Ring doorbell, video/smart doorbells… Are they worth it?

posted 3 months ago in Home
Post # 2
2305 posts
Buzzing bee

We don’t have the actual Ring Doorbell, but we have Ring Cameras on the side and rear of our condo.  They are absolutely worth it.  It’s almost a blessing and a curse because I can see lots of people hanging out when they shouldn’t be. 

I do live in a large metropolitan area, so there is probably more activity happening, but i still think they are worth it.  

Post # 3
885 posts
Busy bee

I LOVE my Ring Doorbell!

Post # 4
669 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2018

We have a Nest Hello which is great and totally worth the money. The talk feature on many of these kinds of doorbells is especially useful, as it gives you the ability to do everything from telling someone  “Sorry, we’re not home right now” to warding off suspicious activity (it’s nice to be able to see who is at the door and speak to them without having to open it, just in case it is someone unfamiliar and you’re wary). 

As a PP said, it’s kind of a blessing and a curse. We have a lot of deer/animals out where we live and so we get frequent notifications throughout the night that there’s motion. 

Sometimes it can be too sensitive (like considering a raindrop hitting the camera motion and alerting us) but overall I think it’s a great thing to have. We especially like the Nest one since we have Nest thermostats and can access everything through one app.

Post # 5
905 posts
Busy bee

MrsGirlyGirl :  I have not used that system, we have arlo. Two cameras; one on the front door walkway that looks out onto the street, and the other is on the side. We get email and app notifications on our phone whenever it senses movement (you can adjust the sensitivity to movement). They also have night vision. When you want to change the angle or recharge them, they are just ona  magnet, so they’re very easy to move.

A cool thing about this, is that if there was someone at the door or breaking in, you can set off an alarm that is ridiculuously loud to scre them away and warn neighbors. ALSO, you can talk into your phone and they can hear you through the cameras speaker. So you can warn them to leave before police are called, or whatever. 😀


**If you get this camera, get the rechargeable one vs. the battery.**

Post # 6
7086 posts
Busy Beekeeper

MrsGirlyGirl :  what’s your neighborhood like? We don’t have one because we live in a low-crime small city on a busy street with nosey (in a good way!) neighbors plus a large dog. Our police are fantastic and less than a mile away.  I don’t feel unsafe opening my door to see who rings the bell and it isn’t worth the cost to us. If I lived somewhere high-crime or very rural I would be open to it though. 

Post # 7
108 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: City, State

We have one through our alarm company (Vivint) and we love it. It has come in handy many times, from seeing packages delivered to knowing the gardener or AC repair man was there, etc. As others have said, sometimes it is annoyingly sensitive and since we live across from a school, drop off and pick up times send us a lot of notifications as traffic passes by, but I personally love knowing what is going on around our home. Honestly not sure how we lived without it! Crime is not all that high in our area, but is just nice to know what is going on, when things are delivered, who is there, etc. 

Post # 9
7086 posts
Busy Beekeeper

MrsGirlyGirl :  personally I only care about the living creatures in my house – if I feared for our safety I would have an alarm and video monitoring. If someone wants to take my stuff that obviously sucks but it’s not the end of the world to me. We’ve had some car break-ins in town and it’s typically crimes of opportunity if people don’t lock their doors. Annoying, but not worth video cameras to me. 

Post # 11
893 posts
Busy bee

I like having one because it lets me know when my kids get home from school and when packages have been delivered. Not a necessity, but a cool luxury to have. 

Post # 12
14881 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

MrsGirlyGirl :  I just got the ring floodlight (enough coverage for front door that I dont need the doorbell) and I like having it.  I got it after getting a little freaked out by a random car in my driveway one night (turned out to be amazon).  But it’s just a little peace of mind with all the random amazon delivery services now and whatever else that I can see what’s going on at any time.  And even though we live in a very low crime area, we were broken into years ago – even the cops sounded surprised.  And while it’s true that stuff can be replaced, and my dog was ok so it may not seem to be a big deal and you may not think you’d be very upset over it, but I think anyone that has dealt with a break loses a sense of security… and it is quite upsetting to feel your safe space has been violated like that and to feel insecure in your own home. 

Granted a camera isnt necessarily going to stop that, but evidence/recording is nice to have.

Post # 13
97 posts
Worker bee

I like having one so I can avoid answering the door to Jehovahs Witnesses and Mormons. And the Frontier guys, man they don’t give up, they don’t seem to care how many times we’ve told them we aren’t interested. 🙄

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