The world has progressed to such an extent in the past few decades that it has become hard for many of us to imagine our lives prior to the evolution of various technological devices.
Think about it. How did you survive without a smartphone?
While these technologies have made our lives easier in one way or another, no invention has come as close to being beneficial as a smart lock.
These locks have made our lives quite easy and secure. After all, now we don’t need to worry about whether we left the doors of our house unlocked. Now, all you need to do is use your smartphone to make your house secure.
Best Smart Lock 2017 Reviews
There are various products available in the market. However, not all of them manage to offer the required features.
Therefore, I have tested an array of smart locks and listed down the ones which are found to be the best. For those of you who are having difficulty choosing the best smart lock, I hope this guide will bring you the clarity you need.
|August 2nd Gen|
(Winner of the list)
|Yale Deadbolt||Yes||N/A||Z-Wave, ZigBee|
|Samsung SHS||Yes||Mobile||Bluetooth, Wi-Fi|
|Danalock||N/A||Mobile||Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Z-Wave|
|Schlage Z-Wave||Yes||Mobile||Z-Wave, ZigBee|
|Lockitron Bolt Bluetootha>||N/A||Mobile||Bluetooth, Wi-Fi|
1. 2nd Gen August – Best Smart Lock With Camera
If so, you might find the 2nd Generation August Smart Lock to be an excellent addition to your home security.
The feature which led to this product to be on this list is its promise of an easy installation. While I rarely found most of the other locks that I came across to follow through with this promise, the August Smart Lock certainly does.
The product achieves this by being battery operated so that you don’t need to worry about any wirings when installing the product. Let’s face it, complex wirings are what takes up a major chunk of any installation process.
Another distinct feature of the product is its ability to send warning messages to the users via an app when the battery of the smart lock decreases below a dangerous level. I find this service to be the best characteristic of this lock since it ensures that you are never caught off-guard.
Since the lock can be installed on the interior side of the door and still be opened from the external side, this product proves to be very difficult to be tampered with. Therefore, unless you want a person to enter your house, I highly doubt they can.
Furthermore, since the smart lock does make no changes to the hardware of the external side, you can use your regular key to enter the house as well. Hence, for times when you forget to bring your phone along, you can still enter your house.
- It converts your smartphone into a smart key and renders the need to remember any pins or codes unnecessary.
- You can share locking codes with your guests or friends but still have the final control over the access and how long it lasts.
- Since the lock is powered using batteries, it is always on even if your house has a power outage.
- It’s a little pricey.
2. Kwikset Kevo – Top Smartphone Door Lock
This is because it is considered to be a big name in the home lock niche. With its touch-to-open Bluetooth smart lock, it has successfully dominated the smart lock market.
The product is equipped with the ability to be opened with both Bluetooth and radio frequency identification. This means that customers are provided with the option of either opening the locks from their smartphones or using a key fob that accompanies the system.
Additionally, the smart lock is compatible with iOS and Android alike. This allows the smart lock to extend its services to the masses. You can also alter the settings to allow unlocking of the door when your synced smartphone comes into proximity to it. Hence, you will always be provided with an unlocked door upon your arrival without compromising the security of your house.
While most smart locks can only be operated from one smartphone, this product offers you the chance to add two devices with full access. Moreover, you can provide eKeys to your guests as well.
One of the things that make me cynical of smart locks is the fact that they put you in a compromised position if the synced smartphone is lost. However, this is not the case with this lock since it is accompanied by a lost phone option that resets the access system so that people with eKeys can no longer unlock the doors of your house.
- It is easy to calibrate and install.
- It is compatible with a learning thermostat, which means you can use it to control your home’s heating system. For instance, the system might come into play when the door is locked.
- The product comes with a physical key for those members of your house who are not particularly tech-savvy.
- The performance of the product is excellent, and it is known to last long.
- The customer service is excellent and responds to complaints readily.
- The price of the smart lock is quite high.
- The quality of the LED lights included should be improved.
- The red blinking light that signifies that the batteries of the product are working is a source of annoyance.
2. Yale Touchscreen Deadbolt – Supports Amazon Alexa Vocal orders
I found the fact that the lock was compatible with Amazon Alexa an appreciable feature.
I will admit that I am quite a lazy person. Rather than improving myself, I tend to look for devices and ways that will complement my laziness. Let’s just say that this product is flexible enough to be perfect for people like me. This is because the product can be synced with various smart house settings.
Do you wish for your house to lighten up by itself when you enter it? Would you love a hot cup of coffee as soon as you set foot in your sanctuary? Well, the Yale Touchscreen Deadbolt manages to do all of these tasks along with many others. All you need to do is configure the settings and voila! Your life will become easier than before.
