Best Ring Doorbells Android Central 2020
Ring makes some of the most popular video doorbells on the market. Most of them can operate off of a battery or low voltage wiring, and they all allow you to keep an eye on your home, even when you're not there. You get motion alerts when someone is near your door, and you can talk to them with two-way audio. The Ring Video Doorbell Pro is the best choice for most people, but your options largely depend on your home and particular security needs.
- Best Overall: Ring Video Doorbell Pro
- Battery-Powered: Ring Video Doorbell 2
- Affordable Option: Ring Video Doorbell
- Upgrade Pick: Ring Video Doorbell Elite
- Quick Installation: Ring Peephole Cam
Best Overall: Ring Video Doorbell Pro
If you're adding a Ring Doorbell to your existing home, it's hard to go wrong with the Video Doorbell Pro. As Ring's most expensive consumer-grade camera, the Doorbell Pro has a small, sleek design compared to the Doorbell 2, along with a sharp 1080p display. In most cases, you should be able to power it with your home's existing doorbell wiring, provided it reaches at least 16 watts.
No question: the Video Doorbell Pro is Ring's best consumer-grade product.
The Video Doorbell Pro is full of customizable and security-focused features. You can view your camera feed from anywhere with a free Ring account, or set up a Ring Protect subscription to automatically store up to 60 days of video history in the cloud.
There's excellent two-way audio for talking to people near the camera from your phone, and you can customize the Doorbell Pro's motion zones to prevent notifications from certain portions of the camera's view — helpful if your camera is facing a busy street.
The Doorbell Pro also has infrared night vision, keeping you protected even in pitch darkness. It works well on its own, but its visibility is limited by distance; if you need better visibility for specific areas in the camera's field of view, you can grab an infrared-capable light like the LIFX+. The infrared light will be invisible to the naked eye but shine like a spotlight in the camera's night vision feed. The Doorbell Pro is also compatible with Amazon's Alexa voice assistant, meaning you can quickly pull up your camera feed with a simple voice command if you have a smart display like the Echo Show.
There's also a bit of customizability with the Doorbell Pro. It comes with four interchangeable faceplates in different colors, and there are wedge and corner kits that allow you to adjust the precise angle of the camera. So long as your home is already wired for a typical doorbell, the Ring Video Doorbell Pro is one of the best ways to keep an eye on your home from anywhere.
- Tack-sharp 1080p video
- Night vision
- Custom motion alert zones
- Small, attractive design
- Amazon Alexa compatible
- Pricier than the Doorbell 2
- Can't run off of a battery
Ring's best consumer-oriented camera.
The Video Doorbell Pro has 1080p video, interchangeable color faceplates, two-way audio, night vision, and customizable motion alert zones.
Battery-Powered: Ring Video Doorbell 2
The Video Doorbell 2 has most of the same features as the Doorbell Pro — night vision, 1080p video, customizable motion zones, and two-way audio — along with a unique feature of its own. For older houses that don't have doorbell wiring, the Video Doorbell 2 can run off of an easily removable, rechargeable battery.
It isn't quite as sleek as the Doorbell Pro, but the Video Doorbell 2 is still a relatively small and modern-looking product for considerably cheaper. If recharging the battery every month or two isn't your thing, you can pick up a solar charger that tops up the battery gradually throughout the day. You can also make the doorbell more audible by putting a Ring Chime in a central location in your home.
- More affordable
- Night vision
- Two-way audio
- Includes rechargeable battery
- Alexa support
- Larger design
- Using battery power reduces performance
The affordable Ring Doorbell that runs on battery power.
The Video Doorbell 2 carries over most of the Doorbell Pro's features, plus a removable battery, at a considerably lower cost.
Affordable Option: Ring Video Doorbell
The original Video Doorbell is still a perfectly functional product at a much more attainable price than its newer counterparts. You won't get the same sharp video with its 720p sensor, but most of the features you'd expect from a Ring camera are here, including two-way audio, night vision, and motion alerts.
