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Ring Pro vs August vs Eufy: 3 Best Alexa Compatible Video Doorbells

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It’s Ring Pro vs August vs Eufy in an epic video doorbell showdown! In this article, I review the three best Alexa-compatible video doorbells [one works with Google Assistant too].  I’ll compare them side by side, provide mini-reviews of each product, list out some key similarities and differences, and also provide a detailed specification table.

Just want to know the best Alexa-compatible video doorbells that will work with Echo Show and Spot? They are:

  • Ring Video Doorbell Pro
  • August Doorbell Cam Pro
  • Eufy Wifi Security Doorbell

Ding-dong! Let’s open up the door to this review.

But first, entertain me as I take a little trip down memory lane…


A Modern Day Peephole

I can remember when I was a youngster visiting my Nana’s apartment. My grandparents lived in this high-rise building with a lot of other elderly folks. Nana’s apartment had two standout features that really impressed me when I was a kid.

peephole-29420378-4399041First, was the balcony. I think she lived on the 8th floor. And the view of the even-then [circa 1975] Boston skyline was impressive. The second feature that impressed me was the little “peephole” in the apartment door. You put your eyeball up to it and you could see a magnified view of who was on the other side.

I thought it was the coolest thing to see Mom and Dad on the other side of that door when they came to pick my little sister and me up from Nana’s.

Today, you can get a much more high-tech version of that peephole. It’s called a smart doorbell. In this article, we’ll take a closer look at the three top-rated doorbells noted above and their features. We’ll also review the pros and cons, similarities and differences, and I’ll even provide a detailed specifications table at the end.

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The View from Nana’s Apartment

Ring Pro vs August vs Eufy: Comparison Table

Below is a quick comparison table highlighting the major features of the Ring Pro vs August vs Eufy best Alexa compatible doorbells at a glance.

Ring Pro
August Doorbell Cam Pro
Eufy Security
Best for Alexa
Best for Google
Budget Pick for Both
Ring Video Doorbell Pro – Upgraded, with added security features and a sleek design (existing doorbell wiring required)
August Wi-Fi, (4th Generation) Smart Lock – Fits Your Existing Deadbolt in Minutes, Silver
eufy Security, Wi-Fi Video Doorbell, 2K Resolution, No Monthly Fees, Local Storage, Human Detection, with Wireless Chime–Requires Existing Doorbell Wires and Installation Experience, 16-24 VAC, 30 VA
Works with Alexa
Works with Google
Existing Wiring
Resolution
1080p
960 x 1280
2560x1920p
Field of View
160°
120°
160°
Color
Multiple Face plates
Dark Gray or Silver
Black
Two-Way Audio
Alerts on Approach
Storage
Cloud 24 hours
Cloud 24 hours
Local to 4GB
Night Vision
Ring Pro
Best for Alexa
Ring Video Doorbell Pro – Upgraded, with added security features and a sleek design (existing doorbell wiring required)
Works with Alexa
Works with Google
Existing Wiring
Resolution
1080p
Field of View
160°
Color
Multiple Face plates
Two-Way Audio
Alerts on Approach
Storage
Cloud 24 hours
Night Vision
August Doorbell Cam Pro
Best for Google
August Wi-Fi, (4th Generation) Smart Lock – Fits Your Existing Deadbolt in Minutes, Silver
Works with Alexa
Works with Google
Existing Wiring
Resolution
960 x 1280
Field of View
120°
Color
Dark Gray or Silver
Two-Way Audio
Alerts on Approach
Storage
Cloud 24 hours
Night Vision
Eufy Security
Budget Pick for Both
eufy Security, Wi-Fi Video Doorbell, 2K Resolution, No Monthly Fees, Local Storage, Human Detection, with Wireless Chime–Requires Existing Doorbell Wires and Installation Experience, 16-24 VAC, 30 VA
Works with Alexa
Works with Google
Existing Wiring
Resolution
2560x1920p
Field of View
160°
Color
Black
Two-Way Audio
Alerts on Approach
Storage
Local to 4GB
Night Vision

Last update on 18/06/2022 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API


What Can Alexa Compatible Doorbells Do?

Like at grandma’s, a smart doorbell will let you see who is on the other side of your door, sure. But you can do it from anywhere using your phone, tablet or computer [or even on TV if you have FireTV].

