Radio Bell: Review & Recommendations

Welcome to our big product test 2020, where we present you all the products we have tested in detail. We have compiled detailed background information for you and also added a summary of the customer reviews on the net.

With this we would like to make your purchase decision easier and help you to find the best wireless bell for you.

You can also find answers to frequently asked questions in our guide. If available, we also offer you interesting test videos. Furthermore, you will also find some important information on this page, which you should pay attention to if you want to buy a doorbell.

The most important facts in brief

  • The radio bell is a doorbell that transmits a radio signal from the transmitter to the receiver. The transmitter is usually placed outside the living room and sends a radio signal inside the living room.
  • Since no cabling is required for a radio bell, two or more receivers can be used. Many homeowners also place one in the garage or garden.
  • For people with a hearing impairment, there is also the option of purchasing a wireless bell that triggers a bright light or vibration when the transmitter button is pressed.

Radio bell test: Favourites of the editorial team

  • The best radio bell with the largest range
  • The best batteryless radio bell
  • The best wireless bell with 4-step volume adjustment

The best radio bell with the largest range

The radio bell of the brand TECKNET can be ordered at amazon.de either with 1 transmitter and 1 receiver or with 2 receivers for the socket. According to the manufacturer, the radio bell is waterproof and can therefore be installed outdoors without any problems.

The outdoor range of this model is up to 300 meters. The radio bell has 52 different melodies and the bell head has an LED display.

The best batteryless radio bell

No batteries are required for this wireless bell model from YABIFE. The pressed transmitter generates its own current. This saves maintenance costs and time. The waterproof radio bell is delivered with 2 receivers and is in the middle price category.

There are 3 volume levels up to 95 decibels and a choice of 38 melodies. The range on this model is 150 meters. Tape strips are supplied with this product to make installation easier.

The best wireless bell with 4-step volume adjustment

The wireless doorbell is made of high-quality IP44 material. The well thought-out sealing technology ensures perfect performance outdoors. Therefore the wireless doorbell can work very well in rain, snow or minus temperatures.

There are 2 receivers and the range is up to 150 m. With adjustable 4-step volume and 51 ringtones, you can hear the ringing signal in every corner of your house.

Advisor: Questions you should deal with before you buy a doorbell

How does a doorbell work?

The doorbell rings and people often do not think about the technology behind it. There’s a lot going on behind the scenes, and how much is usually only realized when the item no longer works.
A conventional doorbell sounds when a flat piece of metal presses against a hot wire running under the doorbell button.
As soon as the metal touches the wire, the circuit closes and the electric current flows towards a bell box, which triggers the ringing. The sound stops when the button is released, breaking the circuit.

The technology behind radio bells involves a radio signal that is transmitted when the button is pressed. A receiver receives this signal and then triggers the light, buzzer or doorbell function.

Radio bells have pre-programmed tones, including songs, musical notes and chirping birds.  In most cases, radio models have variable frequencies to reduce interference with adjacent doorbells.

Some models are battery powered, while others are plugged into an electrical outlet. Portable versions can be carried around, and many manufacturers make their various models available in different sizes.

For whom is a radio bell suitable?

In principle, a wireless bell is suitable for everyone. Its advantages make the radio bell one of the most popular doorbells you can buy at the moment.
The radio bell is suitable for households that have difficulties in laying cables. The transmitter of the radio bell can be placed at the house or apartment entrance and the receivers can be mounted anywhere without having to lay cables.
People with a hearing impairment benefit from the advantage that radio bells can have an integrated flash light. This is particularly useful because they receive an optical signal in addition to the acoustic signal.
Just like in households with small children – when the children sleep during the day, the sound can be switched to mute and only the flash signal is triggered.
The radio bell is also suitable for safety reasons. Many of the latest models have an integrated camera. The camera is activated as soon as someone rings the doorbell.

The video can also be called up via the smartphone if the wireless doorbell has WLAN.

Furthermore the wireless doorbell is suitable for people who value the design of their doorbell. The wireless doorbell is already available in several shapes, colours and materials and looks very modern in stainless steel look.
Besides the design, the homeowner can also choose between different ring tones and the ringing gets a whole new meaning.

How much is a doorbell?

Depending on the desired function, range, quality, material processing, the prices vary between about 20 and 200 €. High-end systems include an intercom system and video.
Although intercom and video functions are not required, they can be used to protect the living space unless you want to invest in a surveillance camera or other security systems.

An important purchase criterion is the range. The greater the range, the more the doorbell will cost.

While the distance between receiver and transmitter is usually between 60 meters and 120 meters, walls and doors can reduce the distance to about 15 to 40 meters or even less.

If the walls or doors are made of metal, this can affect the system in such a way that it is not even possible to receive a signal from the transmitter.

Which further purchase criteria are to be considered, which also influence the price, you will find further down in this article.

