Doorbell – Nest or Ring

We have a number of Google smart assistant devices at home, and I’m thinking of adding a smart doorbell. Given that I am Google Assistant based, is there any advantage with going for the Nest Doorbell? The Ring doorbell is cheaper, for what look like basically the same thing, I will pay the extra if there if a good reason to do so, but is there?


Conversation 14 comments

  • StevenLayton

    27 December, 2018 - 5:21 am

    <p>Sorry for the bump of my post, but with New Year sales approaching I plan to buy one or the other soon. Curious of any thoughts, experiences or suggestions anyone might have on one or the other.</p>

    • Brad Sams

      Premium Member
      27 December, 2018 - 8:40 am

      <blockquote><em><a href="#387491">In reply to StevenLayton:</a></em></blockquote><p>You are likely fine with either.</p><p><br></p><p>That being said, I'd go with Nest since you have other Google products…reduces the complexity.</p>

  • MacLiam

    Premium Member
    27 December, 2018 - 6:35 am

    <p>I installed a Ring doorbell about six weeks ago. I find it adequate and of course better than no imaging doorbell at all. Earlier in the year I had installed a Nest thermostat, which I like a lot. I probably should have stayed with Nest for the doorbell, but I had recently helped my daughter and SIL troubleshoot installation of a Ring doorbell at their house. That made Ring the familiar unit, so I put one on my place.</p><p><br></p><p>I have to believe that either would do fine. I will caution you that in the last two-three days, my Ring unit has been slow to push notifications to my phone or linked computer. I have answered a Ring chime to find no one at the door, and when I check the app on my computer, I find that the button had been pushed a few minutes earlier and my visitor left when I didn't answer. Cloud congestion? Bad device settings? Don't know. If this keeps up I may replace the Ring with a Nest. </p><p><br></p><p>I have an Echo/Alexa setup here. Adequate, but not great.</p>

  • Polycrastinator

    27 December, 2018 - 9:03 am

    <p>The thing that's held me back from the Nest doorbell is that there's no battery option. Ring can be charged, so I don't need to deal with wiring, but Nest is only available powered by wires from in the home, which introduces a degree of hassle to installation that personally I don't want to deal with.</p>

  • Travis

    27 December, 2018 - 11:09 am

    <p>I believe if you have smart displays there are some considerations. Google Smart displays work with Nest but not Ring. Echo smart displays work with Ring but not Nest. So if you want to be able to say "Google show me the front door" I believe you will need a Nest. I am an Echo household so that is why I purchased a Ring.</p>

  • JaseCutler

    27 December, 2018 - 11:45 am

    <p>Just going to say, I have two Nest Cams inside the house and a Ring doorbell. Go Nest, just for the reliability.</p><p><br></p><p>Nest costs more, but it's video retention is great and notification delivery has been superb. Ring does weird things with only storing clips, and I have had mixed results on getting notifications.</p><p><br></p><p>Very quickly realizing that I should pay for reliability and quit looking for the 'cost effective' way.</p>

  • nicholas_kathrein

    27 December, 2018 - 12:20 pm

    <p>I bought a nest doorbell as soon as it was released. The video quality is superior to any I've seen. It's the best door bell out. I have no regrets. </p>

  • Bats

    27 December, 2018 - 1:52 pm

    <p>Yes. Hellz yeah! Being that you have Google Homes, go with Nest Hello. Ring is good, but the Nest is better. If you have a friend named Johnny and he rings the doorbell, the Nest will tell you that "Johnny is at the door." This works with Google Homes. I have a couple of Alexa devices and it doesn't do what I described.If you need more info and see some comparison tests go to YouTube and search for it.&nbsp;</p><p><br></p>

    • AnOldAmigaUser

      Premium Member
      14 January, 2019 - 12:10 pm

      <blockquote><em><a href="#387638">In reply to Bats:</a></em></blockquote><p>That is both useful and disturbing at the same time.</p>

  • StevenLayton

    11 January, 2019 - 2:33 pm

    <p>So, while it was £60 more expensive, I opted for the Nest Doorbell and placed the order. I decided that it made sense to go for the Nest products, while I was already invested in the Google ecosystem.</p>

  • lvthunder

    Premium Member
    11 January, 2019 - 2:58 pm

    <p>According to the Intercept Ring has been lax with the security kind of like Uber was with its God Mode.</p&gt;

  • jrjr

    11 January, 2019 - 3:47 pm

    <p>You are where I was a few days ago. I decided to go with the Nest because I already have the Nest thermostat and smoke/CO detectors. I think it's a little smaller than the Ring which helps in my situation. I haven't installed it yet so I can't share my real-life experiences.</p>

  • txag

    13 January, 2019 - 7:31 pm

    <p>I recommend the Nest, assuming you want to give up your entire life to Google.</p>

  • stephenrgarrett

    14 January, 2019 - 11:26 am

    <p>I just replaced a Ring that recently died with a Nest. </p><p>While I think both are good products, I personally strongly prefer the Nest.</p><p>The responsiveness in the app is much better, video quality is better. But one of the big things to me is that you can leave the view streaming all of the time on the Nest, where the Ring times out after a few minutes. So if you are expecting a delivery or something you can leave it open on your phone/Echo/Google Home to keep an eye on the door.</p><p><br></p>

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