They will also let you do cool things like:

  • Take video when motion is detected
  • Send you an alert when someone is approaching your door
  • Let you view your doorstep from your smartphone, PC or tablet
  • Filter out animals and passing cars
  • Retrieve video clips stored in the Cloud for later viewing
  • Let you rap talk with whoever is at your front door

Oh, and when you press it, it rings too!

In short, these nifty smart devices are not just helpful and fun but they can also dramatically increase your home’s [or apartment’s] security.

Interestingly, not all smart doorbells are created equal. Some work flawlessly in executing the features described above. There are also some knockoffs that are just plain junk. Notably absent from my review is the Nest Hello video doorbell. I’ll explain why below.

It’s A Matter of Design- Mostly

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Ring Video Doorbell Pro

After spending more than 16 hours researching the best of the best Alexa compatible doorbells, I have come to a subtle conclusion. What it really boils down when comparing Ring Pro vs August vs Eufy is a matter of design, mostly. I say mostly because there are some other key differences among these Alexa compatible doorbells. But they really do almost cancel each other out. The biggest one is probably the way storage is handled. More on that below.


Ring Video Doorbell Pro Mini-Review

SEE IT AT AMAZON

There are not many smart home products I will give as glowing of an endorsement. BUT, you will love the Ring Video doorbell. This is Amazon’s Choice for video doorbell and mine too. I have been using this since last year and love it. Customers who own this device love it and rave about it too.  This is one of the coolest devices that really delivers on the promise of smart home technology in my option.

I bought this so I can catch the jerk who is stealing plants off my porch.Ring Video Doorbell Customer

The HD camera shoots at 1080 p and it has a 160-degree viewing angle.  It also comes with four swappable faceplates [black, white, silver, gray] so you can change up the design to suit your home décor or mood. It includes motion alerts so you can fire up the app and see who is arriving at your doorstep.

I recently used it to communicate with an Instacart delivery girl, and I could tell she was just blown away [and maybe a little freaked out] to hear my voice coming out of the doorbell. LOL. Video footage can be played back right on your iOS or Android smartphone or tablet or Mac OS and Windows PCs. It will record the video that it captures.  As one would-be buyer put it, “I bought this so I can catch the jerk who is stealing the plants off my porch.”  All I can say to that is, BUSTED.

The hardware is low voltage and requires a 16-24 VAC transformer (compatible with most doorbell setups).

Installation

Installation can be DIY, but I always recommend that you consult or hire a qualified electrician whenever you deal with wiring. That said, Ring has helpful installation videos if you are handy and want to go the DIY route yourself. Here is an example:

Independent Video Review

ModernDad crushes this video review of the Ring Pro with a full-on demo.

Alexa & Google Compatibility

Here are some highlights of Amazon Echo integration with this Alexa compatible doorbell:

  • Not compatible with Google Assistant.
  • Compatible with Echo Show 5, Echo Show 2nd Generation and Echo Spot.
  • Alexa commands include “Alexa Show me my front door” and “Alexa hide my front door.”
  • These commands are customizable.
  • You can also display the camera footage using Amazon FireTV.

Alexa Commands

Here are some common Ring Video Doorbell Pro Alexa commands: Just ask:

Alexa, show me the back door step.
  • “Alexa, show front door.”
  • “Alexa, hide the front door.”
  • “Alexa, go Home.”
  • “Alexa, Stop.”
  • “Alexa, fast-forward 10 seconds.”
  • “Alexa, pause.”

Pros

  • Two-way audio means you can tell the delivery guy to leave a package or tell the pizza guy you need a minute to scape up that spare change.
  • Sensitivity control lets you set it to people only or all activity [will detect pets, drones, etc.].
  • You can set motion zones for a while field of view; this way you can make sure it does [or doesn’t] go off when the neighbor’s dog is pooping in your driveway.
  • Works with Google Assistant, SmartThings, and Wink in addition to Alexa.

Cons

  • 1080p resolution quality is less than other cameras here.
  • Sometimes struggles a bit with backlighting.
  • Motion alerts will continue to go off if there is activity around your door, so if your kids are playing on your front porch, for instance, you’ll want to temporarily disable them.

August Doorbell Cam Pro Mini-Review

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As a runner up for the Ring Doorbell Pro, the August Doorbell Cam Pro is a solid contender. While I think this actually looks cooler than the Ring, the only real caveat is that its square 2.9 x 2.9 x 0.9 inch [7.4 x 7.4 x 2.3 cm] shape makes it too wide to fit on some door frames.

