Smart Video Doorbell Showdown: Arlo vs Ring Comparison

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There are a lot of smart devices, from TVs to security cameras, and now to video doorbells that allow you to talk to the person on your front door without being there. Two of the popular brands that compete in this space are Arlo and Ring. Both have comprehensive experience with their other smart device offerings, and now they have moved into integrating doorbells into their ecosystem.

Even though smart doorbell designs can look similar, these companies have different options that come with various sets of features. There is a degree of difference that gives you some versatility and get one that is a perfect fit for your needs.

The rise in e-commerce and deliveries also make an excellent case for installing smart video doorbells on your front door. Couriers can leave packages on your door and even talk to you even when you are at the office or on vacation. These are incredibly convenient devices that are linked to your smartphone so you can be alerted if anything is happening.

Arlo Video Doorbell vs Ring Doorbells

Both of these companies have perfected smart home security. If you are looking for reliable video doorbells, models from these two are automatic considerations. Let’s take a look at some of their best models and compare them against each other so you can make a decision on which one is the perfect one for your home.

Design

Video doorbells come with their own signature design. There may be some slight differences between models, but the main style is a device that can fit on a doorframe with a camera and a button. Other manufacturers may come up with their interpretation, but in the case of this comparison between Arlo and Ring, they do follow this style.

Arlo Video Doorbell

Arlo Video Doorbell

Similar to their home security cameras, their video doorbell is clean and sleek. The entire device is encased in a white shell with a glossy black front panel where you’ll be able to spot the camera and the ringer.

Compared to other smart video doorbells, it is noticeably slimmer and sleeker where you will easily be able to mount it on doorframes of just about any size. This size also hints that it needs to be hardwired into your home’s power, unlike that of other Ring options that come with their own battery packs. However, hardwiring your camera allows you to get round the clock operation from it.

Ring Video Doorbell

As one of the first smart video doorbells in the market, it does have a crude design. It is significantly larger and broader than other similar devices, but still compact enough that installation will not give you any issues.

As for the design, it’s similar to the newer versions, and one of the primary reasons why it is larger is that it is equipped with a battery pack that powers the entire device. Now, this has its own sets of advantages since you will not need to hardwire this into your home’s power. So, even if your home could not accommodate it, you can still use it.

Ring Video Doorbell 2

This is the upgraded version of the original Ring Video Doorbell. It comes with a similar set of features that its original counterpart, including the battery pack. The main difference between the two is that this variety of sports a brand new camera with improved resolution. You get the same design and functionality, but with better video capabilities.

Ring Video Doorbell 3

The Ring Video Doorbell 3 comes with a similar design to the previous versions. It does come with improved hardware giving you better video and audio quality. It is still a bit bulkier than other doorbells like the one Arlo has, but it is because it still comes with a battery pack. Ring definitely retained this feature to make sure that one of their latest smart doorbells can be installed anywhere on just about any type of home.

Ring Video Doorbell Pro

The Ring Video Doorbell Pro is a departure from the design language that the company used for its previous devices. The first thing that you will notice is that it is relatively slimmer and sleeker than any of the video doorbells Ring has launched. The reason for this is that it does not have a battery pack. You will need to integrate this into your home’s power, so make sure that you do a bit of research before getting this.

The advantage of it not having built-in batteries is that it’s smaller and allows for round the clock operation. It does make it a bit more complicated to install, but not much, it will only set you back an additional half hour or so.

In terms of design, your choice will depend if a particular device is compatible with your home’s power and connectivity setup. If getting a line to your door is a bit tricky, then consider any of the Ring Video Doorbells with built-in batteries. Otherwise, going for the hardwired options of either the Arlo or the Ring Video Doorbell Pro is the way to go.

Arlo Video
Doorbell
Ring Video
Doorbell
Ring Video
Doorbell 2
Ring Video
Doorbell 3
Ring Video
Doorbell Pro
Size12.9 x 4.6 x 2.6 cm12.65 x 6.17 x 2.21 cm12.83 x 6.35 x 2.74 cm12.8 x 6.2 x 2.8 cm11.43 x 4.67 x 2.03cm
Weight113.4 g257.9 g548.8 g216 g272 g
ColorsBlackSatin Nickel, VenetianSatin Nickel, VenetianSatin Nickel, Venetian BronzeSatin Nickel, Pearl, Venetian, Black

Our Pick: It’s a Tie. Between the Arlo Video Doorbell and the Ring Video Doorbell Pro. Slim, sleek, and lightweight designs if your home can accommodate them.

