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Ring 3 Plus vs. Nest Hello: which smart doorbell is best?

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Since smart doorbells first started popping up on front doors across the U.S. in the last decade, Ring and Nest have dominated the video doorbell market. Both brands have a strong reputation and large consumer base--and there's good reason for the fanfare. The two smart home tech companies make sleek and reliable video doorbells that go beyond the basics of many other doorbell cameras, with features like package detection, facial recognition, and continuous recording. To help you decide which is right for you, we're peeling back the layers and analyzing the differences between two popular front door rivals: the Ring Video 3 Plus and the Nest Hello. The Nest Hello (pictured) and the Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus both retail for $229.

Ring's latest doorbell offers several new features, but is it worth it?

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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.

Ding dong: Ring's most affordable smart doorbell is here--and we love it

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Doesn't work with existing chimes Everything you need to install the Ring Video Doorbell Wired, including mounting hardware, is included with your purchase. Here are the Ring Video Doorbell Wired's specs: It also offers two-way talk with noise cancellation, night vision, and Amazon Alexa integration. The doorbell detects motion and sends smart push notifications to your phone when someone is at the front door. Within the Ring app, you can view a live stream of your doorbell camera, create custom motion zones, and finetune your privacy settings. Installation takes about 15 minutes, and existing doorbell wiring is necessary.

Ring's second-gen video doorbell is loaded with useful features

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If it feels like Ring is rolling out one new doorbell after another, you're not wrong. Earlier this year, the smart home company introduced the Ring Video Doorbell 3 and Ring Video Doorbell 3 Plus. In addition to those new models, Ring released the new and improved second-generation Ring Video Doorbell--an upgrade from the first doorbell Ring released in 2014. Smart doorbell cameras have come a long way over the last six years, so it makes sense that Ring revised its most affordable smart doorbell with 1080p resolution (up from 720p), clearer and crisper night vision, and loud, easy to-understand two-way audio. The Ring Video Doorbell (second-generation) maintains the same look and feel of other Ring doorbell cameras.

This feature-packed smart doorbell is worth the premium price tag

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It features two-way audio, intelligent alerts, and more useful features. The doorbell comes with everything needed to hardwire it to your home, including extension wires, a masonry bit, wall anchors, and screws. Additionally, you can buy an indoor power adapter to use with the Nest Hello if you're home lacks existing doorbell wires. The Nest Hello is weather resistant and can withstand rain, water spray, and dust. I've been using this doorbell in hot and humid Central Florida for over a year now with no issues.