Ring vs Arlo Comparison
Our Pick is Ring! Read below to find out why.
- Two-way talk feature
- Crisp HD image quality
- Smart Home Integrations
- 100% wireless home security cams
- Wide-range of high-quality camera options
- Third-party smart home integration
We put these two wireless security systems head-to-head. See which one came out on top!
Key Takeaways from Our Ring vs Arlo Comparison:
- Ring offers total home security with entry sensors, security cameras, doorbell cameras, floodlights and more
- Arlo is a camera-based home security system and does not offer entry sensors
- Both systems include well-designed equipment that’s built-to-last
- The price is right for Ring and Arlo at $15/mo. or less
- Ring is Amazon-owned and has deep pockets for R&D and putting out new features and tech
Ring vs Arlo Comparison Overview
Key Differences: Ring vs Arlo
- Ring offers comprehensive home security, while Arlo is strictly a surveillance system
- Arlo’s security cameras are superior to Ring’s cameras
- Ring offers 24/7 professional monitoring, Arlo doesn’t have any monitoring options
- Ring comes with entryway sensors and motion detectors, while Arlo comes with cameras and a base station
Key Similarities: Ring vs Arlo
- Ring and Arlo are both wireless systems with an easy DIY install
- Neither company requires a long-term contract
- Both offer Wi-Fi-based security systems with cellular backup
- Ring and Arlo deliver surveillance security (indoor and outdoor cameras)
- Both systems are stacked with nifty features and sold at a reasonable price point
These quick-comparisons are just a glimpse at what’s in store. Our Ring vs Arlo comparison is the most comprehensive comparison of these two home security systems. So read on to learn how they measure up where it matters most.
Home Security Categories We Compare:
- Age and Influence
- Features and Technology
- Monitoring Options
- Emergency Connections / Response Times
- Equipment Included
- Equipment Quality
- Home Automation
- Ease of Installation
- Customer Service
- Cost and Value
Age and Influence
Ring — Modern home security is basically spelled R.I.N.G. The young company got its start in 2013 under the name Doorbot. The founder, Jamie Siminoff, took his smart doorbell onto the TV show Shark Tank. The Sharks made an offer, but Siminoff declined. He rebranded the company and began raking in loads of funding. The company later expanded to offer full home security with Ring Alarm. In 2018 Amazon bought Ring for a reported $1.2 to $1.8 billion. Today the company has over 1,300 employees, millions of customers, and a deep stake in the home security market. Needless to say, Ring is young but highly influential.
Arlo — Arlo got its start in 2014. While the company is about the same age as Ring, Arlo doesn’t carry half the weight or influence of its competitor. Originally, Arlo was launched as a division of Netgear. They rebranded as Arlo in 2018, and by 2019 the company had 2.7 million users and 5 times that many devices sold. Sure enough, Arlo is growing in popularity, but still isn’t a household name like Ring.
Age and Influence Category Winner: Ring
Ring wins this one by a long-shot. The Amazon-owned company has deep pockets for marketing and advertising, and it’s no secret they’re growing like wildfire. But Age and Influence is just one of the important categories we judge. Keep reading to see how Arlo measures up to Ring when it comes to features and tech.
Features and Technology
Ring — Ring is much more than an alarm system with door and window sensors. The company also offers a lineup of impressive features and tech that includes the Ring Doorbell and Ring Cameras. Let’s take a quick look at Ring’s full suite of offerings.
The Ring Alarm includes the following features:
- Entryway sensors, motion detectors, control panel, and central hub
- Optional 24/7 monitoring for as low as $10/mo.
- Home automation features and integrations
- Seamless cellular backup
- Environmental monitoring
- Easy DIY installation
- Remote control via Ring Alarm mobile app
- Ring neighborhood watch app ‘Neighbors’
- And more
Ring Cameras come in three different styles. The Stick Up Cam starts at $179, the Spotlight Cam starts at $199, and the Floodlight Cam starts at $249. The features and tech include:
- Indoor and outdoor cameras
- HD image quality and live-streaming
- Infrared night vision
- Motion-activated real-time notifications
- Two-way talk to visitors/intruders
- Customized zones to dial in notifications
- Do-it-yourself installation
Finally, the Ring Doorbell comes stacked with the following features:
- Instant motion-activated or button-press alerts
- Ability to live-stream entryway activity
- Two-way talk
- Custom motion sensor zones
- Infrared night vision
- Event history timeline/activity log
- Weather-resistant design
- Easy DIY wireless installation
These different home security components (Ring Alarm, Ring Cameras, Ring Doorbell) each work independently of one another. And of course, if you have the whole Ring system setup, the separate components work seamlessly together to form one smart and sophisticated home security and automation ecosystem.
