Which Video Doorbell is Best?
Amazon’s Ring and Ring Pro video doorbells are go-to choices for renters and homeowners alike. These devices allow you to see who’s at your door and what they’re up to. And they even let you communicate with visitors via two-way voice. While both options deliver high-quality video, Ring Pro offers additional features that are well worth the price.
Both doorbell cams offer reliable home security features, and they can be paired with a variety of home security systems and other smart home devices. But when two products meet face-to-face, only one comes out on top. So let’s dig into the features and benefits, and find which doorbell camera is right for you.
Overview: Ring vs Ring Pro
Ring and Ring Pro doorbell viewers rate high in terms of the features they offer. Not only do they provide high-resolution images, their two-way voice communication allows you to speak and hear clearly, without distortion. This lets you keep a finger on the pulse of who’s at your front door, and why. If there’s suspicious activity going on, don’t worry, you’ll be the first to know.
Both Ring and Ring Pro interact seamlessly with the Ring home security system (as well as other systems), and they pair nicely with a wide variety of smart devices. They also work well with smart locks that have the capability of connecting to your home automation platform. All in all, both Ring and Ring Pro offer an extra layer of security and convenience to your home.
Here are a few Ring and Ring Pro takeaways:
- Easy installation
- Two-way communication
- High-resolution video
- Mobile access and controls
- Easy to setup and use
- Pairs easily with third-party systems
- Affordable devices and plans
Similarities: Ring vs Ring Pro
With ultra-easy DIY setup, Ring and Ring Pro can be installed in less than 30 minutes. Both offer two-way communication that allows you to interact with visitors at your door, without tipping them off that you’re home or away. The image quality on the Ring and Ring Pro Doorbells is impressive, boasting resolutions of 720p and 1080p respectively. And both devices can be accessed by a sleek, modern mobile app. So if you have a smartphone or tablet, you’ll get instant activity alerts, allowing you to check-in on your entryway from virtually anywhere in the world.
- Reliable and effective
- Budget-friendly devices
- Convenient mobile app
- Motion detection
- Night vision
Differences: Ring vs Ring Pro
There are slight differences between the Ring and Ring Pro doorbells. Digging into these differences will help you to decide on the doorbell camera that’s right for you. First off, while the traditional Ring doorbell is wireless, the Ring Pro requires that it be wired into an existing (or new) wiring system. Another difference is in the camera itself. The Ring Doorbell includes a 720p camera (at 30 frames per second), while the Ring Pro offers a 1080p wide angle lens. Needless to say, Ring Pro has the better camera of the two.
- Ring offers a 180 degree field of view
- Ring is wireless, while Ring Pro is hardwired
- Ring Pro has a more limited field of view at 160 degrees
- Ring Pro uses LED technology for its night vision feature
- Ring's motion sensor is not as reliable as Ring Pro’s
- Ring Pro offers customizable alerts
- Ring Pro is more expensive than Ring
- Ring Pro has a slightly larger design
The Ring Video Doorbell offers built-in night vision, smart motion detection, and two-way voice communication with noise cancellation. This HD camera has a 180-degree field of view with 720p at 30 frames per second. Ring users can access and control the device from almost anywhere using the Ring mobile app. Ring can be hardwired into an existing doorbell or used as a wireless device. It is extremely easy to install and offers a lifetime warranty.
The Ring Pro offers a 1080p wide-angle camera for exceptional video quality. It has a 160-degree field of view and uses LED technology with its built-in night vision. It offers advanced motion detection and noise canceling two-way voice communication. But what really sets the Ring Doorbell Pro apart are its customizable alerts. Custom alerts allow you to choose what sounds will play on your smartphone or tablet when activity occurs. You can choose custom alerts such as a barking dog, a siren, different songs, and phrases like “you have a visitor.” Ring Pro is also weather resistant and customizable with interchangeable faceplates. This device also comes with a lifetime warranty.
