Best Door Chimes and Bells

Review & Comparison, Last Update June 10, 2019
Door chimes and bells have been used for years and become an integral part of any home face. Placed near the door, they audibly alert to welcome and unwelcome visitors, so you’re always there to decide whether to let your guest in or not. Find the best door chimes in our review! ...Read more ...Read less
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PROS
CONS
OUR VERDICT
TRANSMITTER-RECEIVER CONNECTION
POWER SUPPLY
KIT
INSTALLATION
RING TONE
EXTRAS
WARRANTY
 
PROS

A USB slot and built-in memory allow you to copy your favorite MP3 tunes to chime unit. USB cable is included in the package.

CONS

The cloth covered grille on the speaker requires frequent cleanups.

OUR VERDICT

The Honeywell RDWL917AX2000 is an advanced door chimes and bell with wireless technology that allows you to connect up to 6 transmitters simultaneously. Furthermore, it offers a downloadable MP3-tunes feature, letting you select any of the ringtones you desire.

detailed parameters
TRANSMITTER-RECEIVER CONNECTION

Up to 450 ft

POWER SUPPLY

Indoor unit: the mains / 4 x C batteries (not included) 

Outdoor unit: 1 x CR2032 battery (included)

KIT

1 battery powered outdoor push button, 1 indoor chime unit

INSTALLATION

Adhesive pad / anchors

RING TONE

8 preloaded tunes + downloadable MP3-tunes feature;

Volume: up to 90 dB

EXTRAS

7 Custom LED halo alert colors, Mute timer (3,6,9 or 12 hours) and permanent mute feature, Sleep mode, Weather-resistant push button

WARRANTY

1 year

PROS

The smart memory function remembers the set melody and volume level in the event of a power outage.

CONS

Replacing the batteries may be a bit tricky.

OUR VERDICT

The system boasts ultra-long transmitting range, so it's definitely a great offering for mansions, factories, offices, apartment blocks, villas, and other large areas.

detailed parameters
TRANSMITTER-RECEIVER CONNECTION

Up to 1,300 ft

POWER SUPPLY

Indoor units: AC powered

Outdoor unit: 1 x CR2032 battery

KIT

1 battery powered push button, 2 plug-in chimes

INSTALLATION

Adhesive pad / anchors

RING TONE

52 preloaded tunes;

Adjustable volume (0 dB to 115 dB)

EXTRAS

LED-light, Memory function, Mute feature, Waterproof rating of IP55

WARRANTY

Limited lifetime

PROS

The additional battery chime can be easily mounted in any place, be it your backyard or basement.

CONS
When you plug the chime out, it resets the pre-set melody.
OUR VERDICT

For those who have a garage, basement and several floors, this kit with 2 receivers will fit perfectly. It is not only highly customizable allowing you to adjust it the way you like, but also it has the longest warranty as compared to other entries on this list.

detailed parameters
TRANSMITTER-RECEIVER CONNECTION

Up to 500 ft (1,000 ft in open area)

POWER SUPPLY

Indoor unit: AC powered

Outdoor unit: Battery 12V 23A

KIT
1 battery powered push button, 1 battery powered chime, 1 plug-in chime
INSTALLATION
Double-sided sticker or screws and anchors
RING TONE

52 selectable tunes, 4 adjustable volume levels (25dB to 110dB)

EXTRAS

Blue LED flashes when someone knocks at the door

WARRANTY

2 years

PROS

Indoor units have no logos and images. They look incredibly stylish, so they will fit well into any interior. 

CONS

Almost all melodies are similar to each other.

OUR VERDICT

Offering some great usability features and consisting of 2 receivers, the Bodyguard DR-2 can become your guard quite literally. A good option for those who look for a bell that connects to a wall via adhesive pad. Suitable for quite large areas.

detailed parameters
TRANSMITTER-RECEIVER CONNECTION

Up to 1,000 ft

POWER SUPPLY

Indoor units: AC powered,

Outdoor unit: Battery 12V 23A

KIT

1 battery-powered push button, 2 plug-in chimes

INSTALLATION

Adhesive pad / Anchors

RING TONE

36 preloaded tunes, Adjustable volume (20 dB to 80 dB)

EXTRAS

LED flash, Weather-proof push button (IP44), Mute feature

WARRANTY

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

The transmitter not only has a waterproof and dustproof casing with the rating of IP55, but also it is a very loud ring, letting you adjust the volume from 0 to 115 dB.

CONS

It emits a rather low glow.