Arlo — Unlike Ring, Arlo does not come with door or window sensors. Rather, Arlo only offers indoor and outdoor security cameras, a doorbell camera, and floodlights. This limits the effectiveness of home protection, but for those specifically looking for a video-based system, Arlo might do the trick. The cameras are high-quality and offer crisp imaging, night vision, and more.
Arlo security camera features and tech include:
- Wireless and wired indoor/outdoor cams
- Wi-Fi and cellular-based connections
- 720p, 1080p HD, or 4K HDR image quality
- Smart home integrations
- Easy DIY installation
- Custom activity zones
- Two-way talk
- Weather-resistant design
- Baby camera/monitor
Arlo doorbell camera offers the following features:
- Real-time mobile alerts
- Remote communication
- Visitor messages
- Quick replies
- 7-day cloud recording
- Easy DIY setup
Features and Tech Category Winner: Ring
Ring offers complete home security. Customers can secure their homes using door and window sensors, high-quality indoor and outdoor cameras, and even a video doorbell camera. While Ring offers the whole shebang, Arlo only has video cameras. So Ring wins this one by a longshot.
Ring — Ring Alarm customers have a few extremely affordable monitoring options to choose from. You can self-monitor your system for free. You can purchase the Ring Protect Basic plan for $3/mo. and get video recording and sharing features for one camera or doorbell. Or you can choose the Ring Protect Plus Plan for $10/mo. and get all of your Ring devices covered with 24/7 professional monitoring. And if you purchase a year in advance, you’ll get a much better deal. At any rate, these monthly monitoring fees are too cheap to pass up.
Arlo — Unlike Ring, Arlo does not offer 24/7 professional monitoring. But users can choose between four monthly video storage options. The ‘Basic’ plan is Free and covers five cameras with seven days of video storage. The ‘Smart’ plan is $2.99/mo. per camera and offers 30-days of video history, as well as advanced A.I. detection and custom activity zones. The ‘Smart Premier’ plan supports up to 10 cameras for $9.99/mo. and offers an e911 emergency call service. And finally, the ‘Smart Elite’ plan covers up to 20 cameras and offers 60-day video history for $14.99/mo. You can also sign-up for Arlo’s affordable $1.99/mo. cloud storage plan.
Monitoring Options Category Winner: Ring
Ring wins this category almost by default. After all, they offer 24/7 professional monitoring of your home, while Arlo only has video storage options. For those looking to have highly-trained dispatchers ready at a moment’s notice if (or when!) their house is targeted by criminals, professional monitoring is worth its weight in gold. Especially when it only costs $10 per month! Ring monitoring is one of the best values in the business.
Emergency Connections / Response Times
Ring — Ring delivers Wi-Fi and cellular-based home security devices. These devices tap into your Wi-Fi and have a fail-safe cellular backup in case you go offline. And if you sign-up with the Ring Protect Plus plan, response times are fast, with emergency monitoring personnel typically on the line in 30 seconds or less.
Arlo — Arlo sells wireless Wi-Fi cameras, hardwired Wi-Fi cameras, and mobile LTE cellular cameras. The Wi-Fi cameras are solid, and each comes with cellular backup. And the cellular camera can be mounted pretty much anywhere you get LTE service. But again, since they do not offer monitoring services, there are no ‘response times’ to make mention of.
Emergency Connections Category Winner: Tie
Both companies offer Wi-Fi and cellular-based emergency connections. It’s the 21st century, and fast and reliable connections are what consumers have come to expect.
Ring — Ring sells three main packages: A 5-piece kit for apartments or condos that includes one entryway sensor and one motion detector ($199); a 10 piece kit for 1-2 bedroom homes that includes 5 entryway sensors and two motion detectors ($259); or a 14 piece kit that covers larger homes and includes 8 entry sensors and two motion detectors ($329). All of Ring’s packages come with a central hub and control panel. This is just enough equipment to cover you home, but you can always upgrade your order with Ring Cameras and the Ring Doorbell.
Ring Alarm upgrades and add-ons include:
- Additional entry sensors, motion detectors, control panels
- Panic button
- Environmental monitoring sensors (smoke, CO, flood, and freeze)
- Range extender
- Solar panels
- Battery packs
- Yard signs
- And more
Arlo — Arlo is unlike Ring in that users typically purchase cameras separately to suit their home security needs. With that in mind, you can choose from four different camera styles: Arlo, Arlo Pro, Arlo Pro 2, and Arlo Ultra. The basic Arlo camera system (1 camera + base station) starts at $249. Not cheap. However, if you prefer to purchase equipment in a package deal, you can do so starting at $329 for the ‘Smart’ system that includes 2 Arlo cameras, and ranges all the way up to $799-$1,000 for a complete kit with 6 Arlo cameras + accessories.