Audio and Video Features

One of the critical differences between smart video doorbells and traditional ones is that they come with audio and video features. So, the modern versions will come with cameras, speakers, microphones, and other connectivity features that will allow them to function no matter where you are. You can be on the other side of your home or at the office, and you will still be able to know who is on your front door.

Arlo Video Doorbell

The first thing that you will notice upon looking at the table below is that Arlo’s smart video doorbell has a square resolution at 1536 x 1536. This is still Full HD, but according to the company, this is necessary, so you do not view a lot of other unnecessary stuff around your door. This feature keeps the focus on what is in front of your door and not what is on the periphery.

The square resolution also allows for a much larger field of view at 180 degrees compared to other cameras. However, as with most video doorbell cameras, you do not correctly see what is in front of your door, making it a bit difficult to know if you have any packages on your doorstep.

When it comes to quality, it offers impressive recordings where you will be able to pick out minute details and colors so you can quickly determine who or what is on the other end. It also has night mode where you can identify the person as they come closer to your door.

One of the best features of the Arlo Video Doorbell is its better calibrated motion detection system. The device continuously buffers its video feed, so whenever its sensors detect any movement, it will show you a clip that starts before the event. This allows you to see everyone approaching your home rather than some awkward angles that are too close.

Audio is decent, with a noticeable delay if you are talking to them. However, the delivery is still loud and clear, and you will not heavily rely on the audio anyway unless you are away from home, and it is an unannounced important delivery or visitor.

Ring Video Doorbell

Ring Video Doorbell

Compared to the later versions of smart video doorbells, you will notice that it lacks the top-end features like Full HD capabilities. The Ring Video Doorbell records videos up to 720p, which is still enough as it captures crucial details, so you do not miss people ringing your bell. Even though it only records in regular high-definition, the captured clips are still bright and crisp that you can always rely on.

As for the rest of its video and audio features, since it is one of the first mainstream smart video doorbells, it does not have the latest or the best components. It is pretty basic, but it does the job. Alexa compatibility is undoubtedly a plus, and integration with other devices is refined.

The Ring Video Doorbell surely does the job if you are looking for one that is capable of detecting motion in your front door and saving clips, so you know if you have a visitor or a delivery coming in.

Ring Video Doorbell 2

There is not much of a difference between the original Ring doorbell and its second version. One of the main upgrades is the camera. It now sports one that is capable of recording 1080 Full HD video giving you extra detail, so you do not miss anything.

This significant camera upgrade also requires better internet of at least 2 Mbps so you can stream videos from the doorbell to your phone. If your internet is not that quick, then you are likely going to experience some stuttering and blurry image. However, recorded videos look great since they do not rely on your real-time connection.

Audio for the Ring Video Doorbell 2 is decent, with the speaker on the door end a bit on the low side. This set up will give your guest a hard time hearing you, especially if you live in a rather noisy neighborhood. It is still clear with a brief, but bearable delay and can come in handy when talking to those delivering packages.

Ring Video Doorbell 3

The Ring Video Doorbell 3 is another step up from the previous version. It sports a similar design and a 1080p Full HD camera that has roughly the same capabilities. The significant difference between these two is that the latest one comes with dual-band Wi-Fi, allowing you to connect in both 2.4 or 5 GHz frequency. Connecting to the higher one will result in better video streaming quality since it is a much less congested frequency.

An important feature that is on the Ring Video Doorbell 3 is its new near motion zones. This works by making the sensor a lot more sensitive to movements near the doorbell and the camera. This feature minimizes false notifications as it will not record cars or pets passing by, which can be a bit of a hassle when you live in a busy neighborhood.

This doorbell also comes with Pre-Roll, which shows you about four seconds of video before the sensor tripped. This way, you do not get a gap where the camera detects motion and starts recording video. With this feature, you now get the full picture rather than footage that is cut off.