Wireless bells can be found in department stores, supermarkets and specialist shops, as well as in many online shops.
According to our research, these online shops buy the most radio bells:

Amazon.com
Conrad.com
Ebay.com
Saturn.com
Otto.com
Pearl.com

Popular brands are among others:

  • Heidemann
  • Honeywell
  • Avantek
  • Binwo
  • Tecknet
  • Techole

What is the alternative to a radio bell?

The wireless bell is intended as an alternative to a wired bell. However, one must remember that the wires of a wired bell must be laid underground.
The amount of work would be greater than with a wireless bell and you would also need an expert to lay the cables.
The radio bell is mounted on the wall with screws and a bracket. No further precautions have to be taken, except for the height of the new bell button.

Decision: What types of wireless ringtones are available and which one is right for you?

If you want to get a wireless bell, there are several features you can choose between:

  • Radio bell with battery
  • Powered radio bell
  • Radio bell with video camera and intercom
  • Wireless bell with WLAN

The use of the different types of radio bells has advantages and disadvantages. Depending on what you prefer and what you want to use the wireless bell for, a different type is suitable for you.

With the following section we would like to make the decision easier for you.

What distinguishes a wireless bell with battery and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A battery-powered radio bell makes the installation and mounting of the device more flexible. The bell can be installed anywhere, independent of a power connection.

The transmitter is attached to the front gate or in the garden so that guests and visitors can ring the bell from outside. The receiver is placed inside the house so that the house owners can hear the ringing of visitors.

The battery of the receiver needs more power as it must be functional all the time, therefore the size of the receiver also plays an important role.

Advantages

Flexible placement
Less time required for installation
Batteries with very long life
Independent of a power outlet
More beautiful design, as it is wireless

Disadvantages

Regular maintenance
Additional costs due to batteries
in case of failure, check whether the transmitter or receiver battery is empty

What are the characteristics of a power-bound radio bell and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Electricity-bound radio bells are radio bells that draw their energy from a power line that is connected to the domestic low voltage network.

The receiver has a cable which must be connected to a power outlet. Nevertheless, no cables need to be laid. When mounting the device, you still have the freedom of placement.

Advantages

No maintenance of the receiver
no additional costs due to batteries

Disadvantages

Power connection necessary
Electricity costs arise

Which variant of the power supply is to be selected depends on the area of application, but also on individual requirements.

What are the characteristics of a wireless bell with video camera and intercom and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

Wireless doorbells equipped with a video camera and an intercom system offer the home more security. In the transmitter of the radio bell a camera as well as a microphone is integrated.

A screen is integrated in the receiver, which displays the camera recording and speakers. Guests can be recognized not only by voice but also by video.

Door opener
Video door intercom system
07/02/20

The video transmission can also be called up by means of the smartphone and the function allows, in the brand new models, to take pictures. Furthermore, many new wireless bells with video camera have the advantage that they indicate the battery level of the devices.

Wireless bells with an integrated camera can have more than one video screen as receiver and can therefore be installed in different rooms of the house.

Advantages

Visitors can be seen visually
simple service
provides more safety
usually has other extras

Disadvantages

expensive to buy
higher installation effort

What distinguishes a wireless bell with WLAN and what are its advantages and disadvantages?

A wireless bell with WLAN is characterized by the fact that it is connected to the home WLAN router and thus provides some features. These bells are extremely popular because they can be controlled from a tablet or smartphone.

It is important that your WLAN router or WLAN repeater is located near the radio bell and can pick up and transmit the WLAN signal.

Advantages

Controllable from anywhere
Compatible with multiple devices

Disadvantages

Higher installation effort
Dependent on the WLAN

Purchase criteria: With these factors you can compare and test wireless bells

In the following we will show you on the basis of which aspects you can decide between the multitude of possible radio bells.

The criteria that you can use to compare the radio bell includes

  • Reach
  • Power consumption
  • Material
  • Ringing melodies and volume
  • Waterproof

In the following paragraphs we will explain what is important for each of the criteria.

Reach

The range plays an important role in the purchase, because depending on the location, wireless bells with different ranges are possible.

If you spend a lot of time in your attic, basement or garden, it makes sense to get a radio bell that covers this distance.

Keep in mind that the range is reduced by walls, walls, ceilings, stone, stairs, steel, concrete, glass, pipes, wood and trees. Above all, the range is weakened by steel and concrete walls and large trees.

A wall leads to a weakening of the range. Several walls double or multiply this effect.

For example, a wall attenuates the signal by 80% with an open field range of 100 meters the range with 2 walls is only over 4 meters (100m x 0.2 x 0.2).

With a “distance multiplier circuit” this problem could be bridged. This special circuit allows for multiple connections of the transmitter – receiver combination.

Furthermore, there is also the possibility to amplify the signal with a repeater, as with WLAN. A repeater is a range amplifier and must be plugged into a socket.

If the range is impaired by obstacles, it can be rebuilt with the amplifier.