Equipment Included Category Winner: Ring
Ring is the better ‘bang for your buck’ value. You can start securing your home for as little as $199, and the average homeowner can outfit their 1,000-2,000 sq. ft. home for only $259. This definitely beats Arlo, which starts in the mid-$200’s for just one camera.
Ring — Ring home security equipment quality is top-notch and continues to improve. Let’s not forget that Amazon is the power player behind the Ring brand, so the resources to ‘get it right’ are virtually endless. The equipment is reminiscent of Apple products, all-white color schemes with blue accents. Users are impressed with the solid construction when unboxing the product. Even if Ring doesn’t measure up to the quality standards of ADT, Vivint, or Frontpoint, the equipment is plenty good for the price you pay.
Arlo — Arlo’s cameras are built-to-last and made with high-quality materials. The outdoor cameras can take a beating by the weather. Rain, sleet, sun, and snow are no match for Arlo’s workhorse cameras. They’ll continue to offer top-quality video security in almost any condition imaginable. They are designed for both form and function. The well-designed cameras have a modern design with a glossy black and white color scheme. And of course, the cameras only take minutes to set up.
Equipment Quality Category Winner: Tie
This is a close one. Arlo puts out better quality cameras than Ring, but Ring offers better all-around quality across their lineup of products. Either way, both companies make sophisticated DIY products that will surely do the job for years to come.
Ring — Smart home aficionados love Ring. The company offers its own smart features like the Ring Doorbell, Stick Up Cam, Spotlight Cam, Floodlight Cam, and Smart Lighting. The best part, you can easily control all of your smart devices from the convenience of your smartphone via the Ring app. Ring also integrates with several third-party platforms. The base station functions as a smart home automation hub and works with Z-Wave and Zigbee, IFTTT, and others. You can also set-up voice commands via Alexa and Google Home to control lighting, smart locks, and more. Ring does smart home automation right.
Arlo — With the Arlo SmartHub, customers can link devices from third-party platforms right into their Arlo ecosystem. Outfit your home with smart lighting, door locks, garage door openers, thermostats, and more. Arlo also works with Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant for voice control functionality. Upgrade to Arlo’s 4K surveillance and tap into a 3-in-1 surveillance ecosystem for total home surveillance + home automation. Needless to say, Arlo offers plenty of smart home automation to keep most people happy.
Home Automation Category Winner: Ring
Arlo is nipping at the heels of Ring in this category. But we have to hand it to Ring for their extensive lineup of smart feature options. And Ring is compatible with a host of other smart platforms, so the home automation enthusiast will keep plenty busy transforming their house into one clever casa.
Ease of Installation
Ring — The brilliance of Ring (and Arlo!) is found in the simple do-it-yourself installation. You don’t need any tools, and you certainly don’t need to drill into walls or splice circuitry. All you need is a few minutes and a bit of DIY spirit. If you have any trouble at all, Ring has plenty of guides and a stellar help center to get you sorted.
Arlo — Users can get up-and-running with Arlo’s camera-based home security in 30 minutes or less. The system is designed for do-it-yourself installation. And the cameras can mount virtually anywhere. Now, if you purchase one of Arlo’s premium kits with 6+ cameras, you’d be wise to set aside an hour or two to complete installation. If you run into any roadblocks, Arlo’s Support Center will help you on your way.
Ease of Installation Category Winner: Tie
Ring and Arlo both deliver home security equipment that’s ready to go straight out of the box. You’ll be up-and-running with plug-and-play ease. No tools. No-fuss. No sweat. Just fast and easy home security installation, the way it should be.
Ring — Unfortunately, it’s a mixed bag when it comes to Ring’s customer service. Most customers find the service to be satisfactory, while others feel it’s impersonal at best. Ring does offer a comprehensive self-service Help Center that includes helpful FAQ’s, a blog, device help, a setup guide, installation support, and in-store support. Customers can also reach out via live chat, email, and phone to speak with a Ring representative. For a company that’s experiencing exponential growth, the service department isn’t half bad.
Arlo — Arlo also has a helpful support center. They’ve got it all — from FAQ resources to video tutorials, articles, and more. Arlo even has a live-chat option, and even their base packages include 90 days of premium phone support. Not bad.
Customer Service Category Winner: Arlo
Arlo offers the quality of service that Ring brings to the table, and then some. The company gets great ratings all around. Great customer service is critical, and you shouldn’t have a problem getting the help you need with Ring or Arlo.
Ring — Ring doesn’t require contracts. All of their products are purchased upfront, and the monitoring is paid on a month-to-month basis. Let’s face it — people move, have financial hardships, or simply find they no longer need the service. So the flexibility to cancel anytime is important when it comes to home security.
Arlo — Much like Ring, Arlo offers no-contract, month-to-month home security. If you choose the 5+ camera plan, you will be required to sign a one-year service agreement. But the plans are so cheap that it isn’t a problem for most people. Also, if you pay for the year upfront, you can skip the agreement entirely.
