Home burglaries are far more common than you might think. But a home security system goes a long way in protecting your home from becoming a part of a burglary statistic. In fact, according to a study done from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte, 60% of convicted burglars say the presence of an alarm system (cameras, sensors, etc) would steer them away from a house.
Some of the most popular options for home security systems are Ring and Nest, but these systems can become pricey as you build them. Another option that is becoming popular is Blink, which also happens to be an Amazon-owned security system like Ring, but is considered a more budget-friendly option to home security. But how does it compare to Ring? Is home security a place where you really want to cut costs? We answer these questions and more as we compare the two Amazon-owned security systems, Blink and Ring, below.
Ring vs. Blink: What To Know
Although both security companies are owned by the same company, each offers a different variety of home security products and services. Blink is more on the DIY and affordable side with a limited amount of home devices, while Ring offers a complete home security solution with multiple home security camera options for both indoor and outdoor as well as complete security system packages and monitoring.
Subscription & Costs
One of the big differences between Blink and Ring is professional monitoring. Ring offers professional monitoring of your home security devices for $20 a month. This means someone is looking after your home and possessions even when you don’t have your phone with you and can dispatch emergency services in the event of a break-in. You can even recoup some of that subscription money with discounts from your home insurance.
But what if you don’t want professional monitoring, do you still have to pay $20 a month for Ring? No. In fact, you don’t need a subscription at all to use Ring products. You can still see the livestream from your cameras and get real-time notifications. But if you want access to recordings of events, you will need to subscribe to Ring Protect, which starts at $3/month.
That being said, you don’t have to sign any long-term contracts, and you can cancel your subscription at any time.
Find a full breakdown of the subscription comparisons and the available features of each Ring plan here.
So, what about Blink? Blink operates in much of the same fashion minus the professional monitoring. Without a subscription to the Blink Basic or Plus plans, you have access to a livestream of your cameras as well as notifications when something triggers the camera’s motion sensors. But for other features, like access to video recording and cloud storage, you’ll need to pay for a subscription which starts out at $3 a month. Or, you can save yourself two months of costs by paying for a year in full, which costs $30.
Find a full breakdown of the subscription comparisons and the available features of each Blink plan here.
Here’s a quick rundown of the plans and costs for Ring and Blink:
- Ring Basic: $3 a month with video recording for one camera
- Ring Plus: $10 a month with video recording for all devices at your home
- Ring Pro: $20 a month with video recording and 24/7 professional monitoring
- Blink Basic: $3 a month/$30 a year with video recording for one camera
- Blink Plus: $10 a month/$100 a year with unlimited number of devices per account
Hardware & Costs
When it comes to the sheer number of options for home security devices, Ring outmatches Blink. Although Blink device options may seem limited compared to Ring, the offerings provide an affordable way to build a home security system comparatively.
As of this writing, Blink offers:
- Indoor plug-in camera for $34.99
- Outdoor Wireless Camera for $99.99
- Video Doorbell for $49.99
- Indoor wireless camera for $79.99
- Floodlight camera for $139.98
The Ring line of doorbell cameras alone includes more available options than all Blink camera offerings total. Needless to say, Ring has a more extensive list of home security devices. These include:
- 7 video doorbell options ranging from $59.99 – $349.99
- Indoor Stick up camera (indoor and outdoor) for $99.99
- Indoor Cam for $59.99
- Spotlight Cam for $199.99
- Floodlight Cam Wired Pro for $249.99
- Ring Security Systems ranging from $249.99 – $299.99
- Smart Lighting ranging from $29.99 – $139.99
Ring vs. Blink: Products & Add-Ons
By now you might be asking yourself, if Amazon owns both Blink and Ring, can I mix and match systems? Well … yes and no. There’s nothing stopping you from having a Ring Doorbell Camera and a Blink indoor camera — you’ll just need to use separate apps to control each device, so you lose most of the smart home interconnectivity by doing that. But there is a workaround. When both sets of devices are connected to Alexa, you can control both of them through Alexa Routines.
Even though you can mix and match systems, both Ring and Blink have a handful of great additions to make your home security system fluid and robust.
Blink Solar Panel Charging Mount
Say forget it to charging your outdoor Blink camera’s batteries. With the Solar Panel Charging Mount, you can harness the power of the sun to continuously power your Blink outdoor cameras.
Blink Video Doorbell
This affordable doorbell camera is about $10 cheaper than the least expensive Ring doorbell camera, yet provides 1080p HD quality video along with two-way audio. You can use it as a wireless doorbell or wire it to your existing doorbell chime. Our SPY Team even thinks this new doorbell gives Ring a run for its money.
Blink Mini Plug-in Indoor Cam
You don’t have to worry about changing out batteries because these nifty little cameras plug into the wall. And they are so small you can conveniently place or hide them just about anywhere. Two-way audio allows you to talk to whoever is inside and even say hello to your pets.
Blink Sync Module 2
If you are going to build a home security system from Blink devices, the Blink Sync Module 2 serves as your hub. It connects up to 10 Blink devices and can even store local video which you can access via USB.
Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2
We found this to be the best Ring Video Doorbell you can buy right now. It has head-to-toe video and 3D motion that provide accurate real-time notifications of who is around your home. Plus, it can be used wirelessly or can be wired to your existing chime.
Ring Stickup Cam
These handy cameras can be used both indoors and outdoors. You can place it on a tabletop or mount it outside of your garage. It has motion detection, two-way voice and is incredibly easy to set up.
Ring Chime Pro
You don’t always have your phone on you, so how will you know when someone is at your front door? The Ring Chime Pro can help alert you when someone is at your door using a variety of chime tones. Likewise, it even serves as a WiFi booster for your other Ring devices as well as a nightlight.
Ring vs. Blink Home Security Systems: Final Verdict
If you are looking for an affordable DIY option, Blink is worth consideration. Sure, there aren’t many product options, but that is part of the appeal — simple choices, easy to install wireless cameras, all at a relatively low cost.
But for someone looking for more features, especially a professional monitoring option, as well as more add-on options and home automation via Alexa integration, Ring is the way to go. Overall, Ring is your best bet to future-proof your home and home security system.