“ Brand: Argos / Type: Doorbell „
After having spent varying degrees of money on a wide variety of styles and types of doorbells, I've come to the conclusion that I either live in a stone cave or the walls contain some sort of anti-doorbell material that requires an intricate selection of placement for the receiver in order to know when someone's at my door.
Cue this Argos cheap doorbell. Resigned to trying anything and not usually trusting of a product I can't physically see before I buy, this rather plain looking device was surely my last (and successful) hope in finding a way other than knocking on the door for people to let me know they're waiting patiently outside.
Costing £5.99, it's not going to break the bank. I've bought devices costing substantially more and they don't really do much more than this does, to be honest. It consists of the doorbell itself and a receiver that you put somewhere inside where you're going to hear it. You need to supply 3 AAA batteries yourself. We use rechargeable ones it this has lasted a good few months without needing any replacement without seeming to have dropped in power coming through.
The bell itself has a useful sticky pad on the back. Once you ensured the batteries have been used in both sets of the device, you can just use the sticky pad and attach this to the doorframe or use a screwable wall mount to screw it into a surface that won't take the stickiness so well. We haven't bothered with the wall mount and it is just as firm as when it first went on.
The device is good up to 30 metres distance, so in theory you could place it quite a distance from the door and move it around if you're in a different part of the house. We live in a maisonette, so height is an instant issue for any doorbell. We find that by putting the receiver in our front room, directly above the front door, there are no issues and it'll ring just fine. It usually works just fine in the kitchen at the back of the house as well, although sometimes we've had people say they've been ringing and it definitely hasn't gone off in the house. Going upstairs though is a completely different story. Clearly not 30 metres away but maybe getting close, the receiver doesn't ring. The walls are thick, it's a very old building, but even so I'd hoped that this claim and the fact that others have said good things about the range would have meant we could take this upstairs at any point. I know others have used this outside the back of their house in the garden, but sadly our upstairs (2 floors up basically) is a no go area even for this device.
The device is durable, and the ringer is very loud. There are 2 rings for every time the bell is pushed, and the loudness is very effective, so we tend to just make sure that if we're upstairs and are expecting the bell to ring then we keep doors open so we can hear it. This is more than good enough, and only causes a problem when we've got any loud devices or TV programmes running. Generally though, it's not a problem.
So, this is just as reliable as most other devices. We've yet to find one that seems to fight its way through the maze of anti-wireless material our house seems to be constructed of, but perhaps this is something not worth bothering with. The next option is to find something loud enough to hear elsewhere in the house, and we seem to have done this. Decent product.
It has been a long time since my original doorbell became fault as it sometimes works and other times simply doesn't!! But since missing an important delivery I decided to buy a new (RELIABLE) doorbell. the first place I think of when it comes to small gadgets is Argos.
So I went to the local store and soon I decided to buy the Argos value range 30 metre wireless doorbell, mainly this was because of the unbeatable cheap price.
I wanted a nice and simple doorbell that informs you that a person is at the door. And that is exactly what I got. This door bell is simple to use, just pop the batteries in both the pieces of the bell.
Argos do not provide the batteries but you can purchase them at the same time or elsewhere (1x23A and 3xAA).Then stick the button on the door/wall (you can screw it on or use strong double sided tape), put the speaker where ever you like and off you go.
The build quality of this device is absolutely amazing as it is 100% weather proof and the plastic is thick and solid, so no worries about it falling apart. the button is also made from rubber, this makes it comfortable to press.
The battery life is clearly very good as people only ring once in a while.
I live in a flat that is in a big house, and there are about 7 of these doorbells stuck outside next to the front door, and most are this same one!
It comes in two parts, the ringer, which is battery powered and goes in the house, and the button, which can be screwed on the wall or in our case, blue tacked and sellotaped. You also need a battery in the button section. When you press the button it gets sent wirelessly to the ringer which has a simple ding dong electronic doorbell sound. The only trouble is, is that sometimes if a visitor rings a doorbell, it gets intercepted and comes to our ringer, despite it not being the button that was pushed. I often answer the door to the wrong person and my neighbours have the same problem!
