The third generation of Ring's doorbell camera comes in two distinct flavors: The $200 Ring Video Doorbell and the $230 Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus, reviewed here. The most notable features the extra $30 buys you are more sophisticated motion-detection zones, a four-second "pre-roll" that starts recording motion events before the doorbell sends you an alert, and a dual-band (2.4- and 5GHz) Wi-Fi adapter. If you're replacing an existing wired doorbell, this one can take advantage of that low-voltage power source, so you don't need to worry about recharging a battery. But the competition in this space is getting fierce, and unlike some other video doorbells we've reviewed lately, Ring hasn't increased video resolution beyond 1080p, and its new camera still has the 160-degree field of view of its predecessor. The battery-powered Eufy Security Wireless Video Doorbell, for example, is also limited to a 160-degree field of view, but it captures video at 2560x1920 resolution.
The Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus comes with two interchangeable faceplates, but additional colors can be purchased to match your home's exterior. The Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus is the latest iteration in Ring's longstanding smart doorbell lineup. It boasts two-way talk functionality, 1080p HD video, and a 160-degree live stream straight from your front door. Keeping a very similar look to previous models, the Ring 3 Plus comes with two interchangeable faceplates in Satin Nickel and Venetian Bronze. Sometimes installing smart gadgets can be tricky, but I found the Ring 3 Plus simple to set up.
Video doorbells are a vital piece of a secure smart home, and right now one of favorites is at an all-time low. Amazon is selling the Ring Video Doorbell 2 for $160 todayRemove non-product link, down from a list price of $199. The Ring Video Doorbell 2 connects to your smartphone to bring video and audio of your doorstep wherever you are. When anyone comes to your door, you'll receive a motion-activated alert so you can see whoever's there in high-def or infrared video no matter the time of day. You can also talk through the Ring's speaker using your phone and customize the zones that are being watched.
Keeping an eye on the entryway to your home is easy with the smart Ring Video Doorbell 2, but normally it's a bit on the pricey side. Today, though, Costco members can get a video doorbell of their own, as well as a bonus Chime and one year's worth of video cloud recording, all for just $150Remove non-product link. The Ring Video Doorbell 2 alone has a list price of $199, so this bundle is a pretty killer deal. If you're not a Costco member, you can still get a deal on the Ring Video Doorbell 2 with a discounted price of $168 on Amazon, but it doesn't include any of the extras you'll get from Costco. This doorbell provides security monitoring right at your doorstep; if it detects motion or if the doorbell is pressed, it will send you real-time alerts via the mobile Ring app.
This post was done in partnership with Wirecutter. When readers choose to buy Wirecutter's independently chosen editorial picks, Wirecutter and Engadget may earn affiliate commission. If you want to see who's on the other side of your door without having to get up and look yourself, then the Ring Video Doorbell 2 is the best choice for most everyone. It lets you screen (and record) visitors and keep an eye out for package deliveries. Motion and ring alerts to a smartphone are typically fast, audio and 1080p video are clear, and the Ring 2 can be powered by either standard doorbell wiring or a removable rechargeable battery. The Ring Video Doorbell 2 performs like a cross between a modestly aggressive guard dog and a trusty digital butler. In addition to notifying you--audibly and via smartphone--of activity, it records all motion events to the cloud, letting you view those recordings (as well as live video) on your phone or computer any time. It's also compatible with a good number of smart-home devices, platforms, and monitored security systems. Though video recording and storage require a subscription, the $30 annual fee (a mere 8¢ per day) for 60 days of unlimited video storage is downright cheap compared with the competition. We like the Ring Video Doorbell Pro for all the reasons we like the Ring 2. Additionally, it has a much slimmer and sleeker design that will fit in more doorframes and includes the option for customized motion-detection zones.