Nest Hello vs Ring: The Best Smart Video Doorbell for You

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Smart video doorbells are gaining a lot of popularity, and many homeowners have adopted this technology for their homes. For years, the market leader with this type of technology is Ring with its original Video Doorbell up to the newer versions. Nowadays, Nest is coming on their heels fast with their Hello doorbell.

These smart devices are more than just doorbells that let you know someone is at the door. With their built-in camera, they are able to detect if someone is coming, alert you wherever you are, and save a clip of it. Apart from that, they also have microphones and speakers, allowing you to talk to the person in your front door.

Their cameras are also an excellent way to keep track of packages left on your door and keep an eye on your neighborhood for suspicious activity. For the most part, they are handy devices that are linked to your smartphone so you can answer anyone at the door wherever you are.

Nest Hello vs Ring Doorbells

The most popular smart video doorbells are those from Nest and Ring. They are the market leaders and have refined their models, optimizing and improving their features, especially their sensors and detection capabilities.

Let’s take a look at their most popular models and take a look at how they differ from each other to see which one is the right device for your home.

Design

You can say that all video doorbells look alike, and you are not that wrong. They are sleek and slim devices that fit on the side of your door, so they can record whoever is knocking. These doorbells come with the requisite camera and a button that acts as a doorbell. These are not necessarily guidelines, but all the video doorbells that we are going to look at following these design parameters.

Nest Hello

Nest Hello

The Nest Hello is a device that comes in the blueprint of most video doorbells. It has a doorbell button lit by a blue ring and a camera above it. It is smaller than other similar devices, which means that it does not come with built-in batteries. You will need to hardwire it into your home power, giving it continuous juice keeping it on all the time.

Ring Video Doorbell

The Ring Video Doorbell is a chunkier device compared to the Nest Hello and other Ring doorbells. It still fits perfectly on most doorframes, so its size is not really that much of a problem. One of the reasons that it is this large is that it comes with a built-in rechargeable battery. This way, it can operate whether you wire it into your home’s power or rely on the battery pack.

Ring Video Doorbell 2

If the original Ring Video Doorbell had an upgrade, the Ring Video Doorbell 2 has all the features that you expect. It has a similar size to the initial version and runs on a battery pack allowing you to bolt this into doorframes without direct wiring from your home. It is convenient since you will not need to redo all your wiring just to get a smart doorbell installed.

Ring Video Doorbell 3

The Ring Video Doorbell 3 comes with the same design as the Ring Video Doorbell 2. However, it does come with some feature upgrades. The battery is still a welcome addition allowing you to put this in places where your home wiring could not reach. It even comes with that familiar Ring design so you will not be able to mistake it for anything else

Ring Video Doorbell Pro

If you are looking for a Nest Hello alternative from Ring, this is the one for you. It is sleeker than most Ring doorbell models, and this is due to the fact that it does not come with a battery pack. The only way you will be able to use the Ring Video Doorbell Pro is by hardwiring it to your home’s power. This design makes it look like a traditional doorbell. However, it also makes it a bit more complicated to install.

Nest HelloRing Video
Doorbell
Ring Video
Doorbell 2
Ring Video
Doorbell 3
Ring Video
Doorbell Pro
Size11.7 x 4.3 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 2.03 cm
Weight121.6 g257.9 g548.8 g216 g272 g
ColorsBlackSatin Nickel, VenetianSatin Nickel, VenetianSatin Nickel, Venetian BronzeSatin Nickel, Pearl, Venetian, Black

Our Pick: Nest Hello for its slimmer and sleeker design. It is also significantly lighter

Audio and Video Features

Smart video doorbells come with a lot more features than the traditional ones. One of the significant differences between them is that these modern ones come with cameras and microphones and are either plugged in or have batteries. They are also connected to the internet, giving you the ability to access them anytime and watch through their lenses even when you are not at home.

Nest Hello

The feature that separates the Nest Hello from the rest of the smart doorbells in the market is its facial recognition capabilities. Teach it the names of your most frequent visitors, and it can send you an alert whenever it detects a friend or family member is at the door. The alerts come in the form of a push notification on your phone with the name of your visitor. It also includes a snapshot from the camera on the notification so you can verify it without opening the app.

