The Ring brand has become to video doorbells what Kleenex is to tissues or Ziplock is to plastic bags — you see a video doorbell and automatically think “Oh, there’s a Ring Video Doorbell.” When a brand becomes the recognized noun for a product, you know it’s a quality product.
Ring Video Doorbells are rather impressive. They can stream and record video in HD and have two-way talk so you can talk to whoever is at your door. Some Ring Video Doorbells have package alerts to notify you when your packages arrive, and others have head-to-toe video so you can continue to see the whole person approaching your home even when they are close to the camera.
If you aren’t the type of person that carries your phone everywhere with you in your home, Ring also makes a handy device called Ring Chime which you can pair with your video doorbell. This is essentially the smart version of the audible noise your doorbell makes when someone presses your [existing] doorbell. The chime plugs into whatever wall outlet you choose and will announce when someone is at the door or when someone presses the doorbell.
Note that when it comes to recording video, you’ll have to pay a subscription fee in order to use that feature, but the fee starts at only three dollars a month. Depending on what Ring you go with, you’ll get a variety of different features.
Speaking of choosing which video doorbell to go with, Ring has a number of video doorbells out, but with such a wide variety available, it can be hard to determine the best one for your home. Above all else, you should consider if you prefer a wired or battery-powered video doorbell.
Ring Video Doorbells: Wired vs Battery-Powered
This may be a simpler choice than you think. It might all come down to: does your home have an existing doorbell? If so, connecting a wired Ring Video Doorbell is incredibly simple. All you need to do is remove the doorbell from the two wires it is connected to, connect those wires to the Ring doorbell and attach it to the exterior of the house. Oftentimes, you can even use the same chime box. Before you do that though, make sure you turn off the power to your house. You don’t want to zap yourself.
Ok, so, if that’s so easy, why would you consider a battery-powered one then? Remember, IF you have an existing doorbell, wired ones are rather easy to install. If you don’t, well, you might need someone to professionally install a wired doorbell. With a battery-powered one, you can’t beat how incredibly easy it is to install (you can easily do this yourself). And as it is battery-powered, you can put it essentially anywhere you please.
The downside to a battery-powered doorbell is … the battery. Since wired video doorbells draw power from your home, you don’t have to worry about them running out of power; you do with a battery-powered one. Be prepared to change the battery about every six months, and more often if you live in a place that gets cold at night.
Let’s recap — if you want easy installation and want to put your video doorbell in a place where there isn’t an existing doorbell, go with a battery-powered version. If you want to replace an existing doorbell, and don’t mind a little bit of installation (really, it’s pretty simple) then perhaps go with a wired one, and you won’t have to worry about changing batteries.
The Best Ring Doorbells To Buy in 2022
We recently named the Ring Video Doorbell 4 one of the best overall home security cameras of the year, but it’s not the only model worth considering. Once you’ve determined whether you want to go wireless or wired, you’ll want to figure out how much money you want to spend on a video doorbell and what features you want. But admittedly, the number of Ring Doorbells available can still feel a bit overwhelming. But don’t worry, we have your back. We’ve picked the five best Ring Doorbells below to help make your choice an easy one. You’ll find the best wired and wireless options for Ring Video Doorbells below, so you can see who’s at your front door just by looking at your phone (which you were already doing anyway!).
1. Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2
One of the most robust video doorbells in the Ring catalog, the Pro 2 has incredibly useful features. For starters, the aspect ratio is 1:1 meaning when someone approaches your door or drops off a package, you’ll be able to see the person from head to toe. It has a useful color pre-roll recording that records a few seconds before your alert or notification is triggered to help you with context. There’s even radar that traces someone’s route up to the door. And with this wired doorbell, you can also use your doorbell’s chime after you install it. If you want all the features, go with the Pro 2.
2. Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Gen)
There is a lot to like about the second generation Ring Video Doorbell. Many people want video doorbells exclusively to see when their packages arrive and this Ring doorbell will let you know precisely when that happens. When a package is set down within the Ring’s zone, you’ll get an alert. This doorbell can be wired or run on battery power, but also works with your previous doorbell’s chime, which is impressive. When you consider everything you get, plus the $100 price point, it’s pretty obvious why this is still one of the more popular Ring Video Doorbell editions.
3. Ring Video Doorbell Wired
BEST BUDGET OPTION
If you have an existing doorbell, and you don’t want to spend over $100, this is the option for you. For around $60, this wired Ring Doorbell provides all the essentials including HD video (and night vision), two-way talk and motion alerts. At this price point, you still get the pre-roll video to provide you with context about motion alerts. You’ll forgo features such as package alerts or head-to-toe video, but for the budget-conscious, this is a great choice.
4. Ring Video Doorbell Pro
The Ring Video Doorbell Pro is a nice mix of Video Doorbell Wired features and Pro 2 features, but about $90 less than the Pro 2. All the usual suspects are available — two-way talk, works with existing chime and pre-roll video — but you also get features not found on the Doorbell Wired version such as Alexa Greetings, which can greet visitors or accept packages when you are unavailable. Unfortunately, you don’t get package alerts or head-to-toe video like you would with the Pro 2, but you can change the faceplate to better match your home. If the pre-roll video and the Alexa greetings are important to you, this is a solid choice.
5. Ring Video Doorbell 4
Like the Door Pro 2, you also get amazing video resolution and color pre-roll recording. It has a wide 160-degree field of view and offers two-way talk so you can speak with whoever is at your door. One unique aspect of the Doorbell 4 is it can actually be used wired or wirelessly, although you won’t be able to use your existing doorbell chime. It is a bit of a bummer that the video doesn’t go head to toe or have it have package alerts, but overall it’s a great choice for its feature set and flexibility to be used both wired or with battery.