One of the most beneficial features for me is the fact that you can store over 250 pins in the lock system. This is ideal for all the forgetful souls out there.
Even if you forget the pin of your lock, you can put in another backup code, and even a backup to the backup if that makes any sense. I am sure it will to all those who have been locked out of their emails and phones for forgetting their passwords.
When it comes to compatibility, the smart lock manages to be usable with an array of home security systems ranging from Honeywell and Alarm.com to Elk and Control4. Moreover, the lock is compatible with both Z-Wave independent and ZigBee networks. Such vast compatibility ensures that the product is usable regardless of what security system you have.
- The Yale Touchscreen Deadbolt does not use bandwidth to connect to phones, tablets or PCs.
- Even if you are devoid of internet access, you can still use the traditional key to unlock the door.
- The privacy mode of the lock is perfect for locking people out when you need some alone time. All you need to do is to say the magic words, and the system takes care of the rest.
- The setup system of the product is marked by ease owing to the inclusion of a programming procedure that is guided by voice instructions.
- The product is expensive.
4. SoHoMiLL YL 99 – Best Affordable Door Lock
The lock allows you to set a total of up to 10 codes for unlocking the door, one of which is the master code. This master code has the control over all other passwords and can be used to change them.
Hence, if you wish to provide your family with a code without having to compromise on your privacy, you can give them a user pin and change it when your need ends.
Since it does not include the extra features, the manufacturers of the product have instead focused on ensuring that the lock enhances the security of your hose by many folds, and it has managed to do just that.
Some locks in the market are made only for left-hinged doors, while others only work on right-hinged doors. Such locks are tricky to buy because it’s just another thing we as consumers have to keep in our mind. However, with this product, you don’t need to strain your mind about whether your door is left or right-hinged. Why? Well, this is because the lock is universal and can be installed on all kinds of doors.
- The major benefit of the SoHoMiLL keyless lock is its simplicity. You don’t need to sync it to various devices. Instead, all you need to do is remember a few codes and you are good to go.
- The quality of the product is exemplary. Since it is made of heavy-duty metal, you don’t need to worry about durability.
- The lock is highly affordable.
- The low battery warning embedded in the product is convenient since it keeps you in the loop about when the battery of the product might die.
- The lock is immensely easy to set up and can be installed without any professional help.
- The locks tend to accumulate rust easily when exposed to moisture.
- You can only store a severely limited amount of codes.
- It is not as high tech as you might want it to be.
5. Samsung SHS P718 – Best Smart Lock 2017
When you hear Samsung, you imagine the product to be high quality as well as a leader in terms of technology. After all, Samsung was one of the first to jump on the bandwagon of turning the devices around us into smart systems. I found that this digital door lock was successful in upholding the legacy of Samsung.
The feature that attracted me toward this specific lock, rather than any other similar product in Samsung’s portfolio, is the fact that the SHS-P718 offers the ability to link with Samsung Smart Home systems. This means that you integrate your door lock with systems like security sensors and video cameras. This feature creates a holistic home security system which increases the safety provided.
Additionally, you can use the Samsung app to access information like who checked into the system whilst you were away. Remember, only people you authorized access to can unlock the system. Still, it is good to know who has been entering your house when you are not there.
For those of you who want to provide this fingerprint access to your siblings and loved ones, you will find the 100 fingerprints option to be convenient. You will have control via the app about whose fingerprint can be used to access the lock system, and you can take back this access whenever you want to.
The digital lock also makes a point of providing convenience by understanding that some people tend to remember a pin with given numbers. For example, I can only remember pins which have five digits in them. This lock can have a pin with as low as four digits and as high as twelve digits.
However, one of the key features of this product is also one which makes its usability selective to a certain kind of door. The design of the smart lock is such that it can only work with handles rather than doors which feature a knob. Hence, if your doors have knobs, you might want to get them changed to handles if you think the product is worth it.
- It offers the choice of giving a lot of people access without compromising on security and your role as the controller.
- The touchscreen is excellent and gives the product a digitalized vibe.
- The lock can fit over door handles, so you don’t need to do a lot of changes to the hardware of your door.
- It is too expensive.
- You can’t use it for doors with knobs.
6. Schlage Sense – Best Smart Lock for Android
Schlage Sense Smart Lock has been able to achieve the correct mix of simplicity, advanced technology, and quality. It is not as overtly digitalized as the other options, but it has all the features which deem it to be a smart lock.
