Abode vs Ring: Which security system is better?

We compared Abode and Ring across multiple categories like equipment, pricing, and contract flexibility.
4 out of 5 stars
Pro monitoring for
  • pro
    Connect up to 160 devices
  • pro
    Flexible monitoring plans
  • con
    10-day video storage
4 out of 5 stars
Pro monitoring for
  • con
    Connect up to 100 devices
  • con
    Annual alarm monitoring only
  • pro
    60-day video storage

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Abode triumphs over Ring thanks to its comprehensive smart home integrations. This strength also helps Abode overcome its main weakness—a limited camera line.

Affordable pricing is the main reason to consider Ring vs. Abode, but you’ll have fewer sensors at your disposal and a less flexible monitoring contract.

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Abode pros and cons

Abode pros
pro Excellent smart home integration
pro Easy DIY installation
pro 3-day, 7-day, and 30-day monitoring
pro More sensors and accessories
Abode cons
con Short-term video storage (10 days)
con Average camera quality
con No automations on free plan

Abode is best for home automation

Because Abode integrates with so many third-party devices and offers its own suite of automations, it’s the best choice for creating a smart home. The only catch? Automations aren’t available on Abode’s free plan.

Read our Abode review to learn more.

Ring pros and cons

Ring pros
pro Good smart home integrations
pro Easy DIY installation
pro Affordable video storage (60 days)
pro Excellent camera selection
Ring cons
con Must pay annually for Ring Alarm monitoring
con Limited sensor selection

Ring is best for cameras

Abode may have fancier features, but Ring has a huge variety of cameras to choose from.

Read our Ring security review to learn more.

How Abode and Ring compare

Lowest monitoring price
Lowest video storage cost
Smart hub compatibility
Contract length
Learn more
Best for automations 5 smart hubsOn-demand service
Best for budgets2 smart hubsMonthly or yearly

Info current as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Abode vs. Ring similarities

Abode and Ring both cater to renters or anyone looking for a DIY security system. Their equipment is designed for easy installation and setup, but both companies offer a professional installation option in case you need extra help.

You can pair Z-Wave and Zigbee devices—like a smart lock from Yale or Schlage—with either brand’s base station or app for extra control. Abode and Ring also work with Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant.

You can self-monitor either smart home security system for free, but their pro-monitoring plans give access to all features, including video recording.

Both companies offer a one-year warranty and a 30-day refund period.

Best equipment selection: Abode

Abode offers a greater selection of home security equipment compared to Ring Alarm. Of the two brands, only Abode offers these home security accessories:

  • Key fob
  • Indoor siren
  • Outdoor siren
  • Glass break sensors (acoustic and vibration-sensing)
  • Recessed door and window sensors
  • Light, temperature, and humidity sensor

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Best security cameras: Ring

Ring’s 15-camera line-up dominates over Abode's three basic cameras. But it’s not just a numbers game—Ring consistently produces high-quality cameras that top our rankings.

We’re also impressed by the Ring Floodlight Cam, which works as an all-in-one outdoor alarm system thanks to its built-in siren, motion detector, camera, and lights.

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Abode Iota

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Abode’s cameras include the Iota and the Cam 2. The Iota is built into Abode’s security hub, which limits its placement to a tabletop. The Outdoor Smart Cam is a two-in-one video doorbell and outdoor surveillance camera. The indoor/outdoor Cam 2 offers Abode’s only advantage over Ring’s cameras: it’s exceptionally affordable at around $35.

But don’t get too bummed about Abode’s lackluster camera selection. You can integrate third-party cameras with the Abode system, giving you flexibility over features and pricing. These camera brands are known to work with Abode through the IFTTT platform:

Despite their shared use of IFTTT, Ring doorbells and cameras do not work with Abode.

Best pricing: Ring

Ring’s sensor and siren selection may be limited, but its equipment is more affordable than Abode’s across nearly every category. Check out the comparison chart below to see the price difference between Ring and Abode equipment.

