Ring Video Doorbell 2

Last updated date: April 16, 2021

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8.5

Ring Video Doorbell 2

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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.

Update as September 8, 2021:
Checkout The Best Wireless Doorbell for a detailed review of all the top wireless doorbells.

Overall Take


In our analysis of 53 expert reviews, the Ring Video Doorbell 2 placed 12th when we looked at the top 17 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.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

8.5
9 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

8.5
10,627 user 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 17, 2021 | 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 17, 2021 | 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

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.  

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.

There are multiple benefits of wireless doorbells, ranging from ease of use to peace of mind.

“Wireless doorbells are one of the best investments you can make in home security as it’s a great way to monitor your home but is also a visible active deterrent that criminals try and avoid,” says James Both, founder and CEO of One Hour Smart Home.

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.

When considering your budget, be sure to research whether your doorbell requires a monthly or yearly subscription for recording video, Both says.
You’ll also want to consider whether your specific doorbell model requires any regular maintenance.

“If you have a battery-powered doorbell, expect to recharge the batteries every 6 months to a year,” he says. “If you have a wired smart doorbell, typically the only maintenance you would need to perform is occasionally cleaning off dust and pollen from the camera every few months with a damp towel.”

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.

The Wireless Doorbell Buying Guide

  • When someone arrives at your front door, video doorbells go beyond simply alerting you to the person’s presence. This model 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 some doorbells, you’ll get security camera functionality, as well. This type of doorbell lets 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.
  • Always check the video quality before choosing a model. You want one that provides 1080p HD resolution.
  • The difference in video quality is even more noticeable at night, so look for a doorbell that can deliver much better images in night vision mode.
  • For setup, it doesn’t get easier than the SadoTech Wireless Doorbell. Simply pull all of the components out of the box and put them in place. You’ll spend some time with other models, especially if they need to sync with a smartphone app.
  • Hearing your doorbell can be an ongoing issue, especially if you live in a larger house. The SadoTech Wireless Doorbell lets you adjust volume levels from 25dB to 110dB. 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.
  • There are some wireless doorbells that ring to your phone, which can be an issue if you don’t always have your device with you. Many of the models are fast, 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 Wireless Doorbell lets you choose from 50 different chimes to find the one you like best. The SadoTech CROSSPOINT Expandable Wireless Doorbell Alert System improves on that with 52 different chimes.
  • Though wireless doorbells can vary in terms of price, you’re sure to find one that fits your budget.
  • If you haven’t shopped for a doorbell for a while, you may be surprised at how much they’ve changed. Some models come with four different faceplates to let you customize your look for your home. Other wireless doorbells have a more traditional design, while the SadoTech Wireless Doorbell is smaller and wider than standard doorbells.
  • One issue with some wireless doorbell models is that they rely on your home’s Wi-Fi. So during a power outage, your doorbell won’t be able to connect. Some don’t have a battery backup, either, so if your power is out, nothing will happen when someone presses the button.