Apart from facial recognition, it can also detect people, sound, and motion. It is a similar mechanism to the facial recognition technology that when any of these sensors record something, the Nest Hello will take a snapshot and send it together with a notification so you will have an idea on who is at the door.

With the Nest Hello, you can also set pre-recorded responses allowing you to reply without answering the door in person. This feature certainly comes in handy if you are not home or if you are busy and could not attend to someone delivering a package.

Ring Video Doorbell

Ring Video Doorbell

As the first flagship product of the company, it lags a bit behind newer doorbells like the Nest Hello. Its camera is capable of recording video with only 720p resolution. However, it still offers clear pictures, and you will not have any trouble deciphering the faces of people passing by.

It is relatively basic in terms of features, and it is definitely understandable since this is one of the first video doorbells on the market. It has a 180-degree field of view, but the vision stops a couple of feet short, so you will not be able to see if someone dropped a package on your doorstep.

Ring Video Doorbell 2

Ring upgraded their camera on the original Video Doorbell into a Full HD one recording videos in 1080p. The extra resolution also means that you will need significantly faster internet in your home and on your mobile. Allowing you to take advantage of the streaming features of the doorbell fully.

Ring Video Doorbell 3

The Ring Video Doorbell 3 has a similar design to its predecessor, as well as the 1080p FHD camera resolution and field of view. The most significant change for the newer smart doorbell is in terms of connectivity. It now boasts dual-band Wi-Fi being able to support 5 GHz for better video transmission.

The problem with this, though, is that the device is more susceptible to signal loss. Getting a Chime Pro is one of the things you can do to mitigate this for a better connection between your router and the doorbell.

The Ring Video Doorbell also comes with near motion zones that can detect movement from five to fifteen feet in front of it. You will get a notification whenever it detects movement in that zone.

Ring Video Doorbell Pro

The Ring Video Doorbell Pro still keeps that 1080p FHD resolution of the other Ring devices, but it does record significantly better quality. It is the one that looks the best compared to other Ring doorbells, especially the night vision capabilities.

The smart doorbell also has Live View allowing you to stream the video and audio, and you can even interact with the person on the other side through your phone. There is one feature that is unique to the Ring Video Doorbell Pro, and it is the ability to specify an area where motion alerts can be triggered, so you do not get false notifications.

Nest HelloRing Video
Doorbell
Ring Video
Doorbell 2
Ring Video
Doorbell 3
Ring Video
Doorbell Pro
Video Quality1600 x 1200
HD 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
YESYES,
Adjustable
Motion Zones
YES,
Adjustable
Motion Zones
YES,
Adjustable
Motion Zones
YES,
Adjustable
Motion Zones
Field of View160 degrees180 degrees160 degrees160 degrees160 degrees
AudioTwo-way with
noise cancellation
Two-way with
noise cancellation
Two-way with
noise cancellation
Two-way with
noise cancellation
Two-way with
noise cancellation
Smart Home
Compatibility
Google Home &
Alexa
Compatible
Alexa
Compatible
Alexa
Compatible
Alexa
Compatible
Alexa
Compatible

Our Pick: Nest Hello for its accurate facial recognition technology

Smart Home Integration

As a smart device, these smart doorbells do not live in a vacuum. They do support integration with various intelligent home systems like Google Home, Apple Homekit, and Amazon Alexa. You can leverage these systems to not only control your doorbell but also take advantage of other devices around your home.

Nest Hello

Since Nest is a division of Google, it seamlessly integrates with their Home product and Assistant. There is also a way to link it with Amazon’s Alexa, but it is not as smooth as other devices that are dedicated to the platform.

For the Nest Hello, other devices that are on the Google Home platform can let you know if someone is at the door via Google Assistant. You can also ask it to stream the doorbell’s video directly to a smart TV or one with Chromecast.

If you have Nest Aware, you can link the doorbell to a compatible smart speaker to say their name when the Hello’s facial recognition feature recognizes them. One exciting integration of the doorbell is its link with Nest X Yale smart lock that allows you to open your door using your phone.

Ring Video Doorbell

The Ring Video Doorbell line of devices integrates perfectly with Amazon Alexa. You can use your different Amazon devices like your Fire TV and Echo to view a live stream or receive alerts from your doorbell. On top of these essential features and services, you can also directly connect other smart and Ring devices for better integrations and interactions.

