Amazon’s Ring, Google Nest or Wyze: Which best-selling smart home security system is right for you?

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If you’re shopping on Amazon for smart home security systems, then a few names are likely to jump out at you: Ring, Google Nest, and Wyze. Each is a best-selling security and surveillance equipment on Amazon. Here’s an overview of the three brands, from their most popular DIY accessories or systems, to the top reasons why each might be the right home security choice for you.


Top products in this article:

Ring Video Doorbell 4 – enhanced 4-second color video previews, easy setup, and improved wifi – 2021 release, $200

Google Nest Cam Outdoor – weatherproof outdoor camera for home security – security camera with night vision – control with your phone, $197

Wyze Cam Spotlight, Wyze Cam v3 Security Camera with Floodlight Kit, 1080p HD Security Camera with Two-Way Audio and Siren, IP65 Waterproof, Compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant, $50 (reduced from $53)


The Amazon Ring

Once known as Doorbot, Ring has been an Amazon-owned company since 2018. It is best known for its Ring Video Doorbell.

Ring 4 Video Doorbell

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The Ring Video Doorbell is a smart doorbell that offers Alexa functionality and captures HD quality video of your visitors, both expected and unexpected. It also enables a two-way conversation between you and your visitor wherever you are when monitoring events from your connected device.

The latest iteration of the Ring Video Doorbell is the Ring Video Doorbell 4, which retails for $200 on Amazon. The battery-powered device features pre-roll video previews of all motion events and enhanced Wi-Fi capabilities on the Ring Video Doorbell 3.

If you already own a Ring Video Doorbell, building your home security system around the device is a no-brainer. You can easily expand your setup by connecting your Ring doorbell to a number of accessories. Some of Amazon’s current bestsellers are the battery-powered Ring Spotlight Cam with built-in siren and the $60 Ring Indoor Cam.

Ring Indoor Camera

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If you’d rather buy than build, you can purchase a Ring system, such as the best-selling eight-piece Ring Alarm Kit. It’s $249 at Amazon.

Ring Alarm 8-piece set

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Ring says the eight-piece kit is best suited for one- and two-bedroom homes. It includes a base station, a keypad, four contact sensors, a motion detector and, of course, a Ring alarm. It lists on Amazon for $250.

If you’re already an Alexa-enabled home, then Ring is a no-brainer too. As an Amazon company, Ring devices are well versed in Alexa. On Amazon, you’ll even find Ring-Alexa bundles, like this bundle consisting of a Ring Video Doorbell 3 and an Echo Dot, now on sale for $220.

Ring Video Doorbell 3 with Echo Dot

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Add more layers of protection, not to mention video storage, to this bundle or any Ring device by purchasing a Ring Protect subscription, sold separately. Plans start at $3 per month.

Below is a rundown of some of the Ring products mentioned here.

Ring Video Doorbell 4 – enhanced 4-second color video previews, easy setup, and improved Wi-Fi – 2021 release, $200

Ring Spotlight Cam Battery HD Security Camera with Built-in Two-Way Talk and Siren Alarm, White, Works with Alexa, $200

Ring Indoor Cam, Plug-in Compact HD Security Camera with Two-Way Talk, Works with Alexa – White, $60

8-Piece Ring Alarm Kit (2nd Gen) – home security system with optional 24/7 professional monitoring – works with Alexa, $250


Google Nest

You probably know Google Nest from its flagship product: the Nest Thermostat. But the smart home line can do more than just keep you cool (and save energy). Google Nest has a range of cameras, locks and alarms that can be the building blocks of a do-it-yourself home security system. And if you already own the Nest Thermostat, are proficient with Google Assistant, or are generally a fan of Google Smart Home products, then Google Nest may be the home security choice for you.

The weatherproof Google Nest Outdoor Cam is one of Amazon’s best-selling security devices.

Google Nest outdoor camera

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The Google Nest Outdoor Cam and its 130-degree wide-angle lens will help you monitor your home by shooting HD-quality video (with night vision) and streaming it live. It has a built-in speaker and microphone, allowing two-way conversation. Connect it to your phone via the Nest app to receive activity alerts. It sells on Amazon for $197.

Add another room to your Google Nest security system with the Google Nest Indoor Cam. It sells for $130 on Amazon.

Google Nest indoor camera

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The wired Google Nest Cam Indoor is another best-selling smart security device on Amazon. Listed at $130, the Google Nest Indoor Cam lets you monitor what’s going on inside your home via its streaming HD video feed. Like its outdoor variant, the camera offers a wide-angle view and films in night vision. Install the Nest app on your phone to receive alerts and engage in two-way conversation through the camera.

Enhance your Google Nest cameras with a subscription to Nest Aware. It allows you to store videos for at least 30 days. Plans start at $6 per month and cover all of the Google Nest accessories in your home. Google Nest security packages are available directly through Google Nest.

Google Nest Cam Outdoor – weatherproof outdoor camera for home security – security camera with night vision – control with your phone, $197

Google Nest Cam Indoor – wired indoor camera for home security – control with your phone and get mobile alerts – surveillance camera with 24/7 live video and night vision, $130


wyze

Wyze is another big name in the DIY smart home security market. Its range of equipment includes cameras, video doorbells and lights. At last glance on Amazon, the Wyze Cam Spotlight and Wyze Cam v3 bundle was the #1 seller in the security and surveillance gear section of the site.

Wyze Camera Spotlight

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On sale on Amazon for $50, the two-iron bundle gets you a security light (the Wyze Cam Spotlight) and a security camera (the Wyze Cam v3). Light is motion activated; HD quality wired video camera with night vision is motion- and sound activated. (Note: Amazon says the light and camera may ship separately.) The camera even has a siren function. Download the Wyze app to your phone or device to remotely monitor your camera feed or engage in two-way conversation with visitors.

Another Wyze security product that is a bestseller on Amazon is the Wyze Cam Outdoor Starter Bundle. It’s $70 on Amazon.

Wyze Cam Outdoor Starter Kit

Wyze through Amazon


The Wyze Cam Outdoor starter kit comes with a battery-powered, weatherproof, motion-activated, HD-grade Wyze Cam Outdoor and a base station, plus other accessories, including a power adapter for the station basic. The base station allows you to coordinate feeds from up to four Wyze cameras. The bundle is listed on Amazon for $70.

Wyze products are ecumenical when it comes to Alexa and Google Assistant: they’re good with both. If you’re not married to either smart assistant and maybe meddling with both, then Wyze might be for you. On Amazon, its best-selling products also often cost less than those from Ring or Google Nest.

Like Amazon’s Ring and Google’s Nest, you can purchase an enhanced monitoring component for your Wyze security system through a monthly subscription (sold directly through the Wyze site).

Wyze Cam Spotlight, Wyze Cam v3 Security Camera with Floodlight Kit, 1080p HD Security Camera with Two-Way Audio and Siren, IP65 Waterproof, Compatible with Alexa and Google Assistant, $50 (reduced from $53)

Wyze Cam Outdoor Starter Bundle (Includes Base Station & 1 Camera), 1080p HD Indoor/Outdoor Wireless Smart Home Camera with Night Vision, Two-Way Audio, Works with Alexa and Google Assistant, White, $70


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