2021: The Best Apartment Intercom Systems


With so many options for Visitor Management Systems and apartment intercom systems, it can be daunting to decide which is best for your building. Before spending money on the wrong system, check out our Apartment Intercom Buyers Guide.

Today, building access control systems offer a range of features intended to make visitor management easier for tenants, visitors, and building managers. From video capabilities to package delivery solutions, choosing the right intercom system can add layers of convenience, security and accessibility. It can even help attract new residents.

On the other hand, the wrong system can leave residents feeling frustrated (or even worse, locked out!), can cost more than expected to install, or might not be suited to your building needs.

 

To help you figure out which system to select for your property, read our reviews of the best cloud based access control systems and other intercom competitors on the market today.  We've done our best to give you some sense of intercom pricing, intercom ios reviews and what they are best suitable for.

 

 


Whoo

We must admit that we are biased. We love our stuff! But so do our users. Our video enabled intercom allows residents to visually verify guests, manage deliveries and best of all, open doors remotely. Not only is our system affordable, we also make installation a breeze! The perfect multi family door entry system.

  • Pricing: $$

  • App review: 4.5/5

  • Best for: Multi-tenant apartments

Ring

 

They are now owned by Amazon. They are really intended for individual residences but could maybe work in small multi-tenant buildings. 

  • Pricing: $

  • App review: 4.4/5*

  • Best for: Single-family homes

*read all reviews (sorted by most recent) to decide for yourself

Nest

 

We like their product. They are owned by Google. They are really intended for individual residences but could maybe work in small multi-tenant buildings.

  • Pricing: $

  • App review: 4.7/5*

  • Best for: Single-family homes

*read all reviews (sorted by most recent) to decide for yourself

ButterflyMX

 

They make a product similar to ours. They don't publish their pricing but seem to be somewhat more expensive than us. Their app reviews are decidedly mixed.

  • Pricing: $$$

  • App review: 4.5/5*

  • Best for: Multi-family apartments

*these ratings have a suspicious distribution with lots of 1 stars and lots of 5 stars but almost nothing in between. A lot of the reviews sound like ads, we recommend that you read all reviews (sorted by most recent) to decide for yourself.

Comelit

Italian company with a nice looking product. Their pricing is complicated. You really need a customized quote. Our clients found them to be somewhat more expensive than us. 

  • Pricing: $$$

  • App review: 2.4/5

  • Best for: Single-family homes, multi unit door entry systems

Swiftlane

New on the market, Swiftlane makes a video intercom system that opens doors remotely. 

  • Pricing: $$

  • App review: 5.0/5*

  • Best for: Multi-family apartments

*very few ratings

Aiphone

The worldwide leaders. Aiphone makes good equipment but needs wiring to every apartment. They do not include pricing on their site but we include a link to their sales page.

  • Pricing: $$$

  • App review: 2.8/5

  • Best for: Multi-family apartments

Latch

They started solving the same access problem we are solving from the other end. They sell smart door handles to let you into your apartment. They now have an outdoor unit too.

  • Pricing: $$$$

  • App review: 4.6/5

  • Best for: Single-family Homes

Mircom

They have various products. The closest equivalent to ours is the TX3TOUCHS22. Their app has no reviews in the Apple App Store.

  • Pricing: $$$$

  • App review: 1.0/5

  • Best for: Multi-family apartments

Elvox

We don't know much about their products. They are Italian and seem to be focused on intercoms for very small residences. Their app has no reviews in the Apple App Store. We cannot find pricing information.

  • Pricing: 

  • App review: 0.0/5

  • Best for: Multi-family apartments

MVI myKey

We have heard good reports about their technology but have not seen it yet.  They are based in NY.  We cannot find information about their pricing but understand that it is higher than ours.  Their App reviews have a suspicious dumbbell distribution.

  • Pricing: $$$

  • App review: 3.4/5*

  • Best for: Multi-family apartments

*read all reviews (sorted by most recent) to decide for yourself

Akuvox

We know Akuvox very well and love their hardware. In fact, we use the same hardware ourselves! Their software, on the other hand, is not as intuitive or reliable as ours. But don't take it from us, look at the reviews of their app. Pricing depends on the distributor.

  • Pricing: $$$

  • App review: 2.1/5

  • Best for: Multi-family apartments

GateGuard

We don't know much about them but their pricing seems too good to be true.  We would love to hear from you if it is as cheap as it seems. Their App reviews are sparse and decidedly mixed.

  • Pricing: $

  • App review: 2.9/5*

  • Best for: Multi-family apartments

*read all reviews (sorted by most recent) to decide for yourself

Watchman EVO

We don't know much about them but their pricing seems too good to be true.  We would love to hear from you if it is as cheap as it seems. Their App reviews are sparse and decidedly mixed.

