Ring vs Nest vs Skybell: Which Video Doorbell Should You Buy?
If you want to see the doorbell for your entrance door, but are not sure which one you can
get. We checked the three best models: Ring Doorbell 2, Nest Hello and SkyBell HD to see which one best matches your needs.
Despite the fact that there are several available doorbells on the market, Ring Doorbell 2, Nest Hello and SkyBell HD are the three most popular options. But which one is better to buy? Here are some things to keep in mind about all three units so you can make an informed decision when it comes time to buy.
Product Name - Ring Video Doorbell 2
Dimensions - 5.0 x 2.5 x 1.0 inches
Video Resolution - 1080 HD
Product Name - Nest Hello Video Doorbell
Dimensions - 6.2 x 3.4 x 1.7 inches
Weight - 3.2 ounces
Product Name: SkyBell WiFi Video Doorbell
Dimensions - 2.8 x 0.9 x 2.8 inches
Weight - 1.92 ounces
The Ring can run on battery
One of the biggest advantages of the Ring Doorbell (and what separates it from the packaging) is that it comes with an internal battery that can power the device for several months.
This means that you do not need to connect it to your existing doorbell system — just mount it anywhere you want, and leave. This makes Ring the easiest to install.
On the other hand, both Nest Hello and SkyBell HD must be powered by the existing doorbell wiring, since they do not have an internal battery.
If it is easy enough to replace your current doorbell with a video door in the same place, then it really isn’t very expensive, but if you are like me. The video doorbell unit does not fit where the existing doorbell is, so re-routing of the wires is required.
Note, however, that Ring Doorbell 2 can be connected to an existing system; it’s just not necessary. However, the Ring Pro (which is smaller in size) and the Elite model must be connected to the wires.
If you decide not to connect Ring to an existing doorbell wiring, just know that it will not be able to use your existing doorbell in the doorbell, so you will have to buy an electronic ringtone from Ring.
Hello Nest has a little more Smarts
While Ring and SkyBell can sense movement, Nest Hello takes a step forward because it discovers whether this movement is an actual person.
In addition, Hello can even recognize certain faces with a little help at your end. Thus, he can not only detect people in general but also can tell you exactly who you are, if he recognizes them.
However, this feature requires a subscription to Nest Aware, which starts at $ 10 per month. Therefore, if you don’t pay for it, then Nest Hello will determine if it’s human at all or not, which is still slightly better than the other two options for a video doorbell.
Ring improves motion sensitivity
Motion sensitivity can be adjusted on the Ring and SkyBell HD, but the ring is much more versatile in this area.
You can set the sensitivity for certain areas and make one side more sensitive than the other, which can be useful. If your driveway is turned off to the left and you don’t want to receive a warning when you or someone else pulls your way – you at the entrance.
On SkyBell, you only get the “Low”, “Medium” and “High” parameters, and there are no settings when it comes to zones. And on Nest Hello, you can’t adjust motion sensitivity at all.
Despite this, all three doorbells are sensitive to false positives, depending on where your house is located. For example, I live on a rather busy street, so when large vehicles drive-through, he calls up my video intercom and tells me that my front door had traffic. So keep this in mind.
Nest has the best video quality
Of the three doorbells, the Hello jack definitely has the best quality video from the heap. Although it doesn’t quite fit 1080p resolution (instead, it’s 1600 × 1200), the colors look better than the other two doorbells, and the image looks much sharper.
You can adjust the video quality for Nest Hello and SkyBell HD, while Ring does not have this setting and simply installs 1080p (or 720p on the first-generation Ring).
Of course, your Wi-Fi connection will talk a lot about the quality of the video that you actually use. 1080p will require faster Wi-Fi connections, while 480p or even 720p are ideal for slower connections.
And if night vision is on your wishlist, all three doorbell videos come with this feature out of the box.
Hello nest – perfect size
Because of its internal battery, the Ring Doorbell is comically large compared to other doorbells. This is not a big deal, but if you want to install it on your door trim, where there may be an existing doorbell, have fun to fit it.
SkyBell HD looks like it is much smaller, but its round shape is not well suited for door trim. However, SkyBell makes a leaner version called Trim Plus, which has most of the features, but only 15 frames per second, rather than 30 frames of SkyBell HD.
Nest Hello is naturally small and skinny enough that it can be easily installed on most trim panels so that you cannot install it anywhere else and may have required wire redirection if your existing doorbell is installed right on the door trim.
Integration with Smartphone
One thing that many smart enthusiasts will want to consider is compatibility with other third-party products and services with their doorbells. In this case, both Ring and SkyBell HD work with IFTTT and Alexa, but only Nest Hello works with Google Assistant.
The ring can also integrate with several smart lock models (including Kevo Kevkset’s) so you can unlock your door from the Ring app. SkyBell HD only works with Kevo, but Nest Hello only works with Yale smart locks.
Features WiFi Support Image Quality Night Vision Advanced motion detection Domension (inches) Weather Resistant Price Ring Yes 720p HD No 4.98 x 2.43 x 0.87 Yes $199 Ring PRO Yes 1080p HD Yes 4.5 x 1.85 x 0.80 Yes $249 SKYBELL Yes VGA / (640 by 480) No 2.8 x 2.8 x 0.9" Yes $149 SKYBELL HD Yes 1080p HD No 2.8 x 2.8 x 0.9" Yes $220 NEST HELLO 50 TB Supports HDR Yes 4.6 x 1.7 x 1.0 Yes $229
Advanced motion detection
4.98 x 2.43 x 0.87
4.5 x 1.85 x 0.80
VGA / (640 by 480)
2.8 x 2.8 x 0.9"
2.8 x 2.8 x 0.9"
4.6 x 1.7 x 1.0
Hello and SkyBell nest are better for me, but your mileage will be changed
All three doorbells will greatly depend on the speed and strength of your Wi-Fi network. In my experience, SkyBell HD and Nest Hello were the most reliable.
When I installed Ring, it often took 6-7 seconds before I received a notification on my phone – sometimes longer. Both Nest Hello and SkyBell HD took only a second or two on the same network.
Again, it really depends on your home and your Wi-Fi. Our editor tried the Ring Doorbell at his home and said that the notifications were almost instantaneous.
The smaller your home (and the closer your doorbell is to the router), the fewer problems you are likely to have. It may also have a lot in common with what your walls are made of, how they are constructed, and so on. In my case, SkyBell worked better.
But no matter what you try, if one video doorbell doesn’t work well enough for you, it may be a good idea to try another one and see if you get better results.