Smart Lock Reviews. Dimensions - If you’re not a handyman, you’ll need to measure your current lock system and find another with the same dimensions. £366.24 from … How do you pick a smart lock? This lock is notorious for burning through batteries in three months or less, which can be a real pain to try and manage when you just want to get into your house. Has an excellent history system to track who used the lock and when, Full list of available compatible devices found on pricing page, Simply touch your smartphone to the lock, and it opens up wide via bluetooth connection, You have to get the Kevo Huh ($99 purchase) to access some features, Burns through batteries extremely quickly. For smart home enthusiasts, smart locks seem to be the best thing since sliced bread. Level Lock review: A stealthy, costly smart lock Apple HomePod mini review: Finally, the smart speaker Apple needs Lockly Duo smart lock conveniently unlocks knob and … Lock the door, and watch the deadbolt turn. The lifespan is therefore many times longer than with motorized smart locks. A: The first lineup of smart locks mostly required you to replace the deadbolt. Wyze Labs has a well-earned reputation for produce bang-for-the-buck smart home products, and its new Wyze Lock deadbolt converter is certainly no exception. Many smart locks support Bluetooth, so they work with your phone, but lack the technology needed to connect with your home network. This lock doesn’t come with an internal last-resort switch (which we’ll discuss in the guide below), but instead has a tamper-proof cover over the front to prevent all sorts of unwanted entry attempts. It also offers wide compatibility with other smart-home devices. It's not the polished product that it's more expensive cousin is. Read our, [ Further reading: A smart home guide for beginners ], Kwikset Obsidian Electronic Touchscreen Deadbolt, Easily the new champ in smart lock unobtrusiveness, Specific hardware must be purchased based on the length of your door’s backset, Incredibly easy installation, with newly adjustable backset, Easily the best-looking smart lock on the market (save perhaps the Level Bolt retrofit lock), HomeKit hub and iOS device required for away-from-home control, Still no support for Alexa or Google Home, DoorSense feature is a killer addition that lets August know whether the door is ajar, Integrates well with tons of smart home gear, Smaller hardware footprint is immediately noticeable, Ultra-simple installation could not be smoother, Setup difficulties related to reaching my Wi-Fi network; limited Wi-Fi range, HomeKit connectivity never worked in my home, Effective operation with a top-notch fingerprint scanner, App mired in lengthy delays every time a setting is changed, Interior escutcheon is still industrial-class ugly, Myriad access options for opening the door, including a killer fingerprint reader, Video recording is automatic and effective, Extremely bulky and not particularly attractive, Companion bridge must be wired to your router, HomeKit compatibility offers remote access without extra hardware (from Schlage, at least), All users' PINs must be the same length (up to a maximum of 8 digits), Impressive code management features, including one-time-use codes, Solid build quality without being overly industrial, Keypad buttons can be hard to press, especially for younger users, Slim and sexy exterior escutcheon looks impressive at any distance, Installation is more difficult thanks to sloppy bolt machining, The first lock I’ve ever reviewed that didn’t come with the batteries it requires, An onboard solar panel keeps its battery charged, A second rechargeable battery (and charger) is included in case there’s not enough sunlight, Connects directly to your Wi-Fi network, so you don’t need a bridge or smart home hub, It’s one thing to not need a smart home hub and something else to not be able to connect to one at all, Bolt is not tapered to accommodate mis-aligned doors, Support for Google Assistant and Apple HomeKit is still in development, Integrating a camera into a door lock is a no-brainer, awesome idea, Very expensive compared to other retrofit smart locks, Speaker emits audible fuzz and hum when the camera is live, The addition of the Wi-Fi Hub lets you manage and control lock from anywhere, Bluetooth connection still works and is a convenient option for power outages, Wi-Fi features depend on a discrete AC-powered hub, Just as difficult to install as the original, All the expected features are front and center, Not terribly attractive, particularly inside the house, Expensive, especially if you also need to buy a Nest Connect, No-nonsense operation, particularly the fingerprint reader, Bluetooth only ($90 Wi-Fi bridge in development), You can't create a PIN without an accompanying fingerprint, Amazingly versatile, with endless options for locking and unlocking your door, Horribly difficult—and finicky—to install, Onboard programming process might be complicated for novice users, Eufy's servers peformed poorly during setup, No hooks into other home security services or devices, Pint-sized hardware design hasn’t changed, New user restriction features are much appreciated, Geofencing and Wi-Fi features still aren’t reliable, Sleek design offers