Ring Video Doorbell Pro

The Ring Video Doorbell Pro records in 1080p Full HD similar to Ring’s other devices. Even though its camera comes with the same resolution, it does have improved quality, allowing you to make out a lot more detail compared to other smart doorbells. Its night vision also impresses, thanks to its built-in lights, that provide the needed illumination in the evenings.

As a smart video doorbell that is hardwired, it has a Live View feature that enables you to stream video and audio so you can talk to those on the other end. The speaker is a bit small, so if you live in a busy and noisy neighborhood, you might need to speak loudly, so all parties are heard clearly. Still, the microphone and speakers are decent enough that, for the most part, the hardware is enough for everyday use.

Another feature that is on the Ring Video Doorbell Pro is Smart Alerts that reduces the number of false notifications, so you do not get unnecessary alerts. This feature is particularly helpful if you live on a busy street where cars passing by can trigger an alarm.

Arlo Video
Doorbell
Ring Video
Doorbell
Ring Video
Doorbell 2
Ring Video
Doorbell 3
Ring Video
Doorbell Pro
Video Quality1536 x 1536
FHD Video
1280 x 720
HD Video
1920 x 1080
FHD Video
1920 x 1080
FHD Video
1920 x 1080
FHD Video
Night VisionYESYESYESYESYES
Live ViewYESYESYESYESYES
Video
Recording
YESYESYESYESYES
Motion
Detection
YES, 110-degree zoneYES, Adjustable Motion ZonesYES, Adjustable Motion ZonesYES, Adjustable Motion ZonesYES, Customizable Motion Zones
Field of View180 degrees180 degrees160 degrees160 degrees160 degrees
AudioFull duplex two-way audioTwo-way with noise cancellationTwo-way with noise cancellationTwo-way with noise cancellationTwo-way with noise cancellation
Smart Home
Compatibility
Alexa CompatibleAlexa CompatibleAlexa CompatibleAlexa CompatibleAlexa Compatible

Our Pick: Arlo Video Doorbell for its better calibrated motion detection features

Smart Home Integration

One of the hallmarks of these modern doorbells is their smart features. You can quickly integrate them into other similar devices, offering you a lot of flexibility. The possibilities are endless with these highly integrated machines. You can not only control your doorbell, but you can also view a feed on your Smart TV, and other integrated displays that you may have in your home. You can also take advantage of Echo’s to talk to those ringing your door.

Arlo Video Doorbell

Arlo’s Video Doorbell does come with some built-in smart home integration features, especially with Amazon Alexa. So, if you have other integrated devices like an Amazon Echo Show, you can check out who rang the bell. You can even interact with them all with voice commands. If you have other integrated hardware around, you can do a lot more.

The video doorbell also comes with some support for Google Home and Nest Hub, but it is still a bit rough on the edges. For sure, the compatibility and integration are going to be smoothened out, but for now, Amazon Alexa is the way to go with a lot of Arlo smart devices, including their video doorbell.

Ring Video Doorbell

As one of the first smart doorbells, Ring’s original model integrates well with Alexa. This feature allows you to use other devices like your Echos and Fire TVs to answer the door. You can be watching your favorite movie upstairs in your bedroom, and you get an alert from your doorbell, you can quickly take a peek via your TV, and you can even talk to the person on the other side. This definitely gives you a lot of flexibility where you do not simply rely on your smartphone to know what is happening on your doorstep.

Ring Video Doorbell 2 & 3

Ring Video Doorbell 2

Succeeding models give you similar levels of integration, plus the ability to connect with smart locks. This surely comes in handy since you can not only answer who is at the door. But you can also open them and welcome them in even though you may not be able to be there physically. This neat little feature comes in handy if you are cooking, and answering the door might be a bit impossible.

You can pair these Ring doorbells with smart locks from LockState, Kisi, or Kevo since these are also Alexa compatible devices. So, whenever you get a notification that someone is at the door, you can switch from the Ring app to that of your smart lock’s and then open it from there. It may not be as seamless, compared to other more integrated product lines, but it surely does the job.

