These days, it seems like everything is “smart”; smart thermostats, smart bulbs, and a whole bunch of other gadgets meant to improve your life. And while some of these things I can do without (no thank you to a refrigerator that can taunt, I mean, show me what’s in it) there is one device I have found to be invaluable: a smart lock. This ingenious contraption makes getting into my home easier for me and harder for intruders, and it can do the same for you.
To help you understand how they work and help you find the right model for your home I’ve compiled this review of the Best smart locks. I’ll share my buying tips, break down the features of each device and explain the pros and cons to ensure you make the “smart choice.”
Smart Lock 101
- 1 Smart Lock 101
- 2 Best Smart Lock: Which one Fits you the Best?
- 2.1 August Smart Lock (Our Best Seller 2020)
- 2.2 Schlage BE365VCAM619 Camelot Keypad Deadbolt
- 2.3 Kwikset Premis Touchscreen Smart Lock, Works with Apple HomeKit
- 2.4 Samsung Ezon SHS-3321 Keyless Smart Universial Deadbolt Digital Door Lock, Black
- 2.5 Yale Real Living Keyless Touchscreen Deadbolt in Oil Rubbed Bronze (Standalone) (YRD220-NR-0BP)
- 3 Why Smart Locks are So Smart
Smart locks are trending right now, and after buying one, I totally get why. These electronic devices attach to your door and using a smartphone or tablet; you can command them to open, close, or lock your door- even if you’re not home. They also have electronic keypads, so you don’t have to have your phone to use them and some even have voice activation.
Most can slip over your existing lock for easy installation, and some have advanced features that allow you to create virtual keys for select individuals; with a virtual key, people you choose, like your grandma or sister, have a unique access code to lock and unlock the door.
Best Smart Lock: Which one Fits you the Best?
Now that you have a good idea of what to look for let’s review the top devices. I’ll give you the good and bad, outlining the pros and cons of each lock, along with customer reviews, to give you a well-rounded picture of what you can expect.
August Smart Lock (Our Best Seller 2020)
- Easy Install: This lock slips over your existing deadbolt, so you don’t have to worry about taking out your old lock or damaging your door. There’s also no wires as it runs on batteries, which means you can have your lock connected and working in minutes.
- Auto Lock/Unlock Feature: With this feature, your door will automatically open as you approach. Have a handful of groceries? Well, that’s no longer a problem as the door will be open when you get to it.
It will also auto lock as soon as your inside, for hands-free, no-hassle exits and entries. Oh, and you can turn this feature on or off whenever you want.
- Remote Access: Using your phone, you can lock, unlock, assign keys and see a log of who enters and exits; compatible with Amazon Alexa, Nest, IFTTT, Wink, Logitech Harmony, Apple HomeKit (Siri), the Google Assistant, Logitech POP, iOS and Android devices.
The main drawback is that sometimes the lock won’t recognize you and lock you out. Although this is not common, if it does happen, you will need to use an actual key and reset the system, which could be annoying, not to mention inconvenient.
This lock has gotten high marks on Amazon, with many noting how fast and straightforward the installation was. Users were also impressed at how easily it was able to lock and unlock their deadbolt, noting there was no lag time or jams. Overall, reviewers gave it 5-stars and would recommend it to family and friends. See how this is comparing with 2nd Gen and other models here.
- Multiple Keys: You can give out up to 19 virtual keys, so you never need to hide your keys in a flower pot or under the rug again. Allow access to your family and friends when you need to, making life easier for everyone.
- Compatible with Most Doors: the Schlage is meant to fit on standard doors and the sleek, modern design blends with any decor for a put-together look. The compatibility also allows for quicker installation
- Quality Design: the keypad has a silicone coating, so the numbers will never wear off and also have a backlight, so you can see what you’re doing even when it’s pitch black out.
There are 2 drawbacks with this lock: there is no remote access, and if the battery dies you could be locked out. One person’s lock battery died, and they got left out in the rain. Also, you can’t unlock remotely, which means if your hands are full you’ll need to put down packages to unlock the door.
Most users were happy with how this lock performed and the pricing. Many felt it was quite durable and loved the quality of the keypad, but a few were disappointed it did not allow you to operate it when you’re away or auto unlock. For the price, it is a substantial investment and worth it for those looking for more security than convenience.