a decidedly modern look, Mounting requires an extra drill hole in your door, App can be finicky; requires significant time to master, Fairly easy to use in day to day operation, Wi-Fi enabled, so it’s easier to connect from anywhere, Setup is an ordeal, in both hardware and software, If you have other models of Kwikset smart locks, you can't use the same app to control all, Touch-to-open system is a crowd-pleaser and conversation piece, Kids can be outfit with a fob ($25), so they can open the door without a smartphone, Needs Kevo Plus hardware to do much of anything beyond simple Bluetooth connections, Much cheaper than the standalone Kevo and the August conversion kit, Much more intrusive appearance than August, Very affordable, one of the cheapest smart lock systems on the market, Has most of the same features of the Pro lock, Setup bugs are severe, with too many to merit a recommendation, Louder and clunkier than the pro mechanism. Based on our testing, the best smart lock overall is the August Wi-Fi Smart Lock. In terms of security, UL3 Bluetooth and Fingerprint Lock is exactly what you want your door lock to be made out of. Totally keyless, and built for Apple HomeKit use – Yale provided one killer smart lock. Temporary access for an AirBnB guest or project hire. August is back in the mix with another stellar smart lock. As a warning, if a lock states that they “Have an Android version coming soon,” or the same for iOS, it’s a lot of hype. They use highly encrypted connections and authorized devices to allow access, such as voice activation or keypad interaction. If you’re using a smart home hub like the Samsung SmartThings or Wink Hub, look for a lock that supports Z-Wave or ZigBee, instead. Easy 5 mins Installation - 100% Keyless solution, your smart phone is your key. Eufy’s fingerprint-reading smart lock needs refinement to become one of our top picks. The Bold Smart Lock also allows you to control who can have access to your house. From there, you’ll have a clear and designated area to begin your installation. The mounting plate will now need the adapter. If yours has one, release it after it’s been attached. CES 2021. Using this wireless connection, a smart lock opens up options, while still providing a simple key lock system as a backup method. It doesn’t come with an app, can’t connect to your smartphone, and Wi-Fi and it can’t be integrated into a broader smart home system, but its relatively inexpensive at $75. While the app is downloading, look up user reviews specifically for the app so you know what you’re getting into. Hierin vind je, afhankelijk van je bestelling, één of meerdere oranje doosjes. Also any reviews of this lock. Now fit it with a Wi-Fi connection, allowing you to control your lock from your car outside, unlock the door for your friend from across the house, and bring an extra layer of security to your home. These aren’t one-size-fits-all solutions, nor are they available in a wide variety of sizes. Schlage Sense. In that case you can always open the door with a backup pin code. That touch screen ensures not to leave any smudges, eliminating the fear of a potential burglar looking for a history by coming up to your door and inspecting the lock. Check out our review of the top smart doorbells for more great safety products like this. It seems like a good lock for a UK PVc multipoint sliding door/french doors/front and back "traditional" doors. The folks at Kevo took a low blow when they made certain features only available through the additional purchase of the Kevo hub, an additional $99 purchase that you need just to connect it to your Amazon Echo, or be able to view the live feed of activity. A: In fact, this can be your very best line of defense if you get locked out. Take a look at the connection settings and first-hand accounts of other users and their experiences with integrating this into their home. August Smart Lock Pro + Connect has had every kink worked out over the years, and while it’s not a perfect product, it’s the best implementation for home security at your disposal. Smart locks typically allow you to remotely control your lock via Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or Z-wave. The door can always be unlocked from the inside, which means you can always leave safely during emergencies. This one’s a second generation, and comes with its problems, but also comes at a lower cost than its successor for those of you on a budget. Christopher Null is a veteran technology and business journalist. In a more advanced setting, different keys can be generated for the same lock, so a homeowner can tell when each member of the family came in, or when the housekeeper arrived. Alternate entry means Forgot your phone at the office? Q. The successor to the August Smart Lock Pro, the Wi-Fi Smart Lock is … Auto-relock and lockout features available, Lifetime warranty on mechanical elements; 18 months on electrical components, Five ways to unlock: code, smartphone, knock, backup key or fingerprint scanner, Runs on simple AA batteries; good for 8,000 uses before needing to be changed, Stainless steel construction makes this sturdy enough to use with heavier doors, Sleek keypad design gets worn down and leaves fingerprints; change your combination