Ring Video Rechargeable Wireless Doorbell 2

Last updated: July 29, 2023

We looked at the top Wireless Doorbells and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Wireless Doorbell you should buy.

Product Details

In our analysis of 71 expert reviews, the Ring Video Rechargeable Wireless Doorbell 2 placed 18th when we looked at the top 22 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

Works with Alexa to illuminate and send announcements to Echo devices when your doorbell is pressed or motion is detected, allowing you to hear and speak to visitors with two-way talk. Lets you see, hear and speak to visitors from your phone, tablet and PC. Sends alerts as soon as motion is detected or when visitors press the Doorbell. Powered by the rechargeable battery pack or connects to doorbell wires for a constant charge. Monitors your home in 1080HD video with infrared night vision. Lets you check-in on your property at anytime with Live View on-demand video. 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.

Our Expert Consultant

James Both   
Founder and CEO of One Hour Smart Home

James Both is the founder and CEO of One Hour Smart Home, a smart home consulting practice that provides businesses and homeowners with the resources they need to automate their homes. He got his undergraduate degree in engineering from the University of Michigan and completed his MBA at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management.  

Expert Reviews

What reviewers liked

The motion tracking really worked quite well, and we loved the integration with our smartphone.
The doorbell’s integrated 1080p HD video camera offers optional motion detection, and we were pleased to see granular options to control sensitivity.
It also has adjustable motion sensitivity and can work off of battery or AC power.
The Ring app's big advantage is that it lets you exclude parts of the camera's field of vision from triggering motion alerts.
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.
The Video Doorbell 2 camera captures video at 1080p and has a 160-degree field of view. It uses four infrared LEDs to provide up to 30 feet of night vision and has two speakers and a microphone for two-way audio communication and an internal chime.
Improved video quality. Video resolution has been upgraded from 720p to 1080p.
You can program the Ring to alert you and display its video feed when someone rings the doorbell, or even when someone merely draws near to the door thanks to the motion control feature.
The company says the device is "weather resistant," and I have had no problems with the Ring 2 during heavy rain. In all but the most extreme circumstances you shouldn't have a problem with damage due to inclement weather.

What reviewers 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.
Chunky design.
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.
But the bigger problem is that the notification sound is so terrible. It's a jolly three-tone ring, like a fancy doorbell, but that's not a sound I want blaring from my phone every time someone walks their dog too close to my house.
Quite large.
The camera also starts recording when the doorbell button is pressed. However, it doesn't offer the pre-buffered recording feature that you get with the Ring Pro.
New removable battery is inscrutable and difficult to remove.
The Plus program also offers 24/7 monitoring if you have a Ring Alarm Security System. If you only have one Ring device, you're better off with the Ring Protect Basic service, which is just $3 per month.
Our first impression of the Ring 2 is its size: quite large for a doorbell. This is due to the rechargeable battery, which takes up a significant amount of the device's weight and footprint.
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