If you dont live a block of flats that dont use the same doorbell like this then I can imagine that it works perfectly. Unfortunately, as this door bell came with the flat, I dont really want to pay to replace it, so will have to put up with the door going at the wrong times. Sometimes if Im not expecting anyone I just take the battery out, and then the problem is solved.
It is a plain white colour, not bulky and the button has a softer rubbery touch bit to press. The rest is thick plastic and has been quite hard wearing, with the button outside in all weathers, and it still works! I also have not had to change the battery for 6 months which is a good battery life!
If you dont want to install a traditional bell, or a long drawn out electronic one, then try this!
A few years ago we replaced our front door so we also decided to replace the doorbell too.
This doorbell was bought ranging from £5-£10, I can't remember the exact price but it wasn't very expensive.
Our previous doorbell was just a basic ding dong sound and all I wanted was the same..
I can't stand them tunes and musical songs that seem to last ages whenever it's rung and i'm happy to say this doorbell had a basic ding dong chime as well.
Now this bell has been used for a few years now and has caused no problems.
In that time the batteries have only been replaced once, and it took AA batteries so were easy to find.
The doorbell is nice and loud and can be heard all throughout the house easily.
One press of the doorbell leads to 2 bells. I've recently in the last few months found the doorbell has started to at times get stuck.. this isn't very often but sometimes when someone has pressed the doorbell the button has gone inside and not popped back out. This leads to a small buzzing sound in the house. The first time it happened it did take a good 5 minutes to realise where the buzzing noise was coming from! But now I know I just have to pop back outside and press the button again for the buzzing to stop and it to go back to normal.
I can't really complain about this though as it lasted a few years without ever doing that.. and even now it has only done it about 6-7 times and the doorbell has been rung a lot of times!
There is no settings to change the sound of the doorbell like some others have available, but I am fine with that and prefer the ding dong sound so do not mind.
Being wireless the sound box can be kept within 30m which is also helpful and can be placed wherever you find convenient and you will still be able to hear the bell.
I give the doorbell 5 stars as it is a good price and does the job fine.
Thanks for reading :)
(this review may also be on ciao)
I have one of these doorbells, I didn't buy it myself, it was already adorning my hall wall when I moved in. The doorbell press in situated on the outside of the front door and the part that makes the noise is half way down my hall, around half the length of my house away from the front door. You can have the bell 30m away from the box and it should work, I dont have mine that distance away so I can't comment on whether it works as well at that distance.
This doorbell for me is great, the ding dong that it makes (it does it twice) is loud enough for me to hear in most rooms, if I am in the garden however, there is no chance and I rarely remember to take it with me, so it is left in the hall to ding dong to its heart's content. The joys of having a wireless doorbell is so you can take it with you or have it at such a distance from the front door that it can be heard everywhere. As i have said the only place I can't hear it is in the garden but I have my phone with me so I can be contacted should anyone come round and not get an answer from me.
The bell and box is white, the actual button to press is a light grey colour and quite squidgy. I don't think these are too expensive, I have seen ones in Argos for around the £5 mark and don't think that is too bad, makes me wonder whether to buy another doorbell rather than batteries when they run out as they are roughly the same price! I haven't had to change the batteries in my doorbell for a while; I have lived here 3 years and haven't changed them yet, so they last a long time.
There are only two problems with this bell I have found the first is the button can get stuck occasionally, so the bell just continually rings which can be most annoying, you only have to move the button and it is again silent. The second being if you have the bell too far away from the door, when someone rings it, if they can't hear it chime, they tend to keep pressing it as they are not sure if it is working or not. Some bells have a red light that come son when the bell rings so you know it is working even if you didn't hear it, that would be a good idea for this model too I think.
I have no other problems with this bell, it works fine, the tone is not too annoying but loud enough. Long may my batteries live.
My doorbell has been pretty rubbish for absolutely ages and just got worse when I had decided to paint it to try and improve the look of it. This was obviously a mistake and so instead of just a bell that wasn't very loud I now had one with flaking paint that would get stuck when someone pressed it too hard and continually ring for ages until I got a knife to prise it back out. I finally decided to bite the bullet and just buy a new one after the postman delivered me a package and it took me 20 minutes to get the bell to stop ringing.