Ring’s smart doorbells work with both Alexa and Google Home. No matter what smart home systems you use, you will be able to leverage the integration potential of the device. Although the experience is a lot more seamless with Alexa, you can still get good options with Google Home.

Ring Video Doorbell Pro

Ring’s Pro version of their video doorbell offers a lot more integration options. Apart from the usual suspects of Amazon Alexa and Google Home, you also get IFTTT and third-party smart lock support. These can give you a lot of versatility with custom routines allowing you to turn on the lights, play music, or any other action as soon as your doorbell detects that someone is at the door.

Alexa and Google Assistant can announce when someone is at your door, and using Ring’s app. You can launch the app for your smart lock and open them. Then when you have IFTTT set up, you have a lot of options on what to do next. It gives you the right amount of control on what you want your home to do.

Our Pick: Ring Video Doorbell Pro for its more complete integration experience

Companion App Features

These smart devices come with a companion app that allows you to take full advantage of the many different features. Without it, you will not be able to receive any notifications alerting you that someone is at the door, or you will not be able to stream the video feed from the camera to know precisely who rang the bell.

Companion apps also give you access to more features like cloud storage, so you do not have to worry about investing in file saving options. This is helpful if you are going to be dealing with high-definition videos that take quite a lot of space.

Arlo Video Doorbell

One of the hallmarks of Arlo’s companion app is that it offers quite a bit of customization. A problem with most smart video doorbells is their sensor sensitivity, but in Arlo’s case, you will be able to set different types of notifications. You can differentiate motion alerts between humans, animals, cars, even packages allowing you to know what is happening outside as soon as you look at your phone.

Arlo’s app for their video doorbell also enables you to set up activity zones, so it only sends you alerts when it detects motion on those spots. This feature comes in handy if there is space that the camera captures where any movement is not necessarily significant.

The camera that this device comes with an unusual resolution setting at 1536p. The advantage of this is that you will be able to adjust this to either 1080p or 720p, covering all of the bases. You can also change the brightness, turn on night vision, and HDR via the app. It gives you the right amount of options, so you do not miss an event.

Ring Video Doorbell

As one of the pioneers of smart video doorbells, it could get a bit clunky. However, they have continuously updated it and refined the interface and features so you will be able to use it with ease. One of the features that they do get right is the Motion Wizard and Motion Zones that allow you to customize when the app will notify you whenever it detects something. This feature is particularly helpful if you live on a busy street where lots of cars or people pass by.

The Ring Video Doorbell’s app also allows you to give members of your family access to the device so they can also receive notifications whenever someone rings your front door. Anyone can now answer the door, even virtually, so your guest or delivery will not have to wait long.

The best feature of the app is its Neighbors feature. It alerts you of crime and suspicious activities in your area from other Ring users. You can even change some settings like the radius around you, where you will be able to get these alerts.

Ring Video Doorbell 2 & 3

Ring Video Doorbell 3

The app performance between the Ring Video Doorbell 2 and 3 are quite similar. Both devices are nearly alike, with some minor differences. However, in terms of device and app performance, they are comparable and have the same features.

One of the significant advantages of their apps is that they have motion zones where you can exclude parts of your scene, so it does not trigger an alert. This can come in handy if you have a shallow driveway and are near a busy road allowing you only to select the area that is immediately in front of your door to get notifications from.

The app also enables you to choose a schedule when to allow notifications. This way, you do not get disturbed by unnecessary alerts in the late evenings when you are not expecting anyone. The app also has settings that allow you to turn off the Live View feature so you can save battery life since both the Ring Video Doorbell 2 and 3 do come with built-in power packs.

Ring Video Doorbell Pro

The main difference between the Ring Video Doorbell Pro’s app to the rest of their products is that it gives you the capability to specify exactly where the motion alerts will trigger. In the apps of non-Pro models, you can define areas, but you are limited to rectangles. In the case of the Pro, you can physically draw on the parts of the scene where notifications will be sent to your phone.

Additionally, you can also adjust for sensitivity where the Video Doorbell Pro will only alert you for “people only” or “all motion.” The app also gives you the capability to set schedules to turn off these alerts for the times that you do not want to be disturbed.

