Ring Video Doorbell Pro

Last updated date: July 20, 2019

DWYM Score
9.2

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

Overall Take

When you connect the Ring Video Doorbell Pro to your smartphone, you'll receive notifications any time someone is at your front door. This popular doorbell is compatible with a wide range of smart home devices, including Alexa and certain locks. For design, you won't find better than the Ring Video Doorbell Pro, which has a slim profile and a choice of four different faceplates. In our analysis of 74 expert reviews, the Ring Ring Video Doorbell Pro placed 1st 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
8.0
14,788 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Ring's doorbells work with Alexa, Google Home and IFTTT, and can link to smart locks by Kevo, LockState, Kisi and Lockitron. This means you can create custom routines that enable Alexa to turn the lights on, play music, or trigger another smart-home action when someone is at your door.
- Tom's Guide
January 29, 2019 | Full review
Excellent video quality as long as there is adequate WIFI signal.
- BestReviews
Basic settings for the Video Doorbell Pro let you select preferences for receiving push notifications when someone rings the doorbell or when motion is detected.
- Digital Trends
November 2, 2018 | Full review
Supports IFTTT and Alexa voice commands.
- PG Magazine - SE Asia
July 17, 2018 | Full review
Support for both 2.4- and 5GHz Wi-Fi networks.
- TechHive
The Ring Pro delivered fast, consistent performance, sending smartphone notifications almost immediately after pressing the doorbell. Whether on Wi-Fi or a cellular network, it typically took less than 2 seconds to establish the video connection.
- New York Times Wirecutter
Ring Video Doorbell Pro includes four faceplates in the box, so you can choose the best one for your home's décor and its slim design is one of the most attractive among smart doorbells.
- Top Ten Reviews
Ring Pro is a well-made smart doorbell that has a quality feel. It’s weatherproof and robust.
- Gear Brain
April 12, 2018 | Full review
The Pro comes with 1080 HD video. This is a significant improvement over previous models and provides picture-quality images. It also offers infrared night vision.
- SafeHome
March 29, 2019 | Full review
What experts didn't like
Setup requires an extra Pro Power Kit installation.
- Tom's Guide
January 29, 2019 | Full review
May have problems when software updates.
- BestReviews
The Ring Protect plan is a $30 a year subscription that stores all recordings from the camera in the cloud for future viewing.
- Digital Trends
November 2, 2018 | Full review
Access to recorded video costs extra.
- PG Magazine - SE Asia
July 17, 2018 | Full review
Requires doorbell wiring; won't work on battery power.
- TechHive
It doesn’t include a battery, so it requires a hardwired connection to your home’s doorbell system.
- New York Times Wirecutter
There's no battery backup in this doorbell camera, which means you need to connect it to an existing chime for power.
- Top Ten Reviews
Field of view is smaller.
- Gear Brain
April 12, 2018 | Full review
Picture quality is good, but there is some tunnel-like vision.
- SafeHome
March 29, 2019 | Full review

From The Manufacturer

Answer the door from anywhere and watch over your home in 1080HD video with Ring Video Doorbell Pro. You’ll get mobile alerts when anyone comes to your door, so you can see, hear and speak to visitors from your phone, tablet and PC. 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. 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.