If you own a home, there’s a good chance you’ll want a home security camera.
There are just too many porch pirates stealing packages and other shenanigans.
The problem is that there are so many options on the marketplace in terms of camera quality, monitoring and installation. Which one should you pick? And are any security cameras out there even better than the ever-present Ring?
That’s what a listener of the Clark Howard Podcast recently asked.
The Home Security Cameras Clark Recommends
What’s the best home security camera? That’s what a listener wanted to know on the May 11 podcast episode.
Asked Carolyn in Georgia: “What is your recommendation for a home security camera and what are the pros/cons of different ones?”
Clark remarked that there are a mind-blowing number of home security cameras on the market today. Along with a variety of capabilities and price points. However, two stand out to him: one for the value and one for the quality.
“I’m a big fan of the Wyze cams. They have a variety of cameras with various levels of sophistication. And they are the lowest price for the capabilities of the cameras offered,” Clark says.
“If you want to get into specs and what’s absolutely the best, ironically enough, Amazon [Ring] has become the market leader in home security cameras.”
Why Does Amazon Sell High-Quality Ring Cameras at Good Prices?
Why has Amazon gotten into the home security system market via Ring? And why does the online retail giant sell cameras below cost, in Clark’s calculations?
“Amazon suffers so much from porch pirates. If you look at the quality of the video of the cameras, the doorbells, all of that Amazon sells under the different brand names they subsidize or they own, the Amazon line of cameras is extremely high-quality video,” Clark says.
“And it’s so that they can try to reduce the number of porch pirates that are invading our castles, our homes, and stealing our packages.”
Home Security Cameras: Wyze vs. Ring
Clark has experience with Wyze and Ring. So, forced to choose between the two, which one would Clark recommend?
“I’m just telling you, bang for the buck, Wyze is the runaway choice in terms of cost and quality and features,” Clark says. “Not only are their products cheap to start with, but they’re very promotional as well on the sale of their cameras [with offering deals].
“And the Wyze cams are so easy to set up, even a techno idiot like me has been able very easily to set up and monitor the Wyze cams.”
According to the Consumer Reports rankings, Ring Alarm Pro and Kangaroo generate better scores than Ring. So although Ring is a high-quality system that Clark judges to be great value, there are plenty of competitive options.
Clark says the Wyze home security system is the best bang for your buck. Although he’s also personally used Amazon’s Ring cameras and finds them to be well-priced and high-quality.
Not surprisingly, if you force Clark to recommend just one, he’ll go with value over quality and pick Wyze.
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