The Pro’s app also supports Ring’s Neighbors app so you can share videos that your doorbell picks up, especially if they are suspicious. You can also view the videos from other Ring users to know if crimes or any suspicious activities are occurring near your place.

Arlo Video
Doorbell
Ring Video
Doorbell
Ring Video
Doorbell 2
Ring Video
Doorbell 3
Ring Video
Doorbell Pro
App
Compatibility
Android,
Apple iOS
Android,
Apple iOS
Android,
Apple iOS
Android,
Apple iOS
Android,
Apple iOS

Our Pick: Ring Video Doorbell Pro for customizable motion zones and Neighbors feature

Power and Connectivity

These new smart video doorbells are relatively small devices. However, with the hardware that it comes within their tiny frames, they do require some power. Most of these doorbells can also operate the entire day, even streaming 24/7, which requires continuous power. Some of these models need hardwiring, while others do come with built-in batteries giving you a bit of versatility.

Arlo Video Doorbell

Getting your Arlo Video Doorbell set up in your home is quite simple. It needs to be hardwired, so it is slightly challenging compared to those that come with built-in batteries. You will also need to install it in a location where a power line is accessible. So, if your front door does not have that line, you may need to do some work. However, once it is installed and connected, you do not need to do much.

For internet connectivity, it links to your home network via Wi-Fi, so getting it all set up should be quick and straightforward. The only problem with this system is that your front door might be too far from your router. If this is the case, you may want to get a Wi-Fi extender, so the signal reaches your doorbell.

Ring Video Doorbells 1, 2, & 3

These three smart video doorbells from Ring come with a similar design. They all have battery packs, which makes installing them a bit easier compared to their Arlo and Ring Pro counterparts. However, this built-in battery also makes them clunkier and significantly more significant than the other models.

An advantage of this design is that you can either hardwire them and replace an existing doorbell or use their built-in power packs. This design allows you to install them in places where you did not have doorbells before. Do take note though that if you do not connect it to a power source, you will need to monitor the battery life and recharge it every few months.

When it comes to internet connectivity, it also uses Wi-Fi, and problems can occur if your router is a reasonable distance away. Ring has got you covered there, though, since you can get their Chime Pro, which acts as a Wi-Fi extender and a physical doorbell chime at the same time.

Ring Video Doorbell Pro

The primary difference between the Pro and its non-Pro counterparts is that it does not come with a battery. You will need to wire it in since it runs on direct power. This is an excellent option if your home already has an existing wired doorbell where you can simply replace it. Do take note, though, that it requires 16 V minimum, so you may need to use transformers to get the right voltage. However, if you have the necessary power requirements, getting it set up and working should not be a problem.

As for internet connectivity, it also relies on Wi-Fi, but one of the main differences is that it can connect via 5 GHz. This feature makes it a bit more reliable, especially when you like to stream the view from your doorbell. You can also get Ring’s Chime Pro to extend your signal if your router placement is a bit of a distance from your front door.

Arlo Video
Doorbell
Ring Video
Doorbell
Ring Video
Doorbell 2
Ring Video
Doorbell 3
Ring Video
Doorbell Pro
PowerHardwiredBuilt-in rechargeable batteryBuilt-in rechargeable batteryQuick-release rechargeable batteryHardwired
Wired
Connection
16 to 24 V AC
40 VA max
8 to 24 V AC
40 VA max
8 to 24 V AC
40 VA max
8 to 24 V AC
40 VA max
16 to 24 V AC
40 VA max
Internet2 Mbps Recommended1 Mbps Recommended2 Mbps Recommended2 Mbps Recommended2 Mbps Recommended
Wi-FiYES, 802.11 a/cYES, 802.11 b/g/nYES, 802.11 b/g/nYES, 802.11 a/b/g/nYES, 802.11 b/g/n
Wi-Fi 5 GHzYESNONOYESYES
App
Compatible
YESYESYESYESYES
Mobile
Notification
YESYESYESYESYES
Operating
Conditions
-4 to 104°F
-20 to 40°C
-5 to 120°F
-20.5 to 48.5°C
-5 to 120°F
-20.5 to 48.5°C
-5 to 120°F
-20.5 to 48.5°C
-5 to 120°F
-20.5 to 48.5°C
Weather
Resistant
YESYESYESYESYES
Average
Install Time
About 30 minutesAbout 5 minutesAbout 5 minutesAbout 5 minutesAbout 30 minutes

