Safety.com's 2020 Ring Home Security Review

Ring’s home security protection doesn’t stop short of video doorbells—learn about the security systems this provider has to offer in our Ring alarm review.

Safety.com’s 2020 Ring Home Security Review

An Overview of Ring Home Security Services

An Overview of Ring Home Security Services

Founded in 2012, Ring makes it easier to not only see who’s at your front door but to also arm it against intruders with an alarm system. Founder, James Siminoff, took the proposition of Ring to investors on Shark Tank and was turned down. Ring has since taken off after Amazon acquired the company for $1 billion. Ring now offers several home security systems, a host of video doorbells, security cameras, and smart lights. We recommend Ring for consumers who are looking for budget-friendly home security solutions and advanced products. Keep reading our Ring alarm review to learn how we rated the provider based on price, stand-out features, equipment, installation, and trial period.

Ring: Our Pick for Security Camera Options

Price
Ring doorbell camera and smartphone showing the video feed

Price

10 out of 10

Highlights:

  • Starting price for the cheapest security package, the 5-Piece Alarm Security Kit, is $199.00, which is lower compared to other providers
  • The price for professional monitoring is $10.00/mo. or $100.00/yr., which is lower compared to other providers

If you’re looking for an inexpensive security system and professional monitoring, Ring is a great option. With Ring, you’ll get the essential equipment you need for basic motion detection with the 5-Piece Ring Alarm Security Kit for $199.00. If you need more contact and motion sensors, you can purchase the 10-Piece Security Kit for $259.00 or the 14-Piece Security Kit for $329.00, both still at affordable prices compared to competitors.

 

With Ring, you can also avoid signing a long-term contract for monitoring. If you want professional monitoring for your security system, purchase the month-to-month Ring Protect Plus Plan for $10.00/mo. If you’d like to save an additional $20.00, choose the annual monitoring plan for $100.00/yr. With Ring, you can cancel at any time.

Standout Features
(D) Ring Standout Features

Standout Features

8 out of 10

Highlights

  • Stay alert with any crime reported in your neighborhood with the Neighbors App
  • Choose from a variety of camera-enabled devices and smart lights

A unique feature you’ll find with Ring is the Ring Neighbors app which allows you to stay on top of any crime reported in your neighborhood. You can also use the Neighbors app for community news and to post about a lost pet. It’s free to download, and you don’t have to own a Ring product to use it. Local members of law enforcement can also share and view public posts on the Neighbors App to provide further assistance if needed. Ring sets the bar a little higher than competitors with this special app for crime updates.

 

Ring also has a variety of camera-enabled devices and smart lights you can choose from to enhance your protection. You can choose from a selection of video doorbells, security cameras, smart lights, and accessories. The video doorbells and cameras allow you to interact with visitors or family members. The smart light are motion-activated, providing convenient lighting. With all three product types, you’ll have access to motion alerts. Additionally, you can use Ring’s alarm system with Amazon’s Alexa and the Amazon Echo Show device.

Equipment
(D) Ring Equipment

Equipment

8 out of 10

Highlights

  • All security kits come with equipment for basic motion detection
  • No smart home devices or security cameras are included in the security kits—these have to be purchased separately

Ring includes all of the basic equipment you need for motion detection in each of its security kits. You’ll get a base station, keypad, contact sensors, motion sensors, and a range extender. Compared to other providers, Ring lacks in that no smart home devices or security cameras come included in any of the preset packages. You’ll have to purchase these devices separately.

Installation
Interior of house

Installation

8 out of 10

Highlights

  • The Ring Alarm Security System is a DIY system, allowing you to install it on your own
  • There is an online tutorial for setup, but there are multiple steps you’ll have to follow

With Ring, you can avoid an installation fee by installing your alarm system yourself. With DIY installation, you’ll be able to have more flexibility of equipment placement in your home. Ring provides steps for setting up your equipment, though you’ll need to make sure you follow them closely for a proper installation.

Trial Period
(D) Ring Trial Period

Trial Period

8 out of 10

Highlights

  • Ring has a 30-day money-back guarantee
  • Ring also provides a 1-year limited warranty

If you decide that Ring is not the right solution for your home, you’ll have 30 days to try out and return your equipment. Ring will provide you with a full refund if you return your items within this period. You can start the returns process here. There is a $5.00 charge returns made by ground shipping.

 

Ring provides a 1-year limited warranty for repairing and replacing your Ring products that are defective at no cost to you. With Ring’s Theft Protection Guarantee, if you own a Ring camera or doorbell that is stolen, the provider will replace it at no charge to you with one replacement per camera or doorbell product.

How We Based Our Provider Ratings

How We Based Our Provider Ratings


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Jalesa Campbell

Jalesa develops content in the home security space and contributes to Safety's social media efforts.