regularly, Does not adhere to your existing deadbolt without additional purchase. On the software front, we ran into no issues whatsoever. That’s going back a few years - nowadays, most models are marketed to let you keep your existing deadbolt, you’ll simply be augmenting your system with this new smart lock. Our smart lock reviews Are smart locks really better? A. They work just like any other push notifications, with the ability to swipe them away if they’re unwanted. Voice Activation - Everyone loves voice-activated features. If you’re not within about eight to ten feet to your router, the lock glitches. All is not lost. How smart is it? The design should also allow your smart device to access the digital door lock fairly easily. Freelance Contributor, Whether you have a teenager who tends to break curfew or merely want to give temporary access to houseguests, service providers, or Airbnbers, smart locks are an incredible upgrade over the old way of doing things. Thanks in advance. You can still use your keys on your doorknob lock for added security, and leave your deadbolt in the care of your smart lock. You’ll be able to set your deadbolt and get most of the lock properly in place. We’ve selected our top seven selections, and fitted you with an in-depth guide on operation, installation, and the what-if’s that are running through your head; comprehensive coverage of everything from start to finish. A: Not all models have this feature. Guest access features Most smart locks let you set up temporary keys for houseguests, which you can delete when they’ve returned home. The Kwikset Obsidian is a great-looking smart lock. This fingerprint-scanning door lock is affordable and simple to set up, but it’s too buggy and probably too arcane for most users. With the Bold Smart Access app you can: ACTIVATE LOCKS easily from the app. This smart lock is easy to install & operate via the Bold app. In terms of security, you have the deadbolt latch on the back, and an ANSI-encrypted touchscreen keypad with the highest grade residential security software available. He contributes regularly to TechHive, PCWorld, and Wired, and operates the websites Drinkhacker and Film Racket. A: Smart locks have an excellent capacity to be backwards compatible with older smartphones, but their list is still limited. Wyze continues to rule the budget smart home world with this good-enough lock that’s half the price of some competitors. Security issues come into play when you live in a crowded area, have a townhouse or what have you, and run the risk of others hearing your voice phrase. This capable smart lock offers commercial-grade construction and impressive reliability. Once it’s out of the package and installed, you should have an easy time using it, or it’s not worth your time. Yale’s Real Living locks feature external posts to which you can connect a 9-volt battery, giving you enough juice to get the door open. The latter feature isn’t standard, though if you hook this up to your home security network/paid service, you’ll be okay. If you need extra security for you essentials, make sure you check out our fireproof safes review. One step up from that, you’ll find Bluetooth-only locks. Brand - While this is a fairly new space, there are a lot of players in the game that had already been researching and testing the best smart locks before they blew up in the market. August adds Wi-Fi while shrinking the overall size of its hardware considerably, making this a better retrofit option than ever. If your phone dies, the battery in the lock hasn’t been changed out, and you’ve lost your key, you’re up the creek without a paddle. Users reported door jams and motor seizing within the first three to six months of use. This lock runs on a handful of AA batteries, which take roughly ten months to run out (average user reviews state). Here are a few things to consider before buying a smart lock: #1. A: The main thing you want to look for is changing out or checking the battery level. They can just enter their code and come right in. As a warning, Kwikset Premis Touchscreen Smart Lock only works with Apple HomeKit, so Android users won’t be able to use this smart lock. You can keep this spare key in your car or on your person, if you’re worried about leaving it under a doormat or another cliche location. How will you get in the house? After a change of ownership, the Friday Lock gets a modest upgrade, but it still lags in capabilities. Wait for your spouse to arrive? Keep an eye on the battery; set a reminder for every ninety days to check it out, and if it’s remotely low, give it a charge. App - If someone sold you a lock, but said the key was fidgety and only worked half the time, you’d laugh and leave. Design dictates where sensors are placed, which can interfere or enhance range. A: This is a general guideline; we have no way of knowing what type of locking system you’re augmenting with your smart lock, or replacing entirely. Grant a temporary access key to someone close by, and see if they can open the door. The reason we’ve named it runner-up, versus best-of-the-best in this category, is that it can be remotely controlled only with an iOS device. As there is no shortage of smart locks in the market right now. You re-attach your