We know that home security and family protection are at the top of their minds for many homeowners. Luckily, many products on the market today seek to make this goal easy and achievable for the everyday person.
For example, a video doorbell is a quick installation that you can make to improve your home security without too much of an investment. Since their introduction to the market, these devices have given many homeowners added peace of mind. In addition, you can also add security cameras and floodlights around your home to monitor it from all sides, and both inside and out.
We reviewed two of the more popular options for these types of security solutions, the Arlo and Ring, to let you know the features and benefits of each and better help you decide which company’s solution might make the best choice for your home. Please keep reading to find out everything we learned during our assessment.
Both Arlo and Ring offer options for video doorbells and security cameras (both indoor and outdoor) that homeowners can strategically place around their property for added security, motion detection, and monitoring.
These devices work with associated smartphone apps that allow users to save recorded videos for future viewing, customize settings, and monitor the house remotely, among other controls.
Video doorbells and cameras can also integrate with existing security systems and smart home features, providing homeowners with an excellent way to always know what’s going on around the perimeter of their homes. They also help deter break-ins, prevent package theft, and let homeowners know of motion or other suspicious activity.
Indoor cameras can act as baby monitors or provide a way to check on pets or the inside of the house while you’re away.
Now that you have a better understanding of Arlo and Ring’s offerings to improve your home security let’s compare each company and their security products so you can decide which solution works best for the needs of your household.
Arlo vs. Ring: Video Doorbells
The video doorbell is an essential piece you’ll want to purchase to improve the security around your home, and both Arlo and Ring offer models that do the job well. You install both the Arlo and Ring video doorbells on your front door to replace your regular doorbell.
In addition to alerting you when someone arrives at your home (as a regular doorbell does) or any motion detected around the door, these devices also allow you to clearly see the person standing at your door without opening it first. You can even communicate with them remotely through your phone or another device.
Both the Arlo and Ring devices also offer a way to “check in” on your front door using your smartphone or another device, even if no one activates the doorbell. This feature allows you to see if any packages are there or quickly check the security of your outdoor surroundings.
In terms of the options available for purchase, Ring offers five models of video doorbells, whereas Arlo cameras has two options available to purchase.
If You’re Looking For A Hardwired Option That Doesn’t Require Wi-Fi
The Ring Elite requires professional installation, is wired to your home, and uses Ethernet instead of Wi-Fi to provide the most secure and private connection. It also offers reliability in areas where you cannot always get a strong Wi-Fi connection.
Arlo does not offer a model that works with an ethernet connection, so you’d likely have to opt for the Ring if your setup would not support a stable Wi-Fi connection (i.e., you wish to install the doorbell on a gate further away from the house or another area where you can’t get a strong Wi-Fi connection).
If You’re Looking For A Hardwired Option That Works With Wi-Fi
Both Arlo and Ring offer hardwired options that work with a Wi-Fi connection to allow you to monitor your door.
For Ring, you’ll find this option in either the Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 or the Ring Video Doorbell Wired. Arlo offers just one option, called the Arlo Video Doorbell.
The Arlo Video Doorbell costs a bit less than the Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 and offers many of the same features and video quality. The Ring Video Doorbell Wired is Ring’s most affordable option, costing even less than the Arlo Video Doorbell but not having as many features or smart capabilities.
The basic Ring Wired Doorbell will not work with your existing doorbell chime, but you must also purchase a “Ring Chime” device if you want to hear the doorbell ring inside your home. The Arlo and Ring Pro 2 do not require purchasing this added equipment, and the Ring Video Doorbell Pro 2 even works with your home’s existing chime box.
If You’re Looking For A Battery-Powered Option
The Arlo Ring Doorbell also offers a battery-powered option that does not require hardwiring to an existing doorbell. This option provides a more flexible setup and allows you to install it on doors where a doorbell might not have previously existed (such as an apartment door). It comes with a rechargeable battery, so you’ll have to remember to recharge it when necessary to have continuous use.
The Ring Video Doorbell 3 also provides a battery-powered installation option and is very easy to set up by mounting it to your door. It has a removable battery pack that makes it easy to recharge without removing the entire doorbell, whereas the Arlo option requires doorbell removal to recharge.
