Following last week’s home update post, I’ve had several questions about the Ring doorbell so I thought it would be a good idea to do a full review for you guys. Spoiler alert: I’m obsessed and it’s one of my favorite new additions to the house!
WHAT IS IT?
Ring is a video doorbell that connects to an app on your phone so you can always see who’s at your door. It comes in two different versions- Ring which can be used with or without a hardwired connection or Ring Pro, which needs an existing hardwire to install. Ryan originally got me the battery powered one but after seeing where our doorbell was on the new house, we opted to get the Ring Pro because it was narrower and would better fit in the space. It has video and sound capability as well as motion detection.
WHY DO I NEED IT?
Ok need is a strong word… it’s definitely more of a luxury 🙂 The perks of having this fancy doorbell is that you can keep tabs on anyone that shows up at your doorstep. The camera has a wide-angle lens so you have a clear view all around your front door. If someone pushes your Ring, you will get a notification on your phone saying that someone is at your front door. You then have the option of talking to them through the app. Yes, you heard right! Yesterday when we had a delivery guy come I was literally pulling into our driveway when I got the Ring. I simply answered to let him know that I’d be there in a minute. Genius, right?! I also love seeing when packages get dropped off so I know exactly what to expect when I get home. Not only does it notify you when someone rings, but also when there’s motion. Like the the other day I saw a bunch of motion alerts which were actually the landscapers mowing the lawn.
There’s my handsome hubby (and yes, I made him pose for this shot!)
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
The Ring is $200 and can be used with either battery or hardwires. It has 720p video quality and comes in 4 different colors. The Ring Pro is $250 and requires a hardwired connection. It has 1080p quality and comes with 4 interchangeable faceplates that you can switch out if you desire. I feel like they’d both be great and like I said earlier, we picked the Pro mostly because of size. They both have two-way audio and night vision.
IS THERE A MONTHLY FEE?
Yes and no. If you get the Ring with no monthly plan, you will get alerts and only be able to use live view. If you get the basic plan that’s $30/year (what we have) you can have all the alerts stored on the cloud so you can go back and look at them. Let’s say you miss a ring and didn’t get to see who was at the door, this way everything is recorded and you can access it later. I don’t know why you wouldn’t get this plan because I think solely having live view doesn’t do you much good.
So what’s my overall opinion of this gadget? I freaking love it! I’m all about technology making life easier and it definitely makes me feel more safe and aware of what’s going on outside my front door. I definitely recommend this to all the homeowners out there and if y’all have any other specific questions about it, don’t hesitate to let me know. Thanks for reading!
This is such a cool device! I have always wanted one for our home!
This looks awesome! Definitely need one for our house. Have a great weekend!
Chesson @ Magnolia & Main says
We just installed a doorbell cam like this one at our house when we got our security system added and I’m like you – I don’t know how we lived without it! It’s so cool! It was super helpful for us this week when we were hunkered down at our offices during the tornados to be able to log into our camera and see what was going on at our house (thankfully, nothing!)
Owen Davis says
This is genius!! Especially with a new baby now, it would make me feel so much better knowing who is at the door when I’m home alone with her!
Shelby Coats says
We have this and absolutely love it! It’s such a great product to have as a homeowner!!
This is the most clever product! I love that you’d have no need to get up and walk to the door (clearly alerting whoever is out there that there’s someone inside). It’s great for ease and safety purposes. Love!
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I definitely need this for my peace of mind! Such a great device!
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Lee Anne says
This is pretty cool! I would love one of these, they add that extra sense of security.
Kelsey @ So Much Life says
Oh my gosh, I think I need that!!
Laura @ Walking in Memphis in High Heels says
I have been wanting this for a while now! You’ve convinced me to finally get it!
I’ve seen these on TV and they look pretty cool! Thanks for the great review!
Sounds like such a great product! I definitely need one for my next home!
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Jenna Colgrove says
That is the coolest thing!
Oh my goodness I have been thinking about getting one of these! They look so helpful!
Lacey-The Glitter Gospel says
This is so awesome! Especially for women! I never open the door when I’m home alone unless I know the person.
We’ve been trying to do decide what to do with a security system (since we moved in… yikes), but I think this would probably be a good start. Much to my mom’s chagrin, we have a lot of glass in our front door, so it would be nice (that’s really not the right word, lol) to make sure that we’re not being watched when we’re not home.