Best Ring Doorbells Android Central 2019

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.

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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 certain 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.

Pros:

  • Tack-sharp 1080p video
  • Night vision
  • Custom motion alert zones
  • Small, attractive design
  • Amazon Alexa compatible

Cons:

  • Pricier than the Doorbell 2
  • Can't run off of a battery

Best Overall

Ring Video Doorbell Pro

Ring's best consumer-oriented camera.

If your home has existing doorbell wiring, the Video Doorbell Pro is an excellent purchase. It has sharp 1080p video, interchangeable faceplates to match the color of your home, 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.

Pros:

  • More affordable
  • Night vision
  • Two-way audio
  • Includes rechargeable battery
  • Alexa support

Cons:

  • Larger design
  • Using battery power reduces performance

Battery-Powered

Ring Video Doorbell 2

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. It's a great option if you don't have doorbell wiring in your home, and still offers perks like night vision and two-way audio.

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.

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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.

Pros

  • Cheapest Ring Doorbell available
  • Integrated battery is rechargeable
  • Two-way audio
  • Motion detection and night vision
  • Alexa support

Cons

  • 720p video is fairly soft
  • Non-removable battery
  • Bulky design

Affordable Option

Ring Video Doorbell

A basic, full-featured security camera.

Ring's original Video Doorbell is still a great budget purchase with most of the same features as the company's newer, more expensive options. The non-removable battery is inconvenient, but it's a small price to pay for such an affordable deal.

Upgrade Pick: Ring Video Doorbell Elite

If you're really serious about security, or if you're dealing with new construction, the Video Doorbell Elite is as good as it gets. At a whopping $500, it has a much wider, 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, but in exchange, you're getting an extremely quick and responsive experience that opens the live feed and notifications nearly instantaneously.

Pros:

  • Wide, flat design
  • Uses Ethernet for consistent power/data
  • Fantastic image quality
  • Interchangeable faceplates
  • Alexa support

Cons:

  • By far Ring's most expensive product
  • Requires professional installation

Upgrade Pick

Ring Video Doorbell Elite

Professional installation is required.

Ring's highest end Video Doorbell Elite has incredible image quality and responsiveness, but that comes at a cost. Because it uses power over Ethernet for more consistent power and data speeds, it requires professional and often expensive installation.

Bottom line

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 $250 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. Ultimately, the best option will depend on where your priorities lie. If you simply want the best video doorbell possible, and money is no object, the Video Doorbell Elite is the company's top offering, but the original Video Doorbell is so cheap that you can outfit multiple doors around your home with battery-powered security cameras.

Credits — The team that worked on this guide

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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