OUR VERDICT

With an extra-long operating range and extra-loud signal, the AVANTEK wireless doorbell will be a good option not only for home use but also for larger spaces.

detailed parameters
TRANSMITTER-RECEIVER CONNECTION

Up to 1,000 ft

POWER SUPPLY

Indoor unit: AC powered

Outdoor unit: Battery CR2032

KIT

1 battery powered push button, 1 plug-in chime

INSTALLATION

Double-sided tape or screws and anchors

RING TONE

52 preloaded tunes, Adjustable volume (0 dB to 115 dB)

EXTRAS

LED flash, Weather-proof push button (IP55), Mute feature

WARRANTY

1 year


Honeywell RDWL917AX2000

Halo Light

With the Honeywell RDWL917AX2000/E Portable Wireless Doorbell, you'll never miss any visit! It's a high-quality doorbell with a loud chime and a button buzzer. The door chime can be used both as a portable or a wall mount option. If used with batteries, it can be taken just anywhere - into the backyard or to the pool, which is pretty handy when you're waiting for guests! However, the chime can become a beautiful decoration to any interior as well. Its sleek design allows users to mount it just anywhere in their home. The chime unit can be installed on the wall (wall mounting kit included) and plugged into an AC outlet, thus preventing you from replacing the batteries.

This unit is extremely easy to install. You just need to stick (or screw) the button outside, then plug in the indoor unit, and select your chime. When the button is pushed, the doorbell box rings and flashes in any color of 7 Custom LED halo alert colors. Also, it can flash 2 small low power white strobes on the top. If you want, you can turn off the color ring flashing. And since the chime allows you to connect up to 6 transmitters simultaneously, you can have each push button of the same or different ringtone and flashing color. We would like to point out that you can connect to the receivers not only buttons but also door contacts and motion sensors. All these can operate within 450 feet.

Review of Honeywell RDWL917AX2000 Portable Wireless Doorbell

Fantastic Sound

The doorbell features adjustable volume, sleep mode, and mute. The mute timer can be preset for 3, 6, 9, and 12 hours as well as permanent mute. With 90 dB, the chime unit has very high-quality sound, it can produce from soft to loud melodies. The selection of chimes isn't huge, but you can use a USB cable and copy any MP3 file to the doorbell, and it will play up to 15 seconds of your music track as an additional ring choice. You can download different MP3 sounds like the dog barking, wind chimes, and so on. As for the pre-installed tunes, they include:
  • Ding Dong,
  • Westminster,
  • Bell,
  • Fantasy,
  • Piano,
  • Marimba,
  • Soft Alert,
  • Smart Sax.

If you wish, you can visit Honeywell site and listen to all of them.

Honeywell RDWL917AX2000 Portable Wireless Doorbell in the use

Push Button Features

  • It's weather resistant;
  • It features illuminated halo LED feedback;
  • The button is wireless compatible;
  • It can be mounted almost on any surface;
  • The battery is already included in the set. 
Detailed review of Honeywell RDWL917AX2000 Portable Wireless Doorbell

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


 

Avantek D-3B

Extensive Set

The AVANTEK D-3B is an extensive doorbell system that includes 1 transmitter and 2 receivers, plus it can be further extended to meet your specific usage scenario.

Boasting a reliable wireless range of 1,300 feet and ultra-strong signal penetration, the system will always alert you when a visitor shows up at the door. This is one of the longest operating ranges you can find on the market, so the AVANTEK D-3B is definitely a great offering for mansions, factories, offices, apartment blocks, villas, and other large areas.

The only thing to keep in mind is that it's better to place the transmitter away from metal objects since they might interfere with the signal a bit and shorten the transmission range.

Just like other Avantek doorbells that are famous for a wide variety of tunes, this one offers 52 tunes to choose from. The built-in 40 mm stereo speakers produce clear, well-balanced sound up to 115 dB (enough for senior citizens to hear when someone rings the bell).

Another perk is the smart memory function that remembers the set melody and volume level in the event of a power outage. Hence, your personal touch won't be removed.

Review of Avantek D-3B Waterproof Door Chime Kit

Robust Construction

Transmitter and receivers are made from durable plastic that doesn't look cheap or fake as some other options. The material also gives the transmitter a high waterproof rating of IP55. Therefore, even heavy rain and other harsh weather conditions won't interrupt the operation of the transmitter. Plus, it's functional between -4°F to 140°F.

The transmitter uses a high-capacity 230 mAh CR2032 lithium battery that boasts an ultra-long lifespan (up to three years of regular use).
Avantek D-3B Waterproof Door Chime Kit in the use

Easy Installation

The whole system is very easy to install, since the set comes with mounting tape, 2 screws, 2 anchors, and 1 key. You can choose from two installation methods - apply the adhesive patch or use the provided screws to install the units more securely.

If you don't want to ruin the integrity of your walls, you can simply peel away the protective tape off the battery in the transmitter, use the adhesive patch, plug in the two receivers, and press the pairing button. That's all, the units are ready for use.

In case you need to increase the coverage, you can add more AVANTEK RB-1 receivers to the system. All this makes these doorbells one of the best options for large spaces.

Detailed review of Avantek D-3B Waterproof Door Chime Kit

 

SadoTech CXR

Type

SadoTech Model CXRi is a simplistic cordless door bell. Note that this doorbell kit will fit even the owners of two-storey houses, because it includes 1 push button (transmitter) and 2 door chimes (receivers). Due to the wide wireless range, the transmitters and receivers can be spaced over 500 feet apart (1000 feet in open area). Furthermore, one of the receivers runs on batteries, so you can fix it wherever you wish, even in the room with no mains supply. As for the push button, its setup is a breeze. You can actually install it in two ways: with the help of screws and anchors or just with double-sided tape. Great wireless door chime!
Review of SadoTech CXR Portable Wireless Door Bell Kit

Alert Signal

You will be very happy with this door bell! Since there is one door chime that runs on batteries, your guests can press the push button even if the electricity is shut off. And you will definitely hear the sound ring. Furthermore, thanks to the adjustable volume control from 25 to 110 dB, the maximum sound level can be heard throughout the whole house/apartment. So, having placed the receiver in the middle of the house, you will be able to hear it everywhere. Finally, with a choice of 52 various tunes, you will certainly find the one that will satisfy your sound preferences.

SadoTech CXR Portable Wireless Door Bell Kit in the use

Extras

This digital door bell is very modern. The receivers are good-sized, so they will never blend even in a very large house. In addition, a blue light flash will attract your attention as soon as someone presses a weatherproof push button. Thus, you will surely catch the sight of blue flashings even if the volume is set in the quietest mode. Moreover, this door chime set is available in White, Beige, Black, and Brown. To sum up, with its elegant neat design SadoTech Model CXRi will suit any home and will surely decorate it.

Detailed review of SadoTech CXR Portable Wireless Door Bell Kit

Additional Info

User Manual     Manufacturer


VIDEO
Installation instructions for SadoTech doorbell Model CXRi Battery-Operated Receiver
 

Bodyguard DR-2

Excellent Quality

The Bodyguard DR-2 chime kit is an excellent choice for large houses, offices, apartments, villas, hotels, and hospitals. Manufactured from high-quality ABS material, all units are absolutely non-toxic and harmless. The build quality is excellent and their design is very nice. The units are resistant to dust, snow, rain and high temperature (the push button is IP44 waterproof).

The installation of all pieces is very easy. The indoor receivers don't require any mounting, just plug them into electrical outlets. As for the transmitter, it can be installed on the wall near the front door with the screws or stuck to the door frame with an adhesive tape. A double-sided tape and screws are supplied in the package.

The receivers produce quite loud and crisp sound. The volume is adjustable (20db to 80db), so you can change how loud you want them to ring. The doorbell has 36 chimes, from normal ding dongs to a loaf of novelty tunes. If for some reason you're not satisfied with the product, you can always get your money back. Buy with confidence!

Review of Bodyguard DR-2 Wireless Doorbell,Waterproof Chime Kit

Adaptive High-frequency Technology

What differs this doorbell set from others is its incredible operating range. Using high-frequency technology, all units can work in the range up to 1,000 feet (in the open area). Plug-in receivers don't interfere each other. The signal is stable and strong - it can easily penetrate a few walls. Never again will you miss any visitors or delivery!

Bodyguard DR-2 Wireless Doorbell,Waterproof Chime Kit in the use

Enegry Efficient

The doorbell has an ultra-low-power design. The battery used in the push button can work up to 15 months. Thanks to the pure point control operation, it can withstand more than 100,000 clicks. Considering all this, the device is completely safe and emits no electromagnetic radiation.

Detailed review of Bodyguard DR-2 Wireless Doorbell,Waterproof Chime Kit

 

Avantek LD-CB-11-A

Ultra Durable

The AVANTEK wireless doorbell is a marvelous match for those who need a durable yet reasonably-priced set of a wireless button and a buzzer. This is an upgraded model that has some cool features you'll certainly like. The engineers have given the receiver station a smaller size of just 2.8"x 3.1", meaning now it won't block off any neighboring power outlets. That's for starters. Secondly, the outdoor unit boasts a waterproof and dustproof rating of IP55, which is higher than most other doorbells can offer. This way, the transmitter can withstand whatever the elements Mother Nature may throw at it. The doorbell works well between -4 °F to 140 °F and can endure different harsh weather conditions like heavy rain or snow.

Both units look sleek and can be mounted easily. Just plug the receiver into an outlet and fix the transmitter on a wall. You're done! Take note that you can use either the double-sided bonding tape (included in the set) if you don't want to ruin the integrity of your door or 2 screws and 2 anchors for permanent installation. If you wish, you can expand the system by adding extra units on top of those included in the set. You can pair it with up to 2 transmitters and receivers depending on your specific needs.

Review of Avantek LD-CB-11-A Wireless Door Bell

Customizable

The doorbell offers you a silent mode as well as a wide range of 52 chimes to choose from. It comes with such beautiful melodies as Little Mermaid, symphony classics, standard chimes, goats, cats, dogs, birds, and even the Titanic theme "My Heart Will Go On". So, you'll definitely find the music option to your liking. All the tunes are very clear and loud thanks to a 40mm stereo speaker and 5 adjustable volume levels with a maximum of 115 dB. We'd like to point out that the max volume level is a bit higher compared to similar devices, which makes it great for multistorey houses or families with hearing problems.

It's worth emphasizing that the unit remembers your last tune and volume level, so even in case of a power outage, you won't need to reset to your previous settings. It will do it automatically.

Avantek LD-CB-11-A Wireless Door Bell in the use

For Many Purposes

With an extra-long wireless range of 1,000 feet and strong signal, the AVANTEK wireless doorbell will suit not only homes but also larger commercial spaces like warehouses, classrooms, or offices. And you can be sure that the doorbell won't clash with other equipment in your home or wireless devices of your neighbors, since it learns the frequency of the transmitter. So, if you need a reliable bell that will never fail to alert you when somebody shows up at your door, take a closer look at the AVANTEK wireless doorbell system.

Detailed review of Avantek LD-CB-11-A Wireless Door Bell

 

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Comparison of Door Chimes and Bells

What Is a Door Chime and Bell?

Nobody can be safe in their houses without security technologies. Doorbell is a device designed to notify a house owner of the guests who stand at his door and wish to enter. It was first used at the beginning of the 19th century. And less than in a hundred years doorbell became widely used and now they can be seen almost everywhere. Really, now you can hardly find an entrance door without this useful unit. Initially, it was an ordinary box with a button, but today it is a complex item that has many advanced features. As for design, there are tons of different high-tech styles but, still, there are also some classic options. The market of doorbells and chimes is rich and diverse. Therefore, we would like to share our best door chimes and bells review with all homeowners. We hope that now everyone will be able to choose the door bell which will bring assurance that their home remains a safe haven for the whole family.

But if you are looking for a shop bell which can notify you of the visitors or you just enjoy listening to a tinkling music while sitting on the veranda, you may be interested in wind chimes.

What Features to Compare

Type

When you're looking for a door chime or bell, first you should turn your attention to its type. There is a great number of wired and wireless doorbells with different types of communication between transmitters and receivers. Considering wired models, they consist of complex wiring systems. So, probably, you will need a professional help to set up wired doorbells. And it is not strange that nowadays homeowners prefer not to deal with fancy wiring and opt for wireless chimes. Their setup is really hassle-free and the location of the transmitters (buttons) is almost limitless. But take into account that a chime box (receiver) must be placed within the wireless range of its transmitter. Moreover, due to the fact that people are very mobile and do not spend a lot of time at home, the market offers chimes which allow customers to see their visitors (and even speak with them) via smartphones or tablets wherever they are. Another benefit is that some models already come with screws, anchors, mounting plates, and even double-sided stickers for easy installation. And, finally, if you've got several entryways in your house, it is advisable to choose a doorbell kit with several transmitters (push buttons) and receivers (door chimes).

Alert Signal

Since the main function of this device is to notify owners about their visitors, you need to pay attention to an alert signal. Manufacturers provide simple bells with different melodies and tunes whereas sophisticated devices act as the intercom (wireless intercom) and can send video notifications. As we have already mentioned, special apps for smartphones and tablets make it possible to see what is happening on your porch from anywhere across the globe.

Extras

All doorbells have their own extras which may also affect your choice. It all depends on your needs. For example, a classical doorbell can play some interesting melodies. On the other hand, high-tech models are equipped with additional features such as streaming video, motion sensor, and night vision. With the help of these state-of-the-art chimes, you'll be able to control everything that happens outside.

Sources:

1. How to Choose a Wireless Doorbell, wikiHow.

2. Renee Miller Types of Doorbells, SFGATE.

3. The Complete Doorbell Buying Guide, eBay. February 22, 2016.

4. Geoffrey A. Fowler Doorbells Become the Eyes and Ears of the Smart Home, THE WALL STREET JOURNAL. February 17, 2015.

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