So, with that in mind, it does offer some benefits over the ring. It includes a floodlight features that handles lighting better, and the video quality is better too [960 x 1280 pixels]. This “non-standard” video size lets you view it on your phone in portrait mode without having to turn the phone on its side. Like the Ring doorbell, wiring is low voltage so this makes it compatible with most existing wiring setups.

The field of view is 120 degrees, which gives you pretty decent coverage of outside your door and the surrounding area. However, the field of view isn’t as wide as Ring or Eufy.

Installation

The August app includes a handy step-by-step installation guide with photos.

Independent Video Review

Kudos to TechHive for the thoughtful video review.

Alexa & Google Compatibility

August Smart Lock Pro model featured here is compatible with Google Nest Hub.

According to Amazon, you can “ Use Alexa to control your August Smart Lock and show events from your August Doorbell Cam.

The following capabilities are supported:

  • lock/unlock your door* and check your lock’s status
  • view live video feeds and motion events captured by your August Doorbell Cam
  • hear announcements on your Echo device when someone rings your August Doorbell Cam
  • use routines to play sounds or control other smart devices following doorbell cam events
  • see and speak to visitors using your Echo Show or Echo Spot (coming soon)

Alexa Commands

Following are some common Alexa commands for the August Doorbell Cam Pro:

Alexa, ask August to show live doorbell video on Echo Show.
  • “Alexa, ask August to check the door.”
  • “Alexa, ask August to “Show Me the Front Door”
  • “Alexa, ask August to show live doorbell video on Echo Show.”
  • “Alexa, ask August for help.”
  • “Alexa, ask August what’s new.”

Pros

  • Looks cooler than other options here
  • Works with August smart locks to unlock the door and let visitors inside
  • Sensitivity is good and generally limited to people only [not a lot of false alarm]
  • Hindsight buffers a few seconds of video before the camera is

Cons

  • The square shape might make it difficult to install on narrow door frames
  • Field of view is narrow
  • No night vision; instead, relies on a floodlight
  • Free cloud storage is limited to prior 24 hours only, plans are paid for additional storage [although inexpensive this can add to the expense over time] – check Amazon for latest pricing
  • No activity zones [can’t customize capture area]
  • No compatibility with Google or Apple Homekit


Eufy Security Doorbell Mini Review

Ring Pro vs August vs Eufy
SEE IT AT AMAZON

Eufy makes one of our favorite robot vacuums and is quickly becoming a force in the smart home space. Their value proposition is that they compete with larger brands on features and functionality usually at a lower price. The Eufy Security video doorbell is no exception.

Design and Features

The biggest benefit of this doorbell over the other options here is that the video quality is at a brilliant 2560 x 1920. This is full 2K video. It also has a 160-degree diagonal field of view, giving it more coverage than August and equal cover to Ring. The demo of the video quality that I saw at Best Buy puts this ahead of the others here in my opinion. The other benefit is that it is less expensive and since there is no Cloud storage, you get more privacy and there no monthly fees. The ONLY reason I hesitate to put this in front of the others is the maturity factor.  Although to be fair, this is super highly rated and customers who own love it [especially the price].

Installation

Eufy has a great installation video out on YouTube. Again, I always like to recommend that you hire an electrician when dealing with any sort of wiring, but as you can see below, this installation looks super easy for DIYers. I’ll embed the installation video below here for your reference.

Independent Video Review

LifeHackster provides a nice job in unboxing, installing, and reviewing the Eufy Security doorbell here. Nice job with the video man.

Alexa & Google Compatibility

Here are some highlights of Amazon Echo integration with this Alexa & Google compatible doorbell:

  • Compatible with Echo Show 5, Echo Show 2nd Generation and Echo Spot.
  • Works with Google Assistant and Google Nest Hub
  • Commands include Alexa Show me my front door and Alexa hide my front door.
  • Commands are customizable.
  • You can also display the camera footage using FireTV.

Alexa Commands

Following are some common Alexa commands for the Eufy Video Doorbell:

Alexa, show me the Front Door.
  • “Alexa, show me the Side Door.”
  • “Alexa, go home.”
  • “Alexa,  stop.”
  • “Alexa, show me the Front Door.”