If You’re Looking For A Option That Can Be Battery-Powered Or Wired
If you want the flexibility of an option that can either be battery-powered or hardwired, you’ll want to look at the Ring Video Doorbell 4. This doorbell allows users to run it on a battery or connect it to the existing doorbell wiring.
If you opt for the battery installation, you’ll be able to recharge simply by removing the battery pack and not the entire doorbell.
Currently, Arlo does not have an option that provides users with the option for either type of setup.
Arlo vs. Ring: Outdoor Cameras
Now that we covered everything you need to know about the Arlo and Ring video doorbell systems, let’s talk a bit about the outdoor camera options that both Ring and Arlo offer.
These additional cameras provide you with a way to increase the security of your home beyond the front door area and get a complete perspective of what’s happening around your property through motion detection and lighting.
You’ll find good options for both entry-level and spotlight cameras for these companies, but our team’s reviewers tested out both Arlo and Ring’s floodlight camera option, which provides you with the most visibility and security.
The Arlo Pro 3 Floodlight and Ring Floodlight Cam provide motion detection and exceptional night vision, including “color night vision.” For both cameras, the “color night vision” still requires a bit more ambient lighting to work, so you’ll likely only get black and white footage on really dark nights making this feature not too much of a selling point.
As far as the floodlight lighting goes, both the Arlo and Ring provide good illumination. However, in our experience, the slightly-unique design of the LED panel of the Arlo allows it to produce a bit more light output.
The Arlo provides a 160-degree angle of view, whereas the Ring allows you to customize motion zones up to 30 feet away on all sides. The Ring also has a new feature called “3D Motion Detection,” which enables a bird’s eye view of events around the home, where you can see visitors move from the front yard to the backyard.
Both the Arlo and Ring floodlights work with the company’s associated smartphone apps, allowing you to receive real-time notifications, access the live view, and customize the cameras from your phone or another device. Like with the Arlo and Ring doorbells, you’ll need the full subscription to access all of the features and store video on the cloud.
Regarding connecting to smart home devices, both cameras also seamlessly pair with Alexa. The Arlo also supports Google Assistant, Apple HomeKit, and SmartThings, whereas Ring currently doesn’t. They also both have two-way talk features, which allow you to hear and speak through the camera to people outside.
For color options, you can purchase the Arlo floodlight in white or black. The Ring offers a few more color options, with white, black, dark bronze, and graphite, but both provide ways to match your decor and blend in with the environment.
One main difference between the Ring and Arlo floodlights is that the Arlo floodlight runs on battery power, and the Ring floodlight requires hardwiring. Both power options have their pros and cons, but it’s something to consider based on where you want to mount the camera and your wiring options in that area.
Arlo vs. Ring: Indoor Cameras
Many people like to also add indoor cameras to their homes as part of their overall security solution. Again, both Arlo and Ring offer good options for this type of camera.
One of our testers liked the idea of keeping a camera in the playroom so that she could keep an eye on her children from another room in the house. Another liked the idea of having one in the living room to check in on his pets while he was at the office during the day.
Regardless of the reason for wanting video security or motion detection within your home, the Arlo and Ring cameras offer the main features you will need.
Both cameras have a two-way audio option that allows you to hear and speak with people in your home directly through the cameras—perfect for letting your dog hear your voice for comfort or quickly connecting with the babysitter.
Setup options are also similar, with both devices plugging into a standard outlet and easily placed on any flat surface (like a shelf) or mounted to the wall.
Like the outdoor cameras and the doorbell options, you can add the indoor Arlo and Ring cameras to your smartphone app to control and manage them from there, along with the other security options you have installed in your home. The Arlo or Ring app allows you to see a live view of your home at any time from anywhere, and with the subscription plans, you can review past videos and share them.
One feature the Arlo camera has that the Ring does not have is the built-in siren that you can choose to trigger automatically or through the Arlo app. This siren works to deter intruders further and scare them away with the loud noise.