  • Pricing: $

  • App review: 1.9/5

  • Best for: Multi-family apartments

AlphaTouch

They sell a product very similar to ours at a similar price. We like ours better, but you should check them out. Please tell us about your experience.

  • Pricing: $$

  • App review: 1.8/5

  • Best for: Multi-family apartments

DoorKing

Their signature product makes audio-only phone calls to your residents. We don't think they have an App so we can't comment on their quality.

  • Pricing: $$

  • App review: N/A

  • Best for: Multi-family apartments

Viking

Their signature product makes audio-only phone calls to your residents. We don't think they have an App so we can't comment on their quality.

  • Pricing: $$

  • App review: N/A

  • Best for: Multi-family apartments

Select Engineered Systems

Their signature product makes audio-only phone calls to your residents. We don't think they have an App so we can't comment on their quality.

  • Pricing: $$

  • App review: N/A

  • Best for: Multi-family apartments

ABB

They make video intercoms that are hard wired to each apartment. We don't think they have an App so we can't comment on their quality.

  • Pricing: $$

  • App review: N/A

  • Best for: Multi-family apartments

Siedle

We don't know much about them. German company.  Their app reviews are very thin. Please tell us about your experience with them.

  • Pricing: $$$$$

  • App review: 3.0/5*

  • Best for: Multi-family apartments

*read all reviews (sorted by most recent) to decide for yourself

Lee Dan

Chances are you have one of these.  They make the old-fashioned aluminum panels with plastic buttons at the entrance of a lot of our client's buildings (connected to a three button box in each apartment). As far as we know they do not have video intercoms nor mobile apps.

  • Pricing: $

  • App review: N/A

  • Best for: Multi-family apartments

TekTone

Like Lee Dan, they make the old-fashioned aluminum panels with plastic buttons at the entrance of a lot of our client's buildings (connected to a three button box in each apartment). As far as we know they do not have video intercoms nor mobile apps.

  • Pricing: $

  • App review: N/A

  • Best for: Multi-family apartments

Apple Core Elect.

They make beautiful old-fashioned brass and stainless steel panels (connected to a three button box in each apartment). As far as we know they do not have video intercoms nor mobile apps.

  • Pricing: $

  • App review: N/A

  • Best for: Multi-family apartments

Virtual Doorman

We don't know much about them. Their service seems to include a remote call center. They don't publish their pricing. Please tell us about your experience with them.

  • Pricing: $

  • App review: 2.3/5

  • Best for: Multi-family apartments

Fermax

We don't know much about them. Spanish company. There are no reviews of their App in the Apple Store and they don't publish their pricing. Please tell us about your experience with them.

  • Pricing: $

  • App review: N/A

  • Best for: Multi-family apartments

Doorbird

German product with many different options. App reviews are decidedly mixed.

  • Pricing: $$$

  • App review: 4.4/5*

  • Best for: Multi-family apartments

*read all reviews (sorted by most recent) to decide for yourself

August

They sell a doorbell similar to Ring or Nest and have door handles similar to Latch. The app store has mixed reviews.

  • Pricing: $

  • App review: 4.8/5

  • Best for: Single-family homes

2N

2N offers a variety of intercom and access control solutions. Their Mobile Video service lets you communicate with your visitors via your mobile phone,  but their app has mixed reviews.  The 2N brand is now owned by Axis communications.

  • Pricing: $

  • App review: 2.8/5

  • Best for: Multi-family apartments

Carson

Carson allows residents to communicate with building staff, receive package delivery notifications, and open doors remotely. 

  • Pricing: $

  • App review: 3.3/5

  • Best for: Multi-family apartments

Cellgate

Certain products provide tenants with a live stream of front door visitors and audio capabilities. Their App reviews are sparse and decidedly mixed.

  • Pricing: $

  • App review: 2.4/5

  • Best for: Multi-family apartments

 Brivo

Brivo allows residents to control access to areas ​that have an existing smart reader, like conference and storage rooms. While this can be done from an app on their smartphone, Brivo does not offer a front entrance intercom solution. 

  • Pricing: $$$

  • App review: 4.3/5

  • Best for: Multi-family apartments, Offices

OpenPath

Their front entrance solution uses a smart reader to allow tenants to open the door with their smartphone, but they do not offer an intercom system for guests or delivery people to find tenants, and do not offer a video communication option. 

  • Pricing: $

  • App review: N/A

  • Best for: Multi-family apartments

LiftMaster

The CAPXLV intercom does provide residents with a video connection to the front entrance. To manage guest access from a smart device, tenants must download a third party app. 

  • Pricing: $$$

  • App review: 4.4/5*

  • Best for: Multi-family apartments

*App review is for third party app, Community by myQ