Ring Video Doorbell Pro

The Ring Video Doorbell Pro’s come with a similar set of integration features than its non-Pro counterparts. However, it also has its unique features. For one, on top of Amazon Alexa, it now supports Google Home integration and IFTTT. It also has the capability to link to different smart locks like Kevo, Kisi, and LockState. Combine all of these, and you can create custom sequences that will make your life a lot easier.

Both Alexa and Google Home can announce if someone is at your door. You can then use the app of your smart lock to unlock your door. It makes using your Ring Video Doorbell Pro more exciting and engaging.

Companion App

Ring Video Doorbell 2

Smart devices come with their companion apps, and these doorbells surely have their own. Their companion app enables most of their features like their live streaming capability and being able to talk to someone on the other side of the doorbell. Of course, they also enable more features like cloud storage and social media sharing. They are useful and essential in making sure your smart doorbell performs the way you expect it to.

Nest Hello

Nest’s app allows you to view the live stream of your doorbell in real-time. You can also see old clips that are saved to the cloud like for when the sensors detect movement and take a quick snapshot. Using the app, you can also take advantage of the two-way audio feature so you can talk to the person on the other side of the doorbell.

You can also access the app on a web browser, and you will be able to export clips to your computer and even create a time-lapse. So not only do you have a doorbell camera, but you also have a front door security camera that you can rely on.

Ring Video Doorbell App

The Ring supports Motion Wizard and Motion Zones, allowing you to customize when your doorbell triggers alerts. When it detects something passing, the sensors are tripped, and a notification will be sent to your phone via the app.

The app also gives your family members access to the doorbell and camera so they can also check out who is at the door on their phone. They will also be able to receive notifications so they will be able to see recorded clips.

One of the best features of the Ring Video Doorbell app is the Neighbors capability. This is more of a social function, but it acts as a security system of your entire neighborhood if enough have Nest devices on their front door. It will alert you to crimes, suspicious activities, and even lost pets in your area. You can also post videos from your device to inform other users around you.

Ring Video Doorbell Pro App

The app for the Ring Video Doorbell Pro is quite different from that of the non-Pro versions since it does come with a bit more features, so it needs to take that into account. One of the features of the Ring Video Doorbell Pro that is not on the other devices is the ability to specify exact areas where motion alerts can trigger, and you will be able to set that in the app. You can draw on the parts that you want to include so you do not get unnecessary alerts that might disturb your day.

The Pro does have some sensitivity, but the app allows you to customize it, so you only get notifications that matter and not some random car driving down the road. The app also allows you to set alert schedules where you will be able to disable them at certain times.

You also get a similar community feature with the Pro app so you can share videos with other Ring users in your area. This is handy when prevalent suspicious activities are happening in your area and acts as a security system for your neighborhood.

Our Pick: Ring Video Doorbell Pro for specific motion zones and the neighborhood feature

Power and Connectivity

Even though these are small devices, they do need a significant amount of power to operate. These doorbells have cameras which consume quite a bit of juice, especially if they are on 24/7 acting as some sort of a security camera.

Nest Hello

Ring Video Doorbell Pro

The Nest Hello is a sleek and small device, and its design does not allow it to carry a battery pack. The only choice is to hardwire it into your home power. Installation may take some time, but once you have it set up, you can basically forget it.

When it comes to internet connectivity, though, the Nest Hello is Wi-Fi capable, so you do not need to route an Ethernet cable to it. You can simply connect to a router, and you will have connectivity that will allow you to use the full potential of the smart doorbell. It does record Full HD video, so you will need to have a fast internet connection. This way, you will be able to stream your doorbell videos even when you are away from home.

Ring Video Doorbell

The Ring Video Doorbell family that means from the first version to the third is a little different than the Nest Hello since they come with rechargeable batteries. With these devices, you have an option to either wire them directly, rely on the batteries, or both. The great thing about the batteries is that if your home is not designed or is difficult to rewire, then these are excellent options.

These smart doorbells also have Wi-Fi capabilities, which come in handy, allowing you to take full advantage of the features of these devices. There is a problem with Wi-Fi, though, since your door is most likely not your top priority when installing a router, so there is a good chance that it does not get optimum coverage. Ring does offer a solution with its Chime Pro that acts as a signal booster.

