The Best Smart Locks to Make Your Home More Convenient and Secure

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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 they also add convenience for travelers and renters. Smart locks make it easy to create unique access keys to let in your Airbnb guests, friends or family 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 also offer up keypads for when you don’t have your phone handy, and even 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 2022.

  

How We Chose The Best Smart Locks

Choosing a smart lock can be daunting; there are many brands, models and different options for every door. When we choose smart locks we looked for products that:

  • Are made by reputable manufacturers
  • Get good rantings from real users
  • Are easy to install and bug-free to use
  • Offer good value for money
  • Can integrate with other smart home components

Take a look at some of the best smart locks available right now.

  

1. August Home Smart Lock 4th Generation

BEST OVERALL 

Easily attach the August Home Smart Lock 4th Generation to your existing deadbolt to make it a trusted and useful smart lock. August Lock 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. The newest generation is a bit faster on the inside and has a more streamlined look.

  

2. Yale Assure Lock SL

RUNNER-UP

The Yale Assure seamlessly combines the analog and digital worlds. With connectivity to WiFi to access the lock and change the code whenever you need, and 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.

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3. Wyze Lock WLCKG1

BUDGET PICK

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.

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4. Yale Assure Lever

ALSO GREAT

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 installation process and price are a little more intensive, but it’s a great smart lock with a lot of features.

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5. Schlage Century Keyless Smart WiFi Deadbolt

BEST KEYLESS

Keys are so 2001. With the Schlage Century, you can commit to the smart home of the future and forget keys forever. 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 installation process easy. Speaking of easy installation, 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 make it great for Airbnb and rental properties.

  

6. Ultraloq U-Bolt Pro

GREAT FEATURES

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. Ultraloq is a company you might not know much about, but it is one you should start paying attention to.

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7. Schlage Sense

AMAZON CHOICE

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.

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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.

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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 housesitters, contractors and more.

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10. Level Lock Touch Edition Smart Lock Front Door

BEST STREAMLINED

The Level Lock Touch Edition is the smart lock for the design-minded. With a design that simply looks like a high-end deadbolt, Level Touch doesn’t scream, “I’m a smart lock!”

Level hides all its technology inside the door, so it’s able to craft what it bills as the smallest smart lock ever made. Even so, it’s easy to install with just a screwdriver to replace an American standard deadbolt. It opens with the touch of a finger, key card, Level Home app, or a key, and it’s compatible with both iOS and Android.

  

11. eufy Security Smart Lock Front Door

BEST BLUETOOTH

WiFi is convenient, but it’s not totally secure. That’s why this option from eufy, Anker’s home-focused sub-brand, uses Bluetooth instead. You can use the app to easily unlock the front door. Is your phone dead? Use the keypad. Forgot your code? A good old-fashioned key will get you inside (and once you’re inside, charge your phone and write down your code).

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12. Lockly Vision Smart Door Lock

BEST INTEGRATED DOORBELL + LOCK

This smart lock from Lockly is more than a smart lock, it’s a smart video doorbell too. We can’t imagine why more companies aren’t going this route; making an all-in-one device that keeps your home safe. In addition to multi-factor security, the Lockly Vision offers a variety of different entry methods. You can use the Bluetooth app, enter using the keypad or even open the door using your fingerprint. The lock is available as either a deadbolt or as a latch, and it comes in a few different finishes like matte black and satin nickel.

 

  

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