One of the reasons that I had put off buying one for so long was because although I will spend hundreds buying a new phone I begrudge buying something practical. Ridiculous reason I know but that's how I feel so I was really annoyed that I had to go out and spend money on a new doorbell. I also thought that they were much more expensive than what they are. I picked up this one after a friend told me about it and was really pleasantly surprised to see that it only cost £5.99. My local Argos didn't have it in stock but I thought it was so cheap that I made a special trip to the next nearest town to pick one up.
The doorbell is exactly what I was looking for. It is completely wireless and is so easy to install that even the worst DIYer (i.e. me) can set it up in minutes themselves with no complications. The doorbell comes in two parts which are the receiver unit and the doorbell itself. There are also some screws and brackets as well as some straightforward instructions.
This was simplicity itself to set up and there is no complicated wiring to worry about as it actually works on batteries instead of being connected to the electric.
I just had to prise the old doorbell off the front door and then stick this one in its place. This was simple as the bell fit perfectly over where the old bell had been and it comes with a sticky pad already on the bell to stick it down. You can screw it in but I really didn't feel there was any need as it was pretty secure when stuck down. The bell also comes with an included battery so make sure and install this before sticking it down.
One you have the bell attached to the front door you then need to put some batteries in the receiver unit. It takes 3AA batteries which aren't included but luckily are a pretty common size so most households should have some lying about as I did. Once the batteries are in the receiver unit you are ready for action.
The doorbell is pretty standard in its range of features as its only feature really is that it rings but to be honest who wants anything else from a doorbell. There is only one sound to choose from but this suits me fine as it is a pretty standard bell sound and that's exactly what I wanted as (apologises if I offend anyone) who wants something tacky playing anytime someone comes to the door.
The volume of the bell is quite decent and it can be made louder which helps at night if I have the TV on and have forgotten to take the receiver in to the living room with me. The ding dong sound of the bell is usually enough to be able to make itself be heard over the TV or music and I really like the fact that I can take the receiver into whatever room I am in so that I can be sure to always hear the bell. You can attach the receiver to a wall in the hallway if you want but I like the flexibility of being able to carry it to other rooms with me if I want.
The receiver has a range of 30 metres which is really good and more than long enough for my house. I can even take the receiver into the back garden with me and shut my patio doors and still be confident that I am not going to miss someone at the door.
Apparently something which I have just found out is that all the Argos bells are on the same frequency as each other which is something that I hadn't considered. This means that if your neighbour also has the same bell then you your bell will ring when someone is at their door and vice versa. This hasn't been a problem for me but it is something to consider when purchasing it. At least you will know why your bell is ringing and no one is at your door if this happens.
I have been so pleased with this doorbell and would happily recommend it. I think it was such a bargain for £5.99 and I have been happy with everything about it so far. It is so much louder than my old bell and to my knowledge since buying it I haven't missed anyone at my door when I have been in which is something that happened loads before I got it. I am also pleased with how much better this has made the front of my house look. Before I had an old brass bell which I painted in a black gloss which looked awful and really made my front door look scruffy. This bell is a simple white and looks so much neater and more modern on my door and I am no longer embarrassed when someone rings my bell.
We bought his doorbell from Argos after our old one decided to stop working and leave many of our visitors standing outside without our knowledge - but who cares about them? You're here for the review!
Setup of the device was a breeze, undo the packaging, stick in some batteries (Not supplied unfortunately, but they need to cut costs somewhere, right?) and stick the button to the door and speaker somewhere in the house. Apart from the volume, there is nothing else too it, but we'll get to that later.
The doorbell, annoyingly, only has a single tone a double traditional ding-dong tone. Although this is a perfectly fine tone, I would like there to be something else to suite my taste and add a little customisation.
I have found the speaker to be a little quiet by default, however this can be turned up. Even if you do this though, it isn't particularly loud so wouldn't be suitable in a noisy household or for the hard of hearing (e.g. the elderly).
Although advertised as portable, I am yet to find a person who actually does this. I suppose it does give the ability to take it into the garden in the summer to avoid missing the doorbell assuming it is within the 30m range of the button.