It is recommended that you always allow for a margin in the meter range and you may want to look at radio bell tests before buying a radio bell.

Power consumption

As described above, there are two main types of energy flow for the radio bell. One type is the completely wireless version, where a battery or rechargeable battery is installed in the receiver and the transmitter, but has to be changed or recharged.

However, the standard models include the radio bells, in which the transmitter is battery operated and the receiver is plugged into an electrical outlet. It is also important to note which battery is necessary for the use of the device.

The latest wireless bells usually have a battery indicator that allows you to see what percentage of battery the wireless bell has left before it needs to be charged or replaced.

Material

Wireless bells are available in a plastic version or in a more noble stainless steel version. Both types have a high stability and are also waterproof and storm resistant.

The disadvantage of the plastic radio bell is that they can be left out or manipulated by the sun.

Those who value design can forget the plastic models and reach for a stainless steel radio bell. The stainless steel housing not only looks high quality, but is more durable than the plastic radio bell.

Another advantage is that the family name can be engraved in the stainless steel case.

The cheaper variants are the radio bells made of plastic or aluminium, furthermore there are radio bells with a granite housing or even stainless steel, but they are priced h

The most important aspect of the material should be its stability. In an area where it often rains and storms, a weather resistant version of the radio bell might be more advantageous than in an area where there is a lot of sunshine.

Here also a video how to handle a stainless steel radio bell during installation:

Ringing melodies and volume

Besides the fact that radio bells exist to make you aware that someone has rung the doorbell and all this without a complicated laying of the line, radio bells already have many additional functions.

For example, depending on the manufacturer and model, the ringing melodies can be selected, the volume can be adjusted and it can be determined whether the bell button should light up.

Many radio bells on the market have a large selection of melodies, an extra button on the receiver part allows you to select a ring tone by pressing it several times.

With the higher quality models, MP3 sounds can also be played on the wireless bell. This turns a simple doorbell into a big party in your own four walls.

The function that allows you to adjust the volume individually is standard on the new models. Volume levels for a wireless ringer are between 82 – 115 decibels. It is difficult to hear a wireless bell below 78 decibels in the next room.

For older people, who may already be hearing less, a volume adjustment function should be considered when purchasing. Depending on where the receiver is placed, the size of the house or living conditions, the volume should be individually adjustable.

In an apartment of 80 m2 located on a lively street, the volume can be set higher.

If you don’t want to be disturbed by a ringing noise while sleeping or working, you are well-equipped with a wireless bell that has a sleep mode. In this sleep mode you can specify for how long the radio bell should be muted or turned down.

If you want the bell to be as individual as possible, you should pay attention to these functions when buying it.

Waterproof

Before you decide on a radio bell, you should consider in which area the transmitter and receiver should be mounted.

Depending on whether the transmitter or receiver is to be mounted indoors or outdoors, one must consider using a waterproof model.

A waterproof radio bell has the advantage that it continues to work perfectly in rain or snow. When purchasing, the specified IP class must be observed. The IP class indicates how resistant components are to dust and water.

The front number describes the dust protection and the following number the water density. The numbers 55, 56, 57 are resistant.

Trivia: Important facts about the radio bell

This section contains frequently asked questions that consumers ask themselves after buying a doorbell.

How do I mount my wireless bell?

    Depending on the power consumption of the radio bell, you should choose a suitable placement for the transmitter and receiver. As mentioned above, receivers that draw their power from the household electrical wiring need a power outlet near them, or must be plugged into an electrical outlet.
    Once a suitable location has been found, the transmitter of the radio bell can be mounted on the wall with screws, or with double-sided adhesive tape.
    After mounting, you should briefly check whether the radio bell has been applied in a resistant way, or whether it needs a new attempt.

How do I adjust my radio bell?

A regular radio bell, which does not have many features available, can be easily adjusted. Usually a few keystrokes are enough to set the wireless bell to the way you want it to be. There is an on/off button, a ring tone button and a volume button.

The ringtone of the wireless ringer can be selected by pressing the ringtone button several times, as well as the volume. Depending on the strength, the button is pressed up or down until the desired volume is found.

Why is my ringer not working?

Radio bells can no longer work for various reasons.

If this does not solve the listed problems, it is advisable to check the device for external damage and, in the case of major defects, to take the device to a specialist or refer to the device warranty.

How do I care for my wireless bell?

If the wireless bell is outside the house, it should be cleaned from time to time. Although most radio bells are waterproof and very resistant, dirt and grime will attack them.

To ensure that the radio bell works properly, the exterior should also be cleaned. In most cases, a wet cloth is sufficient to remove the dirt deposits with a single movement.

For heavy soiling, detergent can be used, but aggressive scouring agents are not recommended.

Can additional transmitters or receivers be purchased?

Depending on which model is chosen, additional transmitters or receivers can be purchased. For example, converters offer the possibility to connect radio bells to an existing radio bell system.

Here is a video how you can use radio bells as an extension to your existing doorbell: