Ring Video Doorbell 2

Last updated date: July 20, 2019

DWYM Score
8.8

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Overall Take

The Ring Video Doorbell 2 records in 1080 HD video, making it easy to see those small details. The design is slightly bulkier than some smart doorbells, but it does capture a wider field of view than some as a result. One benefit of the Ring Video Doorbell 2 is that it's battery powered, which means you can get started without wiring it to your home's electricity. In our analysis of 74 expert reviews, the Ring Ring Video Doorbell 2 placed 4th when we looked at the top 11 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note July 25, 2019:
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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
July 20, 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
July 20, 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. Ring Video Doorbell Pro
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 9
2. Nest Hello Doorbell
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 7
3. STARPOINT Expandable Wireless Doorbell
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 3
4. Ring Video Doorbell 2
Overall Score: 8.8
Expert Reviews: 9
5. VueBell Wireless Smart Doorbell
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 5
6. Honeywell Portable Wireless Doorbell
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 4
7. PHYSEN Video Doorbell
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 3
8. Vasteko Wireless Doorbell Kits
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 2
9. SkyBell HD WiFi Video Doorbell
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 8
10. August Doorbell Cam Pro
Overall Score: 7.4
Expert Reviews: 9
11. Simplisafe Video Doorbell Pro
Overall Score: 7.3
Expert Reviews: 6

An Overview On Doorbells

A smart doorbell can be a great way to keep an eye on your front porch. Whether you’re watching for package theft or you just want to be able to answer the door from wherever you are, the right doorbell can serve that purpose. Thieves have grown savvy to spotting smart doorbells, upping the chances that they’ll skip your home, especially if you pair it with a security camera.

But there’s another benefit to a smart doorbell. If you are home and that door-to-door salesman stops by, you can answer without going to the door, which may make it easier to cut the conversation short. With most doorbells, every second of activity at your front door will be recorded and saved, which means you’ll have a record if you ever need it.

But some customers still prefer a more traditional doorbell. If you’re in the market for one that simply chimes to notify you that someone’s arrived, you’ll be surprised to find how easy newer ones are to install. If it’s battery-powered, you only have to hang it, plug in one or more receivers around the house, and you’re ready to go.

One thing to look at if you’re shopping for a smart doorbell is how recordings will work. With many smart doorbells, saving those videos for later reference requires a monthly paid subscription, so make sure you’re prepared for that ongoing expense before you buy.

With so many smart devices now, consumers are looking for items that can communicate with everything else in their house. If you already have an Alexa, look for one that can connect up. You may not know how you’ll use it now, but it will come in handy down the road.

One of the most popular doorbell integrations, though, is with security cameras. You can buy cameras from the same brand that make it easy to integrate, but you may also find that many doorbells are built to work with standard home security cameras. These cameras can come in handy for capturing activity in your back yard or your driveway.

Another important consideration is whether your doorbell begins recording when motion is detected, or it records constantly throughout the day. Obviously, motion-detection cameras are easier on your utility bill, but those that record constantly ensure you never miss a thing. If you ever have to look back to see if a particular car passed your house, for instance, an always-recording doorbell will have you covered.

DYWM Fun Fact

Traditional doorbells are built with an electromagnet inside. Electricity creates a magnetic field and when someone presses the button, it completes an electrical circuit. At that point, the magnetic field sends a signal that creates the sound you hear inside the house. There is also a transformer inside a doorbell that turns the usual 120-volt current for household appliances to the low-voltage current needed to power the doorbell. A smart doorbell, on the other hand, uses built-in Wi-Fi to interact with connected smartphones. Since doorbells require very little voltage to operate, they use minimal electricity, which means you probably won’t see a difference in your monthly utility bills after connecting one.

The Doorbell Buying Guide

  • There are two popular choices when it comes to doorbells today. Wireless doorbells behave similarly to the doorbells you’ve always used. You’ll simply set the doorbell up and plug at least one speaker in inside your home. When someone arrives, you’ll be notified. A serious competitor, though, growing in popularity, is the smart doorbell. Brands like Nest and Ring have become well-known in the field for a reason. With a smart doorbell, your phone notifies you someone is at your door and you can answer it, no matter where you are. You’ll speak to the person at your door through a speaker built into the doorbell, and they’ll be able to respond.
  • If you already have smart devices in your home, it’s important to consider compatibility if you choose a smart doorbell. The Ring Video Doorbell Pro and Ring Video Doorbell 2 will work with Alexa, Google Home and IFTTT. If you have a smart lock, check which brands work with Ring doorbells. If you have a smart lock made by Kevo, LockState, Kisi or Lockitron, you should be set. This compatibility means you can trigger certain actions within your home when someone’s at your door. The Nest Hello Doorbell is compatible with the Nest Cam IQ Indoor and Google Home speakers.
  • In most cases, the quality of the video feed may not matter so much. However, if you ever need to capture those intricate details, good video quality will come in handy. The Ring Video Doorbell Pro and Ring Video Doorbell 2 both record in 1080 HD video, while the Nest Hello Doorbell boasts HDR video.
  • Traditionally, when someone rang your doorbell, a chime inside the house let you know about it. Wireless doorbells like the STARPOINT Expandable Wireless Doorbell continue that tradition, giving you two receivers that you can plug into any electrical outlet in your home. Smart doorbells like the Ring Video Doorbell Pro, Nest Hello Doorbell and Ring Video Doorbell 2 send those notifications to your smartphone. You can set up your phone to answer, even when you’re away from home.
  • As important as functionality is, it’s also important that your chosen doorbell serve as a great complement to your front door. It’s the entry point to your home, so you’ll be making a first impression with it. The Ring Video Doorbell Pro lets you choose from four faceplates, all included in the box. It also has a slim design that you may find preferable to the bulkier design of the Ring Video Doorbell 2.
  • Ideally, your doorbell will be in a well-sheltered area, protected from the elements. However, that’s not always easy. The Ring Video Doorbell Pro and Ring Video Doorbell 2 are designed to be weatherproof, withstanding various types of precipitation. The STARPOINT Expandable Wireless Doorbell is better for front doors that get very little exposure to the elements.
  • Front door activity doesn’t always happen during daytime hours. To capture that after-dark video, you’ll need a smart doorbell with infrared night vision. Both the Ring Video Doorbell Pro and Ring Video Doorbell 2 have that feature.
  • Installation isn’t always easy, but some doorbells are battery-powered, which means you don’t have to wire them to your home. The STARPOINT Expandable Wireless Doorbell and Ring Video Doorbell 2 are battery powered, while you’ll need to wire the Ring Video Doorbell Pro and Nest Hello Doorbell. The Ring Video Doorbell Pro comes with a power kit to make installation easier.
  • If you choose a smart doorbell, all those videos you record will need to be stored somewhere. The Ring Video Doorbell Pro and Ring Video Doorbell 2 require a monthly subscription if you want to save all your recordings to the cloud.