One of the things that give it a techno vibe is the inclusion of a touchpad to access the door. Previously, I have used locks that have actual buttons on them, and let me tell you that those locks do not last long. By opting for a touchscreen display, Schlage has been able to extend the life of the lock. For those of you who look for durability in their products, rest assured that you will be satisfied with the performance of this product.
Further adding to Schlage’s ability to provide comfort to its users is the fact that the lock can be accessed with the help of a backup key. This means that those of you who have a knack for forgetting passwords and codes at times, you can still manage to unlock your door.
Yet another distinct feature of this product is the various warranties that accompany it. Schlage comes with a three-year electronic and a lifetime mechanical warranty. This greatly reduces the overall cost of the product in the long run. It also speaks volumes about the durability of the product. After all, why would a company provide a lifetime mechanical warranty if it knows its items are bound to experience damages?
Are you afraid of whether the lock will fit on your door? Well, you don’t need to worry about this issue. This is because it is known to fit perfectly on standard doors, so unless you have a fancy customized door in your house, the chances are that you can use this smart lock.
Moreover, this battery-operated smart lock tends to give off low battery warnings and the battery itself is known to last long.
- The built-in tamper alarm embedded in the smart lock ensures that no intruders are able to hack the system.
- The smart lock is easy to install.
- You can control the lock with the Siri voice control.
- The lock is compatible with Android and iOS devices alike.
- If you wish to control the lock with a remote, you require an Apple TV.
- The Bluetooth range offered by the product is very less.
7. Danalock – Bluetooth Low Energy Smart Lock
Many of you might be looking for sophistication in their home décor. Not all of us prefer to have flashy locks. Those of you who crave for elegance in every item they purchase will find the simple black design of this product to be satisfactory.
This lock can be operated in a variety of ways. You can unlock it manually using a key, operate it via Bluetooth or use the touchpad present on the product. The Bluetooth smart connect is the most convenient option of the lot. I found that this lock connected to my phone across an impressive range which was neither too near nor too far.
One thing I noticed during my search for smart locks was how most of the products offered limited guest keys to users. However, this smart lock allows you to send unlimited e-keys. However, this doesn’t mean you will be handing them over access to various features of the lock. Only you will have control over the settings, and you can use this power to provide your family with either full or limited access to your security system.
You can check the daily login of different guests along with other information regarding the lock with the help of the Danalock app that can be operated both on your phones and on web browsers. On top of these benefits, the product does not demand that you remove your existing hardware of the door. Instead, it works well with all types of installed deadbolts.
- The installation process is marked by ease.
- The aesthetics of the lock are pleasing to the eye.
- The act of rotating the lock is very hard.
8. Schlage Z-Wave – Comes with a Built-In Alarm
I found yet another Schlage product worthy enough to be on this list. This is because this smart lock does not merely serve to make your house secure, but it extends its services to cars as well. All in all, you can protect anything which features a door.
I loved the sleek design of this product. Rarely any other product on this list matched the level of slimness that this smart lock succeeds in delivering. Let’s face it, no one is a fan of bulky big locks. They ruin the aesthetics of a given door. With the elegant yet modern design of this lock, you will not have to worry about that.
One flaw of most touchscreens is the fact that they begin to exhibit finger marks on the numbers that are consistently used. This greatly undermines the security provided by such locks since it means that the intruder will be able to narrow down the possible codes as per the finger marks. Schlage guarantees that this situation does not arise, and it does so by making its touchscreen resistant to fingerprints.
This Schlage lock is also equipped with Z-Wave technology, which gives users the chance to manage remote-related functions as well as sync the lock to home monitoring systems.
When it comes to security, Schlage Connect has been successful in delivering one of the highest residential safety features available. The lock itself has a quality construction to make sure that the lock does not get unusable anytime soon.
Moreover, the lock comes with a built-in alarm that is audible enough to alert you when there is any sort of activity on the door. You can limit this alarm to only warn you when it is tampered with or when someone tries to make a forced entry.
- The lock is compatible with Amazon Alexa which means you can operate it via voice commands.
- It can store a maximum of 30 personalized user codes.
- The instructions of the installation process were comprehensive and the procedure itself was easy.
- The packaging can be improved.
- It drains a given battery very quickly.
9. Lockitron Bolt – Automatic Smart Door Lock
There is a high probability that you haven’t heard of this smart lock or the company. This is because it is fairly new in the market. However, from what I have heard and experienced, it might be a force to be reckoned with if it follows through with its promise of quality.
While this list has been dominated by premium items, this newbie lock has been successful in offering all the needed features at a highly affordable cost. There are many of us who wish for a cost-effective home security system, and this one might be a good place to start.
