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“Who can it be knocking at my door?” Surely, when the popular 80’s band Men at Work wrote these lyrics, they couldn’t have imagined today’s high-tech doorbells. Now you can see who’s at your front door, even when you’re not at home.
Ring, an all-in-one front door camera and doorbell that syncs with your smartphone via WiFi, is the best-selling video doorbell on the market. What makes Ring so popular? And is it really the best or do you have better options? Read our review to find out.
- Pros & Cons
- Key Features
- Price & Tech Specs
- Personal Experience
- User Reviews
- See It In Action (Video)
- Why Ring Is #1
- Customizable motion sensor
- Infrared night vision
- Apps for iPhone, Android and desktop
- Two-way audio with noise cancellation
- Record and save video (added fee for cloud storage)
- Can integrate with ADT, Wink, Lockstate, Kevo, Kisi and Wemo home security systems
- Pro model has small and sleek design
- Lifetime purchase protection (they’ll replace doorbell camera if it gets stolen)
- Interchangeable faceplates for 2, Pro and Elite
- Pricey, especially Elite
- No on-demand video (must be activated by motion or doorbell call)
- Standard model is larger than similar products
- Top-selling video doorbell on the market
- Syncs with many smart security products and home automation systems, including Wink, Kevo & Lockstate smart locks, Kisi, ADT and Wemo
- Cloud video recording available ($3 per month or $30 annually for 6 months of recording time)
- Available in four faceplate finishes: Satin Nickel, Antique Brass, Polished Brass & Venetian Brass
- Automatic notifications via email and app when battery is getting low
- Chime add-on, plug-in home product lets you know when you have a visitor (even if your phone is in the other room)
- Phone and live chat 7 days per week
- Online support: blog, knowledge base, detailed FAQs
Ring offers 6 models, and each comes with a one-year warranty on parts and a lifetime purchase protection replacement in case of doorbell theft. Each model works in temperatures from -5°F to 120°F.
To see specific differences between models, visit our Ring doorbell comparison article
|Video Doorbell||Video Doorbell 2||Video Doorbell 3||Video Doorbell 3 Plus||Video Doorbell Pro||Video Doorbell Elite||Peephole Cam|
|Installation||Existing Wiring or Rechargeable Battery||Existing Wiring or Rechargeable Battery||Existing Wiring or Rechargeable Battery||Existing Wiring or Rechargeable Battery||Requires Existing Doorbell Wiring||Requires Professional||Replaces Peephole|
|Field of View||180°||160°||160°||160°||160°||160°||155°|
|Advanced Motion Detection with Adjustable Motion Zones||Adjustable Motion Zones|
|Other||Pre-Roll 4 Seconds Before Motion Event||Human Detection||Human Detection||Knock Detection|
|Dimensions||4.98″H x 2.43″W x 0.87″D||5.05"H x 2.5"W x 1.08"D||5.1"H x 2.4"W x 1.1"D||5.1"H x 2.4"W x 1.1"D||4.5"H x 1.85"W x 0.80"D||4.8"H x 2.75"W x 2.17"D||Indoors: 2.26”H x 4.40”W x 1.16”D
Outdoors: 1.85”H x 3.83”W x 0.78”D
|WiFi Connectivity||2.4GHz||2.4GHz||2.4GHz & 5GHz||2.4GHz & 5GHz||2.4GHz & 5GHz||2.4GHz & 5GHz||2.4GHz|
Recording plans are optional and allow you to review, save and share your videos at any time. Below are the plans available and their features
|Price||Free||$3/month or $30/year||$10/month or $100/year|
|Number Of Devices||1||1||All Ring Devices|
|Real-Time Video With Live View|
|Lifetime Theft Protection|
|Video History For 60 Days|
|Video Saving & Sharing|
|24/7 Professional Monitoring For Ring Alarm|
|Extended Warranties For All Devices|
|10% Off Select Products At Ring.com|
Jeff B., Safe Smart Living, has a Ring Doorbell Camera. Here is his experience.
I was worried about integrating the Ring Doorbell with my existing wired doorbell, as I wanted the chime in my house to still work when someone was at the front door. I’m not the most handy person, but the installation was a breeze (learn more about installing a Ring Doorbell) and my old chime still works.
I’ve been very impressed with the features, you can set it up to be notified with every movement, or only notify you (on your phone) when the doorbell rings.
My other concern was the battery life. Well, I’ve had mine up and running for over a year and the app says it is still at 94%. It has performed exactly how I expected it to – I’m able to monitor my front door even when I’m not home, and I haven’t run into any technical issues.