Pros

  • Onboard storage means no monthly fees
  • Beautiful 2560 x 1920 resolution [2K]
  • 160-degree field of view
  • Accurate Human detection with AI technology prevents false alarms
  • Two-way talk
  • Thumbnail notification zooms in a person’s face
  • IP 65 rated for weather means it hangs tough on heavy rain, freezing winters, or hot summers.
  • 3-second pre-buffer, like the August doorbell
  • Withstands temperatures ranging from -4°f (-20°C) to 122°F (50°c).
  • Night vision option

Cons

  • There are a few bugs that LifeHacksters points out in the video [see last few minutes of the video]
  • The electronic chime that comes with the device is required; can’t use existing chime.
  • Customers complain about issues prior to updating firmware
  • App controls [buttons] are a bit small for my fat fingers
  • 4MB memory inside of the camera is not removable or upgradeable
  • Facial recognition during the day is a bit lacking in dark entryways
  • Customers report false notifications if sensitivity higher than the middle setting


Alexa & Google Compatible Doorbells: Interactive Specifications Table

Click the forward and back arrows at the bottom of the table to view additional rows in the table.

You can also enter a term in the search field to filter the table results by that search. Entering “Alexa” in the search field will show only those table rows that have the word, Alexa. Neat, right?

Ring Video Doorbell Pro
August Doorbell Cam Pro
Eufy Security Doorbell
Ring Video Doorbell Pro – Upgraded, with added security features and a sleek design (existing doorbell wiring required)
August Home AUG-AB02-M02-G02 Dark Gray August Doorbell Cam Pro
eufy Security, Wi-Fi Video Doorbell, 2K Resolution, No Monthly Fees, Local Storage, Human Detection, with Wireless Chime–Requires Existing Doorbell Wires and Installation Experience, 16-24 VAC, 30 VA
Video Resolution
1080p HD
960 x 1280 pixels
2560 x 1920 – 2G *Unable to verify
Power
Hardwired to existing doorbell systems (16-24 VAC)
Hardwired to existing doorbell systems (16-24 VAC)
Hardwired to existing doorbell systems (16-24 VAC)
Field of View
160° horizontal, 90° vertical
120 degrees diagonal
160° diagonal [4:3 Aspect ratio]
Installation Time
5-20 Minutes
15-30 minutes
15 minutes
Dimensions
5.0" x 2.5" x 1.0"
0.9 x 2.9 x 2.9 inches
4.8 x 1.7 x 0.9 inches
On demand Video
Two-Way Talk
Motion Activated Alerts
Customizable Detection Zones
Color(s)
Interchangeable faceplates come in Satin Nickel, Pearl, Venetian, and Black
Silver or Dark Gray
Black with White Chime
Interchangeable Faceplates
Includes Chime
Advanced Motion Detection
Night Vision
Connectivity
802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi connection at 2.4GHz or 5.0GHz
802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi connection at 2.4GHz or 5.0GHz
802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi connection at 2.4GHz
Battery
Lithium ion
Lithium ion
None
Voice Assistant Support
Echo Show, Echo Spot, FireTV Cube, FireTV Stick, Google Assistant, SmartThings, and Wink
Echo Show, Echo Spot, FireTV Cube, FireTV Stick
Echo Show, Echo Spot, FireTV Cube, FireTV Stick, Google Assistant
Ring Video Doorbell Pro
Ring Video Doorbell Pro – Upgraded, with added security features and a sleek design (existing doorbell wiring required)
Video Resolution
1080p HD
Power
Hardwired to existing doorbell systems (16-24 VAC)
Field of View
160° horizontal, 90° vertical
Installation Time
5-20 Minutes
Dimensions
5.0" x 2.5" x 1.0"
On demand Video
Two-Way Talk
Motion Activated Alerts
Customizable Detection Zones
Color(s)
Interchangeable faceplates come in Satin Nickel, Pearl, Venetian, and Black
Interchangeable Faceplates
Includes Chime
Advanced Motion Detection
Night Vision
Connectivity
802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi connection at 2.4GHz or 5.0GHz
Battery
Lithium ion
Voice Assistant Support
Echo Show, Echo Spot, FireTV Cube, FireTV Stick, Google Assistant, SmartThings, and Wink
August Doorbell Cam Pro
August Home AUG-AB02-M02-G02 Dark Gray August Doorbell Cam Pro
Video Resolution
960 x 1280 pixels
Power
Hardwired to existing doorbell systems (16-24 VAC)
Field of View
120 degrees diagonal
Installation Time
15-30 minutes
Dimensions
0.9 x 2.9 x 2.9 inches
On demand Video
Two-Way Talk
Motion Activated Alerts
Customizable Detection Zones
Color(s)
Silver or Dark Gray
Interchangeable Faceplates
Includes Chime
Advanced Motion Detection
Night Vision
Connectivity
802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi connection at 2.4GHz or 5.0GHz
Battery
Lithium ion
Voice Assistant Support
Echo Show, Echo Spot, FireTV Cube, FireTV Stick
Eufy Security Doorbell
eufy Security, Wi-Fi Video Doorbell, 2K Resolution, No Monthly Fees, Local Storage, Human Detection, with Wireless Chime–Requires Existing Doorbell Wires and Installation Experience, 16-24 VAC, 30 VA
Video Resolution
2560 x 1920 – 2G *Unable to verify
Power
Hardwired to existing doorbell systems (16-24 VAC)
Field of View
160° diagonal [4:3 Aspect ratio]
Installation Time
15 minutes
Dimensions
4.8 x 1.7 x 0.9 inches
On demand Video
Two-Way Talk
Motion Activated Alerts
Customizable Detection Zones
Color(s)
Black with White Chime
Interchangeable Faceplates
Includes Chime
Advanced Motion Detection
Night Vision
Connectivity
802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi connection at 2.4GHz
Battery
None
Voice Assistant Support
Echo Show, Echo Spot, FireTV Cube, FireTV Stick, Google Assistant

