Best Home Security Cameras 2020

When it comes to protecting your home, sometimes a simple alarm system isn’t enough. By adding one or more security cameras to your system, you can get more comprehensive protection for your home.

Since there are so many options available, it can be challenging to determine which home security camera is right for you. The This Old House Reviews team put together a guide to the best home security cameras of 2020 to help make your purchasing process slightly easier.

Home Security Cameras Guide 2020

Arlo Pro 3SimCam 1S AINest Cam IQ OutdoorWyze Cam PanRemoBell S
Arlo Pro 3SimCam 1S AINest Cam IQ OutdoorWyze Cam PanRemoBell S
Best OverallBest Indoor CameraBest Outdoor CameraBest Budget PickBest Video Doorbell
Has the most features available

Wireless and easy to install

Smart home compatible

Good balance of price and features

Has facial recognition

Provides local or cloud video storage

Offers facial and person recognition

24/7 recording

Extremely weatherproof

Very affordable

360-degree panning

Free video storage

Good balance of price and function

Free cloud storage

Sleek, unobtrusive design


1. Arlo Pro 3: Best Overall Home Security Camera


Laminate Flooring Guide: Underlayment & Installation

Laminate flooring has come a long way since its introduction to US markets in the 1980s. An engineered product, it’s designed to work with specific underlayment and trim components.

Sold in planks that are typically about 3 feet long, 5 to 7 inches or more wide, and 7 to 12mm thick, laminate flooring’s dimensions are usually given in a mix of imperial and metric numbers that hark back to its European origins.

What is Laminate Flooring?

Composed of four or five layers joined under pressure, laminate flooring is one the most popular DIY flooring choices. One way to be sure you’re buying a quality product is to verify that it meets the ANSI-LF-01-2008 standard.

Components of Laminate Flooring

Wear layer: The top of laminate flooring is the transparent wear layer, which the North American Laminate Flooring Association (NALFA) claims is “highly resistant to dogs, cats, chairs, and even high heels.” This layer is also water resistant and keeps the rest of the plank looking good. The upper layer is rated on an Abrasion Criteria scale that runs from 1 to 5. AC 1 works for low traffic areas such as bedrooms, and AC 5 will withstand commercial traffic. Most