The button and speaker looks as good as any other and because of the low price, I was actually pleasantly surprised. Nobody will be able to tell that you are a cheapskate as they press your doorbell.
The doorbell appears to only operate on a single channel which cannot be changed which means that other doorbells and even some car keys can interfere with the system and send you many false alarms.
Overall, if you want a doorbell on the cheap, this is a perfect choice!
I bought this doorbell for my old house because the front door was so far away from the living room it was practically impossible to hear if someone knocked on the door. It may sound like I must've had a big house, but it wasn't. It just had a 17 foot wide kitchen with a utility room shoved on the end where the front door was, and because that room got so cold the doors were always shut between each room off it. It resulted in us not being able to hear the front door, basically, and a door bell really did become essential.
Seeing this one in Argos for, I think, £4.99 at the time, I thought it would be a reasonable purchase, and I expected it to, basically, let us know when people arrived at the front door. It was white in colour, which meant it wasn't too difficult to hide up, yet it would still make enough noise to let you know someone was there. It seemed ideal.
Of course, the sensor part that made the noise had to be within a certain distance of the bell itself, though. I think this was about 8 metres, or something like that, (edit - having just checked, it was 30 metres, apparently!) which gave us enough distance to get it into the hallway so we would be able to hear it from both the living room (and back yard) and from upstairs. Great, we thought. No more rude calls or texts from people who were expecting us to answer the door!
Unfortunately, this wasn't the case at all, though, and it wasn't until a few months later that we really realised that it wasn't working correctly. After about 3 months or so, people claimed to have rung the bell but we didn't answer. We also found the bell was ringing and nobody was there at all. We thought it was just the batteries or something, so we changed them and everything seemed to be alright again for a few weeks, but it soon started happening again. We thought "Oh, must be our batteries being used before or something" but no, we changed them once again and the same thing happened, only within a matter of about a week this time. It simply seemed to be draining batteries constantly, regardless of whether the doorbell was really used or not.
We took it back to Argos, who thankfully did exchange it, claiming it must have been a faulty example of their product. Unfortunately though, the same thing happened with their replacement product, which was a shame because initially on both occasions it worked perfectly fine, then just began to get worse and worse as time went on.
For a short term fix, I'd say this is fine, but if you want something that will last, go elsewhere.
It took quite a while for us to get round to buying a replacement doorbell for our house after the previous one packed up a several months ago. Disposable income has been better directed elsewhere and going shopping for a new doorbell was never a proposition which excited me too much.
During this time, we have relied on the common sense of visitors and deliverymen to read a clearly written note stuck over the broken doorbell urging the use of the archaic 'knocking' technique. Unfortunately, my faith in mankind was misplaced as you'd be surprised at how many people are unable to read such a notice - one such member of this failing society (a friend of mine) even rang me up to falsely claim that I wasn't in when they called round...
"Did you knock" I said
"No. I used the doorbell"
"The one covered with the notice saying [DOORBELL BROKEN - PLEASE KNOCK]?"
:-/ ... *cretin*
Anyway, I finally decided enough was enough and that knocking was obviously a socially outlawed practice - even when people did knock, it was so quiet that I half expected to open the door to be greeted by one of The Borrowers - so I opened the book of books (the Argos catalogue) and got browsing.
I ultimately decided on this Value Range Wireless Doorbell Kit and was elated that it was only going to set me back £5.99. The wireless nature of the kit appealed to me and although our previous doorbell was of the same type, this one was battery operated which meant that it didn't require a mains connection. I thought this was a much more convenient design and after a reservation and a short walk, I was ready to set it up.
=== Contents ===
In the box you will find the doorbell, the wireless speaker unit, a small bag of wall mounting screws/wall plugs, a wall bracket, a small 23A battery and an instruction leaflet (brief but clear).
The doorbell itself is a classically designed white unit with a central grey rubberised button. It is the same size as any standard doorbell and despite the price, feels solid and well made. The speaker unit is also white and whilst it won't be winning any prizes for style, it is simple and unobtrusive (119 x 68 x 32mm H/W/D) allowing it to blend in wherever you decided to place it. It does feel a little cheap and the plastic creaks when you handle it but that is to be expected for the price and despite this it still feels strong enough to withstand day-to-day use.