Last update on 18/06/2022 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API


Ring Pro vs August Pro vs Eufy: Similarities and Differences

Similarities

  • They all work with your existing doorbell wiring.
  • All of the Alexa compatible doorbells provide HD video.
  • Each of the Alexa compatible doorbells has options to detect human figures, preventing false alarms [like a stray cat on your doorstep].
  • They all will send a notification to your device when motion is detected.
  • All of them work with Amazon Alexa, and two support Google Assistant [see table below].
  • They all record video and will store it either locally or to the Cloud.

Differences

  • Eufy provides the highest resolution at 2560 x 1920, followed by August, followed by Ring. However, as LifeHacker explains the Eufy quality can get washed out depending on the lighting.
  • The square shape of the August doorbell is different from the other two and may pose a problem for installation.
  • Ring and Eufy provide night vision detection but August does not
  • August’s resolution is the only doorbell that lets you full-screen video in portrait mode, which is nice.
  • Ring and August include a Lithium battery, Eufy requires direct power via the doorbell wires only.

What’s in the Box?

This section details what’s in the box for each remote.

Inside the Ring Video Doorbell Pro Box

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  • The Ring Video Doorbell Pro box contains the following:
  • Ring Video Doorbell Pro
  • Satin Nickel, Pearl, Venetian, and Black Faceplates
  • Retrofit Plate (for an upgrade from Ring Video Doorbell)
  • Installation Tools and Screws
  • USB Charging Cable
  • User Manual
  • Security Sticker

Inside the August Doorbell Cam Pro Box

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The August Doorbell Cam Pro box contains the following items:

  • August Doorbell Cam Pro
  • USB Charging Dock
  • Electrical Sealing Putty
  • 4 Screw Anchors
  • 2 Mounting Screws
  • 1 Mounting Wedge
  • 2 Screws for Mounting Wedge

Inside the Eufy Security Doorbell Box

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The Eufy Security Doorbell box contains the following items:

  • Doorbell
  • Wireless Chime
  • Mounting plate
  • 15-degree angle bracket
  • Reset pin
  • US Plug
  • Cabling
  • Quick Start Guide

What About Nest Hello Doorbell?

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Photo Credit: Google Store

OK, so here is the thing. While I was tempted to include Nest Hello in this review, it doesn’t work natively with Alexa. And Google’s recent acquisition of Nest makes plans for future integrations cloudy. If you really have your heart set on using Nest Hello with Alexa, you can. BUT you are limited to the Echo Show /Spot and you need to enable a special a “Nest Camera” skill in order to get this to work.

Our friends over at Smart Home Starter have a nice article that explains the Alexa limitations so I won’t get into that here.

Next to August, this is probably the best option for Google’s Nest Hub IMHO.

You can see the latest pricing on Nest Hello in the Google Store here. [I don’t earn a commission from Google but I wanted to include this popular doorbell for sake of completeness.]

Again, at the end of the day, it really boils down to preference for the design and the features you want.


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So what do you think of our picks for the best Alexa & Google compatible doorbells?

In the battle between Ring Pro vs August Pro vs Eufy, which of these bells would you consider adorning your front door?

Is there a product you feel I missed and should add to this review?

Did your grandma have a peephole too? Do you find this emoticon to be oddly creepy too?

Please leave a comment below and let me know your thoughts. I would love to get your feedback on this article.


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