Even if you’re not trying to go full smart house, at the moment, there are a number of smart-ish conveniences that can be added to any home. A smart lock, for one, is a generally simple and affordable upgrade. And they often can be installed when you’re changing out worn deadbolts anyway.
Smart locks not only provide protection for your home, with event logs and the inability to “pick” your own lock but also add convenience for travelers and renters. Smart locks make it easy to create unique access keys to let your Airbnb guest, friends or family, in the door without you having to meet them to provide physical keys. You can also set schedules to automatically lock and unlock your home.
The best smart locks provide a number of different ways to access your home. You are going to want to look for ones that not only provide access via WiFi, but keypads for when you don’t have your phone handy, and voice AI integration to lock and unlock your door without having to leave your couch.
Smart locks are one of the easiest ways to make your home a little more secure, and a little smarter. Below, you’ll find our recommendations for the best smart locks for sale in 2020.
1. August Home Smart Lock Pro +
Easily attach the August Home Smart Lock Pro + to your existing deadbolt to make it a trusted and useful smart lock. August Lock Pro + works seamlessly with Apple HomeKit, Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa for a variety of voice command options. Beyond voice AI, geofencing uses your phone’s location services to automatically lock the door when you are away and unlock it as you arrive back home. The lock also connects via Bluetooth or Z-Wave, in case you need to access the lock without an internet connection. It’s a fully loaded lock that’s easy to install and use.
2. Yale Assure Lock SL
The Yale Assure seamlessly combines the analog and digital world. With connectivity to WiFi to access the lock and change the code whenever you need, but also with a handy number pad for the times you don’t have your phone, you’ll never be locked out of your home (unless you completely forget your pin and are without phone). There’s no need for any additional keys, but this does replace your existing deadbolt (unlike August Smart Lock Pro). But like August, the Yale Assure Lock SL also features integration with Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri.
3. Wyze Lock WLCKG1
Without a physical key lock or number pad, the Wyze Lock relies completely on WiFi and the Wyze app to control the smart lock. Through the app, you can see a complete history of locking and unlocking events, as well as a door detection feature, which tells you if your door is ajar. All you need is a screwdriver to turn your dumbbolt (too mean?) into a smart lock. Oh, and it’s about $110, which is roughly $100 cheaper than most smart locks.
4. Yale Assure Lever
Completely replace your deadbolt with the Yale Assure Lever. Through Bluetooth, you can have the lock automatically unlock when you approach the door, but when you don’t have your phone, you can use the number pad to gain access. It can be integrated with all the major voice AI players (Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri), and you can grant access to trusted family and friends by creating virtual keys, or by creating a schedule for the door to automatically lock and unlock. The install process and price are a little more intensive, but it’s a great smart lock with a lot of features.
5. Schlage Encode Smart WiFi Deadbolt
EASY TO INSTALL
If you have a screwdriver handy, you’ll have everything you need to install this smart lock. It essentially “snaps” onto your deadbolt, making the install process easy. Speaking of easy install, it connects to your WiFi without the need for any additional adapters. It has a slim profile but packs plenty of smart features inside. For starters, integration with Alexa and Google Assistant (sorry, Siri), as well as impact sensors to let you know if someone is trying to break in. You can also create up to 100 access codes which makes it great for Airbnb’s and rental properties.
6. Ultraloq U-Bolt Pro
When you want multiple unlocking options, including the James Bond-like fingerprint scanner to open your door, the Ultralog U-Bolt Pro has you covered. You have the option to control the lock with your phone, use the nice rubber-digit number pad, use a key, or scan your finger to gain access. Add Alexa and Google Assistant into the mix, and you have an ultra-smart lock with plenty of access points. Ultralog is the company you might not know much about, but it is one you should start paying attention to.
7. Schlage Sense
Sturdy and reliable, the Schlage Sense provides a number pad, app and physical key lock to secure your home. With a WiFi adapter (sold separately), you can connect to both Apple HomeKit devices and Amazon Alexa (“Hey Google, we’re sorry”). The app lets you manage access codes, set auto-locking schedules as well as view an event history (when the door was opened and locked). It’s a fairly straightforward smart lock device compared to others, but it is one of the highest-rated with 4.3 stars on Amazon.
8. Google Nest Yale Lock Smart Lock Deadbolt System
BEST FOR GOOGLE HOMES
“Hey Google, lock the front door.” The Google Nest Yale Lock integrates seamlessly with other Google smart devices and Nest. You’ll receive notifications when someone tries to tamper with the lock, when the battery is getting low or if the battery loses power. With the app, you can create unique passcodes for people you trust as well as renters. And when you don’t have your phone handy, you can use the pin pad to unlock your door.
9. Kwikset Powerbolt
SIMPLE SMART LOCK
An upgrade on the widely-used Kwikset one-inch deadbolt, this “smart” version lets you re-key the lock yourself, and it also offers some cool convenience features, like letting you program a one-time-use code for house-sitting, contractors and more.
10. Kwikset SmartCode
EASY TO INSTALL KWIKSET
This smart deadbolt from Kwikset features eight programmable codes along with an option to set it to auto-lock after 30 seconds. It also has Kwikset’s “Re-key” feature that lets you re-key the lock yourself. Like the Powerbolt, this is a self-contained set up that doesn’t have to be wired in, making installation super easy.
11. Kwikset Smart Code 10 Digit
10 DIGIT KWIKSET
This smart lock has a 10-digit keypad, a 30-second auto-lock option and is BHMA Grade 2 certified with a UL fire safety certification as well, making it virtually indestructible. Like other newer Kwikset smart locks, it’s made from a hardened and “bump resistant” material, making it harder to pick.
12. Schlage Deadbolt
This “commercial grade” deadbolt pairs the convenience and easy use of a smart keypad lock with a solid-feeling physical deadbolt knob, so you can feel the reassurance of it sliding into place. You can forget about fancy smartphone features with this lock, but if you ever lose your key, you’re only a pin-pad away from entry into your home.