=== Setting Up ===
Setting up couldn't have been simpler for me. All that was required was to put the included battery into the doorbell and then stick it onto the doorframe using the sticky pad already attached. There are two screws and wall plugs included if you wanted to use the included wall bracket and screw it securely to your doorframe but I really saw no need for this because the sticky pad has secured it very firmly to our wooden frame. The doorbell has been up for around three months now and is still firmly attached. The great British summer couldn't even drown it from its position and it still works perfectly (the doorbell is weatherproof, but I really expected nothing less!) Not having to use the bracket also makes it ideal for PVC doorframes too.
Unfortunately, the 3 x AAA batteries required for the speaker unit were not supplied so I had to go on my usual pilfering raid through the house - which of course resulted in yet another remote control being rendered inactive. Once the batteries are inserted, you can position the speaker anywhere within 30 metres of the doorbell. That's quite a big distance and for most non-mansion dwellers will mean you can put it anywhere in your house. I've placed mine on top of the kitchen cupboard nearest the entrance so it can be heard all around the house. The back of the speaker also has a slot for a nail so you can hang it up on your wall (if you're short of pictures) and there is also a handy clip on the back too (more on that very soon).
=== Who's there? ===
When someone presses the doorbell, a wireless signal will be sent from the doorbell to the speaker unit and a loud and clear 'Ding-Dong' will be emitted, twice. At first I thought everyone was ringing the bell twice but it turns out that this is the default setting. So if someone feels the need to do a 'double press' it will ring four times! I sometimes find this annoying but it does make it very difficult not to hear it even when upstairs or doing a loud activity such as vacuuming or washing up next to a washing machine in the middle of a 1400rpm spin dry cycle.
There are three volume settings provided by a switch on the speaker but the melody is unchangeable so you are stuck with a rather bog-standard doorbell sound. That's nothing to worry about though and I quite like the traditional sound (plus, believe it or not, I have better things to do than customise my doorbell).
Ours is set to the lowest volume setting but is still quite loud and very easy to hear in day to day use - I can even hear it when I'm in the shower (which isn't much use really but at least it lets me know that I'm going to have to collect my parcel from the Post Office the next day).
=== Practicality ===
As previously stated, the range on the doorbell is 30 metres which is very handy regarding positioning the speaker in your house. The clip on the back means that you can attach it to your clothing so if you are going to be outside in the garden or in the shed then you can carry it with you ensuring that you do not miss that important parcel or visitor. The speaker itself is not the most attractive accessory so you won't be the trendiest of folk whilst wearing it but this flexibility is a great benefit over the mains required kits - such as our previous wireless doorbell. A downside to this is that if the batteries run out you will not immediately be aware of the situation - but on the flip side, it will still work in power cuts.
Unfortunately, the kit only has one frequency channel so if one of your neighbours also has the same doorbell within 30 metres of your speaker unit then you may find yourself getting up to answer the door to a ghost. This is because your speaker will sound when any like-doorbell is pressed, not just yours. Fortunately, none of my immediate neighbours are quite as price-savvy (cheap) as me so this isn't a problem I have encountered yet but it's something to bear in mind; especially as this is the cheapest doorbell kit in the ubiquitous Argos catalogue.
=== Summary ===
After finally getting round to replacing my broken doorbell I am very happy with my purchase. It is available for £5.99 from Argos and represents remarkable value if you are looking for a replacement bell. The set-up is incredibly easy and the wireless nature of the kit means that you can be up and running in no time at all. Durability-wise, mine has been in use for over three months and is still working fine without a battery change required and no problems or issues arising.
For such a cheap device I am astounded at how well it has worked and at the apparent durability of the whole system. The only real downside is the lack of a unique frequency channel but that aside I don't see the point of spending extra on a more expensive kit. If you need a replacement doorbell or require more flexibility than your current doorbell then this is a purchase I am happy to recommend - unless you live within 30 metres of my house - in which case, buy something else!
Thanks for reading :-)