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How to Choose a Wireless Doorbell

Mukulika Mukherjee
Unlike the traditional wired doorbell that needs to be incorporated into the electrical system of your house, a wireless doorbell can simply be snapped into place! What's more, it offers you a whole lot of customized features, and is pretty affordable too. Let's see how to choose a wireless doorbell.

Did You Know?

The latest models of wireless doorbells come with an integrated home security system and/or an intercom.
A wireless doorbell, as the name suggests, is a doorbell that has no wires attached to it. While there are a host of advantages offered by a wireless doorbell, the prime advantage is that these bells can be installed by anyone, without relying on professional help.
What's more, a wireless doorbell is ideal for people residing in rental properties, as these bells can be easily removed and one can carry the bell along when shifting locations.
The wireless doorbell functions on radio waves, and is available in different designs, sizes, shapes, and features. While the price of the bell is determined by its features, most models are pretty affordable.

What to Look For When Choosing a Wireless Doorbell

While choosing a wireless doorbell can be a bit confusing because of the array of features on offer, all you need to do is consider a few important factors in order to make a successful purchase. Here, we shall learn about the factors that should influence your choice of the right doorbell.

Operating Range

To find a wireless doorbell that is just the right one for your house, consider the operating range, which is measured in units of length. Most average doorbells have an operating range of 150 feet. Is your dwelling too big or average?
While most average doorbells work fine for small to average-sized houses, they are of little use in a large house, where the sound of the bell might not be audible from certain parts of the house. A larger house demands a doorbell with a larger operating range. The presence of interfering walls also needs to be considered.

Requirement for Multiple Ring Units

Audibility of the doorbell in houses with attics and/or a basements can be a problem. In such scenarios, a simple solution is to get a doorbell with multiple chimes or ring units, and install one set each in sections of the house.
Another option is to opt for a portable ring unit that can be carried along as you move around the house, thus saving you the trouble of installing multiple units. However, a single portable unit means only the person carrying it will be able to hear the sound of the doorbell.

The Design of the Doorbell

When you choose a doorbell, choose one in a design that complements the decor of the house. Nowadays, you'll find wireless doorbells in a range of shapes, colors, and designs. You're likely to find doorbells with porcelain, plastic, metal, glass or wood finish covers. Just look online or visit a store near you to choose from an array of options.

Ease of Installation

How much effort would it take to install the doorbell? This can be a major concern if you intend to take up the task yourself, instead of calling professional. Choose a wireless doorbell that can be easily fixed to the wall with the use of screws or sticky tape.

Source of Power

Most of us tend to get carried away by the features and/or the looks of the products we buy, without considering the type of power supply required by the device. While some models of wireless doorbells run on electricity, most units run on batteries.
Hence, before you make a purchase, make sure you have easy access to the type of batteries used in the device, and also find out if they can be recharged.


Customization can be a great feature to have on a doorbell, for it gives you the freedom to change the sound or tune of the ringing unit, as and when you please. Also, it allows you to adjust the volume of the sound.
While some basic models have a select range of tunes that you can choose from, others are compatible with most digital devices, and you can upload your favorite music from your smartphone or iPod and hear it every time someone arrives at your door! Sounds great, isn't it?

Period of Warranty

When you shop around for wireless doorbells, make sure you inquire in advance about the policy for warranty and exchanges. If you're not entirely happy with the product after you've brought it home, you should be able to exchange it.

Sound Quality

The sound quality of the bell is important, because it is the sound that's going to ring in your ears every time a guest arrives or you order your favorite pizza. When you choose a wireless doorbell, make sure it has a sound that everyone in the house loves listening to.

Resistance to Weather

The unit of the wireless doorbell that is installed outside your front door should be made of a material that can withstand the different weather conditions, such as rain, frost, and snow. You should get one that is made from UV-resistant plastic. However, this might not be a major cause of concern if there is some sort of protection over your main door.

Number of Push Buttons Supported

If you have a really big house, then you'd require a wireless doorbell unit that supports multiple push-buttons so that you can have one for every room in your house. Most units support 6 push-buttons, but you can get one that supports more, if that is what you require for your house.

Illumination and Visual Alerts

This is a two-way feature, and is designed to work for you as well as the guests who come to visit you. A doorbell should be designed such that it's visible to your guests even when it is pitch-dark outside. To cater to this purpose, your wireless doorbell should have an illumination feature that makes it visible in darkness.
The visual alert feature uses a flashlight, instead of the ring sound, and can be really useful when there are kids sleeping in the house.

Frequency Blocking

Why is it essential to have a doorbell with frequency blocking, you may ask? Well, the sole reason is that a wireless doorbell operates on the principle of transmission of radio waves, and we have radio waves all around us―FM radios, cell phones, TV remotes, Bluetooth devices, and so on.
In such a scenario, without a frequency blocker, your wireless doorbell might ring every time you transfer stuff using Bluetooth or surf channels on TV!

Your Budget

Last but not the least, your budget should play a key role in your decision. You're advised not to get carried away by looks alone, but focus more on the aspect of utility. Before you go around shopping, make sure you have decided on a budget, based on the features you want, such as size, operation range, multiple push buttons, etc.
So, you have considered all the required factors and decided on a model that fits the bill. What next? Of course, the next step is to bring it home, but before that, don't forget to check the warranty period offered by the brand, as well as the return policy. Good luck!