Contracts Category Winner: Tie
Both companies make no-contract home security a reality. With the big-name comprehensive home security companies (like ADT), contracts are a necessary evil. And people don’t mind signing them because they know the products and services are tried and true. But we recommend finding month-to-month security like Ring or Arlo whenever possible.
Cost and Value
Ring — Depending on the size of your home, $199 to $329 will give you everything needed to safeguard what matters most. Once you have the equipment you can either self-monitor (free!) or pay $10 max for around-the-clock professional monitoring. It really doesn’t get any cheaper than Ring. Ring just might deliver more value-for-the-price than any home security system on the market. And remember, unlike Arlo, Ring customers can get everything from door and window sensors, to security cameras, video doorbell cams, floodlights, smart home automation, and more.
Arlo — Arlo delivers some value for a camera-based system. But we find the devices to be pricey for what you get. A standard camera will cost you $120, and the base station will set you back $80. If you go for the premium cams, get ready to pay $250-$400+ for a single device. It’s not cheap by any stretch of the imagination, but the cameras are high-quality and built to last. Arlo doesn’t offer monthly monitoring, but the affordable video storage plans run anywhere from $3-$15 per month.
Cost and Value Category Winner: Ring
Ring wins this category by a landslide, especially if you’re looking for total home security with entryway sensors. The nice thing about Ring is that you can purchase a base package and customize it to suit your needs. Add a Ring Doorbell camera for as low as $99-$199. And throw some Ring cameras in the mix for $179-$249 apiece. Now, if you’re strictly looking for camera-based home security, then Arlo is a safe bet.
That’s the scoop on Ring vs Arlo. Depending on what you’re looking for in-home security, both companies sell high-quality equipment and reliable service. But like always, there can only be one winner. So see below for an at-a-glance rundown of the category winners.
- Age and Influence: Winner – Ring
- Features and Technology: Winner – Ring
- Monitoring Options: Winner – Ring
- Emergency Connections: Winner – Tie
- Equipment Included: Winner – Ring
- Equipment Quality: Winner – Tie
- Home Automation: Winner – Ring
- Ease of Installation: Winner – Tie
- Customer Service: Winner – Arlo
- Contracts: Winner – Tie
- Cost and Value: Winner – Ring
- Overall Winner – Ring
The Bottom Line
Ring and Arlo are two value-packed home security systems, but they protect your home in two very different ways.
Ring is your go-to system if you’re looking for door and window sensors, motion detectors, and the like. And the home automation features and integrations that Ring delivers are enough to make the techiest of techies giddy for days. The features and tech aren’t super-advanced, but the system certainly outperforms the low price you pay. And you can upgrade to get Ring Cameras, Ring Doorbell, and so much more.
On the other hand, Arlo is the best choice if you’re looking to outfit your home with sophisticated security cameras. You won’t have access to entry sensors, but maybe you don’t want or need those. Arlo also offers smart home features and integrations, as well as a video doorbell camera to ward off burglars and package thieves.
Now, let's answer some of the frequently asked questions about Ring and Arlo security systems.
How are Ring security systems and Arlo security systems different?
Ring security systems and Arlo security systems are different in that Ring systems can include cameras, video doorbells, motion sensors, and contact sensors. On the other hand, Arlo security systems consist of only security cameras. Another key difference is that Ring offers professional monitoring in addition to self-monitoring, whereas Arlo cameras are self-monitored only.
How much do Ring and Arlo security systems cost?
Ring and Arlo security systems cost $69 to $400. The cheapest Ring security system component, which costs $69, is the Ring Indoor Cam. It’s a WiFi-enabled indoor camera that streams live footage and records motion alerts if you subscribe to a $3 or $10 per month Ring Protect plan. However, security system packages from Ring that contain sensors and a base station start at $199. On the other hand, the Arlo Essentials Wireless Security Camera is the cheapest Arlo security component at $129.99.
Do you need professional monitoring with Ring and Arlo security systems?
You do not need professional monitoring with Ring and Arlo security systems. In fact, Arlo doesn’t offer any professional monitoring option. However, we recommend getting professional monitoring with Ring so that your monitoring team can call for help on your behalf if needed. Professional monitoring from Ring cost $10 per month or $100 per year.
Do you need an internet connection to use Ring and Arlo security systems?
You need an internet connection to use Ring and Arlo security systems. With the exception of the Arlo Go that uses LTE, security cameras from both companies stream live footage and store motion events in the cloud via the internet. However, Ring’s security system, the Ring Alarm, has cellular backup if you’re subscribed to the Ring Protect Plus plan for $10 per month. With cellular backup, the system continues to send alerts during internet or power outages.