Our Pick: Ring Video Doorbell Pro with a slight edge from the Arlo due to the Chime Pro

Pricing

Arlo Video
Doorbell
Ring Video
Doorbell
Ring Video
Doorbell 2
Ring Video
Doorbell 3
Ring Video
Doorbell Pro
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The Better Video Doorbell for Your Home

If you are looking for a smart video doorbell with all the bells and whistles that come with it, the Ring Video Doorbell Pro is an excellent option. Among the five doorbells to choose from, it surely has one with the best camera. It records Full HD 1080p video, just like the others, but it does capture a lot more detail. Its night mode is impressive. Even though it only offers black and white pictures, you will still be able to identify the person knocking at the door.

One of its most impressive features is its highly customizable motion zones. Setting these can get quite tricky on other models since you can only draw rectangles. Add to the fact that the cameras are wide-angled, so they are distorted. So, if you wanted to set a zone that is not an exact shape, then you would need to draw multiple just to ensure that your alerts are accurate. With the Ring Video Doorbell Pro, you can draw custom shapes allowing you to set it up and forget.

Ring also has its community feature, Neighbors, that link you up with other Ring users around you so you can share unwanted suspicious activities around you. You can consider it as a modern neighborhood watch, but it comes in handy when you have multiple users in your area, so you can be aware if something is happening in your area.

The Ring Video Doorbell Pro does come with some disadvantages, like the fact that it does not have built-in batteries. Instead, you will need to hardwire it into your home’s power source. As long as you have done the research and know that you have the necessary wiring and power requirements, this should not be a problem. With this feature, you can take advantage of Ring’s Live View feature, where you can continuously stream what is happening outside your front door.

All of these devices are impressive and reliable. However, Ring’s Pro version does take the title of being the better choice when it comes to features. It is also the most expensive of the bunch, but it justifies that with the additional bells and whistles that it comes with.

The Doorbell for You If You’re on a Budget

Ring Video Doorbell Pro

It’s not to say that the most expensive doorbell is always the best choice. There are times when getting the one that is going to offer you the best bang for your buck is the best choice for you, and this is where the Arlo Video Doorbell comes in. One of the things that you will need to do with Arlo’s option is to get used to their 1536p square resolution. It should not be that difficult, but once you accept that fact, there is nothing wrong with this device.

It has an excellent camera that captures a lot of detail. Its night mode is also impressive, allowing you to identify a person walking up to your door. It also comes with the usual features like recording video and two-way audio so you can talk to the person on the other side. The app gives you a good amount of control, and you can even adjust for sensor sensitivity, so you do not get extraneous alerts, but also do not miss important ones.

The Arlo smart doorbell comes at $149, an excellent middle ground between Ring’s older models and their Pro option. Adding this to your home is also great, especially if you have installed their security cameras, giving you better coverage around your home. At its price, if there is a smart video doorbell that is an excellent deal, this is the one.

The Arlo Video Doorbell is undoubtedly a superb value pick with features and reliability that you expect from such a device. To unlock more of its features, you will need to subscribe to Arlo Smart. It is their affordable cloud service that allows you to save videos so you can review them later. Still, it is an excellent device that will satisfy your front door answering needs.

Wrap Up

Video doorbells may not be as sexy as other smart devices like TVs and Echos, but they do have a place in today’s society to fill the gap of e-commerce deliveries. It is a fitting device to install on your front door if you are always expecting any form of delivery regularly. You can also use it to keep track of your neighborhood as some sort of a security camera.

Arlo and Ring are capable of giving you the best experiences with their smart video doorbells. Their integrations are seamless, and you can link this with your other devices, especially smart locks allowing you to open your front door for a guest without coming near it.

Whether it’s an Arlo or a Ring doorbell, there is undoubtedly one that you will find with a set of features that fits your needs. Whether you are looking for one with a built-in battery or if you are willing to hardwire one in, there is a device that should be perfect for your home.