The Ring Video Doorbell starts at $99, while the Ring Doorbell Pro costs $249. Amazon normally offers excellent deals on Ring products, but you can also find great deals at Best Buy and other major retailers.
The Ring Doorbell Pro is obviously more expensive than the traditional Ring, but this one-time price difference might be worth the investment. The Ring Pro has more advanced features, but more importantly, the video quality (1080p) is far superior compared to the traditional Ring (720p).
If you choose to sign-up with Ring’s 24/7 professional monitoring, you’ll be glad to know it only costs $3 per month (for the Ring Protect Basic plan). Alternatively, you can “self-monitor” your video doorbell for free.
Both the Ring and Ring Pro comes with everything you need to install and set up your doorbell on your own. Instructions are included and support is available if you need it. More home security companies are offering easy DIY installation. This saves an installation fee, and you don’t have to wait around for a technician to visit your home.
You set up your own device, at your own convenience, and on your own terms. But keep in mind, the Ring Doorbell Pro is a hardwired device, so the installation process is a bit more involved compared to the traditional Ring Doorbell (which is wireless and only takes about 5 minutes to install). But the Ring Pro can still be installed in less than 15-20 minutes from start to finish.
The Ring allows for almost immediate connectivity to your app if someone appears at your door. It is up to you, however, to notify the authorities. The Ring will connect to the Ring home security system, but it does not function as total home security on its own. For instance, if someone breaks in through a backdoor window, it will not signal an alarm, and you will not be notified.
On the other hand, the Ring Pro lets you set up customizable alerts to let you know when someone is at your door. The system is not set up to notify the authorities, but like the traditional Ring Doorbell, it will work with the Ring home security system if you have a monitoring service.
Now, if you link your Ring Doorbell or Ring Doorbell Pro to your Ring home security system (or many other systems), you’ll have a Wi-Fi connection with cellular backups. This means you’re still covered in the event of a power loss.
Summary: Ring vs Ring Pro
Both the Ring and Ring Pro are great choices and offer effective entryway security for homeowners or renters who want quality video and features.
But the Ring Pro offers customizable alerts and other impressive features that allow you to create a more comprehensive security experience.
The Ring 2 is also worth mentioning and worth looking into. The Ring 2 is offered at a slightly higher price point than the traditional Ring. It costs $129, but it has improved image quality at 1080p HD resolution (compared to 720p HD).
FAQs About Ring and Ring Pro Comparisons
The Ring Video Doorbell is less expensive than the Ring Pro. The Ring Doorbell costs about $100, while Ring Pro costs around $249.
No, monitoring is not required with Ring or Ring Pro. You can self-monitor if you choose.
Protection plans for Ring and Ring Pro cost either $3 or $10, depending on which (if any) plan you choose. Ring Protect Basic is $3 a month, while Ring Protect Plus is $10 a month.
The Ring Video Doorbell camera does not require existing doorbell wiring. However, the Ring Pro doorbell camera does need existing wiring in order to function.
No, professional installation is not required with either Ring or Ring Pro. The Ring has an average install time of about 5 minutes, while the Ring Pro takes around 15 minutes.
Yes, both Ring and Ring Pro have two-way audio. That means you can use the devices to have conversations with people outside.
For Ring, the video resolution is 720p HD, and for Ring Pro, the video resolution is a more advanced 1080p HD.
The Ring has a viewing field of 180-degrees horizontal and 110-degrees vertical. The Ring Pro’s viewing field is a little smaller at 160-degrees horizontal and 90-degrees vertical.
Yes, both the Ring and Ring Pro need Wi-Fi connections to work.
Yes, Ring and Ring Pro work in both hot and cold temperatures, although there are limits. Ring doorbell cameras can work in temperatures as low as -5 degrees Fahrenheit and as high as 120 degrees Fahrenheit.
Ring and Ring Pro are water resistant, not waterproof. That means they can stand up to rain and wind outside, but you shouldn’t try and submerge them in water.
Yes, Ring is owned by Amazon. Amazon acquired Ring in 2018.