Ring Video Doorbell 2

Last updated date: April 3, 2019

Review Melt Score
8.5

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We looked at the top 1 Wireless Doorbells and dug through the reviews from 9 of the most popular review sites including Tech Radar, Digital Trends, New York Times Wirecutter, Tom's Guide, Trusted Reviews, PG Magazine - SE Asia, TechHive, Gear Brain and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Wireless Doorbell you should buy.

Overall Take

In our analysis of 56 expert reviews, the Ring Ring Video Doorbell 2 placed 5th when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note April 18, 2019:
Checkout The Best Wireless Doorbell for a detailed review of all the top wireless doorbells.

Expert Summarized Score
8.5
9 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.5
10,627 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
The motion tracking really worked quite well, and we loved the integration with our smartphone.
- 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
April 22, 2019 | Full review
It also has adjustable motion sensitivity and can work off of battery or AC power.
- New York Times Wirecutter
February 28, 2019 | Full review
The Ring app's big advantage is that it lets you exclude parts of the camera's field of vision from triggering motion alerts.
- Tom's Guide
January 29, 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
October 18, 2018 | Full review
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.
- PG Magazine - SE Asia
Improved video quality. Video resolution has been upgraded from 720p to 1080p.
- TechHive
August 23, 2017 | Full review
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.
- Business Insider
February 12, 2019 | Full review
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.
- Gear Brain
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 design.
- Digital Trends
April 22, 2019 | Full review
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
February 28, 2019 | Full review
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.
- Tom's Guide
January 29, 2019 | Full review
Quite large.
- Trusted Reviews
October 18, 2018 | Full review
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.
- PG Magazine - SE Asia
New removable battery is inscrutable and difficult to remove.
- TechHive
August 23, 2017 | Full review
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.
- Business Insider
February 12, 2019 | Full review
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.
- Gear Brain

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.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Ring Video Doorbell Pro
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 9
2. SadoTech Model CXR Wireless Doorbell
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 4
3. Ring Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 3
4. Homasy Wireless Doorbell
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 3
5. Ring Video Doorbell 2
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 9
6. 1byone Easy Chime Plug-in Wireless Doorbell
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 4
7. TeckNet Waterproof Wireless Door Bell
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 2
8. Honeywell N P4-Premium Portable Wireless Doorbell
Overall Score: 7.9
Expert Reviews: 5
10. AVANTEK Wireless Doorbell
Overall Score: 7.6
Expert Reviews: 5

An Overview On Wireless Doorbells

As with everything else consumers use, doorbells have come a long way in recent years. Smart doorbells have revolutionized the market, doubling as security cameras and two-way speaker systems. But even simple wireless doorbells have improved, offering affordable pricing and multiple speakers that you can place throughout the house.

The first decision you’ll need to make before you start shopping for a wireless doorbell is whether you want a full-featured smart doorbell or you want a simple, straightforward doorbell that merely chimes when someone presses it. If you want a smart doorbell, Ring is the way to go. But for a chime-only doorbell, you’ll still have some options to consider.

Volume is an important feature in a doorbell, as you likely know if you’ve ever had one that you couldn’t hear unless you were in certain areas of the house. If you choose a smart doorbell, you’ll be alerted of rings on your phone, wherever you are. But for doorbells that rely on sound only, you’ll need to make sure it comes with adjustable volume. As a fun “bonus” item, many of today’s doorbells also let you choose from a wide variety of chimes, letting you customize your doorbell the way you set a ringtone for your phone.

Another important thing to consider is how your doorbell will be powered. If the electricity goes out, smartphone-enabled doorbells can be challenged since your Wi-Fi will likely go out as well. Some wired doorbells come with a battery backup to keep you alerted even if you suffer an outage.

The look of your doorbell is likely also important, especially since it plays such a prominent role in the entryway to your home. Many of today’s doorbells have a high-tech look, but some Ring doorbells come with multiple faceplates to let you find the design you want.

Review Melt Fun Fact

People visited homes long before electricity, and you probably know knocking came before doorbells. In fact, many older homes had classy door knockers, which date all the way back to ancient times. The doorbell came into use in the 1800s in the form of mechanical chimes made from a bell attached to a string that the visitor pulled at the door.

The electric doorbell was invented in 1831 by Joseph Henry, but earlier versions ran on batteries that were expensive at the time. In the 1900s, doorbells came along that could be hooked up to a transformer to run off a house’s electricity, and from there, the doorbell began to gradually evolve to what we know today.

The Wireless Doorbell Buying Guide

  • When someone arrives at your front door, Ring’s doorbells go beyond simply alerting you to the person’s presence. This starts with a two-way conversation where you can see your visitors, but they can’t see you. The best thing about this is that you can answer the door using your smartphone, no matter where you are, giving the illusion you’re home even when you aren’t.
  • With Ring’s doorbells, you’ll get security camera functionality, as well. The Ring Video Doorbell Pro and Ring Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell let you set up motion zones so that when movement is detected in those areas, the camera is activated. When the motion sensor triggers, the camera starts recording and you’ll be able to see it on your screen.
  • You’ll get better video quality with the Ring Video Doorbell Pro, which provides 1080p HD resolution, compared to only 720p HD with the Ring Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell.
  • The difference in video quality is even more noticeable at night, with the Ring Video Doorbell Pro delivering much better images in night vision mode than the Ring Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell.
  • For setup, it doesn’t get easier than the SadoTech Model CXR Wireless Doorbell. Simply pull all of the components out of the box and put them in place. You’ll spend some time with the Ring Video Doorbell Pro and Ring Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell, especially when it comes to syncing them with the smartphone app.
  • Hearing your doorbell can be an ongoing issue, especially if you live in a larger house. The SadoTech Model CXR Wireless Doorbell lets you adjust volume levels from 25dB to 100dB. If you live in a sprawling house, you’ll love that it comes with two different plug-in chimes to let you cover separate ends or upper and lower floors. The Homasy Wireless Doorbell also has a wide volume range, letting you adjust from 25dB to 110dB.
  • The Ring Video Doorbell Pro and Ring Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell ring your phone, which can be an issue if you don’t always have your device with you. There also can be a delay with the Ring Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell, which is frustrating if you’re trying to answer the door in a timely manner. The Ring Video Doorbell Pro is much faster, so you’ll usually have instant results as long as your mobile device and Wi-Fi network have decent speed.
  • You’re no longer stuck with a standard doorbell sound. The SadoTech Model CXR Wireless Doorbell lets you choose from 50 different chimes to find the one you like best. The Homasy Wireless Doorbell improves on that with 52 different chimes, 16 of which are chords.
  • Perhaps the best thing about the Homasy Wireless Doorbell and SadoTech Model CXR Wireless Doorbell is price. Both doorbells are very affordable, retailing for less than $30. The Ring Video Doorbell Pro may be outside some budgets, retailing for more than $150, while the Ring Wi-Fi Enabled Video Doorbell can be found for less than $100.
  • If you haven’t shopped for a doorbell for a while, you may be surprised at how much they’ve changed. The Ring Video Doorbell Pro ships with four different faceplates to let you customize your look for your home. The Homasy Wireless Doorbell has a more traditional design, while the SadoTech Model CXR Wireless Doorbell is smaller and wider than standard doorbells.
  • One issue with Ring doorbells is that they rely on your home’s Wi-Fi. So during a power outage, your doorbell won’t be able to connect. The Ring Video Doorbell Pro doesn’t have a battery backup, either, so if your power is out, nothing will happen when someone presses the button.