As you probably know, home security systems are available from many different companies, and there are several different types of security systems to choose from. One of the more accessible options is to purchase a video home surveillance system with a video doorbell camera.
Cameras not only stream and record video of potentially dangerous intruders or package thieves, they can also deter criminals from targeting your home in the first place. And one component of an effective home surveillance system is a doorbell camera. A doorbell camera allows you to keep watch of your front door to identify anyone who might be there or if a package has arrived.
Two of the most popular doorbell cameras on the market are the Ring Video Doorbell and the Ring Pro. We created this guide to compare these doorbell cams side-by-side to see how they measure up. Come along as we share the ins-and-outs of both options in this in-depth guide. Let’s get started!
To start, we should look at the shared features between that the two models as well as some other similarities between the Ring Video Doorbell (2nd Gen) and Ring Pro video doorbells:
FYI: We’re big fans of app-based, smartphone controls. We’ve been able to view live-stream footage of our Ring Doorbell from across the country while on vacation.
Did You Know: Ring does offer a paid cloud storage plan at only $3 per month. This gives you 60 days of video history and image capture, download, and video sharing capabilities.
Although they share some similarities, these video doorbell cameras have some key differences to consider. Below is a look at the main differences you will find between Ring and Ring Pro:
Pro Tip: With custom alerts, you can really dial-in the notifications that are sent to your phone. However, both Ring models allow you to disable notifications altogether.
When you are choosing a video doorbell to install, you should always make sure that you find the right product for your budget. The standard Ring video doorbell will cost you about $100. The Ring Pro video doorbell will cost you about $250. Though the Ring Pro is more expensive, we really like the hardwired option. With either model, you will have the option of purchasing a 24/7 monitoring plan. This monitoring costs $3 per month and it’s definitely worth it.
Below are the latest costs of Ring’s different doorbells, including the Ring Video Doorbell and Ring Pro. And if you want to explore these devices further, have a look at our Ring Doorbell pricing guide.
|Ring Doorbell Model||Doorbell Camera Type||Cost|
|Ring Video Doorbell||Hardwired or Battery||$99.99|
|Ring Video Doorbell 2||Hardwired or Battery||$169.00|
|Ring Video Doorbell 3||Hardwired or Battery||$199.99|
|Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus||Hardwired or Battery||$229.99|
|Ring Video Doorbell Pro||Hardwired Only||$249.00|
|Ring Video Doorbell Elite||PoE Only||$499.00|
|Ring Peephole Cam||Battery Only||$199.00|
Remember another great thing about Ring and Ring Pro video doorbells is that they are both easy to install and do not require professional installation. Companies that require professional installation of their products tend to charge a pretty penny for the service. Skipping this cost makes Ring and Ring Pro inexpensive options.
The Ring and Ring Pro video doorbells are not complete home security systems. Rather, they are meant to alert you when someone is at your front door. It is up to you whether or not you should alert the authorities.
That said, the connectivity is almost instant. As soon as your camera senses someone at your door, you will receive an alert on your smartphone or mobile device, allowing you to pull up the live stream and take action if necessary.
If you’re looking for more protection, you can purchase a full-blown Ring Alarm security system. The video doorbell options can then be easily integrated. We tested Ring’s products and did a deep-dive Ring Alarm review here.
FYI: The Ring Alarm is a DIY home security kit that comes in packages that fit most home sizes. Expect to pay around $200 for equipment if you live in a smaller home, and upwards of $500 if you live in a larger home (still, this is a relatively affordable system). Also, the Ring Doorbells seamlessly integrate into the system. You can read more about Ring’s plans and packages here.
When it comes to protecting your home and keeping yourself informed, you should never settle for less than the best. That is why you should always have clear expectations in mind about what exactly you want your surveillance system to accomplish. There are so many options out there with a lot of different features to sort through. Just be sure that you install and set up your system correctly so that there is no room for avoidable failure.
The short answer is yes. Video doorbells will allow you to see when and if someone is at your door. They are also a great way to keep track of any unwanted behavior near your front door, such as loitering. You could even catch that pesky neighbor dog leaving “presents” in your yard. In addition to these features, you can use your Ring video doorbell or Ring Pro video doorbell to make sure that you do not miss any time-sensitive packages left on your porch.
A video doorbell is a great way to improve the security of your home and can be a great addition to your pre-existing security system. Ring has user-friendly equipment and interfaces that can be easily installed and integrated. This comparison should have you well on your way to choosing which of the two Ring models is right for you.
If you can afford it at $250, we recommend going with the Ring Pro. We like the slightly better field of view, the hardwired connection (it’s simply more reliable), the improved night vision with built-in LEDs, and the smaller build. Overall, it’s just a better product with great features.
That said, if you’re restricted by budget, the $99 Ring Video Doorbell is definitely better than nothing. In fact, we’ve used the Ring (2nd Gen) for a while with few problems (we recommend reading our Ring Video Doorbell review). So keep it in your back pocket as an option! Either way, Ring offers a 30-day money-back guarantee on their products, so this should take the edge off your purchase, allowing you to find the doorbell cam that’s right for you and your household.
But if you’re still looking for something with a little more functionality, have a look at our guide to the best doorbell cameras on the market.