Ring Video Doorbell Pro

Ring’s Video Doorbell Pro has a setup that is similar to the Nest Hello rather than the line of non-Pro devices. It does not have a battery but needs to be wired in so you can give it power. This fact makes it a lot slimmer, in terms of design, compared to the chunkier Ring Video Doorbells.

The Ring Video Doorbell Pro does have Wi-Fi connectivity, including a 5 GHz option for better latency, allowing you to stream the video feed from your doorbell without any hitches. You will also need a faster connection of at least 2 Mbps so you will be able to enjoy the full potential of the smart doorbell.

The hardwired options like the Nest Hello and the Ring Video Doorbell Pro definitely has an advantage when it comes to stability. It is not convenient to install, though, but once you get around to it and figure a way out, it should be smooth sailing from there.

Nest HelloRing Video
Doorbell
Ring Video
Doorbell 2
Ring Video
Doorbell 3
Ring Video
Doorbell Pro
PowerHardwiredBuilt-in
rechargeable
battery
Built-in
rechargeable
battery
Quick-release
rechargeable
battery
Hardwired
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
Recommended
1 Mbps
Recommended
2 Mbps
Recommended
2 Mbps
Recommended
2 Mbps
Recommended
Wi-FiYES, 802,11 a/cYES, 802,11
b/g/n
YES, 802,11
b/g/n
YES, 802,11
a/b/g/n
YES, 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: It’s a tie between the Nest Hello & Ring Video Doorbell Pro

Pricing

Nest HelloRing Video
Doorbell
Ring Video
Doorbell 2
Ring Video
Doorbell 3
Ring Video
Doorbell Pro
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The Best Smart Video Doorbell

When it comes to the best smart video doorbell, there can only be one, and the Nest Hello takes the top spot. One of the reasons why it is the best one on the market is its video quality. It records the best videos from other devices, and its other hardware, like the microphone and speakers, is equally impressive.

Nest Hello does have facial recognition, even though it is not 100% accurate, it is still reasonably reliable. It is capable of notifying you when someone you know arrives at your doorstep. Not a lot of smart video doorbells can do it, not even the Ring Video Doorbell Pro, which you can consider as its direct competitor.

While the Nest Hello needs wiring into your home’s power, it can be both a challenge and an advantage. Doing this allows it to continuously record video all day, making it somewhat of a security camera for the front of your home. It’s customizability and app support are also excellent, especially the feature that allows you to draw an area where the doorbell will trigger an alert.

The Nest Hello is undoubtedly an impressive device. It does have a lot of advantages over Ring’s may device options, even their best one. It has better pricing, a bunch more features, and significantly better video quality making it a more reliable device, especially during times when you are looking for the details. There is room for improvement like their cloud service, Nest Aware, where Ring’s option remains superior.

The Right One for Your Home

There are two types of smart doorbells to choose from. First, the one that requires hardwiring into your home’s power with the Nest Hello and the Ring Video Doorbell Pro. Second, the devices that come with built-in batteries, which are definitely convenient to install.

It depends on your needs, so if you are looking for excellent video quality with top of the line features and are not concerned about installation, then it’s either the Nest Hello or the Ring Video Doorbell Pro. The Nest Hello is the better choice, but if your neighborhood does have a good number of Ring users, then you can consider the Ring Video Doorbell Pro.

Now, if you do not want to figure out your home’s power connection, you can choose for any of those that have built-in batteries. They are significantly easier to install, but they do lack some features compared to the more high-end smart doorbells.

The Ring Video Doorbell is a value pick and is great if you are looking for your first smart device. The Ring Video Doorbell 3, on the other hand, is the more high-end version that comes with a battery. If you are not comfortable with a hardwired smart doorbell on your door, then this is one of the best options out there.

Wrap Up

Whether it’s a Nest Hello or one of Ring’s selections, smart video doorbells are here to stay and one of the devices that you are likely to put in your home. It’s just a convenient device to have, especially if you are always expecting packages from stuff you order online. It can also act as some sort of neighborhood watch.

Wired options like the Nest Hello and the Ring Video Doorbell Pro is suited for newer homes where the power can quickly be adapted to accommodate them. If you live in a much older home, you can check out the Ring Video Doorbells that come with a battery pack so you can install them without wiring them up.

Even though these doorbells have a similar use, there are subtle differences between each model. Some are more suited for different types of homes compared to others, so you can be sure that there is a model that should be perfect for your needs and setup.