What's more, just like the Video Doorbell 2, the original Ring has a rechargeable battery that lets you operate it without needing existing doorbell wiring — though unlike the Doorbell 2, it's non-removable here; when it comes time to charge, you'll need to remove the entire Video Doorbell from its mounting plate and charge the unit. Still, that's a small sacrifice to get a much cheaper video doorbell with few other compromises.
- Cheapest Ring Doorbell available
- Integrated battery is rechargeable
- Two-way audio
- Motion detection and night vision
- Alexa support
- 720p video is fairly soft
- Non-removable battery
- Bulky design
A basic, full-featured security camera.
The original Ring Video Doorbell is still a great budget purchase with most of the same features as the company's newer, more expensive options.
Upgrade Pick: Ring Video Doorbell Elite
If you're serious about security, or if you're dealing with new construction, the Video Doorbell Elite is as good as it gets. With a huge price tag, it has a much broader, flatter design that sits mostly flush against your house, along with a much sharper image, two-way audio, and instant alerts.
The Video Doorbell Elite is much faster than Ring's other cameras because it uses Ethernet for both power and data transfers. This means that you'll almost certainly need to shell out for professional installation. Still, in exchange, you're getting a rapid and responsive experience that opens the live feed and notifications nearly instantaneously.
- Wide, flat design
- Uses Ethernet for consistent power/data
- Fantastic image quality
- Interchangeable faceplates
- Alexa support
- By far Ring's most expensive product
- Requires professional installation
Professional installation is required.
Ring's highest-end Video Doorbell Elite has incredible image quality and responsiveness, but it may require professional and often expensive installation.
Quick Installation: Ring Peephole Cam
The Peephole Cam is Ring's new doorbell on the block. It is a doorbell that is easy to install and perfect for those who rent as there are no wires or drilling involved. It is meant to replace your existing peephole. It leaves your peephole still working, but then adds a Ring camera to it. That allows you to view your visitors like any other Ring product.
As well as visitors being able to press on the buzzer, the Peephole Cam also reacts to knocking on the door. That is something unique to this product. The Peephole Cam comes in two pieces, one piece that attaches to the outside of the door, and the other portion is placed on the inside of the door. This piece houses the battery, which means it is protected from the outside elements. It doesn't have customizable zones, but it does have a privacy zones option. That means if it's placed somewhere with your neighbor's property is in view, you can block out that zone from motion detection.
- Small and compact
- Quick and easy installation
- Works with Alexa
- Knock detection
- Limited downward field of view
- Does not have custom zones
- Battery life
Upgrade your peephole
As the name suggests, this doorbell can serve as a peephole replacement. It responds to knocking and gives you video views of your front stoop.
While the Ring Video Doorbell Elite is Ring's highest-end model, the Doorbell Pro is a much more practical purchase for most people that still has tack-sharp image quality and almost all of the same features. Especially if you already have doorbell wiring in your home, it's the best option most people should consider, assuming you're willing to spend a good amount on your smart doorbell.
Likewise, the Ring Doorbell 2 nearly matches the Pro in raw features, and can even work off of a rechargeable battery — though its design is much thicker and the camera isn't quite as sharp. If you're on a tight budget, though, the original Ring Doorbell is still a great buy, with 720p video and a non-removable rechargeable battery. Alternatively, the Ring Peephole Cam comes in at the same price with 1080p video recording and a removable rechargeable battery. Ultimately, the best option will depend on where your priorities lie. If you want the best video doorbell possible, and money is no object, the Video Doorbell Elite is the company's top offering. Still, the original Video Doorbell is so cheap that you can outfit multiple doors around your home with battery-powered security cameras.
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Hayato Huseman is a recovering trade show addict and video editor for Android Central based out of Indianapolis. He can mostly be found complaining about the cold and enthusing about prog metal on Twitter at @hayatohuseman.
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