You may end up paying more for professional installation if you go with Ring vs. Abode, since prices depend on the device being installed and range from $35 to $250. Abode’s professional installation service starts at $99 and tops out around $124. But remember, pro installation is completely optional for both home security systems.

Compare Ring vs. Abode security equipment

Abode cost
Ring cost
Entry sensor$27.99$19.99
Motion detector$43.99$29.99
Smoke alarm monitor$39.99$34.99
Panic button$28.99$34.99
Key fob$25.99N/A
Water leak sensor$54.99$34.99
Outdoor siren$89.99$29.99
Glass break sensor$51.99$39.99

Info current as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Best contract flexibility: Abode

Both Ring and Abode claim that they don’t lock customers into long-term contracts. That’s true to an extent: you don’t have to pay for a monthly plan to use either system’s basic functions. But we found some fine print in Ring Alarm’s policies that may cause you to fork over more money than you bargained for.

If you want your Ring Alarm home security system to be professionally monitored, you’re required to pay for a yearly plan. But they have a generous cancellation policy: you’ll get a prorated refund even if you subscribed to an annual plan. You just have to pay for your final month of service.

In contrast, Abode sells plans in 3-day, 7-day, and 30-day nuggets. We love that flexibility. It’s easy to cancel an Abode plan, but if you’re returning the system at the same time, you’re charged a $35 fee.

Compare Ring vs. Abode plans

Starting price
Pro monitoring
Video storage
Learn more
Abode Free Plan
Icon No  LightNo
Abode Standard Plan
Icon No  LightNo
10 daysPush, email
Abode Pro Plan
Icon Yes  LightYes
10 daysPush, email
Ring Protect Free
Icon No  LightNo
NoneMotion-activated push
Ring Protect Basic
Icon No  LightNo
60 daysMotion-activated push, rich video
Ring Protect Plus
Icon Yes  LightYes
60 daysMotion-activated push, rich video

Info current as of post date. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.

Best smart home integrations: Abode

Abode’s major selling point is its integration with tons of smart home devices, including smart hubs like Apple HomeKit, Amazon Echo, Google Home, Samsung SmartThings, and Bose Smart Home Family. Abode also communicates with devices through Z-Wave and Zigbee technology and easily links up to most IFTTT-friendly equipment.

Ring’s integrations overlap some with Abode’s, but it doesn’t work with Apple HomeKit or a smart thermostat like Ecobee.

You can add up to 160 individual devices to your Abode system and up to 100 devices to your Ring system.

Winner: Abode beats Ring

It’s a close race, but Abode wins against Ring.

  • Abode: better flexibility in contracts, equipment options, and third-party compatibility
  • Ring: superior cameras and pricing

Still undecided? Read our full Abode and Ring security reviews to learn more, and don't miss our Abode FAQ and Ring FAQ pages too.

Check out our other comparison articles to see how top home security brands compare.

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How we decided: Abode vs. Ring

To compare Abode vs. Ring, we looked at quantifiable information like their prices, product selection, and third-party integrations. We also used our industry knowledge to take a qualitative stance regarding cameras, policies, etc. When we needed clarification, we contacted each company’s customer service department.

Learn more about how we review products and services on our methodology page.

Cathy Habas
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Cathy Habas
With over eight years of experience as a content writer, Cathy has a knack for untangling complex information. Her natural curiosity and ability to empathize help Cathy offer insightful, friendly advice. She believes in empowering readers who may not feel confident about a purchase, project, or topic. Cathy earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Indiana University Southeast and began her professional writing career immediately after graduation. She is a certified Safe Sleep Ambassador and has contributed to sites like Safety.com, Reviews.com, Hunker, and Thumbtack. Cathy’s pride and joy is her Appaloosa “Chacos.” She also likes to crochet while watching stand-up comedy specials on Netflix.

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