Ring Video Doorbell 2

Last updated date: April 23, 2019

DWYM Score
8.9

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Overall Take

In our analysis of 61 expert reviews, the Ring Ring Video Doorbell 2 placed 2nd when we looked at the top 9 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

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Expert Summarized Score
9.1
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.5
11,031 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The motion tracking really worked quite well, and we loved the integration with our smartphone. When the sensitivity options are all set up, we picked up a few things we wouldn’t have otherwise seen - like delivery drivers delivering packages, people approaching the door for unknown reasons, and so on.
- Tech Radar
November 21, 2018 | Full review
The doorbell’s integrated 1080p HD video camera offers optional motion detection, and we were pleased to see granular options to control sensitivity.
- Digital Trends
May 26, 2019 | Full review
1080HD video definition sharp images for recording.
- BestReviews
Communicating with visitors through the app was also easy, with sharp video and clear two-way audio.
- New York Times Wirecutter
Connects homeowner to live video feed from anywhere, remote two-way talk feature, 1080 HD video with infrared night vision.
- Business Insider
February 12, 2019 | Full review
You can exclude parts of the camera view from motion alerts.
- Tom's Guide
January 29, 2019 | Full review
The Ring Video Doorbell 2 comes with a host of important features, including the ability to get an instant alert on your smartphone to find out who’s at your door.
- Forbes
January 3, 2019 | Full review
Ring has made the battery removable, so that it can be charged via its micro-USB port; with the original doorbell, you had to remove the entire unit to charge.
- Trusted Reviews
March 8, 2019 | Full review
The Ring Video Doorbell 2 has a rechargeable battery, which means there’s no need to wire it into the mains or a low voltage circuit.
- The Guardian
February 1, 2018 | Full review
What experts didn't like
The doorbell itself is somewhat large, and that may be a problem for those that want to install it in a small space or doorframe. It’s certainly too big for a doorframe, coming in at 5.05-inches tall, 2.50-inches wide, and 1.08-inches thick.
- Tech Radar
November 21, 2018 | Full review
Chunky lines and lower-grade plastics lend the doorbell a budget aesthetic, but we were pleased to see a selection of mounts and tools included to ease installation.
- Digital Trends
May 26, 2019 | Full review
Sensitive motion detector can send multiple false positive.
- BestReviews
The Ring Video Doorbell 2 is admittedly bulky compared with our other picks, but because of its wide, 160-degree field of view and included wedge base (for angling the doorbell to one side, if necessary), it should work with most any doorway.
- New York Times Wirecutter
Ring Video Doorbell 2 costs nearly $200, which is far from cheap. And to make meaningful use of its fine functions like stored video recordings, you really will need to pay for a monthly service, though at least a basic one is available for just $3 monthly.
- Business Insider
February 12, 2019 | Full review
Easily stripped security screw.
- Tom's Guide
January 29, 2019 | Full review
It’s a shame that you still can’t pick a custom ringtone.
- Trusted Reviews
March 8, 2019 | Full review
Quite large for some door frames.
- The Guardian
February 1, 2018 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Watch over your home and answer the door from your phone, tablet and PC with next-gen security from Ring Video Doorbell 2. Ring sends you alerts when anyone comes to your door, so you can see, hear and speak to visitors from anywhere. Monitor your property in HD video, and check-in on your home at anytime with Live View on-demand video and audio. Get alerts on your phone, tablet and PC when anyone presses your Doorbell or triggers the built-in motion sensors. Hear and speak to visitors from your mobile device using the built-in microphone and speakers with noise cancellation. Connect Ring with select Alexa devices to get security at the sound of your voice and to view live activity at your door anytime. Charge your Doorbell without moving the device using the quick-release battery pack. Choose one of two complementary faceplates to match your security to your home. Adjust the sensitivity of your motion sensors to find the ideal setting for your home. Enjoy a free 30-day trial of Ring Protect Plus with your purchase! Ring Protect Plus lets you record, save and share all the videos captured by unlimited Ring Doorbells and Cameras at your home. Protect Plus members also get 24/7 professional monitoring with Ring Alarm, exclusive discounts and extended warranties. Activate Ring Protect Plus for only $10 a month, or get video recording and sharing for only $3 a month per each device with Ring Protect Basic. Combine Ring with Alexa for hands-free home monitoring. When anyone presses your Doorbell or triggers Ring’s built-in motion sensors, your Echo device will illuminate and make an announcement, so you’ll always know when someone’s there. And if you have an Echo Show or Echo Spot, you can also see, hear and speak to anyone captured on camera.

Overall Product Rankings

1. STARPOINT Expandable Wireless Doorbell
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 3
2. Ring Video Doorbell 2
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 9
3. PHYSEN Video Doorbell
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 3
4. Honeywell Portable Wireless Doorbell
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 4
5. VueBell Wireless Smart Doorbell
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 5
6. Ring Video Doorbell Pro
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 9
7. Vasteko Wireless Doorbell Kits
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 2
8. SkyBell HD WiFi Video Doorbell
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 8
9. August Doorbell Cam Pro
Overall Score: 7.4
Expert Reviews: 9

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