails for $249.99, which isn’t exactly affordable — especially if you’re looking to outfit your property with multiple cameras. That said, right now it’s on sale for a slightly more palatable $199.99 — but act fast if you want to take advantage of that deal. We’re not too sure how long it’ll last.

Arlo Essential Camera

Arlo Essentials Camera

Arlo Essentials Camera

Arlo Essential has the distinction of being the brand’s least expensive camera. This one gets back to basics, with two-way audio, motion detection, and 1080p HD resolution, and leaves out advanced features we found in other Arlo cameras, like 2K resolution and smart motion technology.

For $129.99, this camera makes a fine choice as an add-on to an existing Arlo system. But even as a standalone camera targeting one area of your home, a device like this can go a long way toward deterring crime,2 especially when it comes to sussing out threats that the human eye can’t see. And the integrated spotlight, activated by motion, provides brilliant yet attractive lighting to any area of your property.

Pro Tip: The Arlo Essential is currently on sale. Regularly retailing for $129.99, right now you can pick one up for just $79.99.

It’s also available as a multi-pack, no base station needed. Note that a 3-pack costs $349, which shaves about $40 off the cost of buying the equipment individually.

Arlo Essential Indoor

The Arlo Essential Indoor

The Arlo Essential Indoor

If you’re looking to bring the power of Arlo cameras indoors, you’re in luck. The Arlo essential indoor boasts many of the same features of its outdoorsy counterpart in a smaller package meant to shit on your shelf rather than attach to your gate.

What makes this camera unique, though, is its automated privacy shield. We’ll level with you. We think indoor cameras can be a little creepy sometimes. Do you really want to record … you know … everything? With the Arlo Essential Indoor, you won’t have to. Just tap the disarm button in the app and the privacy shield automatically goes up — nothing will be recorded, including sounds.

At just $99.99, it’s definitely one of Arlo’s most affordable cameras, and if you’re looking to stretch your security dollar even further, you’ll be happy to learn it’s currently on sale for just $69.99

Arlo Pro 3

Arlo Pro 3 with Base Station

Arlo Pro 3 with Base Station

Pro Tip: While you can still find them from third-party vendors, the Arlo Pro 3 is no longer being sold through the manufacturer.

With several feature upgrades from the second generation, Arlo Pro 3 levels up in both performance and style. In our hands-on review of Arlo, we found great value in Pro 3, especially with the integrated spotlight, color night vision, wider 160-degree viewing angle, and 2K HDR resolution. Barring any outages or slowdowns with your Wi-Fi connection, you should be able to see images up to 2K any time of day or night.

With the choice of black or white equipment, the camera is available as an add-on for $199.99, or as a 2-pack with base station for $499.99.

Cameras that offer this much variety don’t come cheap, so the price might be hard to swallow for folks on a budget. There are certainly lower-priced cameras out there that perform near or at the level of an Arlo Pro 3. Lorex’s lineup of cameras includes several wire-free models starting at $69.99, but do keep in mind that Lorex doesn’t pack quite the same power into their technology as Arlo does.

FYI: We’ve compared the core Arlo camera to Arlo Pro for a further breakdown.

Arlo Pro 4

Arlo Pro 4

Arlo Pro 4

The most recently released Arlo camera pulls all of our favorite features of previous Arlo Pro generations into one stunning, powerful piece of smart home technology. That same premium 2K resolution is back, as well as color night vision, smart object detection, two-way talk, super-easy installation, and seamless smart home automation in every Arlo camera.

Beyond the common smart home ecosystems, Arlo Pro 4 goes a step further with Apple Watch integration. So you can now control your camera from your wrist, wherever you are. We think this is a slick addition to Arlo’s feature set.

FYI: If you’re building a smart home ecosystem, Arlo makes it easy to integrate their cameras with Google, Amazon, Apple HomeKit, IFTTT,3 and Stringify. To learn more about building a smart home, check out our home automation guide.

And with a built-in siren that can be triggered automatically or manually, you’ll feel confident knowing the Arlo Pro 4 uses active deterrence to keep you and your family safe at home.

At $199.99, Arlo Pro 4 costs the same price as the Pro 3, but does not include a base station. Instead, it works solely off your Wi-Fi connection. And to sweeten the deal, Arlo is now offering the camera for just $159.99.

Arlo Go 2

Arlo Go Mobile Camera

Arlo Go Mobile Camera

Apparently not content to stay home all the time, Arlo decided to break out of those four walls and go mobile with Arlo Go 2. This is the one camera in Arlo’s lineup that requires a contract. Since it runs on an LTE network, it must be purchased with a mobile plan from a major carrier.

Like Arlo Essential, Arlo Go doesn’t pack fancy features, but it handles the basics like a champ. You’re still getting plenty of wire-free flexibility thanks to the camera’s extended-life battery, as well as Arlo’s wide-angle PIR motion sensor that makes sure no movement slips by undetected. Prices vary by carrier, but the base unit is going to cost $249.99. If you need protection where Wi-Fi won’t reach, though, this might be your best option.

