Video doorbells are the perfect way to improve your home security by allowing you to see exactly who’s at your door. With the ability to record, they become even more useful. The best Ring doorbells also let you interact with whoever is at the door, even when you’re not home.
If you’re considering upgrading your home security with a video doorbell, Ring has probably crossed your mind. Amazon’s home security brand has become increasingly popular and has a reputation as one of the best video doorbells on the market. While Google Nest buzzers and Arlo doorbell cams are great alternatives, many people looking to buy a video doorbell still opt for the industry’s biggest brand.
Ring has an extensive selection of video doorbells that meet the needs of a wide variety of homes. Are you looking for a wireless or hardwired option? Do you want to prioritize buying something affordable, or do you want the latest devices with all of the bells and whistles? Ring has a complicated history with privacy and police partnerships, so you might also be wondering if some devices are better at protecting your privacy than others? Yes, shopping for video doorbells can give rise to a lot of questions.
We’ve got all the answers for you. Let’s take a look at Ring’s most popular recent devices — the Ring 4, the Doorbell Pro 2, the Video Doorbell (2020) and the Ring Video Doorbell (Wired) — and help you break down the best Ring doorbell options.
Best Ring doorbells
How to choose Ring video doorbells
When you’re looking for a video doorbell, the most important question isn’t “Which one is best?” so much as “Which one is best for me?” All of Ring’s video doorbells perform well — and all of them come from the same company, with the same troubling history of facilitating video sharing with police. Not all of them will be ideal for you.
If you’re curious about trying out a video doorbell for the first time, mostly for basic features like live monitoring, two-way talk and so on, a starter device like the Ring Video Doorbell (the 2020 model, or its Wired version) should do what you need.
On the other hand, if you really want to see what a smart video doorbell can accomplish in 2023, the Video Doorbell Pro 2 is pretty unbeatable in terms of smart doorbell features — and especially with that option to use end-to-end video encryption.
That leaves the Video Doorbell 4 as the middle child, with a bit for both kinds of people, but not necessarily the best value or features around.
If you’re interested in video doorbells, don’t forget to take a look at the video doorbell competition, too.
Ring camera doorbell compared
|Ring Doorbell||Price||Resolution||Field of view||Aspect ratio||Setup||Extra features||Review Score|
|Ring Video Doorbell 4||$220||1080p||160-degree||16:9||Removable, Rechargeable Battery Pack or Hardwired||Two-way talk, motion detection, full-color preroll, integration with Alexa||7.4|
|Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2||$250||1536p||150-degree head-to-toe view||1:1||Removable, Rechargeable Battery Pack or Hardwired||Radar tracking, bird’s-eye-view, push alerts, integration with Alexa||7.5|
|Ring Video Doorbell (2020)||$100||1080p||155-degree horizontal, 90-degree vertical||—||Built-In, Rechargeable Battery or Hardwired||Night vision, HD video, two-way talk, motion detection, package alerts, integration with Alexa||7.2|
How we test Ring video doorbells
Testing to determine the best of the best in video doorbells is similar to how we test any other home security camera. For this article, I started by downloading the Ring app. I recommend starting with the app rather than sifting through the tutorial booklets that ship with the hardware, because a good app includes detailed steps on the installation process, as well as how to connect the doorbell to your Wi-Fi network. The app will also be where you can check your notifications, alerts and settings, making it your one-stop shop for all things video doorbell-related.
After installing the video doorbells based on the manufacturer’s specifications, it was time to test the specs. Each video doorbell, despite all being Ring products, has slightly different features, so I took the time to test each unique feature to determine which was best. As soon as the Ring video doorbells were connected and I could view the live video feed, I checked their settings. I enabled features like motion detection, package alerts and bird’s-eye-view to get a sense of how well each feature performed.
After hours of testing, I gave the highest rating (7.5) to the Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2. While it’s not the best value on the market, the advanced specs — a super-wide field of view, a 1:1 aspect ratio, 1536p resolution and all the basics you’d want your smart buzzer to have — make it a great choice for a high-end video doorbell.
Though rated lower than the Pro 2 at a 7.4, the Ring Video Doorbell 4 is my recommendation for best standard Ring doorbell. If you’re looking for a doorbell that’s a fair value and packed with nifty features, but just doesn’t send package alerts, then this is the best choice.
Finally, we gave the Ring Video Doorbell (2020) our lowest score (7.2) because it’s certainly an improvement over the original Ring Video Doorbell, but the built-in battery that needs to be removed to charge is a bit of a hassle. While it’s not our very favorite, it’s a decent buzzer with solid features at a fair value.