Kimberly A., Safe Smart Living, has a Ring Video Doorbell 2. Here is her experience.
Similar to Jeff, I was a little wary with how the installation would go for my doorbell. Using a power drill on the exterior of my home was a little concerning for me because I didn’t want to mess up the siding or drill the holes incorrectly. However, my husband took one look at the instructions and had it done within 20 minutes.
Overall, I’ve been happy with its performance. There have been a couple of instances where the notifications were delayed, and sometimes the app can take a while to load footage. But asides from that, it’s performed great.
The video quality is fantastic as well as the audio. I like that I can view activity history to see what I missed while I was away from my phone. I wish there were an option to disable the doorbell, though, because there are times where we are playing in the front yard, and our phones continue to notify us of motion at the front door.
Here’s a balanced sampling of customer feedback from those who’ve purchased the Ring camera and doorbell.
Let start by saying not sure why other reviewers are not in love with this product? I had the 2nd gen version of this product and it was okay, a few quirks, but let me say in the two days I have owned this 3rd gen version, I love it! First off it is easy to install and despite having to return a defective one back to Best Buy to switch it out for a new one, it could not have gone smoother. This version includes live camera view which allows you to view outside your front door anytime you want. Not only that, you can set up small to large motion zones and it is a slimmer design much like any doorbell and different than 2nd gen which was a boxy ugly thing. Plus they give you 4 different faceplates to choose from to match trim of your house or apartment. Customer support is great to work with. Only drawback with this one is the hassle of installing an interior wired component to your existing doorbell, plus this only works with wired houses meaning there is no battery option here which I did not need anyway. In all this is the only smart doorbell you should own! – recruiter89, Best Buy 4/26/2016
Went to Best Buy to look into getting the Ring Doorbell since one of my old neighbors got it and said how they liked it a lot. I was worried about the size of the standard Ring unit as my original ringer was in an 1″ 3/4 door jam and the original one is very bulky. I went to Best Buy on 4/24 and I happen to see the Ring Pro…. I received an email from Ring after setup that it was in error that Ring Pro was on the shelves. But to my benefit, my wife was a bit unsure of the gadget, but after installation and see the notifications she has received during the day, she is sold and loves it as well as I do. This is a small piece of mind while you are not at your home. Well worth the investment. – Sfigueroa, Best Buy 4/27/2016
My husband and I bought this for safety, however, we bought the unit from BestBuy and it worked well for about a week then we couldn’t get any video. We contacted customer support and they tried to help and had to set us up with tech support appointment the next day at 5 pm, tech support remotely looked into everything and said it should be working so they sent us a new unit. That one the video worked for about a day and then quit. Not only does the video not work but neither does the motion detected notification work either. I called customer support and was told that what I was experiencing was wrong. I had to ask for a supervisor 5 times before he would let me talk to someone. I talked to someone else who still wasn’t a supervisor because they were ALLin a meeting.. Four hours later I got a call from a supervisor long story short, doorbell still broken, i have two units sitting on my desk and one can’t be returned to best buy anymore. I would give it 0 stars if I could but 1 is the lowest. – Fortunecookie, Best Buy 8/15/2016
Bought the ring doorbell a while back. The concept is great. However, it doesn’t work as advertised. It is very inconsistent. I can walk outide and it will pick me up and then literally walk out on the porch a half hour later and stand there and it has no idea that I am 4 feet away from it. I have called and emailed to complain. All they do is make u jump thru a whole bunch of hoops. Uninstall the app, Reinstall the app, remove the doorbell from the account, add the doorbell back to the account, speed test the internet by the router, speed test the internet out by the doorbell, take the doorbell down, and test the reaction time with the doorbell by the router, and a few other tests. I even went out and bought a much better router. I’m getting 60mps on the front porch. And yet, the thing works less than half the time. It is junk and they refuse to stand behind it. I wish it worked. The concept is great. But it just doesnt. – Tony, Best Buy 10/25/2016
Check out Ring’s video below to see how its video doorbell works and the added security it can give you and your family.
Is Ring the best doorbell camera on the market? Amazon customers answer a resounding, yes! Ring Video Doorbell Pro is a #1 bestseller on Amazon with nearly 70% five-star reviews from more than 1,500 customers. And in our Ring review, we found that both models are the best on the market. They offer the best video and sound quality, customized motion detection, easy-to-use apps, and affordable cloud storage.
Yes, Ring is expensive (especially Ring Pro), but you’re paying for the quality and reliability that other video doorbells don’t deliver. See how Ring stacks up against other smart video doorbells in our best doorbell camera reviews. Ring also offers alarm systems, which you can learn more about here.
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