Arlo Ultra 2

Arlo Ultra 2

Arlo Ultra 2

Arlo Ultra was the brand’s first foray into 4K technology.4 The camera’s first generation has since been discontinued, leaving a supercharged sequel in its place in Arlo Ultra 2. You’ll get a wider (180-degree) field of vision for panoramic views and plenty of detail at night, thanks to color night vision.

Pro Tip: Arlo is on a price-slashing streak recently, but unfortunately the Ultra 2 is not one of the models currently being discounted. That said, we have seen prices for this camera slashed up to $249.99, so keep your eyes peeled.

But the main draw here is 4K. This is going to get you the clearest possible picture in a security camera, which means, among other things, you’re going to need a pretty strong Wi-Fi connection to keep all that data transmitting smoothly. If you’ve got that, you’re sure to be blown away by the image quality.

It’s also worth noting that at $299, Ultra 2 is Arlo’s most expensive camera. It can also be purchased as a 2-camera kit in white or black, and it does include a SmartHub, which connects your cameras to your network through an Ethernet port.

Before we move on, though, we do want to say that we know Arlo cameras can be a tough sell for people on a budget. Fortunately, this industry is full of competitive companies, meaning there are a lot of choices out there. For some specific suggestions for some more budget-friendly options, check out our list of alternatives to Arlo.

Breakdown of Arlo Camera Costs

Camera Best Feature Price Sale Price
Arlo Ultra 2 4K HDR Resolution $299.99 No Current Sale
Arlo Pro 5S 2K 2K Resolution $249.99 $199.99
Arlo Pro 4 Direct Wi-Fi Connection $199.99 $159.99
Arlo Essential Compact Design $129.99 $79.99
Arlo Essential Indoor Automated Privacy Shield $99.99 $69.99
Arlo Go 2 LTE Connectivity $249.99 No Current Sale
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Pricing for Arlo Accessories and Add-Ons

Arlo is all about style, and that goes for their litany of accessories, too. You can dress up your Arlo Baby in cute characters to match your nursery’s decor; you can prepare Arlo’s Pro 2 and Pro 3 cameras for combat with camouflage protective skins; and you can maximize your installation experience with magnetic wall mounts, allowing you to swivel and tilt the body of the camera around to get the best viewing angle.

We’re all about add-ons and upgrades, but you’ll rack up quite the tab if you’re not careful. At any rate, here are the latest Arlo accessories and add-ons.

Breakdown of Arlo Accessories and Add-Ons

Accessory Price
Solar Panel $59.99
Dual Charging Station $49.99
Arlo Ultra Smart Hub $149.99
Arlo Pro Smart Hub $99.99
Anti Theft Mount $49.99
Magnetic Wall Mounts $39.99
Table and Ceiling Mount $24.99
Arlo Chime $49.99

Arlo Smart Cloud Storage Plans & Pricing

Arlo cameras work well on their own, without a need for monthly subscription fees. We’ve seen this in every Arlo camera we’ve reviewed. And with Arlo’s Basic (free) plan, we were still able to monitor our devices through the Arlo app, receive customized notifications, tune into live camera feeds, and store footage locally through the use of a micro SD card.

However, with the purchase of one of Arlo’s three subscriptions plans, you’ll really give your camera wings. Here’s the breakdown of their features and their costs.

Breakdown of Arlo’s Subscription Plans

Feature Secure Secure Safe and Secure Pro
Number of Cameras Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Video Recording Up to 4K Up to 4K Up to 4K
Cloud Storage 30 Days 30 Days 30 Days
Smart Notification Yes Yes Yes
Object Detection Yes Yes Yes
Activity Zones Yes Yes Yes
24/7 Emergency Response No Yes Yes
Video Verification and Escalation No No Yes
24/7 Professional Monitoring No No Yes
Price $12.99/mo.* $17.99/mo. $24.99/mo.

*$4.99 for a single camera

Arlo: A Look at Features and Technology

Arlo Pro 3, with magnetic charging cable

Arlo Pro 3, with magnetic charging cable

Arlo’s cameras don’t just look smart; they work smart, too. We’ve seen Arlo cameras outpace the competition in equipment design, functionality, value, and ease of use.

And it’s not just us admiring from the sidelines; Arlo has a customer base of more than 4 million users who stand by their products and love the look, feel, and power of Arlo cameras.

Just how does all this technology work in Arlo’s cameras? We broke it down for you below.

Arlo’s Key Features

Wireless Equipment
Wire-Free Installation

As a leader in battery-operated security cameras, wire-free installation is Arlo’s calling card. With every Arlo camera, you’ll get a wide range of choices for installing, setting up, and using cameras every day. With no wires needed, you’ll be up and running in minutes.