existing interior and exterior components, so that your door’s overall aesthetic doesn’t change in the least. Most smart lock models come with them. Adding Wi-Fi to the Lockly system is a nice trick, but it doesn’t make this smart lock any easier to install. The minimalist Level Touch looks as good as it operates and is our highest-rated smart lock. The last major complaint is just how close a device has to be to activate/access this smart lock. Automating your home is good for safety, but it’s also designed to make your life easier. (No pun intended.) This is when you should have something keeping the door open while you download and sync your app. Do deadbolts have connectivity with my smart home products? Performance dictates ease of installation, ongoing support, and overall customer support if you run into an issue that you just can’t manage to fix on your own. The Yves Behar-designed August still looks great, and it packs in more features than ever. This keypad smart lock allows for quick exit or entry without needing to carry keys (or even a smartphone). So it’s no wonder there are loads of smart lock reviews all over the internet. As mentioned, not every smart lock is the same – different locks use different protocols, different ways of unlocking, and more. We’ll cover more on what to do if you get locked out in a moment, but just know that a two-step system has a far less chance of being targeted for burglary, while at the same time giving you two different ways to muck up gaining entry yourself. The key is used to bypass the electronic system in case of a failure or a drained battery. On top of that, August Smart Lock 2nd Generation uses the older version of their app, which runs into problems when used on Android devices. Step four is to test the simple commands, and see how everything blends together. You want to avoid a lockout and having to take other measures as much as possible. ANSI security features that rival the competition, Fits most standard door settings with ease, Keypad doesn’t leave smudges over the numbering. Smarter systems even let you set time restrictions around when each access code can be used. If you have a spouse, child or friend who’ve already downloaded the app and have access, you can ask them to remote unlock the door (I mean, without your phone and a way to contact them, that might be a problem). The Bold Connect works with one or more Bold locks at the same time. No worries. This budget retrofit kit is a less exciting, but reasonable, way to turn any deadbolt into a smart lock. Once you install it, which we’ll get into in a moment, then there comes the setup. You can continue to use a standard key from the outside or open the lock via a smartphone app. On top of that, you’ll need to maintain it as you would any other lock. For this review, we've picked smart locks from various price range and hope you'll have no problems finding the most suitable one for your personal needs. By applying new techniques with low power consumption, the battery will last at least 2 years. The Android version of the Level app includes every feature the iOS app does, with that one important exception. Other models retain the traditional key cylinder for backup. Deadbolt, standard door lock, whatever it is your home is equipped with, the design should work with it. Connectivity - Whether it’s Bluetooth or Wi-Fi, how well it connects to apps, Alexa, or whatever it is you’re trying to do, you want ease of connectivity. Physical key? You’ll want to subscribe to an email newsletter from the brand of which you bought the lock, so you can be up-to-date on software upgrades that might need to be made. Level gets external hardware, touch-sensitive opening, and more features in a compelling—but expensive—smart lock system. Replacing it is no big deal. TechHive |. These work with a smartphone app, but can’t be monitored remotely or via a smart home system. Let’s go through everything you need to know about the best smart locks available, and what makes our selection the cream of the crop. Out with the keypad, in with the fingerprint scanner—and a few other welcome changes to make this lock a winner. Whether it’s changing, replacing or charging the battery (depending on model), or inspecting the electrical components from time to time, a few minutes of your time every six months is well worth the added security system benefits. It hugs tight against the door for a low profile, and has a glassy sheen that adds a touch of elegance to any door. Level’s “invisible” lock lives up to its promise, giving any deadbolt smart features with no change to your exterior hardware. This budget retrofit lock ditches the high-end design. There’s plenty to like about this smart deadbolt, but its inability to integrate with a smart home hub—no matter the brand—makes it hard to recommend to smart home dwellers. 