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Ring Video Doorbell 3 vs. Ring Video Doorbell 2

Smart home security company Ring has come a long way since its beginnings on Shark Tank and subsequent acquisition by Amazon a few years back. Since then, Ring has expanded on their lineup of video doorbells, offering six different iterations with varying features and capabilities.

Two of the most recent versions — the Ring Video Doorbell 3 and Ring Video Doorbell 2 — share characteristics like notifications, but there are a few key differences between the two. Here, we compare the two to determine which model will work best for you.

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At a glance

Ring Video Doorbell 3 Ring Video Doorbell 2
Design Rectangular, 5.1 inches tall, 2.4 inches wide, and 1.1 inch thick Rectangular, 5.05 inches tall, 2.5 inches wide, and 1.08 inches thick
Features Live video, night vision, advanced motion detection with adjustable motion zones, two-way audio with noise cancellation, Alexa connectivity Live video, night vision, advanced motion detection with adjustable motion zones, two-way audio with noise cancellation, Alexa connectivity
Specs 160-degree field of view, 1080p HD video  160-degree field of view, 1080p HD video
Price $199.99 retail $99.99 retail
Subscription Starts at $3 per month, highest tier is $10 per month Starts at $3 per month, highest tier is $10 per month
Install Requirements Runs on a rechargeable, quick-release battery pack. Can be hardwired to an existing doorbell system or transformer for continuous charging. A simple mounting setup takes roughly 5 minutes for installation. Wiring in requires a standard doorbell system or transformer with 8-24 VAC, 40VA max, 50/60Hz. It also has battery power.

Design

Ring Video Doorbell 2

The Ring Video Doorbell 2 and Ring Video Doorbell 3 are nearly indistinguishable from a design and size perspective. Both are rectangular and have roughly the same dimensions. The Ring Video Doorbell 3 comes in at 5.1 inches tall, 2.4 inches wide, and 1.1 inches in depth, while the Ring Video Doorbell 2 is 4.98 inches tall, 2.44 inches wide, and 1.10 inches thick. The notable blue LED light ring surrounds the doorbell button on each device.

One of the key aesthetic differences applies to the Ring Video Doorbell 3’s redesigned faceplate. The new faceplate is easier to remove and now has added grips to slide it into place. It’s a subtle feature, but ease of use is definitely an added plus.

Both video doorbells offer two colors: Satin nickel or Venetian bronze.

Winner: Ring Video Doorbell 3

Installation

Ring Video Doorbell 2 battery

For the Ring Video Doorbell 2, mounting hardware is included with the doorbell. You’ll want to use the included hardware to secure the mounting bracket. The doorbell can then be clicked into place. If you opt to wire into your existing doorbell system, you’ll need a transformer with 8-24 VAC, 40VA max, 50/60Hz. The basic installation time is roughly five minutes, according to Ring.

Installation for the Ring Video Doorbell 3 is similar. You’ll get all of the hardware to secure the mounting bracket, and setup will take about five minutes. You can also hardwire to an existing doorbell system or transformer for continuous charging (8-24 VAC, 40VA max, 50/60Hz). Two enhancements were made to the Ring Video Doorbell 3 related to installation. The first is an easy-to-remove faceplate. Basically, indentation marks were placed on the sides of the faceplate to make it easier to slide on and off. An automatic chime connection was also added, which takes a lot of the legwork out of setting up your Wi-Fi on the device.

Winner: Ring Video Doorbell 3

Features and specs

Ring Video Doorbell 2

The Ring Video Doorbell 3 also features 1080p HD video, live view, and night vision. You’ll find adjustable motion zones, a 160-degree field of view, and two-way audio with noise cancellation. The 5GHz dual-band Wi-Fi is a new addition to the Doorbell 3 (the Video Doorbell 2 only has 2.4GHz). 

If false notifications bug you, the newest Ring offers something called “the near motion zone.” This feature helped to minimize all of the irrelevant notifications that the previous version often came with. Also, the Ring 3 includes a new look for the faceplate and automatic chine connection. 

Of course, you can connect both the Ring Doorbell 2 and 3 to Alexa for better complete home monitoring.

Winner: Ring Video Doorbell 3

Price and subscription model

Both the Ring Video Doorbell 2 and the Ring Video Doorbell 3 come with the same subscription plans – a basic plan covering one device for $3/month or an upgraded “plus” plan for $10/month that covers the entire house. The Ring Video Doorbell 2 costs $100, with the Video Doorbell 3 double that at $200. They both come with extended warranties on all devices as well as 10% off select Ring products.

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Overall Winner

Ring Video Doorbell 3

The Ring Video Doorbell 3 justifies its price with impressive additional features. But the Video Doorbell 2 is a worthy home-monitoring device for only $100, which might be more accessible to those on a budget. The differences between the two aren’t that significant, but the Ring 3’s “near motion” zone and streamlined installation do give it an edge.

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