Voice Response
Two-Way Talk

When our Wi-Fi signal was strong, we enjoyed real-time conversations with delivery folks and visiting friends via Arlo’s mobile app. The two-way communication works just like many security cameras out there today – you simply open the live feed, tap on the microphone icon in the camera feed, and speak.

Disaster Protection
Built-in Siren

As Arlo releases new cameras, we’re finding a built-in siren in every model, and we like that for one key reason: Sirens are one of the most effective active deterrent features of home security. And with Arlo, it can be activated manually or set it to activate when motion or sound is detected, through the Arlo app.

Smart Home Options
Smart Home Integration

Arlo plays well with third-party devices, and we know this because we tested them with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant to see how they worked with the smart home devices in our home. Each option gave us voice control over our cameras, let us pull up live feeds any time we wanted, and allowed us to connect our cameras to Apple Homekit, SmartThings, and Stringify smart home platforms.

Surveillance Cameras
Color Night Vision

After Arlo 2, all of Arlo’s cameras were made with built-in color night vision. Seeing your property lit up at night, in full color, provides the kind of peace of mind customers have grown to appreciate in security cameras. It’s also why so many of them – our team included – keep going back to Arlo cameras.

Arlo Deals and Discounts

We’ve already mentioned some of the deals Arlo currently has running throughout this article, but here they are all in one place:

Model Base Price Sale Price
Arlo Pro 5S 2K $249.99 $199.99
Arlo Pro 4 $199.99 $159.99
Arlo Essential $129.99 $79.99
Arlo Essential Indoor $99.99 $69.99

Aside from these deals, generally speaking, bundling is the best way to save money on Arlo cameras. Most every model in their lineup can be purchased in two, three, or four camera bundles, and you’re going to save big when you purchase them as a package.

Arlo Pro 3 Packaging

Arlo Pro 3 Packaging

And among those packages, you’ll find markdowns from time to time throughout the year. Similar to many major camera brands, the sales heat up around the holidays for Arlo. Around Black Friday and in the days after, you’ll likely find several Arlo packages marked down pretty significantly.

FYI: We frequently compare brands here at SafeHome, and one of our frequent comparison points is the body design of the many cameras on the market. That said, if you like the build of an Arlo camera but not so much the high prices, we tested and reviewed the Argus 3 from Reolink and found it to be similar to Arlo’s outdoor cameras, with one notable exception: the Reolink Argus 3 costs $110, while Arlo’s cheapest camera starts at $199. Just something to keep in mind.

But if you’re interested in Arlo’s cameras, you can probably still score a deal no matter the season. For year-round promotions, feel free to check out our full breakdown of Arlo’s deals and discounts for more ways to save on Arlo products.

Our Verdict on Arlo: Are They Worth It?

Arlo Base Hub

Arlo Base Hub

The ability to know when danger is imminent is the backbone of any good security camera. Thanks to Arlo’s solid feature set and smarter-than-ever motion sensing technology, Arlo checks that box with ease, making their cameras a worthwhile purchase for anyone looking for top-shelf home security.

But nowadays, many homeowners are looking for more than that; they also desire a camera that looks great and holds up against the toughest of weather conditions. And when it comes to equipment quality, we’ve found that all cameras are definitely not created equal.

When we looked into Swann’s camera lineup, for example, we noted their top-notch security technology made for a positive experience right out of the box, but the equipment itself wasn’t as robust or well-built as Arlo, so we weren’t sure it would hold up long-term. In comparing Swann to Arlo, we found that Swann keeps up in features and tech, but Arlo cameras are better for durability and protection from damage in the long run.

So although premium-level features like the ones Arlo offers might make for a high-priced camera, note that you’re also paying for highly durable, expertly designed equipment that can withstand the elements, which is not necessarily a given in this market.

For cameras that perform this well and look this good mounted around your home, we think Arlo is one of the best choices out there.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is the Arlo Pro 4 a good camera?

The Arlo Pro 4 is a great camera for people looking to balance performance with cost.

How much is an Arlo Pro 4?

The Arlo Pro 4 retails for $199.99.

Is the Arlo Pro 4 battery-operated?

Yes. All of Arlo’s cameras are battery-powered, save for the indoor Arlo Essentials camera.

How good is the Arlo Pro 4's picture?

The Arlo Pro 4 records in 2K resolution and has a 160-degree field of vision.

Is Arlo a good company?

Arlo is one of the top security camera manufacturers in the industry today.

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Written By
Jaime Fraze
Security Camera Expert

Jaime Fraze has 16 years of writing and editing experience, with seven years spent writing about emerging technologies. As our home security camera expert, she has hand-tested and reviewed every major security camera brand and has written more than 300 articles on the topic. Previously, Jaime has contributed to award-winning media outlets such as the Rocky Mount Telegram and the Daytona Beach News-Journal. As a homeowner and mother of two, Jaime is constantly looking for ways to keep her home and family safe. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English/Journalism from the University of Delaware.