The Arlo also has an automated privacy shield that you can close from the Arlo app for times when you want to rest assured that you have complete privacy in an area where you installed a camera without removing the camera from the room.
Both the Arlo and Ring cameras smartly integrate with your Alexa for extra help keeping an eye on things around the home. The Arlo camera also has the option to integrate with Google Home for customers who prefer to use that platform.
Comparison Of The Video Quality And Field Of View
Regarding video quality, both Arlo and Ring score high marks in this area and provide clear images of the things and people it captures, recording at 1080p for high-definition video. However, the Arlo doorbell’s video resolution is slightly higher than the Ring doorbell (1536p vs. 1080p camera).
Also, with the doorbell camera, the Arlo offers a 1:1 aspect ratio camera, which means users get a full 180-degree field of view, allowing them to see the whole person standing outside, and the area directly in front of the door (where packages are often placed). Ring’s field of view for the doorbells is a 140-degree angle (16:9 aspect ratio), so you’ll see slightly less of the surroundings.
As far as seeing video and events after dark, both Arlo and Ring have integrated night vision features into their doorbells and cameras that produce clear images in dark conditions. However, for the best nighttime footage from the outside cameras, both Ring and Arlo require some ambient background light (like a streetlight).
Comparison Of The SmartPhone Apps
Arlo and Ring also have smartphone apps that are easy to navigate and provide all the features you’ll need to control your doorbell and camera solutions in a single place. You can not only view footage in real-time, but both companies also provide options to review previously captured footage. They also allow users to customize motion alerts and settings, add other authorized users, check battery life, control multiple cameras, and share footage (some features require a subscription).
Alerts come through to your connected smart devices quickly and seamlessly for both Arlo and Ring, and you can hear and talk to the person on the other end of the device (doorbell or camera) remotely through the Arlo or Ring smartphone app.
Both Ring and Arlo offer access to the app on Android and iOS devices. From an end-user perspective, the Ring doorbell app is slightly more streamlined and more straightforward to navigate than Arlo’s. Still, both provide you with the features you’ll need to manage your system of security cameras around the home and receive alerts when your devices detect motion.
Overview Of Subscription Services
Suppose you’re looking for all of the smart features, video storage and sharing capabilities, and complete remote access to your cameras. In that case, both Ring and Arlo require you to invest in a subscription service. The general costs for these subscriptions are comparable, but there are a few slight differences.
Arlo calls this service “Arlo Secure,” and Ring’s version is “Ring Protect.” They both offer basic monthly packages that provide these extra capabilities for a single camera, and both can upgrade to a higher monthly tier, giving you unlimited cameras.
Arlo also offers an additional plan if you’re looking for continuous video recordings, but it will double your monthly subscription cost. However, both companies offer an option that integrates with alarm systems and includes professional monitoring for an added cost.
Regarding the length of video storage, Arlo’s service offers you 30 days of video storage, and Ring offers you double that amount with 60 days of storage. You can also download video clips and save them with both services, giving you peace of mind that you’ll always have access to the footage you need.
What To Look For When Purchasing A Video Security Camera
As you decide what type of cameras you need around your house for the security level you want to achieve, you should consider a few things as you make your decision.
How Many Cameras Do You Need And Where Do You Need To Install Them?
As you design the security system for your home, consider the location(s) where you may need to install cameras and what system provides the best options for those needs. For example, if you live in an apartment, you may only need to invest in a video doorbell to detect motion at the door and provide the extra security you desire.
However, suppose you live on a large property. In that case, you may want a combination of a video doorbell with several floodlight cameras and even some indoor security camera options to give you a complete picture of what’s happening on your property at all times.
What Is Your Budget?
You, of course, need to consider your budget when designing a video security system. If you don’t have the budget for an extensive network of cameras around the home, perhaps investing in a video doorbell and a camera in the driveway will give you enough added peace of mind.
You may also want to consider purchasing less-expensive cameras so that you can buy more of them within your budget. However, both Arlo and Ring offer cameras for various budgets.
Whatever the case, balance the pros and cons of having fewer cameras (but higher quality) or more areas covered (but possibly lower quality video or fewer options).
