Video doorbells continue their rise in popularity, driven initially by the popularity of the Ring video doorbell, which has grown from a video doorbell provider to one that also offers security equipment.
And although the video doorbell space has been flooded with different options the last few years, two video doorbells that seem to continually show up at the top of “best of” lists are Ring and SkyBell. These video doorbells stand out because they provide a number of desirable features while integrating with security and other IoT devices in and around your home.While they are both excellent options, the purpose of this blog is to take a look at some of the best qualities and options of each, as well as some important differences, such as price, that could influence which type of doorbell you go with. Before looking at the deciding factors between these two video doorbells, let’s look at some of the key and coolest features of each.
SkyBell is a hard-wired high-definition video doorbell that comes in a SkyBell HD and SkyBell Trim Plus, which is a slimmer version. Both come with all of the same features for homeowners, who can remotely check doorbell activity on the SkyBell app (more on this later) and see, hear and speak to visitors at their door from their mobile device. Some cool features of the SkyBell include “On-Demand Monitoring,” silent mode and snapshot, which you can read more on below.
Let’s take a closer look at the SkyBell:
- Two-Way Audio: SkyBell allows homeowners to have two-way conversations with visitors from their iPhone or iPad.
- Motion Sensor: SkyBell alerts homeowners when visitors are in front of their door, whether or not the doorbell is pressed.
- Night Vision: Full color night vision delivered in color HD.
- Video storage of up to 500MB of video clips, including free cloud storage option.
- On-Demand Monitoring: With this feature, the SkyBell is “always on” so homeowners can start a live video stream at any time for remote monitoring.
- Mobile App: Audio and high-definition video viewing accessible through the SkyBell HD app.
- Durable: The IP54-rated device is built to withstand the harshest outdoor climates, with a temperature range of -40ºF to 140ºF.
- ·Silent Mode: Homeowners can turn off their indoor chime and receive notifications on their iOS devices—perfect for when someone is sleeping.
- Snapshot: Take snapshots of any frame of a video, which can then be sent to anyone, including authorities.
The SkyBell Video Doorbell has several accessories, which are designed to make it even easier to install and use. The digital doorbell adapter, for example, allows homeowners who have a traditional doorbell chime to use a SkyBell, while the SkyBell Wedge Mount enables the SkyBell to be mounted on an angle, providing more visibility—up to 15-20% more viewing angle in any direction.
For the purposes of this review and comparison, we will be looking at the Ring Video Doorbell Pro, which is Ring’s hardwired high definition version that is slightly more expensive than the SkyBell but we will get into the pricing differences later. Some of the cool features of this video doorbell include a cloud storage option, customizable motion detection and a sleeker design than its previous iterations.
Let’s take a closer look at the Ring doorbell.
- Professional-Grade: Ring says the Ring Pro doorbell with PoE (power over Ethernet) and flush-mounted install is “professional grade.”
- Compact: Sleeker design is smaller than the original with several color schemes.to choose from.
- Two-Way Audio.
- High Definition 1080p video.
- Night Vision.
- Enhanced Motion Detection: Instead of setting zones by distance, set them by shape. For instance, highlight your front walkway if you want to be alerted if someone is on it rather than the grass.
- Storage options: Record up to six months of activity, including a cloud recording option that will cost you $30 per year.
- Share Clips: Send clips to law enforcement or your social circles.
Another important consideration in this comparison is looking at how each doorbell works with other products in the smart home ecosystem, as well as can be controlled using the mobile app and interface.
While Ring has recently expanded its home security offerings with a security system and video cameras, SkyBell integrates with a whole ecosystem of companies like Honeywell and Alarm.com—companies that are leaders in the smart home security space. This allows a homeowner to control every aspect of not only their doorbell but their security system, lights, thermostats, etc., all with their mobile device. This is an advantage for SkyBell when it comes to automating your home and integrating smart home products.
The SkyBell App and Ring App give a homeowner similar functionality and control over the video doorbell, allowing the user to see and speak with people at their front door, get alerts when motion has been detected, as well as have control over other security or smart home sensors or devices.
Ultimately what it comes down to when you are comparing two high-end products like these is price and value. While comparing SkyBell and Ring, keep in mind that it is not really an apples-to-apples comparison. A comparison like this is made more complicated by the fact that Ring has video doorbells at four price points, including the Ring Doorbell Elite that is more than twice as much as the SkyBell and the Ring Pro reviewed here.
Getting back to the SkyBell and Ring Pro, while each has some cool features that the other doesn’t, SkyBell offers a better price in the hard-wired doorbell category. For those looking for an entry-level option that is more affordable, Ring does offer a good battery powered option under $100.
As mentioned above, be sure to reach out to your local security provider to see if they provide a video doorbell option as part of an overall security system and smart home.
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