14 Best Smart Home Devices (Review) in 2021, This product guide was written by Jordan Carter, Ultraloq UL3 Bluetooth and Fingerprint Smart Lock, Schlage Z-Wave Connect Century Touchscreen Deadbolt Smart Lock, Kwikset Kevo Second Generation Touch-to-Open Lock, I confirm I wish to sign up to the Gear Hungry mailing list. The Bold Smart Lock is a unique and innovative key-less cylinder lock for your door. If you’ve got the Android app, you’ll run into issues with notifications that take an average of 20-30 seconds to roll in; for some reason, no matter how new or old the Android device is, it’s going to run into some connectivity issues. Lost hotel key card? A: Assume the same as if you lost your phone: you should have a manual key override feature in place. Power backup What do you do if the batteries inside the lock die—and you’re stuck outside? Copyright © 2021 IDG Communications, Inc. If you’re ready to take the plunge, you’re not alone. We had higher hopes when we tested Kwikset Kevo, and while it’s a viable selection, it’s not as good as it could be. A. It comes with zero compatibility for Android devices, though it does interact well with Apple TV, as well as the apple Home Pod. This is a young and wildly immature space, and many products on the market are still extremely rough around the edges. If your front door is old and heavy, it might have a larger deadbolt. We steer you to products you'll love and show you how to get the most out of them. There are even some deadbolt locks that work with Alexa. Quality - Quality and life of the battery, app responsiveness, actual physical construction, how well it sits in the spot once installed. Installation - Dimensions play into this. Myriad different approaches are available. You can thank the hospitality industry for finally pushing locks into the digital age. Another device we'd certainly recommend you to acquire, especially if you're building a smart home, is a thermostat that will help you reduce your electricity bills by controlling the ambient temperature near the desired point. CES 2021 FULL COVERAGE. Q. First and foremost, you get the ability to sync this with Amazon Alexa, so you can simply tell your Echo to check, unlock, or lock the front door. If you find that your lock has a slightly different design or additional steps to what we’ve mentioned here, use this guide as well as materials included with your purchase to decide the best course of action. Installation was a breeze, so we knew there had to be something else wrong. You’re forgiven if you don’t want to replace your antique doorknob on your vintage Victorian with a metallic device that looks like it would be more at home keeping people out of a strip mall bank branch. Level Bolt smart lock review The Level Bolt smart lock is invisible and is the one to get if you don’t want others to know you have a smart lock By Mike Prospero 02 June 2020. Step three is to attach the adapter, and ensure that it’s connected properly. This applies to your current lock, letting you keep the deadbolt and the key, but there’s one issue with that: it has to be close to a router. A capable, if expensive, way to upgrade your front door. Digital locks can be changed at a moment’s notice (which is why that old hotel key card in your wallet isn’t good for anything), and the property owner can generate a record of when each door was opened. You want to test all of the features before shutting the door and locking it. Hotels learned long ago that keys are easily lost, expensive to replace, and simple to bypass, as thieves can pick locks or simply make copies of a key to allow for unfettered future access. Keep a lookout for any specifications that the lock doesn’t allow. This is another spot where we pay close attention to customer reviews and in-depth analyses of the construction. Keep in mind one thing when you look at customer reviews: half the issues people encounter with top rated smart locks is directly due to them not reading included materials or understanding what they’re doing prior to installation. That’s fine if you’re looking to get rid of the keys in your pocket, but less impressive if you want to make your entrance portals a true part of your home network. As a society, it’s been tough to replace a system that has worked reasonably reliably for literally a millennium. Recurring access for your housekeeper or part time employee. Read reviews, compare customer ratings, see screenshots, and learn more about Bold Smart Lock. U-tec Ultraloq U-Bolt Pro review: A do-it-all lock held back by complex installation With a crack fingerprint reader and a capable app, this smart lock ultimately overcomes its setup difficulties. If you can, access your home Wi-Fi network via password, and find a way to sync with your smart lock to gain entry. Level Home’s Level Bolt is our new favorite retrofit smart lock, thanks in large measure to its ability to disappear. Pay attention to what sizes your smart lock will be of use with, and go on from there. With the help of this device, you can quickly transform your deadbolt into a smart lock. You just press your smartphone to the door lock, and it opens – it’s magnificent, when it works properly. That would normally be enough to stave off Yale Assure Lock SL from our list, but they include a lifetime warranty on all mechanical components. A: You have a fair amount of control over which notifications are sent to your phone, and which aren’t. A geofencing system automatically locks the door when it detects your phone has left the vicinity, and can be set to automatically open up when it finds you’ve come home. 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