What Devices Do You Want To Connect With?
Consider whether the cameras you purchase integrate with the smart devices you use around the house. For example, if you use an Amazon Alexa or Echo device, you want to ensure that your cameras integrate well with that technology.
Both the Ring and Arlo devices integrate with Alexa, but only the Arlo devices also integrate with Google Home.
Do You Want A Hardwired Option Or A Battery-Powered Option?
Consider the pros and cons of each option, the cost, and the area where you need to install the devices to determine which type of power works best for you.
Hardwired options provide convenience because you never need to charge them to ensure continuous use. With battery-powered options, you must remember to charge the batteries when required, or your device will stop working.
However, battery-powered options often make the most sense for many users. They provide a way to get added security without permanently hardwiring something to your house. This feature provides convenience for individuals who may live in apartments or rent a house where they cannot permanently install a device.
How Robust Do You Want The Features To Be?
All cameras should have video recording, motion sensors, and night vision. The question is how advanced you want those features to be and what you’re willing to pay for in terms of robustness and customization.
For example, users who don’t want to receive a bunch of falsely triggered motion alerts may value a camera where they can significantly fine-tune the motion sensitivity levels or create motion and privacy zones.
Other people may want the best night vision possible because they live on a very dark street or don’t have a lot of outside ambient lighting. These customers will prioritize a camera that can provide the clearest images in the darkest conditions.
Finally, another example is whether or not the camera records audio as well as video or video only. The video may be enough for some users, but for others, having the accompanying audio with the video may be a priority.
Before deciding which video camera system to purchase for your home, list your top priorities and the configuration you need for the system, and verify that the options you choose meet those requirements.
If you require a complex system with more than one camera, you should always seek to integrate cameras from the same vendor (as opposed to mixing and matching), as it will allow you to view your whole home through a single application.
Arlo vs. Ring: Which One Is Better?
Now back to our assessment of the Arlo and Ring security options. After testing the video doorbells and cameras for both Arlo and Ring, our reviewers determined that both companies provided excellent options for home security solutions that include video and motion detection.
The most important thing is choosing the company that will provide you with scalable options you may desire in the future. That way, you can easily “grow” your security system and monitor everything through the same smartphone app as you add devices.
As an overall security system with the ability for monitoring, Ring provides more options than Arlo for accessories and other devices that aren’t cameras (like smart lighting and door locks). You can integrate everything into one system and monitor it all through the Ring mobile app.
Ring also provides a very streamlined and professional app, which is an area where Arlo falls slightly short (although the Arlo app has all the necessary features, it’s slightly less intuitive).
Arlo definitely provides the same (if not slightly better) video quality options for their doorbell and indoor/outdoor cameras. At this time, they don’t have some of the added accessories, like locks and lighting, but they could expand that way in the future, although there’s no guarantee.
As a whole, the Arlo devices are slightly more cost-conscious, and if you’re on a budget, that’s definitely something to consider. So if you’re primarily looking for a smart video security solution for your home, it makes a great option.
Both Arlo and Ring integrate well with various decor and surroundings and provide a way to secure your property without compromising style or aesthetics, so they’re pretty evenly matched, although Ring offers a few more color options.
Our verdict is that homeowners looking for this type of video security solution would likely be pleased with either Ring or Arlo. It mostly comes down to budget and personal preference.
Wrapping It Up
We know that deciding on a home security system solution is an important step for a homeowner, as it’s both a significant monetary investment and a way to provide peace of mind to your household.
Homeowners looking to integrate a video doorbell and other outdoor and indoor cameras on their property will find a suitable solution in either the Arlo or Ring suite of products. Both companies offer various video smart doorbells and cameras that allow users to conveniently monitor their property and surroundings through a smartphone or smart home assistant (like Alexa).
The security options are also scalable, meaning you can add to them as your budget or security needs increase. We think home security cameras for your home is always a wise investment. Whether you go with an Arlo or Ring system, you’ll have all the necessary features for the best in residential security.
Please note: We earn from qualifying purchases. This will not cost you anything.