Moreover, the design of the product is quite modern. It is the perfect blend of high-tech and stylish. This might act as a great addition to your home décor. The colors beige and white are likely to complement most door colors.
The lock features a complete keyless design which is the heart of any smart lock. Since the smart lock is to be installed on the interior side of the door, it is safe from being exposed to intruders and is likely not to be tampered with in your absence.
What I was a fan of was the fact that the smart lock unlocked automatically when you come to your house. This has made coming home after grocery shopping less of a nightmare since you are no longer required to fumble for keys as you try to balance various shopping bags. Free-hand and keyless entering is surely the future.
Most other locks come with a separate set of keys. However, this brand makes the effort of making a bolt which fits your current traditional key to give you a backup. Furthermore, the Lockitron app lets you stay informed about who enters your house.
- It has a low price.
- The Lockitron Sense feature gives a whole new meaning to hands-free access.
- The quality of performance is satisfactory.
- Since it is new to the market, long-term performance cannot be gauged.
- The features are very basic.
10. Ultraloq UL3 BT – Keyless Door Lock with Fingerprint
No other smart lock has managed to offer access in such a variety of ways as Ultraloq has. Are you one of those individuals that prefer versatility? Well, if you are, this lock will be perfect for you.
This lock is one of the first ones in the market that allow users to enter via a keyless entry, fingerprint, code, smartphone, a traditional key and merely knocking the door. The last access is only available if the owner or the controller of the lock allows it.
Moreover, the touch keypad is equipped with an anti-peep feature so that even if someone is trying to look at your code, they won’t be able to. Additionally, you can view the enter logs through the app.
The lock comes with a door handle that is weatherproof. Therefore, regardless of how much it rains or how hot it is, the handle will not develop rust. Similarly, the lock will not get damaged. The product is also equipped with a low battery alarm that will notify you when the battery gets dangerously low.
Furthermore, it comes with an 18-month electronic and lifetime mechanical warranty. This means that you can easily claim warrant if the product needs some repairs or gets damaged, thereby making the purchase cost-effective.
- The battery life is long.
- The installation is easy enough to be done by yourself.
- The packaging is satisfactory.
- The Bluetooth function needs improvements.
Best Smart Lock Buying Guide
Some people have suggested that purchasing a smart lock offers no real benefit. However, when you think about the number of times you have misplaced or worried about misplacing your door keys, you will realize that such locks are a source of massive convenience.
Moreover, while traditional locks can easily be tampered with, it’s harder for intruders to break into your house when you have a smart lock. After all, a pin or fingerprint lock cannot be manipulated.
Additionally, these locks allow for superior connectivity among all your devices. Not only can you sync it with your phone, but you can also connect it to video surveillance to keep tabs on who comes to your house. Hence, you can create a holistic security system.
However, to reap these benefits you need to make a smart purchase decision.
Things to Consider When Buying a Smart Lock
Here are some of the factors you need to look out for.
Type of Smart Lock
Decide which kind of product you want. There are two types of smart locks that you will find, namely deadbolts and lever-style. While a deadbolt consists of a mere keyhole and touchpad, a lever-style comes with a lever for you to open the door. I prefer deadbolts since it requires less dismantling of the door and less installation.
Key or No Key?
Some smart locks will offer you a backup traditional key, while others won’t. You need to choose whether you wish to go key-less or want a manual key to be on the safe side. I like locks which have a physical key because it means that even if there is a technical issue with the lock, I can still effectively enter my house.
Smart Home Compatibility
Most smart locks will be compatible with your phone., but do you wish to go a step further? If so, opt for locks that have a sound app that can help you create a synced security system. Such apps allow you to link your home security system to the lock.
Basic smart locks will do the trick. However, you can also reap advantages of additional features. These include built-in alarms, guest keys, access via remote control and Bluetooth connectivity. There is a trade-off between features and price, though, so prioritize which matters more to you.
Overall, all of the products are excellent in one way or another. The Wi-Fi door lock reviews have been positive for all products since each of them manage to provide more benefits than drawbacks.
Among these 10 best smart locks, I found the Schlage Z-Wave Connect Century Touchscreen Deadbolt to be the winner. This is because this is the only lock that provided me with all the characteristics that I craved in a lock. Whether it be design, security, durability or performance, this lock had it all down to a tee.
Now, this doesn’t mean that the other products are not worth the money. You might find some other product to be the best smart lock for you. It all boils down to what you prefer.
Whichever smart lock you opt for, make sure you do equip your house with such locks. Leave your worries behind as you step out the door. Let the lock do all the work for you.
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